A single vehicle accident caused long delays on Interstate 40 early this afternoon (July 15). A Nissan truck rolled over while traveling on I-40 eastbound, just before exit 123. Emergency personnel responded shortly after noon.
One occupant was trapped in the truck. First responders used struts to stabilize the truck, which came to rest on its side. The victim was extracted from the wreck and transported via Med Center Air to an unspecified hospital. Long delays were reported as a result of the accident.
A Hickory Fire Department spokesperson said she believed the victim to be male. No further information regarding the victim’s identity or current condition was released.
The N.C. State Highway Patrol is investigating. The Hickory Fire Department and Catawba Co. E.M.S. were among other agencies responding to the scene.
A second accident occurred at about 12:20 this afternoon at Catawba Valley Boulevard S.E. and 17th Street Drive S.E. Two vehicles were involved and two victims, described by the Fire Department as “patients”, were treated. It’s not known if they were taken to a hospital. As of this afternoon, no further information was available.
42-year-old Melissa Dawn Warren of Charlotte Street in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11 a.m. yesterday (July 14) on one felony count of failure to appear and a misdemeanor parole violation. The failure to appear warrant was issued in Alexander County in connection to a charge of possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
Warren was taken into custody without incident at the Lowe’s Home Improvement store on 2nd Street N.E. in Hickory. Warren was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $30,000 secured bond. She has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for August 8 in Taylorsville.
Warren also has court dates in Catawba County on August 19 and September 26 for larceny of a motor vehicle, injury to personal property, breaking & entering a motor vehicle, felony larceny and misdemeanor larceny.
22-year-old Bradley O’Neil Caldwell, Jr. of 14th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:45 a.m. yesterday (July 14) on charges of felony assault inflicting serious injury and misdemeanor assault on a female. He was also charged with four felony probation violations.
He was arrested in connection to a domestic dispute on July 13 at the suspect’s residence. A 27-year-old female victim was allegedly assaulted as the result of an argument between her and Bradley Caldwell. E.M.S. was not called and the victim did not require treatment.
When Police arrived, Caldwell had left the premises. He was arrested without incident the following day at H.P.D. headquarters. Caldwell was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility, initially without bond. Bond has since been set at $81,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton. Caldwell will appear in Superior Court on the probation violations on Monday (July 18).
62-year-old Calvin Lewis Williamson of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 5:50 p.m. Tuesday on one felony count of habitual misdemeanor assault and three misdemeanor counts of failure to appear. The failure to appear charges are the result of outstanding warrants from Davie County for simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia and from Iredell County for driving while license revoked.
He was arrested after Police responded to a reported stabbing at the Sunny Valley apartment complex on 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory. There, they found a 54-year-old male victim suffering from a wound to the upper chest area and a scratch across his back. The victim was taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center for treatment.
The suspect, Calvin Williamson, was still on the scene. The victim was reportedly injured after a verbal altercation between the two men escalated.
Williamson has two prior convictions for misdemeanor assault, dating back to 2004, resulting in the felony habitual assault charge filed against him Tuesday.
Williamson was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $6,000 secured bond. Court dates were set for August 3 in Newton, August 5 in Iredell County and August 18 in Davie County.
29-year-old Rushie Lee Kennedy III of 8th Avenue Circle S.E. in Hickory was arrested at about 4:30 yesterday afternoon (July 12) on one felony count of possession of crack cocaine.
He was arrested after an Officer traveling on 2nd Street N.E. saw a gray 1992 Buick Century as it crossed a double yellow line while attempting to pull into a turning lane. Police stopped the Buick on the 100 block of 3rd Avenue N.E. The vehicle was occupied by a male driver and by Rushie Kennedy, who was in the front passenger seat.
Officers smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A subsequent search turned up 2.3 grams of crack cocaine on Kennedy’s person. He was taken into custody without incident.
The driver was cited for driving left of center.
Kennedy was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.
48-year-old Steven Louis Russo, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 10 a.m. yesterday (July 12) on one felony count each of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a stolen firearm. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of larceny, possession of stolen goods or property and possession of drug paraphernalia.
His arrest stems from an incident in April of this year. H.P.D. took a report on April 24 regarding the theft the previous day of a .40-caliber Glock handgun from the parking lot at the Big Lots store on Highway 70 S.W. The firearm was entered into the National Crime Information Center’s database as stolen.
On July 12, Police received information that a subject on the 300 block of 1st Street S.W. in Hickory was attempting to sell a handgun. Officers found the man, Steven Russo, on the 500 block of South Center Street. Officers searched Russo’s bag and found a semi-automatic .40-caliber Glock handgun. It was confirmed as the gun stolen in April.
Russo was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $16,500 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton. He’ll appear on the misdemeanor charges on August 10.
46-year-old Frances Rene Blancher of Providence Mill Road in Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police at 12:45 yesterday afternoon for a felony probation violation and one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. She is on probation following a 2015 felony conviction in Lincoln County for trafficking a schedule II controlled substance and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.
Blancher was taken into custody at the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Highway 70 S.W. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $22,000 secured bond. She has since been released. Superior Court dates for various probation violations were set for today and for July 21. An appearance on the disorderly conduct charge was scheduled for September 15.
According to a press release issued today (July 12) by the District Attorney’s office, allegations have surfaced that a former Caldwell County Highway Patrol Officer, C.T. Hodges, allegedly used excessive force toward a D.W.I. suspect who was in the custody of another law enforcement Officer. The incident allegedly occurred on or about June 4 while former Trooper Hodges was off-duty.
Circumstances are such that former Trooper Hodges will not be called to testify on behalf of the State regarding tickets he had previously written; therefore, any charges issued by Hodges that were pending on June 4 are being dismissed.
An ongoing investigation into Hodges’ alleged use of force is being conducted by the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, at the request of the D.A.’s office. Former Trooper Hodges has not been charged with any criminal act at this time.
29-year-old Dustin Brock Harmon, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was charged by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officer Saturday (July 9) as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He was also charged with a misdemeanor probation violation and with resisting a public officer. Harmon was wanted in Forsyth County, Georgia for failure to appear in connection to charges for fleeing to elude arrest, reckless driving and other vehicular offenses.
Harmon has been in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility since June 25; however, the felony fugitive warrant was served Saturday. He remains in custody under a $10,000 secured bond. Appearances in District Court were scheduled for July 15 and August 10.
49-year-old David William Hill of 8th Street Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 3:30 yesterday afternoon on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering, plus two felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance. He was also charged with two misdemeanor counts of injury to personal property and one count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
Hill is accused of breaking into the vacant home of 50-year-old Stephanie Charlene Harvey, who was murdered on June 8. On June 10, Police were called to investigate a broken window at the residence on 2nd Avenue S.E. in Hickory. Two TVs and video games were stolen from the residence. 48-year-old Carl Dennis Geter was also arrested in connection to the break-in and theft. He was taken into custody on June 14.
Hill and Geter are not implicated in Ms. Harvey’s death. 54-year-old Glen McQuay Jr. was arrested and charged with that crime on June 8.
Police found 1.7 grams of crack cocaine at the time of Hill’s arrest. The property damage and resisting charges were the result of the suspect’s actions when he was taken into custody on the 100 block of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory.
Hill was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $26,000 secured bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today and September 14.