Thursday, 29 September 2016 10:10

Traffic Accident Leads to Felony Drug Arrest

47-year-old Scott Eugene Dellinger of Highway 16 South in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:20 last night (September 28) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

He was taken into custody during a traffic crash investigation on the 300 block of Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. The Catawba Co. Clerk of Court is listed as the complainant on H.P.D.’s arrest report.

Dellinger was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $12,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

41-year-old Rodriquez Lavan of 2nd Street S.E. in Hickory was charged by Hickory Police at about 12:30 yesterday afternoon as an habitual felon. In addition, he faces charges for felony failure to appear on a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He has also been charged by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office for possession of a stolen motor vehicle, plus an additional charge as an habitual felon.

The H.P.D. charges come in connection to an incident in January 2015 at the A&W Mini-Mart on South Center Street. Lavan and another subject entered the store as Police were on the scene conducting a property check. The subjects concealed several items behind merchandise on the store shelves, apparently out of concern that Officers might find the items on their persons. The items included crack cocaine and a firearm. Lavan returned the same day to retrieve the items the same day and was arrested on the scene.

Lavan has been in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility since June 8 of last year. He was served the H.P.D. habitual felon warrant at the Detention Facility. He remains in custody under a $56,000 secured bond. He had a Superior Court date on Monday of this week, with another Superior Court appearance scheduled today in Newton.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 10:23

Granite Falls Man Faces Felony Meth Charge

29-year-old Nathan Daniel Smith of Dudley Shoals Road in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (September 28) on charges of felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested when Police initiated a traffic stop just south of the Speedway convenience store on Highway 321 N.W. The 2001 Oldsmobile had a license tag that was not registered with any insurance company, as required by state law. The vehicle eventually turned onto 7th Avenue S.W. where it stopped. Smith, the driver, was the vehicle’s only occupant.

Officers saw a glass pipe in the vehicle and found a baggie containing 0.83 grams of methamphetamine. Smith was taken into custody at 24 minutes past midnight. He was also cited for no insurance and for driving while license revoked.

Smith was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

69-year-old Paul Gaylon Hendrix of Morganton Boulevard S.W. in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3 p.m. yesterday (September 26) on one felony count of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods.

He was arrested after a Loss Prevention Officer at Walmart on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory saw a white male concealing merchandise in a bag. The suspect then exited the store without paying. He was confronted outside and the merchandise was recovered. The items included a thermometer, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, ethanol treatment, lubricant and a transformer with a total value of $96.

H.P.D. learned that the suspect, Paul Hendrix, had previously been banned from the store. He was taken into custody without incident. Hendrix was processed and released under a $5,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

48-year-old Tina Yvette Pinnix of Little Rock Road in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police at 2:35 yesterday afternoon (September 26) on multiple drug charges. She is charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule I controlled substance, possession of a schedule I controlled substance and possession of a schedule II controlled substance, plus misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The suspect is accused of possessing 1.1 grams of marijuana, 3.3 grams of methamphetamine, 10 unspecified barbiturates, 2.21 grams of heroin and six dosage units of an unspecified hallucinogen.

Pinnix was taken into custody without incident at an apartment on 12th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory. She was jailed under a $150,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

25-year-old Justin Carver of Will Wilson Lane in Taylorsville has now been charged with first-degree murder in connection to a child abuse case in Alexander County. The Sheriff’s Officers had previously charged Carver with felony child abuse inflicting serious injury.

The victim, 17-month-old Camden Hudson was taken to the Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem following an incident that occurred Friday morning at Carver’s residence. The child was taken off life support at about 4:15 yesterday afternoon (September 26) and was pronounced dead at 4:36 p.m.

Carver is currently being held in the Alexander County Detention Center without bond. He’ll make a first appearance in Alexander County District Court on the murder charge tomorrow.

An autopsy on the child was scheduled today at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. The investigation is continuing.

Governor Pat McCrory announced today that the N.C. Department of Transportation will partner with the City of Hickory to repair the sinkhole at the intersection of U.S. Highway 70 and 7th Street S.E. in Hickory.

At its September meeting, the N.C. Board of Transportation approved an agreement with the City of Hickory to pay for the $3.2 million repair project. Work will entail excavating the area, extending the culvert under Highway 70 to the existing 96-inch corrugated steel pipe under 7th Street and backfilling the site.

The project will prevent continued failure of the pipe that resulted in sinkholes in August 2002, July 2005 and July 2013. Overflow from the blocked pipe causes flooding on Highway 70 and adjacent business properties.

Under the agreement, the NCDOT will provide $1 million toward the cost of the project and the city will provide $2.2 million, as well as sharing in any additional costs beyond the estimated $3.2 million for the project. The city will also acquire the property needed for the repairs.

The project is expected to be awarded late this fall and completed in the summer of 2017.

Monday, 26 September 2016 17:26

Vale Man Held without Bond on Assault Charge

43-year-old Steven Lewis Blanchard of Highway 10 West in Vale has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one count of assault inflicting serious injury. He was jailed yesterday (September 25) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for October 24 in Newton.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives are looking for 14-year-old Tipton Lamar “T.J.” Jones, who ran away from D.S.S. custody for a second time this month. He was last seen at a foster home in Denver on September 23.

On September 4, Jones ran away, but was picked up on September 14 on a secure custody order. He was placed in the Juvenile Detention Center in Concord before being released to D.S.S. and placed in the foster home in Denver. He was scheduled to appear in juvenile court today (September 26).

Jones is 5’5” tall and weighs 120 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. Another secure custody order has been issued.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Tipton Lamar “T. J.” Jones should contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton / Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

25-year-old Justin Carver of Will Wilson Lane in Taylorsville has been arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers and charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious injury.

At about 10:30 Friday morning (September 23), Alexander County 9-1-1 took a call regarding an 18-month-old boy who had reportedly fallen off of a couch. E.M.S. was dispatched to a residence on N.C. Highway 16 South. E.M.S. felt the child’s injuries did not match the circumstances and reported to matter to the Sheriff’s Office.

The child was taken by E.M.S. to Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. Detectives went to the residence on Highway 16 and spoke to the homeowner. The homeowner said the incident occurred at Justin Carver’s residence on Will Wilson Lane. Carver brought the child to the Highway 16 residence where a relative of his lives. There, Carver called 9-1-1.

Detectives applied for a search warrant for the Will Wilson Lane residence. They went to the hospital and interviewed the boy’s mother and Justin Carver. The suspect is the mother’s boyfriend, but is not the child’s father.

The child was taken by chopper to the Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem. Detectives observed bruising on the child and said the child was not responsive. They spoke to medical staff and determined that the injuries appeared to be the result of child abuse. It was determined that Carver was the child’s only caretaker at the time of the incident. D.S.S. was also notified.

The boy’s injuries are life-threatening. A decision was made to remove the child from life support this afternoon. No further update on his condition is available.

Carver was arrested and placed under a $500,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in court today (September 26).

The investigation is ongoing. Additional charges may be forthcoming.

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