44-year-old Bryan Scott Young, Sr. of Airport Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 5 p.m. yesterday (September 6) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance.

He was initially arrested in connection to the same case on March 21 of this year. At that time, Officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that had no headlights or taillights. A search led to the discovery of 4.6 grams of methamphetamine.

Young was taken into custody at an auto parts business on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $17,000 secured bond with an appearance in Superior Court scheduled today in Newton.

The Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office is investigating multiple vehicle break-ins that occurred on September 3 in the southern part of the county. Officers say the suspects appear to be targeting neighborhoods where they can find unlocked vehicles. In some cases, the suspects located and used credit or debit cards in Charlotte. The Sheriff’s Office has released photos of three suspects and two suspect vehicles. Evidence gathered in connection to the Mooresville cases has also been linked to other break-ins that occurred in Mint Hill, N.C.

Citizens are cautioned against approaching the suspects. In one incident in Mint Hill, a victim reported hearing a shot fired when he approached the suspects. It is unclear if the suspect shot at the victim, but a suspect can be seen in a video from one of the Mooresville cases holding what appears to be a gun. Anyone who believes someone is breaking into his or her vehicle should call 9-1-1 immediately.

Anyone who recognizes the suspects or the suspect vehicles should call the Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180 or call Iredell Co. Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1330.

24-year-old Julius Andrew “Smoke” Coleman of 2nd Street Place S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before 7 p.m. yesterday on one felony count each of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, plus misdemeanor counts of simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

He was arrested after Officers on patrol on the 400 block of 2nd Street Place S.W. in Hickory spotted Coleman and knew there were outstanding warrants for his arrest. Those were indictments for possession of a firearm by a felon and carrying a concealed gun.

A search of Coleman’s person turned up baggies containing 0.6 grams of powder cocaine and two more baggies containing 9.9 grams of marijuana. Officers also found 1.5 dosage units of Hydrocodone.

Coleman was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. Appearances in Superior Court and in District Court were scheduled today in Newton.

53-year-old Gregorio Cisnero of Virginia Ridge in Connelly Springs faces new charges in connection to a 2014 case involving sex offenses against a child. He was charged yesterday with one felony count each of statutory rape or sex offense of a 13, 14 or 15 year old by a defendant at least six years older than the victim and first-degree sexual assault. He was originally arrested on November 11, 2014 for felony indecent liberties with a child.

Cisnero was taken into custody without incident at about 1:20 this morning (September 7) at the Arby’s restaurant on Highway 321 N.W. in Hickory. He was processed at H.P.D. headquarters and then released about an hour and a half later under a $15,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton, with another Superior Court date on the original charges coming up on October 10.

Tuesday, 06 September 2016 14:42

Hickory Man Arrested on Felony Cocaine Charges

24-year-old Shaquial Cortez Williamson of 5th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (September 6) on one felony count each of possession 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. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed gun, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. He is accused of possessing 4.5 grams of crack cocaine and 7.4 grams of marijuana.

Williamson was taken into custody without incident at about 2:50 a.m. today at the Days Inn Suites on 13th Avenue Drive N.W. According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, he was carrying a concealed handgun at the time of his arrest. Williamson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $35,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

Tuesday, 06 September 2016 13:59

Two Arrested on Kidnapping & Robbery Charges

27-year-old Jessica Dawn Flynn of Harwell Road in Catawba and 25-year-old Ryan Scott Gibson of Woodstone Drive in Newton have both been arrested by Hickory Police. They were each charged with one felony count of robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons and second-degree kidnapping. Flynn also faces one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce. In addition, Gibson was charged with felony attempting to obtain property by false pretense, plus misdemeanor counts of larceny and attempted larceny.

Events leading to their arrests unfolded on Saturday (September 3) as a 28-year-old male victim from Morganton was approached by a woman in the parking lot at the Target store on Catawba Valley Boulevard. The woman asked if the man wanted to buy a Target gift card at a discounted rate. The man declined.

A short time later, the man reconsidered and approached the vehicle, expressing an interest in the gift card. There were three people in the vehicle. They told the victim to get in. He did so, and the vehicle left the parking lot and headed north on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard. During that time, the victim said he was choked and a knife was displayed. The suspects obtained money from the victim, who was then released on 7th Street S.E.

The victim called Hickory Police. He refused treatment from E.M.S. It’s not clear if the victim was acquainted with any of the vehicle’s three occupants.

During the course of their investigation, Police were able to identify all three suspects and warrants for their arrests were issued. Gibson was taken into custody without incident at about 10:30 Saturday night (September 3) at a grocery store and service station on Buffalo Shoals Road in Newton and Flynn was arrested at the Catawba Co. Justice Center at about 11 a.m. Sunday (September 4). The third suspect remains at large.

Flynn was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $120,000 secured bond, while Gibson was held under a 27,000 secured bond. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (September 6) in Newton.

Tuesday, 06 September 2016 13:54

Hickory Man Jailed on Felony Cocaine Charges

30-year-old Dominic Sharel Adams of 12th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was served true bills of indictment by Hickory Police just before seven o’clock last night (September 5) on one felony count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and the sale of cocaine. The warrants for his arrest were issued on September 1.

Adams was taken into custody without incident at an apartment on 2nd Street Place S.W. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $350,000 secured bond with an appearance in Superior Court set for today in Newton.

Tuesday, 06 September 2016 11:04

Hickory Man Accused of Robbing Fast & Fresh

29-year-old Thomas Dean Griffin of 4th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 5:30 p.m. yesterday (September 5) on one felony count of robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons.

He was arrested in connection to an incident at the Fast & Fresh store on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. According to Police, at approximately 7 a.m. yesterday, the suspect entered the store and waited for two other customers to leave. He then approached the cashier while displaying a knife and demanded money. The suspect then fled the store with an undisclosed sum of cash.

The suspect did not wear a mask. No one was injured during the incident.

Police responded and launched an investigation. They reportedly identified Thomas Dean Griffin as the suspect based on video footage. The knife was recovered in a trashcan outside the store.

Griffin was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $195,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

Friday, 02 September 2016 18:40

Two Arrested at Same Address

26-year-old Michael Lamar Brice of 15th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before midnight Thursday (September 1) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. He was arrested on warrants from the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office. Those warrants were issued on August 16.

Brice was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was processed at H.P.D. headquarters and then released under a $3,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled Friday (September 2) in Newton.

At the same time, 39-year-old Chasity Dawn Lowman, from the same address on 15th Street S.E. in Hickory, was also arrested by Hickory Police. She was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant from Lincoln County for failure to appear in court. Lowman was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. She has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court in Lincolnton was scheduled for Tuesday (September 6).

Today, Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10) announced a combined $277,447 in U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grants to a pair of local fire departments in the Tenth Congressional District. The grants will go to the Claremont Fire Department and the City of Newton Fire Department.

Claremont’s grant is for $23,810. The department will use the grant to replace older turnout gear and other personal protective equipment. Newton’s grant totals $253,637. According to Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder, the grant will be used to purchase 45 self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) air packs.

The grants come in the twelfth round of this year’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), which aims to help Firefighters and first responders throughout the country. Local departments applied for the grants from the program, which is administered by the Grant Programs Directorate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.

Claremont and Newton are two of five 10th District departments to receive AFG funding thus far during the 2015 cycle. A total of $573,521 in AFG funds has been awarded among those departments. Grants will continue to be announced in weekly rounds throughout the coming months.

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