45-year-old Frances Denise Carroll of Charles Street in Kings Mountain, N.C. was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 5:30 Monday afternoon (June 19) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense.

She was arrested after Officers responded to the Kohl’s store on Catawba Valley Boulevard in Hickory.  Carroll allegedly obtained an item from the store and attempted to return it to customer service without having paid for the item.

Carroll was taken into custody without incident at Kohl’s.  She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $2,500, secured.  She has since been released.  Carroll will appear in District Court on June 26 in Newton.

37-year-old Melvin Franklin Mull of 3rd Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 11 p.m. Monday on one count of felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Mull was taken into custody without incident in a 2017 KIA Soul on South Center Street in Hickory.  He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $8,000 secured bond.  He has since been released.  An appearance in District Court was set for July 11 in Newton.

Also in Catawba County, Mull has a Superior Court date on June 26 for possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine, plus a District Court appearance on July 17 for hit & run, filing a false report and fleeing to elude arrest.  In addition, he’ll appear in a Burke County courtroom on July 12 for assault on a female, making harassing phone calls and stalking.

41-year-old Bradley Dwayne Davis of Statesville made his first appearance in Catawba County District Court today (June 20). Davis is charged with murder in connection to a shooting death in Hickory on Saturday (June 17).

Davis appeared before Judge David W. Aycock where he was assigned an attorney and given a probable cause hearing date of July 11.   He continues to be held in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility without bond.

Davis is accused of killing 37-year-old Shamar Rashad Wilson of Hickory near Alessio’s Lounge on North Center Street at about 2 a.m. Saturday. He turned himself in at the Hickory Police Department yesterday.

Hickory Police continue to investigate.

Today (June 20), the U.S. Senate voted 95-4 to confirm North Carolina native William B. “Brock” Long to be Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  Long, 42, is a graduate of Appalachian State University and currently lives with his family in Hickory.  He grew up in Newton where he graduated from Newton-Conover High School.

N.C. Senator Thom Tillis said, “Brock Long is a North Carolina native who has an impressive track record, and he will bring an intimate understanding of the unique needs of our state when it comes to flood management and disaster recovery.”

A press release issued by the Statesville Police Department states that the deceased black female found in Statesville on June 14 has not yet been identified.  The deceased was found at about 12:30 p.m. on the 14th in a creek behind a residence near the intersection of Rolling Lane at Diamond Street.

The press release states that due to existing conditions at the scene that day, making a positive identification has become a difficult challenge.  The release goes on to say that authorities are working diligently and as quickly as possible to make an identification, utilizing any and all methods available to accomplish the task.

46-year-old Keith Allen Tester, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5 p.m. yesterday on one count of misdemeanor larceny. He was also charged with a felony out-of-county probation violation. The larceny warrant was issued in March 2017 and the warrant for the probation violation was issued in February 2017. The complainant in the larceny case is listed as MetroPCS, a wireless service provider on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory.

Tester was taken into custody without incident on the 300 block of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,750, secured. An appearance in District Court on the larceny charge was scheduled for July 11 with a Superior Court date for the probation violation coming up on July 27.

41-year-old Chrissy Lynne Pressley of Blue Field Lane in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:30 Sunday evening (June 18). She was served true bills of indictment on one felony count of financial transaction card fraud and one count of obtaining property by false pretense.

Pressley was charged in connection to a case in September of 2016 when Officers responded to a fraud case at the Belk store in Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall. An H.P.D. investigation led to Pressley’s arrest Sunday.

Pressley was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday (June 19) with a Superior Court date set for June 26, both in Newton.

Shortly before two o’clock Sunday afternoon, Hickory Firefighters were dispatched to a fire at 1941 20th Avenue Drive N.E.  Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder, one rescue truck and two command units.  

Upon arrival, Firefighters reported fire and heavy smoke coming from the front and rear of the two-story condo.  After ensuring the residents had evacuated, Firefighters worked to contain the fire, which had also extended to the roof of the structure.       

Due to the size of the fire, additional Firefighters responded to the scene.  The fire was reported under control just before 5 p.m.  

One cat died in the fire.  No other injuries were reported.  Two condos were damaged.  Damages were considered heavy to one condo and moderate to an adjoining unit.  The Red Cross responded to assist the occupants. 

Fire Investigators determined the fire was caused by an electrical malfunction

50-year-old Jeraine Ray Wilson of Plateau Road in Vale was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11 p.m. Saturday (June 17) on one felony count of failure to appear.  She was also charged as an habitual felon.

She was arrested in connection to a case from October of 2016 when Officers responded to a shoplifting incident at Walmart on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. Jeraine Wilson was identified as the suspect.

She was taken into custody without incident at an address on 27th Street Drive S.E. in Hickory.  Wilson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $18,500 secured bond.  An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for June 26 in Newton.

27-year-old Terrall Lee Mitchell of 2nd Street S.E. and 24-year-old Tevan Montez Ikard of Village Circle, both from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police early yesterday (June 18).  They were both charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon.  Mitchell also faces charges for felony possession of a stolen firearm and misdemeanor counts of discharging a firearm in the city limits and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

While conducting a property check at Shooters on Highway 127 South in Mountain View, Officers heard gunshots and responded to the area.  The shooter was identified as Terrall Mitchell, Jr.  He was arrested on the scene.  No injuries were reported.  According to H.P.D.’s arrest reports, both subjects were armed with handguns when they were arrested at about 2:30 Sunday morning.

Mitchell was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $38,000 secured bond.  He will appear in District Court on June 26 in Newton.  No bond information or court date was listed for Ikard.  He was not in custody as of this afternoon (June 19).

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