24-year-old Tyree Dorian Rhinehardt of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 3:30 p.m. on one felony count each of assault by strangulation and larceny.

He was arrested in connection to an incident that occurred on July 10 near an apartment complex on the 700 block of “F” Avenue S.E. in Hickory. A 25-year-old female was allegedly assaulted by Rhinehardt, who also took her purse. The victim and Rhinehardt were acquaintances.

Rhinehardt was arrested a short time later on an unrelated federal probation violation. The victim did not report the assault until July 25, after Rhinehardt was released.

Rhinehardt turned himself in at H.P.D. headquarters yesterday. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility without bond on the assault charge and a $1,000 secured bond on the larceny charge. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (August 5) in Newton.

27-year-old Zachary Robert Testerman of Bar Mill Road in Millers Creek was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before ten o’clock last night (August 3) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance. He was also served two outstanding misdemeanor warrants for failure to appear. Those were issued in Wayne County on May 20 and June 15.

Testerman was taken into custody at the Cubbard Express store on Highway 321 N.W. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $14,200 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

24-year-old Jalen Michael Shade of Hickory is not a suspect in the June 14 assault case that resulted in the arrests of Cedric Devonta Ellis and Michael Emmanuel Tucker, Jr., previously reported on WHKY on July 11 and August 1. Shade had been reported to be a suspect as the result of information received from the Hickory Police Department, which, in turn, was the result of a clerical error at H.P.D.

He was arrested on June 14 when Police stopped a vehicle matching the description of a suspect vehicle from another call. A small quantity of marijuana was found on the passenger floorboard and ten prescription pills were found on Shade's person. He faces misdemeanor charges for those alleged offenses, and he was also served an outstanding warrant for failure to appear.

The vehicle stop was not connected to the assault case. Shade faces no charges in connection to the assault.  He was not and is not a suspect in that case.

29-year-old Jessica Lynn Hudson of Golden Valley Road in Casar was arrested by Hickory Police at 1 p.m. yesterday (August 3) on one felony count of larceny.

She was arrested after a Loss Prevention Officer at the Belk store in Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall saw Hudson placing items in a Belk bag and in her purse. The items included four bras, three other underwear items, 13 necklaces, two necklace-earring sets, four pair of earrings, one charm necklace, three pair of sunglasses and seven cosmetics items, all with a combined value of $1,481.

Loss Prevention watched as Hudson went past the last point of sale without paying. She was then detained until Hickory Police arrived and arrested the suspect without incident.

Hudson was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,000 secured bond. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

Thursday, 04 August 2016 10:01

17-Year-Old Missing from Newton

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teen from Newton. 17-year-old Sirena Everhart has been missing since July 5 of this year.

Ms. Everhart is a white female with brown eyes. She is 5’5” tall and weighs 117 pounds. She may use the nickname, “Lexi”.

Authorities believe Ms. Everhart may still be in the Newton area or she may have traveled to Lenoir. She may be in need of medical attention.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Sirena “Lexi” Everhart should call Newton Police at 828-465-7430 or contact the Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 800-THE-LOST (800-843-5678).

Approximately $600 in cigarettes were stolen from outside a Hickory convenience store early yesterday (August 2).

At about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Hickory Police responded to the Fast & Fresh convenience store on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. Two subjects reportedly took 31 cartons of assorted brands of cigarettes from a delivery truck in the parking lot. The suspects ran into a nearby wooded area. Upon arrival, Police went into the woods where they found 27 of the stolen cartons in a cardboard box.  

It’s not clear if the truck was locked. No damages to the truck were reported. The victim in the case is Tobacco World, located on 1st Avenue S.W. in Hickory.

An anonymous tip led to the identification of a male and a female suspect. They have not yet been taken into custody.

The investigation is ongoing.

Wednesday, 03 August 2016 10:12

Hickory Woman Arrested on 2014 Meth Charge

49-year-old Kelly Jean Berry of Old Shelby Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about nine o’clock last night (August 2) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

The complainant listed on H.P.D.’s arrest report is the Catawba County Clerk of Court. The case dates back to 2014.

Berry was taken into custody without incident on the 700 block of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $8,000 secured bond. Berry was scheduled to make an appearance in Superior Court today in Newton.

22-year-old Montavious Lemar Mayfield, who is listed on Police reports as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police Sunday morning (July 31) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon and one misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed gun.

Mayfield was arrested when the 2005 Mazda 626 he was driving was stopped in the Carter Bank & Trust parking lot on 4th Street Drive S.W. in Hickory. Officers saw a handgun in the driver’s side floorboard. Mayfield was convicted on felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense and larceny in April of last year in Catawba County.

Mayfield was taken into custody without incident at 6:30 a.m. Sunday on the 400 block of Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. He has since been released. Mayfield was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday (August 1) in Newton.

Tuesday, 02 August 2016 10:48

Two Local Authors Release New Books

Two local authors have recently released new books.

Author Lisa G. Wright of Vale has a new novel entitled “Past Secrets”.   The book tells the story of a woman facing the consequences of murder and the crumbling of the seemingly perfect life she thought she had.

Ms. Wright lives on a 55-acre farm in Vale.

Author Faith Parker’s new book is called “In My Father’s House: The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand, Matthew 4:17”. In the book, Ms. Parker shares insight on living an abundant life full of peace and joy.

Ms. Parker was raised in Florida and is now the broker & owner of Faith Parker Properties, a real estate firm in Hickory. She lives in Hickory with her husband, Jerry.

Both books are published by Tate Publishing & Enterprises.  The books are available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.

Tuesday, 02 August 2016 10:42

Hickory Man Charged as Habitual Felon

36-year-old Jason Duane Colley of 8th Avenue Drive S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (August 1) as an habitual felon.

Colley was previously arrested in January of this year and charged with breaking & entering, larceny, possession of a firearm as a felon and obtaining property by false pretenses. He has prior felony convictions in North Carolina on charges involving schedule I narcotics in December 2003, May 2015, December 2015, all in Catawba County, plus a December 2006 conviction in Cumberland County for schedule I narcotics and larceny.

Colley was arrested at about 9:45 Monday morning at H.P.D. headquarters where he was processed and released under a $10,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton.

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