29-year-old Ashley Nicole Horton of Highway 16 North in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police early Friday morning (August 11) on two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense.

On August 9, a male victim told Hickory Police that Ashley Horton moved money from his account to hers, without permission.  The victim is acquainted with the suspect.  

Horton was taken into custody without incident at about 4:15 a.m. Friday at a hotel on 13th Avenue Drive N.W.  She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,000 secured bond.  She has since been released.  A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (August 14) in Newton.

Monday, 14 August 2017 13:49

Hickory Man Charged with Vehicle Break-In

32-year-old Samuel Wade Lawrence of 1st Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Friday morning (August 11) on one felony count of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

He was arrested after Hickory Police responded to a reported vehicle break-in at the Days Inn on 13th Avenue Drive N.W. Nothing was stolen from the vehicle. Upon arrival, Officers spoke to Samuel Lawrence, who was identified as a suspect. While speaking with Officers, Lawrence fled on foot. He was found and taken into custody at 12:50 a.m. Friday.

Lawrence was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $3,500, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (August 14) in Newton.

22-year-old Steven Jason Greene and 21-year-old Jeremiah Aaron Moore, both of 3rd Avenue Place S.E., and 24-year-old Damani Yero Spearman of 3rd Avenue S.E., all from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police shortly before eleven o’clock Friday morning (August 11).  They were each charged with two felony counts of larceny.

The three were arrested in connection to an incident on August 2 when Hickory Police responded to a reported larceny at the Moretz Mills building on 8th Street S.E.  Stage monitors, valued at $800 each, were stolen.

The suspects were identified and taken into custody without incident at a restaurant on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory.  They were all jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for each set at $5,000, secured.  First appearances in District Court were scheduled today (August 14) in Newton.

Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating a snatch & grab strong-armed robbery today at Jerry’s One Stop, 3778 East Highway 27 in Iron Station.

Detectives say two black males entered the store at about eight o’clock this morning (August 14).  One man pretended to make a small purchase.  When the clerk opened the cash register, one man reached into the drawer and grabbed cash.  The clerk yelled to the owner, who grabbed the suspect from behind and took him to the ground.

The suspect got away from the owner and he and the other man ran from the store on foot, going east on Highway 27.  A customer who was at the gas pumps followed the suspects, who got into a vehicle parked nearby and fled the scene.  

No one was seriously injured in the incident.   The investigation is ongoing.

Sarah Hinojoza of Claremont has won $110,000 in the N.C. Education Lottery’s Cash 5 game.  She beat odds of one in 749,398 to match all five numbers in the July 28 drawing.

Hinojoza bought the winning $1 ticket at the S.M. Mart on Springs Road N.E. in Hickory.  She claimed her prize Thursday (August 3) at lottery headquarters in Raleigh.  After required state and federal tax withholdings, Hinojoza took home $76,451.

For details on how lottery funds have made a difference in Catawba County, click on the “For Education” section at nc-educationlottery.org.

Friday, 04 August 2017 10:58

Hickory Man Jailed on B&E Charges

38-year-old David Lee Brittain of 6th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:30 a.m. yesterday (August 3) on Magistrate’s orders for felony breaking & entering and misdemeanor breaking & entering.  He currently faces charges in both Catawba and Caldwell counties for felony breaking & entering and felony larceny after breaking & entering.

Brittain was taken into custody at an address on Highland Avenue N.E. in Hickory.  He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.  Brittain has additional court dates in Catawba County on September 7 and in Caldwell County on September 11.

28-year-old Joii Sharood Moon of 4th Street Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (August 3) for a felony probation violation and misdemeanor resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Moon is serving a 36-month suspended sentence following a February 2017 felony conviction in Catawba County for obtaining property by false pretense.  He had been listed as an absconder from probation.

Moon was taken into custody without incident shortly before 4 a.m. today on the 900 block of South Center Street in Hickory.  He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond.  A District Court date was set for September 5 with a Superior Court date scheduled in December.

28-year-old Natasha Marie Chafin of O.E. Teague Road in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (August 3) on multiple failure to appear warrants.  Those warrants are connected to three separate habitual felony charges, felony escape from a local jail, prostitution, soliciting prostitution, identity theft, possession of a schedule I controlled substance, trafficking methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule I controlled substance.  She was also charged with failure to appear on two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Chafin was taken into custody without incident just after 1 a.m. today on the 900 block of 12th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory.  She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where she is being held without bond.  A Superior Court date was set for September 5 in Newton.

Wednesday, 02 August 2017 10:19

Job Fair Thursday at SALT Block in Hickory

The Career Center of the Triad is sponsoring a free job fair tomorrow (August 3) in Hickory. The event will take place from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the SALT Block, 243 3rd Avenue N.E. The event is intended to provide resources for people looking for employment and resumé assistance.

The job fair will run in conjunction with an online virtual hiring event. Combined, the two events have over 50 job openings. The in person and virtual event are both free to the public and will provide opportunities for job seekers to submit resumes and speak with hiring managers.

To apply for the open positions, visit facebook.com/cctvirtualhiringevents and follow the instructions.

A Lenoir company is recalling approximately 4,922 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials.  The company is JBS USA, Inc. (or, JBS Case Ready), located at 1450 Vantage Foods Court in Lenoir.  The recall was announced in a press release issued yesterday (August 1) by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS).

The recall involves ground chuck beef items that were produced on July 15 of this year.  The problem was discovered on July 29 when the company was made aware of foreign materials, specifically shredded pieces of Styrofoam packaging, in the product.

There have been no confirmed reports of injury, illness or adverse reactions due to consumption of the beef.  Consumers who have purchased the products subject to recall are urged not to consume them.  Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Items subject to recall are two-pound black Styrofoam plastic-wrapped trays containing ground beef labeled “CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF GROUND CHUCK 80% LEAN 20% FAT” with a July 15 production date and case code 541640.  Establishment number “EST. 34176” will be found inside the USDA inspection mark.  The items were shipped to a distribution center in North Carolina.

For more information, contact Cheri Schneider, JBS Director of External Communications, at 970-506-7717.

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