25-year-old Orlando Leverne Jones of South Cline Avenue in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:20 last night (July 7) on one felony count of possession of a schedule I controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each of failure to stop for a blue light or siren and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
He was re-arrested in connection to an incident on March 6 of this year when Officers attempted to stop a Jeep driven by Jones after it ran a stop sign. A brief chase ensued. On 8th Avenue S.E., the vehicle slowed as Jones and a passenger jumped from the vehicle and fled, on foot. The Jeep continued to roll, coming to a stop after striking a fence.
Officers apprehended Jones at the edge of a nearby wooded area. Jones had a baggie containing a white powder substance in his mouth, but Officers were able to recover the baggie. The substance was identified as 0.7 grams of Ecstasy (MDMA). Another baggie containing 1.4 grams of marijuana was found in his pants pocket.
The passenger was not located or identified.
Jones was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today, with a Superior Court date coming up on Monday (July 11).
26-year-old Adam Grant Johnson of 6th Street Place N.W. in Hickory was arrested at about 10:30 last night (July 7) on one felony count of assault inflicting serious injury including strangulation and one misdemeanor count of assault on a female.
He was arrested after a 25-year-old female victim came to H.P.D. to report an assault. The alleged assault took place at the residence where Johnson and the victim live. The victim did not require medical assistance.
The Magistrate issued a warrant for Johnson’s arrest and he was taken into custody without incident at his residence. Johnson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility without bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
34-year-old Danny Allen Lawrence, Jr. and 19-year-old Jeila Renee Dula-Ferguson, both of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory, along with 38-year-old Angelo Lamar Jackson of 2nd Street S.W. in Hickory, were all arrested by Hickory Police last night (July 7) on a variety of drug charges. Lawrence was charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver schedule II and schedule VI controlled substances. Dula-Ferguson faces felony charges for possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver schedule a schedule VI controlled substance. Both were charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Jackson was charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.
Events leading to the arrests began when Officers on foot patrol at the Hillside Gardens apartment complex on 1st Street S.E. saw a person they believed to banned from the property entering an apartment. As Officers went to the apartment to confirm that subject’s identification, they smelled marijuana. Five persons were present in the apartment. None of the five were the person who Officers initially suspected. The apartment is the residence of Lawrence and Dula-Ferguson.
In plain view in the apartment was a baggie containing 13.5 grams of marijuana and a plate with another 3.9 grams of loose marijuana. As Officers cleared the apartment, Jackson stood up, revealing another bag containing 1.1 grams of marijuana. In the couch cushion, they found 0.1 grams of crack cocaine. A search of Jackson’s person turned up another three grams of marijuana, plus 3.2 grams of crack cocaine and 0.9 grams of powder cocaine.
In addition, a search of the apartment yielded 107 grams of marijuana, 1.6 grams of crack cocaine, 1.1 grams of powder cocaine and drug paraphernalia.
All three suspects were taken into custody without incident at about 10:35 last night. The other two subjects present at the time were not charged. Lawrence and Jackson were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Lawrence set at $15,000, secured, and bond for Jackson set at $5,000, secured. Dula-Ferguson was processed and released under a $3,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for today in Newton.
33-year-old Clarence Martin Hayes III of 32nd Street Lane N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:15 p.m. yesterday (July 7) on one felony count of assault inflicting serious injury.
Martin was arrested in connection to an incident on June 19 when Police responded to a reported assault at a residence on Wandering Lane N.E. in Hickory. A suspect, described as a white male with short hair and a short beard, drove an A.T.V. through the victim’s yard. The victim, a 77-year-old Vietnam veteran, confronted the suspect. The suspect then allegedly assaulted the victim, breaking his jaw. The victim was transported to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory where his jaw was wired shut.
Information from the community led to the identification of Clarence Martin Hayes III as the suspect.
Hayes turned himself in Thursday at H.P.D. headquarters where he was processed and released under a $15,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
27-year-old Cody Matthew Startt was arrested yesterday (July 6) in West Virginia in connection to the recent rash of bomb threats in the Unifour area.
Since May 21, businesses and agencies within the 25th Judicial District (Burke, Catawba and Caldwell counties) have received over 400 bomb threats that were all determined to be hoaxes. Since that time, multiple law enforcement agencies have worked together as part of a large-scale investigation to identify and determine the source of the threats. This investigation led to Startt.
He was arrested in Matoaka, West Virginia by the Hickory Police Department, the F.B.I. and West Virginia State Police. Startt was charged with felony probation violations related to prior convictions for making bomb threats. The suspect is being held without bond and is awaiting extradition to Catawba County.
Charges against Startt will be forthcoming in connection to the most recent bomb threats that occurred in the Hickory, Newton, Conover, Morganton, Lenoir, Granite Falls and at other locations throughout the three-county area. All agencies are working with the F.B.I., the U.S. Marshals and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, as well as the District Attorney’s office for the 25th District. Authorities will determine the exact charges Startt will face and whether he will be prosecuted in state or federal court.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with additional information should contact their local law enforcement agency. Hickory Police can be reached at 828-328-5551.
21-year-old Jeannie Lynn Dickens of Arden Drive in Lincolnton, 47-year-old Lena Sjurset Abernathy of Highway 27 West in Vale, 25-year-old Malik Aquan McConnico of Armstrong Lane in Denver, and 27-year-old Kaila Lee Hester of Hudson Street in Maiden were all arrested Wednesday (July 6) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. All four suspects are charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Dickens is also charged with felony trafficking methamphetamine. Abernathy faces additional counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to appear. McConnico is also charged with possession of schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The arrests came after multiple investigations into drug activity at various locations across Lincoln County.
The investigations included executing search warrants, conducting surveillance operations, and follow up investigations stemming from citizen complaints about drug activity. During the investigations, narcotics detectives seized multiple ounces of methamphetamine, several grams of cocaine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.
Dickens' bond was set at $50,000 secured, Abernathy's was set at $60,000 secured, McConnico's bond is $10,000 secured, and Hester's bond was set at $5,000 secured. They were all scheduled to appear in Lincoln County District Court today (July 7).
41-year-old Justin Alexander McAlister of 16th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7 a.m. yesterday (July 6) on one misdemeanor count each of indecent exposure and disorderly conduct.
He was charged after Police responded to an apartment complex on 20th Avenue Drive N.E. about 20 minutes after midnight Wednesday. A 27-year-old female and a 26-year-old female saw a naked man on the roof at the apartment complex. E.M.S. transported the man, Justin McAlister, to Catawba Valley Medical Center for treatment of lacerations from the roofing shingles and for psychiatric evaluation.
Upon his release from the hospital, McAlister was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was set for August 11.
51-year-old Steve Mahnke of Laurel Fork Road in Vilas was arrested by Hickory Police at noon yesterday (July 6) on felony count each of breaking & entering a building and larceny. The warrants for his arrest were taken out by a private citizen from Hudson. Mahnke was also charged on an outstanding warrant issued June 30 for failure to appear on a misdemeanor larceny charge.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. Mahnke 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 today in Newton.
42-year-old Greg Brandon Cogburn of 2nd Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 10 a.m. Sunday (July 3) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He was also charged with misdemeanor larceny.
He was arrested after Police responded to a shoplifting call at Lowe’s Foods on 14th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. An assistant manager saw the suspect take a shirt past the last point of sale without paying. He was detained until Police arrived.
As Cogburn was processed, the fugitive warrant was found. He was wanted in Richland County, South Carolina for a probation violation.
Following his arrest, Cogburn was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. An appearance on the fugitive warrant was scheduled yesterday (July 5) with a court date on the larceny charge coming up on August 24.
36-year-old Melvin Franklin Mull of 3rd Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 7:20 p.m. yesterday (July 5) on one felony count each for the sale of cocaine and possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, plus misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and failure to appear.
He was arrested when Officers saw Mull driving a vehicle northbound on South Center Street. Police knew that Mull had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear, issued late last month. They confirmed that the warrant was valid and watched as Mull pulled into the parking lot at the Ridgeview Plaza on South Center Street.
A short time later, Officers pulled into the parking lot and took Mull into custody as he exited a store in the shopping center. A subsequent search turned up 5.7 grams of crack cocaine, 1.2 grams of marijuana, 4.5 Alprazolam tablets and $583 in cash.
Following his arrest, Mull was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $9,000 secured bond. He has since been released. He’ll appear in District Court tomorrow in Newton.