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28-year-old Fifi Josephine Wooten of 12th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 12:30 yesterday afternoon (February 24) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense.

Events leading to her arrest unfolded on February 12 when officials at the Sun Trust Bank on North Center Street in Hickory reported that Wooten attempted to cash a check that was made out to another customer for a loan payment. She was not allowed to cash the check and no monies were lost by the bank.

The check was lost after it was mailed from the customer’s workplace. It’s not clear how Wooten came to be in possession of the check.

The bank kept copies of the check and of Wooten’s identification. Warrants were issued for her arrest. She was taken into custody without incident at an address on 3rd Street N.E.

Wooten has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

28-year-old Justin Charles Spaller of 37th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was served a felony indictment at about 8:30 last night (February 24) on one count of breaking & entering a building.

He was indicted in connection to an incident on May 26 of last year when Police responded to an alarm at the historic Mosteller Mansion in Hickory. Some doors were damaged and items were taken from an office in the building.

Spaller had previously been charged in connection to another break-in at the same location on October 31, 2013.

Following yesterday’s arrest, Spaller was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $4,000 secured bond. He has since been released. Spaller will appear in Superior Court this Friday (February 27).

73-year-old Grady Samuel Hicks of Damascus Church Road in Statesville will face an additional 42 counts of indecent liberties as the result of an ongoing investigation into sex abuse allegations against him. He was initially arrested and charged with 18 sex offenses, as reported by WHKY on January 22.

The latest charges were filed as the investigation identified another victim. That individual, who is now 20 years old, was victimized over a three-to-four-year period when the victim was between the ages of 12 & 15. The victim said the incidents occurred while going to and from church with Hicks and also on hunting and fishing trips he took with Hicks. The victim said numerous incidents occurred from July of 2006 to December of 2009.

Hicks’ next appearance in an Iredell County courtroom was scheduled for April 24.

Lincolnton Police are asking for the public’s help in solving a case that began at about 4:30 p.m. on January 22 when a suspect took $100 from a cashier at the Wal-Mart store on North Generals Boulevard.

The suspect is a black male who bought a pack of gum with a $100 dollar bill. As the cashier made change, the suspect said he had received the wrong change. The suspect switched the change and the $100 dollar bill with the cashier several times before keeping both. The suspect then came back to the register with a pack of drinks and attempted to repeat the process, but the cashier would not exchange any more money with the man.

The suspect was wearing a light-colored, long-sleeved shirt. He left the scene driving a Kia with Georgia plate number PKR8229.

Anyone with information regarding the crime should call Lincolnton Police at 704-736-8900 or call Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous. Information leading to an arrest could result in a reward of up to $1,000.

Today (February 24) is "Take A Bite" out of hunger day in Catawba County. Inclement weather forced the event to be postponed last week. Participating restaurants will donate 10% of today's food sales to the food pantry at the Cooperative Christian Ministry of Greater Hickory. Participating restaurants are listed at whky.com.

For more information, call 828-327-0979 ext. 224.

The man who was shot and killed after breaking into a home yesterday (February 23) on Riverbend Road in Claremont has been identified as 47-year-old Vernon Bobby Dixon, whose last listed address was in Maiden.

Dixon and another unknown white male allegedly broke into the home through the basement at about 9:25 a.m. The homeowner heard noise and called 9-1-1. As he did so, Dixon kicked in a door. The homeowner, armed with a 12-gauge shotgun, fired once, hitting Dixon in the chest.

Dixon died en route to the hospital. The second suspect remains at large. Investigators believe he fled the scene in a dark blue mini-van, according to Catawba Co. Sheriff Coy Reid.

The Sheriff said the homeowner will most likely not be charged. The second suspect could be charged in connection to Dixon’s death because he was involved in the commission of a felony resulting in the death of a person.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 10:46

Domestic Dispute Leads to Felony Meth Arrest

42-year-old Chan Heng Sok of 8th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 8:45 yesterday morning on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of assault on a female and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested when Police responded to a domestic dispute at Sok’s residence. In the course of the investigation, Officers found drug paraphernalia and one gram of methamphetamine.

The domestic dispute did not result in any significant injuries.

Sok was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond. An appearance in District Court was set for March 4.

According to a release from the Burke Co. Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division, Dawayne Ray Fry II has died as the result of a gunshot wound. At about 2:15 p.m. on Saturday (February 21), Burke County Sheriff’s Officers responded to 110 U.S. Highway 70 East in Valdese where Fry was found, suffering from a gunshot wound.

Fry was transported to Valdese Hospital and then flown to Carolina’s Medical Center in Charlotte. He was pronounced dead at the hospital in Charlotte.

Investigators with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office have been in contact with the District Attorney’s Office regarding the case. The incident remains under investigation.

In addition to the Sheriff’s Office, responding agencies included the Valdese Police Department, Burke County Emergency Medical Service and Lovelady Fire & Rescue First Responders.

46-year-old David Alan Jenkins and 23-year-old Opie Alvers Jones III, who are both listed as homeless persons from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (February 22) on felony drug charges. Jenkins was charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of a schedule II controlled substance with intent to manufacture, while Jones was charged with possession of immediate precursor chemicals with intent to manufacture. Jones was also charged with failure to appear on one count of misdemeanor larceny.

The two were taken into custody without incident on the 1100 block of Catawba Valley Boulevard S.E. They were each given a $50,000 secured bond, plus a $5,000 bond for Jones for failure to appear.   First appearances in District Court were set for today in Newton.

Monday, 23 February 2015 10:34

Man Caught Swallowing Earrings at Kohl's

32-year-old Kevin O’Neal Carroll of 33rd Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6 p.m. Saturday (February 21) on one count of misdemeanor larceny.

Carroll was arrested after a Loss Prevention Officer at the Kohl’s store on Catawba Valley Boulevard saw him swallow a pair of sterling silver earrings in an attempt to avoid detection. The earrings were valued at $25.

Loss Prevention detained the suspect until Police arrived. At last report, the earrings had not been recovered.

Carroll was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $900 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for March 19 in Hickory.