30-year-old Javario Davon Robinson of 8th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (November 12) on one felony count of failure to appear.

The arrest comes in connection to an incident on December 18 of last year when Robinson was spotted on Hickory Housing Authority property on the 900 block of 2nd Street S.W. He had previously been banned from the property.

As Officers approached the suspect, he allegedly threw a baggie containing a white rock substance to the ground. The substance was identified as 0.1 grams of crack cocaine. Robinson was initially arrested at that time.

He was taken into custody without incident at about 1:15 a.m. Saturday at Frye Regional Medical Center. Robinson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (November 14) in Newton.

The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation announced today (November 11) that several state parks in western North Carolina have been closed to allow additional staff and resources to be deployed to fight wildfires in South Mountains State Park and in and around Chimney Rock State Park.

In addition to those parks, where fires have burned approximately 1,000 acres in both locations, the division has closed the New River, Gorges, Elk Knob, Lake James and Mount Mitchell state parks and Mount Jefferson State Natural Area. Citizens planning to visit other state parks in the western part of the state are advised to check the division's web site at www.ncparks.gov before making the trip. The parks will reopen when the fires are contained or extinguished and staff are able to return to their assigned parks. A handful of staff will remain on duty in the closed parks for security purposes.

The division has also expanded its burning ban on all fire, including charcoal, to all parks west of Interstate 95.

A grand opening and ribbon cutting will be held tomorrow (Saturday, November 12) for Plush Kutz at 523 Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. David Williams is Plush Kutz’ owner-operator.

The ribbon cutting will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Food and drinks will be served until 3 p.m., free of charge. Prizes will be given away throughout the day. Everyone who comes by will be entered into a drawing for free haircuts for a year.

The new Plush Kutz facility replaces the previous location on South Center Street. For more information, call Mr. Williams at 828-322-9825.

Advance Auto Parts, in conjunction with Select Tire Pros, is offering a free oil change to all U.S. Military Veterans tomorrow (November 11). The oil changes will be offered from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Select Tire Pros, 115 Conover Boulevard East in Conover (not far from the YMCA).

In addition to the free oil change, barbecue, hamburgers, hotdogs and drinks will be available. Veterans are requested to show a valid I.D., if possible.

For more information, contact Shawn at 828-261-5157 or Eric at 828-465-7484.

Thursday, 10 November 2016 13:42

Lawndale Woman Busted for Meth in Hickory

38-year-old Amy Veronica Craig of Pea Ridge Road in Lawndale was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:15 last night (November 9) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance. She is accused of possessing methamphetamine.

Craig was taken into custody without incident in the vicinity of the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $4,000 secured bond with a first appearance in District Court scheduled today in Newton.

54-year-old Paul Barry Hackett of Perry Drive in Greenwood, S.C. was arrested by Hickory Police at 2:40 yesterday afternoon (November 9) on one felony count of attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud or forgery. He was also charged with a parole violation.

Hackett was taken into custody at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

Thursday, 10 November 2016 10:35

Hickory Man Faces Felony Meth Charge

42-year-old Timmothey Darren Porter of 2nd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:30 a.m. yesterday (November 9) on one felony count of possession of a scheduled II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also cited for driving with a suspended license and displaying a fictitious registration plate.

He was arrested following a traffic stop at 5th Street S.E. and 1st Avenue S.E. Officers stopped a 2006 Chevy Impala with a temporary tag. Porter was the vehicle’s only occupant. A records check showed that the tag belonged on a 2002 Mercury.

Officers approached the vehicle and saw a small plastic bag containing a crystal rock substance beside the driver’s seat. They asked Porter to step out of the vehicle. A second bag and a pipe were found behind the driver’s seat. The bags contained a total of 0.5 grams of methampetamine.

Porter was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $4,000 secured bond. He has since been released. Porter was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

Wednesday, 09 November 2016 13:53

Hickory Man Arrested on Felony Firearms Charge

24-year-old Dalton Matthew Castleberry of Joseph Court in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4 p.m. Monday (November 7) on one felony count of possession of a stolen firearm and one misdemeanor count each of carrying a concealed weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was taken into custody in the vicinity of an auto dealership on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, Castleberry was in possession of a handgun at the time of his arrest.

He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. Castleberry was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday, with another court date scheduled on November 29.

Wednesday, 09 November 2016 11:51

Hickory Man Arrested on B&E and Larceny Charges

23-year-old Jacob Lee Wright of 9th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:25 Monday afternoon (November 7) on one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and obtaining property by false pretenses.

He was taken into custody without incident at his residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. Wright was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday, with his next court date coming up on November 29.

27-year-old Brook Nina Hall of Independence Trail in Morganton was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (November 8) on a felony fugitive warrant. She was wanted on a warrant issued by the Winchester Police Department in Frederick County, Virginia for felony possession of cocaine.

Hall was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $75,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was set for today in Newton.

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