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At about ten o’clock this morning (July 5), 2016, a Sergeant with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office saw a suspicious item in the roadway near a vehicle on South Center Street, near Court Street. Statesville Police were notified and responded to the scene, as well. Center Street between Front Street and Broad Street was shut down and evacuations of nearby buildings were conducted.

The Cabarrus County Bomb Disposal Unit was called in. The Bomb Unit detonated the item on the scene, rendering it harmless. It was discovered that the item was a PVC pipe that contained papers. No bomb was found.

The scene was secured and Center Street was re-opened.

28-year-old Terry Nikita Johnson of 8th Avenue Circle S.E. and 39-year-old Melinda Mosteller of 17th Avenue N.E., both from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (July 5). Johnson was charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. Mosteller faces a misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charge.

Events leading to their arrests began when Police responded to a possible B&E at Highland Mini-Storage on Highland Avenue N.E. in Hickory. Officers found several subjects attempting to gain entry using a hammer as their vehicles provided them with a light source. Police learned that the owner had given permission to break off the lock and replace it with a new one. No one was charged in connection to the apparent break-in.

In the course of the investigation, Officers saw a 9mm handgun in the passenger seat where Terry Johnson had been seated. Digital scales with residue were found in Mosteller’s purse. Police found a baggie containing 4.1 grams of crack cocaine during a secondary search of Johnson’s person at H.P.D. headquarters.

Both subjects were arrested without incident. Johnson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond. Mosteller was released under a $500 unsecured bond. Johnson was scheduled to appear in District Court tomorrow (July 6), while Mosteller has a court date on August 11.

Tuesday, 05 July 2016 10:02

Hickory Man Jailed on Assault Charges

28-year-old Rashad Dominic Griggs of 20th Street N.E. in Hickory, was arrested 11 o’clock Saturday (July 2) morning for two counts of assault inflicting serious injury including strangulation, one count of assault on a female by male, and one count of communicating threats. Griggs was additionally charged with second-degree kidnapping and interfering with emergency communication.

On Saturday, Officers responded to a call at Silver Springs Terrace for a civil disturbance. Officers left the house, but remained in the area. They responded to a second call from the same location four hours later, this time in reference to domestic assault.

There they found Rashad Griggs and the victim, a 27-year-old female. The victim was found to have been strangled, beaten and held against her will by Griggs. Griggs took the victim’s phone, refusing to allow her to call for help. Officers also learned about an earlier incident that occurred on June 29. There was no indication that the victim required medical treatment.

Griggs was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility without bond. His court date was scheduled for today (July 5) in Newton’s district court.

48-year-old Jerry Eugene Drum of 5th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before 11 o’clock Friday night (July 1) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He was wanted in Washington County, Virginia on a charge of strong-arm rape.

Drum was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $250,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today (July 5) in Newton.

41-year-old Gary Lamont Parker of Statesville has been arrested by Statesville Police on felony charges of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and larceny.

He was arrested in connection to an incident that occurred at 5:30 a.m. yesterday (June 30) on the 1100 block of Wilson Lee Boulevard in Statesville. Parker allegedly stole a battery from the victim’s vehicle and the victim recognized the suspect as an acquaintance. Officers found Parker at 4th Street and Raleigh Avenue where he was positively identified and arrested.

Parker was given a $3,500 secured bond. A court date was set for July 12.

Statesville Police are currently investigating another incident in which seven car batteries were stolen from Williams Car Care on Shelton Avenue. Investigators will work to determine if there is any connection to Parker’s case.

32-year-old Willie Lerece Gresham of Statesville was arrested by Statesville Police yesterday (June 30) on a charge of first-degree burglary.

He was charged in connection to an incident at 10:50 last night on the 200 block of North Kelly Street. A resident awoke to find a male crawling on his hands and knees towards the victim’s bed. The suspect got up and fled after he was spotted by the victim, leaving his shoes behind.

Officers found the suspect at Kelly Street and West End Avenue. He was positively identified as Willie Gresham and taken into custody. Gresham was given a $50,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.

Statesville Police are currently investigating a rash of burglaries on North Kelly Street that have taken place in the last several weeks. Investigators are working to determine if Gresham is connected to those incidents.

Thursday, 30 June 2016 10:42

Suspect in Theft of Handgun Sought

Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 54-year-old Robin Renea Schell of Buffalo Shoals Road.

Schell is wanted in connection to an incident in January of this year when a man from Pear Tree Road in Troutman reported a firearm stolen from his residence. The victim said there did not appear to be any forced entry into his residence; however, he was unable to find his 9mm handgun. The stolen firearm was entered into a national database.

In March, the stolen gun was found in the possession of a known illegal narcotics user and dealer in the county. The gun was seized as Narcotics Detectives continued their investigation into the illegal sales of drugs. On June 2, Detectives made an arrest in the narcotics case. During an interview with the defendant, Detectives learned that the suspect had traded less than a gram of heroin for the stolen 9mm handgun. The other party involved in that trade was Robin Renea Schell.

In the course of the investigation, Detectives learned that Schell had recently been in the Pear Tree Road residence. They also found that Schell was a convicted felon, with convictions dating back to 1980 in Texas on a robbery charge.

Warrants for Schell’s arrest were issued on one count each of larceny of a firearm and possession of firearm by a convicted felon. Authorities believe Schell may be in Texas. Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts should call the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180 or Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340.

Detectives with Iredell County’s Criminal Investigations Unit are working to identify the suspect in a recent break-in at a garage on Sullivan Farm Road in Statesville. The incident occurred at about 1 a.m. on June 11. The suspect stole a bicycle and rode it away from the home.

Anyone with information regarding the break-in should call Sheriff’s Detective J.T. Carroll at 704-924-4063 or call Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340.

53-year-old Valerie Rena Huffin of Mattingly Drive in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (June 30) on two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense.

Events leading to her arrest began on June 14 when the victim reported fraudulent activity on his wife’s credit card. Purchases were made at Best Buy and a withdrawal was made at an A.T.M. Officers responded to Best Buy, where they obtained information that led to Huffin’s arrest.

The suspect was taken into custody without incident at about 1:50 a.m. today at an address on 2nd Street S.E. in Hickory. Huffin was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 11:26

DVPO Violation Lands Man in Jail

24-year-old Cody Allen Hudgins has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers for violating a domestic violence protection order (DVPO).

On June 27, Hudgins attended a domestic violence protection order hearing in which he was the defendant in a civil action. Iredell County Det. Sgt. Katie Harwell was present at the hearing when the victim testified that Hudgins approached her and asked her to drop the DVPO. Hudgins also took the stand and admitted in open court that he did approach the victim and spoke to her prior to their case.

The victim was granted a permanent DVPO, which will stay in effect for one year. Det. Sgt. Harwell arrested Hudgins for violation of the temporary DVPO, which was still in effect at the time Hudgins spoke to the victim in court. The temporary order stated that Hudgins was to have no contact with the victim.

Hudgins was placed in the Iredell County Jail without bond, due to the domestic nature of the offense. In a hearing the following day, bond was set at $2,000, secured. He will next appear in court on August 3.