Thursday, 05 January 2017 10:21

Conover Man Arrested on Variety of Charges

21-year-old Antonio Rashawn Whitworth of Bridgewood Drive in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:30 yesterday (January 5) on felony counts of possession of cocaine and speeding to elude arrest, plus misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed gun, failure to stop for a siren, driving while license revoked, failure to report an accident and careless & reckless driving. The warrants for his arrest were issued on December 21, 2016.

Whitworth was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

No further details are available.

18-year-old Moises Emanuel Hernandez of Charlotte was arrested by Officers with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit yesterday (January 3) on one felony count of conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine. Two other men have outstanding warrants pertaining to the case, but have yet to be located. They are 23-year-old Rodolfo Felix and 18-year-old Jose Javier Reyes, both of Charlotte. They are each charged with one felony count of conspiracy to traffic meth.

The charges come as a result of a five-month long investigation into drug trafficking. Narcotics Detectives say the three men conspired to transport over a half a pound (approximately 238 grams) of meth through Lincoln County from Charlotte on July 31 of last year. The investigation began when a Deputy noticed a suspicious vehicle near the 5400 block of Highway 27 West in Vale. The Deputy conducted a traffic stop after the driver nearly struck a gas pump at a nearby convenience store.

During the stop, Deputies searched the vehicle and found several items including marijuana, drug paraphernalia and over $7,000 in cash. Both occupants of the vehicle were arrested for misdemeanor violations and later made bond.

Narcotics Detectives were notified and the vehicle was impounded. The next day, Detectives executed a search warrant on the vehicle and seized several items including a ledger, cell phones and a small amount of meth hidden in the vehicle.

Over the next several months, Detectives executed additional search warrants on electronic devices, phone records and other law enforcement agency records. After reviewing the data and conducting interviews, Detectives brought charges against the three suspects. Investigators don’t know exactly how long the operation had been going on, but they believe the suspects had been transporting the drugs on a regular basis.

Following his arrest, Hernandez was given a $9,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (January 4).

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Rodolfo Felix or Jose Javier Reyes should call the Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. A Crime Stoppers tip leading to an arrest could result in a reward of up to $1,000.

Wednesday, 04 January 2017 10:57

Hickory Man Eludes Police; Crashes; Is Arrested

37-year-old Daniel Cecil Kerley of Heritage Farm Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning on one felony count of speeding to elude arrest and two misdemeanor counts of hit & run with property damage. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of D.W.I. and driving while license revoked.

Events leading to his arrest began when Police responded to reports of a possible drunk driver in the area of Highway 70 S.E. and Fairgrove Church Road S.E. Officers spotted the vehicle, a 2005 Chrysler 300C, at 5th Avenue Court N.E. and Highway 127. They attempted to stop the Chrysler, but lost sight of it after the driver turned near Hickory High School.

A short time later, Officers were called to a two-vehicle crash near the Cook Out restaurant on North Center Street. One of the vehicles was the Chrysler, driven by Daniel Kerley. No injuries were reported.

Kerley was taken into custody without incident just after 2:30 a.m. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $9,500, secured. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday (January 3) in Newton.

24-year-old Morgan Rio-Shay Blevins of Moore Mountain Road in Moravian Falls was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning for a felony probation violation and one misdemeanor count of failure to appear on a charge of driving while license revoked. She also faces felony methamphetamine charges in Alexander and Catawba counties, plus a misdemeanor firearms charge in Catawba and a misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charge in Alexander.

Blevins was taken into custody without incident just before 4 a.m. today at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $14,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for January 9 in Taylorsville with a District Court date on January 24 in Newton.

Tuesday, 03 January 2017 14:45

Hickory Fire Captain Retires after 31 Years

Captain John Crane has retired from the Hickory Fire Department after 31-and-a-half years of service. Captain Crane began his employment with the city on November 2, 1987 after his father, Larry Crane, retired as a Captain with the department.

Previously, Captain Crane worked with Granite Falls Fire Department for over a year. He has also volunteered with the Grace Chapel Fire Department since 1985, where he has served as the Fire Chief for the past five years.

After starting his Hickory career as a Firefighter, Crane advanced through the ranks until he was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1995, a position he held for 21 years until his retirement, earning numerous certifications along the way. He served on several city and department committees, including the Chief’s Improvement Team as well as the Rules, Regulations & Policy committee.

Captain Crane plans to continue volunteering with the Grace Chapel Fire Department and serving the community as Fire Chief. He also plans to hunt, fish and work on the farm.

Captain Crane lives in the Grace Chapel area with his wife Kimberly. Together, they have two children Phillip, who is a firefighter with Lenoir Fire Department, and Megan who is currently a senior at Christian Family Academy.

31-year-old Crystal Nicole Randleman of 21st Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 6:15 Saturday evening (December 31) on one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance; the sale or delivery of a schedule II controlled substance; and conspiracy to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance. She was also charged with misdemeanor larceny and a misdemeanor probation violation. Randleman was wanted on warrants issued on December 14 in Lincoln County.

Randleman was taken into custody without incident Saturday at her residence. She was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 3) in Lincoln County.

24-year-old Donovon Tyrell Lortz of 5th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 4 p.m. Friday (December 30) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

The arrest comes in connection to an incident in July of last year at the Hillside Gardens apartment complex. Officers on patrol there saw Lortz and knew there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest. According to Police, Lortz initially went behind some bushes. When he came out, he was detained and a black, .38-special handgun was found in the bushes where Lortz had been.

Lortz was taken into custody without incident Friday at a relative’s house and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today (January 3) in Newton.

Tuesday, 03 January 2017 11:26

Newton Man Faces B&E and Larceny Charges

31-year-old Buck Harrison Soots of Welch Drive in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at 2:30 yesterday afternoon (January 2) on one felony count of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and misdemeanor counts of larceny and possession of stolen property. He was arrested on warrants from Caldwell County that were issued on December 21.

Soots was taken into custody without incident at the intersection of Grace Chapel Road and Highway 321. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $13,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Lenoir.

Tuesday, 03 January 2017 10:57

Hickory Man Jailed on Felony Firearms Charge

24-year-old Eldred Maliek Joe of 8th avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:20 yesterday morning (January 2) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor counts of injury to personal property and discharging a firearm in the city limits.

His arrest stems from an incident on December 27 when Police responded to reports that someone had fired a gun inside Joe’s residence. Officers found Joe outside the residence.

He was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory for observation and evaluation. He was taken into custody without incident upon his release from the hospital.

Joe was confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (January 3) in Newton.

40-year-old Gerardo Antonio Cerros, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police Sunday (January 1) on one felony count of malicious conduct by a prisoner and misdemeanor counts of second-degree trespass, misuse of the 9-1-1 emergency telephone system and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Events leading to his arrest began as Police were called to escort Cerros from the Salvation Army on 3rd Avenue Place S.E. in Hickory after Cerros had exhausted the 90-day limit at the facility. He initially left without incident.

About three minutes later, Cerros called 9-1-1, stating that he was in need of shelter. He was then arrested for misuse of the 9-1-1 system. In the course of his arrest, Cerros refused to cooperate and allegedly spit in an Officer’s face. No injuries were reported.

He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,900 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (December 3) in Newton.

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