53-year-old Michael James Vassil of Margate, Florida was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (October 2) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested as Officers on patrol at the Quality Suites hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. smelled marijuana coming from a hotel room. A search was conducted, leading to the discovery of 0.01 grams of crack cocaine, 0.9 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Vassil was one of five subjects in the room. He took responsibility for the drugs. The other subjects present were not charged.
Vassil was taken into custody without incident at 1:47 a.m. and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.
17-year-old Tristan Alexander Erdman of 1st Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before seven o’clock last night (October 1) on two felony counts each of larceny after breaking & entering and breaking & entering a motor vehicle. He was also charged with one count of misdemeanor larceny.
He was arrested in connection to vehicle break-ins on September 26 & 30 at the parking deck in downtown Hickory. On the 26th, a Bluetooth speaker, earrings and some chance were taken. A car charger and some cigarettes were stolen in the second incident. One vehicle was locked and one was not.
Investigators reviewed video surveillance footage and were able to identify Erdman as the suspect. He was taken into custody without incident on the 200 block of 1st Avenue N.W. in downtown Hickory.
Erdman was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
The Ridgeview Panther Alumni Celebration has been moved to Friday, October 9 due to potential weather concerns. A decision on the football game scheduled for Friday, October 2 will be made by noon on Friday.
The reception honoring Ridgeview Alumni will now be held at the Hickory High School Media Center on the ninth beginning at 5:30 p.m. Ridgeview alumni will meet on the football field by 7:10 p.m. where they will be recognized.
The game against South Caldwell is set to begin at 7:30 with halftime festivities scheduled to include Hickory High Homecoming celebrations.
42-year-old Carl Franklin Riddle of Gheen Road in Salisbury has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on eight felony counts statutory rape or sex offense when the defendant is more than six years older than the victim.
On June 15, the Sheriff’s Office received a report regarding the alledged sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl by a family member, Carl Franklin Riddle. The victim said the abuse occurred in 2010 at a family member’s home in eastern Iredell County during times when the victim and Riddle were visiting the same family member.
After numerous interviews and further investigation, Det. Sgt. Mike Benfield obtained the warrants for Riddle’s arrest. He was taken into custody on September 28.
Riddle is currently a registered sex offender in Rowan County. He has been on the registry since 2005 after he was convicted of indecent liberties with a minor.
Riddle was jailed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $350,000 bond. He’ll appear in District Court on October 19.
37-year-old Jamie Cook Fox, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:30 yesterday afternoon on a warrant out of Burke County for a felony probation violation and another warrant from Alexander County on six counts of conspiracy to commit a felony.
She was taken into custody at an apartment complex on 11th Street N.E. in Hickory’s Highland area. Fox was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $90,000 secured bond. She’ll appear in District Court in Taylorsville on October 5 and in Superior Court in Morganton on November 9.
The Lincolnton Police Department continues to ask for the public’s assistance in connection to a missing persons case involving Patricia Linn Loveless. Ms. Loveless was last seen and was reported missing on March 13 of this year.
She is a white female, 62 years of age, 5’2” tall, weighing 98 pounds with brown eyes and gray hair. Ms. Loveless was last seen wearing a blue sweatshirt, gray pants and white tennis shoes.
Lincolnton Police say there is no new information in the case; however, the Agency is re-circulating the missing person information in order to keep her picture and information in the public eye. This case is still a priority and remains under active investigation.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Patricia Linn Loveless should contact Lincolnton Police at 704-736-8900 or call Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and information leading to Ms. Loveless’ location could result in a $1,000 reward.
36-year-old Bobby Lee Edwards of Old Shelby Road in Hickory and 25-year-old Courtney Evelyn Calhoun of Indian Grave Road in Lenoir have both been arrested by Hickory Police. Edwards was charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance. Calhoun faces misdemeanor charges for simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The two were arrested when Officers conducted an investigative vehicle stop in the parking lot at the McDonald’s restaurant on Highway 321 N.W. in Hickory. The case under investigation originated in Granite Falls and concerned the fraudulent use of a credit card.
Officers found that there was an outstanding warrant out of Alexander County for Calhoun’s arrest on the schedule II narcotics charge. A search turned up drug paraphernalia in Calhoun’s purse. Also in her purse, Police found Edwards’ wallet, which contained one gram of methamphetamine.
Both suspects were taken into custody without incident. They were taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Edwards set at $5,000, secured, while Calhoun was given a $3,000 secured bond. Edwards was scheduled to make a first appearance in court today. Calhoun has court dates on October 26 and November 19.
67-year-old Dennis Carroll Gwaltney of 3rd Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:10 yesterday afternoon (September 29) on two felony counts of possession of a stolen firearm and single felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested after Officers responded to a complaint regarding a person selling drugs at a residence on the 1600 block of 3rd Street N.E. Police searched the residence and found 27 handguns, two long guns, ammunition, 123 grams of marijuana, 171 dosage units of prescription medication and more than $30,000 in cash.
Gwaltney was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 32-year-old Keisha Nicole McMahon. Ms. McMahon was reported missing from her home on Blair’s Fork Road in Lenoir by family members on Monday (September 28).
She was last seen in downtown Lenoir at about 9 a.m. on September 19. She was wearing a green sweater, pajama pants and no shoes. She is not known to be operating a motor vehicle.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Keisha Nicole McMahon should call the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office at 828-758-2324.
The N.C. State Highway Patrol responded to an accident on Interstate 40 at 9:12 this morning (September 29) in which a tractor-trailer carrying furniture ran into the median and hit a guardrail, spilling approximately 150 gallons of fuel into the roadway. Traffic was briefly shut down in both westbound lanes. By mid-afternoon, one lane remained closed as hazmat crews worked to clean up the spill.
The accident occurred near exit 103, between mile markers 103 and 104. No injuries were reported.
A short time later, as traffic backed up, a four-car, chain-reaction collision occurred near exit 106. At least one person suffered minor injuries in that crash. Both westbound lanes were again closed for a brief time.