Wednesday, 31 May 2017 10:54

Hickory Man Busted for Crack Cocaine

55-year-old Gary Lynn Johnson of 8th Street Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (May 31) on one felony count of possession of cocaine.

He was arrested at 1:30 a.m. after Officers conducted a traffic stop on the 500 block of 2nd Avenue S.E. The driver was cited for driving while license revoked and failure to stop at a stop sign. During a search, 0.1 grams of crack cocaine was found in the vehicle’s passenger area. Gary Lynn Johnson, who was a passenger in the vehicle, taken into custody without incident.

Johnson was processed and given a $3,000 bond. He was then released on a written promise to appear in court. A District Court appearance was scheduled tomorrow in Newton.

32-year-old Ashley Daniell Braddy of Birkdale Lane in Lincolnton was arrested at about 1:50 last Friday afternoon (May 26) on one felony count each of larceny and possession of stolen property.

She was arrested in connection to a shoplifting case at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory.  The incident was initially reported on December 23 of last year.

Braddy was taken into custody without incident at an address on Startown Road in Maiden.  She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond.  She has since been released.  An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled yesterday (May 30) in Newton.

26-year-old Lu Weipeng of 23rd Street Court S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 8:45 p.m. Sunday (May 28) at Academy Sports on Highway 70 S.E.  Weipeng was charged with possession of a stolen firearm.

Officers responded to a call referencing a subject who walked into the store carrying a loaded handgun.  Upon arrival, the subject was located in the parking lot with an off-duty Alexander County Sheriff’s Deputy who offered assistance.  The handgun was reportedly stolen from Claremont.

Weipeng was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond.  He was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today (May30) in Newton.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017 13:56

Hickory Man Jailed on Drug Charges

65-year-old Leverne Williams of 2nd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:30 Friday morning (May 26) on one felony count each of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, plus misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Williams was taken into custody without incident at a residence on 2nd Avenue S.E. in Hickory.  He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $30,000, secured.  A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (May 30) in Newton.

36-year-old Brian Lee Maynor of Stubbs Place in Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police at 3:30 Friday afternoon (May 26). He was charged with attempting to obtain property by false pretense, identity theft and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

The arrest comes after subjects attempted to rent a room at the Red Roof Inn using false identification. Officers then conducted a traffic stop. A rear passenger, Maynor, had outstanding warrants for probation violations and child support.

Maynor was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $70,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date was scheduled today (May 30) in Newton.

33-year-old Nathaniel Breon “Little Nate” Wilson of Kool Park Road N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Saturday evening (May 27).  He was served outstanding warrants on one felony count of failure to appear and one misdemeanor count of failure to appear.  The arrest comes in connection to a felony charge for the sale or delivery of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of assault on a female.  In addition, Wilson faces charges for resisting a public officer, possession of marijuana, driving while license revoked and fictitious or altered title, registration card or tag.

Wilson was taken into custody at 7:35 p.m. Saturday at a residence on 2nd Street Place S.E. in Hickory.  He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $109,500 secured bond.  District Court dates were set for June 8, June 13 and July 13, with a Superior Court appearance scheduled for July 10, all in Newton.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017 10:18

Local Beer Distributor Wins Two Awards

Local beer distributor, United Beverages of North Carolina, L.L.C. in Hickory was presented with both the MillerCoors Founders' Award and the President’s Award at the annual MillerCoors Distributor Convention in Las Vegas on March 14.  The announcement was made in a press release issued yesterday (May 29).

MillerCoors CEO Gavin Hattersley presented the awards to United Beverages in front of some 2,000 distributor attendees from across the country.  The Founders' Award, which represents almost 300 years of brewing heritage, honors the top-performing distributor among over 600 distributors in the country while the President’s Award honors the top 28.

Since United Beverages inception in 2004, it has received either the President’s Award or the High Life Achievement award for seven of its 13 years in operation.  The High Life Achievement Award became the President’s Award in 2008 when Miller and Coors became MillerCoors.  

The sales team at United Beverages of Hickory is led by Cameron Burns, who has been with the team for over 40 years.  Vice-President of Sales Dave Hurst and United Beverages’ President, Paul Weisler round out the sales management team.  Paul Weisler, Dean Proctor, Becky Ward and Larry Robinson represent the United Beverages’ founding members.

United Beverages of North Carolina was formed in 2004 with the merger of four different distributors.  The company currently services 17 counties in Western North Carolina and distributes 5.2 million cases annually to over 2,000 retail accounts.  United Beverages has 180 full-time employees.

Major David E. Anderson will retire from the Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Office effective June 2.  Major Anderson has served 24 years with the Sheriff’s Office and a total of 30 years in law enforcement.

Major Anderson had served for three years as a Patrol Officer with the Lenoir Police Department when he was hired by Sheriff Roger Hutchings and joined the Sheriff’s Patrol Division in January of 1993.  Anderson worked his way up to Captain of Patrol in 2006.  He was then appointed to the rank of Major & Chief Deputy by Sheriff Alan Jones on July 1, 2008.

Major Anderson began his law enforcement career in the United States Army.  He attended Military Police School in Alabama and had airborne training at Ft. Benning, Georgia.  Anderson was assigned to the 21st Military Police Company (Airborne) at Fort Bragg before joining the Lenoir Police Department in 1990.

During his career, Major Anderson has received thousands of hours of law enforcement training. He has been awarded numerous medals, service awards, and commendations throughout his career including the Medal of Valor.

With the exception of the time Major Anderson spent in military service, he has been a lifelong resident of Caldwell County.

52-year-old Robert Alan Nichols of Playmore Beach Road in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (Thursday, May 25) on one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and one felony count of maintaining a dwelling to keep or store a controlled substance.

At about 2:30 Thursday afternoon, Officers with the Sheriff’s I.C.E. Unit and the SWAT team executed a search warrant for drugs at Nichols’ residence.  Agents suspected that Nichols had been dealing in pounds of marijuana.  

The search led to the discovery of a little over three pounds of high-grade marijuana hidden in the residence.  The marijuana has an estimated value of $37,800, according to North Carolina state guidelines.  Agents also seized 15 Hydrocodone pills, $483 cash, two vehicles, a stolen firearm and drug paraphernalia.  

Nichols was incarcerated in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond.  He’ll appear in District Court in Lenoir on May 30.  More charges are anticipated.

49-year-old Smith Latrell Turner of Lake View Drive in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on three felony counts each of possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance, sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place to sell a controlled substance.

He was arrested after Narcotics Officers and the Special Emergency Response Team executed a search warrant yesterday (May 25) at Turner’s residence. The warrant was the result of a two-month long investigation into the sale of crack and cocaine in the Park Drive and Lake View Drive area in west Statesville.

Narcotics Investigators received information about the possible sale of illegal drugs in the area and began an undercover surveillance operation. In a short time, Smith Turner was identified as one of the sources. Undercover Investigators made hand-to-hand purchases of drugs. As a result of the investigation, Turner was taken into custody at his home without incident.

He was taken to the Iredell County Detention Center and placed under a $100,000 secured bond. Turner was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (May 26).

Turner has a lengthy criminal history and is currently on Federal Probation for drug convictions. Federal authorities are seeking warrants on him for probation violations.

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