32-year-old Christopher Stephen Williams of 3rd Avenue Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:45 p.m. yesterday (June 21) on one felony count of breaking & entering.
Events leading to his arrest unfolded on June 19 as Police responded to a business on 2nd Street N.W. in Hickory. A front glass door was smashed and a cash box was found, open and empty, on a countertop. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken from the box. No one was at the business at the time of the break-in. The property was last known to be secure at about 7 p.m. the previous day.
In the course of the investigation, the business owner recognized the suspect, Christopher Williams, as someone who had been hired to do maintenance work at the property in the past. He was also suspected in previous break-ins.
Williams was taken into custody without incident on the 200 block of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for June 27 in Newton.
36-year-old Sean Alan Mozer of 34th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1 a.m. today (June 21) on one felony count each of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and larceny of a motor vehicle, plus one misdemeanor count of larceny.
He was arrested after Officers on patrol at the Walgreens store on North Center Street ran the license tag number on a ’94 Chevrolet Prizm and found that it had been reported stolen in Iredell County. When the Chevy’s occupants returned to the vehicle, Officers identified the driver as Sean Mozer. He was accompanied by a female passenger, who was not charged.
Warrants for Mozer’s arrest had been issued in Iredell County for the larceny of vehicle and misdemeanor larceny charges.
Mozer was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.
Lenoir-Rhyne University will hold a memorial service open to the public tomorrow (June 22) to honor and remember the 49 people who lost their lives in the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida on Sunday, June 12. The service will be held in the Grace Chapel beginning at 6:30 p.m. and will be led by Pastor Kim Moss.
The service will also remember the nine people who lost their lives last year on June 17 at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Two of the victims, the Rev. Clementa Pinkney (also a State Senator) and the Rev. Dr. Daniel Simmons, Sr., were graduates of Lenoir-Rhyne's School of Theology, the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, S.C.
Participating with Pastor Moss at Wednesday’s service will be the Rev. Andrew Weisner, campus pastor at Lenoir-Rhyne, Emma Sellers, Lenoir-Rhyne's director of multicultural affairs, and other area clergy and community leaders.
39-year-old Jonathan Shawn Nixon of Phelps Road in Vale was arrested by Probation & Parole Officers in Catawba County last Friday (June 17) to serve a “Quick Dip” sentence. A “Quick Dip” is an arrangement in which a subject can serve his or her sentence in short increments during the period of probation. He was also charged by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state, and he was charged on an outstanding child support warrant.
Nixon was wanted in Elkhart County, Indiana for a probation violation in connection to a burglary charge. The warrant for his arrest was issued in October of 2015.
Nixon was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond. He was scheduled to appear in court on the fugitive warrant today (June 21) with another court date on the child support charge coming up on June 30.
38-year-old Jason McKinley Powell and 31-year-old Vanessa Deann Powell, both of Lancaster Drive in Claremont, were arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:20 last night (June 20). They were each charged with felony counts of larceny after breaking & entering and obtaining property by false pretense. Jason Powell was also charged with felony breaking & entering.
They were arrested in connection to an incident in February in which the suspects allegedly attempted to take a T.V. from the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. without paying. Loss Prevention Officers reported three previous occasions where the couple had removed merchandise from the shelves without paying and attempted to return the items for a refund. Those occurred in December 2015 and twice in January of this year.
Both had previously been banned from the store: Jason Powell in March 2014 and Vanessa Powell in April 2014.
Following the incident in February, a prosecution summary was submitted to the District Attorney’s office, resulting in the issuance of warrants on June 16 and the couple’s arrest yesterday. The two were taken into custody without incident at their residence.
Both were processed at H.P.D. Jason Powell was then released after posting a $10,000 unsecured bond, while Vanessa Powell was released under a $5,000 unsecured bond. They were scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.
31-year-old Tori Lamonte Grissom of Sunburst Lane in Charlotte was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:45 p.m. yesterday (June 20) on two counts of discharging a firearm into occupied property.
He was charged in connection to an incident at 1:41 a.m. on June 18 at the National Guard Armory in the area of 8th Street Drive N.E. and 13th Avenue N.E. Police responding to a shots fired call arrived to find three subjects, all Guardsmen, in the parking lot. At the time, there was no sign of a disturbance and no evidence was found.
Later that afternoon, one of the three subjects came into H.P.D. headquarters to file a report, alleging that one of the men, Tori Grissom, had fired into a vehicle behind the Armory. A warrant was issued for discharging a firearm within the city limits. Grissom was arrested on that charge shortly after 10 p.m. on the 18th.
Later, Officers learned that three people were in the vehicle at the time Grissom fired at it. Felony warrants were issued for discharging a firearm into occupied property.
Grissom turned himself in yesterday at H.P.D. headquarters and was jailed under a $15,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.
33-year-old Tony Lee of 1st Avenue S.W. in Hickory and 24-year-old Kasey Marie West of Northbrook III School Road in Vale have both been arrested by Hickory Police on drug charges. Both were charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance. Lee was also charged with misdemeanor possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
They were arrested early Sunday (June 19) after Police responded to the Red Roof Inn on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. Officers approached a vehicle in the parking lot and detected the odor of marijuana. Kasey West was the driver and a man named Tou Lee was a passenger. A search was conducted, leading to the discovery of a small bag containing methamphetamine in West’s purse and a marijuana cigarette in Tao Lee’s cigarette box. Tao Lee was cited for simple possession of marijuana, but no further charges against him were filed.
Officers learned that Tony Lee had a room at the hotel. They searched the room and found 4.3 grams of crystal meth and 0.5 grams of marijuana. In another room linked to the arrestees, Police found 1.5 additional grams of meth, one Vicodin pain pill and drug paraphernalia.
Tony Lee and West were taken into custody without incident at about 2:25 a.m. Sunday. The two were taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Lee set at $5,000, secured, while West was given a $3,000 secured bond. Both have since been released. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for tomorrow (June 21) in Newton.
41-year-old Durian Longanda Parks of Atlanta, Georgia was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:40 Friday night (June 17) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Parks was wanted by authorities in Fulton County, Georgia on a warrant for failure to appear in connection to a loitering or prowling charge.
Parks was taken into custody without incident at Shurtape on 8th Street Drive S.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for June 27 in Newton.
30-year-old Shenanda L’Crystal Crockett of West 17th Street in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:25 Sunday evening (June 19) on one felony count of creating a counterfeit controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia, plus two misdemeanor counts of driving while license revoked.
She was arrested after Officers westbound on Highway 70 S.E. saw a Jeep Cherokee with an expired temporary sticker on the license tag. They also found that the driver, Shenanda L’Crystal Crockett, had an indefinitely suspended license.
Police stopped the vehicle on the 1200 block of 2nd Street N.E. where a black male passenger jumped out of the vehicle and fled, on foot. He was not apprehended.
A search of the vehicle turned up a set of scales and a bag containing a white substance. The substance did not test positive for a controlled substance, but – due to the manner in which it was packaged – probable cause was found to file the counterfeit controlled substance against Crockett.
She was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow (June 21) in Newton.
25-year-old Datavis Mochae Woods of 2nd Street Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested just before 8 p.m. Saturday (June 18) on one felony count each for the sale of cocaine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine, plus a felony probation violation. The case dates back to 2013.
Woods was taken into custody without incident on the 2100 block of Tate Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (June 20) in Newton.
No further details were released as the narcotics investigation is ongoing.