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23-year-old Joshua Paul Davis of Calm Place in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 12:50 yesterday afternoon (August 6) on one felony count of larceny by servant or other employee.

He was arrested after a Loss Prevention Officer at the Auto Zone store on 12th Avenue N.E. in Hickory reported that an employee, Joshua Davis, had made fraudulent returns and kept the money. The incidents occurred near the end of July with property loss reported as just under $400.

Davis was working at the store when Hickory Police arrived. Officers took the suspect into custody without incident. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court Monday (August 10) in Newton.

43-year-old Chad Everett Blankenship from Fries, Virginia and 24-year-old James William Taber of Hillsville, Virginia have both been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers. They were each charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, felony possession of marijuana, felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Taber had an outstanding order for arrest from Cumberland County for misdemeanor larceny and possession of stolen goods.

On August 5, Officers stopped a 2001 GMC 1500 pickup truck for a traffic violation on I-40 east near mile marker 149. Blankenship was the driver. Officers noticed that the passenger, James Taber, seemed overly nervous for a routine traffic stop.

Blankenship was taken to a patrol vehicle where he was issued citations for displaying a fictitious tag and speeding. While in the patrol vehicle, Blankenship was asked from where was he coming. He said he didn’t know where he had been and said he had taken his friend to see some family members. Blankenship was only able to give his friend’s first name.

Officers then asked for and were given consent to search the vehicle, leading to the discovery of a small amount of marijuana in a cigarette box in the vehicle’s passenger area and four pounds of marijuana in a shoebox in a tool box in the truck bed.

Blankenship and Taber taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where bond for Blankenship was set at $14,000, secured, while Taber was given a $14,500 secured bond. They’ll both appear in District Court on August 13.

34-year-old Lakesha Marjorie Doll of South Broad Street in Gastonia and 40-year-old Windy Arlene Rasmussen (a.k.a. Windy Arlene Stroessner) of Absher Road in Bessemer City have both been arrested by Lincoln County Narcotics Unit in connection with separate undercover operations.

Both women were charged with the sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance; one count each for Doll and three counts each for Rasmussen.

During the operations, Undercover Detectives purchased cocaine and methamphetamine from street level dealers who came into Lincoln County from Gaston County. Authorities say there is an increasing trend of dealers from surrounding counties coming into Lincoln County to sell drugs. According to a release from the Sheriff’s Office, dealers from outside the county have moved in to fill the void as more local dealers have been locked up.

Doll was placed in the Lincoln County Detention Center under a $15,000 secured bond, while Rasmussen was jailed under a $20,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were set for today (August 7).

45-year-old William Cody Ridenhour, whose last listed address was on Elmwood Road in Statesville, has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers for failure by a sex offender to notify authorities of a change of address. He also faces charges for a felony probation violation and non-support of a child.    

On August 4, Officers went to the Elmwood Road residence in an effort to locate Ridenhour, who is a registered sex offender and is also on supervised probation. Officers had received information that Ridenhour was no longer living at residence. After interviewing witnesses and further investigation, Officers determined that Ridenhour had moved from his registered address and had not notified the Sheriff’s Office.

The felony charges were filed. Ridenhour was located and initially arrested on the outstanding nonsupport warrant.

He was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $40,000 secured bond, plus a $2535 non-support. He has District Court dates on August 20 and October 12. A Superior Court date was set for October 5.

26-year-old Jason Richie Trivette of 13th Avenue S.W. in Hickory turned himself in at Hickory Police headquarters at about 10:15 yesterday morning (August 6) in reference to an indictment on one felony count of possession of marijuana.

He was charged in connection to an incident in February of this year. Officers responded to a reported break-in in which a neighbor said he had seen a suspicious person. The caller told Police he thought the subject was still inside.

Officers found the door ajar. While inside the residence, Officers saw marijuana and drug paraphernalia. A search turned up one gram of THC tar, six grams of THC tablets, 7.8 grams of marijuana and paraphernalia.

Items taken in the break-in include cash, headphones, an X-Box 360 and a MacBook. No one was found in the residence and no arrest was made in connection to the B&E.

Trivette, who lived in the residence, was charged. A prosecution summary was submitted, leading to his arrest yesterday. Trivette was processed at H.P.D. and released about an hour later under a $10,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for August 14 in Newton.

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43-year-old Timothy Nathaniel Wingo of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:30 last night on one felony count of common law robbery. He was also charged as an habitual felon.

The arrest comes in connection to an incident in April of this year in which a female victim was assaulted by a known female, Teresa Michelle Laws (who was also charged) and an unknown male. A cell phone and $100 in cash were taken.

Wingo was initially identified and taken into custody on April 30. Following his arrest yesterday, Wingo was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $30,000 secured bond. He will appear in Superior Court on August 7 in Newton.

Two men in Burke County have died as the result of an apparent drug overdose.

At 8:21 Monday night (August 3), the Burke County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to two unresponsive males in a pickup truck. The truck was located in the parking lot of the Philadelphia Baptist Church on George Hildebran School Road in Connelly Springs.

Several church members found the truck with the engine running and contacted first responders from George Hildebarn Fire & Rescue, which is next to the church. Medical assistance was attempted, but it was determined that both men had died.

Sheriff’s Investigators processed the scene where they found evidence consistent with an intravenous drug overdose. The investigation is continuing.

Investigators have requested a toxicology report and an expedited analysis of what appeared to be a controlled substance in the truck. There was no evidence of foul play.

The victims’ names are being withheld pending further investigation.

Burke County E.M.S. also responded to the scene.

27-year-old Bethany Rachelle Haynes of 20th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before noon yesterday (August 5). She was indicted by a Grand Jury on two felony counts of embezzlement.

Haynes was taken into custody at her residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

21-year-old Steffan Aleksander Robinson 21st Avenue Place N.E. in Hickory made his first appearance in Catawba County District Court today (August 5). He appeared before the Honorable Amy Sigmon Walker, District Court Judge from Catawba County. Adam Millsaps as his attorney. Robinson also was given a probable cause hearing date of August 26 in Catawba County District Court.

Robinson was arrested Monday (August 3) on charges of felony death by motor vehicle, D.W.I. and driving left of center. He is accused of hitting 29-year-old Tyler Finley Sims of Granite Falls head-on as Sims was biking along Highway 127. The accident occurred at about 8 a.m. Monday. Mr. Sims was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory where he was pronounced dead.

According to Hickory Police reports, Sims was following traffic laws for bicyclists and wearing a helmet when Robinson’s vehicle swerved across multiple lanes and struck the cyclist. Robinson’s vehicle, a 2007 Saturn Aura, also hit an unoccupied Clark Tire van before crashing into a power pole and coming to a stop in the Clark Tire parking lot of Clark Tire on North Center Street.

Robinson remains in the Catawba County Detention Center under a $136,700 secured bond.

A memorial in Mr. Sims’ honor has been created at the scene of the accident. Fellow riders have placed a white bike on the pole, along with flowers.

Hickory Police report a break-in that occurred early Wednesday morning (August 5) at Bark Mobile on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory.

Officers responded to an alarm call at 3:56 a.m. Wednesday and found the front glass door shattered by a slab of asphalt. Inside the store, the door to a storeroom where phones and other equipment are kept had been kicked in.

The suspects put several items in a trash bag and exited through a rear door. 41 cell phones were taken with a total value of $10,095.31.

Surveillance footage indicated that the subjects are two black males; not two white males as previously reported. Authorities are currently reviewing that footage.

Anyone with information regarding the break-in should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.