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41-year-old Randy Everette Spivey of Eli Lane in Denver turned himself in to Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers Friday (July 17) on one felony count of statutory rape or sex offense of a person 13, 14 or 15 years old by a defendant at least six years older.

The incident occurred on May 20 at the 14-year-old female victim’s home. It wasn’t reported until May 23. The suspect is known to the victim.

Detectives had been searching for the suspect for several weeks before he turned himself in to authorities on July 17. Spivey has been confined in the Lincoln County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (July 20).

45-year-old Michael Lee Huffman of Clear Springs Drive in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:45 Saturday night on one felony count of habitual misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and D.W.I.

He was arrested when Officers saw a moped driven by Huffman weaving on the roadway. Police conducted a traffic stop on the McDonald Parkway where they searched Huffman and found two grams of marijuana. There was an outstanding warrant dated May 4 of this year on the assault charge.

Huffman was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set a $10,500, secured. He has since been released. A Superior Court appearance on the assault charge was scheduled for September 8.

Monday, 20 July 2015 14:05

Lenoir Man Caught with Burglary Tool

27-year-old Jesse James Ralph Lefevers of Hollomans Place in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:15 Friday morning (July 17) on one felony count each of breaking & entering a building and preparation to commit burglary.

At about 8:40 a.m. Friday, Police responded to an alarm at the Jewelry Exchange on North Center Street. As Officers checked the back of the building, they saw a man, Jesse Lefevers, walking away from the area.

As they spoke to Lefevers, Officers noticed a pry bar in his possession. The door showed signs of attempted forced entry, though no one gained entry into the store.

Lefevers was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $25,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (July 20) in Newton.

Monday, 20 July 2015 14:01

Hickory Man Charged with B&E; Larceny

44-year-old John Sherman Jock, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6 p.m. Saturday (July 18) on one felony count of breaking & entering and one misdemeanor count each of larceny and possession of stolen goods.

Events leading to his arrest began at about 4:20 Saturday afternoon when Officers responded to a possible breaking & entering at the Westminster condominiums. The victims were not at home when a subject or subjects entering their residence and took multiple items, including computer equipment, a nail gun, shampoo, a camera and an S.D. card.

Witnesses described a possible suspect, who was found, on foot, a short distance away. In his possession was a sofa cushion cover taken from the residence and filled with the stolen items. Witnesses remembered the man, John Jock, who had previously been in the area asking residents if they wanted a free copy of the local newspaper.

Jock was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (July 20) in Newton.

53-year-old Randy Culree Shuford of Hickory was seriously injured Sunday evening (July 19) when the moped he was driving struck a pedestrian. The pedestrian, 18-year-old Marquavious Kelsey Sudderth of Charlotte, suffered minor injuries.

The incident occurred at 8:44 last night (July 19) as Shuford was driving a 2012 Yamaha Zuma northbound on the 900 block of South Center Street.

Mr. Shuford sustained critical injuries and was taken by Catawba Co. E.M.S. to the Hickory Regional Airport where he was transported to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. No further update on his condition is available.

Mr. Sudderth was treated at Frye Regional Medical Center.

The Hickory Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit is conducting an ongoing investigation.

25-year-old Ursula Octavia Shuford of 3rd Street Place S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (July 17) on one felony count of possession of cocaine. She is accused of possessing 1.5 grams of crack cocaine.

Shuford was taken into custody without incident on 14th Avenue Drive S.W. in Hickory. She was processed at Hickory Police headquarters and then taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,000 secured bond. She has since been released. An appearance in District Court was set for Monday (July 20) in Newton.

Friday, 17 July 2015 13:54

Funeral Home in Newton Damaged by Fire

Firefighters responded this morning (July 17) to a structure fire at the Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home at 56 Northwest Boulevard in Newton.

Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder told WHKY that passers-by first noticed smoke coming from the building’s roof. Moments later, the Newton Fire Department received a call from within the building, followed by a fire alarm. Newton Firefighters were alerted at 10:27 a.m. and arrived at the scene about two minutes later.

Firefighters entered the attic and saw that the fire had spread into the rafters and to the roof. The fire was brought under control by 11:05 a.m.

No injuries were reported. The building was evacuated and Northwest Boulevard (Highway 321) was closed to allow access to a water supply. The road re-opened at about 11:30 a.m.

Authorities believe radiant heat from the funeral home’s crematory caused the fire. No specific damage estimates are available at this time, but Chief Yoder described the damages as moderate. The official cause of the fire and a more detailed damage estimate will be released when the investigation is complete.

Catawba County E.M.S., Newton-Conover Rescue, Newton Police and the Dept. of Transportation also responded to the scene. The Conover Fire Department responded to other calls while Newton Firefighters were on the scene at the funeral home.

35-year-old Jason Duane Colley of Charlotte Street in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before ten o’clock last night (July 16) on one felony count of possession of a schedule I controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each of simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested for allegedly possessing one dosage unit of Ecstasy and six dosage units of Alprazolam. In addition, Colley was charged with a felony probation violation.

He was taken into custody without incident at a laundromat on 12th Avenue N.E. and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton with a Superior Court date on the probation violation scheduled for July 20.

28-year-old Octavis Laza Williams of Hope Road in Vale was served an order for arrest by Hickory Police last night for two felony probation violations and one misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. The warrants were issued on July 8 and June 20.

Williams was taken into custody without incident on the 1100 block of Old Lenoir Road in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $26,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for July 20 in Newton.

Thursday, 16 July 2015 10:02

Missing Man found Safe in Newton

A Silver Alert issued for a missing endangered man from Catawba County has been canceled. 81-year-old Bobby Eugene Bolick has been found and is safe.

Mr. Bolick had last been seen on Nathaniel Street in Newton. He was found by Newton Police at about 8:20 last night (July 15) on 15th Street in Newton. Officers located his vehicle in the People’s Bank parking lot.

The Silver Alert was canceled at about seven o’clock this morning.

No further details are available.