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Schmoozapalooza Under the Sails will take place tomorrow (Thursday, June 18) from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Union Square in downtown Hickory.

40 Catawba Co. Chamber of Commerce shareholders & investors will display their products and services. 25 Downtown Hickory Farmer's Market vendors will be on hand with local produce, fresh flowers, baked goods and more. Local food, wine and craft beer will also be available.

Live music by local favorite, Second Hand Still, will begin at 6 p.m., sponsored by FastMed Urgent Care.

Sponsors include CommunityOne, FastMed Urgent Care, Foot Solutions and the Food Matters Market. Event partners include Tastin', Tunes & Tomatoes; organized by the Downtown Hickory Farmer's Market, the Catawba County Cooperative Extension Office and the City of Hickory.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015 11:53

Two from Conover Arrested at Hickory Hotel

35-year-old Misty Ann Ly and 34-year-old Tony Ly, both of Daniels Street in Conover, were both arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 11 o’clock last night (June 16). Misty Ly was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, while Tony Ly was charged with driving while license revoked.

They were arrested when Officers on foot patrol at the Baymont Inn on 13th Avenue S.E. in Hickory saw a vehicle enter the parking lot and then saw a male get out. Police say the man, Tony Ly, appeared to be impaired. Officers approached and found that Tony Ly had no driver’s license.  

Officers searched the vehicle and found a pocketbook containing 2.2 grams of methamphetamine. A search of the room then turned up another purse containing 0.5 grams of meth.

A third person in the vehicle was not charged.

The Lys were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Misty Ly set at $4,400, secured, while Tony Ly was given a $550 secured bond. He has since been released. Misty Ly was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton. Tony Ly will appear on July 9 in Hickory.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015 10:51

Five Break-Ins Reported at Wilco-Hess

Hickory Police are investigating a series of break-ins at the Wilco-Hess convenience store at 4431 North Center Street. Five incidents have occurred from May 31 to June 16, each between 2:20 a.m. and 3:30 a.m.

In the first and last incidents, entry was gained through a broken window in the front of the store. On the other three occasions, the suspect or suspects entered through a rear door. A view of surveillance footage has shown one subject in four of the incidents and two subjects during one break-in. No description of the suspects is available.

Tobacco products, including Swisher Sweets cigarillos and Black & Mild cigars, have been stolen. The property was valued at $60 during the first break-in and at $68 in the second incident. During the break-in that involved two suspects, candy valued at $126 was stolen. No estimate was available from the most recent incidents.

The broken windows were valued at $1,100 and $1,800 (including a window frame). No damages were reported when the suspects entered through the rear door.

Anyone with information regarding the break-ins should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

28-year-old Amber Dawn Harris of Wallace Road in Morganton was arrested by Lincoln County Detective Lt. Tim Johnson yesterday (June 15) on one felony count of accessory after the fact.

Harris was charged in connection to the murder of 77-year-old Lucille Miller Punch. She is accused of assisting Chadwick Allen Bean in attempting to escape detection, arrest and punishment by burning Bean’s clothing in a wood stove. In addition, she allegedly told Bean she would provide an alibi by saying that he was not in Denver at the time of the murder.

Bean, the victim’s grandson, was arrested and charged with first-degree-murder on June 11. Ms. Punch’s body was found by her son-in-law on February 22. She died as the result of multiple stab wounds.

Following her arrest yesterday, Harris was placed in the Lincoln County Detention Center under a $30,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today.

27-year-old Matthew Paul Hughes of Orange Grove Road in Hillsborough was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:30 yesterday morning (June 15) on one felony count of habitual larceny and one misdemeanor count of larceny.

He was arrested after Officers were called to the Walgreens store on North Center Street. A white male, later identified as Matthew Hughes, had entered the store an attempted to fill a prescription. The pharmacy refused when Hughes was unable to provide identification.

Hughes walked around the store, took some items without paying and then attempted unsuccessfully to return the items. He then left the store with other items in his pockets, including a USB car charger and eye drops valued at $17.

Police located Hughes outside the store and took him into custody without incident. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday in Newton. Another court date was set for July 6.

27-year-old Lashonda Evette Ikard of 5th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 4 p.m. yesterday (June 15) on misdemeanor counts of larceny and second-degree trespassing. She was also arrested on a warrant issued last month for felony larceny.

She was arrested after Police responded to the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market in reference to a possible larceny. Ikard allegedly paid for some items and then placed those on top of other items that hadn’t been paid for. She passed the last point of sale where she was confronted by Loss Prevention Officers, who then called Hickory Police. The items taken were described on Police reports as household goods valued at $38.

Ikard was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,750 secured bond. She will appear in District Court on July 14 in Hickory and in Superior Court on June 19 in Newton.

21-year-old Brandon Lee Buchanan of Halman Drive in Crouse was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4 a.m. today (June 15) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while impaired and careless & reckless driving.

Buchanan was arrested after Police responded to an incident in which a vehicle struck a light pole at Highway 70 S.E. and 8th Street Drive S.E. No one was injured. At the conclusion of the accident investigation, a search was conducted, leading to the discovery of one gram of methamphetamine and a pipe.

Buchanan was arrested and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,500, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

52-year-old Dennis Cary Starnes of Corkie Drive in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:30 Friday afternoon (June 12) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

He was arrested when Police spotted a 2005 GMC Envoy driven by Starnes due to the vehicle’s tinted windows. The vehicle was pulled in the Sub Station II parking lot on Highway 70 S.W. A search turned up 0.4 grams of crack cocaine and one acetaminophen-hydrocodone pill.

Starnes was taken into custody without incident and the vehicle was impounded. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $6,000, secured. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (June 15) in Newton.

43-year-old Michael Dean Campbell of 10th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:15 a.m. Friday (June 12). He was charged as an habitual felon.

The charges stem from an arrest in October of 2014 when Officers responded to a suspicious vehicle behind an apartment on the 700 block of “F” Avenue S.E. in Hickory. A subsequent search led to the discovery of 0.5 grams of crack cocaine and one gram of marijuana.

Christopher Andrew Godrey was also arrested at the time.

Following his arrest Friday, Campbell was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. He will appear in Superior Court on June 19 in Newton on the habitual felon and felony crack cocaine charges.

Monday, 15 June 2015 11:02

Harmony Man Faces Felony B&E Charge

33-year-old Anthony Lee Fletcher of Kimmon Road in Harmony has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.

He was arrested in connection to an incident on May 6 when Sheriff’s Officers responded to a reported breaking & entering at an address on “B” Street in Statesville. The victim reported that his jewelry and medication had been stolen.

Detectives spoke to several witnesses and were able to develop Anthony Lee Fletcher as a suspect. Detectives attempted several times to locate the suspect for questioning, but Fletcher was able to avoid the Officers. Detectives then located a friend of the suspect who provided information about Fletcher’s whereabouts.

Detectives found and questioned Fletcher, who confessed to breaking into the home and stealing the victim’s jewelry, medication and $50 in cash.

Fletcher was arrested and given a $5,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for last Friday (June 12) in Statesville. His next court date is scheduled for July 1.