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42-year-old William Ernest Smith of Hildebran pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in Burke County Superior Court yesterday (May 7). He was also convicted as an habitual felon. Smith was sentenced to seven-to-10 years in the custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections.

On June 1 of last year, Burke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a “shots fired” report at a mobile home park in the county. Neighbors said Smith had fired a shotgun earlier, but had since left the area.

When Smith returned, Smith’s girlfriend gave Officers consent to search the mobile home. They found a sawed-off shotgun by the bed. Smith denied possessing the gun, but his girlfriend contradicted his statement. Three months later the girlfriend said the gun was hers and that Smith did not have possession of it.

Burke County Sheriff’s Officer Isaac Propst investigated the case and Frank Webster handled the prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office with the Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, presiding.

28-year-old Robert Wayne Thomas of Hickory was given an active prison sentence of eight-to-12 years and ordered to pay $6,500 in restitution during Burke County Superior Court yesterday (May 7). Thomas pleaded guilty to felony breaking & entering, two counts of felony larceny, felony possession of stolen goods and two counts of felony breaking & entering a motor vehicle. He also was prosecuted as a habitual felon.

Thomas stole a saw from a storage building on December 2, 2013, broke into two cars on December 25, 2013 and stole jewelry valued at $1,500 and checks from his mother on June 30, 2014. At least some of the stolen property was found in his possession. Thomas confessed to his involvement in the cases.

The cases were investigated by Jared Ball and Melanie Robinson with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. David Swanson handled the prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office with the Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, presiding.

Thomas will serve his sentence in the custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections.

Friday, 08 May 2015 14:07

Hickory Man Charged as Habitual Felon

40-year-old Kevin Jermaine McDaniel of 25th Street Place S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:45 a.m. yesterday (May 7). He was arrested as an habitual felon.

The charge comes in connection to the September 2013 theft of a motor scooter from a residence on 7th Avenue S.W. in Hickory. McDaniel was initially charged with possession of stolen goods.

He was taken into custody without incident at a Family Dollar store in Newton. McDaniel’s name was removed from the National Crime Information Center database. He was processed and released under a written promise to appear in court. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today in Newton.

32-year-old Candace Lee Reid of Scaley Bark Drive in Salisbury was arrested by Hickory Police just before midnight last night (May 7) on one felony count of robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons and one count of speeding to elude arrest with two aggravating factors. She was also charged with misdemeanor counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and hit & run with property damage.

Events leading to her arrest unfolded as Officers responded to the Deluxe Inn in Hickory looking for a suspicious vehicle that was reportedly involved in a robbery in Iredell County. Officers saw the vehicle, a 2014 Chevy Cruz, pull into the parking lot. Police attempted to stop the vehicle, but it accelerated towards the Officers and pulled onto Highway 70 S.W. where it hit a taxicab and fled.

Officers followed the vehicle, lost sight of it, but then found it again on the 1400 block of 2nd Avenue N.W. A second vehicle stop was attempted, but the Chevy again sped away. Officers gave pursuit, but again lost sight of the vehicle.

It was then found, unoccupied, on the 500 block of 12th Street Drive N.W. Officers then found Candace Lee Reid hiding near the vehicle, at crouching in a wooded area at the top of a hill. She was taken into custody without further incident.

Reid complained of an unspecified injury. She was taken to Frye where she was treated and released back into Police custody.

The initial “be on the lookout” call from Iredell County stated that there were two females in the Chevrolet. It’s not clear if Hickory Police ever saw a second person in the vehicle. No one else was present when Reid was arrested.

Reid was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $31,900 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Hickory.

59-year-old Terry Lee Shook of Highway 16 North in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday on one felony count of speeding to elude arrest and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while impaired. He was also charged with driving while license permanently revoked. In addition, the N.C. State Highway Patrol charged Shook with felony hit & run with failure to stop for personal injury.

He was arrested after Officers responded to reports of a hit & run. Officers saw a white work van matching the suspect vehicle description traveling south on 2nd Street S.E. The Officer pulled in behind the van, activating the patrol vehicle’s blue light and siren. The van did not stop.

As Officers followed, the van ran off the road several times. It came to a stop at 10th Avenue S.E. and 3rd Street S.E. because of a vehicle blocking its path at a stop sign. The van was then unable to continue as the result of a wheel that had come off.

The van was involved in at least three incidents before Police located it, running off the road and striking multiple utility poles. Shook was not injured, but was described as extremely intoxicated. He refused treatment by E.M.S.

Terry Shook’s employer is listed on Police reports as Terry’s Roofing. It’s not clear if the work van he was driving was a Terry’s Roofing van.

Following his arrest, Shook was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $18,500 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (April 8) in Hickory.

A man killed in a fatal, single-vehicle crash yesterday (May 7) in Hickory has been identified as 55-year-old Randy Clifford Crouse of Conover. The accident occurred just after 1 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of 9th Avenue Place N.E. and 9th Street N.E.

A small, four-door sedan driven by Crouse was traveling west on 9th Avenue N.E. when it went off the side of the roadway and up an embankment. The vehicle went airborne, crossed 9th Street, went through a fence and came to rest against a private residence. The fence apparently prevented the vehicle from entering the house.

Crouse was extricated from the vehicle and transported to Frye Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

No one else was in the vehicle and no other vehicles were involved in the crash.

There was a single-vehicle accident today near the intersection of 9th Avenue Place N.E. and 9th Street N.E. The driver died as the result of injuries sustained in the crash.

Just after 1 p.m., a small, four-door sedan car traveling west on 9th Avenue N.E. went off side of the roadway and up an embankment. The vehicle went airborne, crossed 9th Street, went through a fence and came to rest against a private residence. The fence apparently prevented the vehicle from entering the house.

The male driver had to be extricated from the vehicle. According to a Hickory Fire Department spokesperson, a chopper was initially called to the scene, but the chopper was canceled when the victim coded as he was removed from the wreckage. The victim was said to be breathing, but not responsive at that time.

According to a Hickory Police spokesperson, the victim was transported to Frye Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

No one else was in the vehicle and no other vehicles were involved in the crash. The victim’s identity has not been released.

Hickory Police are investigating an incident involving indecent exposure on the Lenoir-Rhyne University campus.

At about 6:45 a.m. on May 2, a female was loading her vehicle at Isenhour Hall when a male subject exited his vehicle and approached the woman. He was reportedly masturbating while naked from the waist down.

The victim then left the scene in her car and called authorities.

The suspect is a white male in his 40s or 50s. He has brown, short, curly hair and a normal build with a slight belly.

The suspect’s vehicle was described as a faded red, older model single cab truck. It had a silver front bumper and regular sized wheels and tires. The truck may have been a Chevrolet, but the victim was not certain.

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

40-year-old Amy Jo Colley of Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:20 this morning (May 7) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Colley was wanted in Boone County, Kentucky for possession of heroin.

She was taken into custody without incident at her residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $35,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

More details have been released in the arrest of 48-year-old Timothy Carl Maynor 27th Street N.E. in Conover. He was arrested by Hickory Police early yesterday morning (May 6) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested when Officers responded to a reported assault late Tuesday night (May 5) on the 900 block of 27th Street N.E. Maynor was the assault victim’s boyfriend. Police searched Maynor’s vehicle and found 37.1 grams of meth in one location and .18 grams of meth in two other locations. They also found a disassembled 9mm Standard Arms handgun, a pipe, a digital scale and a spoon.

At this time, no charges have been filed in connection to the handgun or the alleged assault.

Maynor remains in custody in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court tomorrow in Newton.