Tuesday, 13 September 2016 10:16

Vale Woman Arrested on Felony Meth Charge

39-year-old Rebecca Ann Fulbright of Heavner Road in Vale was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:35 last night (September 12) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was arrested after Officers responded to reports of a suspicious 1999 Jeep Cherokee in the parking lot at White Tire Center on Highway 70 S.W. Officers located the vehicle and conducted a search, leading to the discovery of two baggies containing a total of 0.5 grams of methamphetamine. Fulbright was the vehicle’s only occupant.

She was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $4,200 secured bond. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

Monday, 12 September 2016 11:58

Traffic Stop Leads to Two Felony Arrests

27-year-old Terrell Lee Mitchell of 2nd Street S.E. and 36-year-old Eddie Carlos Linder of South Center Street, both from Hickory, were arrested early this morning (September 12) by Hickory Police. Mitchell was charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Linder was arrested on a felony warrant as an habitual felon.

They were arrested after Officers on patrol in the area of 7th Avenue S.W. and 4th Street S.W. saw a 2004 BMW with an expired registration. They stopped the vehicle just south of 6th Avenue S.W. Officers saw a digital scale in plain view. A subsequent search turned up 12.7 grams of crack cocaine, 3.5 grams of powder cocaine and a semi-automatic handgun.

Linder was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant.

Both suspects were arrested without incident at about 1:40 this morning. Mitchell was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $32,000 secured bond. He has been released. Linder was processed and released on an unsecured bond. Mitchell was due in District Court today, while Linder had a Superior Court appearance scheduled today.

Monday, 12 September 2016 11:18

N.E. Hickory Search Warrant Nets Three Arrests

25-year-old Ronald Anthony Green-Jones of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and 26-year-old Orlando Leverne Jones of 18th Avenue N.E. in Hickory were both arrested by Hickory Police Saturday (September 10). Green-Jones was arrested on a felony warrant from Norristown, Pennsylvania for a parole violation in connection to a charge of forgery of securities. Jones was charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.

They were arrested after a search warrant was conducted at Jones’ residence. Officers found a digital scale, a handgun and a cigar box containing 5.5 grams of marijuana.

Another person present in the residence, 45-year-old Herbert Brian Hubbard of Alexander Street in Statesville, was also arrested on four misdemeanor failure to appear warrants related to a variety of traffic violations. A female subject was issued a citation for simple possession of marijuana.

Green-Jones was taken into custody just before 1 p.m. Saturday and Jones was arrested at about 11:40 a.m., both without incident. Bond for Green-Jones was set at $50,000, secured, while Jones was given a $30,000 secured bond. Jones has since been released. Both were scheduled to appear in District Court today (September 12) in Newton. Hubbard also remains in jail under a $3,500 bond. He has court dates coming up on October 26 and November 18.

The State of North Carolina is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the fatal shooting of Shelby Police Officer Tim Brackeen. Officer Brackeen was a 12-year veteran of the department and former officer of the year. WHKY has confirmed that the officer passed away this afternoon (Monday, September 12).

At about 12:20 a.m. Saturday (September 10), Officer Brackeen was shot in the line of duty in the area of Parkview Street while searching for a subject who was wanted on outstanding warrants. Investigators have identified the suspected gunman as 23-year-old Irving Lucien Fenner, Jr. of Blacksburg Road in Grover, North Carolina. A felony warrant has been issued for Fenner’s arrest, additional charges are likely. 

Officer Brackeen was taken to Cleveland Regional Medical Center and then to Carolinas Medical Center, where he passed away.

Officer Brackeen had been with the Shelby Police Department since July of 2004. At the time of the shooting, he was assigned as a K-9 Officer. Officer Brackeen was 38 years old. He was married and had one daughter.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information should call the Shelby Police Department at 704-484-6845 or the State Bureau of Investigation at 919-662-4500.

A fundraising page has been set up for Officer Brackeen’s family at gofundme.com/23f7dutg.

Friday, 09 September 2016 17:36

Missing Iredell County Man Found, Safe

The Silver Alert issued for 54-year-old William Bruce Stewart of Iredell County has been canceled. According to the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office, Mr. Stewart has been found and is safe.

Friday, 09 September 2016 10:42

Hickory Man Arrested on Felony Cocaine Charge

41-year-old Bradley Allen Sherrill of 31st Avenue Court N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:20 yesterday afternoon (September 9) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance. He is accused of possessing cocaine.

Sherrill was taken into custody without incident near the Lenoir-Rhyne campus in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

Friday, 09 September 2016 10:37

Single-Vehicle Crash Leads to Meth Arrest

29-year-old Jamie Louis Sullivan of 18th Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8 p.m. last night (September 8) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of driving while impaired and driving while license revoked.

He was arrested after Police responded to a single-vehicle collision on the 900 block of Highland Avenue. A 1998 Mazda 626 driven by Sullivan struck two telephone poles. Police say Sullivan appeared to be impaired, and a search turned up 0.1 grams of methamphetamine. No injuries were reported as a result of the accident.

Sullivan was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

Thursday, 08 September 2016 13:31

Maiden Man Indicted on Firearms Charges

48-year-old Steven Louis Russo of South Main Avenue in Maiden was served felony indictments by Hickory Police at 10 a.m. yesterday (September 7) on felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a stolen firearm.

He was initially arrested on the same charges on July 12 of this year after Police were dispatched to the 300 block of 1st Street S.W. where a white male was allegedly attempting to sell a handgun. Officers found the man, Steven Louis Russo, on South Center Street. They found the weapon, a .40-caliber Glock handgun, in his bag. The gun had been reported stolen from Hickory.

Russo was taken into custody without incident yesterday near Frye Regional Medical Center on North Center Street. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton.

24-year-old William Charles Church, Jr. of Young Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:45 yesterday afternoon (September 7) on one felony count of speeding to elude arrest.

Events leading to Church’s arrest began at about 3:25 a.m. yesterday as Officers conducting a property check at the Quality Suites hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. saw a Dodge Dakota truck making evasive maneuvers to avoid contact with Police. They followed and attempted to initiate a traffic stop when the truck failed to yield.

The truck did not stop. Officers pursued the vehicle on Highway 127 South, Mountain Grove Road, Old Shelby Road and Bakers Mountain Road. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol assisted with the pursuit.

The Dodge ran into in the back yard of a residence where it hit some cinder blocks and continued about another 150 yards to the edge of a wooded area. At that point, the driver, William Charles Church, Jr., exited the vehicle and ran into the woods. A female passenger in the vehicle was not charged.

Warrants for Church’s arrest were issued. He was taken into custody without incident at an auto parts store on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. The suspect was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

30-year-old Stephanie Danielle Metcalf of South “B” Avenue in Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police at 1:50 this morning (September 8) on failure to appear warrants out of Alexander, Burke and Lincoln counties. She faces one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license revoked (two counts), speeding and displaying a fictitious, revoked or suspended registration.

She was taken into custody at a pool hall on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Metcalf was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $17,000 secured bond. She has court dates at various locations coming up on September 12, 13, 19, 20 & 22; on October 11, 14 & 24; and on January 13 of next year.

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