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Friday, 10 April 2015 16:58

Fatal Crash Reported on Kool Park Road

Preliminary reports today indicate that at least one person was killed in a traffic accident on Kool Park Road. The call came in at about 1:12 this afternoon.

According to a spokesperson with the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office, the Highway Patrol was still on the scene as of about 3:30 today. Also responding were a variety of rescue, E.M.S. and fire department personnel. A medical examiner was also called to the scene. In addition, a hazmat unit responded to the site of the crash.

At least one victim was reportedly airlifted from the scene.

Details are sketchy, but a dumptruck and an S.U.V. were apparently involved in the accident.

23-year-old Jordan Shea Byrd of 21st Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before midnight last night (April 9). He’s charged with two felony counts each of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Byrd also faces one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods, as well as two misdemeanor probation violations and one misdemeanor count of resisting a public officer.

His arrest stems from an incident yesterday in which an employee at the Blue Skies Veterinary Hospital said her 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee had been stolen from the parking lot. The victim told Police she left the keys in the unlocked vehicle.

Thursday evening, H.P.D. received information from the Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Office regarding the location of the stolen Jeep. Police found the vehicle and the suspect, Jordan Byrd, at an address on 34th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory. Byrd was taken into custody without incident.

Following his arrest, Byrd was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $112,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today.

Friday, 10 April 2015 14:19

Two Arrested on Drug Charges in Hickory

50-year-old Bryan Steven Lutz of 10th Avenue S.W. in Hickory and 37-year-old Heath Allen McPherson of Kiplin Drive in Taylorsville were both arrested by Hickory Police at about ten o’clock last night. McPherson was charged with one felony count of possession of a schedule I controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of driving while impaired and speeding. Lutz faces one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Events leading to their arrests began at about 9:15 p.m. when Officers stopped a vehicle driven by McPherson on the 200 block of 10th Avenue S.W. for traveling at a high rate of speed. McPherson was the vehicle’s only occupant.

Police smelled alcohol on McPherson’s breath. He told Officers he was in the area to see “Bryan.” As Officers conducted a field sobriety test, Lutz approached, on foot, and made verbal contact with McPherson.

Officers then conducted a consent search of Lutz’s person and found 0.3 grams of crack cocaine. After both suspects were detained, a search of McPherson’s belongings conducted at H.P.D. headquarters turned up 0.4 grams of MDMA (or Ecstasy).

Both men were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Lutz set at $7,000, secured, while McPherson was given a $5,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for today.

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce will host a grand opening and ribbon cutting for FastMed Urgent Care in Hickory next Friday, April 17, at 11 a.m.  FastMed Urgent Care is located at 2280 U.S. Highway 70 S.E., near the intersection with Startown Road and the McDonald Parkway.

The event is open to the public.  Local businesses, medical providers and residents of Hickory and Catawba County will have the opportunity to review the clinic’s services, meet the providers and clinical staff and learn about FastMed Urgent Care.

Guests will receive a tour, a light lunch and a token of appreciation.  Local businesses and medical practices are welcome to participate.

For more information, click here.


The Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Office reports that 36-year-old Angel Alejo was seriously injured when he was struck by a vehicle early this morning (April 9).

At about 1:14 a.m., Officers arrived at the Milstead Mobile Home Park in Taylorsville in response to a report stating that someone had been hit by a vehicle. Officers found Angel Alejo suffering from major head trauma.

Mr. Alejo was transported by Alexander County E.M.S. to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. He was later moved to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem where he was listed in critical condition.

An investigation revealed that there had been a domestic dispute at the residence. As family members were leaving the residence in a 1996 Dodge Caravan, Angel Alejo broke out a rear taillight and then grabbed the driver’s side rear door handle. He was dragged about 15 feet, resulting in the injuries.

No charges have been filed at this time. The investigation is continuing.

52-year-old Carrie Denise Linder of South Center Street in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:30 last night (April 8) on one count of felony habitual shoplifting. She was also charged with misdemeanor second-degree trespass.

She was arrested after a Loss Prevention Officer at the J.C. Penney store in Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall saw a female subject place eight pairs of men’s and women’s jeans into an empty J.C. Penney bag she had taken from the counter. The woman, Carrie Linder, exited the store without paying and was stopped by Loss Prevention just outside the store.

As the result of a previous criminal history of larceny and shoplifting, Linder now faces the felony habitual shoplifting charge. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

19-year-old Jahiz T’Sean Linebarger of 8th Street Drive S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 9 a.m. yesterday (April 8) on one felony count of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one misdemeanor count of assault by pointing a gun.

The victim, a 20-year-old Hickory man, had agreed to meet Linebarger at the Wells Fargo bank on 2nd Street N.E. After the victim came out of the bank, Linebarger allegedly brandished a silver handgun and took $250 from the victim while they were in a vehicle in the bank’s parking lot. The incident occurred at about 1:45 Tuesday afternoon.

Linebarger was taken into custody without incident the following morning at his residence. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Hickory.

CommunityOne Bank will hold a ribbon cutting and open house for its new offices at 1039 2nd Street N.E. in Hickory’s Viewmont area. The event is set for Thursday, April 16. The ribbon cutting will take place at 4 p.m. and the open house will run from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Catawba County Chamber members and the public are invited to attend. Representatives from the Chamber and elected officials will be at the event to offer congratulatory remarks. The open house will feature tours and refreshments.

A 27-year-old Lenoir man was shot during an assault between 8:10 and 8:30 last night (April 7) at the Horseshoe apartment complex on the 400 block of 2nd Street Place S.W. in Hickory.

Hickory Police responded to a “shots fired” report at the complex where they found the victim, suffering from a gunshot wound to the hip. The assault reportedly occurred outside the apartment building.

The victim was transported to Frye Regional Medical Center for treatment of a non-life-threatening injury. He was later released.

Police have obtained information regarding a suspect. Their investigation is ongoing.

Wednesday, 08 April 2015 10:21

Hickory Man Faces Felony Drug Charges

43-year-old Michael Dean Campbell of 10th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested early this morning (April 8) for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

He was arrested after Hickory Police conducted a traffic stop for failure to signal. When Police activated their blue lights, an occupant of the vehicle threw two plastic bags from the passenger window. Michael Campbell was the passenger and a white male from Hickory was the driver.

Officers recovered the baggies, which contained 0.3 grams of amphetamine and 0.2 grams of crack cocaine. Campbell was taken into custody without incident at about 17 minutes past midnight. The driver was not charged.

Campbell was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.