22-year-old James Lee Booker of Section House Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:10 yesterday afternoon (February 26) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.

Booker was arrested following a traffic stop in the area of Highway 321 and Alex Lee Boulevard in Hickory. Officers reportedly found 1.2 grams of cocaine and 1.7 grams of marijuana.

Booker was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $3,000, secured. He has since been released. Booker was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

38-year-old Michael Leon Bryant of 4th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:25 last night (February 26) on one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and larceny of a firearm.

Bryant was arrested in connection to an incident on January 28. On that date, Hickory Police responded to a break-in and larceny at a residence on 11th Avenue N.W. in Hickory. The stolen items were found by Conover Police Officers. Warrants for Bryant's arrest were issued on February 25.

He was taken into custody without incident at a convenience store on 12th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. Bryant was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $6,000, secured. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

33-year-old Holly Michelle Pless of Wildwood Circle in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:50 this morning (February 27) for two felony probation violations. Pless is on probation as she serves a 48-month suspended sentence following a February 2017 conviction in Catawba County on felony counts of possession of a schedule I controlled substance and trafficking in methamphetamine.

Pless was taken into custody without incident at a gaming business on 12th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for March 4 in Newton.

Jimmie Smith of Vale has won a $110,000 jackpot in the North Carolina Education Lottery's Cash 5 game.

Smith bought a Cash 5 ticket on February 19 through Online Play on the lottery’s website. Her ticket beat odds of 1 in 962,598. Ms. Smith claimed her prize Monday (February 25) at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, she took home almost $78,000.

To learn how lottery funds made a difference in Catawba County last year, click on the “Impact” section at nclottery.com.

39-year-old Teresa Jane Gentry of Sandy Springs Road in Harmony has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff's Officers on one count of statutory rape of a child, five counts of dissemination of obscene material to a minor and two counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. All the charges are felonies.

The investigation leading to her arrest began on January 25 when the Sheriff's Office took a report regarding a sexual assault involving a child. The offenses reportedly took place on Arrowbrook Road in Harmony from March 2018 through December 2018.

During the investigation, the victim was interviewed. The victim identified Teresa Gentry as the suspect. The victim allegedly had sexual intercourse with Gentry. The victim is a family friend of the suspect.

Investigators gathered numerous photos, videos and cell phone messages containing sexual content and images that Gentry sent to the victim. Based on the evidence gathered, warrants for Gentry's arrest were issued.

The suspect was arrested last Thursday (February 21). She was jailed under a $150,000 secured bond. Her next appearance in District Court was scheduled for March 13.

44-year-old Richard Robert Paul Pack of 1st Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning (February 24) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Pack was arrested after Police saw a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot at an arcade on Springs Road N.E. During the incident, Officers found 0.8 grams of methamphetamine, 2.6 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.

Pack was taken into custody without incident shortly before 2 a.m. at the scene. The suspect was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a fist appearance in District Court yesterday (February 25) with his next court date coming up on March 18 in Newton.

38-year-old Arthur Dean Olsen, Jr. of Ken Dar Lane in Hudson was arrested early this morning (February 26) by Hickory Police on one felony count of speeding to elude arrest with three aggravating factors and misdemeanor counts of driving while impaired, careless & reckless driving and driving while license revoked.

Olsen was taken into custody at 2 a.m. today on the 1,200 block of Old Lenoir Road N.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

51-year-old Desmond Leon Smith of 2nd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before nine o'clock Saturday night (February 23) for felony habitual misdemeanor assault. He was arrested in connection to a domestic assault that was reported to Police on Saturday. Smith was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today (February 25) in Newton.

43-year-old Debra Ann Williams of 35th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (February 25) on one felony count of common law robbery.

Williams was arrested in connection to an incident on February 23 at the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. At that time, Loss Prevention Officers attempted to stop a larceny suspect, but were unsuccessful. Warrants for Williams' arrest were issued.

She was taken into custody without incident at about 12:20 a.m. today at her residence. Williams was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $12,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled tomorrow in Newton.

60-year-old Cynthia Diane Dulin of Sweetwater Drive in Statesville was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 5 p.m. yesterday (February 24) on one felony count of habitual larceny, one felony count of larceny, three misdemeanor counts of larceny and one misdemeanor count of second-degree trespass. She also faces one count of failure to appear on a misdemeanor larceny charge.

She was arrested after Police responded to a shoplifting call at the Belk store in Hickory's Valley Hills Mall. The suspect, Cynthia Diane Dulin, was detained by Loss Prevention Officers after attempting to take merchandise past the last point of sale. She was taken into custody without incident on the current charges and on outstanding warrants.

Dulin was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $29,500, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton with additional District Court dates coming up on February 27 and April 1.

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