18-year-old Khalil Sincere Rhynhart of 5th Street N.E. in Hickory was served a bill of indictment by Hickory Police at about 5:15 p.m. Saturday (February 8) on two felony counts of breaking & entering a motor vehicle.

The charges come in connection to an incident on December 30 of last year. At that time, Hickory Police responded to the Lutherhaus Apartments on 7th Avenue N.E. in reference to a vehicle break-in that occurred on December 28. Rhynhart was identified as the suspect. The information was given to the District Attorney’s office and charges were filed.

Rhynhart was taken into custody without incident Saturday at the fast-food restaurant on 2nd Street N.E. where he is employed. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (February 10) in Newton.

21-year-old Davon Lavell Williams of Jennifer Lane in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (February 7) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He was also charged with and misdemeanor counts of injury to personal property, communicating threats, and resisting a public officer. Williams is wanted in by the York County Sheriff's Office in York, South Carolina for manufacturing with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a stolen firearm.

Williams was taken into custody without incident at about 2:30 a.m. at an address on Highway 127 South, near 2nd Avenue S.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $21,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for February 7 in Newton.

25-year-old Lynken Beau Hager, who is listed as a homeless person from Gastonia, was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (February 7) for felony failure to register as a sex offender and a misdemeanor probation violation. Hager is on the sex offender registry following a September 2010 conviction in Gaston County for 2nd-degree sex offense and indecent liberties with a minor. Hager was 16 and his victim was eight at the time of the offense.

Hager was taken into custody without incident at about 2:30 a.m. today at a convenience store on 2nd Avenue N.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Gaston County Jail under a $30,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for February 11 in Gastonia.

Thursday, 06 February 2020 12:32

State of Emergency Declared in Catawba County

The Catawba Co. Board of Commissioners declared a State of Emergency in the county at 12:30 p.m. today (February 6) as the result of excessive rainfall. The rain has resulted in severe flooding, infrastructure damage, hazardous travel conditions, and the potential for widespread power outages.

The declaration enables Catawba County Emergency Services to implement coordinated response and recovery efforts in all affected unincorporated areas of the county in alignment with the Catawba County Emergency Operations Plan and in collaboration with emergency response partners.

In response to localized flooding at Ridgecrest Apartments on 12th Avenue S.E. in Hickory, Catawba County is relocating affected residents to a temporary shelter set up at Catawba Valley Community College's (CVCC) Tarlton Complex (2550 U.S. Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory).

The shelter is open for residents and their pets who have been relocated due to the storm. The shelter is staffed by County personnel and American Red Cross volunteers who are providing cots, blankets, restrooms, showers, food, and a mobile pet shelter.

For more information, call 828-465-8230.

The following Catawba County roads have been closed:

12TH AVE NW//6TH ST NW - Hickory
1000 4TH ST DR SW - Hickory
2100 13TH AVE DR SE - Hickory
COUNTY HOME RD//13TH ST SW - Conover
4TH ST SW//8TH AVE SW - Conover
W 1ST ST @ GREENWAY - Newton
551 SOUTH D AVE EXT - Maiden
S GAITHER AVE // MCDANIELS CIR - Newton
LITTLE MOUNTAIN // MT PLEASANT RD - Sherrills Ford
S. CALDWELL AV // "D" ST - Newton
8870 COOKSVILLE RD - Vale
HWY 16 S @ SOUTH PARK DR - Newton
9045 JACOB FORK RIVER RD - Vale
2000 SNOW CREEK RD - Hickory

For updates, visit catawbacountync.gov/news/catawba-county-road-closures-due-to-flooding-1/

47-year-old Crystal Dawn Eaker Hamby of Evans Street in Lenoir was arrested by Hudson Police Tuesday (February 4) for felony possession of methamphetamine. Following her arrest, Hamby was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center and then released after posting a $5,000 secured bond. She'll appear in District Court on March 18 in Lenoir.

43-year-old Christopher Maurice Hendrix of Berkley Street in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (February 5) for felony possession of or receiving stolen property, along with misdemeanor counts of failure to appear, injury to personal property, and resisting a public officer. Following his arrest, Hendrix was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $26,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Lenoir.

47-year-old Gretta Garee Maltba of Spring Meadow Drive in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10 a.m. yesterday (February 5) on outstanding warrants from Caldwell County for failure to appear on charges of felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. The warrants were issued on February 3.

Maltba was taken into custody without incident at a residence on 3rd Avenue S.W. in Hickory. She was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility and then to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $5,000, secured. An appearance in District Court is coming up on March 4 in Lenoir.

One person was found dead inside a camper in Burke County last Saturday (February 1) and two others were hospitalized.

At about 4:45 Saturday afternoon, Deputies were dispatched to an address on Fox Drive in Connelly Springs. Deputies found three individuals in a camper, including a 50-year-old white male who was deceased. Two other persons, a 33-year-old white female and a 27-year-old male, were treated at the scene and then taken to the hospital by Burke County E.M.S. A portable propane tank and used needles were found inside the camper.

Burke County Sheriff’s Detectives and the Burke County Medical Examiner were called to the scene. The body of the deceased male was transported for additional testing. The investigation is continuing with the toxicology results expected within two months.

Wednesday, 05 February 2020 11:10

Sexual Assault Under Investigation in Catawba

A burglary, kidnapping, and sexual assault that occurred in the Town of Catawba early yesterday (February 4) are under investigation.

The incident happened at the Quail Village Apartments 2nd Street S.E. in Catawba. A 9-1-1 call reporting a burglary and sexual assault came in at about 8:13 a.m. Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at 8:21 a.m. and began to assess the incident. Officers from Catawba Police Department arrived a short time later and initiated an investigation.

Officers learned that a resident was confronted by an intruder who entered their apartment. The resident was held captive inside the apartment and sexually assaulted. The intruder then fled on foot shortly before the 9-1-1 call.

The suspect is described as an African-American male in his 30s or 40s. He is about 5'10" to 6'0" tall with facial hair. He was wearing casual clothing and a toboggan.

The Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division is leading the investigation, in continued partnership with the Catawba Police Department. Interviews with persons of interest are ongoing. The District Attorney’s Office is consulting and closely following the investigation.

Wednesday, 05 February 2020 11:01

Hickory Teen Faces Felony Embezzlement Charge

18-year-old Shalen Ariannia Izard of 2nd Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:15 yesterday afternoon (February 4) on one felony count of embezzlement.

She was arrested after Hickory Police responded to an employee theft call at the Bargain Hunt store on North Center Street in Hickory. The employee, Shalen Izard, allegedly voided customer transactions and took money from the cash register.

Izazrd was taken into custody without incident yesterday at the store. She was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released under a $1,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

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