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31-year-old Clinton Collins Tipps of Pea Ridge Road in Lawndale was arrested by Hickory Police just before 9 p.m. yesterday (May 15) on a number of outstanding warrants. On warrants issued in September of last year, he was charged with felony breaking & entering and with two felony counts of larceny of a firearm. He was also charged with misdemeanor failure to appear on a charge of possession of marijuana between an ounce and an ounce and a half. In connection to yesterday’s arrest, Tipps was charged with misdemeanor resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. In addition, the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office charged Tipps with three counts of non-support of a child.

He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $60,950 secured bond, plus a $260 bond for failure to appear and another $1,500 for child support. Appearances in court were scheduled for today, May 19, June 2 and June 16.

23-year-old Tiffany Amber Gosnell of Millwood Drive in Taylorsville has been arrested on a felony warrant by Newton Police as a felon awaiting extradition to East Baton Rouge, Louisiana on charges of possession of Hyrdrocodone and possession with intent to deliver Xanax. She was also charged locally with possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Gosnell was jailed yesterday (May 15) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $102,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to appear today in District Court on the fugitive warrant and in Superior Court on the stolen vehicle charge.

Monday, 16 May 2016 11:42

Boone Man Arrested for Felony Robbery

20-year-old Randy Craig Pollard of Brook Hollow Road in Boone has been arrested by Boone Police for felonious robbery with a dangerous weapon.

At about 11:35 Friday night (May 13), Boone Police were notified of an armed robbery on Hunting Hills Lane. The victim had agreed to give a ride to Randy Craig Pollard from a business on West King Street to the Greenway Trail parking area off of Hunting Hills Lane in exchange for cash.

When the victim and Pollard arrived at their destination, Pollard produced a knife and demanded cash. The victim complied and gave Pollard what money she had. Pollard then fled on the Greenway Trail. The victim did not sustain any injuries.

Boone Police Officers responded and found Pollard on the Greenway Trail. He was arrested and taken before a Magistrate Pollard was given a $75,000 secured bond with an appearance in Watauga District Court set for June 17.

Monday, 16 May 2016 11:05

Hickory Man Charged as Habitual Felon

34-year-old Lavonnie Lee White of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11 o’clock Friday night (May 13). He was charged as an habitual felon.

The habitual felon charge comes after a drug round up in January conducted by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from Hickory Police. On January 14, White was the passenger in a vehicle that was stopped by Hickory Police. Officers smelled marijuana and White was found to be in possession of crack cocaine. At that time, he was charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.

White has numerous previous convictions, including felony convictions on schedule II drug offenses in March 1999, January 2000, January 2003 and May 2004, all in Catawba County.

Following his arrest Friday, White was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $100,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (May 16) in Newton.

29-year-old Jimmy Daniel Raybon of 18th Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (May 15) on felony charges of attempted murder, discharging a firearm into occupied property and possession of a firearm by a felon, plus misdemeanor counts of communicating threats and discharging a firearm in the city limits. In addition, he was charged on long list of outstanding warrants issued on May 2. Those include felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of cocaine, as well as misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed gun, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

His arrest comes in connection to an incident at about 8:30 a.m. yesterday (May 15) when Officers responded to the Fast-N-Fresh store on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. An altercation between subjects in two vehicles ended in the parking lot there when one man, Jimmy Raybon, fired a shot that hit the other vehicle and apparently also hit the front of the store.

A man in the vehicle sustained minor injuries as the result of broken glass. He sustained lacerations to his face. The victim was not hospitalized.

A short time later, Raybon’s vehicle, a 2006 Chevy Cobalt, was spotted at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. Raybon was taken into custody without incident at about 9:50 a.m. The handgun used in the shooting was recovered.

Raybon was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $400,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (May 16) in Hickory.

39-year-old Todd Michael Morrell of Lyon Hill Lane in Huntersville has been arrested by Lincolnton Police on a charge of felony soliciting a minor for sexual activity by a computer & appearing at the meeting place.

The arrest was the result of a weeklong investigation in which an undercover Detective posed as a 14-year-old child on social media. The Detective interacted with Morrell and exchanged emails. Morrell solicited the Detective, who he believed to be a 14-year-old child, to meet for sexual activity.

Detectives set up a sting operation, and when Morrell arrived at the prearranged location, he was taken into custody without incident. Following the arrest, Detectives learned that Morrell had booked a local hotel room for the prearranged encounter. Detectives searched the room where they found evidence related to the case.

On Tuesday (May 10), Morrell was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $100,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled Wednesday, with his next court date coming up on June 2.

65-year-old Willie Junior Walker of Tammy Lane in Mooresville was arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Deputies on May 2 for two separate offenses involving charges of assault on a female and interfering with emergency communications. The incident took place on East Water Street in Statesville.

Walker was given a $15,500 bond. Due to the nature of the charges, he was given pretrial release conditions that prohibited him from having contact with the victim. The victim also applied for a Domestic Violence Protection Order and was granted a temporary Ex-Parte, stipulating that Walker was to have no contact with her. Officers served the order and told Walker he would be arrested if he contacted the victim.

Det. Sgt. Katie Harwell of the Special Victims Unit then learned that Walker had violated the Domestic Violence Protection order by calling the victim on May 2, after he had been served with the order. An additional warrant for Walker’s arrest was issued and he was taken into custody on May 6.

He was initially held without bond. Following a first appearance in court on May 9, Walker was given an additional bond of $30,000, bringing the total bond to $45,500. His next court dates were set for May 31 and June 6.                                            

Granite Falls Police are investigating an armed robbery at the Murphy’s Express convenience store, 4820 Hickory Boulevard in Granite Falls.

Just after 3 a.m. today (May 12), a subject armed with a handgun entered the store, pointed the gun at the clerk and demanded money from the cash register. The clerk complied with the suspect’s demands. The suspect then exited the store. He was last seen running on foot, southbound.

Granite Falls Police arrived on the scene at about 3:05 a.m. and found the clerk uninjured. The suspect was described as a male wearing black pants, red shoes and a white hoodie. The suspect’s face was covered by a dark colored bandana and sunglasses.

Granite Falls Police have reviewed the store’s surveillance video and are attempting to identify another person who was in the store at the time of the incident. That person left the store immediately after the robbery.

Anyone with information regarding the robbery should contact Granite Falls Detective Sgt. Joey Morrison at 828-396-3358 or Lenoir/Caldwell County Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300. Callers may remain anonymous.

44-year-old Jeffrey Stuart Cashwell of Boone was arrested by Boone Police Tuesday (May 10) on one felony count each of breaking & entering a motor vehicle, larceny of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and two counts of felony financial card theft. He was also charged with three counts of misdemeanor financial card fraud and one count of misdemeanor larceny.

On May 9, Boone Police took a report regarding a vehicle B&E and the theft of a firearm. Jeffrey Cashwell was identified as a suspect. The following day, Boone Police stopped a vehicle in which Cashwell was a passenger. A subsequent search of the vehicle led to the recovery of the stolen firearm.

Cashwell was taken into custody and given a $25,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in Watauga Co. District Court on May 24.

The second annual Lion Prowl Freedom Ride will take place this Saturday, May 14.

Riders will depart from Blue Ridge Harley Davidson at 2002 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory with the first bike out 11 a.m. The ride will end at about 1 p.m. at Camp Dogwood on Camp Dogwood Drive in Sherrill’s Ford.

Registration will take place from 9:30 a.m. until 10:50 a.m. There is a $20 registration fee for drivers and a $10 fee for riders. Food is included with the cost of registration. Drivers will receive a t-shirt.

Those who don’t ride are invited to come to Camp Dogwood and purchase a plate of BBQ. Those attending are encouraged to bring a chair and sit by the shore of Lake Norman for live music, provided by Mercy Heart.

Proceeds go to support the N.C. Lions Club. The event is hosted by the Long View Lions Club.

For more information, contact Eric Killian at 828-455-4936 or visit the Long View Lions Club’s Facebook page.