26-year-old Christian Guy Baur of Green Birch Drive in Pineville and 27-year-old Charlotte Ruth Overman of Summerlin Place in Charlotte were both arrested by Hickory Police at 2:30 Sunday afternoon (August 28) on one felony count each of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Baur was also charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle.

They were arrested after a victim reported that a red Honda Accord had been stolen from the Days Inn on 13th Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory. About 20 minutes later, a State Highway Patrol Trooper spotted and stopped the stolen vehicle on White House Drive in Lincolnton. The vehicle was occupied by Baur and Overman.

Hickory Police took the suspects into custody and placed them in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond for Baur was set at $10,000, secured, while Overman was given a $2,500 secured bond. They were both scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today (August 29) in Newton.

22-year-old Mark Kamayu James Middleton of East “D” Street in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (August 28) on outstanding warrants for three felony counts of failure to appear and two misdemeanor counts of failure to appear. He was also issued a citation for resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

He was arrested after Police saw a suspicious vehicle, a 2002 Mazda Protégé, occupied by two females and one male at West Hickory Park on 16th Street S.W. in Hickory. The male passenger, Mark Middleton, initially gave Police a false name, resulting in the citation for resisting. The failure to appear warrants were for felony habitual breaking & entering, breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering, resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer and driving while license revoked.

Middleton was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $34,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court in Morganton on September 19 on the failure to appear warrants for resisting and driving while license revoked, with Superior and District Court dates set for October 3.

31-year-old Anwar Vanchass Powell of 18th Street Place N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:25 Thursday night (August 25) for violating a court order, which is a felony. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and failure to appear on a misdemeanor.

He was arrested after Officers saw a 2015 Hyundai Elantra making an illegal turn from 8th Avenue Drive S.W. onto Highway 127 South. Police stopped the vehicle just south of 3rd Avenue S.E. on Highway 127 South.

Powell was a passenger in the vehicle. He allegedly attempted to swallow a small amount of marijuana, which Police were able to recover. The marijuana weighed 0.9 grams. The female driver was also found to be in possession of a crushed pill and drug paraphernalia, for which she was issued a citation, along with a traffic citation for the illegal left turn.

The failure to appear warrant for Powell’s arrest was issued by Probation & Parole Officers on July 6 of this year. Following his arrest, Powell was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $26,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled Friday (August 26) in Newton. Additional court dates were set for September 14, 15 & 22.

Thursday, 25 August 2016 13:57

Hickory Man Jailed on Multiple Meth Charges

37-year-old Billy Wayne Barrett, Jr. of 17th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:30 last night on true bill of indictment for maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance and possession of methamphetamine. He was also charged with maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, the delivery of meth, the sale of meth and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver meth. All the charges are felonies. Some of the warrants for Barrett’s arrest were issued by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office.

At least some of the charges against Barrett stem from an incident on June 23 of this year as Officers were working a traffic accident near the Speedway store on Springs Road N.E. Police saw a 2013 Hyundai Sonata pull into the parking lot. The Hyundai’s stayed in the vehicle for about 15 minutes. Officers observed the vehicle until it pulled away.

They stopped the Hyundai, which had an obstructed license tag, and identified the driver as Billy Barrett and a passenger as 32-year-old Stephanie Gwynne Patrick of Hickory. A search led to the discovery of a container in the vehicle’s center console. In the container were 4.3 grams of methamphetamine.

Barrett and Patrick were both arrested and charged at that time. The suspects were not involved in the accident.

Barrett was taken into custody without incident yesterday at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $60,000 secured bond. Appearances in Superior and District Court were scheduled today.

Thursday, 25 August 2016 11:23

Hickory Woman Faces Five Felony Drug Charges

30-year-old Claire Marie Thompson of 17th Street Place N.W. in Hickory has been arrested by Hickory Police on two felony counts each of conspiracy to sell a schedule I controlled substance and one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule I controlled substance.

She was arrested on outstanding warrants issued on July 19 by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office. Thompson was taken into custody without incident at her residence at about 9:20 last night (August 24).

She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $75,000 secured bond. An appearance in court was scheduled today in Newton.

Officials with the North Carolina Department of Commerce announced last Thursday (August 18) that a $300,000 building renovation grant has been awarded to Craftmaster Furniture. The grant will assist with phase II of a renovation project at Plant 4 on N.C. Highway 90 East.

Craftmaster has pledged to create at least 30 new full-time positions as part of the grant requirements. The company’s total investment in this portion of the project is approximately $1.7 million. Renovations include roofing, electrical systems, lighting, ventilation systems and interior offices.

Originally constructed in 1950, the former Broyhill plant was purchased by Craftmaster in 2013. The building was in severe disrepair and had been empty for several years. A 2014 renovation grant from the N.C. Department of Commerce was awarded, resulting in the creation of approximately 110 new jobs in the facility. Matching funds, amounting to five percent of the renovation grant amount, are provided by Alexander County Government to fund grant administration.

Craftmaster Furniture was founded in 1972. By 1974, the company had constructed a 50,000 square foot facility in Hiddenite where they employed about 50 people. Craftmaster was purchased in May 2006 by Samson Holdings and has continued to grow its business, making Craftmaster one of the most well-known upholstery manufacturers in the country. Over the past 44 years, the company has grown to occupy approximately 600,000 square feet and has 619 full time employees.

For more information about Craftmaster Furniture, visit www.cmfurniture.com.

28-year-old Justin Wayne Singleton of Valdese faces charges from the Alexander County Sheriff's Office for larceny of a motor vehicle, larceny of a dog and cruelty to animals.

The charges come in connection to an incident last Wednesday (August 17) at the Dollar General store in Bethlehem. The victim parked her 2009 Nissan Cube in front of the store with the engine running and the air conditioning on, leaving a white Shih Tzu dog in the vehicle. Two white males entered the store and quickly exited. They got into the parked Nissan and drove away with the dog still inside.

Singleton is currently in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility on unrelated charges. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (August 24) in Taylorsville.

More arrests are expected as the investigation continues.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 11:29

Hickory Man Arrested on Felony Cocaine Charge

61-year-old Michael Greylen Robinson of 3rd Street Place S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:45 p.m. yesterday (August 23) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine.

He was arrested after Officers traveling west on 14th Avenue S.W. in Hickory saw a 2008 Chevy Impala swerve left-of-center, twice. They stopped the vehicle at 14th Avenue S.W. and 3rd Street Place S.W. Robinson was the vehicle’s only occupant.

In the Chevy was a lunchbox containing two baggies. 1.3 grams of powder cocaine and 0.6 grams of crack cocaine were found in the baggies.

Robinson was taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

33-year-old Zabian Devon Patterson of Hope Mills, N.C. was arrested by Hickory Police just before 11 o’clock last night (August 23) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance with intent to manufacture and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.

He was arrested after Officers on foot patrol at the Red Roof Inn off of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard in Hickory smelled the odor of marijuana coming from a room at the hotel. There were three occupants in the room.

In Patterson’s belongings, Police found 1.3 grams of cocaine and 4.9 grams of marijuana. Another subject in the room was issued a citation for simple possession of marijuana. The third person was not charged or cited.

Patterson was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $6,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

33-year-old Zabian Devon Patterson of Hope Mills, N.C. was arrested by Hickory Police just before 11 o’clock last night (August 23) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance with intent to manufacture and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.

He was arrested after Officers on foot patrol at the Red Roof Inn off of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard in Hickory smelled the odor of marijuana coming from a room at the hotel. There were three occupants in the room.

In Patterson’s belongings, Police found 1.3 grams of cocaine and 4.9 grams of marijuana. Another subject in the room was issued a citation for simple possession of marijuana. The third person was not charged or cited.

Patterson was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $6,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

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