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.

Monday, 10 April 2017 10:06

Child Support Round-Up in Iredell County

The Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office has conducted its second-annual child support warrant round up.  The operation was conducted in the early morning hours this past weekend.  The persons targeted failed to pay their child support through the court system.

Several individuals had been hiding from Sheriff’s Deputies for several months.  One of the individuals located was also a fugitive wanted by another jurisdiction.

Sheriff Darren Campbell said the total amount of back child support owed at the beginning of the operation was in excess of $98,000.  At the conclusion of the weekend’s operation, the 12 parents arrested owed a total of $22,772.84.

The following persons were charged with failure to comply with payment of court ordered child support, with the amount owed shown in parenthesis:

·    Christopher Berryman - Carlyle Road, Troutman ($700)
·    Scotty Eugene Hartness - Dishman Lane, Statesville ($685.38)
·    Joshua Wayne Seagro - Cricklewood Lane, Mooresville ($1,421.71)
·    Christopher Darnell Rucker - Cunningham Road, Statesville ($2,254.45)
·    Heather Ryan Nesbitt - Brevard Street, Statesville ($1,600)
·    Jeremy Williams - Barracuda Loop, Statesville ($1,411.20)
·    Travis Sheely - Cascade Street Statesville ($1,900)
·    Cindy Garnder – J.C. Circle, Mooresville ($420)
·    Edward L Massey III - Regency Road, Mooresville ($140)
·    James E. Vanwert - E. Lowrance Avenue, Mooresville ($800)
·    Dravey Mayfield - Holland Street, Statesville ($6,864)
·    Devin L. Bates - Castle Creek Road, Statesville ($4576.10) 

Monday, 10 April 2017 07:08

Hickory Man Indicted on Meth Charges

29-year-old Hank Elliott Hefner of George Henry Drive in Hickory has been arrested by Hickory Police on true bills of indictment for trafficking in methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver meth.

Hefner was jailed Saturday (April 8) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond.  An appearance in Superior Court was set for today (April 10) in Newton.

38-year-old Robin Nicole Piedlow, who is listed as a homeless person from Triplett Farm Road in Newton, has been arrested by Hickory Police on charges of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and four counts of habitual larceny.

Piedlow was jailed yesterday (April 9) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond.  She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

The Downtown Hickory Farmers’ Market will open on Saturday April 15.  The Market will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Events will include an Easter Egg Hunt from 10 to 10:30 a.m., music by Kathryn Waters and Kevin Smith and the Crumley Roberts Kid's Zone, featuring the Bicycle Rodeo.

The Downtown Hickory Farmers’ Market will be open Wednesdays and Saturdays from April 15 through November 25. Hours on Wednesdays are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  More information is available at www.hickoryfarmersmarket.com.

Vendors include:  Anything that Blooms, Sonny's Produce, Daphaine & Sons Asparagus Farm, Wood Farm, Hoffman Farm, Kim's Kitchen, Windy Wool Windings, Russell Family Farm, In Living Color, Oma's Kettle Korn, Summer Fresh Flowers, Freedom Farms, Avaline's Farm, Mai's Farm, Bigelow Silver, Jim's Turned Wood, Heritage Homestead Goat Dairy, Foggy Mountain Pasta, Tumbling Shoals Farm, Catawba Valley Vineyards, Flora Ridge, Beam Family Farm, Russhehaus, Sam's Spoons, The Bearded Farmer, Bee Kind Farm, Back 2 Basics Farm, Phinest Tea, Three Trees Designs, Bluebird Farm, Raby's Greenhouses, A Blast from the Past, Lu-Lu's Designs, D's Food Co., Manna, Lather's Skin Essentials, Moonshine Farm, Hunters Sauces, Connie's Non-Gmo Baked Goods, Taste Full Beans, Wood & Button, The Dog House, Shady Oaks Farm, The Gypsy Peddler, Essie & Olive, Selina's Succulents, Isabella's Oils, City Farm Project, Rippetoe Farm, Roaming Bee Candles and Terrell Miller Arts.

Boone Police are investigating a death that occurred as the result of injuries suffered in an assault.  Shortly before 2 a.m. yesterday (April 9), Boone Police responded to 137 Stoneybrook Court in Boone regarding a traumatic injury resulting from a reported assault.  The victim was transported to Watauga Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.

The suspect is the son of the victim.  The names of the suspect and victim are being withheld pending notification of family.

No charges have been filed at this time.  According to Boone Police, the suspect is cooperating with Police and is not believed to be a danger to the community.

A third victim has died as a result of the shooting that occurred near J. McCroskey’s Irish Pub & Grill on Friday (April 7).  21-year-old Quajuae Alexus Kennedy of Newton passed away at Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem at about 6:45 Saturday evening (April 8).  The incident took place in the parking lot outside the bar at about 2:15 a.m. Friday.

23-year-old Dontray Tyrell Cumberlander and 23-year-old Greydon Keith Hansen, both of 18th Street Place N.W. in Hickory, will each face an additional murder charge.  They are both in custody in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where they are being held without bond.  Cumberlander and Hansen will appear in District Court on April 28.

Both were charged with the shooting deaths of 21-year-old Justin Michael Aiken of Newton and 21-year-old Cody Manood Bouphavong of Conover.  A fourth victim, 20-year-old Cole Brady Ervin of Claremont, was treated for gunshot wounds at Frye Regional Medical Center and released.

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.

Friday, 07 April 2017 17:22

Hickory to Perform Hydrant Maintenance

During the next several months, Hickory Firefighters will implement their annual hydrant inspection and maintenance program throughout the city’s service area.  Firefighters and public utilities personnel will work near busy streets while flowing water from the hydrants.  For the safety of all, motorists are encouraged to reduce their speed and exercise extreme caution.

There are more than 2,000 hydrants in the city.  The process will take several months to complete.  Most of the work will take place on weekdays from 8 a.m. through 3 p.m.  At times, Firefighters may have to make various checks during weekends and after-hours.

The maintenance ensures that each hydrant is verified for usage in the event of a fire.  Firefighters will calculate the amount of pressure and available water.  The program also helps the city maintain its current fire insurance rating.

In addition, flushing hydrants helps maintain water quality.  As a result, the operation sometimes causes brief discoloration.  If discoloration occurs, citizens should call the City of Hickory at 828-323-7500 to flush the main line.  After the main line is cleared, homeowners should turn on an outside spigot to clear up the water inside the residence.  Refrain from using hot water as soon as possible after noticing discoloration to prevent the hot water heater from becoming discolored.

For more information, call the Hickory Fire Department at 828-323-7420 or the city’s Public Utilities Department at 828-323-7427.

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