48-year-old Sheila Hollifield Kirby, 35-year-old Glenda Nicole Berry and 31-year-old Joshua Wayne Kirby, all from the same Hilferty Road address in Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday (November 3). Sheila Kirby was charged with felony possession of stolen property and felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance. Berry and Joshua Kirby were both charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance. Joshua Kirby was also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
They were arrested when Officers in the area of 7th Avenue N.W. and 12th Street N.W. saw a 1991 Dodge Shadow with a stolen license tag. They stopped the vehicle in the parking lot at Ham’s restaurant on Highway 321 N.W. Sheila Kirby was the driver.
A subsequent search of the Dodge turned up 1.2 grams of methamphetamine in the dash and several syringes, found in different locations in the vehicle.
All three suspects were taken into custody without incident and jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Sheila Kirby was given a $40,000 secured bond. Berry’s bond was set at $13,000, secured, and bond for Joshua Kirby was set at $9,500, secured. They were all schedule to appear in District Court today (December 5) in Newton.
26-year-old Orlando Leverne Jones and 29-year-old Candais Victoria Robinson, both of 18th Avenue N.E. in Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police just before midnight on Friday (December 2). Jones was charged with felony trafficking in heroin or opium and Robinson was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.
They were arrested after Police responded to the 200 block of 7th Street N.E. where complaints were received regarding drug violations involving a black 2009 Toyota Camry. Officers saw the vehicle heading north at 11th Street S.W. and 2nd Avenue S.W. They stopped the Toyota on 2nd Avenue N.E., near 2nd Street N.E.
A black male in the passenger seat, Orlando Jones, had digital scales in his lap. A search of the vehicle turned up a plastic baggie containing a white, rock-like substance and another baggie containing a powder substance. The bags contained a total of 4.4 grams of heroin. A bag containing 0.9 grams of marijuana was found in Robinson’s purse.
Both suspects were taken into custody without incident. Jones was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $130,000 secured bond. Robinson was released under a $1,000 unsecured bond. Jones was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (December 5) in Newton. Robinson has a court date on January 3.
A burning ban has been lifted for the City of Hickory following recent rainfall; however, fire officials still recommend that citizens exercise caution and follow local regulations.
If planning to burn, citizens should check first with their local fire department or the forestry service. A citizen’s location could make a difference in where permits are issued and the regulations that must be followed.
Deputy Chief Steve Moore said, “Even though the burning ban has been lifted for Catawba County, open burning regulations within the city limits remain in place. No open burning of leaves or limbs is allowed due to municipal pick up. Warming fires and recreational fires are now permitted.” Citizens are responsible for damages that occur.
For more information, contact the N.C. Forestry Office at 828-465-8443 or the Hickory Fire & Life Safety Division at 828-323-7522.
Agents with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation (S.B.I.) are continuing to investigate the deputy-involved shooting that occurred in Hickory on Monday (November 28). 41-year-old Irecas Raysion Valentine was killed during the incident.
Agents from the S.B.I. were not in the area prior to or during the shooting, but responded to the scene because a request for an external and independent investigation was made by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Upon arrival, Agents immediately began the independent criminal investigation.
The S.B.I. hopes to interview everyone who may have witnessed the incident and anyone who is in possession of video footage. When the investigation is complete, the S.B.I. will provide the case file to the Catawba County District Attorney.
Anyone with information should call the S.B.I.’s Hickory office at 828-294-2226. After hours, call 800-334-3000.
26-year-old Justin Ray Coleman and 32-year-old Justin Lee Allen, both of Bessemer City, along with 38-year-old Dana Michelle Matheson of York, South Carolina, have all been arrested by Lincoln Co. Narcotics Officers. All three were charged with conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and possession of a schedule II controlled substance. Coleman was also charged with conspiracy to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance. Matheson faces additional charges for maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, speeding to elude arrest and no operator’s license. Coleman and Allen were both charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. They were arrested yesterday (December 1) after a brief vehicle pursuit south of Lincolnton.
According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office, the suspects made an arrangement to meet with an undercover Detective and sell a large quantity of meth. The suspects reportedly conducted counter-surveillance in an attempt to avoid detection and confuse the undercover Detective. Narcotics Detectives conducting surveillance recognized the activity and saw one of the suspect vehicles in the parking lot at a church near the 3000 block of the Gastonia Highway.
Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop and approach the subjects, but the vehicle left the parking lot, spinning its tires and narrowly avoiding oncoming traffic. With emergency lights and sirens activated, Detectives pursued the vehicle south on the Gastonia Highway and onto Highway 321 northbound until they reached mile marker 21, where the vehicle stopped. Detectives quickly took all three subjects into custody. During a search of the vehicle, Detectives seized meth, drug paraphernalia and more than $1,000 in cash. The vehicle was impounded.
Following their arrests, Coleman, and Allen were each given a $15,000 secured bond, while Matheson’s bond was set at $27,000, secured. No court dates are currently listed for Coleman and Allen. Matheson was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today.
Detectives believe the suspects have been coming through Lincoln County recently to participate in drug activity. Coleman has previously worked and lived in Lincoln County. The investigation is ongoing as Detectives work to identify others who may have been involved in Thursday’s incident.
As the result of the burn ban currently in effect throughout much of western North Carolina, Catawba Memorial Park has canceled its luminary service, which had been planned for tomorrow (December 3). A memorial service will still be in the funeral home chapel at the park. That service will begin at 5 p.m. tomorrow.
The service is intended to honor those who have passed away in 2016. The families and loved ones of anyone interred at the park are welcome to attend.
Catawba Memorial Park is located at 3010 Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory, near the Hickory Motor Speedway. For more information, call 828-322-8646.
28-year-old Brandon Adolphus-Edward Bates of Woodland Lane in Charlotte was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (December 1) on one felony count of possession of cocaine. According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, Bates was arrested for possessing one gram of crack cocaine.
He was taken into custody without incident at about 2:15 a.m. today on the 500 block of Highway 70 S.W. Bates was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $8,500 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
63-year-old William Howard Bonds of 1st Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 10:15 last night (November 30) on one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and habitual larceny.
Bonds was taken into custody without incident at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond with an appearance in District Court scheduled today in Newton.
More information has been released regarding the arrests of 32-year-old Shawncody Lee Hanton of Bethel Road and 32-year-old Richard James Ussery of Oakshire Circle, both from Charlotte. The two were arrested by Hickory Police at 1:30 a.m. yesterday (November 29). They were each charged with three felony counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon. Ussery was also charged with failure to appear on misdemeanor counts of larceny and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. In addition, he was charged with a misdemeanor out-of-county probation violation.
At about 10:30 Sunday night (November 27), a 30-year-old man who lives on 5th Avenue S.W. let his friend, Richard James Ussery, into his apartment. Ussery did not completely shut the door. A short time later, Shawncody Lee Hanton, who was unknown to the victim, entered the residence. He pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded money. Both suspects left the apartment with the victim’s cell phone, his wallet and about $200 in cash.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol later spotted the suspect vehicle on Highway 321 S.W. Troopers pursued the vehicle into Gastonia, where it crashed. Both suspects were in the vehicle. A small quantity of crack cocaine and marijuana were also found. H.P.D. arrived on the scene and took both men back to Hickory.
It’s unclear why three robbery charges were filed against each suspect. No drug charges have been filed at this time.
Both suspects remain in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Hanton's bond was set at $200,000, secured, while Ussery was given a $311,000 secured bond. They were both scheduled to make first appearances in District Court yesterday with their next appearances coming up on December 13. Ussery has additional court dates on December 5, 14 & 16.
19-year-old Jaylyn Labron Bailey of Unity Drive, 17-year-old Jamiah Jehu Scott of Eastside Drive and 19-year-old Alvertis James Hughes of Hill Street, all from Statesville, have been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers. They were all charged with felony breaking and entering and felony larceny.
On the morning of November 14, Deputies arrested Damaja Keshon Watts for breaking into an outbuilding and stealing a dirt bike on Barbary Drive. Through further investigation, three other suspects (Bailey, Scott and Hughes) were connected to the incident.
Bailey and Scott were arrested on November 16 with bond for each set at $10,000, secured. Hughes was arrested on Saturday, (November 26). He was given a $6,000 secured bond. Bailey will appear in court on February 27. Scott is due in court on December 7 and Hughes’ next appearance was set for December 12.
This investigation is ongoing. Authorities suspect it may lead to further information regarding additional break-ins and dirt bike larcenies.