The Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office has released an artist’s rendering of a person of interest in the January 10 murder of Hugh Lee Moose.  Mr. Moose was shot and killed at about 7 p.m. in his home on Shiloh Road in Statesville.

A man wearing Carhartt-type clothing was seen near Shiloh Road, on foot, before the homicide.  The man was seen walking away from the area of the victim’s home within minutes of the first 9-1-1 call.  

The sketch released today was made with the assistance of witnesses and a forensic artist from the S.C. Law Enforcement Division.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of this man should call the Iredell Sheriff’s Homicide Hotline at 704-928-9804.

The Hickory Police Department will host the 12th Annual Polar Plunge on Saturday, March 4, to benefit Special Olympics of North Carolina. The event will be held at the Wittenburg Wildlife Access on Lake Hickory. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. with the plunge beginning at 1 p.m.

A minimum donation of $50 is required to take the plunge. All plungers will receive a free Polar Plunge t-shirt. To pre-register, contact Sgt. Randy Isenhour at risenhour@hickorync.gov or 828-261-2674 or contact Chrystal Dieter at cdieter@hickorync.gov or 828-261-2642.

Warm RVs will be available for changing clothes. Coffee, hot chocolate and doughnuts will also be offered for plungers. D.J. Ryan Carswell will provide entertainment for the day.

The Police Department expressed its appreciation to the following organizations for their support: Krispy Kreme, Lake Hickory Scuba Center, Sunrise Camping Center, Sunbelt Rentals, D.J. Ryan Carswell, Valley Rentals, the Hickory Crawdads, Texas Roadhouse, Push America (Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity of Lenoir-Rhyne University), the Elk’s Lodge, Sheetz and Lamar Advertising.

To register online and to create a donation collection page, visit www.firstgiving.com/sonc/HickoryPD-PolarPlunge.

44-year-old Tanya Renee McGill of 1st Avenue South in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6 p.m. yesterday (January 23) on one felony count of common law robbery.

McGill was taken into custody without incident at Hickory Police headquarters. She was processed and released under a $10,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

No further details are available.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 09:47

Hickory Man Jailed on Felony Assault Charge

45-year-old Richard Leroy Lowman, Jr. of “B” Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested just before midnight last night (January 23) on felony count of assault inflicting serious bodily injury, including strangulation.

The arrest came about after Officers responded to Catawba Valley Medical Center where a female victim was receiving treatment following an assault committed by a relative living in the “B” Avenue residence. The victim was treated for non-life threatening injuries to her face.

Lowman was taken into custody at his residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

35-year-old Terrez Antoine Williamson of 2nd Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:20 Friday night (January 20) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count of failure to appear.

Williamson was wanted in Clarke County, Georgia for aggravated assault or strong-armed robbery. The warrant for his arrest was issued Friday by the Clarke Co. Sheriff’s Office in Athens, Georgia.

Williamson was taken into custody without incident in the vicinity of Union Square in downtown Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,500, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday (January 23) in Newton with additional court dates coming up on February 13 & 22.

Monday, 23 January 2017 13:39

Hickory Man Arrested on Felony Meth Charge

57-year-old Timothy Lee Scronce of 12th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:30 Friday evening (January 20) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested following a traffic stop on the 1000 block of 9th Avenue N.E. in Hickory.  Scronce was the driver and only occupant of a 1992 Chevy Blazer.  Police found a pipe, needles and 0.5 grams of methamphetamine.

Scronce was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility without bond.  An appearance in District Court was set for today (January 23) in Newton.

45-year-old Kristi Larae Barger Hedgepeth of 8th Avenue N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:45 Friday night (January 20) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense.

She was arrested in connection to an incident at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. According to Loss Prevention at Walmart, Hedgepeth entered the store carrying a box of Rachel Ray pots and pans. Hedgepeth then took an X-Box controller and two blankets from the shelves before taking all the items to customer service for a cash refund.

Loss Prevention stopped the suspect before she left the store. She was in custody in the Loss Prevention office when Police arrived. Hedgepeth was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (January 23) in Newton.

40-year-old Melissa Ann Bigas of County Home Road in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police just after five o’clock Saturday afternoon (January 21) on four felony counts of larceny. The warrants for her arrest were issued on January 16.

She was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department. Bigas was released under a $15,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today (January 23) in Newton.

No further details are available.

36-year-old Brian Lee Maynor of Stubbs Place in Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (January 21) on one felony count of identity theft and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer, as well as four felony warrants for probation violations.

He was arrested after Police responded to the Red Roof Inn, just off of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory, where Brian Maynor allegedly tried to check in using a false I.D. Officers arrived and stopped a 2003 Nissan Altima in which Maynor was a passenger. Three other subjects were in the vehicle.

Maynor initially gave Police a false I.D. When he was correctly identified, Police found the outstanding warrants for his arrest. The other subjects were not charged or cited.

Maynor was taken into custody without incident at about 1:40 a.m. Saturday. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $61,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (January 23) in Newton.

50-year-old Anthony Ryan Hoyle of Charlotte has been arrested in Gaston County in connection to a break-in at a storage building on Highway 73 in Iron Station.

On January 17, after speaking with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Pawn Unit, Lincoln County Detective Kelly Paris responded to a pawnshop on Highway 16 Business where a backpack leaf blower and a tool bag had been sold to the store by the suspect. The items were reported stolen from an address on Highway 73 on December 23 of last year. The leaf blower was recovered, but the tool bag, containing a number of tools, had already been sold.

Yesterday (January 19), Hoyle was taken into custody by Belmont Police. He was taken before a Gaston County magistrate and placed in jail under a $100,000 secured bond. He was charged with one felony count each of breaking & entering, obtaining property by false pretense, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods. No court date is currently listed.

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