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Hickory Police report an incident in which an electronic monitoring beacon was stolen from the city’s courthouse complex at 1418 1st Avenue N.W. The incident occurred at about 4 p.m. Wednesday and was reported the following day.

The victim is listed as the N.C. Department of Correction Probation & Parole division. The beacon is valued at $250 and was used to monitor parolees in the courthouse.

According to Police reports, the suspect is known to law enforcement. It’s not clear if a warrant for suspect’s arrest has been issued.

Hickory Police are investigating.

A special meeting of the Hickory International Council will be held at 6 p.m. this coming Monday (February 2) in the upstairs conference room at the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library.

The purpose of the meeting is to appoint an ex officio representative to serve on the city’s Bond Implementation Commission.

On January 27, Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG) Executive Director Anthony Starr announced that Tina Miller has been promoted to the position of Area Agency on Aging director. The announcement was made during a meeting of the WPCOG’s Policy Board. Ms. Miller will replace Sheila Weeks, the current director, who is retiring at the end of February.

Ms. Miller joined the WPCOG in 1998 as a Job Training Partnership Act Specialist. She became an Aging Specialist with the Aging Services Division in February 1999 and has served in that capacity for the past 16 years. Her work includes conducting assessments of regional service providers and serving as lead monitor for the Area Agency on Aging.

Ms. Miller is a nationally certified Reverse Mortgage Counselor and has conducted almost 900 counseling sessions for older adults in the region. She is the regional coordinator for evidence-based health promotion programs, a master trainer for the “Matter of Balance” Chronic Disease Self-Management Program and the Diabetes Self-Management Program. She is also responsible for maintaining the Area Agency on Aging webpage and the Resource Directory for Older Adults.

Miller has a Bachelor’s in Business Management from North Carolina State University and a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology from Appalachian State University.

Phase one improvements to Hickory Optimist Park are scheduled to begin next week, pending weather conditions. The park is located at 751 2nd Avenue S.W. The park will close on Monday, February 2 and will remain closed until Monday, June 1, while the improvements are being made.

The project will include the replacement of the existing storm drainage system, construction of an approximately 0.2-mile paved walking trail, construction of a new park entrance on 2nd Avenue S.W. and the installation of an outdoor fitness zone.

Mack McLeod, Director of the city’s Parks & Recreation Department, says the need for improvements in the park was first identified in the 1998 Green Park Neighborhood Association’s Neighborhood Plan, which specifically identified the need for a paved walking trail. At that time, the storm drainage system had also begun to fail, resulting in the decision to replace it at the same time the walking trail was constructed.

The outdoor fitness zone will consist of six different pieces of fitness equipment specifically designed for outdoor use, located near the park’s existing playground.

Because Hickory Optimist Park is located within an area eligible for Community Development Block Grant funds, federal monies are being used for the project in lieu of local public dollars.

39-year-old Jennifer Jane Davies, who is listed as a homeless person from Asheville, was arrested by Hickory Police on a number of felony warrants out of Buncombe County. She was charged with possession of heroin, conspiracy to traffic in heroin, sale or delivery of heroin, three counts of trafficking in heroin or opium and two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule I controlled substance. All the charges are felonies.

She was taken into custody at about 1:30 this morning (January 30) without incident at the Red Roof Inn, just off of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory.

Following her arrest, Davies was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $440,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for February 2 in Asheville.

More charges have been filed against 24-year-old Christopher Michael Lovill of Lockhard Circle in Troutman. Lovill was previously charged with ten counts of first-degree sex offense with a child and eight counts of first-degree sex offense, previously reported by WHKY on January 16. He has now been charged with three counts of making harassing phone calls and three domestic violence protection order violations, as well as one count for felony stalking.

On January 12, Lovill was served with a Domestic Violence Ex-Parte Order, prohibiting him from any type of contact with a subject with whom he had been involved in a domestic dispute. After the court order was in place, Lovill continued to make numerous phone calls from the detention center. The incidents were reported on January 21, resulting the latest charges against Lovill.

Lovill is currently awaiting trial in the Iredell County Jail. His bond, which was initially set at $110,000, has been increased to $310,000. He will appear in court on the sex offense charges on February 3 with another court date on the newer charges scheduled for February 11.

Friday, 30 January 2015 11:44

Mooresville Man Robbed at His Mailbox

At about 6:15 on the morning of January 29, a citizen on Hobbs Lane in Mooresville drove to his mailbox where he was approached by a white male wearing a full-face helmet and all black clothing. The suspect displayed a knife and demanded money. The suspect then took the victim’s wallet and a struggle ensued. The victim and the suspect fought before the suspect fled on foot into a wooded area where Investigators believe he had a four-wheeler waiting. The suspect likely left the area riding the four-wheeler. The suspect’s last known direction of travel was from Hobbs Lane towards Midway Lake Road.

Anyone with any information regarding the incident should contact the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180.

36-year-old June Marie Epperson, 18-year-old Jason Isaiah Rhody and 18-year-old Jarik Dashawn Gist, were all arrested Wednesday (January 28) by Iredell County Sheriff’s officers. Epperson was charged with conspiracy to commit breaking & entering. Rhody and Gist were each charged with breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and larceny of a firearm. Rhody also faces 16 charges in Harnett County.

On January 6, Iredell County Deputies responded to an alarm at the Shell station on Campground Road. When Deputies arrived on the scene, they found a front door unlocked. It appeared that someone had been inside the store. When the store’s owner arrived, he confirmed that several items were taken from behind the counter. Deputies and the storeowner reviewed surveillance footage, which showed two masked subjects entering the store with a key and taking cash, cigarettes, cigars and a pistol that was hidden behind the counter.

Investigating Detectives conducted numerous interviews and asked for the public’s help in identifying one of the suspects, who was shown in the video wearing a trucker’s jacket with “MCA” on the back in large letters. The incident was reported January 14 on WHKY. Acting on a Crime Stoppers tip, Detectives found the jacket at a residence in Mocksville. The jacket was seized and Detectives attempted several times to make contact with the suspect.

Detectives then made contact with three suspects in Winston Salem where the three were staying in a motel room together. One of the suspects, June Marie Epperson, was a former employee at the Shell station and still had a key to the business. Detectives verified that the business owner had not changed the locks and several ex-employees still had keys that were not turned in. Arrest warrants were issued.

Two of the suspects had criminal histories and one of the items stolen in Iredell County was a firearm. In light of those facts, on Wednesday (January 28), Detectives and Deputies requested assistance in serving the warrants from the Winston Salem Police Department’s Special Emergency Response Team (SERT). Officers went to the Motel 6 on North Patterson Avenue where the suspects were taken into custody without incident.

Epperson was jailed under a $25,000 secured bond. Rhody was given a $60,000 secured bond, while bond for Gist was set at $30,000, secured. All three were scheduled to make first court appearances yesterday (January 29) with upcoming court dates on February 9.

Lincolnton Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teen, 15-year-old Breanna Danielle Hoyle. She was reported missing by her guardian on January 22.

Ms. Hoyle is a white female. She is 5’3” tall and weighs 115 pounds. She has blue eyes and brown hair.

For additional information contact Det. B. Heavner at bheavner@lincolntonpolice.com or 704-736-8900.

[NOTE:  Ms. Hoyle went missing on January 22, the same date it was reported to Police.  Information stating that she was last seen in April 2014 was incorrect.]

Thursday, 29 January 2015 11:44

Hickory Woman Indicted on 2013 Meth Charges

27-year-old Samantha Lynn Metz of 2nd Street S.E. in Hickory was served a true bill of indictment by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a warrant issued in November of last year. The case dates back to 2013. Metz faces felony charges for manufacturing methamphetamine and conspiracy to manufacture meth.

Following her arrest, Metz was released on a $135,000 unsecured bond. She will appear in Superior Court tomorrow (January 30) in Newton.

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