38-year-old Donald Errol Munro of the Taylorsville Highway in Statesville has been arrested on charges of misdemeanor assault on a female and felony second-degree kidnapping.

The arrest comes in connection to an incident on October 17 when an Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Deputy responded to Davis Regional Medical Center in reference to a female who had been injured during an assault. The victim had injuries to her face, back and ankles.

Detective Sergeant Katie Harwell of the Special Victims Unit followed up with the victim. The victim said she was assaulted by Donald Munro at the Taylorsville Highway address.

The victim said she and Munro got into an argument. Munro became very angry and began punching the victim in the face and head. She said Munro held her down and poured liquor into her eyes so she couldn’t see to defend herself.

She was struck in the face and across her back with the suspect’s hands and a belt. He then allegedly secured the victim’s feet and barricaded a door to prevent her from leaving the residence.  

A short time later, Munro agreed to take the victim to a local store. En route to the store, Munro slowed down to the point that the victim was able to jump from the vehicle and escape. The victim was seen by several bystanders, who called 9-1-1 for her.

Munro left Iredell County a short time after the assault occurred, but was found in Onslow County, North Carolina. Onslow County Sheriff’s Officers arrested Donald Munro on October 30. He was transported back to Iredell County where he was jailed under a $26,000 bond. He’ll appear in District Court on November 17.                                                                    

23-year-old Mason David Brawley of Asbury Church Road in Lincolnton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:15 last night (November 5) on one felony count of possession of heroin and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested after Police responded to a single-vehicle crash at about 9:30 Thursday night on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. The driver, Mason Brawley, was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center.

Investigators at the crash site found 0.3 grams of heroin and drug paraphernalia. Brawley was arrested when he was released from the hospital.

He was given a $2,500 secured bond, with the stipulation from the Magistrate that the bond would be unsecured if Brawley was escorted home by a licensed, sober adult. An appearance in District Court was set for Monday (November 9) in Newton.

34-year-old Dorjan Arsi of 4th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at H.P.D. headquarters at about 6:15 p.m. yesterday (November 5) on one felony count each of larceny and possession of stolen goods.

Arsi is accused of taking restaurant equipment from the former Santorini Grill on 4th Street Drive N.W. (the present location of Fourk). When the Santorini Grill went out of business, Arsi allegedly broke his lease and absconded with restaurant equipment that did not belong to him. The theft was reported in January of 2014.

Arsi was located in Charleston, S.C. on October 22 of this year. He was extradited back to Hickory yesterday.

Arsi was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $75,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton.

Friday, 06 November 2015 10:13

Suspect Sought in Robbery at Kohl's

Hickory Police are seeking the public’s help in locating Samuel Bryant Underwood. Underwood is wanted in connection to a robbery yesterday (November 5) at the Kohl’s store on Catawba Valley Boulevard S.E. in Hickory.

Just after 3:30 Thursday afternoon, Officers responded to Kohl’s where a male subject, identified as Samuel Underwood, allegedly entered the store and took a Sony Bluetooth speaker and U.N.C. ball cap with a total value of $151.99. When a Loss Prevention Officers attempted to stop Underwood outside the front of the store, the suspect pulled a black handgun from his waistband and pointed it at the Officer. Underwood then fled, on foot, heading east toward the Carmike 14 movie theater complex.

Underwood has been entered into the National Crime Information Center’s database. A warrant for his arrest has been issued on a charge of robbery with a dangerous weapon.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Samuel Bryant Underwood should call Investigator Jeff Pruett at 828-328-5551 or 828-261-2617 or email jpruett@hickorync.gov.

26-year-old Jessica Nicole Zirkle of Jennings Road in Statesville was arrested Monday (November 2) by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of simple assault with domestic violence, assault on a government official, resisting a public officer and assault on a child under 12.

At about 1:05 Monday morning, Deputies responded to a mental subject at the Jennings Road address. Deputies spoke to a man who expressed concern for his girlfriend, Jessica Zirkle. The man said Zirkle was belligerent and had been drinking throughout the night.

As Deputies approached, Zirkle started to scream and ran inside the residence. The Deputies heard children screaming and went inside to make sure they were okay. Zirkle grabbed the children and told the Deputies to leave her home because the children were getting scared. One Deputy attempted to calm Zirkle and told her everything was OK.

As an Iredell County Sergeant arrived to assist, one of the Deputies spoke to Zirkle who started crying and got down on her knees. The Sergeant then saw a pocketknife in Zirkle’s back pocket. As a Deputy attempted to grab the knife, the suspect stood up and ran towards a bedroom. Deputies followed and heard an infant crying. The Sergeant attempted to calm Zirkle, who raised her arm and unsuccessfully attempted to strike the Sergeant in the face.

Zirkle then snatched the infant out of the crib by one arm. Deputies grabbed Zirkle’s hands and secured the infant as the suspect became combative and started kicking and swinging her arms. Deputies were able to detain the suspect and place her under arrest.

After the incident, the boyfriend told Deputies he had been scratched, slapped and bitten by Zirkle before Officers arrived.

Zirkle was jailed under a $12,000 secured bond, with no bond on the domestic simple assault charge. An appearance in District Court was set for December 7.

Thursday, 05 November 2015 09:40

Break-In Reported at Best Buy

Hickory Police are investigating a break-in that occurred early this morning (November 5) at the Best Buy store on Catawba Valley Boulevard in Hickory.

The incident occurred at approximately 3 a.m. Police say two subjects entered the business by breaking through a back wall. There is no description of the suspects at this time.

Electronics items were taken, pending inventory. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

High Country Crime Stoppers and the A.S.U. Police Department continue to seek the public’s assistance in solving a case involving the theft of an ambulance from Kidd Brewer Stadium on the university campus.

The incident occurred at about 9 p.m. on Thursday, October 22, during the Mountaineers’ nationally televised football game versus Georgia Southern. A Watauga Medics ambulance was taken. The ambulance was seen traveling south on N.C. 105, near Poplar Grove Road South. A short time later, Officers found the ambulance abandoned at The Cottages of Boone.

A reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible has been increased from $1,000 to $1,500. Call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 or 828-737-0125, or call the A.S.U. Police Department at 828-262-2150.

All information will be kept confidential.

65-year-old Allen Sloop Lowrance of Glenwood Drive in Mooresville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on 20 counts of second-degree sex offense.

On October 23, the Sheriff’s Office took an initial report regarding sexual abuse that allegedly occurred at South Iredell High School in the 1970s. The victim was a student of the suspect’s during that time.

Detective Sergeant Mike Benfield with the Special Victims Unit was assigned to investigate. Detectives executed a search warrant at a location on Rolling Hills Road in Mooresville and seized several items. In addition, several witnesses were identified and interviewed.

The victim disclosed new incidents of sexual abuse by Lowrance that allegedly occurred between December 2014 and October 2015. As a result of the investigation, Lowrance was charged accordingly.

Lowrance was a Special Education teacher at South Iredell High School from 1974-1977; however, none of the charges stem from the incidents during that time period.

Lowrance was jailed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $50,000 bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (November 3).

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information should call Detective Sergeant Benfield at 704-878-3180.

Tuesday, 03 November 2015 14:43

Valdese Woman Arrested for Larceny by Employee

26-year-old Anna Marie Beane of Old Colony Drive S.W. in Valdese was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 11 a.m. Friday (October 30) on one felony count of larceny by employee.

She was arrested after Police responded to the Home Depot store on 8th Street Drive S.E. in Hickory where an employee, Anna Beane, had allegedly been voiding cash transactions and keeping the money. The incidents began in September of this year.

Beane was taken into custody at the store. She was processed and then released under a $1,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday (November 2) with another court date set for November 23.

18-year-old Malyk Daqaune Freeman of Kool Park Road N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Friday (October 30) on one felony count of larceny by employee.

He was arrested after Police responded to the Zumiez store in Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall where a manager completed inventory and noticed a number of items missing. The manager received information that an employee might have taken the items.

The stolen clothing was found in a bag in the possession of Malyk Freeman, who turned himself in at the store. Freeman was processed and then released under a $3,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday with his next court date coming up on November 23.