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22-year-old Taveus Rahsaan Rankins of Sir George Circle in Statesville was arrested by Hickory Police early yesterday morning (February 1) on one felony count of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen property and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Rankins was arrested after Police responded to a report of suspicious persons on Highland Avenue N.E. in Hickory. As Officers arrived, two subjects fled in a vehicle. Another vehicle left behind at the scene had been reported stolen out of Statesville.

Police pursued the vehicle, which was also stolen from Statesville, and eventually took Rankins into custody on the McDonald Parkway, near I-40. The second subject remains at large. No information regarding that subject’s identity is available.

Rankins was arrested at about 5:45 a.m. Monday and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $12,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today.

26-year-old Nadja Brittany Rhinehardt of 2nd Street Place S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:30 yesterday morning (February 1) on one felony count of common law robbery.

She was arrested in connection to an incident on January 31 at the A&W Mini-Mart on North Center Street. Rhinehardt allegedly struck a male victim as she attempted to take a jacket and other items from him. Rhinehardt had reportedly been in a relationship with the victim.

Rhinehardt was taken into custody the next day without incident at her residence. She was processed at Hickory Police headquarters and released about an hour later under a $15,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

Monday, 01 February 2016 14:07

Hickory Man Jailed on Felony Assault Charge

30-year-old Janathan Troy Farley of 17th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:40 Saturday night (January 30) on one felony count of assault inflicting serious injury including strangulation and one misdemeanor count of assault of a female.

Farley’s arrest came after the victim filed a report at H.P.D. headquarters regarding a domestic assault at the suspect’s residence.  The incident allegedly occurred on January 27.

Police took Farley into custody without incident at his residence.  He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility without bond.  An appearance in District Court was set for February 24 in Newton.

Monday, 01 February 2016 14:00

Vale Man Arrested on Felony Fugitive Warrant

39-year-old Jonathan Shawn Nixon of Phelps Road in Vale has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He was also arrested on a warrant dating back to last year for failure to appear on a communicating threats charge.

The fugitive warrant originated in Elkhart County, Indiana, where he faces charges for burglary and a parole violation.

Nixon was jailed yesterday (January 31) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $50,500, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance on the fugitive warrant today with another District Court date coming up on February 9.

28-year-old James William Jenkins IV of the Gastonia Highway in Lincolnton was arrested by Lincolnton Police yesterday (January 31) on charges of burning personal property and injury to real property.

Late Saturday night (January 30) and early Sunday morning, Lincolnton Police responded to domestic disturbances at an address on South Aspen Street in Lincolnton. Officers spoke with the victim, who said her husband, James William Jenkins IV, had damaged her vehicle and residence by striking it with his vehicle, causing substantial damage.

A warrant was issued and Jenkins was arrested at his parents’ residence. Jenkins was taken before a Magistrate and then released under a $1,000 unsecured bond.

A short time later Sunday morning, Officers again responded to the victim’s residence to assist Lincolnton Firefighters with a vehicle fire. Police arrived to find Firefighters extinguishing the victim’s vehicle, which was on fire. They found Jenkins in the driveway, suffering from minor injuries and receiving treatment from Lincoln County E.M.S. Jenkins’ vehicle was also at the residence. E.M.S. transported Jenkins to Carolinas Healthcare System (Lincoln) for his injuries.

Another warrant was issued for felony burning of personal property. Jenkins was arrested after he was treated and released from the emergency room. He was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $6,000 secured bond. A first appearance in Lincoln Co. District Court was set for today (February 1).

41-year-old Robert Keith Martin of Roby Lane in Taylorsville and 24-year-old Ryleigh Elizabeth Waldrop of Tron Avenue in Valdese were both arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning. Martin was charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance, while Waldrop was charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle and misdemeanor driving while license revoked.

They were arrested in connection to the theft of a 1997 Isuzu Rodeo that was reported stolen on January 29. Police spotted the vehicle yesterday while on patrol in the area of Highway 70 S.W. and 4th Street Drive S.W. Waldrop was the driver and Martin was a passenger in the front seat.

A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a digital scale, unloaded syringes, Seroquel and Fluoxetine. Seroquel is an antipsychotic and Fluoxetine is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bulimia and panic disorder.

Waldrop and Martin were both were taken into custody without incident shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday. The two were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for each set at $5,000, secured. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (February 1) in Newton.

44-year-old Jacquelyn Elizabeth Counts of 2nd Street Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (January 29) on an outstanding warrant for felony unlawfully obtaining a financial card. The warrant was issued in September of last year.

She was arrested at about 1:30 a.m. when Police conducted a traffic stop on 6th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory. A K-9 Officer led to the discovery of 2.2 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

A routine records check revealed the outstanding warrant. Counts was issued citations for the marijuana, the paraphernalia and for driving while license revoked. She was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $500 secured bond. A District Court date in Newton was set for March 9.

25-year-old Jonathon Allen Rudisill of Woodvale Street in Cherryville was arrested by Lincolnton Police today (January 29) on felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance in a detention facility, as well as misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Early this morning Lincolnton Police Officer Derek Thom saw a suspicious person in the area of East Main Street and Salem Church Road. Officer Thom identified the person as Jonathon Rudisill. The Officer found drug paraphernalia on Rudisill’s person, including needles, straws, spoons, razor blades, pipes and clear plastic baggies. Those items were seized as evidence.

Rudisill was arrested on the drug paraphernalia charge and placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $1,000 secured bond. During the booking process at the jail, Officers found that Rudisill had hidden various controlled substances in a body cavity. Those items, including meth and prescription medications, were seized as evidence. Additional charges were filed and Rudisill’s total bond was increased to $16,000, secured. He was scheduled to appear in Lincoln Co. District Court today.

Rudisill has prior convictions for resisting a public officer, fleeing to elude arrest, underage consumption of alcohol and D.W.I. He also has a pending case in Gaston County for possession of drug paraphernalia.

32-year-old Joseph Andrew Hamby of 9th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Thursday morning (January 28) on one felony count of speeding to elude arrest and driving while impaired.

He was arrested at about 1:40 a.m. after Police attempted to stop a 2012 Yamaha motorcycle for speeding on the 1800 block of North Center Street. The bike was eventually stopped in a parking lot on the 800 block of 2nd Street N.E.

Hamby was taken into custody without further incident. The motorcycle was impounded. Hamby was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $4,000, secured. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (January 29) and for February 24, both in Newton.

31-year-old Erin Marie Propst of Two Oaks Place in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police at 3:20 yesterday afternoon (January 28) on several outstanding warrants from Lincoln, Catawba and Caldwell counties. On warrants from December 8, 2015, she was charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. She also faces one felony count of identity theft and misdemeanor counts of providing a fictitious name or false address on a license application and hit & run with property damage on warrants dated January 20, as well as a misdemeanor larceny charge on a warrant from January 19.

Propst was arrested without incident at a residence on 2nd Avenue S.W. in the Long View. As she was processed at Hickory Police headquarters, a Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Deputy served a warrant for child support. Propst was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a total bond of $19,350. A District Court date in Lincolnton was set for February 16. She also has Caldwell County court dates on February 11 and March 24, plus a Catawba County appearance on March 17.