19-year-old Wendy Menjivar of Pipers Ridge Circle in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at 3:15 Sunday afternoon (June 5) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

She was arrested after Police responded an address on 5th Avenue S.W. to perform a health check on an individual identified as the caller’s son. When Officers arrived, that person was no longer at the residence.

Officers did see drug paraphernalia in plain view. While searching a 2002 Ford Mustang outside the residence, Police found 0.7 grams of methamphetamine. The vehicle belonged to Wendy Menjivar.

Menjivar was taken into custody without incident at the residence and jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,000 secured bond. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (June 6) in Newton.

24-year-old Robbie Octavion Little of 10th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 6:30 Saturday evening (June 4) on one felony count of speeding to elude arrest and one misdemeanor count each of driving while license revoked, careless & reckless driving, hit & run with property damage and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

He was arrested after patrol Officers in the vicinity of 8th Street N.E. and 8th Avenue N.E. saw a vehicle driven by Little as it turned onto 7th Avenue N.E. at a high rate of speed. The Officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but it continued, making a left onto 12th Street N.E. where it lost control and hit a fence.

Little then fled on foot, briefly. He was taken into custody on Highland Avenue N.E.

Little was processed and released under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (June 6) in Newton.

40-year-old Matthew Aaron Jones of 1st Avenue Place N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:30 last night (June 5) on one felony count each of obtaining property by false pretense and embezzlement, plus one misdemeanor count of accessing computers.

His arrest comes in connection to a January 2016 case in which Micro D, Inc., a company specializing in website design for the furniture industry, reported an employee, Matthew Jones, who allegedly ordered items online using a company credit card and then produced forged invoices for the items. The items included computers, iPads and household items.

Jones was a long-term employee at Micro D, Inc. Neither a time-frame for the fraudulent purchases nor an estimated total for property loss is available at this time.

Jones was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was processed and released under a $30,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

32-year-old Angel Denise Sherrill Jolley of 10th Avenue Lane N.E. and 35-year-old Timothy Wayne Trivette of Section House Road, both from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police for misdemeanor child abuse and other charges just before 9 p.m. Saturday (June 4). Jolley was also charged with one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, plus two misdemeanor counts of simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. In addition to the child abuse charge, Trivette was charged with resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Events leading to their arrests began when Officers saw an unattended infant in a 2002 Chrysler Sebring at the Kangaroo Express store on North Center Street in Hickory. Officers watched as a male subject, Timothy Trivette, approached the car. He was searched and found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia.

A woman, Angel Jolley, came out of the store. A Police spokesperson said she appeared to be impaired. A female Officer escorted Jolley back into the store and into the restroom, where she was searched. At that time, a minor altercation occurred involving Jolley and the Officer. No one was injured. The search turned up four Oxymorphone Hydrochloride pills and four Hydrocodone pills that were not prescribed to Jolley.

Officers also found 5.6 grams of methamphetamine in the vehicle.

The child, a male less than one year old, did not belong to either Jolley or Trivette. D.S.S. responded to the scene and took the child into protective custody.

Both subjects were taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Jolley set at $12,000, secured, while Trivette was given a $2,000 secured bond. Both have since been released. Jolley was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton. Both subjects have a court date on the child abuse charge on August 4.

Monday, 06 June 2016 11:10

Catawba County P.I.O. Passes Away

Dave Hardin, Public Information Officer for Catawba County, has died suddenly at the age of 56. He passed away last night or this morning (June 5-6) at his home.

Mr. Hardin was a graduate of Hickory High School, class of 1977. He earned a B.A. in History from Lenoir-Rhyne in 1981.

Mr. Hardin, an avid bird watcher, had been employed by the county since 1993. Previously, he worked for WIRC radio in Hickory.

In this morning’s (June 6) meeting of the Catawba Co. Commissioners, it was announced that Mick Berry, currently City Manager for the City of Hickory, will become the new County Manager for the county, replacing Tom Lundy, who is retiring, effective August 1. Mr. Berry will move into his new position on July 5.

29-year-old William Chase Pate of River Road in Morganton has been arrested on a murder charge in connection to the shooting death yesterday (June 2) of 35-year-old Christopher Eron Williams. 27-year-old Cordero Louis Thompson of Lincoln Avenue N.W. in Valdese was also taken into custody. He had been wanted on a charge of accessory after the fact of murder. That charge was dropped and Thompson was released.

Pate and Thompson were found after an investigation revealed that the two were at a residence in Old Fort in McDowell County. With assistance from the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (S.B.I.) and the Old Fort and Marion police departments, the house in Old Fort was surrounded at about 11:30 this morning (June 3). Following verbal commands from Officers, the homeowner, the homeowner’s friend, Pate and Thompson all came out. Pate and Thompson were taken into custody without incident.

Pate appeared before a Magistrate on the murder charge. He was jailed without bond. He’ll make a first appearance in District Court on Monday (June 6) in Morganton. After conducting additional interviews and developing further evidence, the charge against Thompson was dropped.

Burke County Sheriff Steve Whisenant expressed his appreciation to the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office, the S.B.I. and the Old Fort and Marion police departments.

A water line break on May 29 necessitated the transfer of 156 Caldwell County Detention Center inmates to four other facilities in the area, as previously reported on WHKY.  Last night (June 2), the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office completed the transfer of all inmates back to the Detention Center.   The transfer took place without incident throughout the day Thursday.  The issue with the water has been resolved and water is now restored to the facility.  The Detention Center will operate on a normal basis with standard visiting hours.

72-year-old John Wayne Hunsucker of Coot Williams Road in Cherryville has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers and charged with one felony count each of first-degree statutory rape and indecent liberties with a child.

Events leading to his arrest began as Captain Tim Johnson received information last night (June 2) from the father of the 13-year-old female victim. The suspect, John Wayne Hunsucker, was brought to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office for an interview. He admitted to performing sexual acts with the girl over the last four or five years in Lincoln County and in several other counties.

The suspect is known by the family.

Hunsucker was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $200,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.

Additional charges are pending as the investigation continues.

Both of the runaway teenagers who had been reported missing in Lincoln County have been found safe.

14-year-old Gloria Marie Castillo contacted her grandmother in Lincoln County to pick her up Wednesday night (June 1) in the parking lot at Southside Baptist Church. The grandmother notified Detectives. Ms. Castillo was picked up yesterday (June 2) at the grandmother’s residence on the 1900 block of Highway 27 West.

The juvenile was taken to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office where she was picked up by Officers from Catawba County Juvenile Services on a secured custody order.

14-year-old Dylan Lee Gates was found early today (June 3) and returned to his residence. A Deputy was traveling on East Main Street in Lincolnton when he noticed two teenage boys coming through the parking lot at a business on the corner of East Main Street and South Flint Street.

The Deputy recognized one of the boys to be Dylan Gates, who had been reported missing by his grandmother (who is his legal guardian). The Officer met a relative at a local business and turned the teen over to her.