38-year-old Patricia Celess Ferrell of East Pine Street in Lincolnton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:20 last night (November 16) on two counts of felony larceny. One of the charges originated in Rowan County.

Ferrell was taken into custody without incident at Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton and on November 28 in Salisbury.

Thursday, 17 November 2016 09:47

Hickory Man Faces Felony Crack Cocaine Charge

59-year-old Darry Augusta Fleming of 2nd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:45 this morning (on one felony count of possession of cocaine.

Fleming was arrested in connection to an incident on November 28 of last year. Officers on foot patrol on the 900 block of 2nd Street S.W. in the Terrace Hills area saw the suspect drop an item on the ground as he exited an apartment. The item was recovered and identified as two crack rocks weighing 0.3 grams.

A prosecution summary was submitted to the District Attorney, resulting in Fleming’s arrest today. He was taken into custody without incident on the 400 block of South Center Street in Hickory. Fleming was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,500 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

$1.7 million from the One North Carolina Small Business Program has been awarded to 29 small companies across 13 North Carolina communities, including one in Hickory. The companies will use the funds to develop new products, hire additional employees and purchase equipment and materials.

Advanced Hydrogen Technologies in Hickory was awarded a $65,000 grant. The funds will go toward a project intended to develop new materials for human joints. The company is located at 1055 Southgate Corporate Park S.W.

North Carolina’s Office of Science, Technology & Innovation is still accepting grant applications for the 2017 fiscal year. For more information, click here.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016 11:19

Hickory Teen Arrested on Felony Cocaine Charge

17-year-old Esan Mekhi Brawley of North Center Street in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:40 last night (November 15) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested after Police responded to an anonymous call reporting drug violations at the Celery Stalk apartment complex on 10th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory. Officers found two black males and a white female in the laundry room. No outstanding warrants were found, but Officers did find 7.2 grams of cocaine in Brawley’s book bag. The other two subjects were not charged.

Brawley was taken into custody without incident and 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.

34-year-old Jennifer Elizabeth Allred of Springs Road in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police just before nine o’clock last night (November 15) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.

She was arrested after a Loss Prevention Officer at Walmart on Highway 70 S.E. saw the suspect making her way through the store, concealing various items on her person. The items included nine shirts, five pairs of pants, two pairs of shoes and two bras, all with a combined value of $167.

Allred was detained after she went past the last point-of-sale without paying. She had previously been banned from Walmart.

Following her arrest, Allred was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled today.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 11:07

Hickory Man Arrested for Stolen Firearm

22-year-old Jalen Michael Foote of 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before midnight Friday (November 11) on one felony count of possession of a stolen firearm and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested after Officers responded to reports of possible drug violations at Hickory East Apartments on 20th Avenue Drive N.E. Officers located and approached the suspect vehicle, detecting the odor of marijuana as they did so.

A search of the vehicle turned up a Springfield Armory .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun that had been reported stolen from Alexander County. 2.1 grams of marijuana and a marijuana pipe were also found.

Jalen Foote was the driver. A male passenger in the vehicle was not charged.

Foote was taken into custody without incident. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $3,000, secured. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday (November 14) with another court date coming up on November 29.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 10:46

Hickory Man Busted for Heroin

23-year-old Landon Scott Treadway of 11th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Saturday (November 12) on one felony count of possession of a schedule I controlled substance.

He was arrested after Police responded to a single-vehicle accident with injury at Highway 321 N.W. and 2nd Avenue N.W. Officers found the vehicle on the median on Highway 321 where it had hit a “Do Not Enter” sign.

Treadway, the vehicle’s only occupant, was unconscious. Officers saw a bag containing 0.3 grams of heroin and a syringe. E.M.S. arrived and administered Naloxone, which is an opiate antidote. Treadway was revived and taken to Frye Regional Medical Center.

Upon his discharge from the hospital, Treadway was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday (November 14). Another court date was scheduled today for D.W.I. and other traffic violations.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 10:41

Larceny Suspect Sought in Iredell County

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding 26-year-old Christopher Franklin Russell of Brim Lane in Denver, who has been charged by the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office with felony larceny, injury to personal property and obtaining property by false pretense.

On August 16, a victim reported the theft of landscaping equipment from a landscape trailer in front of the victim’s home on Hidden Harbor Road in Mooresville. The victim also reported damage to a vehicle that was parked behind the trailer on the side of the roadway.

Detectives obtained serial numbers for some of the stolen items from a local business where the equipment was purchased. The equipment was entered into a nationwide database as stolen. Detectives then identified Christopher Franklin Russell as the suspect after he pawned the stolen items at a local pawnshop in Mooresville. Detectives also learned that Russell had relatives who lived a few houses from the victim’s residence.

Russell faces other charges and is currently wanted as an absconder from parole in Buncombe County.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Christopher Franklin Russell should call the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180 or call Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340.

23-year-old Kristina Kalene Lane McQuirt of 8th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before 5 p.m. Saturday (November 12) on one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of a schedule IV controlled substance.

Loss Prevention at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. stopped McQuirt past the last point of sale after she allegedly placed a PowerLine car cord adapter in her pocket and didn’t pay for it. The adapter was valued at $15.  Two Alprazolam pills were found in the suspect’s wallet.

McQuirt had previously been banned from Walmart. She was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (November 14) in Newton.

34-year-old Joshua Allen Bentley of Mountain View Road in Wilkesboro was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:25 Sunday afternoon (November 13) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering, as well as misdemeanor larceny and second-degree trespass. He was also charged as an habitual felon.

He was arrested in connection to a shoplifting incident at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. Bently allegedly took a number of items past the last point of sale without paying. Those items included Axe body spray, a hamper, Tide laundry detergent pods, ten pair of men’s underwear, antifreeze, motor oil, a gift bag and 12-gauge shotgun ammunition, all with a combined value of $531.

Bentley had been previously banned from Walmart and also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was accompanied by a female suspect who fled the scene and was not apprehended.

Following his arrest, Bentley was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $12,000, secured. District Court appearances were scheduled for today and for December 30.

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