24-year-old Shaquial Cortez Williamson of 5th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (September 6) on one felony count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed gun, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. He is accused of possessing 4.5 grams of crack cocaine and 7.4 grams of marijuana.
Williamson was taken into custody without incident at about 2:50 a.m. today at the Days Inn Suites on 13th Avenue Drive N.W. According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, he was carrying a concealed handgun at the time of his arrest. Williamson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $35,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.
27-year-old Jessica Dawn Flynn of Harwell Road in Catawba and 25-year-old Ryan Scott Gibson of Woodstone Drive in Newton have both been arrested by Hickory Police. They were each charged with one felony count of robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons and second-degree kidnapping. Flynn also faces one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce. In addition, Gibson was charged with felony attempting to obtain property by false pretense, plus misdemeanor counts of larceny and attempted larceny.
Events leading to their arrests unfolded on Saturday (September 3) as a 28-year-old male victim from Morganton was approached by a woman in the parking lot at the Target store on Catawba Valley Boulevard. The woman asked if the man wanted to buy a Target gift card at a discounted rate. The man declined.
A short time later, the man reconsidered and approached the vehicle, expressing an interest in the gift card. There were three people in the vehicle. They told the victim to get in. He did so, and the vehicle left the parking lot and headed north on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard. During that time, the victim said he was choked and a knife was displayed. The suspects obtained money from the victim, who was then released on 7th Street S.E.
The victim called Hickory Police. He refused treatment from E.M.S. It’s not clear if the victim was acquainted with any of the vehicle’s three occupants.
During the course of their investigation, Police were able to identify all three suspects and warrants for their arrests were issued. Gibson was taken into custody without incident at about 10:30 Saturday night (September 3) at a grocery store and service station on Buffalo Shoals Road in Newton and Flynn was arrested at the Catawba Co. Justice Center at about 11 a.m. Sunday (September 4). The third suspect remains at large.
Flynn was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $120,000 secured bond, while Gibson was held under a 27,000 secured bond. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (September 6) in Newton.
30-year-old Dominic Sharel Adams of 12th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was served true bills of indictment by Hickory Police just before seven o’clock last night (September 5) on one felony count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and the sale of cocaine. The warrants for his arrest were issued on September 1.
Adams was taken into custody without incident at an apartment on 2nd Street Place S.W. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $350,000 secured bond with an appearance in Superior Court set for today in Newton.
29-year-old Thomas Dean Griffin of 4th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 5:30 p.m. yesterday (September 5) on one felony count of robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons.
He was arrested in connection to an incident at the Fast & Fresh store on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. According to Police, at approximately 7 a.m. yesterday, the suspect entered the store and waited for two other customers to leave. He then approached the cashier while displaying a knife and demanded money. The suspect then fled the store with an undisclosed sum of cash.
The suspect did not wear a mask. No one was injured during the incident.
Police responded and launched an investigation. They reportedly identified Thomas Dean Griffin as the suspect based on video footage. The knife was recovered in a trashcan outside the store.
Griffin was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $195,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
26-year-old Michael Lamar Brice of 15th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before midnight Thursday (September 1) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. He was arrested on warrants from the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office. Those warrants were issued on August 16.
Brice was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was processed at H.P.D. headquarters and then released under a $3,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled Friday (September 2) in Newton.
At the same time, 39-year-old Chasity Dawn Lowman, from the same address on 15th Street S.E. in Hickory, was also arrested by Hickory Police. She was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant from Lincoln County for failure to appear in court. Lowman was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. She has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court in Lincolnton was scheduled for Tuesday (September 6).
Today, Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10) announced a combined $277,447 in U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grants to a pair of local fire departments in the Tenth Congressional District. The grants will go to the Claremont Fire Department and the City of Newton Fire Department.
Claremont’s grant is for $23,810. The department will use the grant to replace older turnout gear and other personal protective equipment. Newton’s grant totals $253,637. According to Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder, the grant will be used to purchase 45 self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) air packs.
The grants come in the twelfth round of this year’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), which aims to help Firefighters and first responders throughout the country. Local departments applied for the grants from the program, which is administered by the Grant Programs Directorate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.
Claremont and Newton are two of five 10th District departments to receive AFG funding thus far during the 2015 cycle. A total of $573,521 in AFG funds has been awarded among those departments. Grants will continue to be announced in weekly rounds throughout the coming months.
28-year-old Terry Nikita Johnson of 8th Avenue Circle S.E. in Hickory was arrested at about nine o’clock last night (September 1) on one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The arrest was Johnson’s second in connection to an incident that began when Police responded to a possible B&E at Highland Mini-Storage on Highland Avenue N.E. in Hickory. Officers found several subjects attempting to gain entry using a hammer as their vehicles provided them with a light source. Police learned that the owner had given permission to break off the lock and replace it with a new one. No one was charged in connection to the apparent break-in.
In the course of the investigation, Officers saw a 9mm handgun in the passenger seat where Terry Johnson had been seated. At the time of his initial arrest on July 5, felony drug charges were also filed after Police found a baggie containing 4.1 grams of crack cocaine during a secondary search of Johnson’s person at H.P.D. headquarters. A second suspect was charged when digital scales were found in her purse.
Following his arrest yesterday, Johnson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton with another Superior Court date on September 19.
23-year-old Ashley Keashea Lineberger of Houston Mill Road in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police just before 11 a.m. yesterday (September 1) on one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and obtaining signatures by false pretense.
Lineberger was arrested after a Loss Prevention Officer at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. watched her bring an empty Walmart bag and an old receipt into the store. The suspect gathered items from store shelves matching those on the receipt. She then took the items and the receipt to customer service for a refund. The items included cotton swabs, lotion, shampoo, bath tablets and feminine hygiene products.
Lineberger was taken into custody without incident at the store and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
Tiffany Elizabeth McKee and Seiara Nichole Matthews, two 16-year-olds who had been reported as runaways on August 16, have been found and are safe. The two were located in Stanton, Virginia yesterday (September 1). They were in the home of an individual they met on Craig’s List.
Ms. McKee and Ms. Matthews have been returned to Hickory. They were not physically injured.
The Hickory Police Department’s investigation is continuing. No charges are pending at this time.
54-year-old James Edward Danner of South Ervin Avenue in Newton was arrested by Newton Police yesterday (August 31) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Danner is wanted in Brunswick County, Virginia for felony forgery of a public record. The offense allegedly occurred in June of 2009.
Danner was processed and released under a $500 unsecured bond. He was scheduled to make an appearance in District Court today in Newton.