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25-year-old Ursula Octavia Shuford of 3rd Street Place S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (July 17) on one felony count of possession of cocaine. She is accused of possessing 1.5 grams of crack cocaine.

Shuford was taken into custody without incident on 14th Avenue Drive S.W. in Hickory. She was processed at Hickory Police headquarters and then taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,000 secured bond. She has since been released. An appearance in District Court was set for Monday (July 20) in Newton.

Friday, 17 July 2015 13:54

Funeral Home in Newton Damaged by Fire

Firefighters responded this morning (July 17) to a structure fire at the Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home at 56 Northwest Boulevard in Newton.

Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder told WHKY that passers-by first noticed smoke coming from the building’s roof. Moments later, the Newton Fire Department received a call from within the building, followed by a fire alarm. Newton Firefighters were alerted at 10:27 a.m. and arrived at the scene about two minutes later.

Firefighters entered the attic and saw that the fire had spread into the rafters and to the roof. The fire was brought under control by 11:05 a.m.

No injuries were reported. The building was evacuated and Northwest Boulevard (Highway 321) was closed to allow access to a water supply. The road re-opened at about 11:30 a.m.

Authorities believe radiant heat from the funeral home’s crematory caused the fire. No specific damage estimates are available at this time, but Chief Yoder described the damages as moderate. The official cause of the fire and a more detailed damage estimate will be released when the investigation is complete.

Catawba County E.M.S., Newton-Conover Rescue, Newton Police and the Dept. of Transportation also responded to the scene. The Conover Fire Department responded to other calls while Newton Firefighters were on the scene at the funeral home.

35-year-old Jason Duane Colley of Charlotte Street in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before ten o’clock last night (July 16) on one felony count of possession of a schedule I controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each of simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested for allegedly possessing one dosage unit of Ecstasy and six dosage units of Alprazolam. In addition, Colley was charged with a felony probation violation.

He was taken into custody without incident at a laundromat on 12th Avenue N.E. 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 with a Superior Court date on the probation violation scheduled for July 20.

28-year-old Octavis Laza Williams of Hope Road in Vale was served an order for arrest by Hickory Police last night for two felony probation violations and one misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. The warrants were issued on July 8 and June 20.

Williams was taken into custody without incident on the 1100 block of Old Lenoir Road in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $26,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for July 20 in Newton.

Thursday, 16 July 2015 10:02

Missing Man found Safe in Newton

A Silver Alert issued for a missing endangered man from Catawba County has been canceled. 81-year-old Bobby Eugene Bolick has been found and is safe.

Mr. Bolick had last been seen on Nathaniel Street in Newton. He was found by Newton Police at about 8:20 last night (July 15) on 15th Street in Newton. Officers located his vehicle in the People’s Bank parking lot.

The Silver Alert was canceled at about seven o’clock this morning.

No further details are available.

More details have been released in the arrest of 31-year-old Amber Nicole McNeely of Countryside Drive in Granite Falls. As reported yesterday (July 14) on WHKY, McNeely was arrested Monday (July 13) and charged with two counts of felonious trafficking in heroin.

During an undercover investigation, Caldwell County I.C.E. Agents, working in partnership with Boone Police Department, the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and the Blowing Rock Police Department, caught McNeely in Lenoir after she had re-supplied from her source in Boone. McNeely and her residence were on I.C.E. Agents’ radar as the result of drug-related complaints.

As a result of the operation, over 20 grams of “black tar” heroin was confiscated. The drugs have a street value of $12,060, according to North Carolina State Drug Guidelines. Also seized was $2,391 in cash. Additional charges are anticipated.  

McNeely was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday in Lenoir.

Dustin Everett “Gator” Beam of Laboratory Road in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincolnton Police on charges of common law robbery and possession of methamphetamine.

Early Saturday morning (July 11), Officers stopped a vehicle on the Gaston Street Extension in Lincolnton. They identified one of the passengers as Dustin Beam, who had an outstanding warrant for common law robbery. The warrant was part of the same investigation that led to the arrests of Jon Willett and Alex Moore the previous week.

Beam was taken into custody and searched. One gram of methamphetamine was found in the suspect’s shoe.

Beam was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $105,000 secured bond. He will next appear in Lincoln County District Court on July 23.

Beam has previous convictions for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, felony possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and various traffic related offenses.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 11:16

S.W. Hickory Assault Under Investigation

Hickory Police are investigating an assault in Hickory that was reported at about 7:30 last night (July 14). The incident occurred on the 800 block of 1st Street S.W. A 23-year-old male victim said he was struck in the back of the head.

The victim was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center and then transported to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem for treatment of a head injury. Authorities do not believe the victim’s injuries are life-threatening.

As of this morning, no arrest had been made in the case. The investigation is ongoing.

41-year-old Kendrick Lydall Carter of White Sulpher Springs in West Virginia was arrested Sunday by Deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Interstate Criminal Enforcement (ICE) Team on one felony count of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested after Agents conducting drug interdiction activities on Interstate 77 North stopped a northbound vehicle for a traffic violation. While speaking to the driver, Officers noticed the strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

A K-9 was called the scene, where the dog indicated that narcotics were present in the vehicle. Deputies then searched the vehicle by hand and found 2.5 pounds of high-grade marijuana, $1,100 and drug paraphernalia.

The driver, Kendrick Lydall Carter, was arrested and placed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond. His next appearance in District Court was set for July 29.

Hickory Police are investigating a break-in and larceny at Discount Cars on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. The incident occurred between 5 p.m. on Saturday (July 11) and 8:20 Monday morning (July 13).

A gate at the back of the property was opened after a lock chain was cut. Items were taken from a building on the property and from a vehicle parked inside the fenced-in area. Stolen items include wheels, tires, an exhaust system, subwoofers, amplifiers and a stereo with a navigation unit and CD player. Total property loss was estimated at $5,150.

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