38-year-old Mary N. Hinson of Merriman Road in Statesville was arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (February 6) on charges of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule IV controlled substance, felony possession of cocaine, felony maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance, possession of a schedule III controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

An Officer with the Sheriff’s Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (A.C.E.) Team was working in the area of Starlight Road in Statesville when he came into contact with Mary Hinson. The Officer learned that the address on Hinson’s registration card did not match the address on her driver’s license. The Officer noticed that a passenger in the vehicle appeared to be extremely nervous and her hands were shaking.

The Officer took Hinson to his patrol car while he issued her a citation. He told Hinson he’d noticed that the passenger was behaving nervously and spoke to her about the possibility that illegal contraband might be in the vehicle. Hinson gave consent to search the vehicle.

The search resulted in the discovery of a plastic bag containing a large amount of Xanax pills and a plastic container containing a Subutex pill. Police also seized assorted drug paraphernalia, including multiple plastic bags, plastic containers and digital scales. Hinson was also found to be in possession of a cigarette pack containing a short plastic straw and a plastic bag containing a small amount of cocaine.

Hinson was arrested and taken to the Iredell County Jail under a $10,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today.

Monday, 06 February 2017 13:21

Hickory Woman Faces Felony Larceny Charge

48-year-old Mari Jo Rudisill of 2nd Avenue S.E. was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 11 o’clock Saturday night (February 4) on one felony count of larceny and one misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Rudisill was taken into custody without incident on the 400 block of Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $12,500 secured bond with a first appearance in District Court set for today (February 6) in Newton.

No further details are available.

27-year-old Joshua Robert Lail of Mt. Airy has been arrested in Iredell County on two counts of felony assault on a law enforcement officer and one count of misdemeanor assault on a government official.

At about 7:30 Sunday morning (February 5), Deputies were called to the Iredell County Detention Center Annex on the Turnersburg Highway to assist with a combative inmate.  Inmate Joshua Robert Lail had attempted to throw an unknown substance on a Detention Officer as the Officer was passing out breakfast trays.  Inmate Lail was sprayed with pepper spray and removed from his cell to be decontaminated.

During the decontamination process, Lail became aggressive and assaulted two other Detention Officers.  The Detention Officers subdued Lail, who continued to resist as he was handcuffed.

One Officer was treated and released at Iredell Memorial Hospital for scratches to his face and eyes and a bite on his left bicep.  The other Officer sustained injuries to her left knee and ring finger.

Lail was taken to the Magistrate’s office where he was given a $60,000 secured bond on the assault charges.  He has been in custody in Iredell County since January 24 for assault on a law enforcement officer, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.  The only court date currently listed for Lail is on February 24 on the earlier charges.

30-year-old Melissa Faye Dillingham of Startown Road in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police just before nine o’clock Saturday night (February 4) on failure to appear charges in connection to one felony count of obtaining signatures by false pretense and one misdemeanor count of larceny.

The initial charges stem from a 2015 shoplifting incident at Walmart. The complainant listed on H.P.D.’s arrest report is the Burke County Clerk of Court.

Dillingham was taken into custody on Springs Road N.E. and jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $27,000 secured bond. Appearances in District Court were set for March 6 & 20.

Monday, 06 February 2017 11:01

Two Arrested on Stolen Vehicle Charge; More

23-year-old Wesley Eric Wright, Jr. of Pittstown Road and 22-year-old Anthony Deshawn Sanders of 3rd Avenue S.E., both from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:20 last night (February 5) on one felony count each of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and one count each of misdemeanor larceny.  Wright was also charged with resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.  In addition, Wright was arrested for a felony probation violation and a misdemeanor out-of-county probation violation, plus he was served a true bill of indictment for felony obtaining property by false pretense.

Events leading to their arrests began as Police were called to Academy Sports & Outdoors on Highway 70 S.E.  The subjects allegedly took a knife and a flashlight valued at $51.  They left the scene in a vehicle that had been reported stolen out of Greenville, S.C.

A short time later, Long View Police stopped the vehicle at Spinner Internet Café on Highway 70 S.W.  When Hickory Police arrived, Long View Police had taken Wright into custody.  Sanders was located and taken into custody without incident inside the business.

Both men were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility.  Bond for Wright was set at $55,000, secured, while Sanders was given an $11,750 secured bond.  They were both scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today in Newton.  Wright was also scheduled to appear in Superior Court today with another District Court date in Newton on March 14 and a Burke County court date on March 20.

More details have been released regarding the arrest of 27-year-old Terrall Lee Mitchell, first reported yesterday (February 2) on WHKY. Mitchell, of 2nd Street S.E. in Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police on felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession with intent to sell cocaine, plus one misdemeanor count of driving while impaired.

He was arrested when Police on patrol at the Williamsburg apartment complex on 5th Avenue N.E. in Hickory interacted with Mitchell. A search turned up ten grams of cocaine in the suspect’s pocket. A silver and black handgun was found in his vehicle, a 2004 BMW.

Mitchell was taken into custody without incident at about 6:35 a.m. Thursday. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $36,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

38-year-old Thalmus Jaton Linder of 12th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested at about 9:35 yesterday morning (February 2) on one felony count of speeding to elude arrest, plus misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia, hit & run with property damage and driving while license revoked.

He was arrested after Officers on patrol on Highway 127 South saw a burgundy Chevrolet that hit the curbing as it made a right turn. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but it sped away.

Police pursued the Chevrolet to the 500 block of 2nd Street Place S.W. where it turned into a field. The driver and only occupant of the vehicle, Thalmus Linder, jumped from the vehicle and ran. The Chevy continued to roll until it was stopped by a patch of trees.

Linder fled, on foot, through several back yards until he was apprehended on the 100 block of 7th Avenue S.W. A large knife and a crack pipe were found on his person. A BB gun was also found nearby. Officers then learned that Linder had been driving with a suspended license.

Linder was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $60,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

At approximately 8:14 a.m. today (Friday, February 3), members of the Hickory Police Special Operations Team were involved in an officer involved shooting at 1252 12th Street Place NW in Hickory. Officers were attempting to serve a narcotics search warrant at the residence when the incident occurred. Upon making entry into the residence, officers encountered 33-year-old William David Whetstone who was the subject of the search warrant.

While officers gave Whetstone verbal commands not to move, Whetstone reached between the cushions of a sofa producing a handgun and pointing it at officers. During the altercation, one Hickory Police Officer sustained a gunshot wound to his arm and Whetstone was shot by officers. Catawba County EMS responded and Whetstone was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sergeant Rodney N. Harris was treated and released for injuries sustained. The two officers who discharged their weapons in this morning’s police involved shooting were Master Police Officer David H. Lee and Sergeant Randy W. Isenhour. The Hickory Police Department immediately requested the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to conduct an independent officer involved shooting investigation. The officers involved have been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation, which is standard procedure.

No further information will be released at this time.

Thursday, 02 February 2017 13:28

Hickory Man Arrested on Felony Pot Charge

24-year-old Kaden Von Drehle Bishop of Corbin Lane in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:15 p.m. yesterday (February 1) on one felony count of possession with intent to sell a schedule VI controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bishop was taken into custody at an automotive dealership on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. He was armed with a handgun at the time of his arrest. Bishop was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

Thursday, 02 February 2017 10:52

Hickory Man Indicted on Felony Drug Charge

35-year-old Jeremy Dean Yancey of 34th Avenue Place N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at six o’clock this morning (February 2) on a true bill of indictment for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

He was taken into custody without incident at a hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory. Yancey was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton.

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