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38-year-old Kelvin Lynn Bradley of Elizabethton, Tennessee was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after noon yesterday (August 13) on a warrant issued in May of this year from Caldwell County for failure by a registered sex offender to report a change of address.

He is listed on the N.C. Sex Offender Registry as the result of a 1999 out-of-state conviction for aiding & abetting. Bradley’s most recent registered address was on Fred Bentley Road in Granite Falls.

Bradley was taken into custody at the Deluxe Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was set for August 31 in Lenoir.

33-year-old Robert Alan Hunter of 7th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 6:30 last night on several outstanding warrants. He was charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon, misdemeanor injury to personal property and failure to appear on a charge of second-degree trespassing. Hunter also faces two felony probation violations and one count of interfering with an electronic monitoring device.

Police responded to complaints of drug activity at an apartment on 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory. Officers entered the apartment when Hunter came downstairs. Police allegedly found drug paraphernalia on his person; however, a Magistrate did not find probable cause and no charges were filed for the paraphernalia.

Hunter was arrested on the outstanding warrants and taken into custody without incident. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $50,500, secured. Appearances in Superior Court were scheduled for August 17 & 21, with District Court dates coming up on September 15 & 16.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detective Kelly Paris is asking for the public’s help in locating 17-year-old Marlee Griffith, who ran away from her residence yesterday (August 12).

Ms. Griffith is described as a white female. She is 5’4” tall and weighs 100 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. Ms. Griffth has run away from home several times over the last two months.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Marlee Griffith should call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.

The Office of Governor Pat McCrory yesterday (August 12) announced 31 appointments to the North Carolina Food Manufacturing Task Force. Among them are three from the Unifour and surrounding counties.

They are David Clark from Caldwell County, Jimmy Gentry from Iredell County and Vance C. Dalton from Iredell County.

The task force is composed of individuals who are collectively experienced in agriculture, poultry production, beef production, pork production, dairy production, crop production, agribusiness, food processing, food packaging, transportation, education, government and economic development.

55-year-old Jeffery Alan Sain and 17-year-old Jeffery Jordan Sain, both of the same Highland Avenue N.E. address, were both arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:15 p.m. yesterday.

The elder Sain was charged with felony counts of trafficking in opium or heroin and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, as well as one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He is accused of possessing 15.5 grams of heroin. Jeffery Jordan Sain was charged with felony possession of stolen goods. Also arrested was 45-year-old Tina Metcalf Sain of the same address. She was arrested by Probation & Parole Officers and charged with a felony probation violation.

All three were taken into custody without incident at their residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond for the elder Sain was set at $65,000 secured, with a court date on August 14, while Jeffery Jordan Sain was given a $750 secured bond. He will appear in court on October 8. Tina Sain was held under a $20,000 secured bond with a Superior Court date coming up on August 17.

17-year-old Diquan Rashad Mitchell and 21-year-old Fabian Yakeem Roundtree, both from Orangeburg, South Carolina, were arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (August 12). They were both charged with one felony count each of forgery of bank notes and obtaining property by false pretense. Mitchell was also charged with one felony count of uttering a forged instrument.

The two were taken into custody without incident in the area of Highway 16 South and Tower Road in Maiden. Both men were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Mitchell set at $70,000, secured, while Roundtree was given a $34,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for today in Newton.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 10:34

Hickory Man Dies after Sunday Accident

44-year-old Erik David Boyles of Hickory has died as the result of injuries suffered in a single-vehicle accident that occurred early Sunday morning (August 9).

Mr. Boyles was injured at 4:07 a.m. Sunday when a 2014 Kia Soul driven by an unknown white male subject struck a utility pole on 17th Street N.W. near Main Avenue N.W. The vehicle left the scene and parked behind a nearby residence. The driver then left, on foot.

Boyles, who was a passenger in the Kia, was abandoned at the scene. Two other subjects arrived and took the passenger to Frye Regional Medical Center. Hickory Police were notified of the crash by an off-duty Officer at the hospital. Mr. Boyles was later transferred to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

It’s not clear if the two subjects who transported Mr. Boyles to the hospital were in any way acquainted with the driver or with Mr. Boyles.

The Hickory Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit is conducting an on-going investigation. Anyone with information regarding the case or the identity of the driver should call 828-328-5551.

19-year-old Jahiz T’Sean Linebarger of 8th Street Drive S.W. in Hickory has been arrested by Hickory Police on one count of robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons and one misdemeanor count of assault by pointing a gun.

The charges stem from an incident in April 2015 at the Wells Fargo bank branch on 2nd Street N.E. A 20-year-old male Lenoir-Rhyne student and a friend went to the bank to meet an acquaintance there. The acquaintance, Jahiz Linebarger, and another unknown subject got into the victim’s vehicle.

While still in the parking lot, Linebarger allegedly displayed a handgun and demanded money. He and the unknown subject then exited the vehicle with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police interviewed the victim at the Lenoir-Rhyne security office after the victim reported the incident.

Linebarger was taken into custody without incident yesterday (August 10) at Hickory Police headquarters. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court was set for August 14 in Newton.

38-year-old Hieu Trung Bui of 24th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory turned himself in at Hickory Police headquarters at about 10:15 last night (August 10). He was wanted on a warrant issued by Conover Police for felony common law robbery.

Bui is accused of robbing the Nagano Japanese Restaurant at 1226 Conover Boulevard East. Police say the restaurant is owned by Bui’s family and Bui has been employed there in the past.

According to Conover Police, Bui entered the restaurant at about 11:15 a.m. yesterday, opened the register and left with about $110 in cash. He reportedly pushed an employee out of the way as he exited the restaurant.

Following his arrest yesterday, Bui was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. He will make a first appearance in District Court tomorrow.

Monday, 10 August 2015 10:48

Hickory Woman Charged with Child Abuse

21-year-old Victoria Lee Carver of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 10:10 Saturday night (August 8) on charges of child abuse, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to appear on a misdemeanor.

She was arrested after Police were called to the Red Roof Inn, which is Carver’s listed address. Hotel patrons and staff alerted authorities in reference to a young child who had been crying outside room #229 for an undetermined period of time.

Officers determined that Carver had fallen asleep inside the room. She was taken into custody without incident. D.S.S. also responded and took custody of the child, who was described as a boy less than two years of age.

Carver was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $14,800 secured bond. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for September 2 in Hickory.