63-year-old Daniel Ussery of 6th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:20 Friday afternoon (August 19) on one felony count each of breaking and entering and habitual larceny.
Ussery had previously been arrested in connection to an incident at the Belk store in Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall on February 28 of this year. The reporting party told Police they saw Ussery conceal a wallet and go beyond the last point of sale without paying.
According to Hickory Police, Ussery has four previous convictions for larceny. He was served a true bill of indictment Friday at a convenience store on North Center Street where he was taken into custody without incident. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today (August 22) in Newton
35-year-old Chad Daunta Bess of 34th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (August 20) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
He was arrested when Officers who were attempting to serve a warrant at a residence on 34th Street Drive N.E. heard what they believed to be gunfire. After further investigation, Officers determined that the sound was a vehicle backfire; however, they did locate Bess in the vicinity, holding a handgun.
Bess, who had a previous felony drug conviction in Catawba County in 1998, was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today on the firearms charge and a number of felony drug charges. He also has a September 19 court date on additional firearms and drug charges.
28-year-old Robert Joshua Copeland of 35th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about three o’clock Friday afternoon (August 19) on one felony count each of forgery of bank notes and uttering a forged instrument, plus a misdemeanor probation violation and misdemeanor failure to appear on a drug paraphernalia charge. He was also charged by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office on a surrender by surety for possession of stolen goods, driving while license revoked not impaired, possession or display of an altered, fictitious or revoked driver’s license and possession of heroin.
He was arrested in connection to an incident on August 6. The general manager at Cookout Burgers on North Center Street in Hickory reported that someone passed a counterfeit $100 bill at the restaurant. The manager was able to give a vehicle description, which led to the identification of Robert Joshua Copeland as the suspect. Warrants for his arrest were issued on the same date.
Copeland was taken into custody at his residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $58,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (August 22) in Newton. Additional court dates are coming up on September 8, September 21 and October 28.
18-year-old Trevin Ali Brown of 28th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before eight o’clock last night (August 18) on one felony count of robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons. He was also served outstanding warrants from June of this year for felony first-degree burglary, felony second-degree kidnapping and misdemeanor simple assault & battery, plus another warrant from December 2015 for felony possession of cocaine.
The robbery charge stems from an incident on July 30. An 18-year-old male victim reported that he was contacted by the suspect through Snapchat regarding a gun that was for sale. The two met at Hickory East Apartments where the suspect allegedly pointed the gun at the victim and fled with both the money and the gun. The suspect and the victim are acquainted.
The outstanding warrants from June come in connection to an incident at the Civitan Court Apartment complex on 17th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. On June 14, two victims heard a knock at the door. A 19-year-old female victim came downstairs and was briefly assaulted. The 23-year-old male victim also came downstairs where he was assaulted and dragged away from the residence. Neither victim was transported to the hospital.
Brown is the third person arrested in connection to that case. 20-year-old Michael Emmanuel Tucker, Jr. of Hickory was arrested on July 10 and 19-year-old Cedric Devonta Ellis of Hickory was arrested on July 29.
Brown was taken into custody without incident yesterday at a residence on 5th Avenue S.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $95,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
A black 2009 Nissan Cube was stolen from the parking lot at the Dollar General store off of Highway 127 in Bethlehem. The victim’s dog, Gabby, was in the vehicle and was also stolen. The dog is a white Shih Tzu.
The incident unfolded at about 6:20 p.m. Wednesday (August 17) as the victim parked in front of the store with the engine running and the air conditioning on as the dog was left in the vehicle. Two white males entered the store and quickly exited. They got into the parked Nissan and drove away with the dog still inside.
The suspects were both described as white males with slim builds in their mid-20s.
The Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Office is investigating. Anyone with information regarding the incident or the whereabouts of the dog or the vehicle should call the Sheriff’s Office at 828-632-1111 or call Crime Stoppers at 828-632-8555.
22-year-old Aleia Kianna Rice of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 10:40 a.m. yesterday (August 17) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
She was arrested when Police stopped a 1992 Ford Explorer driven by Rice for a suspended license and an expired tag. The vehicle was stopped at a restaurant on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Officers found 0.8 grams of crack cocaine on Rice’s person. One other person was in the vehicle but was not charged.
Rice was jailed under a $5,000 secured bond. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
27-year-old Matthew Codi James Hildebran of 37th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 1:40 a.m. yesterday (August 17) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed gun and possession of marijuana up to half an ounce. He was also served outstanding warrants from the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed gun and possession of marijuana up to half an ounce. Those warrants were issued on August 1 of this year.
He was arrested Wednesday when Officers stopped a white 2001 Dodge Durango driven by Hildebran for expired tag and inspection violations. Upon further investigation, Officers learned that the sticker on the license tag was fictitious. The vehicle was pulled over at the intersection of 17th Street N.W. and Main Avenue N.W.
Police also saw a gun holster and located a 9mm handgun near the driver’s seat. They also found 1.5 grams of methamphetamine and 1.2 grams of marijuana.
Hildebran was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $12,000 secured bond. He has since been released. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday in Newton with a Superior Court appearance on the Catawba County warrants coming up on September 8.
The Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry is in urgent need of donations.
Most-needed items include canned fruits and vegetables, spaghetti sauce, canned soups, canned tuna, canned chicken, rice, pasta, cereal and crackers.
Donations are accepted Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and on Fridays from 8 a.m. until noon.
The Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry is located at 31 1st Avenue S.E. in Hickory. Donations may also be made online at ccmhickory.com/donate.html. For more information, call 828-327-0979.
61-year-old Larocca Ned Taylor of Miller Bridge Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police at 4:20 yesterday (August 16) on one felony count for a change of mileage violation and one misdemeanor count of failure to deliver a title. According to North Carolina statute, the felony charge is intended to provide remedies for persons injured by motor vehicle odometer alteration.
The warrants for Taylor’s arrest were issued in June of this year. The complainant listed on the Hickory Police arrest report is the Catawba Co. Clerk of Court.
Taylor was arrested on a true bill of indictment at H.P.D. headquarters and released less than an hour later under a $15,000 unsecured bond. He was scheduled to make an appearance in District Court today in Newton.
A fundraiser will be held at Shell’s Bar-B-Q this Saturday (August 20) to benefit the family of a local man who was seriously injured in an automobile accident on June 7 in Hickory.
43-year-old Randy Brendle of Conover was injured in a three-vehicle collision at the intersection of Tate Boulevard and the McDonald Parkway. One of the other drivers was also injured, but the driver at fault (who was reportedly speeding) was not hurt.
Mr. Brendle, who was not fully healed from a previous major surgical procedure at the time of the crash, has had approximately 20 surgeries since that time. He has had a skin graft in an attempt to close his abdomen and still faces months of rehab and additional surgeries to reconnect tissue and organs in his abdomen.
He has been in the intensive care unit at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem since the accident. The family is dealing with mounting expenses as Mr. Brendle’s wife, Regina, has been spending as much time as possible at the hospital. The couple has a 12-year-old son.
The fundraiser at Shell’s will take place Saturday from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. The restaurant is located at 2609 Springs Road N.E. in Hickory. Anyone wishing to help can also donate at www.gofundme.com/2a2eyrnm.