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Monday, 26 January 2015 14:13

Conover Man Accused of Stealing Firearm

37-year-old Wade McArthur Danner, Jr. of Cessna Lane in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:50 yesterday afternoon (January 25) on one felony count of common law robbery and one felony count of larceny of a firearm.

His arrest stems from an incident on January 23 when a victim reported that a known suspect, Wade Danner, got into the victim’s vehicle in the parking lot at the Ridgecrest Apartment complex. The suspect allegedly took a Springfield Armory XD-S 9mm handgun and some cash from the victim.

Warrants for Danner were issued, leading to his arrest yesterday at an apartment on 12th Avenue S.E. where he was taken into custody without incident. Danner was placed in the Catawba Co. Detenton Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

Monday, 26 January 2015 13:38

Two Catawba County Women Arrested at Belk

29-year-old Yvonne Nicole Engle of Lyle Haven Drive in Conover and 54-year-old Yvonne Rosette Hedrick of 1st Avenue N.W. in Hickory were both arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:50 p.m. yesterday (January 25). They were each charged with felony obtaining property by false pretenses and misdemeanor larceny. Engle was also charged with misdemeanor aiding & abetting larceny.

They were arrested when Police responded to the Belk store at Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall in reference to a shoplifting call. A Loss Prevention Officer reported seeing Engle conceal a scarf and pass the point of sale without paying. The Officer stopped Engle and recovered the merchandise.

Hedrick reportedly took some shirts from the shelves, went to a register and tried to exchange the shirts. She was given a gift card. Loss Prevention stopped Hedrick before she left the store.

Both women were taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Engle’s bond was set at $11,000, secured, while Hedrick was given a $6,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for today in Newton.

Monday, 26 January 2015 13:12

Few Details Released in Child Abuse Case

Few details have been released in the arrest of 25-year-old Bradley Alan Henderson of 13th Street S.W. in Hickory. Henderson was arrested just before one o’clock Friday morning (January 23) by Hickory Police on two counts of felony child abuse inflicting serious injury.

Police say Henderson is the father of the victim, who was described as an infant. At last report, the infant was listed in critical but stable condition.

According to Police reports, Henderson is employed by Bayada Healthcare, a home healthcare company with locations in Hickory and elsewhere in the state. He was taken into custody without incident at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

Following his arrest, Henderson was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $100,000 bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (January 26), with his next court date coming up on February 13.

21-year-old Robert Speight Felton of Satterwhite Circle in Granite Falls and 19-year-old Tyler Blaine Dotson of Oxford Drive in Hudson, along with 31-year-old Ritchie Alan Souther and 26-year-old Stefany Elizabeth Collins, both of Taylorsville Road in Lenoir, have all been arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers.

All four suspects were charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and maintaining a dwelling to keep or store a controlled substance. Dotson was also charged with the felonious delivery of marijuana. In addition, Souther and Collins were each charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver heroin.

According to a release issued by the Sheriff’s Office, Felton was suspected of dealing marijuana to high school students in Caldwell County. He was arrested on January 21 after a search was conducted at his home. The search resulted in the discovery of just under a quarter pound of marijuana, a Ruger 9 mm pistol, drug paraphernalia and $177 in cash.

As a result of the investigation that led to Felton’s arrest, I.C.E. Agents with the Sheriff’s Office identified Dotson as the source of Felton’s marijuana. Dotson was arrested on January 22 at his home after he delivered a felony amount of marijuana to an Undercover Officer. Agents obtained and executed a search warrant at Dotson’s home where they found over $1,800 in cash, approximately a quarter pound of high-grade marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Souther and Collins were both suspected of heroin and marijuana distribution. They were arrested on January 23 after a search warrant was executed at their home.

All four suspects were incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under. Bond for Felton was set at $50,000, secured. Dotson was given a $100,000 secured bond, while Souther and Collins were each held under a $75,000 secured bond. Felton’s first appearance in District Court was scheduled last Thursday (January 22). The other three suspects were all due in a Lenoir courtroom today (January 26).

I.C.E. Agents are continuing to investigate. Additional charges are possible.

Friday, 23 January 2015 17:23

I-85 to Close Twice Sunday in Gaston County

As construction progresses on the new weigh station along Interstate 85 in Gaston County, the N.C. Department of Transportation will temporarily close a portion of the interstate on Sunday, January 25, for survey work and a blasting operation.

Crews are planning to close a portion of I-85 twice on Sunday, for roughly 15 minutes each time. The interstate will close first at 7 a.m. for surveying and then again at 9 a.m. for blasting and surveying. The blast itself should last only a few seconds and will sound like a low rumble of thunder.

Sunday’s blast and surveying work will follow the same protocol as blasts done last fall along the new weigh station construction site.

For southbound traffic, crews will close the entrance ramp from Exit 13 to I-85 South and pace traffic starting after Exit 14 (N.C. 274). For northbound traffic, both exits from N.C. 74 onto I-85 north at Exit 10 will be closed to traffic. They will pace traffic starting at Exit 8 (N.C. 161) for I-85 North.

When all traffic on both north- and southbound I-85 is clear of the blasting and surveying area, then the project contractor will begin the blasting work. After the blasting, the contractor will make sure I-85 is clear of any debris and then traffic will be released to its normal flow. The amount of time for traffic flow to return to normal after the blast will depend on traffic volume in the area at the time of the blasting.

The new weigh station will include construction of the truck scale building and booth, as well as grading, drainage and paving around the new facility. Sloan Construction, a division of Reeves Construction Company, was awarded the contract.

Once completed, the new weigh station will have space for five offices and three unisex restrooms, as well as a lobby with a vending area for truck drivers. The existing weigh station on I-85 northbound (about 10 miles southwest of Charlotte) will close after the new facility opens.

The project is scheduled for completion in November 2016.

The Safe Harbor Rescue Mission in Hickory will hold an event this coming Monday (January 26) called Hope Rising in Our City. The event is intended as a time of worship and prayer for homeless persons, persons suffering from addiction and those less fortunate in the community.

Hope Rising in Our City will take place at Christ Church’s Fairgrove Campus on 1800 Fairgrove Church Road, across from Wendy’s. Doors will open and coffee will be served at 9 a.m. with the program set to begin at 9:30 a.m.

Safe Harbor is located at 210 Second Street S.E. in Hickory. Call 828-326-7233 or email info@safeharborrescuemission.org.

Friday, 23 January 2015 13:56

Hickory Woman Charged with Felony Hit & Run

33-year-old Melanie Jean Lacy of 11th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (January 20) by Hickory Police on one felony count of hit & run with damage to property and driving while license revoked, a misdemeanor. She was taken into custody without incident on 11th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. Following her arrest, Lacy was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $2,500, secured. She has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for February 11 in Hickory.

Friday, 23 January 2015 13:30

Man Killed in Accident Yesterday in Boone

21-year-old Jacob Dylan Whitaker of Wake Forest, N.C. was killed in a two-vehicle accident in Boone at approximately 7:35 last night (January 22). Boone Police, the Boone Fire Dept. and Watauga Medics all responded to the scene of the crash on N.C. Highway 105 near Dogwood Road.

Mr. Whitaker was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the second vehicle, 21-year-old Jonathan Dylan Reeder refused medical treatment. There were no other occupants in either vehicle.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Relay For Life of Catawba County was recently awarded the prestigious All American Relay Award. The award recognizes Relay For Life events that demonstrate exemplary efforts in overall growth, successful implementation of key development in leadership, teams & survivorship, event branding and demonstrated diversity outreach. Of 583 Relay For Life events across the South Atlantic Division, Catawba County was one of only two to receive this award and one of 87 of the 4,890 Relay For Life events nationwide.

The award will be presented at the Relay For Life of Catawba County Kickoff Party and 20 Year Anniversary Celebration on Monday, January 26, at 6 p.m. The event will be held at Catawba Valley Medical Center in the AHEC Building, 810 Fairgrove Church Road S.E. in Hickory. There will be food, prizes and awards as part of the celebration. The public is invited.

Relay For Life of Catawba County exceeded its fund-raising goal in 2014 by $66,835 with a record-setting total of $193,835.

Relay For Life mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones lost to cancer and raise money for the fight against cancer. For more information, contact the American Cancer Society at 704-674-3214 or visit www.relayforlife.org/catawbanc.

24-year-old Rodney Dale Reese, Jr. of Lee Pearson Road in Granite Falls was arrested at about 9:45 yesterday morning (January 22) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. In addition, he was served outstanding warrants from January 13 for two felony probations and from January 6 for misdemeanor cyberstalking and injury to personal property.

He was arrested in connection to an incident on January 20 when Officers on patrol on Highway 70 S.W. saw a vehicle with an expired license plate. A vehicle stop was conducted on Highway 321 at exit 43-A. Three people were in the vehicle, including Reese, who was in a rear passenger seat. Reese initially gave Officers a false I.D.

As Officers approached the vehicle a second time, they saw Reese attempting to swallow contraband. He spit out a baggie containing several smaller baggies that had a crystal residue on them. He still had another bag in his mouth, leading Officers to suspect that Reese had swallowed an unknown quantity of what they believed to be crystal meth.

Reese was searched, leading to the discovery of a glass pipe in his pants pocket. Digital scales and empty baggies were found in the vehicle. Reese was then transported by E.M.S. to Frye Regional Medical Center. Police arrested Reese when he was released from the hospital yesterday.

The driver was cited for the expired tag, but no other charges were filed.

Reese was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $33,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.