33-year-old Tony Devon Boyles of Null Road in Lincolnton has been charged with single counts of assault with a deadly weapon, injury to personal property and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.  He also faces two counts of assault on a female.  

Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Deputies responded to reports of a domestic-related physical disturbance involving a knife at about eight o’clock last night in northern Lincoln County.  Deputies were told that the man threatened people at the residence with a knife before running into a nearby wooded area.  A female at the home identified Boyles as the suspect.

Deputies went to the back of the house in an attempt to locate Boyles, who had threatened to harm himself.  Officers found the man near an abandoned house next door and ordered him to drop the knife.  Boyles refused and approached the Officers with the knife when a Sergeant fired a non-lethal beanbag, striking the suspect in the left thigh.

Boyles fell to the ground and Officers confiscated two knives.  Lincoln County E.M.S. was dispatched to treat lacerations on the suspect’s hand.  Deputies then took Boyles to Carolinas HealthCare System Lincoln for evaluation.

In a previous incident on June 20 of this year, Deputies were dispatched to the same residence where Boyles was standing outside his vehicle holding a gas can above his head, as though he intended to light himself on fire.  Boyles got back into his vehicle and poured gas over himself and the vehicle.  A standoff ensued until Sheriff David Carpenter arrived and convinced Boyles to throw the gas can and lighter out of the car.  He then exited the vehicle and agreed to go with E.M.S. personnel for treatment.

Arrest warrants will be served on Boyles after an evaluation has been completed.

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18-year-old Austin Dean Williams of Winding Oak Drive in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 7:20 p.m. yesterday (November 28) on two felony counts of larceny by servant or other employee.

He was arrested after Officers responded to a larceny by employee call at the Speedway convenience store on Highway 70 S.E.  The employee, Austin Dean Williams, is accused of stealing scratch-off lottery tickets and claiming the winnings.

Williams was processed at the Hickory Police Department and later released under a $10,000 unsecured bond.  He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

The Lenoir Police Department has released the identity of a teenager killed in a traffic accident this morning (November 28) in Lenoir.  The deceased is 15-year-old Wesley Alfred Oliver of Lenoir, who was a tenth-grade student at Hibriten High School.

The accident occurred at 7:43 this morning at the intersection of Wilkesboro Boulevard (N.C. Highway 18) and Taylorsville Road (Highway 90).  Based on their preliminary findings at the scene, Investigators say a logging truck, owned by Pack Brothers Logging & Grading, LLC, was turning right onto Taylorsville Road from Wilkesboro Boulevard.  The other vehicle involved, a Ford F-150, was preparing to go through the intersection when it hit a log extending from the rear of the logging truck.  The impact resulted in Wesley Oliver’s death.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the truck was a 66-year-old male from Marion.  The F-150 was driven by the father of the deceased.  Officers are currently investigating the crash and reviewing statements.  As of 12:45 this afternoon, no criminal charges had been filed.

32-year-old Curese Devin McIlwain of 8th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 6 p.m. yesterday (November 27) on one felony count and one misdemeanor count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

McIlwain was arrested as Hickory Police assisted Probation & Parole Officers at the suspect’s residence.  During the incident, Officers found 4.3 grams of crack cocaine, two dosage units of Oxycodone, 3.4 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a firearm.

McIlwain was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released under an $11,900 secured bond.  He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

30-year-old Samantha Rena Lee of Connelly Springs Road in Lenoir and 29-year-old Michelle Nicole Mathis of Circle Street in Granite Falls have both been arrested by Hickory Police.  Lee was charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and speeding to elude arrest, plus misdemeanor counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, driving while license revoked and hit & run with property damage.  She was also charged with a felony probation violation.  Mathis faces one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

The two were taken into custody at about 1:15 this morning (November 28) at an auto dealership on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory.  According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, Mathis was in possession of one gram of methamphetamine at the time of her arrest.  No additional details were released.

Both suspects were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility.  Lee’s bond was set at $97,000, secured, while Mathis was given a $14,000 secured bond.  They were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today in Newton.

41-year-old Tony Wayne Bolick, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (November 27) on one felony count of possession of a schedule I controlled substance, assault on a government official or employee, communicating threats, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting a public officer.  He also had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear on a second-degree trespassing charge.

He was arrested when Officers saw Bolick outside the Sheetz store on Springs Road N.E.  Officers knew there were outstanding warrants for Bolick’s arrest.  When confronted, the suspect fled on foot, but he was taken into custody in a field near Springs Road.  During the arrest, Police found 22.2 grams of psilocybin mushrooms and drug paraphernalia.

Bolick reportedly resisted and was not photographed or fingerprinted at H.P.D.  He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $19,000 secured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

54-year-old Randy Michael Rooney, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, has been arrested by Hickory Police for a felony probation violation and misdemeanor driving while license revoked.

Rooney is on probation as he serves a 30-month suspended sentence following a July 2016 conviction in Catawba County for felony possession of a firearm by a felon.  The warrant for driving while license revoked was issued earlier this month.  The complainant was listed as the Burke County Clerk of Court.

Following his arrest Friday (November 24), Rooney was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $21,000 secured bond.  Superior and District Court appearances were set for December 11 in Morganton.

The Burke Co. Sheriff’s Office has identified 21-year-old Austin Michael Neece of Cobbs Place in Connelly Springs as a person of interest in connection to a crash involving a stolen vehicle.

Neece is wanted for questioning for failure to stop for a blue light & siren in a stolen car. The vehicle wrecked when it ran into a house on Highway 70 in Connelly Springs.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Austin Michael Neece should call the Sheriff’s Office at 828-433-5500 or Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333.

63-year-old Lowry Eric Whetstone of Welton Way in Mooresville was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before noon yesterday (November 26) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He was also charged with misdemeanor concealment of merchandise.

Whetstone was arrested after Hickory Police responded to a larceny call at the Target store on Catawba Valley Boulevard. Whetstone was taken into custody without incident and served with the outstanding warrant.

He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $26,500, secured. A first appearance in District Court on the fugitive warrant was scheduled today in Newton. He’ll appear on the shoplifting charge on January 2.

38-year-old Erin Olivia Shell of Skyline Road in Hickory was arrested Sunday (November 26) by Hickory Police Officers.  She's charged with felony counts of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell & deliver heroin, along with misdemeanor counts of simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of up to half an ounce of marijuana.

On Saturday (November 25), Police responded to a suspicious vehicle call at an apartment complex on 21st Avenue N.W. in Hickory.  During the incident, Officers found 1.9 grams of heroin, 0.3 grams of methamphetamine, 3.8 grams of marijuana, one dosage unit of Xanax and drug paraphernalia.  Shell was arrested on the drug charges.  40-year-old Jason Wayne Tomlinson of Shady Grove Lane in Connelly Springs was also arrested on outstanding failure to appear warrants for a sewage disposal violation and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both subjects were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility.  Shell was held under a $40,000 secured bond, while Tomlinson’s bond was set at $7,500.  Shell was scheduled to make an appearance in District Court today (November 27).  Tomlinson is due in court on December 13 and January 10.

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