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34-year-old Ralph Arnold Phillips of Hickory was arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers Friday (August 28) for solicitation of a child by computer or electronic device to commit an unlawful sex act and extortion.

On Thursday (August 27), 2015, Burke County Sheriff’s Investigators were notified by a School Resource Officer that a 15-year-old female student was the victim of an unknown person soliciting her for nude photos on a social media website. The victim said the suspect made threats toward her and her family in an attempt to get her to send the photos.

Late Thursday afternoon, Investigators assumed the victim’s online identity and began engaging in undercover conversations with Ralph Arnold Phillips. Investigators spent several hours Thursday night attempting to locate Phillips in Newton, but were unsuccessful.

On Friday, Phillips arranged to meet the undercover Officers at a restaurant on U.S. Highway 321 in Hickory. At 9:55 a.m., Phillips was located and taken into custody. He subsequently confessed to soliciting a minor.

Phillips was jailed under a $50,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (August 31) in Morganton.

The case remains under investigation with additional charges pending.

The Hickory Christian Academy’s Knights 5K Run will be held tomorrow (August 29) at 8 a.m. on the school’s campus.

Donations will be collected at the event to benefit Chloe Scott. Ms. Scott was diagnosed with cancer three years ago and had been in remission for the past 18 months; however, her family learned last week that she now has leukemia.

Gift cards to Domino’s, Target and Chipotle will be appreciated. Gas cards and cash donations are also welcome.

Those wishing to show support for Ms. Scott are encouraged to wear her favorite color, which is described as a lavendery-purple.

For more information on the Knights 5K Run, visit hickorychristianacademy.com.

18-year-old Michael Dwane Williams of 2nd Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before noon yesterday (August 27) on one felony count of possession of stolen property.

He was arrested in connection to an incident on August 17 when Police responded to a residential break-in on the 4000 block of 1st Street N.W. in Hickory. Video game consoles and sneakers were reportedly taken. A possible suspect was identified.

Williams was taken into custody yesterday without incident at Hickory High School and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

23-year-old Christopher Mark Thompson of 3rd Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:15 last night for failure to appear in court on one felony count each of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle dwelling or place for a controlled substance.

Thompson was initially charged in March of 2012 when a search of his room (which was a separate, locked room within an apartment) turned up 23 grams of marijuana. The marijuana was seized and Thompson was arrested.

Following his arrest yesterday, Thompson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. He has since been released. No court date is currently listed.

32-year-old Albert Dennis Schroeder of Burette Fox Lane in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police at 1 p.m. yesterday on a felony probation violation. He was also charged with simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor providing false information to an Officer.

He was arrested after Police stopped a vehicle at the intersection of 8th Avenue N.E. and 6th Street N.E. for an expired registration. In the course of the traffic stop, Officers found the outstanding warrant for the probation violation, issued in June of this year.

Schroeder initially gave Police a false name. 2.3 dosage units of oxycodone were found, resulting in the drug charge against him.

Schroeder was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $16,000, secured. He will appear in District Court on September 24 in Hickory.

60-year-old Patricia Ann Banks of Palm Tree Drive in Vale was arrested and charged with one felony count each of possession with the intent to manufacture, sell & deliver cocaine and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance. She was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Working off tips from citizens, Lincoln County Narcotics Detectives conducted an investigation over the span of several months that led to the issuance of a search warrant for a residence on Palm Tree Drive in the Palm Tree Heights Development in Vale. During a search conducted last night (August 26), Detectives located crack cocaine packaged for sale and 13 roxicodone pain pills.

Banks was arrested and placed in the Lincoln County Detention Center under a $17,500 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.

Thursday, 27 August 2015 11:00

Lawndale Man Busted for Crack Cocaine

46-year-old Warren Darnell Tipps of New Hope Road in Lawndale was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before midnight last night (August 26) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of second-degree trespass.

He was arrested after Officers on foot patrol at the Blue Ridge Heights apartment complex on the 900 block of 1st Street S.W. in Hickory spotted Tipps and knew that he had previously been banned from Hickory Housing Authority property. A search of Tipps’ person yielded 0.5 grams of crack cocaine. He was taken into custody without incident.

Tipps was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He will appear in District Court tomorrow in Newton.

23-year-old Jelissa Danale Stinson of 12th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just after ten o’clock last night on one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon.

Events leading to her arrest began as Police performed a health check on a resident at the Ridgecrest apartment complex. A 28-year-old male subject was transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center with a laceration on his back.

Emergency room personnel reported that the victim’s injury was consistent with a stabbing, which was confirmed by Police. The victim was treated and released.

He was reportedly stabbed as the result of a domestic dispute with Stinson. The two lived together, though the nature of their relationship is unclear.

Stinson was taken into custody without incident and jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility, where she was initially held without bond. Bond has since been set at $5,000, secured. She was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015 14:28

Theft of Beer Leads to Stolen Vehicle Arrest

25-year-old Lauren Molita Anderson of 19th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (August 26) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count of larceny.

She was arrested after Police were called to the Kangaroo Express on Highway 70 S.E. where an employee said two women had taken beer from the store and exited without paying. The women reportedly left the store in a silver Jeep Cherokee.

A short time later, Police stopped the Jeep in the Barnes & Noble parking lot, also on Highway 70 S.E. A male passenger in the vehicle, Thomas Arnold, was cited for possessing a glass crack cocaine pipe, which was found under his seat. Lauren Anderson was also issued a misdemeanor larceny citation for taking the beer.

Officers ran the license tag on the Jeep and found that it came back to a Dodge Magnum. A check of the VIN number showed that the Jeep had been reported stolen out of Greenville, S.C. Anderson was arrested just before 3 a.m. and charged accordingly.

The second female spotted at the Kangaroo Express was not charged.

Anderson was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

17-year-old Jacob Marquazes Shaffer of Riverfield Drive and 16-year-old Tyaeem Antion Phifer of Branchwood Road, both from Statesville, have been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers. They were each charged with one count of felony breaking & entering and felony larceny.

They were charged in connection to an incident at about 12:30 a.m. on August 22 when Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Grand Prix gas station on the Wilkesboro Highway in Statesville. Officers received two separate 9-1-1 calls in reference to a break-in at the business.

Deputies confirmed that a break-in had occurred and searched the area in an attempt to locate the suspects. Detectives took statements from witnesses and gathered additional evidence.

As a result of the investigation Shaffer and Phifer were arrested and charged. Another juvenile suspect was also identified and charged. Shaffer and Phifer are both due in District Court on September 14.

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