29-year-old Roger Lee Parker of 10th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:20 last night (October 11) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of driving while license revoked.  The warrants for his arrest were issued in Lincoln County in August and September of this year.  Parker was taken into custody without incident at his residence.  He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $11,000 secured bond.  He has since been released.  Parker will appear in District Court in Lincolnton on November 9.

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Shoplifting Call Leads to Felony Drug Arrest

41-year-old Misty Nicole Brown of Brandywine Drive N.E. in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:15 yesterday afternoon (October 10) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count each for simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, simple possession of a schedule V controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. 35-year-old Jennifer Ann Carswell of Millersville Road in Taylorsville was arrested at the same time on a misdemeanor shoplifting charge.

They were arrested after Hickory Police responded to a shoplifting call at the Dollar General store on Highway 70 S.W. Officers found the suspects, Brown and Carswell, and took them into custody without incident. On Brown’s person, Police found 0.2 grams crack cocaine, 13 dosage units of Clonazepam and drug paraphernalia.

Both women were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond for Brown was set at $17,000, secured, while Carswell was given a $2,300 secured bond. Carswell has since been released. Brown was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton. Carswell has a court date on November 9.

35-year-old Richard Miller from the Randolph County Town of Franklinville, N.C. was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:35 last night (October 10) on one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering, larceny of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of stolen goods, plus one misdemeanor count of failure to return hired property.  He was also charged with failure to appear on a felony and two counts of failure to appear on a misdemeanor.

Miller was taken into custody without incident at an address on 12th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory.  He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $46,200 secured bond.  An appearance in District Court was set for November 6 in Asheboro.

49-year-old Crawford Lionel Ellis of 4th Avenue S.W. in Hickory has been charged by a Burke County School Resource Officer with assault on a child under 12.

Ellis, a part-time after school daycare employee, was charged Monday (October 9) after he allegedly struck a nine-year-old in the face with his fist while at Icard Elementary School.

Burke County Public Schools conducted an internal investigation and the parents were informed.  The Burke Co. Sheriff’s Office also conducted its own investigation, with the full cooperation of the school system.  Ellis’ employment was immediately terminated.

Ellis was processed at the Burke County Magistrate’s Office and then released on a written promise to appear in District Court on November 1.

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High Country Crime Stoppers and Probation & Parole Officers in Watauga County are asking for the public’s assistance in finding two men who are listed as absconders from parole.  They are 27-year-old Justin Kevin Anderson and 31-year-old Joshua Edward Baird.

Anderson is on parole as the result of an August 2015 conviction in Watauga County involving a schedule I controlled substance.  Baird is on parole following a June 2014 conviction in Watauga County on felony charges involving methamphetamine.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of either Justin Kevin Anderson or Joshua Edward Baird should call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 or 828-737-0125, or call the Watauga Co. Sheriff’s Office at 828-264-3761.

All information will be kept confidential.  Information leading to an arrest could result in a reward.

29-year-old Samantha Jo Shook of 7th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (October 10) on a charge of felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

Shook was taken into custody without incident at 5:53 a.m. on the 900 block of South Center Street in Hickory.  According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, she was armed with a knife at the time of her arrest.  Shook was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured.  A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

Hickory Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man wanted in connection to a robbery late last month at the Cubbard Express store on Springs Road N.E. in Hickory.

At approximately 8:42 P.M. on September 30, Hickory Police responded to a reported robbery at the Cubbard Express.  The clerk said a suspect came into the store and forcibly demanded money.  The suspect took money from the store and left.

The suspect is described as a black male with a thin build.  He had long dreadlocks and was wearing a sky-blue shirt on his head, a camouflage shirt, jean shorts and white shoes.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551 or contact Investigator Jesse Truesdell at 828-261-2636 or jtruesdell@hickorync.gov.

Late last week, the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office has made its first round of arrests in “Operation Southbound”.  The arrests stem from information gathered by Narcotics Investigators over the last several months, including tips received from social media, emails and discussions with community members.

The operation targets individuals selling illegal drugs in the City of Mooresville and the surrounding area.  Investigators conducted hundreds of hours of surveillance, gathering information on suspects.  Officers were able to make undercover purchases of various types of illegal drugs.

Those arrested are:

21-year-old Viktoria Alexis Caryl of Kemp Road in Mooresville was charged with two felony counts each of possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule I controlled substance and the sale & delivery of a schedule I controlled substance.  She was also charged with one felony count each for possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule III controlled substance, the sale & delivery of a schedule III controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place to sell a controlled substance.  Caryl was given a $75,000 secured bond.

18-year-old Tristan Randy Charles Strickland of Shipyard Pointe Drive in Mooresville was charged with one felony count each of felony possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and the sale & delivery of a schedule VI controlled substance.  Bond was set at $8,000, secured.

27-year-old Michael Gregory Simms of Kalista Lane in Mooresville was charged with one felony count each of possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule III controlled substance and the sale & delivery of a schedule III controlled substance.  He was given a $1,000 secured bond.

26-year-old Mattie Shay Lindley of Kalista Lane in Mooresville faces one felony count of conspiracy to sell or deliver a schedule III controlled substance.  Bond was set at $5,000, secured.

46-year-old Kamaron Lane McKenzie of Glenwood Drive in Mooresville was charged with one felony count each of possession with intent to sell or deliver schedule VI oil and the sale or delivery of schedule VI oil.  McKenzie’s bond was set at $10,000, secured.

Strickland has a court date on October 10.  Caryl, Lindley and McKenzie all have court appearances coming up on October 27.  Simms is due in court on November 7.  

More arrests are anticipated.

25-year-old Candace Arrie-Lynn Johnson of Highway 182 in Lincolnton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:25 Friday afternoon (October 6) on one felony count of larceny.  The warrant for her arrest was issued in Lincoln County on September 19.  Johnson was taken into custody without incident at a residence on 2nd Street Place S.W. in Hickory.  She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $30,000 secured bond.  An appearance in District Court was set for October 17 in Lincolnton.

38-year-old Kristen Nicole Reitzel of South Cedar Avenue in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police late Saturday night (October 7) on two felony counts each of selling a schedule II controlled substance and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance, plus two misdemeanor counts of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance and one count of failure to appear on a misdemeanor shoplifting charge.  She was also arrested on a warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.

The warrants on drug-related charges were all issued on September 19 of this year.  The fugitive warrant comes from Campbell County, Virginia where Reitzel was wanted by authorities in Rustburg, Virginia for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and grand larceny.

Reitzel was taken into custody at 11:50 p.m. Saturday at an address on 24th Street N.E. in Hickory.  She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $41,000 secured bond.  An appearance in District Court was scheduled today (October 9) in Newton.

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