28-year-old Crystal Dawn Bryan of Emmanuel Church Road in Conover was arrested at about 2:30 yesterday afternoon (November 10) on one felony count of larceny by servant or other employee.

Bryan was an employee at Papa Pesto’s on Fairgrove Church Road. She is accused of taking money from the register.

A warrant for Bryan’s arrest was issued on October 30. She was taken into custody without incident at the office of Adult Probation & Parole in Hickory. Bryan was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $1,500, secured. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for tomorrow in Newton.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 14:22

B&E Victim Faces Drug Charges

22-year-old Bobby Lee Huffman of 6th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before noon yesterday (November 10) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.

The charges against Huffman were filed after his apartment was broken into on October 14. As Officers investigated the incident, they found 15.3 ounces of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the apartment.

A warrant for Huffman’s arrest was issued on November 6. After his arrest, Huffman was processed and then released under a $6,000, secured.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 11:27

Authorities in Iredell Looking for Teen Runaway

Authorities in Iredell County are asking for the public’s help in locating 17-year-old Shakilah Middleton, who was reported as a runaway on October 24.

Middleton went outside her residence on Barium Springs Road in Statesville to take out the garbage, but never came back inside. Responding Deputies were unable to locate her anywhere in the area that night.

After interviewing others in the home and staff members, it was determined that Ms. Middleton had planned to run away to be with her boyfriend in the Charlotte area. After speaking to her mother, Officers learned that the teen had done the same thing in the past and had been located in the Charlotte area.

At this time, no foul play is suspected.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Shakilah Middleton should contact Detective Jason Lowrance at 704-878-3180.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 11:24

School Employee Faces Felony Drug Charge

34-year-old Jennifer Bost Vetter of 24th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before 11 a.m. yesterday (November 10) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

Vetter, who is listed on Police reports as a Catawba Co. Schools employee, is accused of taking medication that was locked up in an office at Foothills Gymnastics. The incident occurred on September 24. The drug taken was Dexmethylphenidate, which is used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Vetter was identified as the suspect on November 9. She was arrested yesterday at H.P.D. headquarters and then released under a $3,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

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Wednesday, 11 November 2015 10:58

Hickory Teen Charged with Armed Robbery

16-year-old Xzavion Rashawn Watts of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before midnight last night (November 10) on one felony count each of robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons, larceny and possession of stolen goods.

He was taken into custody without incident at H.P.D. headquarters. According to Police reports, Watts was armed with a knife at the time of his arrest. He was processed and released under a $25,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance in district Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

No further details are available.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 15:00

Two Wanted in N.C. Arrested in Pennsylvania

27-year-old Holly Danielle Scronce of Hickory and her boyfriend, 32-year-old Jeffrey Allen Bortz of Newton, both face charges in Lincoln County for one felony count each of larceny, possession of stolen goods, conspiracy and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. In addition, Scronce has outstanding warrants in Alexander County for a probation violation and larceny by employee. Bortz has an outstanding warrant for second-degree trespassing in Catawba County and driving while license revoked in Alexander County.

The two were charged in connection to an October 28 theft from a home on Trinity Church Road in Vale. Detective Dan Snellings investigated the case, which involved the theft of firearms, a wedding band and cash. The victim told Officers that his granddaughter, Holly Scronce, had been at the home for the first time in years. She left the residence just minutes before the victim noticed that the items were missing.

Detective Snellings conducted a computerized search for the stolen property and located the wedding band at a pawnshop in Hickory. The ring was sold by Jeffrey Bortz less than an hour after the couple left the victim’s home. The stolen ring was picked up by the Detective.

On October 31, the suspects were arrested by Pennsylvania State Police near the Cranberry Township in Pennsylvania on fraud and threat charges. Those offenses allegedly occurred in Pennsylvania on October 30.

Scronce and Bortz have been served with fugitive warrants in Pennsylvania and are awaiting an extradition hearing to be returned to North Carolina.

42-year-old Shawn Patrick Phillips of Abruzzel Lane in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on 74 felony counts of statutory rape of a person from 13 to 15 years old by a defendant at least six years older than the victim and two felony counts of sex offense in a parental role.

On November 3, Officers took a report regarding the abuse of a child under the age of 16. The case was assigned to Detective Sergeant Jason Lowrance. The victim was interviewed at the Dove House Child Advocacy Center where she said she was abused by family member Shawn Phillips from July 2012 through August 2015.

After further investigation and interviews with multiple witnesses, Phillips was charged and subsequently arrested on November 6. He was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $1,000,000 bond.

38-year-old Mandie L. Taylor of 4th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested at about 9:25 last night (November 9) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense.

Taylor was arrested after management at Applebee’s reported on October 12 that Taylor allegedly altered receipts to increase her tips, charging the increased amount to customers’ credit cards. The warrant for her arrest was issued that same day.

Taylor was taken into custody without incident at her residence. She was processed and then released under a $1,500 unsecured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for November 13 in Newton.

26-year-old Danny Wayne Powell, Jr. of 39th Avenue Court N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 5:24 p.m. yesterday on two felony counts of failure to appear in court for an out-of-county probation violation and for possession of a firearm by a felon.

The firearms charge comes in connection to a case in which Powell was initially arrested in March of this year. Hickory Police assisted Probation & Parole Officers in a search of the suspect’s residence. A firearm was found, which was a violation of Powell’s probation.

Powell was taken into custody without incident yesterday at his home. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for November 13 in Newton.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 10:28

Pedestrian Struck by SUV; Badly Injured

20-year-old Markus Smalls of Hickory was injured yesterday (November 9) when he was struck by a vehicle.

At about 6 p.m. Monday, a 1999 Ford Expedition driven by 20-year-old Kyndall Wells of Newton, was traveling east on 2nd Avenue N.W. at 17th Street N.W. At the same time, Mr. Smalls was walking north across the intersection. According to witnesses, the eastbound traffic had a steady green light and north and southbound traffic had steady red lights. No pedestrian crosswalk or traffic control device is present at the intersection. Witnesses say Mr. Smalls walked into the path of the Ford.

Mr. Smalls was transported to Frye Regional Medical Center by Catawba County E.M.S. with potentially life threatening injuries. From Frye, he was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem. No further update on his condition is available. No one else was injured.

The Hickory Fire Department and Catawba County E.M.S. responded. The Hickory Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit is actively investigating the collision. Neither speed nor impairment appear to be factors in the collision. The investigation is ongoing. No charges have been filed at this time.