18-year-old Angel Joseph Medina of Stonewood Drive in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 12:35 yesterday afternoon (March 21) on one felony count of failure to return rental prop with a written purchase option.

He was arrested after Hickory Police responded to U-Haul Moving & Storage of West Hickory on Highway 70 S.W. in reference to failure to return rental property. The reporting party told Police that Angel Medina rented a 2017 GMC Sierra truck on February 23. The truck was discovered missing on March 19.

Approximately one hour after taking the report, an Officer saw the vehicle traveling south on 8th Street Drive N.E. near 8th Street N.E. The Officer stopped the truck near the 800 block of “D” Avenue S.E. where Medina was taken into custody without incident.

Medina was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

34-year-old Michael Dean Hawley of 4th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (March 20) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

He was arrested in connection to an investigation conducted by Hickory Police on March 11 at a residence on 11th Street N.W. That investigation led to Hawley’s arrest today.

Hawley was taken into custody without incident at about 1:40 a.m. today at a fast-food restaurant on 2nd Street N.E. where he is employed. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $2,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

31-year-old Bobby Lashannon Cook of 3rd Street Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:35 Friday night on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of failure to stop for a blue light & siren, possession of marijuana up to half an ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license revoked.

Cook was arrested after Hickory Police stopped a 2006 Jeep Commander on the 200 block of 1st Avenue N.E. in Hickory. The driver did not immediately stop for the blue lights & siren. The vehicle had been involved in a hit and run prior to the vehicle stop. That incident is being investigated by the Highway Patrol.

The driver, Bobby Cook, was taken into custody without incident. Cook's vehicle was searched, resulting in the discovery of 0.4 grams of marijuana, 4.4 grams of cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $9,000, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today (March 19) in Newton.

32-year-old Keith Roger Boughton, Jr. of Glen Hollow Court N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before noon Sunday (March 18) on one felony count of failure to appear on a charge of felony possession of marijuana. The original charge was the result of a vehicle stop on December 4 of last year.

Boughton was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (March 19) in Newton.

24-year-old Michelle Simpson Greer of 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning (March 18) on an outstanding warrant for felony assault on a government official. The warrant for her arrest was issued in Pensacola in Escambia County, Florida.

Greer was taken into custody without incident at 3:50 a.m. Sunday on the 800 block of Highland Avenue N.E. in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where she is being held without bond. A District Court appearance was set for March 29 in Newton.

28-year-old Johnathan Benjamin Penley of Lee Parsons Road in Granite Falls was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on felony counts of speeding to elude arrest, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and breaking & entering. He faces additional charges for failure to appear, larceny and possession of stolen property.

Penley was jailed Friday (March 16) in the Caldwell Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $33,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (March 19) in Lenoir.

60-year-old Christo George Helton of 5th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at agbout 4:30 yesterday afternoon (March 15) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance. The warrant for his arrest was issued by the Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Office. Helton is accused of possessing crack cocaine.

The suspect was taken into custody without incident on the 100 block of 1st Street S.E. He was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released under a $5,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for April 30 in Lenoir.

Thursday, 15 March 2018 11:09

Hickory City Council Ward 2 Seat Filled

Hickory City Council has filled the Ward 2 council seat. During a special meeting Wednesday (March 14), City Council appointed Charlotte Williams to represent Ward 2. The seat became vacant when Vernon Tarlton passed away in January.

Professor Williams is originally from the Chicago area. She holds a Bachelors degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago.

Professor Williams and her family moved to Hickory in the mid-’90s. She is an Associate Dean of Engaged & Global Learning and the Program Coordinator for the Human & Community Services major at Lenoir-Rhyne University.

Professor Williams was elected to serve on the Hickory City School Board in 2008 and again in 2012, serving a total of eight years. She has also served in leadership roles for numerous community boards and organizations.

Professor Williams has four grown sons.

Caldwell County Sheriff’s Investigators are looking for a man who robbed a convenience store this morning (March 15). The robbery occurred at Pappy’s Market on Dudley Shoals Road shortly after the business opened at 7 a.m. today.

The clerk told Investigators that a man came into the store carrying a long rifle. The man took property before forcing the clerk into a back room. The clerk was not injured. The suspect fled the scene in a white sedan. The car was traveling toward the Five Points Intersection, near the town of Granite Falls.

The suspect was described as a clean-shaven white male with brown hair. He was wearing a green polo shirt under a reversible work-type jacket with a camo pattern on the inside and lime green on the outside. He had a gray hoodie over his head, partially covering his face.

Anyone with information regarding the robbery should call the Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Office at 828-758-2324 or call Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300.

47-year-old Michael Shane Williams of Doyle Farm Lane in Mooresville was arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers last Wednesday (March 7) for failure by a sex offender to provide notification of online identifiers.

On March 5, the Sheriff’s Office received information stating that a registered sex offender, Michael Williams, had multiple Facebook accounts. A Deputy with the Sex Offender Verification Unit found five accounts that were linked to Williams. None of the identifiers for those accounts had been filed with the Sheriff’s Office. Williams was placed on the Sex Offender Registry in January 2015 following a conviction for second-degree rape.

Following his arrest, Williams was jailed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond. His next court date was set for March 28.

Williams has a criminal history that includes felony second-degree sexual offense, three counts of misdemeanor larceny, two counts of D.W.I, misdemeanor first-degree trespass, felony second-degree rape and felony common law robbery.

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