A Silver Alert that had been issued for 73-year-old Douglas Wayne Hall of S.W. Forest Street in Conover has been canceled.  Mr. Hall was involved in a traffic accident yesterday in the Statesville area.  Conover Police learned today that Mr. Hall is at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.  At last report, he was listed in critical condition.

More information has been released in the arrest of 23-year-old Joshua Alan Delawder, whose address is listed as Applehouse Lane or Lowe Drive in Taylorsville.  Delawder was arrested Saturday (January 13) by Hickory Police on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.

Delawder was wanted for a sex offender registry violation.  He was convicted of sexual imposition in September of 2013 in Ohio.  The suspect was wanted by the Sheriff’s Office in the town of South Point in Lawrence County, Ohio.  

Delawder was arrested at an address on Highway 70 S.E. just after 11 p.m. Saturday.  Following his arrest, the suspect was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $35,000 secured bond.  He remained in jail as of today (January 17).  Delawder’s next appearance in District Court was set for February 16 in Newton.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 12:54

Hickory Alderman Vernon Tarlton Dies

Hickory Alderman Vernon Tarlton has passed away.  Mr. Tarlton died yesterday (January 15) after a long battle with cancer. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Grace Chapel on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University. Those arrangements have not been finalized.

No further details are available at this time.

29-year-old Sharon Renee Davis of Knox Avenue in Statesville was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:30 yesterday afternoon (January 11) on one felony count of speeding to elude arrest with two aggravating factors, plus misdemeanor counts of driving while license revoked and providing false information to an Officer.  The felony warrant for her arrest was issued in November of last year in Catawba County, while the misdemeanor warrants came from Burke County in April 2017.

Davis was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department.  She was processed and released under a $1,000 secured bond and a $500 cash bond.  An appearance in a Catawba County courtroom was scheduled today in Newton, with a Morganton court date coming up on January 30.

21-year-old Marquez Jayshun-Jerome Ikard of 7th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was served true bills of indictment by Hickory Police at 12:15 yesterday afternoon on one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, plus additional counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, discharging a firearm in the city limits and injury to real property.  He was also charged with failure to appear in connection to charges of discharging a firearm in the city limits and injury to real property.

The arrest comes in connection to an incident on September 28 of last year when Hickory Police responded to a shots fired call on the 900 block of South Center Street.  During the investigation, Ikard was identified as the shooter and warrants for his arrest were issued.  Ikard was initially arrested on September 29, 2017.  

He was taken into custody without incident yesterday at his residence.  Ikard was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $35,000, secured.  A Superior Court date was scheduled today, with a District Court appearance coming up on February 19, both in Newton.

Friday, 12 January 2018 13:44

Conover Man Wins Big in Powerball Drawing

Kody Pugh of Conover has won $100,000 in the North Carolina Education Lottery’s Powerball game.  Mr. Pugh bought the winning ticket at the Citgo Food Mart on East Conover Boulevard in Conover.  The drawing was held on December 30.

Mr. Pugh’s winning ticket beat odds of one in 913,129.  He claimed his prize Thursday (January 11) at lottery headquarters in Raleigh.  After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $69,501.  Mr. Pugh said he plans to use some of the money to buy a new car, and he wants to take his mother on a Las Vegas vacation.

For details on how lottery funds have been used in each of North Carolina’s 100 counties, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website, nclottery.com.

The Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office has released more information on the arrest of a Stanley woman, initially reported yesterday on WHKY, along with the arrest of a second suspect.

36-year-old Tammy Lynne Erickson of Pinetop Drive and 48-year-old Donald Lee Davis, Jr. of Hines Circle, both from Stanley, were each charged with one felony count each of trafficking cocaine by transport, trafficking cocaine by possession and possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule IV controlled substance.  

The two were arrested Wednesday (January 10) by Lincoln County Narcotics Officers.  The arrests came during a traffic stop near the 6,900 block of Sifford Road in Stanley.  Detectives stopped the vehicle after it was spotted left of the centerline.  The vehicle also had an expired registration plate.

Investigators say the driver and passenger were behaving nervously.  Detectives found cocaine as they conducted a pat down of both subjects’ clothing.  A search of the vehicle turned up both powder and crack cocaine, various prescription pills and over $25,000 in cash.  The cocaine weighed 30 grams (just over an ounce).

Erickson was jailed under a $110,000 secured bond, while Davis’ bond was set at $60,000, secured.  Erickson will next appear in District Court on January 23.  Davis has a court date on January 11.

Thursday, 11 January 2018 14:53

Hickory Man Faces Felony Firearms Charge

34-year-old Clarence Martin Hayes III of 32nd Street Lane N.E. was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:15 yesterday afternoon (January 10) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon.  

On December 9, 2017, Hickory Police responded to a residence on 48th Avenue Lane N.E. in reference to a subject with a gun.  The subject, Clarence Martin Hayes III, left the property before Officers arrived.  Hayes is a convicted felon.  On January 2, a warrant for his arrest was issued.

Hayes was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department.  He was later released under a $7,500 unsecured bond.  An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton.

35-year-old Teddy Lee Bentley of Taylorsville has been arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one count of felony child abuse inflicting severe physical injury.

Yesterday (January 10), Alexander County Investigators took a report from the Alexander Co. Department of Social Services regarding possible child abuse involving a 13-month-old victim. The incident reportedly occurred the previous day.

The child was seen at the Davis Regional Medical Center’s Carolina Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine unit in Statesville and was then taken to Brenner Children’s Hospital. Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office and D.S.S. responded to Brenner where they were able to meet with the victim and the victim’s family. The child was treated and released.

The investigation led to Bentley’s arrest. He was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Alexander Co. Detention Center under a $40,000 secured bond. Bentley will make a first appearance in District Court on Monday, January 22.

36-year-old Jerry Markei Ramseur of Mosteller Estate Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (January 10) following an attempted vehicle stop.  Officers initiated the stop at the intersection of 4th Street S.E. and 8th Avenue S.E. in an attempt to apprehend a potential wanted person in the vehicle, a 2015 Dodge Journey.

During the initial stop, a Hickory Police vehicle was struck and the suspect vehicle fled.  Officers followed the vehicle, and the suspect was arrested at the intersection of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard and 10th Avenue S.E.  At least eight H.P.D. vehicles were on the scene as Ramseur was taken into custody.  7.8 grams of marijuana were found at the time of his arrest.

Ramseur was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released under a $15,000 secured bond.  He was scheduled to appear in District Court today on charges of felony fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle with two aggravating factors, simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, hit & run with property damage, injury to personal property and assault with a deadly weapon.

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