33-year-old Ronald Piper Vicente of 9th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (December 8) on one felony count each of possession of schedule I and schedule II controlled substances, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Piper was taken into custody without incident at about 4:15 a.m. today at a grocery store on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $8,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
Due to a threatening phone call, South Caldwell High School has been evacuated to the Granite Falls Recreation Center. Car drivers have been released for the day, but all other students have been transported to the Granite Falls Recreation Center. Parents may pick up students at the Recreation Center, or -- when the facility is cleared by local law enforcement -- the students will be returned to the school.
Parents will receive an alert notification when the facility has been cleared for regular operations.
Hickory Public Schools will close early, today (Friday, December 8) due to impending weather conditions. Hickory High and middle school students (Grandview and Northview) will be released at 12:30 p.m. today. HCAM students will be released at 1:30 p.m. All elementary & primary students will be released at 1 p.m. All after-school activities and games are cancelled.
In addition, due to snowy weather conditions, Caldwell County Schools will release 1.5 hours early today.
28-year-old Jim Xiong of Sedona Drive in Nebo was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:25 a.m. yesterday (December 7) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
He was arrested after Hickory Police responded to an address on 14th Avenue S.W. in reference to a possible stolen vehicle at that location. Upon arrival, Jim Xiong was found inside the stolen vehicle.
Xiong 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 scheduled today in Newton.
44-year-old Scott Walter Curtis of 20th Avenue N.W. in Hickory was arrested yesterday (December 7) by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers for felony disseminating obscenity.
Curtis was the choral director at South Caldwell High School. His position with the school was terminated yesterday and he was arrested a short time later.
Following his arrest, Curtis was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled Monday (December 11) in Lenoir.
Additional charges are possible.
The individual whose body was found at the scene of a fire in Burke County on Wednesday, November 29 in Burke County has been identified. The deceased is the homeowner, Carolyn Hollifield.
Firefighters responded to the scene on Windy Hill Drive in Morganton at about 2:23 that afternoon. A detached garage was on fire with about a quarter of an acre of woodland burning behind the garage. Firefighters found the body of a white female in her mid-60s behind the garage.
The Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed the victim’s identity as Ms. Hollifield. The cause of death has not been released; however, no evidence of foul play was found during the examination.
The fire was found to be accidental. It started outside with yard debris that had been cleared and spread to the garage and contiguous woodland behind the home.
27-year-old David Eleck Williams of Columbia, S.C., formerly of Lincolnton, has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count each for possession of a stolen firearm and possession of cocaine
Just after midnight today (December 7), Lincoln Co. Narcotics Detectives arrested Williams following a traffic stop on Highway 73 near the intersection of South Pilot Knob Road in Denver.
Investigators were conducting surveillance at a local business near the intersection of Highway 73 and Highway 16 when they spotted what appeared to be drug activity in the parking lot. One of the individuals involved got into a truck with South Carolina tags. Detectives ran the license plate and discovered it was fictitious. The truck left the parking lot and headed south on Business Highway 16 South.
A traffic stop was and the driver admitted to possessing a gun and cocaine. The firearm reportedly belonged to an Officer with the West Columbia Police Department. The stolen handgun and cocaine were seized and the suspect’s truck was impounded.
Williams was arrested and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $12,500 secured bond. A first appearance in court was scheduled today.
48-year-old Prieor Franklin Childers, Jr. of Rinehardt Road in Mooresville has been charged with sexual battery by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers.
According to a press released issued yesterday (December 6) by the Sheriff’s Office, the charge stems from an incident at about 10 p.m. on November 9 when Deputies responded to a domestic dispute at the residence on Rinehardt Road. Deputies learned that a male subject had been cut with a knife on the left side of his face by a female family member. The male subject was identified as Prieor Franklin Childers, Jr. He was taken to Carolina’s Medical Center in Charlotte for emergency medical treatment. The female subject was still at the residence.
Investigators responded to the scene and to the hospital to interview those involved. Detectives learned that Prieor Childers was cut after he attempted to sexually assault his 25-year-old niece. The niece grabbed a kitchen knife to defend herself and repeatedly warned Childers to stay away from her. Childers continued to assault the female until she swung the knife, cutting Childers. Based on witness statements and evidence gathered at the scene, Detectives determined that the female was defending herself.
No bond or court date are currently listed for Childers.
The suspect had recently been released from jail and was temporarily staying with family members when the incident occurred. Childers has previous convictions for assault on a female, drug possession, larceny, and breaking & entering.
49-year-old Michael Allen Squire of 28th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:45 yesterday afternoon (November 6) on one count of failure to appear on a felony.
Squire was arrested in connection to a larceny that occurred on December 8 of last year at the Dollar General store on Highway 70 S.W. He faces a charge of habitual felony larceny.
Squire was taken into custody without incident Tuesday at a restaurant on 11th Avenue S.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $25,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for February 19 in Newton.
32-year-old Keith Roger Boughton, Jr. of Glen Hollow Court N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after nine o’clock last night (December 4) on one felony count of possession of marijuana.
According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, at the time of his arrest, Boughton was in possession of 78.1 grams of marijuana in three baggies and a cigarette box.
Boughton was taken into custody without incident on the 800 block of 6th Street N.E. He was processed and released under a $2,500 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled tomorrow in Newton.