39-year-old Carla Shante “Baby Girl” Maddox of Legion Club Road in Salisbury has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony breaking & entering and misdemeanor larceny.  She was also arrested by Conover Police on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.  Maddox also lists an address in Claremont on Pefram Road.  

Maddox was wanted by the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office in Wytheville, Virginia for a probation violation in connection to possession of a controlled substance.  The warrant was issued in August of last year.  

Maddox was locked up yesterday (April 10) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $26,000 secured bond.  She’ll appear in District Court today in Newton.

34-year-old Garrett Tyreece Woods, Jr. was arrested by Lincolnton Police Sunday (April 9) on one felony count possession of a counterfeit instrument and one count of possession of marijuana paraphernalia.  Three others, 18-year-old Winston Baxter, 19-year-old Shamaine Antwan Edwards, Jr. and 17-year-old Jaliek Raykwon Littlejohn were also arrested.  Baxter was charged with one count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a law enforcement officer.  He and Littlejohn were each charged with one count of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.  Edwards was arrested for one count of possession of marijuana greater than half an ounce and up to an ounce and a half.  They were all charged with possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

At about 8:25 Sunday night (April 9), Lincolnton Police were called to the area of Turner Street in reference to a drug complaint.  Officers made contact with individuals in two vehicles blocking eastbound traffic.  While speaking with the occupants in both vehicles, Officers suspected drug activity.  K-9 Officer Nash and his handler were brought in to assist.  The dog made a hit on both vehicles.  Both vehicles were searched.  Over $980 in counterfeit currency was found, along with more than an ounce of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  All the items were seized and the suspects were taken into custody.

No bond information was listed for any of the suspects.  Woods was scheduled to appear in court yesterday (April 10).  The other three men are all due in District Court on April 21.
The investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information should call Lincolnton Police at 704-736-8900 or Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.  Crime Stoppers callers may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Two people were hospitalized after a head-on collision yesterday (April 10) in Maiden.  The wreck happened at about 2:30 Monday afternoon on Business Highway 321.

A male driver reportedly ran off the road, overcorrected and crossed the centerline, resulting in the collision with a female driver.  Their identities have not been released.  

The female was air lifted to a hospital in Charlotte.  The male driver was taken to a local hospital and then to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.  According to the N.C. State Highway Patrol, both drivers suffered serious injuries.

Both vehicles were totaled.

The Highway Patrol’s investigation is ongoing.

Warren Wood was officially sworn in and began his role as Hickory’s City Manager today (April 10).

Wood has served as the town manager of Waxhaw, N.C. since March of 2015 and was previously with the City of Hickory for 22 years, working in a variety of professional and management positions.  His final position in Hickory before moving to Waxhaw was Assistant City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, overseeing the city’s Administrative Services, Police, Fire and Parks & Recreation departments, as well as budget development and budget administration.

A native of Hickory, Wood began his career as Town Manager of Badin, N.C. in 1991 before beginning work for the City of Hickory in 1993.

Wood holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master of Public Administration degree from Appalachian State.  Additionally, he is a graduate of the Municipal Administration Course at the UNC School of Government, an ICMA Credentialed Manager and holds a North Carolina Basic Law Enforcement Certification.

Wood is married to Dr. Amy Browder Wood, who is Assistant Provost and Dean of Graduate and Adult Education at Lenoir-Rhyne University.  They are the parents of three
children; Gracyn (18), Isabelle (14) and Turner (11).

23-year-old Jamie Lyn Basinger of Manley Clark Road in Morganton     has been arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers on felony charges of involuntary manslaughter and child abuse.

Her arrest comes in connection to an incident on Wednesday, March 15.  Burke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a residence on Hopewell Road in Morganton in reference to what appeared to be a small child lying on the front porch.  Deputies found a three-year-old male deceased on the porch.  

Detectives launched an investigation, conducting several interviews, processing the crime scene and executing several search warrants.  The results were reviewed with the District Attorney’s Office and last Monday (April 3), the Grand Jury of returned a true bill of indictment on Basinger.

Basinger was arrested and given a $100,000 secured bond.  A court date was set for May 15.

In addition to the Sheriff’s Office and the D.A.’s Office, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, Burke County Emergency Medical Services and the Salem Fire Department all participated in the investigation.

39-year-old James Antonio Anthony of Hickory will spend at least the next four years and nine months in prison after pleading guilty to breaking & entering.  He was also convicted as an habitual felon.  During Catawba County Superior Court today (April 10), the Honorable Casey M. Viser, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, imposed an active sentence of four years, nine months to six years, nine months for Anthony.

Anthony’s sentence was enhanced by prior felony convictions for robbery with a dangerous weapon in Anson County (March 2002), first-degree burglary in Anson County (March 1996) and possession of stolen goods in Anson County (October 1991).

Anthony’s conviction comes in connection to a June 2015 case in which he kicked in the door of the victim’s Hickory home, setting off an alarm.  Hickory Police responded and found Anthony still inside the residence, hiding under a bed.

Hickory Police Officer Ryan Stephens investigated the case and Scott Lippert handled the prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.

23-year-old Jordon Bree Piercy of 10th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested shortly after three o’clock Saturday afternoon (April 8) on one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon.

She was arrested in connection to an incident on February 15 when Officers responded to Piercy’s residence in reference an assault with a knife.  Upon arrival, Police found a 50-year-old black male victim with a puncture wound to his upper abdomen.  Jordon Bree Piercy, who was the victim’s girlfriend, was taken into custody without incident Saturday.

She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where she is being held without bond.  An appearance in District Court was scheduled today (April 10) in Newton.

45-year-old Leroy Allen Loper of 10th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:45 Saturday afternoon (April 8) on one felony count each of first-degree sexual assault, first-degree sexual offense and kidnapping.  He was also charged with non-support of a child by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office.

Loper was taken into custody at his residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $100,000 secured bond, plus a $2,000 bond on the non-support charge.  A first appearance in District Court was set for today (April 10) in Newton.

62-year-old Everette Bryson Chester of 17th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (April 9) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.  Chester was wanted in Richland County, South Carolina for a probation violation in connection to what is listed on the Magistrate’s order as a “family offense”.

Chester was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond.  He was scheduled to appear in District Court this morning in Newton.

23-year-old Dontray Tyrell Cumberlander and 23-year-old Greydon Keith Hansen, both of 18th Street Place N.W. in Hickory, were each charged this morning (April 10) with an additional count of murder.  The latest charge comes in connection to the death of 21-year-old Quajuae Alexus Kennedy of Newton, who passed away Saturday (April 8) in Winston-Salem.

Cumberlander and Hansen had previously been charged with two counts of murder following the deaths of 21-year-old Justin Michael Aiken of Newton and 21-year-old Cody Manood Bouphavong of Conover.  All three victims were shot early Friday morning (April 7) in the parking lot outside J. McCroskey’s Irish Pub & Grill on 29th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory.

Both men continue to be held without bond in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility.  They were scheduled to appear in court today on the latest charge, with another court date set for April 28.

Hickory Police are continuing to investigate.  Anyone who may have witnessed the incident should contact Investigator Jeff Pruett at 828-261-2617 or jpruett@hickorync.gov.

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