32-year-old William David Whetstone of 6th Street N.W. and 30-year-old Holly Michelle Pless of 12th Street Place N.W., both from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:40 Friday night (April 8). Whetstone was charged with felony counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a schedule II controlled substance, as well as misdemeanor counts of assault with a deadly weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged with altering, stealing or destroying criminal evidence. Pless was charged with felony possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.
Events leading to the arrests began at about 1:25 Friday afternoon when Police responded to a 9-1-1 call at the Days Inn Suites on 13th Avenue Drive N.W. The male victim said several subjects knocked on his door and entered the room. The victim said he was pistol-whipped and robbed. The victim was acquainted with one of the men, William Whetstone. There are no indications on Police reports that the victim required medical attention.
Later the same day, Officers found the suspect vehicle, a 2017 Dodge Challenger, in the parking lot at the Olde Hickory Station restaurant in downtown Hickory. Officers approached the vehicle and recognized Whetstone as the suspect from the earlier incident.
A search turned up 0.2 grams of heroin, three grams of marijuana, 0.3 grams of methampetamine and drug paraphernalia. According to Police reports, some of the drugs were found in Pless’ “female private area”.
Both suspects were taken into custody without incident. They were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Whetstone set at $75,000, secured, while Pless was given a $10,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled today (April 11) in Newton.
29-year-old Tealisa Danielle Troutman of Travis Road in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 11 o’clock last night (April 7) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Her arrest comes in connection to an incident in July of 2014. Police on foot patrol at the Red Roof Inn in Hickory observed suspicious activity at a room there. As Officer approached the room’s open door, they smelled marijuana.
A search was conducted, leading to the discovery of scales, a meth pipe, one gram of marijuana, four dosage units of Amitriptyline (an anti-depressant & pain medication) and 10.5 grams of methamphetamine. Troutman and another suspect, Elaine Vang, were arrested at that time. A third person present was released.
Last night, Troutman was taken into custody at a gas station on Highway 70 S.E. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $8,000 secured bond. She has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton.
47-year-old Darrell Alan Boggs of Gant Drive in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:20 last night (April 7) on one count of habitual larceny.
His arrest stems from an incident on July 19 of last year when Police responded to reports of a sick or injured subject in a vehicle outside the Ross Dress for Less store on Highway 70 S.E. Officers arrived and found the man, Darrell Boggs, behaving erratically. E.M.S. was called.
He was arrested when Police recognized Boggs from a reported larceny at the Kohl’s store in Hickory the previous night. Boggs has previous larceny convictions in Catawba County in April 2010, July 2009, June 2009 and April 2008. He also has convictions in Mecklenburg County for larceny in August 2005 and for common law robbery in December 1995.
Boggs was taken into custody without incident yesterday at the Honey-Pik food store on North Center Street. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $18,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton.
38-year-old See Thao of 12th Street Circle S.E. in Hickory was served a true bill of indictment by Hickory Police at about 7:40 last night (April 6) on one felony count of larceny by servant or other employee.
She was arrested in connection to an incident on December 21 of last year when Police responded to the Target store on Catawba Valley Boulevard. A Loss Prevention Officer said an employee had been activating gift cards that she didn’t pay for and applying money to the gift cards for her personal use. The incidents all took place in December. Property loss was reported at less than $200.
Thao was taken into custody without incident at her residence. She was processed at H.P.D. and then released under a $5,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton.
51-year-old Jay Patrick Henderson of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just after 6 p.m. yesterday (April 6) on six counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, three counts for the sale or delivery of a schedule II controlled substance, three counts of possession with intent to sell a schedule II controlled substance and one count each for the sale or delivery of a controlled substance within 300 feet of school property, possession with intent to sell cocaine, the sale or delivery of cocaine, delivery of cocaine, and the manufacture, sale, delivery or possession of a controlled substance on or near a playground. All the charges are felonies.
Henderson was arrested on warrants issued in October 2015, December 2015 and January 2016, as well as one issued on Monday (April 4). The Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office is listed as the complainant on H.P.D.’s arrest report.
Henderson was taken into custody without incident on the 100 block of 8th Avenue Drive in Hickory’s Ridgeview community. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $390,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.
21-year-old Eric Rangel Nieves of Hiddenite has been arrested by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers on one count of felony statutory rape when the defendant is between four and six years older than the victim and one felony count of disseminating obscenity.
On Friday, March 25, Alexander County Investigators were notified of sex acts against a minor that began in 2014. According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office, further investigation revealed that the suspect was most recently disseminating obscenity.
Nieves was arrested without incident and placed under a $45,000 secured bond. He had a first appearance in District Court on Monday, March 28, with his next court date coming up on April 18.
34-year-old Jeffery Lynn Bustle and 42-year-old Chad Eugene Fox, both from Taylorsville, have been arrested by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers on charges of breaking & entering with larceny, safe cracking and larceny of a firearm.
The charges stem from an investigation into a break-in that occurred Monday (April 4) near Icard Ridge Road in Bethlehem. A safe and a firearm were stolen. Sheriff’s Deputies recovered some of the stolen property
Bustle and Fox were both jailed with bond for each set at $50,000. First appearances in court were scheduled for April 11.
More arrests are possible as the investigation continues.
45-year-old Michael Devonne Dixon of 1st Avenue S.E., 35-year-old James Anthony Foust of “F” Avenue S.E. and 26-year-old Donovan Corda Hunt of 1st Avenue S.E., all from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police yesterday evening on a variety of drug charges. Dixon was charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. Foust was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce. He was also served indictments for felony sale or delivery of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, plus he was indicted as an habitual felon. Hunt faces one felony count of possession of a schedule I controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.
All three men were arrested without incident when Police went to serve the indictments on Foust at Dixon’s residence. Arrest reports indicate that Foust was arrested at about 5:25 p.m. Tuesday, while Dixon and Hunt were arrested at 6:10 p.m.
Dixon was processed and released under a $10,000 secured bond. Foust and Hunt were both placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Foust set at $15,500, secured, while Hunt was given a $15,000 secured bond. Hunt has since been released. They were all scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.
19-year-old Joshua Ernest Robinson of South Center Street and 19-year-old Carlos Car-Tre Ikard of 3rd Avenue S.E, both from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (April 5) on a variety of charges. Robinson was charged with one count of carrying a concealed gun; 16 counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance; two counts for the sale or delivery of a schedule II controlled substance; four counts for the manufacture, sale, delivery or possession of a controlled substance on or near a playground; and one count for the sale or delivery of a controlled substance within 300 feet of school property. With the exception of the firearms charge, all of the charges filed against Robinson are felonies. Ikard was charged with misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed gun and possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, plus felony counts for possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, the sale of cocaine and the delivery of cocaine.
The two were arrested at about 9:30 last night when Police saw a vehicle with no headlights, eastbound on Highway 70 S.W. Officers initiated a traffic stop in the area of Highway 70 and South Center Street, ultimately stopping the vehicle in the parking lot at Udderly Delicious on Highway 70 S.E. Robinson was the driver and Ikard was a passenger.
Officers smelled marijuana, resulting in a search of the vehicle. In the front passenger compartment, they found a semi-automatic handgun, and in the front passenger seat, they found 26.3 grams of marijuana. Both subjects were charged in connection to those items.
All the other charges came from outstanding warrants from September 2015 through January 2016 in Robinson’s case and from November 2015 in Ikard’s case.
Both were taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Robinson’s bond was set at $300,000, secured. Ikard was given a $46,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for today in Newton.
Robinson was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $300,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, April 6).
29-year-old James William Jenkins IV of South Aspen Street in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count of speeding to elude arrest and one misdemeanor count each of larceny of motor fuel, an open container violation, failure to stop at a red light or stop sign and several other traffic related violations. He also faces outstanding warrants from Gaston County for misdemeanor larceny and first-degree trespassing.
Jenkins was arrested early this morning (April 5) following a brief chase south of Lincolnton. Deputies were on the lookout for a red truck coming into Lincoln County on Highway 150 west, near Crouse. A Deputy spotted a truck matching the description on the Gastonia Highway and activated his blue lights and siren. The driver, James Jenkins, ignored the signal to pull over.
He turned onto Tin Mine Road traveling at a high rate of speed. Jenkins came back across the Gastonia Highway onto Southside Road where he crashed into a guardrail in a sharp curve as the road turns into South Fork Road. The chase covered about three miles.
Officers pulled the suspect from the vehicle and took him into custody. Jenkins was not injured in the crash. An Officer from Gaston County was dispatched to the scene to identify any suspected stolen property that had been taken from their jurisdiction.
Jenkins was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $5,500 secured bond. No court dates are currently listed.