24-year-old Morgan Rio-Shay Blevins of Moore Mountain Road in Moravian Falls was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning for a felony probation violation and one misdemeanor count of failure to appear on a charge of driving while license revoked. She also faces felony methamphetamine charges in Alexander and Catawba counties, plus a misdemeanor firearms charge in Catawba and a misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charge in Alexander.

Blevins was taken into custody without incident just before 4 a.m. today at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $14,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for January 9 in Taylorsville with a District Court date on January 24 in Newton.

Tuesday, 03 January 2017 14:45

Hickory Fire Captain Retires after 31 Years

Captain John Crane has retired from the Hickory Fire Department after 31-and-a-half years of service. Captain Crane began his employment with the city on November 2, 1987 after his father, Larry Crane, retired as a Captain with the department.

Previously, Captain Crane worked with Granite Falls Fire Department for over a year. He has also volunteered with the Grace Chapel Fire Department since 1985, where he has served as the Fire Chief for the past five years.

After starting his Hickory career as a Firefighter, Crane advanced through the ranks until he was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1995, a position he held for 21 years until his retirement, earning numerous certifications along the way. He served on several city and department committees, including the Chief’s Improvement Team as well as the Rules, Regulations & Policy committee.

Captain Crane plans to continue volunteering with the Grace Chapel Fire Department and serving the community as Fire Chief. He also plans to hunt, fish and work on the farm.

Captain Crane lives in the Grace Chapel area with his wife Kimberly. Together, they have two children Phillip, who is a firefighter with Lenoir Fire Department, and Megan who is currently a senior at Christian Family Academy.

31-year-old Crystal Nicole Randleman of 21st Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 6:15 Saturday evening (December 31) on one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance; the sale or delivery of a schedule II controlled substance; and conspiracy to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance. She was also charged with misdemeanor larceny and a misdemeanor probation violation. Randleman was wanted on warrants issued on December 14 in Lincoln County.

Randleman was taken into custody without incident Saturday at her residence. She was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 3) in Lincoln County.

24-year-old Donovon Tyrell Lortz of 5th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 4 p.m. Friday (December 30) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

The arrest comes in connection to an incident in July of last year at the Hillside Gardens apartment complex. Officers on patrol there saw Lortz and knew there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest. According to Police, Lortz initially went behind some bushes. When he came out, he was detained and a black, .38-special handgun was found in the bushes where Lortz had been.

Lortz was taken into custody without incident Friday at a relative’s house and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today (January 3) in Newton.

Tuesday, 03 January 2017 11:26

Newton Man Faces B&E and Larceny Charges

31-year-old Buck Harrison Soots of Welch Drive in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at 2:30 yesterday afternoon (January 2) on one felony count of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and misdemeanor counts of larceny and possession of stolen property. He was arrested on warrants from Caldwell County that were issued on December 21.

Soots was taken into custody without incident at the intersection of Grace Chapel Road and Highway 321. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $13,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Lenoir.

Tuesday, 03 January 2017 10:57

Hickory Man Jailed on Felony Firearms Charge

24-year-old Eldred Maliek Joe of 8th avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:20 yesterday morning (January 2) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor counts of injury to personal property and discharging a firearm in the city limits.

His arrest stems from an incident on December 27 when Police responded to reports that someone had fired a gun inside Joe’s residence. Officers found Joe outside the residence.

He was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory for observation and evaluation. He was taken into custody without incident upon his release from the hospital.

Joe was confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (January 3) in Newton.

40-year-old Gerardo Antonio Cerros, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police Sunday (January 1) on one felony count of malicious conduct by a prisoner and misdemeanor counts of second-degree trespass, misuse of the 9-1-1 emergency telephone system and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Events leading to his arrest began as Police were called to escort Cerros from the Salvation Army on 3rd Avenue Place S.E. in Hickory after Cerros had exhausted the 90-day limit at the facility. He initially left without incident.

About three minutes later, Cerros called 9-1-1, stating that he was in need of shelter. He was then arrested for misuse of the 9-1-1 system. In the course of his arrest, Cerros refused to cooperate and allegedly spit in an Officer’s face. No injuries were reported.

He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,900 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (December 3) in Newton.

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police are asking for the public’s help in solving involving graffiti in downtown Boone.

On Tuesday, December 27, at approximately 11:45 p.m., a group of individuals wrote and sprayed graffiti on a number of businesses in downtown Boone. The group included three white males and one white female. The female had a long braided ponytail and one of the males wore a distinctive brown cowboy hat. The suspects are seen on various surveillance videos damaging property on Howard, Depot and King streets.

Anyone with information regarding the incident should call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 or 828-737-0125 or the Boone Police Department at 828-268-6900.

23-year-old Zachary Aaron Lovelace of Hickory has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one count each of felony obtaining property by false pretense and misdemeanor larceny.

Lovelace was charged in connection to the theft of an X-Box from a home on Prince Drive in Lincolnton. He allegedly removed the electronic equipment from a residence and used credit card information on the “X-Box Live” account.

A search warrant for the IP address traced the account to a residence in Newton. Lovelace denied stealing the X-Box, but admitted to making purchases totaling $170 on the gaming system.

Following his arrest, Lovelace was given a $5,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on January 12.

23-year-old Caleb Edward Brooks of 36th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (December 30) on one felony count of larceny and one misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Brooks was taken into custody without incident at about 2:45 a.m. today on 16th Street N.E. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $4,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was set for January 5 in Newton.

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