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16-year-old Joshua David Vera and 21-year-old Ivanna Rebecca Vera both of Stewart Rock Road in Stony Point, along with 19-year-old Austin Dimitris Mitchell of Island Ford Road in Statesville, 18-year-old Dallas Allen Hatcher of Drumstand Road in Stony Point and 19-year-old Cassidy Dawn Benfield of Jennings Road in Statesville have all been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on felony marijuana charges.

Joshua Vera was charged with four counts of felony possession with intent to sell & deliver marijuana, four counts of felony sale & delivery of marijuana and possession of marijuana up to half an ounce. Ivanna Vera was charged with one count of felony conspiracy to sell & deliver marijuana. Mitchell faces charges for one count of felony possession with intent to sell & deliver marijuana and one count of felony sale & delivery of marijuana. Hatcher was charged with one count of felony conspiracy to sell & deliver marijuana and possession of marijuana up to half an ounce; and Benfield was arrested on one count of felony conspiracy to sell & deliver marijuana.

An undercover investigation into the distribution and sale of marijuana in western Iredell County spanning from April of this year through June 9 concluded Tuesday with a traffic stop at the intersection of Sharon School Road and Lookout Dam Road. Patrol & Narcotics Officers had received information from residents and businesses in the area of Sharon School Road, Island Ford Road and Lookout Dam Road regarding possible narcotics-related activity.

Based on further information gathered by Narcotics Officers, surveillance operations were set up in the area. Several individuals and vehicles were identified. As a result of the undercover operations, a case was opened on Joshua Vera. During the course of the investigation, numerous undercover purchases of marijuana were made from Joshua Vera in the Sharon School Road area. The suspect brought various individuals with him each time he sold marijuana to the undercover Officers.

All five suspects were taken before the magistrate at the Iredell County Detention Center. Joshua Vera’s bond was set at $10,000, secured. The other four suspects were each given a $5,000 secured bond. The Veras both have court dates coming up on June 30, while the other three suspects are due in court on July 1.

54-year-old Ronald Lee Kennedy of Bowman Road in Hickory was served a felony indictment early this morning (June 11) by Hickory Police on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

The indictment comes in connection to an incident in September of last year when Officers on foot patrol at the Deluxe Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory smelled marijuana. They located and searched a room occupied by Ronald Kennedy, leading to the discovery 1.1 grams of methamphetamine, 0.8 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Kennedy was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He will appear in Superior Court tomorrow in Newton.

Thursday, 11 June 2015 14:22

Second Suspect Charged in June 4 Homicide

23-year-old Demarcus Kashaun Pollard of Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police today (June 11) in connection to the murder of Lancelot Kenyatta Ellison. Pollard was charged with one count of first-degree murder.

Ellison was shot to death at about 11:40 p.m. on June 1 of this year. On June 4, Tevin Jerome Davis was arrested in connection to the same case. He was charged with one count of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree kidnapping and one count of felony robbery with a dangerous weapon.    

Pollard is being held without bond. No court date is currently listed.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the case should contact the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551.

Thursday, 11 June 2015 11:30

Hickory Man Charged as Habitual Felon

50-year-old Thomas Fitzgerald Cumberlander of 1st Street S.W. in Hickory has been arrested by Hickory Police on one felony count of possession of cocaine. He was also charged as an habitual felon.

Cumberlander’s arrest stems from a March 2015 incident in which Hickory Police assisted Probation & Parole Officers and S.B.I. Agents as they searched a residence on the 400 block of 1st Street S.W. in Hickory. In the course of the search, three grams of powder cocaine were found.

A prosecutorial summary was submitted, leading to the issuance of an arrest warrant on June 8. Cumberlander was taken into custody at about 4 p.m. yesterday (June 10) at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building in Hickory.

He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $11,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

28-year-old Joshua David Terry of 14th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested early this morning (June 10) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Terry was wanted in Eau Claire County, Wisconsin for a probation violation.

He was taken into custody without incident at about 12:30 a.m. today and jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility without bond. An appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

The N.C. Department of Transportation is replacing a Catawba County bridge and will need to close Caleb Road beginning Monday, June 22, while the project is under way.

The bridge over Lippard Creek, roughly halfway between Maiden and Sherrills Ford, will be replaced with a culvert. The existing bridge was built in 1958 and is considered functionally obsolete. The existing bridge is safe, but must be updated in order to meet current standards.

The road is expected to reopen in late October. Meanwhile, motorists can get around the construction with a detour directing them from East Maiden Road to Anderson Mountain Road, then from Country Acres Drive to Goodson Road.

This project is one in a contract for five bridge replacements in Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston and Iredell counties. The total contract amount for the five bridge replacement projects is $1.7 million.

For more details about North Carolina's bridges, visit the NCDOT's bridge information page.

31-year-old Stephanie Gwynne Patrick of 16th Avenue Place N.E. in Hickory was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police early Tuesday morning (June 9) on one felony count of larceny by employee.

The indictment comes in connection to an incident in January of this year at the Ingco Express convenience store on Old Lenoir Road. Patrick, who was an employee at the store, is accused of stealing money orders from the business.

Patrick was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. She has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court was set for June 12.

40-year-old Lavan Rodriquez of 2nd Street S.E. in Hickory was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police just before eight o’clock last night (June 8) on one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

The indictment comes in connection to an incident at the A&W Mini Mart on South Center Street in Hickory. Two subjects allegedly went into the store when they saw Officers pull up and concealed contraband, including drugs and weapons, on store shelves.

Following his arrest yesterday, Rodriquez 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 June 12 in Newton.

23-year-old Jordan Craig Wilburn of 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before eight o’clock last night (June 8) on charges of felony making threats against an executive court officer, felony breaking & entering and possession of a schedule VI controlled substance.

He was arrested after Police responded to the Wal-Mart store on Highway 70 S.E. after a caller reported that a man at the store was sick or under the influence of a controlled substance. Upon arrival, Officers located the man, who they identified as Jordan Wilburn, and checked for outstanding warrants.

As they did so, another Officer heard the Police radio chatter and, based on the description of Wilburn’s clothing, recognized the man as the suspect in a breaking & entering that occurred earlier that day. The B&E took place at an apartment on Highland Avenue N.E. where someone broke out a rear window and took a video game console and accessories.

Wilburn, who did not require treatment, was taken into custody and transported to H.P.D. headquarters where he allegedly threatened the Magistrate. In addition, a search of Wilburn’s person turned up 0.4 grams of marijuana.

Wilburn has been jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $80,000 secured bond. He will appear in District Court on June 10 and July 2.

35-year-old Roger Lee McCarter, Jr. of Institute Drive in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a charge of failure to notify of a change in on-line identifiers.

His arrest came about as Deputy D.C. Price of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victim’s Unit received information that a registered sex offender, Roger McCarter, was listed on Facebook under a false name. After further investigation, Deputy Price determined that McCarter was in violation of the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry laws that require registered sex offenders to notify the Sheriff’s Office with all of their on-line identifiers and each time they change or create a new one.

McCarter was arrested on June 4 and placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under an $8,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on October 12.