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Hickory Police are investigating a break-in at the Humane Society of Catawba County on 20th Avenue S.E. in Hickory. An unknown person or persons broke a front window and took a D.V.D. player, two donation jars and some syringes with an estimated total value of $20. Damages to the window were estimated at $300. The incident occurred between 6 p.m. Monday (June 13) and 6:30 a.m. the next day. No suspect description is available.

Anyone with information regarding the break-in should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

The Humane Society is soliciting donations through its Facebook page to help defray the cost of damages.

29-year-old Jarrod Donte Fuller of 8th Avenue Court S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:50 yesterday afternoon (June 14) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense.

He was charged in connection to an incident last Friday (June 10) at Rancho Viejo on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard. Fuller came into the restaurant to pick up a to-go order. He allegedly paid with a counterfeit $100 bill and received change. As he was waiting for the his food, Fuller’s food stamp card and prison I.D. card fell out of his pocket.

Fuller left with his order, but left his I.D. behind. A warrant for his arrest was issued on June 12, and he turned himself in at H.P.D. headquarters yesterday.

Fuller was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,250 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

48-year-old Carl Dennis Geter of 1st Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:20 a.m. yesterday (June 14) on one felony count of breaking & entering.

Events leading to his arrest unfolded as Officers responded to a house on 2nd Street S.W. in Hickory where the landlord noticed a window had been left open. The house was the location of the murder of Stephanie Harvey last Wednesday (June 8). The landlord had seen the family moving items in and out of the residence and didn’t know if they had left the window open or not.

Officers arrived and found that a bedroom window had been pried open. At least two televisions were taken from the residence.

H.P.D. launched an investigation and conducted numerous interviews, leading to the identification of Carl Geter as the suspect. He was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Soup Kitchen on Main Avenue N.E. It’s not clear if the T.V.s were recovered.

Geter was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

42-year-old Robert James Salyards of 15th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:45 last night (June 14) on felony counts of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.

He was arrested after H.P.D. responded to the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. where Loss Prevention Officers had Salyards in custody. Loss Prevention had watched as the suspect switched the price tags on a wrench set and also removed a shop-vac from its box, replacing it with Bushnell headlamps, baitcasters, trail knives and Super Blue glue. Salyards then took tape off the shelves and used it to re-seal the box.

Loss Prevention detained the suspect after he passed the last point of sale. The merchandise Salyards attempted to take was valued at $236.

Salyards was arrested without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 14:49

Statesville Woman Charged with Extortion

41-year-old Cornelia Roberta Baker of the Turnersburg Highway in Statesville has been arrested on a charge of felony extortion.

A press release issued today (June 14) by the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office says that Cornelia Baker befriended the victim while working with them. Baker convinced the victim that they had done something unintentional to harm someone and that the injured party was in the hospital. Baker convinced the victim that they would go to jail if they did not give money to pay for the medical bills. Baker extorted approximately $15,000 from the victim over a six-month period spanning from November of 2015 through April of this year.

On June 4, Baker was arrested and jailed under a $20,000 secured bond by Magistrate Hollar. She will appear in District Court on June 27.

23-year-old Marvin Kong Vongsay and 29-year-old Sao Kong Vongxay have both been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on drug charges. Marvin Kong Vongsay was charged with four counts for the sale or delivery of heroin, five counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver heroin and one count each of possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine and possession of a stolen firearm. Sao Kong Vongxay was charged with the sale or delivery of heroin and possession with intent to sell or deliver Heroin

Their arrests mark the end of a three-month undercover operation conducted by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Narcotics Division. The investigation started when Narcotics Officers began receiving information from concerned citizens who live on Mountaineer Drive about possible drug activity on that street and in the neighborhoods around Bethesda Road.

Narcotics Officers began to conduct surveillance in the area. Narcotics Detectives identified the brothers as potential suspects responsible for drug activity in the area. Investigators were ultimately able to make undercover heroin transactions from both brothers and also purchased two handguns. Detectives bought in excess of five grams of heroin with an estimated street value of $1,000. In addition, one of the handguns was reported stolen from a residential break-in reported earlier in the year. That firearm will be returned to the victim.

The brothers were arrested today (June 14) and additional amounts of heroin and meth were seized from Marvin Kong Vongsay. He was jailed under a $50,000 secured bond and his brother received a $15,000 secured bond. Appearances in District Court were set for August 8.

The investigation is ongoing to determine if the brothers are responsible for other larcenies and residential break-ins in Iredell County.

50-year-old Andres Urgelles Martinez of Katy, Texas was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:20 last night (June 13) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense.

He was arrested after Police responded to the Speedy Mart on Fairgrove Church Road S.E. The storeowner said a man, later identified as Andres Martinez, pried open a pump and used a device to slow down the meter as he was pumping gas. Officers searched the truck and found the device in question.

Martinez was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,500 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

36-year-old Michael Robert “Doc” Geressy of South New Hope Road in Gastonia was arrested by Lincolnton Police Friday (June 10) on one felony count of soliciting a child for a sex act by computer and appearing at the meeting place.

The suspect was arrested as the result of an undercover sting operation during which Geressy communicated with a Detective who posed as a 14-year-old child on social media. During the operation and investigation, Geressy discussed meeting a person he believed to be a 14-year-old child in Lincolnton to engage in sexual activity. Geressy arrived at the predetermined meeting location at about 3 o’clock Friday afternoon. He was arrested without incident.

Geressy was operating a 1987 Ford Crown Victoria, an exact replica of the car used in the “Men in Black” movie. The car had emergency light equipment, as well as after-market toggle switches to accurately replicate the movie car. In the back seat were New York license plates. Geressy was wearing a black suit, a black tie and black sunglasses, the same as the characters in the film.

Investigators also learned that Geressy has replicas of the vehicles used in the movies, “Ghostbusters” and “The Blues Brothers”. The suspect uses the vehicles and costumes as part of a business in which he entertains at parties. Additionally, Geressy is employed as an instructor at the Connecticut School of Broadcasting in Charlotte. Detectives are investigating the possibility that Geressy may have been in contact with other underage victims in the past. The suspect uses the alias “Doc Geressy” when he is in character.

Geressy was given a $75,000 secured bond and placed in the Lincoln County Jail. Geressy has since made bond. A first appearance in Lincoln County District Court was scheduled yesterday (June 13). His next court date was set for July 14.

Investigators are asking for the public’s help in determining if anyone has had inappropriate contact with Geressy in the past and to determine if any additional crimes have been committed. The case is still under investigation and further charges may apply. Geressy has no prior criminal record.

Anyone with information should contact Lincolnton Police Det. Brent Heavner at 704-736-8900 or Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous. Information leading to an arrest could result in a cash reward of up to $1,000.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating a two-car collision this morning that claimed the life of one driver and sent two other people to the hospital, one of them in critical condition. The head-on collision shut down a portion of Highway 64 in Burke County at 8:23 this morning (Monday, June 13).

According to the N.C. State Highway Patrol, a 1992 Lexus northbound on Highway 64, driven by 20-year-old Dalton Rhom of Morganton, crossed the centerline and collided with a southbound 2016 Dodge Charger driven by 64-year-old Edward Braren, Jr. The accident occurred about nine miles south of Morganton.

Mr. Braren died en route to the hospital. A helicopter was initially called to the scene, but Mr. Braren was not stable enough for air transport. As of 3:30 this afternoon, Mr. Rhom was in critical condition at Mission Memorial Hospital in Asheville with what were described as life-threatening injuries. A passenger in the Lexus, 30-year-old Roger Franklin of Morganton, was treated at Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge in Morganton. He has been released.

The Highway Patrol is conducting an ongoing investigation. As of this afternoon, they had no comment regarding any factors that might have contributed to the accident.

54-year-old Bryan Lee Parks of 7th Avenue Court S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 6 p.m. yesterday (June 12) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count each of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested when Police at Kiwanis Park in Hickory saw a large group of people gathered around an individual pushing a moped on 7th Avenue S.E. Officers learned that the man, Bryan Parks, had a knife on his person. As Police secured the knife, they found 1.9 grams of crack cocaine and 1.7 grams of marijuana.

Parks was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (June 13) in Hickory.