26-year-old Shawn Kevin Fitzgerald of Fish Hatchery Road in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police at 4:10 yesterday afternoon (January 26) on one felony count of habitual larceny.

He was arrested after Officers responded to Toys-R-Us on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory.  The reporting party told Police a white male was shoplifting in the store.  Officers arrived and saw the man getting into the passenger side of a vehicle in the store’s parking lot.

Officers approached the man, who was identified as Shawn Kevin Fitzgerald.  On his person, they found two sets each of Yu-Gi-Oh cards and Pokemon cards with a combined value of $150.

Fitzgerald had four previous misdemeanor convictions, resulting in the habitual larceny charge.  He was taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

46-year-old James David Nichols of Fuzzy Drive in Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:45 last night (January 26) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.

Nichols was wanted in Sullivan County, Tennessee for felony aggravated stalking and 11 counts of violating a protection order.  The warrant was issued by the Bristol Police Department.  The offenses occurred between November 29, 2016 and January 21 of this year.

Nichols is accused of texting the female victim on multiple occasions and sending her a Christmas package containing clothing, letters, cards and a life insurance policy naming the victim as a beneficiary.  On January 20, he allegedly spoke to the victim’s former neighbor in an attempt to learn the victim’s current address.  He is also accused of contacting the victim’s workplace, attempting to learn her work schedule, and he contacted the victim’s oldest daughter’s workplace.

On January 21, Nichols sent a threatening email to the victim’s ex-husband.  On the same date, he went to the victim’s ex-husband’s residence in Bristol, Virginia, armed with a gun.  He left before Officers arrived.

Nichols was taken into custody without incident last night at Frye Regional Medical Center’s South Campus.  He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

46-year-old Tracy Levi Tulbert of York Spann Road in Hamptonville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count of possession or distribution of methamphetamine precursors.

Yesterday (January 26), Officers with the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit, along Probation & Parole Officers, conducted a search of a suspected meth lab site.  The search came about after Investigators received information about a possible meth lab in northern part of Iredell County, near the Houstonville Road area.  

Tracy Levi Tulbert was identified as a possible suspect.  Investigators learned that Tulbert is currently on probation following a conviction for the sale of a schedule II controlled substance.  When Officers arrived at Tulbert’s home, they found items consistent with the manufacture and use of meth.

Tulbert was taken into custody and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center under a $75,000 secured bond.  He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today.

Tulbert has a criminal history that includes convictions for the sale of a schedule II controlled substance, assault, possession of marijuana, multiple DWIs, driving with a revoked license and hit & run.

54-year-old Kelly Gene Hines of River Run Circle in Hickory has been arrested by Probation & Parole Officers in Catawba County for possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana, felony possession of marijuana, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance and possession of a firearm by a felon (three counts).  He was also charged with a probation violation in connection to charges of possession of a weapon of mass destruction and possession with intent to sell a schedule VI controlled substance.

Hines was jailed last night (January 25) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $150,000 secured bond.  He was scheduled to appear in District Court and in Superior Court today in Newton.

32-year-old Erika Nicole Self of 5th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just after 6 p.m. yesterday (January 25) on three felony counts of habitual larceny and one misdemeanor count of larceny.

She was arrested in connection to an incident on December 17 of last year at a Dollar General store in Hickory. Self allegedly picked up some headphones, a phone charger and two 40-ounce beers and left the store without paying.

Self, who has multiple previous larceny convictions, was identified by store employees and by Hickory Police. Her name was entered into the National Crime Information Center’s database as a wanted person.

She was taken into custody without incident on the 400 block of Main Avenue N.E., not far from the WHKY studios. Self was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $36,500 secured bond. She has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

25-year-old Kasey Marie West of Northbrook III School Road in Vale was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after eleven o’clock last night on one felony count of possession of cocaine and misdemeanor counts of simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance, simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was also served with warrants from Lincoln County for a felony probation violation and failure to appear on a second-degree trespassing charge.

West was taken into custody without incident at the Walmart Neighborhood Market. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $26,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today, with a Superior Court date on January 30 and another District Court date on March 8.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 17:14

Troutman Man Arrested on Murder Charge

21-year-old Jackson Suddreth Tyler of Brook Creek Drive in Troutman was arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (January 24) on a murder charge.

At about 10:30 last night (January 24), Deputies and Detectives responded to a shooting at Tyler’s residence where they found 20-year-old Kelvin Ramone Velez of Charlotte dead of what appeared to be gunshot wounds.  The homeowner, Jackson Tyler, who was the only other person in the home when the incident occurred, said a female knocked on the door and then the victim rushed in with a gun and began shooting at him.  Tyler said he ran from the man, but when he turned, Velez was on the floor in the living room, dead.  Tyler initially stated that he didn’t know the man and didn’t know how he got shot.

An investigation revealed that the two men did, in fact, know each other.  In addition, Tyler waited approximately an hour before anyone called 9-1-1.  A search of the residence turned up a large quantity of illegal drugs, including marijuana and over 3,000 tablets believed to be Ecstasy.  In addition, evidence at the scene indicates that Tyler was making suppressors (a.k.a. silencers) and other firearms components at his home.  Because of his criminal history, Tyler is prohibited from possessing firearms,    

Detectives determined that there was no evidence to indicate that Velez shot at Tyler or fired any shots.  Additionally, other parts of Tyler’s statement were inconsistent with evidence at the scene.  Tyler later told Detectives that he might have had a gun and might have tripped and accidentally shot Velez.

Tyler was arrested on the murder charge.  Additional felony drug charges are pending.  The A.T.F. is conducting an investigation into the firearms-related offenses.  Tyler is currently being held in the Iredell County Detention Center without bond.  No court date is currently listed.

The investigation is ongoing.

29-year-old Casey James Ward of Red Maple Lane and 37-year-old Danielle Denise Deiters of Old Highway 194 North, both from Boone, have both been arrested by Watauga Co. Sheriff’s Officers.  They were each charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

On January 20, Watauga County Narcotics Detectives and Patrol Deputies executed a search warrant at Deiters’ residence.  The search turned up a meth lab.  The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation was contacted to assist with the disposal of hazardous materials.

Ward and Deiters were both placed in the Watauga County Detention Facility with bond for each set at $100,000, secured.  Ward has a District Court set for February 17, while Deiters is due in court on February 7.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 13:27

Traffic Stop Leads to Felony Meth Arrest

38-year-old Chance Devon Carroll of 11th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:10 last night (January 24) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Carroll was arrested after Police stopped a Ford Ranger with no license plate on the 600 block of Highway 70 S.E.  There were three occupants in the truck, which was driven by Carroll.

Carroll was cited for failure to register the vehicle.  A subsequent search turned up 1.4 grams of methamphetamine and a digital scale, which were found on the passenger-side floorboard.

Carroll was taken into custody without incident.  His passengers were not charged.  Carroll was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond.  An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

17-year-old Jovan Tyrese Little of 7th Street N.E. in Hickory has been arrested in connection to an armed robbery earlier this month at the Cubbard Express store on 2nd Street N.E. in Viewmont.  Little was initially arrested Monday (January 23) by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers for failure to appear on a charge of simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance.  While in custody, Hickory Police served him with a felony warrant for robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Shortly before midnight on January 12, Little and an accomplice allegedly held the store clerk at gunpoint and took an undisclosed sum of cash and tobacco products valued at $31.  No one was injured.  The second suspect has been identified as 17-year-old Jacquez Burrell.  A warrant for his arrest has been issued, but he remained at-large as of this morning (January 25).

Little is in custody at the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $75,500 secured bond.  He’ll appear in District Court today on the robbery charge with another court date coming up on March 14, both in Newton.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Jacquez Burrell should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

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