33-year-old Joshua Sean Riser of 3rd Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (February 3) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) and one misdemeanor count each of possession of drug paraphernalia and simple affray. A second suspect, 57-year-old David Sean Eugene Riser of the same address, was also arrested on misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and simple affray.

They were taken into custody without incident at about 2:45 a.m. today at a video arcade on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. The Risers were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Joshua Riser set at $5,600, secured, while David Riser was given a $600 bond. Joshua Riser was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton. David Riser has a court date on February 10.

Friday, 31 January 2020 17:47

One Person Killed in Lincoln County Crash

One person has been killed as the result of an accident in Lincoln County this afternoon (January 31). The deceased is 48-year-old Thrana Charmane Frye of Iron Station.

At approximately 12:25 p.m. today, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the accident on Bethel Church Road, near Business 321. A dump truck towing a large flatbed trailer was traveling west on Bethel Church Road. As the truck entered a sharp curve, the trailer slid across the centerline and collided with an eastbound 2000 Nissan Maxima, which was driven by Ms. Frye.

The dump truck driver was not injured. Ms. Frye was pronounced dead at the scene. The Highway Patrol's initial investigation indicates that weather was a factor due to snowy conditions at the time of the collision.

61-year-old Gary Donell Vinson of 8th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (January 31) for aiding & abetting a felony.

He was arrested in connection to an incident on January 29 when Hickory Police responded to a larceny call at the Hollister store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. Warrants were issued for the two suspects involved. Vinson was taken into custody without incident at 2:05 a.m. today at his residence. The other suspect has not been arrested as of Friday morning.

Vinson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

31-year-old Hugo Alonso Guerrero of 16th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:30 last night (January 30) on outstanding warrants for a felony probation violation multiple counts of failure to appear. Guerrero allegedly failed to appear in court on misdemeanor counts of driving while impaired, reckless driving to endanger, hit & run (leaving the scene of property damage), driving while license revoked, operating a vehicle with no insurance, and expired registration card or tag. The felony warrant was issued on January 13 and the failure to appear warrants were issued on January 21.

Guerrero was taken into custody without incident following a traffic stop on 20th Street N.E., near 11th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $30,000 secured bond. District Court dates were set for February 3 & 18 in Newton.

60-year-old Jorge Jesus Leon of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:20 p.m. yesterday (January 30) on one felony count of assault inflicting serious injury including strangulation. Leon was taken into custody without incident at a church on 3rd Avenue N.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

34-year-old Jerry Antwon Young of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:15 p.m. Wednesday (January 29) on an indictment relating to felony cocaine charges. The warrant for his arrest was issued on December 19. Young was taken into custody without incident at Frye Regional Medical Center on North Center Street in Hickory. He was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released under a $4,000 secured bond. He will appear in Superior Court on February 21 in Newton on felony counts of selling cocaine, possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, and a probation violation.

According to Hickory Public Schools (H.P.S.) Director of Communications Beverly Snowden, no decision has been reached regarding the future of the Hickory High School principal who was charged in connection to an accident earlier this month.

36-year-old Rebecca Kay Tuttle of Serene Place in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police early on the morning of January 4 for misdemeanor driving while impaired. She was also cited for failure to maintain lane control.

According to Ms. Snowden, a decision regarding Tuttle's role as principal at Hickory High School (H.H.S.) or any potential role in the school system is unknown at this time and will be reviewed when she has completed her medical leave of absence. The timeline is unknown. Robert Brown currently serves as the H.H.S. principal.

Hickory Police say Tuttle's vehicle, a 2012 Acura, was traveling south on 2nd Street S.E. when it struck an unoccupied, parked vehicle from the rear. She then backed up and hit a pedestrian, a 53-year-old homeless man who lists an address on 3rd Street S.E. in Hickory. Tuttle's vehicle then ran off the road to the right, backed down a hill, crossed 8th Avenue Drive S.E., and drove onto property at 823 2nd Street S.E. where the Acura came to rest after running into a building.

Tuttle was arrested at 12:33 a.m. on January 4. She was released under a $1,500 unsecured bond. Her driver's license was revoked. An appearance in District Court on the D.W.I. charge is coming up on March 3. She also has a court date for failure to maintain lane control on February 28.

47-year-old John Kelley Froedge of 3rd Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Monday (January 27) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Froedge is wanted by the Volusia County Sheriff's Office in Deland, Florida for a probation violation and possession of cocaine.

He was taken into custody without incident at about 7:20 Monday evening at a video arcade on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Froedge was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond. An appearance in District Court is coming up on February 3 in Newton.

Thursday, 30 January 2020 10:55

Hickory Woman Indicted on Felony Drug Charge

26-year-old Rateshia Genell Brown of 2nd Street Place S.W. in Hickory was served bills of indictment by Hickory Police at about one o'clock yesterday afternoon (January 29) for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Brown was arrested following a traffic stop on Main Avenue Drive N.W., just off of Highway 321 N.W. During the stop, Officers found drug paraphernalia and a plastic bag with controlled substance residue.

Brown was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. She will appear in Superior Court on March 9 in Newton.

33-year-old John Brandon Thompson of Beracah Street in Mooresville was arrested by Hickory Police at about eleven o'clock yesterday morning (January 29) for felony interfering with electronic monitoring devices. The complainant on H.P.D.'s arrest report is listed as the Clerk of Court in Mooresville.

Thompson was taken into custody without incident at a hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $12,000 secured bond. As of this morning, he was no longer listed as an inmate in Catawba County. Thompson will appear in District Court in Statesville on February 3.

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