The City of Hickory’s Street Department is preparing for possible winter weather this weekend. Snowplows and spreaders are being prepared. Crews are on stand-by if they are needed Saturday evening or Sunday morning (March 11 & 12). Snowplows will continually plow the streets for the duration of the storm, starting with the major streets. Residential streets will be cleared after major streets have been cleared.

In the event of a winter storm, the Solid Waste Department will collect garbage as weather and road conditions permit. Residents should place their rollouts to the curb on their normal day and leave it there until it can be collected.

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31-year-old Jerry Antwon Young of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 2:15 Wednesday afternoon (March 8) on one felony count of failure to appear. He was served a bill of indictment for the sale of cocaine and possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine. Young was also charged with a felony probation violation. In addition, the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office has charged Young with non-support.

He was taken into custody at a residence on 10th Avenue S.W. in Hickory. Young was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $50,000, secured, plus a $2,715 bond on the non-support charge. He has court dates on March 20 and May 15.

33-year-old Michael Eugene Grutizus, whose address is listed as the Budget Inn in Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before noon yesterday on two felony counts of breaking & entering and two misdemeanor counts of larceny after breaking & entering.

He was arrested in connection to two incidents that were reported on March 8.  Officers responded to a vehicle break-in on 14th Avenue N.E. in Hickory.  A female victim reported the theft of a purse, which included two debit cards.  Investigators learned that the suspect attempted to use the debit cards.

On the same date, another victim reported the theft of a purse, including a wallet with credit cards.  That incident occurred at King Hickory Furniture.

Yesterday (March 9), Officers located the suspect, Michael Grutizus, at the Raceway convenience store on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard.  He was taken into custoday without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

51-year-old Jimmy Cola Ayers of Riverfield Road in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on assault with a deadly weapon, communicating threats, injury to personal property and impersonating a law enforcement officer.

Events leading to his arrest began as Detective Sgt. Katie Harwell followed up on a domestic assault incident involving the suspect, Jimmy Ayers, and his wife. In the course of the investigation, Detectives learned that Ayers approached a subject in a vehicle and presented himself as a law enforcement officer. The incident took place on Stan Lane in Statesville on February 27.

At that time, Ayers, who was armed with a Bowie knife, claimed he was looking for a female and needed to search the victim’s car. Ayers told the victim that the Sheriff’s Office had offered a reward for the woman. The victim allowed Ayers to search the vehicle. When he didn’t find the woman, Ayers became upset and began to stab and damage the victim’s property in the vehicle.

The victim asked for Ayers’ I.D. and told him to stop. While continuing to hold the knife, Ayers threatened the victim and said he didn’t have to show anything. The victim was able to get back in the vehicle and leave the area.

Ayers was arrested and given a $4,000 secured bond. He was also served a warrant for assault on a female as the result of a March 1 altercation between Ayers and his wife. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for April 3.

Thursday, 09 March 2017 13:44

Arson Suspect Sought in Caldwell County

Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 33-year-old Timothy Allan Harmon.  Warrants for his arrest have been issued on charges of first-degree arson and first-degree kidnapping.  

Harmon is wanted in connection to an incident at about six o’clock this morning (March 9) in which Caldwell County Deputies, along with Fire & Rescue personnel from multiple agencies, responded to a structure fire at an apartment complex on Oak Tree Lane in Sawmills.  Once the fire was contained, Fire Investigators determined that the fire was a result of arson.  

Fire Investigators and Detectives were able to determine that the apartment complex was occupied at the time fire was set.  A suspect, Timothy Allan Harmon, fled the scene prior to the arrival of law enforcement.

No injuries were reported.  

Anyone with information regarding Harmon’s whereabouts should call the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office at 828-757-1400 or call Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300.  Crime Stoppers callers can remain anonymous.

36-year-old James Kelly Lynch of 4th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:20 last night on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.  He was also charged with a misdemeanor probation violation on a warrant issued on February 8 in Henderson County.

Lynch was taken into custody without incident on the 1700 block of 10th Avenue N.E. in Hickory.  He was given a $10,000 unsecured bond on the drug charge and a $25,000 secured bond for the probation violation.  A District Court date was set for April 5 in Newton.

Lynch also faces felony charges for the sale of heroin and conspiracy to sell heroin.  He’ll appear in Superior Court on March 20 on those charges.

26-year-old Tyler Akeem Ferguson of 8th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:30 last night on two counts of failure to appear, one felony and one misdemeanor.  He also faces charges for breaking & entering, plus an additional count of failure to appear for driving while license revoked.

The charges come in connection to an incident on January 23 of this year when Officers responded to a residence on 2nd Street Place N.E. where damage to property was reported.  Upon arrival, Officers leaned the residence had been broken into and multiple items were taken.  On January 26, some of the items, including a PlayStation console and controller, were located at a local pawnshop.  Ferguson was initially arrested on January 27.

Ferguson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,500, secured.  District Court appearances were scheduled for March 15 and April 27 in Newton.

39-year-old Jackie Eugenia Byrd and 43-year-old Shea David Byrd, both of Grandin Road in Lenoir’s Kings Creek community, have been arrested by Officers with the Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s I.C.E. Unit for suspicion of trafficking large amounts of methamphetamine. Both were charged with felony trafficking. Jackie Byrd was also charged with resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Yesterday (March 7), Agents searched the residence and seized meth from different locations on the premises. About a pound-and-a-half of crystal methamphetamine, over $2,000 in cash and a pistol were seized. The meth has an estimated street value of more than $120,000. The Byrds are facing mandatory prison time if convicted.

Both suspects were incarcerated in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond for each set at $100,000, secured bond. Jackie Byrd was also given a $1,500 secured bond on the resisting charge. The Byrds will make first appearances in District Court tomorrow in Lenoir. Jackie Byrd has an additional court date on May 1.

The Rosales Kwik Stop store at 2614 North Center Street was robbed late last night or early this morning. Just before one o’clock this morning (March 7), Officers responded to an alarm that was reported by a passerby.

A glass door in front of store was busted out. An unknown amount of cigarettes and cigarillos were taken. An estimate of property loss is pending inventory.

The suspect is a black male in his mid-to-late 30s. He was wearing a long-sleeved white shirt, blue jeans and gray tennis shoes.

Anyone with information should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

37-year-old Chastity Marie Hicks of “F” Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:15 p.m. yesterday (March 7) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense.

She was arrested in connection to a possible larceny at the Target store on Catawba Valley Boulevard in Hickory. On February 27, another subject, Robin Piedlow, had concealed clothing items, including swimsuits, and exited the store. The following day, Chastity Hicks returned some of the previously stolen merchandise and was given credit on a store gift card.

Warrants were taken out for both Piedlow and Hicks. Piedlow's warrant for habitual larceny is outstanding at this time.

Hicks was taken into custody without incident at the Salvation Army on 3rd Avenue Place S.E. in Hickory. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,500 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today.

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