37-year-old Elsie Leona Farris of Cemetery Loop in Hickory was arrested at about 1:30 yesterday afternoon (May 18) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of shoplifting. She was taken into custody without incident at the Wal-Mart store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for tomorrow in Newton.
The Valdese Town Council has announced that Seth Eckard will serve as the next Town Manager in Valdese, effective July 1. Current Town Manager Jeff Morse served for 35 years before announcing his retirement recently.
Mayor Chip Black and the Valdese Town Council conducted an extensive hiring process to select Morse’s successor. Eckard was chosen from a list of 43 applicants. Applicants from as far as New York, Florida and Kansas applied for the position, but in the end, the Council chose Eckard due to a combination of his education, experience and community engagement.
Eckard has served as the Town Administrator for the Town of Sawmills in Caldwell County since January 2011 where he supervised 14 employees and a $3 million budget. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a B.S. in Political Science and a Masters of Public Administration. He also graduated from the Municipal Administration Course & Public Executive Leadership Academy at the U.N.C. School of Government.
The Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG) assisted the town with the search process.
31-year-old Lavar William Stroud-Dennis of Owens Street in Greensboro was arrested early Saturday morning (May 16) by Hickory Police on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance.
He was arrested when Police on foot patrol at the Sleep Inn on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory detected the odor of marijuana coming from room number 222. The hotel desk clerk confirmed that Lavar Stroud-Dennis was the room’s only occupant. Police searched the room, leading to the discovery of 1.6 grams of marijuana and 0.5 grams of crack cocaine.
Stroud-Dennis was taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday (May 18) in Newton. His next court date is coming up on June 8.
53-year-old Jonathan Ray Connelly of 9th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:15 Saturday evening (May 16) on one felony count of possession of cocaine.
He was arrested when Officers on foot patrol on the 200 block of 9th Avenue Place S.W. spotted a suspicious male leaving a residence at the Blue Ridge Heights apartment complex. Officers approached the man and identified him as Jonathan Connelly. As they patted Connelly down for weapons, 0.2 grams of crack cocaine were found.
He was also charged by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office on an outstanding warrant for non-support of a child.
Connelly was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday (May 18). Subsequent court dates were set for May 21 and June 8.
The City of Hickory Public Housing Authority will receive $250,000 to purchase security cameras at the Blue Ridge Heights and Ridgecrest apartment complexes to improve security and monitoring.
The funds were awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development to help fight crime and drug activities on public housing properties. The funding announced today (May 18) is part of $6 million awarded nationwide to help secure public housing.
Elsewhere in North Carolina, the Rocky Mount Housing Authority was awarded $218,386.
55-year-old Tommy Lynn Morris of 17th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early yesterday morning (May 17) on felony counts of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering, as well as one misdemeanor count of possession of stolen goods or property.
He was arrested after Police received a report of someone in an apartment at the West Hickory Senior apartment complex on the 300 block of 17 Street S.W. The apartment was empty as its previous occupant is deceased. The family confirmed that no one should have been in the apartment.
Officers found a window broken out by a brick and located Morris nearby with a bag of food that had been removed from the apartment. He was taken into custody without incident at about 1:35 a.m.
Morris was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $6,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today.
24-year-old Ryan Marc White of 34th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (May 16) on one felony count each of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of cocaine.
He was taken into custody without incident in the area of 8th Street N.E. and 9th Avenue N.E. Following his arrest, White was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (May 18).
The Hickory Police Department will host a “Coffee with a Cop” event beginning at 8 a.m. on June 13 at Dunkin Donuts on 2nd Street N.E.
The event provides the public with an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Hickory’s neighborhoods. “Coffee with a Cop” allows community members to come together with Officers in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee.
“Coffee with a Cop” is a national initiative supported by the United States Dept. of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
For more information, contact Lt. Philip Demas at 828-261-2677 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
17-year-old Rayven Franklin Carpenter of 18th Avenue Place N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:30 Friday afternoon (May 15) on one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.
Carpenter, who is listed as a student at the Rosenwald School, was taken into custody at the Hickory Marketplace Shopping Center on Springs Road N.E. He has been jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $50,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for tomorrow (May 19) in Newton.
No further details are available.
28-year-old Dustin Clark Lawhon of Bravard Street in Valdese was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:40 last night (May 17). He was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance.
He was arrested after Officers received information that Lawhon was selling crack cocaine at the Sunny Valley apartment complex. Police located Lawhon on the 4th Street S.E. side of the complex. There, they searched Lawhon’s person, leading to the discovery of a baggie containing 1.6 grams of crack cocaine.
Lawhon was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.