41-year-old Bryantae Monreek “Spunk” Evans of Ione Baker Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before nine o’clock last night (October 30) on one felony count of possession with intent to sell cocaine and misdemeanor count each of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer and second-degree trespass.  According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, Evans was in possession of 5.7 grams of crack cocaine at the time of his arrest.

Evans was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured.  He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

37-year-old Eddie Carlos Linder of South Center Street in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 10:30 a.m. yesterday (October 30) on two felony counts of selling cocaine and one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine.  He was also charged as an habitual felon.

Linder was taken into custody without incident at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.  He had been hospitalized following a shooting early Saturday morning (October 28) at the La Rumba nightclub on Highway 70 S.W.  Linder was arrested yesterday on an outstanding warrant.

He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond.  He has since been released.  Linder will appear in Superior Court on January 2 in Newton.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 09:55

Missing Hickory Man Found, Safe

81-year-old Deward Charles "D.C." Gray has been found.  According to a press release issued by Hickory Police, Mr. Gray is safe.  A Silver Alert had been issued this morning (October 31) for Mr. Gray, who suffers from dementia.  He had last been seen on the 100 block of 39th Avenue Court N.W. in Hickory.

Monday, 30 October 2017 13:19

Two Charged as Domestic Dispute Escalates

69-year-old Johnny Lee Finandis and 55-year-old Felicia Case Finandis, both of the same address on Aster Lane in Stanley, have been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Deputies as the result of a domestic dispute that spiraled out of control Sunday evening (October 29).  Johnny Finandis is charged with one felony count each of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and discharging a firearm into occupied property.  Felicia Finandis was charged with one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill inflicting serious injury.  

Events leading to the arrests unfolded as Deputies were dispatched to the Aster Lane residence at about 7 p.m. yesterday.  Deputies found that the property owner, Johnny Finandis, had fired a shot from a 12-gauge shotgun through the front door.  

The incident started when Finandis’s wife, Felicia, and her son got into an argument because the son’s girlfriend was laughing at something they were watching on television.  Felicia Finandis came out of an adjacent bedroom and the two females got into an altercation.  The son stepped between the two women.  At that point, Felicia Finandis began swinging a knife, striking and injuring the son’s finger.

Johnny Finandis entered the residence as the argument continued.  He and his wife then went outside.  While they were gone, those who remained inside locked the door.  At that time, Johnny Finandis returned with a shotgun and fired through the front door.  Just inside the door was a small child on an inflatable mattress.  No one was hit by the pellets.

Both suspects were placed in the Harven A.Crouse Detention Center.  Johnny Finandis was held without bond.  Felicia Finandis was given a $25,000 secured bond.  No court dates are currently listed.

Hickory Police are investigating a shooting that occurred Saturday (October 28) at La Rumba de Cache (Club Rumba), 534 U.S. Highway 70 S.W.

The incident was reported at 2:12 a.m. Saturday when two men suffering from gunshot wounds were treated at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.  Investigators learned that the shooting occurred in the parking lot outside the nightclub.  The two men, whose injuries were not life-threatening, are a 37-year-old and a 28-year-old, both from Hickory.

No one has been charged or arrested.  No warrants have been issued.

No other injuries were reported.  A 1982 Nissan was damaged during the incident.

The Hickory Police Department’s investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551 or contact Investigator Shanna Hudson directly at 828-261-2620 or shudson@hickorync.gov.

25-year-old Rebecca Nichole Larcinese, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (October 30).  She was charged with a felony probation violation.  Larcinese is on probation as she serves an 18-month suspended sentence following a May 2017 conviction in Catawba County for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance.  The warrant for her arrest was issued in Burke County.

Larcinese was taken into custody without incident at about 1:50 a.m. today at an address on 1st Avenue Place N.W. in Hickory.  She was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond.  As of 10:30 this morning, she was not listed as an inmate.  An appearance in Superior Court was set for November 6 in Morganton.

33-year-old Rico Jerome Gore of 9th Street Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:30 yesterday afternoon (October 26) on one felony count of possession of cocaine, one misdemeanor count each of larceny and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer, plus two misdemeanor counts of failure to appear.

He was arrested after Officers responded to a shoplifting call at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E.  A Loss Prevention Officer reported that a suspect concealed items and walked past the last point of sale.  The suspect was detained by Loss Prevention until Hickory Police arrived and placed Rico Jerome Gore under arrest.  Gore initially gave Police false information, resulting in the resisting charge.

The felony cocaine charge comes from an outstanding warrant dating back to December 2016.  The failure to appear warrants are from September of this year.

Gore was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,500 secured bond.  He has since been released.  An appearance in Superior Court on the cocaine charge was scheduled today in Newton.  Gore will appear in District Court on the other charges on December 6.

45-year-old Anthony Scott Jordan of Wilson, N.C. was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (October 26) on two counts of robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons.  Jordan is the suspect in robberies at a Little Caesars restaurant and a Boost Mobile store in Hickory.

The robbery at Little Caesars on 12th Avenue N.E. was reported at approximately 2:06 p.m. yesterday.  The suspect vehicle and the suspect were located nearby.  The suspect was later identified as Anthony Scott Jordan.  Jordan was also identified as the suspect responsible for an armed robbery at Boost Mobile that occurred Wednesday (October 25), as reported on WHKY yesterday.  

Jordan was taken into custody without incident at about 3 p.m. at an address on 21st Street N.E.  He was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

Preliminary information from the National Weather Service in Spartanburg has confirmed that an EF2 tornado touched down Monday (October 23) near the Hickory Regional Airport, destroying a hangar and planes inside.  Initially, the tornado was very narrow, with damage localized to the one hangar.

The tornado downed some trees in Winkler Park, then continued northeast straddling the Caldwell/Catawba County line.  While weakening to an EF1 classification, the tornado widened to almost three-quarters of a mile, with damage on either side of Lake Hickory in both counties.

Significant tree damage occurred with hundreds of trees downed, many on houses, cars and other structures.  Additional tree damage occurred outside the tornado's path due to widespread intense straight-line winds.  The tornado turned left, narrowed, and straddled the Alexander/Caldwell County line, again resulting in tree damage with some structural damage from falling trees.

The tornado shifted back to the northeast, finally weakening and lifting just south of the Alexander/Wilkes County line, west of Highway 16.

The storm had an estimated maximum wind speed of 125 mph and a maximum path width of 3,900 yards.  It traveled a distance of 22.83 miles.  An EF2 storm has wind speeds from 111 to 135 mph, while an EF1 has wind from 86 to 110 mph.

47-year-old Kevin Scott Creel of Buffalo Shoals Road in Lincolnton was arrested by Lincoln Co. Patrol Deputies yesterday (October 25) on one felony count of intimidating or interfering with a witness.  He was also served a misdemeanor warrant from Mecklenburg County for communicating threats.

On October 24, a male subject filed a report with the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office stating that Kevin Creel’s co-workers had told him that Creel was attempting to solicit the co-workers to cause harm to the reporting party or his property.  Detectives charged Creel accordingly.

Following his arrest, Creel was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under an $18,000 secured bond.  He was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln Co. District Court today, with a Mecklenburg County court date coming up on October 31.

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