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Hickory Police are investigating an armed robbery at the CVS store at 1504 2nd Street N.E. in Hickory. Today (May 10), at approximately 5:20 a.m., two males entered the store. One of the men showed a handgun to the clerk as the other man took an undisclosed amount of cash. Both subjects fled on foot.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the robbery should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

31-year-old Tyrell Lewis Jenkins of 12th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 5:20 p.m. yesterday (May 9) on one felony count each of sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. The warrants for his arrest were issued on April 4 of this year.

Jenkins was taken into custody without incident near his residence. He was processed at H.P.D. and then released under a $20,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

29-year-old Shonniel Gary Vinson Blackburn of 3rd Street Place S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just after midnight Monday (May 9) on one felony count each of robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons, assault with a deadly weapon and first-degree burglary. He was also charged with misdemeanor driving while license revoked and a headlamp violation.

Blackburn was arrested on warrants issued by the Newton Police Department in connection to a July 2015 case. He is accused of robbing and assaulting an individual at a residence in Newton. The investigation is ongoing.

Blackburn was taken into custody without incident at an apartment on 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $351,000 secured bond. Blackburn was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (May 10) in Newton.

According to WSOC-TV, a 26-year-old Marine has been taken into custody following a stand-off Sunday (May 8) in Mooresville that lasted more than eight hours. The man has not been identified, nor is it clear which charges he will face. No one was injured during the incident.

Following a chase with Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers, a one-mile stretch of the River Highway, from Perth Road to Robinson Road was closed at about 4:30 a.m. when the armed man refused to exit his vehicle. The Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (S.E.R.T.) was called in to negotiate.

Earlier Sunday morning, the man had reportedly been involved in a domestic dispute at an apartment complex in Mooresville. After leaving the scene, the man was seen in Catawba County where he led Deputies on a chase that ended on the River Highway.

WSOC quoted Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell as saying the man refused to surrender and threatened to harm himself or others. S.E.R.T. used a “flash bang” device and tear gas to subdue the man, who was then taken into custody without further incident. He was treated at a local hospital for exposure to tear gas.

A nearby church canceled Sunday services during the incident. Local residents and businesses were also affected by the stand-off, including restaurants that were gearing up for the Mother’s Day rush.

22-year-old Joshua William Cline of 27th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested at about 8:20 Saturday morning (May 7) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each of possession of a schedule III controlled substance, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested after Police responded to reports of a suspicious person at the Red Roof Inn on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. Officers located a man matching the description. He was identified as Joshua Cline. When Officers escorted the man to his room so he could get a shirt, they saw paraphernalia and controlled substances in plain view.

Cline was charged for possessing one gram of methamphetamine, six Alprazolam and two Subutex pills. No one else was present in the hotel room.

Cline was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,750 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (May 9) in Newton.

43-year-old Michael Lane Hensley of 12th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:35 last night (May 8) on a felony fugitive warrant. Hensley was wanted in Los Angeles, California for possession of a schedule VI controlled substance.

He was arrested on 8th Street N.E. following a traffic accident. Hensley was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for May 13 in Newton.

26-year-old Monte Chase Connor of Falls Avenue in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:45 Friday night (May 6) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one misdemeanor count of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance.

Events leading to his arrest unfolded as Police responded to a residence on 20th Street N.E. in Hickory where several people had gathered. Witnesses said that one person had fired a handgun at the ground and at the pavement. One person suffered a small cut and may have been hit by a ricochet or by debris. E.M.S. responded, but the victim refused treatment.

The suspect was identified by witnesses as Monte Connor. Connor had left the scene when Police arrived. He was located and taken into custody without incident at a residence on Stonehaven Street in Conover. At the time of Connor’s arrest, 23 Alprazolam pills were found on his person.

Connor was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $12,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (May 9) in Newton.

40-year-old Jamey Lee Johnson of North Tradd Street in Statesville has been arrested by Statesville Police and charged with the possession & sale of non-tax-paid alcohol.

His arrest came about as the Statesville Police Narcotics Division was investigating complaints regarding the sale of non-tax-paid alcohol at 417 North Tradd Street. On Thursday, May 5, a search warrant was executed at the residence. Officers found and seized more than 41 gallons of non-tax-paid alcohol in various containers.

Johnson was taken to the Iredell County Detention Center under a $2,500 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on June 15.

Hickory Police are investigating a robbery at the Sprint store, 1828 Catawba Valley Boulevard in Hickory.

Sometime between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. today (May 6), an unknown suspect or suspects gained entry by breaking the front door. A preliminary estimate of property loss was set at $10,000.

No further information is available at this time. The investigation is ongoing.

Friday, 06 May 2016 11:28

Hewitt Convicted in Triple Homicide

According to published reports, 37-year-old Everette Porshau Hewitt has been found guilty of first-degree murder.

He was convicted of killing Wade Sigmon, Susan Blevins and Connie Miller in 2011. Hewitt was also found guilty of shooting Joseph Burke, who survived. In addition to the murder charges, Hewitt was convicted of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and first-degree burglary. He was found not guilty of robbery with a firearm.

Sentencing will take place next week. The state is pursuing the death penalty against Hewitt, who has been incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility without bond on the murder charges since his arrest.