Tuesday, 26 September 2017 11:06

Two Arrested for Possession of Stolen Vehicle

36-year-old Michael Allen Wright of 13th Avenue N.E. and 28-year-old Tabitha Christine Robinson of 17th Avenue Court N.W., both from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (September 26).  They were each charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

According to H.P.D.’s arrest reports, both subjects were taken into custody without incident at the same convenience store on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory.  Wright was arrested shortly before 8 a.m., while Robinson was taken into custody just after midnight.  Both were taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under unspecified bonds.  Neither remained in jail as of this afternoon.  No court dates are currently listed.

25-year-old Mikisha Geneva Robinson of 3rd Street Place S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5 p.m. yesterday (September 25) on three counts of failure to appear in connection to charges of possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The charges come in connection to an incident in June of 2016.  Following a traffic stop, Police found one dosage unit of hydrocodone, 0.9 grams of cocaine and one gram of marijuana.  The driver, Mikisha Robinson, was also charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle at that time.

She was taken into custody without incident yesterday on the 400 block of South Center Street in Hickory.  She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond.  An appearance in Superior Court was set for December 14 in Newton.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 10:03

Donation to Conserve Property in Burke County

A 183-acre property along Tim’s Creek in the Icard Township of eastern Burke County is now permanently protected.  Diane & Jacques Geitner donated a conservation easement on their property to Foothills Conservancy, ensuring that the land will never be developed or divided.

The Tim’s Creek property includes 153 acres of mature forest and 30 acres of open pastureland.  It connects two State Significant Natural Heritage Areas:  Smith Mountain to the north and Hildebran Mountain to the south.

About 1.5 miles of Tim’s Creek and its tributary streams lace the property.  Tim’s Creek is a direct tributary of the Henry Fork River, which contributes to municipal water supplies downstream in the Catawba River basin.

Funding for the project came from a grant from the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund’s mini-grant program and a generous contribution from the Geitners.

43-year-old Sherry Elaine Clark of McLin Creek Road in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:45 last night (September 24) on one felony count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of a schedule IV controlled substance.  22-year-old Karley Mariue Felmore of Sandalwood Court in Newton was also arrested and charged with misdemeanor counts of shoplifting, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

They were arrested after Hickory Police responded to a shoplifting call at the Mighty Dollar store on Highway 127 South in Mountain View.  During the investigation, Clark and Felmore were detained.  On Clark’s person, Officers found 0.1 grams of methamphetamine, one dosage unit of Valium, two dosage units of prednisone.  Felmore was allegedly in possession of two dosage units of Xanax.  

Both suspects were processed and released.  Clark was given a $5,000 unsecured bond.  Felmore’s bond was set at $750, unsecured.  Clark was due in court today, while Felmore has a court date on December 12.

Monday, 25 September 2017 12:03

Hickory Woman Faces Felony Drug Charges

24-year-old Stephanie Elizabeth Fulk of 14th Street Place N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:10 Friday morning on one felony count of each of possession with intent to manufacture a schedule III controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance schedule, plus two felony counts of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.

Fulk was taken into custody Friday without incident on the 400 block of 7th Avenue S.W. in Hickory.  She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond.  She has since been released.  An appearance in District Court was set for Wednesday (September 27) in Newton.

24-year-old Jorge Osmar Garcia of Indigo Run in Monroe has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers for possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Yesterday (September 24), an Officer with Iredell County’s Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team (ACE) was working in the area of the West Memorial Highway, near I-77 in North Union Grove, when he came into contact with Garcia.

While speaking with Garcia, the Officer detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Deputies searched the vehicle, where they found marijuana and 52 individually packaged bags of cocaine.

Garcia was arrested and given a $5,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.

27-year-old Casey Everett Pruitt of Hickory is wanted on numerous outstanding warrants from Alexander County for breaking & entering a motor vehicle.  

It is believed Pruitt and 29-year-old Robert Spencer Keppel of Hickory are known associates who worked together in a series of vehicle break-ins.  Authorities suspect that Pruitt and Keppel are the two individuals pictured in a surveillance photo released by the Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Office last week and reported by WHKY last Wednesday (September 20).

Keppel was arrested by Hickory Police last Thursday (September 21), as reported later that day on WHKY.  Pruitt remains at large.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Casey Pruitt should contact the Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Office at 828-632-2911 or the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551.   

Keppel remains in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $153,000 secured bond.  He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (September 25) in Taylorsville.

31-year-old Roderick Wayne Miller of Ashe Street in Mooresville was arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on two counts as a sex offender unlawfully on premises.

On September 19, the Sheriff’s Office received information from Probation & Parole Officers that a registered sex offender’s ankle monitor had been pinged on school property.  Deputy John Adams launched an investigation.

Deputy Adams reviewed the information and determined that Roderick Miller had been on two different school properties in the Mooresville area.  After further investigation and after speaking to witnesses, Deputy Adams was able to confirm the information.

Miller was arrested on September 20.  He was placed in the Iredell County Jail under a $20,000 secured bond.  He’ll appear in District Court on October 10.  Miller also faces a felony marijuana charge with a court date on November 13.

Miller was placed on the Sex Offender Registry for a 2006 Iredell County conviction on two counts of indecent liberties with a child.  He was listed as an aggravated or recidivist offender following a 2010 conviction for attempted second-degree rape in Mecklenburg County.

He has a number of previous convictions on marijuana and cocaine charges, among others.

Friday, 22 September 2017 13:33

Lenoir Woman Charged with Habitual Larceny

36-year-old Latonya Adale Hulcey Gragg of Enlos Place in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police at 1:10 yesterday afternoon (September 21) on one count of felony habitual larceny.

She was arrested at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. A Loss Prevention Officer saw a subject conceal items in the checkout line and go past the last point of sale. When Hickory Police arrived, Gragg was placed under arrest without incident.

Gragg was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,500 secured bond. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

Friday, 22 September 2017 10:35

Hickory Man Accused of Stealing from Employer

34-year-old Raychard Jamarr Rutherford of 11th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:20 p.m. yesterday (September 21) on one felony count each of financial transaction card theft and larceny by servant or other employee. He was also charged with shoplifting.

His arrest stems from an incident on August 4 of this year when Hickory Police took a report involving credit card fraud at a business. The victim identified one of his employees, Raychard Rutherford, as the suspect who fraudulently used a company credit card to obtain cash. Warrants for his arrest were issued on August 6.

Rutherford was taken into custody without incident at a retail store on Catawba Valley Boulevard in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,500, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton. He has another court date on the shoplifting charge on November 9.

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