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51-year-old Jimmy Dean Gragg and 26-year-old Heather Nicole Little, both of 10th Street S.W. in Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police at about 1 p.m. yesterday (May 6). Gragg was charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense, while Little was charged with felony conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense. Gragg was also arrested on an outstanding felony warrant for failure to appear. Little faces an additional misdemeanor charge for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Events leading to the arrests began at about 12:10 p.m. Wednesday when H.P.D. responded to a shoplifting incident at Wal-Mart on Highway 70 S.E. A Loss Prevention Officer saw Little as she allegedly took a microwave oven past the last point-of-sale without paying. She then handed the item off to Gragg, who returned it for a gift card. Gragg then attempted to use the gift card at the point-of-sale.

Both subjects were detained and charged. A pipe was found in Little’s purse, resulting in the paraphernalia charge. The failure to appear warrant for Gragg came in connection to a January 2014 case in which the suspect allegedly took metal from a building that was being demolished.

The two were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Gragg set at $25,000, secured, while Little was given a $3,000 secured bond. She has since been released. Both were scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton. Gragg also had a Superior Court appearance scheduled for today.

Wednesday, 06 May 2015 14:35

Conover Man Faces Felony Meth Charge

48-year-old Timothy Carl Maynor of 27th Street N.E. of Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:20 this morning (May 6) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was taken into custody without incident at his residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. Maynor will appear in District Court this Friday (May 8) in Newton.

46-year-old Robert Lee Mahala, Jr. and 45-year-old Lois Flowers Mahala, both of Rhodes Rhyne Road in Lincolnton, were arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (May 5). They were each charged with one felony count of indecent liberties with a child.

On April 27, Sheriff’s Deputies took a report concerning the inappropriate touching of a juvenile family member. Detective Sally Dellinger is conducting the investigation. Additional charges are pending.

Both suspects were placed in the Lincoln County Detention Center with bond for each set at $100,000, secured. They were scheduled to appear in District Court today.

41-year-old Cathy Louise Hubbard of Union Street in Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:15 yesterday afternoon (May 5). She was charged with habitual larceny.

Police responded to the Target store on Catawba Valley Boulevard at about 2:50 p.m. in reference to a reported larceny. A Loss Prevention Officer at the store said he saw a white female go past the last point of sale without paying for a number of items including SlimQuick Gummies, purses, feminine pads, a Ninja Turtle toothbrush, tanning spray, shoes, shirts and shorts, all with valued at just under $500.

Hubbard had previously been charged with habitual larceny earlier this year.

She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $6,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

23-year-old Octavis Sentex Geter of 1st Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police on one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, as well as one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested just before midnight last night (May 5) as Officers on foot patrol on the 900 block of 1st Street S.W. smelled marijuana coming from a vehicle that was parked in a driveway. Officers approached and found four subjects in or near the vehicle. All four were searched, but no contraband was found on their persons.

Police searched the vehicle and found 19.3 grams of marijuana and 2.6 grams of crack cocaine under the seat where Geter had been sitting.

He was taken into custody without incident. The other three subjects were not charged. Geter was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $11,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was set for Friday (May 8) in Hickory.

24-year-old Courtney Deann Smith of 24th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:10 last night (May 5) on one felony count of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance.

She was arrested after an Officer traveling in the area of 9th Avenue N.E. and 9th Street N.E. saw a vehicle with the lights off parked on the wrong side of the road in a no parking zone. Officers approached the vehicle, which was occupied by Smith and a male subject.

A routine records check showed that Smith had an outstanding warrant for her arrest issued in April on a felony marijuana charge. 0.6 grams of marijuana was also found in the vehicle.

Smith was taken into custody without incident. The other subject was not charged. Smith was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,500 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for May 8 with a District Court date scheduled for July 8.

According to a published report, a man suffered serious injuries when he fell out of a nursery truck this morning (May 5) in Caldwell County.

The man, who has not been identified, was airlifted to a hospital. No update regarding his condition is available.  

The incident reportedly occurred at the intersection of Highway 90 and Morris Creek Road when the truck’s rear door opened as the truck turned off of Highway 90.

No further details have been released.

Hickory Police continue to seek information regarding the whereabouts of 32-year-old William Pierre Mayfield. Mr. Mayfield was last seen at approximately 1 a.m. on September 21, 2014 leaving the Total Convenience Market on Highway 70 S.W. in a small, silver, late-model, four-door vehicle.

He is believed to have attended a party at a house on the 900 block of South Center Street during the evening of September 20 and was reported missing on September 24.

Mr. Mayfield is a black male. He is 5’8” tall and weighs 135 pounds. He is bald with brown eyes. Mr. Mayfield was last seen wearing a black ball cap with a white logo and a red bill, a long red t-shirt with a white & black logo on the chest, dark colored jeans and black shoes.

There is a reward for information that leads directly to Mr. Mayfield’s location. Anyone with information regarding Mr. Mayfield’s whereabouts (including persons who may have been with him on the night of September 20 & 21) should contact Hickory Police at 828-328-5551 or H.P.D. Investigator Kim Craig at 828-261-2616 or kcraig@hickorync.gov.

35-year-old Richard Emerson Clark of Merestone Drive in Wilmington was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:20 yesterday afternoon (April 4) on one felony count of larceny by anti-inventory device and misdemeanor larceny.

Clark was arrested at the Wal-Mart store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory after he allegedly removed the spider-wrap from two DVD players, concealed them in a plastic bag and passed the last point-of-sale without paying. He was stopped there by Loss Prevention Officers and taken into custody without incident by Hickory Police.

Clark was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $1,200, secured. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

19-year-old Chase Alexander Eckhoff of 19th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just after 10 o’clock last night (May 4) on a long list of charges. Among those was a true bill of indictment for possession of a schedule I controlled substance. Other charges include resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, carrying a concealed weapon, littering, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana up to half an ounce, felony speeding to elude arrest, reckless driving to endanger and failure to heed a light or siren. Eckhoff was also charged with failure to appear on felony counts of possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. In addition, he was charged on a number of failure to appear warrants from Burke County for four counts of breaking & entering, three counts of larceny after breaking & entering and one count of possession of stolen goods.

Some of the charges date back to a January 2014 arrest involving a residential break-in that included the theft of firearms.

He was taken into custody at the Red Roof Inn on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. Eckhoff has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $191,000 secured bond. He will appear in District Court on May 6, May 8 and May 27. Superior Court dates were set for May 6 in Newton and May 11 in Morganton.