51-year-old Mark Anthony Carmon of Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7 a.m. today (July 25) on one felony count of habitual misdemeanor assault.

His arrest comes in connection to an assault that occurred on July 11 at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory.  The incident was reported on July 14.

Carmon was taken into custody at Catawba Valley Medical Center on Fairgrove Church Road.  He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility without bond.  A District Court date was set for tomorrow in Newton.

Carmon’s criminal history includes convictions on at least three counts of assault in Forsythe County in 2015 and 2001, as well as common law robbery convictions in Forsythe County in 2006 and in Craven County in 1990.

Hickory Police are investigating a shooting that occurred last night (July 24) on Union Square in downtown Hickory.  A 51-year-old male victim was shot in the arm after a confrontation on the square.  A potential Hispanic suspect has not been identified at this time.  The victim was treated and released at Catawba Valley Medical Center.  The incident was reported at about two o’clock this morning.

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

19-year-old Taren Ashley Hairston of 5th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just after 11:30 last night (July 24) for failure to appear on felony counts of possession of a schedule I controlled substance, possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.  

She was initially charged in March 2016, along with 20-year-old Carlos Car’tre Ikard.  The two were arrested after 1.1 grams of crack cocaine, 3.5 grams of MDMA (or, ecstasy) and 14.2 grams of marijuana were located during and investigative vehicle stop.  The failure to appear warrants for Hairston’s arrest were issued in November of 2016.

Hairston was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $6,000 secured bond.  She will appear in Superior Court on September 5 in Newton.

Starting at eight o’clock Wednesday morning (July 26), a section of Riverside Drive from Pearson Drive to Montrose Street in Morganton will be closed to through traffic.  Contractors will cut down trees at 202 Riverside Drive where the trees have grown into telephone, electric and cable lines.

CoMPAS Cable and electric services on Riverside Drive may be interrupted as the work takes place, but city staff will attempt to keep outages to a minimum.  Residents will be able to get in and out of their driveways, as needed.

Contractors hope to complete the work Wednesday, but there is the possibility it could carry over to Thursday morning.

57-year-old James Edward Hayes of 11th Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 10:15 Saturday morning (July 22) on one felony count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hayes was arrested in connection to an incident on July 17 when Police conducted an investigation at Hayes’ residence after they were contacted by Officers with Probation & Parole.  During a search of the residence, Officers found 9.3 grams of a crystal-like substance, 0.5 grams of a white powder substance and drug paraphernalia.  No arrests were made on that date.  Warrants were issued on July 20.

Hayes was taken into custody without incident Saturday at his residence.  He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,500, secured.  A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (July 24) in Newton.

Arrest warrants are outstanding for additional subjects.

37-year-old Mark Ray Hines of North Center Street in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before ten o’clock Saturday night (July 22) on one count of failure to appear on a felony embezzlement charge out of Forsythe County.

Hines was taken into custody without incident on the 1,400 block of 8th Street Drive S.E. in Hickory.  He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 unsecured bond.  He has since been released.  Hines was scheduled to appear in District Court in Winston-Salem tomorrow (July 25).

27-year-old Cory Eugene Hefner of 14th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6 p.m. yesterday (July 23) for a felony probation. He was also charged with failure to appear for misdemeanor driving while license revoked. The warrants for his arrest were issue in May of this year.

Hefner is on probation as he serves a 30-month suspended sentence following a March 2017 conviction in Catawba County for felony sale or delivery of a controlled substance on school property. He had been listed as an absconder from probation.

Hefner was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,500 secured bond. He’ll appear in Superior Court today for the probation violation and in District Court on August 25 on the failure to appear charge.

28-year-old Brentley Jason Byers of 6th Street S.W. in Taylorsville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers.  He was charged with felony statutory rape of child by an adult.

At about 1:25 Saturday afternoon (July 22), Deputies responded to a call regarding a possible sexual assault on Olin Loop Road.  Deputies learned that the victim, a seven-year-old female, had obvious injuries consistent with a sexual assault.

Detectives interviewed the mother of the victim.  The mother has four children, two with the suspect, Brentley Jason Byers.  The mother said she left home at about 7 a.m. Friday to go to work and didn’t return until Saturday at about 1 p.m.  When she came home, she found the victim sitting in a chair in the living room with blood on her.  The suspect was asleep on the couch.  The victim told her mother that Byers, who she refers to as her father, had sexually assaulted her.

Detectives learned that Byers had been left with all four children, but another family member had come by late Friday afternoon and picked up two of the children.  Investigators believe the crime occurred during the night when only two small children and the suspect were in the home.

Evidence collected during a search of the home was consistent with a sexual assault.  Detectives found clothing in the washing machine that was placed there in an apparent attempt to dispose of evidence.

The victim was taken by E.M.S. to the Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem.  The victim suffered extensive injuries from the assault and will likely need surgery.  The victim remains in the care of medical personnel.  

Byers was taken into custody and jailed under a $1-million secured bond.  He’ll appear in Statesville District Court today (July 24).

The investigation is ongoing and more charges are likely.

31-year-old Ashley Renee Stone and 29-year-old Zachrey G. McCrae, who are both listed as homeless persons from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:45 yesterday afternoon (July 20).  They were each charged with one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and possession of a schedule II controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count each of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Stone was also charged on failure to appear warrants issued in late June for driving while license revoked and possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.

Events leading to their arrests began as Officers investigated a suspicious vehicle at the V.F.W. on 12th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory.  The vehicle was occupied by McRae and Stone.  A records check uncovered the outstanding warrants for Stone’s arrest.  She was taken into custody.  While searching the vehicle, Police found drug paraphernalia and controlled substances in the vehicle and in Stone's belongings.  McCrae was then taken into custody.

Both suspects were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Stone set at $22,000, secured, while McRae was given a $20,000 secured bond.  First appearances in District Court were scheduled today in Newton.

28-year-old Nathaniel Hastens Wood of 2nd Street Drive S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (July 21) on one felony count each for the sale of heroin and possession of methamphetamine, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested as Officers conducted an investigation into illegal narcotics activity in a room at a hotel on 13th Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory.  Nathaniel Wood was one of the room’s occupants.  A search of the room and Wood’s person turned up illegal controlled substances and drug paraphernalia.  Wood was taken into custody at about 1:50 a.m.  Two other occupants of the room were issued citations for possession of drug paraphernalia.  

Wood was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was set for Monday (July 24) in Newton.

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