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The Hickory Police Department is collecting toys and monetary donations for the Cops for Tots “Christmas Wish House.” The program began in the early 1980s by serving only about 12 families. It has expanded over the years, and, in 2008, almost 2,300 children benefited from the program.

The Christmas Wish House will be at the Winkler Park Activity Center (next to L.P. Frans Stadium) on Clement Boulevard on December 15-17. Hours of operation are from 9 a.m. until 12 noon and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

The Christmas Wish House will be available to City of Hickory residents on the 15th; to Catawba County residents on the 16th; and to Hickory addresses in Burke, Caldwell or Alexander counties on the 17th.

Proof of address will be required. Families who are serviced by the Christmas Bureau in 2014 will not be able to shop at the Christmas Wish House. A parent or guardian must present a photo I.D. of themselves, along with a birth certificate or Medicaid card for each child. Children from birth to 16 years of age are eligible to receive toys. No social security cards will be accepted. No children are allowed inside.

For more information, call 828-261-2642.

24-year-old Adonis Miguel Rutherford of Morganton has been cited by Hickory Police for discharging a firearm in the city limits.

He was arrested after Officers responded to a “shots fired” call outside the Visions Martini Bar & Lounge on 1st Avenue N.W. in downtown Hickory shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday (December 7). Witnesses said the suspect left the area in a gold Cadillac, heading toward 1st Avenue N.E. and 3rd Street N.E. Officers stopped the vehicle and found Rutherford, suffering from obvious signs of an assault, including a cut on the back of his head.

Rutherford was a passenger in the vehicle. A gun was found under the passenger seat. The suspect told Police he had been assaulted inside the club and then kicked out by bouncers. He allegedly got the gun out the Cadillac and fired several shots into the air.

Rutherford was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. No additional injuries were reported. No one was charged for the assault against Rutherford.

A jar containing 7.8 grams of marijuana was also found in the vehicle. The driver was cited for misdemeanor possession.

Rutherford will appear in District Court on January 7.

Just before 11 o’clock Sunday night (December 7), Hickory Firefighters responded to a structure fire at 150 18th Street Place N.W. Upon arrival, Firefighters found smoke and fire coming from the mobile home. Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder truck, one rescue truck and two command units.

Catawba County E.M.S., Hickory Rescue and the Hickory Police Department also responded and assisted with the incident. No injuries were reported, but damages to the building were considered major with estimates set at $2,000. No one was living in the residence at the time. The structure is owned by a 62-year-old man living in Pinewood, South Carolina.

The fire was initially detected when an H.P.D. Officer on patrol was waved down by several persons in the vicinity of 18th Street Place N.W. and 1st Avenue Place N.W. The Officer was able to put out a small fire in a hole in the vinyl siding using a fire extinguisher.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was intentionally set. Several points of origin for the fire were identified.

Anyone with information regarding the incident should call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551 or the Hickory Fire Department Division of Fire & Life Safety at 828-323-7522.

James Gregory, known as the "the Funniest Man in America" will appear at the Hickory Community Theatre on New Year’s Eve (Wednesday, December 31) at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $37 each, reserved seating, and may be purchased online at www.hickorytheatre.org or by phone at 828-328-2283. The theater is located at 30 3rd Street N.W. in downtown Hickory.

Conover Police responded to a larceny at the Conover Wal-Mart at 201 Zelkova Court N.W. in Conover. Police were called at about 9:52 a.m. on Friday (December 5).

Upon arrival, Officers spoke to Wal-Mart’s Asset Protection Officers, who told them the incident occurred at 4:40 a.m. The suspect was described as a black male in his early-to-mid-30s, wearing a Mossy Oak camouflage hoodie, matching camouflage pants and a camouflage toboggan.

The suspect entered the store, took a grocery buggy and selected a Dell desktop computer, five Motorola home video systems and multiple Mossy Oak camouflage jackets with a total value of over $1,200. The suspect exited Wal-Mart through the garden center emergency fire exit where a white Chrysler 200 was waiting to pick him up. There appeared to be two unidentified front seat occupants in the vehicle.

The Conover Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect and his accomplices. Anyone with information should contact Conover Police at 828-464-4698.  

The Burke Co. Sheriff’s Office is seeking information leading to the arrest of the individual or individuals responsible for a breaking & entering at the Country Crossroads Convenience Store at the corner of Highway 64 South and Jenkins Road.

Morganton/Burke Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Callers may remain anonymous. Anyone with information should call 828-437-3333

The Sheriff’s Office reminds citizens never to attempt to apprehend suspects themselves.

33-year-old Kareem Jamar Moore of Northwoods Drive in Kings Mountain has been arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Narcotics Investigators on two felony counts of trafficking in cocaine and one felony count each of maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance and speeding to elude an arrest. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of littering and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

He was arrested at about 6 p.m. yesterday (December 4) as Investigators were conducting surveillance when they saw a suspicious vehicle pull into the parking lot at the Dollar General store in High Shoals. Investigators had received information that Moore would be transporting cocaine to the Lincoln County area.  

Moore did not exit the vehicle, but remained on a cell phone while looking around the parking lot. As the suspect left the parking lot, Investigators pulled in behind the vehicle and attempted to stop the suspect with blue lights and siren. At that point, they saw the driver throw a bag containing a white substance out of the window. Another Officer stopped and retrieved the bag, which contained crack cocaine.

Police chased Moore’s vehicle south on Highway 321 into Gaston County where it was stopped near the Hardin Road exit. Moore was taken into custody without further incident.

Moore was placed in the Lincoln County Detention Center under a $40,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.

59-year-old Michael Greylen Robinson of 1st Avenue Place S.E. in Hickory was served a felony indictment at about 4 a.m. today on one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine.

Robinson was arrested in connection to an incident in August of this year when a Hickory Police Officer on foot patrol saw a suspicious vehicle in the area of 9th Avenue Place S.W. and 2nd Street Place S.W. The Officer conducted a search of the vehicle and found 1.8 grams of crack cocaine.

After his arrest this morning, Robinson was taken into custody without incident and processed at H.P.D. He was released under a $10,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for December 12 in Newton.

A bomb threat was reported at St. Stephens Elementary School at 684 30th Street N.E. in Conover today (December 5).

At last report, Hickory Police were on the scene. The school was evacuated and students were taken by school bus to St. Stephens Lutheran School.

Details are incomplete at this time. The incident remains under investigation.

46-year-old Tina Marie Brown and 41-year-old Christel Gantt Camp, both of Union Church Road in Gastonia have been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Narcotics Investigators on felony charges of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance and conspiracy to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance. In addition, Camp was charged with maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance.

The two were taken into custody during an incident in the parking lot at the Dollar General store in High Shoals. At about 12:45 p.m. yesterday (December 4), Investigators were conducting an undercover operation near the store where they completed a hand-to-hand drug transaction with the suspects.

Brown was placed in the Lincoln County Detention Center under a $15,000 secured bond, while bond for Camp was set at $10,000, secured. Both women were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today.