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31-year-old Kenneth Edward Worley of Nellie Street in Valdese was arrested by the N.C. State Highway Patrol in Caldwell County on one count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Following his arrest, Worley was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $7,500 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.

44-year-old Dean Anthony Price of 21st Avenue N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after one o’clock yesterday afternoon on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense and one felony count of larceny by servant or other employee.

He was arrested in connection to an incident that occurred in February of this year and was first reported to Police on May 12. The owner of Sun City Cycles in Viewmont said a man came into the store to have his motorcycle repaired and was given a quote by Price, who was the store manager at the time. Price took the customer’s credit card and scanned it, using a square reader on his personal cell phone. The customer received a receipt via email.

When the customer came back in the next day to pick up his motorcycle, he was told that he had not paid for the service. The customer said that he had and produced the receipt, which showed Price as the person receiving payment. The business owner told Police that Price was not authorized to use his personal phone or the square reader.

According to Police, no other similar incidents were discovered at the store.

Price was taken into custody without incident yesterday at his residence. He was processed and then released under a $2,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (July 6) in Newton.

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39-year-old Lewis Jerome Mack, who is listed on Police reports as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested at about 5 p.m. yesterday (July 5) on one felony count of habitual larceny and one misdemeanor count of larceny.

He was arrested in connection to an incident at about 8 a.m. Saturday morning (July 4) in which Mack allegedly stole five steaks valued at $72.72 from the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market on Highway 70 S.W. An employee saw Mack go behind the store where he was confronted and brought back inside. The steaks were recovered. Mack fled the scene after he was allowed to step outside to smoke.

The next day, an Officer spotted Mack on Center Street and recognized him based on a description and clothing description from the Wal-Mart incident. The Officer confronted Mack, who reportedly confessed to stealing the steaks the previous day.

He was taken into custody without incident 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.

Monday, 06 July 2015 13:16

Hickory Man Faces Felony Drug Charges

44-year-old Juan Bultron-Rodriguez of 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested early Saturday morning (July 4) on one felony count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of cocaine, as well as one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.

Events leading to his arrest began as Officers on foot patrol at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. saw a vehicle enter the parking lot and circle around. Officers initially didn’t see a tag on the vehicle, but as it came closer, they noticed a temporary tag with no expiration date.

Officers then observed numerous traffic infractions as they followed the vehicle. They pulled the vehicle over at the McDonald’s restaurant on South Center Street where the three occupants told Police they had been looking for a friend at the Budget Inn.

The three occupants in the vehicle said they had gone to the hotel to look for a friend. Officers asked for and were given consent to search the vehicle, leading to the discovery of 0.3 grams of marijuana, 1.3 grams of methampetamine and 0.1 grams of powder cocaine.

The other two occupants of the vehicle, a 31-year-old Morganton man and a 22-year-old Hickory woman (the driver), were not charged, though additional charges may be forthcoming.

Bultron-Rodriguez was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $12,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (July 6) in Newton.

Thursday, 02 July 2015 13:57

Hickory Man Faces Felony Larceny Charge

45-year-old Robert Christopher Noe of 1st Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:50 last night (July 1) on one felony count of larceny.

He was charged in connection to a larceny at a residence on the 1100 block of 15th Street Drive N.E. A large amount of jewelry was taken. The jewelry was last accounted for on May 19. Noe had been staying on the property. Noe was arrested after he allegedly attempted to sell some of the stolen jewelry to various persons.

He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for Monday (July 6) in Newton.

The Newton Public Works & Utilities Department, along with Iron Mountain Construction Company Inc., will install a manhole near the intersection of North Ashe Avenue and West 1st Street beginning the morning of Monday, July 6.

City crews will reroute traffic until the work is completed. The work is expected to take one to two weeks.

In a statement released this morning (July 2), the city expressed its appreciation for the public’s patience and cooperation as improvements are made. Anyone with questions should call the Public Works & Utilities Department at 828-695-4310.

32-year-old Dontavious Bry Lineberger of Somerset Drive in Catawba was arrested this morning (July 2) by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers. He is charged with two counts of trafficking in cocaine and one count of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.

He was arrested after the Catawba County Special Tactics & Response (STAR) team executed a search warrant at Lineberger’s residence. The residence was secured without incident and the scene was turned over to the Investigators with the Catawba County Drug Task Force and the Hickory Police Department. The task force is made up of Narcotics Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office, the Maiden Police Department and Homeland Security.

Seized during the execution of the search warrant were two handguns, two long guns, $317 in cash and 5.4 ounces of crack cocaine, along with multiple sets of digital scales.

Lineberger was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $30,000 secured bond. He will make a first appearance in District Court Monday (July 6) in Newton.

Authorities have received a number of tips recently on their drug tip line in reference to continuous sales of controlled substances in the Old Catawba Road area. During the past several months, Agents have identified multiple large-scale drug traffickers and residences that are used primarily for the sale and storage of controlled substances.

Since May of this year, Agents have seized nearly seven ounces of crack cocaine, over $16,000 in U.S. Currency and more than ten handguns from two homes within a quarter mile of each other.

26-year-old Adrian Durrand Johnson, Jr. of 5th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (July 2) on one felony count each of possession of cocaine and speeding to elude arrest. Johnson was also charged with single misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen property, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer, driving while license revoked and careless & reckless driving.

He was arrested at about 3:05 a.m. after Officers stopped a white, 2005 Chevrolet Equinox with a stolen license tag. The vehicle sped away and hit a curb, popping the left front tire. Johnson and another subject jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot. Johnson was apprehended near the Everette Chevrolet parking lot. He was arrested for possessing one gram of crack cocaine and one gram of marijuana.

No information is available regarding the second person.

Johnson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $36,600 secured bond. He will appear in District Court Monday (July 6) in Newton.

The Hickory Police Department has reported the discovery of skeletal remains. The remains were found yesterday in a wooded area near U.S. 70 S.E. in Hickory, just off of 15th Avenue S.E. Hickory Police were notified of the discovery at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday (June 30).

According to a press release issued Wednesday afternoon (July 1) by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, the remains are those of William Pierre Mayfield, who was last seen alive in Hickory on September 21 of last year.

According to a news release from the Police Department, investigators responded to the scene, along with Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office.

The remains were collected and sent to the North Carolina State Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy and positive identification in the case. The cause of death has not been determined at this time. The case is being treated as a homicide. The investigation is continuing.

59-year-old Barry Lee Carter of Woodland Bend Drive in Harmony has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on two felony counts of indecent liberties with a child and one felony count of solicitation of a child by a computer or other electronic device to commit an unlawful sex act.

On June 17 of this year, the Sheriff’s Office took a report regarding a 59-year-old male soliciting sex acts from a 13-year-old child, who was an acquaintance.

The report was assigned to Detective Sergeant Amy Dyson of the Special Victim’s Unit and the child was interviewed at the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center. Several additional witnesses were identified and interviewed. The offenses allegedly took place from January 1, 2015 through June 26.

As a result of the investigation, Barry Lee Carter was arrested and charged. He was processed and placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $100,000.00 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (July 1).