47-year-old Richard Leroy Lowman, Jr. of “E D" Street in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:45 last night (October 15) on one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering, possession of stolen goods and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lowman was taken into custody at his residence. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. A first appearance was scheduled today in Newton.

31-year-old Dusty Ray Whisnant of Whisnant Road in Patterson was arrested by Hickory Police just after eight o’clock last night (October 15) on two felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and one felony count each of uttering a forged instrument and obtaining property by false pretense. He was also charged as an habitual felon.

Whisnant was arrested after Officers responded to Skill Fish Games on Highway 70 S.W. in reference to the recovery of a stolen vehicle. The suspect, Dusty Ray Whisnant, was located and taken into custody without incident at a nearby convenience store.

He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $70,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

57-year-old Michael Anthony Franklin of West “B” Street in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police Sunday morning (October 14) on one felony count of assault inflicting serious injury including strangulation. He was arrested in connection to a domestic incident that occurred yesterday.

Franklin was taken into custody without incident at 8:15 a.m. yesterday at a hotel on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $1,500, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

30-year-old Alan James Moore of Dogwood Drive in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 7:30 last night (October 14) on one felony count of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested after Police stopped a 2002 Mercury on Falling Creek Road N.E. in Hickory. Officers served the driver with two outstanding processes. During the arrest, Police found 53 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Moore was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $7,000, secured. He has since been released. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (October 15) in Newton.

56-year-old Pamela Speagle Adams of Rhoney Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police just before 3 p.m. Friday (October 12) on two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense and three misdemeanor counts of failure to appear. The felony warrants were issued in June of this year in McDowell County and the misdemeanor warrants were issued in May 2018. It’s not clear which charges she failed to appear on; however, Adams faces a long list of vehicular offenses in McDowell, Beaufort, Wake, Columbus and Caldwell counties.

She was taken into custody without incident at a used car lot on Highway 70 S.E. in Newton. Adams was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,250 secured bond. She was no longer listed as an inmate in Catawba County as of this morning (October 15). Adams will appear in District Court on the felony charges in Marion on October 22.

40-year-old Travoris Dantwan Williams of Philadelphia Road in Lawndale was arrested by Hickory Police Friday morning (October 12) on an order for arrest out of Cleveland County. He faces one felony count of failure by a sex offender to report a change of address.

Williams was taken into custody without incident at about 8:15 a.m. Friday at a residence on 5th Avenue S.W. in Hickory. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $25,000, secured. He was no longer listed as an inmate in Catawba County as of Monday morning (October 15). An appearance in District Court was scheduled for October 19 in Shelby.

26-year-old Anthony Jerod Ravenell and 20-year-old Untre Labron Millsaps, both of the same address on “G” Street in Statesville, have been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers. Ravenell was charged with felony trafficking in cocaine, while Millsaps faces one felony count of possession of cocaine. Both suspects were charged with felony maintaining a dwelling to keep a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

The investigation leading to their arrests began in early September after the Sheriff’s Office received complaints from citizens regarding possible drug activity in the area of “G” Street. Narcotics Detectives observed an unusual amount of traffic coming and going at Ravenell and Millsaps’ residence.

During the investigation, Detectives purchased crack cocaine from the residence on different occasions. Based on undercover surveillance, Detectives determined that Ravenell was selling crack. Ravenell has a violent criminal background and is a repeat drug offender.

Early on the morning of October 11, the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT), Narcotics Detectives and a K-9 unit executed a search warrant at the residence. Ravenell and Millsaps were present at the time. During the search, Detectives found 34.7 grams of crack (valued at $13,880), 3.3 grams of marijuana, 2.6 grams of marijuana wax and $1,062 in cash.

Both suspects were arrested and placed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center. Ravenell was given a $75,000 secured bond, while Millsaps’ bond was set at $10,000, secured. Both suspects were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today.

Ravenell is currently out on bond for June 2017 charges for the possession & sale of cocaine. He also faces cocaine-related charges from Statesville Police dating back to this March.

Hickory Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at a local convenience store early this morning (October 12). At about 3:30 a.m. today, Officers responded to the Speedway store on Highway 127 South.

During the robbery, the suspect entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed sum of cash, the suspect left in an early 2000s-model black four-door S.U.V.

The suspect wore a dark-colored hoodie and light-colored pants.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the robbery should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551 or contact Inv. Shanna Hudson directly at 828-261-2620 or shudson@hickorync.gov.

26-year-old Marcus Gunnar McDowell of 35th Street Place N.E. in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:25 p.m. yesterday on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. He was arrested on a warrant issued on October 1 in Burke County. McDowell was taken into custody without incident at the Probation & Parole office on 26th Street S.E. in Hickory.

He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. Appearances in District Court were set for November 5 & 26 in Morganton. He also has upcoming District Court dates in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Alexander and Catawba counties on a variety of charges.

53-year-old Patrick Lorenzo McClelland of the Wilkesboro Highway in Statesville was arrested by Hickory Police just after 4 p.m. yesterday (October 10) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance. He was also charged with larceny by transfer of price tag from goods to other goods, possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying a concealed weapon, D.W.I., a probation violation and six counts of failure to appear on a misdemeanor. The warrants for his arrest were issued on September 7 in Iredell County.

McClelland was taken into custody without incident at a rehab center on Tate Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. He was initially jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $448,000 secured bond. This morning, McClelland was listed as an inmate in Statesville. District Court appearances were scheduled today and on November 7 in Iredell County.

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