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58-year-old Dennis James McElrath of 11th Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (May 25) on one felony count each of possession of cocaine and possession of a schedule II controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. At the same, 23-year-old Ty’Shon Lamonte Chisholm of Cranford Drive in Conover was arrested on outstanding misdemeanor warrants for possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Events leading to their arrests began at about 1 a.m. today when Officers on foot patrol at the Quality Suites hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. smelled the odor of marijuana coming from a room. Police obtained and executed a search warrant at about 3 a.m. McElrath, Chisholm and a female subject were in the room.

Officers entered the room, where they heard a toilet flushing. Police then retrieved a baggie containing 1.9 grams of cocaine from the toilet. A search of the room turned up a tray with a straw and 0.1 grams of cocaine, as well as a marijuana grinder.

McElrath was charged for the drugs and Chisholm was arrested on the outstanding warrants, which were issued on April 6 and April 13. The female was not charged.

The two men were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for McElrath set at $2,500, secured, while Chisholm was given a $3,200 secured bond. McElrath was scheduled to appear in court tomorrow. Chisholm has a court date the following day.

47-year-old Todd Geoffery Blackburn, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:10 p.m. on one felony count of habitual larceny.

He was arrested after Police responded to a larceny call at the Target store shortly before one o’clock yesterday afternoon. A Loss Prevention Officer saw a male subject concealing items and walking out of the store without paying. The items included a purse, a woman’s bookbag, two watches, sunglasses, tennis shoes and a ballcap.

The subject left the premises. A photo was distributed among Police Officers, who spotted the man less than 40 minutes later. The suspect, Todd Blackburn, was taken into custody without incident.

He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $3,000, secured. An first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

32-year-old Justin Dempsey Shook of Boone died as the result of a motor vehicle collision in Boone yesterday (May 24). At 11:37 Tuesday morning, Boone Police, the Boone Fire Department and Watauga Medics responded to the intersection of East King Street and N.C. Highway 194 where a moped driven by Mr. Shook collided with a tractor-trailer.

Boone Police are investigating.

22-year-old Janeika Shaquia Griggs of 20th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after noon yesterday (May 24) on three felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense.

She was arrested in connection to at least two incidents that occurred in July 2015. Griggs allegedly wrote worthless checks, deposited them into an A.T.M. and then withdrew an undisclosed sum of cash from the account. An investigation began on August 11, 2015 when Police responded to the Peoples Bank on 2nd Street N.E. in Hickory.

A prosecution summary was submitted to the District Attorney’s office, resulting in Griggs’ arrest yesterday.

She was taken into custody without incident at her residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

22-year-old Aishia Marie Pacheco has been arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a charge of second-degree murder.

At about 6:10 a.m. yesterday (May 24), Alexander County 9-1-1 took a call regarding an unresponsive four-day-old infant. The infant’s mother, Aishia Pacheco, was given instructions over the phone to perform C.P.R. E.M.S., first responders and law enforcement arrived at the residence in the Wittenburg Community where they found the infant unresponsive.

Alexander County E.M.S. pronounced the infant deceased at the scene. The child’s body was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital for an autopsy.

According to Sheriff Chris Bowman, Pacheco told Detectives the baby had been crying. She picked up the baby and held it against her chest, smothering the child.

Pacheco was arrested and jailed under a $1,000,000 secured bond. Her first District Court appearance was scheduled for June 6 in Alexander County.

Donna Shronce, a hospice care worker from Vale, has won $200,000 in the North Carolina Education Lottery’s Gold Rush game. She bought the winning ticket last Tuesday night (May 17) at the Triple B One Stop on N.C. 274 in Cherryville.

Shronce said her after-tax winnings of $138,501 would make a big difference for her and her husband, a food service technician. Shronce said they would donate to their church, pay the college expenses for a daughter, save for the future and take a summer cruise.

With Shronce’s win, two top prizes of $200,000 remain to be claimed in the $200,000 Gold Rush game.

To learn how lottery funds have been used in any specific county, visit the “For Education” page on the lottery’s website.

25-year-old Paul Walker Jacob Mills of Commodore Loop and 25-year-old Charles Vernon Brooks III of Kilborne Road, both from Mooresville, have been charged by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers with obtaining property by false pretenses. Mills has been taken into custody. He was also charged with simple possession of a schedule III controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Brooks remains at large.

On May 20, Sheriff’s Officers were dispatched to Woodstream Circle where a suspicious person was going door-to-door wearing khaki shorts, dirty work boots and a sweatshirt from the Charlotte Fire Department. He was carrying a two-liter green drink bottle with the top cut off. Written on the bottle in magic-marker were the words, “for the wounded firefighters raffle”. The man told homeowners he was collecting money for the Charlotte Fire Department’s Fallen Firefighters.

Deputies located a male subject matching the description walking on the street, with the green bottle in hand. He was identified as Paul Walker Jacob Mills. Mills admitted that he didn’t work for the Fire Department and had no plans to hand over any of the money over to them. Mills told Deputies that his friend, Charles Vernon Brooks III, had come up with the idea and was collecting money in an adjoining neighborhood while driving a black Ford Ranger.

As Mills was arrested, Officers found schedule III narcotics and a syringe in his front right pocket. Officers were unable to locate Brooks. Mills was taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was held under a $5,000 secured bond. Mills will appear in District Court on June 13. A warrant was issued for Brooks’ arrest.  

61-year-old Everette Bryson Chester of 17th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Saturday (May 21) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Chester is wanted in Richland County, South Carolina for a probation violation.

He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $30,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for June 27 in Newton.

28-year-old Brandon Owen Townsend, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:30 yesterday afternoon (May 23) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense and two felony probation violations.

Few details are available. The complainant listed on H.P.D.’s arrest report is the Catawba Co. Clerk of Court.

He was taken into custody at a self-storage facility on 18th Street N.E. in Hickory and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for August 1, which also includes misdemeanor charges for larceny and possession of stolen goods or property.

29-year-old Miguel Christopher Sanchez of 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory has been arrested by Hickory Police on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule III controlled substance, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested in connection to an incident on March 29 of this year when Police responded to a disturbance at Sanchez’s residence. Officers found Sanchez at the scene and asked him if he had any weapons. Sanchez said there was a knife in his pocket. When Police reached to retrieve the knife, they also found a meth pipe.

Sanchez was initially placed under arrest at that time. A subsequent search turned up 0.6 grams of methamphetamine, four Alprazolam pills and 14 Buprenorphine Hydrochloride pills (which is typically used to treat opioid addiction).

Sanchez was again taken into custody without incident at about 2:45 this morning (May 24) at St. Aloysius Catholic Church on 2nd Street N.E. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,500 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

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