30-year-old Jose Anibal Cotto Solis of Brittain Drive in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:20 Saturday afternoon (February 15) on one felony count of possession of a stolen firearm and two misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed gun.

He was arrested after Hickory Police initiated a traffic stop on 9th Avenue S.E. in Hickory. During the stop, Officers found a Smith & Wesson handgun that had been reported stolen out of Burke County.

Solis was taken into custody without incident. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (February 17) in Newton.

36-year-old Craig Lashawn McClain of 17th Avenue S.E. in Catawba was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (February 15) on one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine. He was also served a number of outstanding warrants for assault on a female, injury to personal property, injury to real property, failure to appear twice for possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver cocaine; failure to appear four times for possession of a stolen firearm, failure to appear twice for possession of a firearm by a felon, and failure to appear twice for possession of marijuana up to half an ounce. The warrants were issued on November 18, 2019 and on February 15 of this year.

McClain was arrested when Officers on patrol near a convenience store on Springs Road N.E. in Hickory saw a suspicious vehicle. Officers found that the occupant of the vehicle, Craig Lashawn McClain, had outstanding warrants. McClain was reportedly in possession of 12.9 grams of crack cocaine at the time of his arrest. The outstanding warrants stem from an incident and initial arrest in July of 2018.

McClain was taken into custody without incident Saturday at about 3:45 a.m. at the convenience store. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $63,500 secured bond. District Court dates were scheduled today and on February 24, with a Superior Court date coming up on March 16, all in Newton.

Caldwell County Schools, particularly Hudson Middle School, has been the target of threatening comments through social media. An ongoing investigation has identified the social media account as an out-of-state account.

Local law enforcement agencies are working closely with federal authorities to investigate the online threats. Law enforcement says there is no imminent danger to any student and the messages do not appear to be a credible threat.

Additional law enforcement presence may be seen on and around school campuses tomorrow (February 18) for increased safety and security. Students return to school tomorrow after a professional development day for faculty and staff.

Parents have been notified of the investigation. The school district continues to encourage students to report any disturbing or dangerous messages that are seen online.

Monday, 17 February 2020 09:34

Vandalism Damages Vehicle Tires at H.P.D.

Hickory Police are investigating vandalism at the police station's parking lots. On February 14, Hickory Police administration was made aware of multiple police vehicles and several civilian vehicles that were damaged by nails in tires.

Over 50 black, half-inch metal tacks were found in employee and public parking lots. Police are currently submitting video footage to their digital forensic lab for review. Administration is confident that images of the suspect or their vehicle will be retrieved to aid in identification. Incidents of vandalism to tires could cause vehicle crashes due to tire failure or the inability of emergency personnel to reach citizens in need because their vehicles have been rendered inoperable.

Citizens that visited the Hickory Police Department last Thursday or Friday (February 13 or 14) should check their tires for damage. Anyone affected can obtain a police report, free of charge, at police headquarters.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information should contact Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

The N.C. Division of Adult Correction & Juvenile Justice has named Harold Reep as the new warden of the Catawba Correctional Center in Newton. Warden Reep, 52, had been the warden at the Rutherford Correctional Center in Spindale since 2018.

In his new position, Warden Reep is responsible for all operations at the Catawba Correctional Center, which is a male, minimum-custody facility that places an emphasis on programs designed to prepare offenders for success when they reenter their communities. The facility offers a work-release job program, drug & alcohol treatment, narcotic & alcohol anonymous programs, high school equivalency exams, and participation in a vocational program offered by Catawba Valley Community College.

Warden Reep, a graduate of Avery County High School, began his career in 1995 as a correctional officer at Foothills Correctional Institution. He advanced through the ranks as sergeant, assistant unit manager, lieutenant, shift captain, and special operations captain at that facility.

He was promoted to warden at Gaston Correctional Center in 2015 and moved to the warden position at Wilkes Correctional Center in 2017. He was named warden at the Rutherford Correctional Center in 2018.

The Catawba Correctional Center is located at 1347 Prison Camp Road in Newton.

41-year-old Alta Christine Zamora, who is listed as a homeless person, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:10 yesterday afternoon (February 13) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. She is wanted by the Sheriff's Office in Wise County, Virginia on unspecified charges. Zamora was taken into custody without incident at a hotel on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

40-year-old Steven Eugene Hurst, who lists an address on Hickory Drive in Claremont and is also listed as a homeless person from Conover, has been arrested on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He is wanted by the Louisiana Dept. of Public Safety in East Baton Rouge Parish for a parole violation. He was initially charged with possession of stolen property.

Hurst was taken into custody yesterday (February 12) and jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

34-year-old Bryan Keith Jackson, Jr. of Connelly Springs Road in Granite Falls was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff's Officers yesterday (February 12) for felony failure to register as a sex offender. Jackson is on the sex offender registry as the result of a May 2008 conviction in Catawba County for kidnapping against a minor. The offense occurred in January 2007. Following his arrest, Jackson was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center and then released under a $1,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make an appearance in District Court today in Lenoir.

Thursday, 13 February 2020 10:54

Lenoir Man Arrested on Felony Cocaine Charges

52-year-old Kim Antwon Walton of N.W. Rankin Street in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (February 12) on felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance. Walton was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make an appearance in District Court yesterday in Lenoir.

Thursday, 13 February 2020 10:52

Lenoir Man Jailed on Felony Weapons Charge

60-year-old Dennis Blaine Robinson of Old North Road in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff's Officers yesterday (February 12) for felony possession of a weapon of mass destruction. Following his arrest, Robinson was jailed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $25,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday in Lenoir.

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