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Wednesday, 29 October 2014 06:49

CVMC Emergency Room Doc Charged with D.W.I.

61-year-old Gary Wayne Greer of Elmhurst Drive N.E. in Hickory has been arrested on charges of D.W.I. and reckless driving to endanger. Greer is an emergency room doctor at Catawba Valley Medical Center.

Greer allegedly admitted that he was under the influence of the prescription pain reliever, Percocet, when he was arrested by the N.C. State Highway Patrol Saturday morning (October 25) on Highway 16 near Conover. Greer reportedly ran off the road, crashed through an embankment, ran through a field and ended up back on the highway.

He will next appear in District Court on December 9 in Newton.

21-year-old Adrian Eugene Farris, Jr. and 19-year-old Kathleen Beatrice Ferrell, both of Mesa Circle in Boone, have been arrested by Boone Police. They are each charged with four counts of felony breaking & entering an automobile, three counts of misdemeanor larceny and one count each of felony larceny, felony financial card theft, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Farris was also charged with one count of felony obtaining property by false pretense.

They were arrested on October 23 in connection to incidents reported on October 20 and 21. Boone Police received numerous reports of unsecured vehicles that were entered and items taken from within.

Following their arrests, Farris and Ferrell each received a $20,000 secured bond pending a November 18 appearance in Watauga County District Court.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 13:07

Lenoir Man Arrested on Long List of Charges

27-year-old Brandon Ray Hicks of S.W. Jason Place in Lenoir was arrested by Hudson Police yesterday (October 27) on charges of driving while license revoked, providing fictitious info to an officer, felony breaking & entering, felony larceny, felony possession of stolen goods or property, injury to real property, injury to personal property and two counts each of misdemeanor larceny, misdemeanor possession of stolen goods or property and felony breaking & entering a motor vehicle.

Hicks was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $55,000, secured. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Lenoir with additional court dates coming up on November 3 and December 4.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 11:21

Hickory Man Busted on Felony Cocaine Charge

30-year-old Nathaniel Breon Wilson of 1st Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (October 28) on one felony count of possession of cocaine. Wilson was taken into custody without incident at 12:55 a.m. today and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He will appear in District Court tomorrow in Hickory.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 11:17

Home Near Hudson Destroyed by Fire

A home on Horseshoe Bend Road near Hudson was destroyed by fire early this morning (October 28). Firefighters arrived on the scene at about 4 a.m. today to find flames shooting from the house.

Three fire departments assisted in extinguishing the fire. According to published reports, the homeowner was staying with her parents next door and was not injured.

The Caldwell County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.

22-year-old Roger Joel Harper of Piney Road in Morganton and 20-year-old Terrik Lovon Patterson of Poplar Street in Lenoir are both wanted by the Burke Co. Sheriff’s Office on charges of felony robbery with a dangerous weapon, second-degree kidnapping and discharging a firearm into occupied property.

The two are accused of robbing the Shop ‘n Save at N.C. Highway 18/U.S. 64 and Hartland Road on the morning of October 18 and assaulting two clerks there. The suspects took an undisclosed amount of cash and left the store on foot. No injuries were reported. The incident was reported October 21 on WHKY.

Harper may be driving a dark gray Honda Accord EX-L with N.C. license number ALN-3886. Harper is know as “Roger Rabbit,” while Patterson uses aliases including “Tiko,” T.K.” and “Frank Mula.” According to the Sheriff’s Office, Patterson is a gang member.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Roger Joel Harper or Terrik Lovon Patterson should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or 828-438-5506.

24-year-old Tyler William Coker of Calico Road in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:20 a.m. today (October 28) on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Events leading to Coker’s arrest began as Police were called to an apartment on the 1700 block of 14th Street Lane N.E. in Hickory. A 42-year-old Hickory man had been stabbed after he became involved in an altercation between Coker and Coker’s mother. When Police arrived, the victim, Coker’s mother and another female were at the apartment. Coker had left the scene.  

The victim was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center for treatment of a single stab wound. No update on his condition is available. No other injuries were reported.

Coker was taken into custody at H.P.D. headquarters this morning and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,000 secured bond. He’ll make a first appearance in District Court tomorrow.

U.S. Congressman and Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry announced yesterday (October 27) that he will be in Catawba County for two visits this week. Tomorrow, McHenry will visit Sorenson Communication's Interpretation Call Center in Hickory at 1 p.m. On Thursday, McHenry will visit Concept Frames in Newton at 9 a.m.

While visiting the Sorenson Call Center, Congressman McHenry will meet with 17 staff members based out of Hickory and learn about the role they play in providing interpretation services to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and he’ll participate in a demonstration of Sorenson’s Video Relay Service. The Call Center is located at 1985 Tate Boulevard S.E. in Hickory.  

During Thursday's visit to Concept Frames, Congressman McHenry will tour the business and learn about the custom hollow metal frames and doors produced there. Concept Frames is one of the country's foremost suppliers of custom hollow metal frames and doors. Concept Frames has been located at 2015 Industrial Drive in Newton since 1993.

Congressman McHenry represents North Carolina’s 10th Congressional District, which includes all of Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln and Rutherford counties and part of Catawba, Iredell and Buncombe counties.

Neither visit is open to the general public.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 07:02

Man Convicted in Robbery of Mayor's Business

23-year-old John David Rogers of Hickory was convicted yesterday (October 27) in Catawba County Criminal Superior Court of felony robbery with a dangerous weapon. Rogers was sentenced to no less than 70 months and no more than 96 months in the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction.

The robbery occurred in April 2013 in Hickory. Rogers robbed A Signco, a sign company owned by Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright, and threatened store personnel, including the mayor’s wife, with the use of a handgun, though a firearm was never produced. Rogers stole $100 in cash and was apprehended after an investigation by the Hickory Police Department. The defendant subsequently confessed to the crime.

Jeff Pruitt with the Hickory Police Department handled the investigation and Assistant District Attorney Brenda Brewer prosecuted the case. The Honorable Linwood O. Foust presided over the conviction.

Rogers will be transported to the Division of Adult Correction in Raleigh for processing.

36-year-old Zebulon James Spurlock of Granite Falls has been charged by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers with felony larceny of a motor vehicle.

Events leading to his arrest began at about 10:15 a.m. yesterday (October 27) when the Sheriff’s Office took a call from Sipe Wholesale in Taylorsville regarding a truck that had just been stolen. A be on the lookout call was issued.

Chief Dennis James of the Taylorsville Police Department met the stolen, white Ford “F” Series truck on U.S. 64-90 near the N.C. 16 interchange. Chief James gave pursuit, but lost sight of the truck on U.S. 64-90 West.

Caldwell County and Lenoir Police were notified that the truck was heading toward Caldwell County. Lenoir Police spotted the vehicle near Wilkesboro Boulevard. The suspect crashed into another vehicle in Lenoir. The suspect jumped from the truck and was later taken into custody by Lenoir Police.

Lenoir Police charged Spurlock with felony possession of stolen property, reckless driving, hit & run, driving while license revoked and injury to real property.

Bond was set at $25,000, secured, on the charges in Alexander County and at $10,000, secured, on the charges in Lenoir. First court appearances in Alexander and Caldwell counties were set for November 3.