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51-year-old Billy Ray Allen of Ridge Drive in Mount Holly, N.C. was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:40 p.m. last Thursday (January 21) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.

He was arrested after Police responded to the Belk store at Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall. A Loss Prevention Officer reported that Allen concealed a coat and hat and then exited the fitting room with the hidden merchandise. When the Officer attempted to stop the suspect, Allen ran, but was apprehended just outside the store’s lower exit. The coat and hat were recovered, but were not in sellable condition.

Allen had previously been banned from all Belk stores.

Following his arrest, Allen was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,000 secured bond. He has since been released. Allen was scheduled to appear in District Court yesterday (January 25) in Newton.

16-year-old Esan Mekhi Brawley of North Center Street in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:30 Sunday afternoon (January 24) on felony counts of breaking & entering, possession of stolen property and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, as well as one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

He was arrested after Police responded to the Honey-Pik store on North Center Street. Someone had broken a front window and taken items that were within reach of the window. The items stolen were cigarettes and cigarillos, valued at $30.

An investigation led to the identification of three suspects; Esan Brawley and two juveniles. They were located later the same day. As Brawley was taken into custody, Police found seven grams of marijuana and paraphernalia.

Brawley was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday (January 25) in Newton.

31-year-old Samuel Wade Lawrence of 3rd Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory was arrested at about 3:45 yesterday afternoon (January 25) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of breaking & entering and damage to real property.

He was taken into custody without incident at a residence on Highland Avenue S.E. in Hickory. Lawrence was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $11,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

30-year-old Joshua Garris Hamby of Gristmill Lane in Granite Falls was arrested this morning (Monday, January 25) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell & deliver methamphetamine.

He was arrested when Officers on foot patrol on the 800 block of 1st Street S.E. in the Hillside Gardens apartment complex saw a vehicle parked in an area where there was no parking space. There were three occupants in the vehicle.

Officers watched as one female got out of the vehicle and went into an apartment. About two minutes later, the woman came back out with two additional people. Officers approached and asked who lived in the apartment complex. As the Officers approached, they smelled marijuana.

A search of the vehicle, which was Joshua Hamby’s, turned up drug paraphernalia and 14.7 grams of meth. He was taken into custody without incident and three other subjects were given citations.

Hamby was locked up in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.

58-year-old Dennis James McElrath of 11th Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police last Thursday afternoon on one felony count each of possession of a weapon of mass destruction, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, as well as one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Also arrested was 23-year-old Kadeem Jamal Albright of 17th Street S.W. in Hickory, who was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear.

The arrests came in connection to a shots fired call at McElrath’s address. Police arrived and found three individuals present at the scene. A search turned up a bag containing 111 grams of marijuana, a handgun and a sawed-off shotgun. McElrath and Albright were both arrested. The third person was not charged.

Both men were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. McElrath was given a $20,000 secured bond. Albright’s bond was set at $1,000, secured. Both have since been released. McElrath was due in District Court today, while Albright has a court date coming up on February 17.

Monday, 25 January 2016 11:20

Hickory Man Jailed on Felony Assault Charge

26-year-old Michael Lamar Brice of 15th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:10 Saturday afternoon (January 23) on one felony count of assault inflicting serious injury including strangulation.

He was arrested after Police responded to Brice’s residence where he was involved in a domestic dispute with his 38-year-old girlfriend, who also lives at the residence. E.M.S. responded to the scene where they checked out the victim, who did not require further medical attention.

Brice was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he remains, without bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (January 25) in Newton.

29-year-old Jimmy Daniel Raybon, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested just after noon yesterday (January 25) on felony counts of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed gun, simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. Also arrested was 26-year-old Savannah Nicole Garavaglia of 18th Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory. She was charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, she was charged on an outstanding misdemeanor larceny warrant.

They were arrested when Police were called to a domestic dispute at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Officers heard yelling coming from a room. They approached the room and spoke to Raybon. As they attempted to take him into custody, they found a handgun, a knife and methamphetamine.

A subsequent search of the room turned up firearms, three baggies of meth weighing 0.5 grams each, one Alprazolam pill, 0.5 grams of an unspecified white powder, 0.7 grams of marijuana, a bag containing a white rock substance weighing one gram, another bag containing a large crystal rock of meth weighing 14.2 grams, plus an additional 1.6 grams of marijuana.

No one was injured as the result of the domestic dispute.

Both subjects were arrested and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Raybon set at $85,000, secured, while Garavaglia was given a $5,000 unsecured bond. She has since been released. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for today (January 25) in Newton.

The Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market invites the public to a ribbon cutting in celebration of the grand opening of their newest location at 1818 N.W. Boulevard in Newton. Representatives from the City of Newton and the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce will be on hand to offer congratulatory remarks.

The event will be held on Wednesday, January 27 to officially open the doors for the new Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market. The festivities begin at 7:30 a.m. with a ribbon cutting. The doors will open following the ribbon cutting.

The event is free. For more information, call store manager Valencia Brown at 707-421-3897.

Homeless persons in the area are invited to come inside and stay warm at several local churches that have established warming stations. The warming stations will be open from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. if the temperature drops to 30 degrees by 10 p.m.

Warming stations will be available on Mondays at the First Presbyterian Church; on Tuesdays at New Jerusalem; on Wednesdays at Morning Star Baptist / Christ Church; on Thursdays at First United Methodist Church; on Fridays at Corinth Reformed Church; on Saturdays at Holy Trinity Lutheran; and on Sundays at St. Luke’s United Methodist.

Pick-up is at the Life House at 4 p.m. and drop-off is at the Salvation Army at 10 p.m.

For more information, contact Austin Pearce at 828-327-4828.

On January 28, The Housing Visions Continuum of Care will conduct a Point In Time (P.I.T.) Count of homeless persons in the area with the goal of increasing housing options available in Catawba County.

The P.I.T. Count is a national 24-hour snapshot of homelessness across the United States. Members of The Housing Vision conduct the count for Catawba County. During the count, those who are homeless will be connected with local community resources. Data collected during the P.I.T. Count will be used to help identify gaps in services and barriers that prevent individuals from becoming independently housed.

Anyone who lives in a tent, lives with family or friends or lives in a car is encouraged to come to the First Presbyterian Church at 237 2nd Street N.W. in Hickory or the First United Methodist Church at 300 North Main Avenue in Newton from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the 28th.

Those attending will complete a brief survey about their situations and receive free household supplies.

Donations of backpacks and supplies are needed. Donations are being accepted at the Catawba County United Way.

For more information, contact Teena Willis at 828-323-8084 or Michael Smith at 828-325-4693. Information is also posted at the Housing Visions of Catawba Facebook page.