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20-year-old Bryson Keith Huffman of 24th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested at about 5:45 yesterday morning (April 14) on one felony count of possession of a schedule I controlled substance and two felony counts of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested after Police responded to assist a motorist at 2360 Springs Road N.E. When Officers arrived, they found a 2005 Ford Explorer partially in the roadway and partially in the driveway at the Food Mart store. The driver, Bryson Huffman, was asleep behind the wheel.

Huffman did not require medical attention. A search was conducted, leading to the discovery of 1.4 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, 11 Xanax pills, five Tramadol pills and drug paraphernalia.

Huffman 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 scheduled for today in Newton.

19-year-old Keenan Antonio Dula, 20-year-old Xzavian Jerrod Dula and 38-year-old Jasmine Paige Alexander, all from the same address on Norwood Street in Lenoir, were arrested yesterday (April 14) by Lenoir Police on a variety of charges. Keenan Dula was charged with felony possession of a stolen firearm, while Xzavian Dula was charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor larceny. Alexander was arrested for misdemeanor simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance.

At 9:26 yesterday morning, Officers with the Lenoir Police Department’s Narcotics Unit and Criminal Investigations Division served a search warrant at the suspects’ residence. Officers found 14 Oxycodone pills and 0.5 grams of marijuana. The drugs seized have an estimated value of $150. Officers also found a Highpoint C9 9 mm handgun that had been reported stolen on March 18. The handgun was valued at $200.

The arrests were the direct result of citizens’ complaints. The investigation spanned several months.

Following the arrests, Keenan Dula was given a $10,000 secured bond and Xzavian Dula’s bond was set at $15,000, secured. Alexander was given a $1,000 secured bond. The Dulas were scheduled to appear in District court on Monday (April 18). Alexander has a court date on May 2.

More charges may be forthcoming.

24-year-old Brittany Nashay Herndon of Lincolnton has been arrested on charges of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule I controlled substance, the sale or delivery of a schedule I controlled substance, trafficking opiates by possession, trafficking opiates by sale and trafficking opiates by delivery.

According to a press release issued by the Lincolnton Police Department today (April 14), Herndon’s arrest was the result of a narcotics investigation conducted by Lincolnton Police after Detectives received complaints from citizens regarding drug activity in the area of Hubbard Street, Lynch Street, Green Street, Arney Street, and Benfield Street in Lincolnton. The complaints specifically mentioned Herndon as a drug trafficker. The information indicated that Herndon was selling opiate-based prescription medication.

As a result of their investigation, Detectives seized a large quantity of opiate-based prescription medication. The street value of the drugs seized was estimated at $500. Detectives utilized undercover operations, physical surveillance and drug interdiction techniques in the investigation.

On April 5, Herndon was arrested at the Lincoln County Magistrate’s Office where she turned herself in on a number of outstanding felony narcotics warrants. She was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $50,000 secured bond. She had a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court on April 6. Her next court date is coming up on May 10.

16-year-old Isaiah David Whitener of 21st Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:35 a.m. yesterday on one felony count of cruelty to animals and one misdemeanor count each of assault with a deadly weapon and communicating threats.

A Police spokesperson released few details, but did say that Whitener was arrested as the result of previous incidents at his residence. He was taken into custody at Frye Regional Medical Center. According to Police reports, Whitener was in possession of a knife at the time of his arrest.

He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,501 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

27-year-old Adrian Durrand Johnson, Jr. of 5th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 6:15 p.m. yesterday (April 12) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

He was arrested when an Officer traveling south on the 500 block of 3rd Street S.W. saw a northbound 2004 Ford Explorer driven by Johnson. The Officer knew Johnson’s license was suspended, so he initiated a traffic stop at the Ridgeview Plaza parking lot. The driver pulled over on 3rd Avenue S.E., just east of South Center Street.

A search was conducted, leading to the discovery of 3.8 grams of crack cocaine, 3.9 grams of marijuana and one Oxycodone pill.  The vehicle was impounded.

Johnson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

36-year-old Yvette Denise Saxton of 4th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (April 12) on a long list of felony drug charges. Those include six counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, four counts for the sale or delivery of a schedule II controlled substance, three counts for the sale or delivery of cocaine, one count for the delivery of cocaine and one count of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine. The warrants for her arrest were issued in September 2015, January 2016 and February 2016.

Saxton was taken into custody without incident at about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at a convenience store on South Center Street. She was confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $50,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

46-year-old Deven Kirby Deal of North Center Street in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before noon yesterday (April 12) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance. Deal was taken into custody without incident at her residence. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $120,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

22-year-old Brandon Lee Buchanan of Halman Drive in Crouse was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (April 11) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

His arrest stems from an incident on June 15 of last year. At that time, Police responded to Highway 70 S.E. and 8th Street Drive S.E. where a vehicle driven by Buchanan had hit a light pole. A search turned up a pipe with a crystal residue. During the booking process, a baggie containing one gram of methamphetamine was found. Buchanan was initially arrested the same day.

He was re-arrested without incident at about 5 p.m. yesterday at H.P.D. headquarters. Buchanan was released less than an hour later under a $10,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 11:55

B&E Suspect Arrested in Iredell County

34-year-old Andrew Curtis Creech has been arrested by Iredell County Sheriff Deputies on charges of second-degree burglary, breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and second-degree trespass.

He was arrested after Officers responded to a reported break-in at a residence on the Harmony Highway in Harmony. The incident occurred at about 3:25 a.m. on April 6. Deputies spoke to the homeowner, processed the scene and spoke to neighbors as they canvassed the neighborhood.

The victim provided Detectives with a security surveillance video of the residence. The footage showed a suspect Detectives were able to identify as Andrew Curtis Creech, even though the suspect attempted to conceal his identity by wearing a Batman mask.

Creech is a repeat offender and is known to Deputies as the result of similar crimes committed previously in the Harmony area.

Creech was arrested yesterday (April 11) and placed in Iredell Co. Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 11:06

Hickory Couple Arrested on Drug Charges

32-year-old Patrick Michael Robbins and 31-year-old Blair Hendrix Robbins, both of 21st Avenue N.W. in Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police last night on an assortment of drug charges. Patrick Robbins was charged with felony defrauding a drug & alcohol screening test and two counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. Blair Robbins faces one misdemeanor count of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance. Both subjects were charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

In Patrick Robbins’ case, North Carolina’s Division of Community Corrections (Probation & Parole) is listed on H.P.D.’s arrest report as the complainant. Both subjects were taken into custody without incident; Patrick Robbins at about 7 p.m. on the 1300 block of 8th Street Drive N.E. and Blair Robbins shortly after 11 p.m. at her residence.

The two were taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Patrick Robbins set at $25,525, secured, while Blair Robbins was given a $650 secured bond. Both have since been released. Patrick Robbins was due in District Court today. Blair Robbins has a court date coming up on May 19.