16-year-old Robert Dijuan Nelson, Jr. of 10th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory turned himself in at Hickory Police headquarters at 10:20 a.m. yesterday (November 19) on one felony count each of robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons and larceny. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count of larceny.

Nelson is the fourth suspect arrested in connection to a break-in at the Georgetown Apartment complex on the 200 block of 6th Street S.W. in Hickory. The incident occurred in the early morning hours on Sunday, November 15, previously reported on WHKY the following day.

Arrested on the fifteenth were 17-year-old Maurisha Jalia LaQuagia Brown of Mayfair Drive, 17-year-old Julius Quinton Carson of 18th Street Place N.W. and 18-year-old Tavior Shawnte Imes of 3rd Street S.W., all from Hickory.

Following his arrest, Nelson was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $30,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court today in Newton.

The entrance to the Mountain View Recreation Center parking lot on 1st Street in Morganton will be closed through Monday, November 23. The city is working to repair the concrete driveway entrance to the parking lot. Visitors may still park in the lot, but they’ll need to access the lot via Alphabet Lane.

The main entrance to the Morganton Aquatics Center should be open Monday, as well. Visitors will no longer have to use the back entrance to the center.

41-year-old Jerry Lamont Lindsey of Lenoir was found guilty of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine by a jury in Burke County. The verdict was handed down Wednesday (November 18) following a two-day trial in Burke County Superior Court. The Honorable Jeffrey P. Hunt, Superior Court Judge from Transylvania County, sentenced Lindsey to serve a prison term of seven-to-nine years in the custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections.

Lindsey’s habitual felon status enhanced the sentence imposed by Judge Hunt. He had prior felony convictions in Caldwell County in 2010, 1993 and 1992.

On January 13, 2013, Lindsey attempted to avoid a license check by fleeing from Officers. After leading Officers on a vehicle chase, the defendant crashed through a fence into a ravine before attempting to flee on foot. Officers gave chase and, with the assistance of MDPS K-9 Officer Scott Lanning, they located Lindsey hiding in the woods.

Lindsey told officers he fled because he didn’t have a license, but a search turned up 68 dosage units of crack cocaine in a pocket and another 23 baggies of powder cocaine in the floorboard of his vehicle.

Tyler Gantt investigated the case for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant District Attorney Chris Back handled the prosecution.

At approximately 1:12 this afternoon (November 19), Officers responded to a shots-fired call on the 600 block of 17th Street Drive N.W. Hickory Police have confirmed that one male victim died from an apparent gunshot wound. His name has not been released.

Police are searching for a black male suspect who fled the scene on foot.   Canines were utilized to track the suspect, but they were unable to locate the man.

In addition to Hickory Police, the Hickory Fire Department, Catawba County E.M.S. and Long View Police all responded to the scene.

Hickory Police are in the early stages of the investigation. Anyone with information should contact the Criminal Investigations Division at 828-328-5551.

Thursday, 19 November 2015 13:56

Vehcile B&E Suspects Sought in Iredell County

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office is looking for three suspects in connection to multiple vehicle break-ins.

Three vehicle break-ins occurred on Teeter Road (near the Rowan County Line) between 11:30 p.m. on November 13 and 7:15 a.m. on November 14. Approximately $900 in Maui Gin and Michael Kors sunglasses were stolen from one victim. There was also a report of a debit card and a credit card stolen and then used at Bojangles, McDonalds and Wal-Mart in Mooresville.

The suspects are three whites males in their late teens or early twenties. One of the suspects was wearing a purple and yellow East Carolina toboggan. The three were seen getting into a black four-door passenger car, possibly a Nissan Altima or Maxima.

The suspects could face charges for breaking & entering a motor vehicle (three counts), larceny of a financial card, unauthorized presentment of a financial card and identity theft.

Anyone with information regarding the suspects should contact Iredell County Sheriff’s Detective Scott Hall at 704-878-3180 or call Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340.

The Hickory Police Department will hold an Offender Notification Call-In this evening (November 19) at 6 p.m.

The event represents a comprehensive strategy of partnerships between law enforcement, service agencies, faith based organizations, criminal justice partners, civic & business groups, educators and neighbors working creatively to provide an environment that helps reduce violent crimes in Catawba County.

Persons with histories of violent criminal activity and other offenders are invited to participate in the program as local agencies join together in an attempt make a difference in those offenders’ lives. The event’s facilitators will explain the local resources and strategies available to help those persons escape the destructive cycle of potentially violent and criminal behavior.

Former students of Hickory Citizen’s Police Academy are also invited to attend. Those attending are encouraged to arrive at least five minutes before the call-in begins, as the doors will be locked after the session is underway.

The event will take place in Hickory City Council chambers at 76 North Center Street. For more information, contact Charles Mackey at cmackey@hickorync.gov or 828-261-2646.

Frank Tucker of Hickory is among three North Carolinians advancing to round two of the Texas Roadhouse National Meat Cutting Challenge. The others are from Concord and Aberdeen. They competed against 12 other skilled meat cutters from Texas Roadhouse restaurants across North Carolina on Tuesday, November 17, at the Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail.

In March, Tucker and his fellow competitors will meet again in Orlando, Florida to face off against other regional winners where they will compete for a chance to advance to the finals.

The winner of the national competition will receive a grand prize of $20,000 and will be crowned Meat Cutter of the Year.

More information has been released regarding the arrest of 25-year-old Dennis Malcolm Chester of Old North Road in Lenoir, first reported Wednesday (November 18) on WHKY. He was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff’s I.C.E. Agents on one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and one felony count of maintaining a dwelling to keep or store a controlled substance.

Officers suspected Chester of dealing marijuana. He was arrested Monday (November 18) after his Parole Officer searched his bedroom and found a pound of marijuana, digital scales and assorted drug paraphernalia.

Chester was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $15,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled Wednesday with another court date coming up on December 12, both in Lenoir.

31-year-old Brandon Stewart Shronce of Hollow Road in Lincolnton, 32-year-old Meghan Elizabeth Cochrane, with a general delivery address in Lincolnton, and 39-year-old Jamie Shane Richard of Ivey Church Road in Iron Station have all been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers. They were each charged with manufacturing a schedule II controlled substance, possession & distribution of meth precursors and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Cochrane was also served a warrant for failure to appear.

The three were arrested yesterday (November 17) for their involvement in a meth lab. Detectives went to a residence near the 3100 block of Loomis Street, near Mirror Lake Road, to investigate a complaint about drug activity. One of the subjects answered the door and Officers detected a strong chemical odor coming from inside. Detectives were given consent to enter the residence where they saw what appeared to be a one-pot meth lab.

Meth lab-certified Narcotics Detectives arrived at the scene and confirmed that the items located inside were, in fact, a meth lab. The residence was secured and Officers contained the crime scene until S.B.I. Agents arrived to assist in the clean-up and evidence collection.  

Following the arrests, Cochrane was held under a $140,000 secured bond while Shronce and Richard were each given a $100,000 secured bond. No court dates are currently listed.

The N.C. Department of Transportation has scheduled a lane closure on the N.C. 150 bridge over Lake Norman to allow for a final inspection of rehabilitation work on the bridge deck and rails.

The lane closure will be in place on Thursday, November 19, beginning at 9 a.m. and should last roughly one hour. The bridge has been undergoing a rehabilitation project that will extend the structure's lifespan. If the inspection goes as planned, the work on the top of the bridge will be complete.

Some final work remains under the bridge deck. That remaining work shouldn't impact traffic.

For real-time travel information, call 5-1-1, visit the Traveler Services section of NCDOT.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.