25-year-old Geovanny Jesus Acosta of 25th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:50 Saturday morning (October 7) on one felony count of attempted murder.

At about 9:25 the previous evening, Hickory Police responded to a reported stabbing at the Sheetz store on Springs Road N.E. The victim, a 24-year-old Hickory man, was transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center. According to Police, the victim’s injuries were not life-threatening. The suspect was identified as Geovanny Acosta.

Acosta was arrested at his residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $100,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (October 9) in Newton.

A large water line break on Fleming Drive has left an undetermined number of customers without water service this morning (October 9).  The break occurred on Fleming Drive between the North Carolina School for the Deaf and the Walmart shopping center.  It was discovered at about 7:30 a.m. today.  Water Resources Director Brad Boris said his crews are working now to isolate the break.

Authorities don’t know how many customers will be affected or how long it will take to repair the break.  Citizens driving in the area are encouraged to exercise caution.

Hickory Police are investigating a bank robbery that occurred at about 1:30 this afternoon (October 6) at Carter Bank & Trust.  The bank is located on 4th Street Drive S.W., near Highway 70 in Hickory.  According to Hickory Police Chief Thurman Whisnant, the suspect made the threat of a weapon, but no weapon was shown.  He fled the scene on foot.  No one was injured.  

Police are currently following up on what the Chief described as a “good lead”.   Warrants have been issued for the arrest of 46-year-old Ronald Maurice Jones on a charge of common law robbery

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Ronald Maurice Jones should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

The investigation is ongoing.

Friday, 06 October 2017 13:47

Bank Robbery in Hickory Under Investigation

Hickory Police are investigating a bank robbery that occurred early this afternoon (October 6) at Carter Bank & Trust.  The bank is located on 4th Street Drive S.W., near Highway 70 in Hickory.

According to Hickory Police Chief Thurman Whisnant, the suspect made the threat of a weapon, but no weapon was shown.  He fled the scene on foot.  No one was injured.  Police are currently following up on what the Chief described as a “good lead”. The investigation is ongoing.

44-year-old Rafael Jordan Norwood of South Main Street in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:15 p.m. yesterday on one felony count of identity theft and misdemeanor counts of larceny and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.  The warrants for his arrest were issued in Iredell County on September 13.  Norwood was also charged with a misdemeanor probation violation on a warrant dated July 24, 2017 in Caldwell County.

He was taken into custody without incident at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.  Norwood was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,555 secured bond.  He has since been released.  An appearance in District Court was set for October 11 in Statesville, with a court date the following day in Lenoir.

48-year-old Penny Jeane Hurley, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:45 yesterday afternoon (October 5) on four counts of felony habitual larceny.

She was arrested when Officers responded to a shoplifting call at the Dollar General store on Springs Road.  The suspect, Penny Hurley, ran from the business, but was found on 27th Street Place N.E. at 19th Avenue N.E.  Hurley was arrested and served with three additional outstanding warrants for habitual larceny.

She has previous convictions for larceny in Catawba County in September, 2009 and in Lincoln County in March, 2015, plus another conviction for shoplifting in Burke County in October, 2009.

Hurley was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $40,000, secured.  An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

19-year-old Hayden James Davidson and 18-year-old Danielle Renee Oddo, both of the same address on Barrington Lane in Mooresville, along with 20-year-old Kristian Balazs Saul of Ferncliff Road in Charlotte, have all been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers.  Davidson was charged with felony assault on a law enforcement officer causing physical injury, two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and consuming alcohol under the age of 21.  Oddo and Saul were each charged with consuming alcohol under the age of 21.

At about 11:45 Wednesday night (October 4), Deputies responded to a domestic dispute at the apartment where Davidson and Oddo live.  Deputies learned that all parties involved were intoxicated and were all under the age of 21.  Davidson had an outstanding warrant for assault on a female.

While placing Davidson under arrest, the suspect began fighting with Deputies, causing injuries to one Deputy that required medical attention.  The Deputy was treated and released at Iredell Memorial Hospital.  Davidson also assaulted two other Deputies during the fight.  He was eventually taken into custody.

Davidson was taken before the Magistrate, who set bond at $5,000, secured.  He was held without bond on the outstanding warrant due to the domestic nature of the charge against him.  Oddo was given a $1,000 secured bond, while Saul’s bond was set at $500, secured.  Davidson will appear in District Court on October 24 and November 17.  Oddo and Saul both have court dates on November 16.

Thursday, 05 October 2017 14:06

Woman Seriously Injured in Burke County Crash

According to published reports, a woman has been hospitalized with life-threatening injuries following an accident in Burke County.

The crash happened on West Fleming Drive in Morganton at about 8:45 this morning (October 5) when a white van crossed the centerline and hit a four-door sedan, head-on. According to Officers with Morganton Public Safety, the driver of the van had open beer and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.

The driver of the sedan had to be extricated from the vehicle. A Carolinas Medical Center helicopter took her to the hospital. Two other people were injured, including the driver of the van.

The investigation is ongoing. No additional information is available.

Terry Lee Hotchkiss of Sigmon Street in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincolnton Police on charges of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana, felony possession of marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Saturday, September 30, Patrol Officers executed a search warrant at Hotchkiss’ residence.  The search warrant was the result of recent citizen complaints.  Officers found approximately 65 grams of high-grade marijuana, packaged for sale.  Drug paraphernalia was also found.  All the items were seized as evidence.  Lincolnton Police K-9, Chase, assisted in the search and located the marijuana hidden in the residence.

Hotchkiss was arrested at the residence.  He was given a $6,500 secured bond.  He has since been released.  Hotchkiss was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court on Monday (October 2) with another court date coming up on October 24.

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 11:01

Hickory Man Arrested on Stolen Vehicle Charge

36-year-old Johnny Dwayne White, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:20 last night (October 3) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle.  White was taken into custody without incident at the Ridgeview Library.  He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $750, secured.  He has since been released.  An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

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