26-year-old Dustin James Queen of Hickory was given an active prison sentence of at least five years after pleading guilty to robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Queen pleaded guilty to the charges on October 3 and was sentenced Monday (October 24) by the Honorable Gregory R. Hayes, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County. Queen will serve five-to-eight years in the custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections.
The defendant was convicted of robbing the Fast Express No. 2 on Fairgrove Church Road on June 30 of last year. He displayed a handgun to the clerk and took cash from the register before fleeing the scene. He was arrested and charged with the crime on October 22, 2015 after Investigators obtained video surveillance that helped identify him as a suspect.
The firearms charge came about as the result of a February 2012 felony larceny conviction in Iredell County.
The case was investigated by Sgt. Robert Clark of Conover Police Department and prosecuted by Sean McGinnis of the District Attorney’s Office.
32-year-old Dewey Lee Gentry, Jr. of Pearl Street in Granite Falls has been arrested on one felony count of common law robbery.
Gentry was charged in connection to an October 3 robbery at First Citizens Bank & Trust in Granite Falls. Assistance from citizens and the media helped Investigators identify Gentry as the suspect.
A warrant was issued for Gentry’s arrest yesterday (October 25). He voluntarily surrendered at the Granite Falls Police Department at about ten o’clock this morning. According to published reports, Gentry may have robbed the bank to help with medical bills. He is reportedly cooperating with Police in an effort to recover the stolen money.
No information regarding Gentry’s bond has been released. A first appearance in Caldwell County District Court was set for tomorrow.
Granite Falls Police worked with the F.B.I. during the investigation, which is ongoing. Anyone with information should contact Detective Clint Ferguson at 828-396-3358 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hickory Police are investigating an incident in which Police property was stolen from a vehicle in the parking lot at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E.
The incident occurred at about 8:30 Monday night (October 24). The items were taken from the passenger area of an off-duty Officer’s personal vehicle, which had been left unlocked.
Items taken include a 9mm Glock handgun (which is the female Officer’s service weapon), two magazines, a holster, handcuffs, an Asp baton, pepper spray, the Officer’s duty belt and a light.
Police are currently reviewing store security video. The investigation is ongoing.
44-year-old Eric Sherard Jones of 16th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police on outstanding felony warrants for failure to register as a sex offender, failure by a sex offender to notify of a change of address, failure to appear and a probation violation. He was also arrested on misdemeanor warrants for four counts of failure to appear. The warrants are from Cumberland, Cleveland, Burke and Wake counties and were issued from 2001 through April of last year.
Jones is on the sex offender registry as the result of a December 2005 conviction for indecent liberties with a minor. He had been on the Burke County Sheriff’s most wanted list since August of 2014.
Jones was taken into custody at his residence shortly after 11 a.m. yesterday. At the time of his arrest, Jones complained of chest pains. He was taken by E.M.S. to Frye Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released back into custody. He was placed in jail in Burke County where he is being held without bond. Court dates in Burke County were set for October 27 and December 12; in Cleveland County on October 28 and November 3; in Cumberland County on November 22; and in Wake County on November 29.
45-year-old Landis Darnell Glaspy, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested shortly after 11 o’clock last night (October 24) on one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods.
He was arrested in connection to a November 2014 residential break-in on 12th Street S.W. in Hickory. At the time, Police found the front door ajar with a broken lock. A ring was stolen from the residence.
Evidence was submitted to the state crime lab. Analysis of that evidence identified Glaspy as the suspect. Police submitted a prosecution summary to the District Attorney’s office in April of this year, resulting in the issuance of warrants for Glaspy’s arrest on October 11.
The suspect was taken into custody in the vicinity of the Marathon station on 1st Avenue S.W., near Long View. Glaspy was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $57,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
Hickory Police are investigating the theft of 30 Donald Trump campaign signs that were stolen from the property outside a business in Hickory.
The signs were taken sometime between 4:15 p.m. Saturday (October 22) and 7:15 Monday morning (October 24) from System Depot at 1510 Tate Boulevard S.E. They were valued at $30. The victim is a 70-year-old Newton man, who is the business owner.
Police have identified a possible suspect based on video images of a suspect vehicle, a 1994 Acura Integra. No warrants had been issued as of this morning (October 25).
The investigation is ongoing.
30-year-old Jermy Carl Lackey of Copper Creek Drive in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office for violation of pretrial release conditions.
On October 14, Officers learned that Lackey was in violation of pretrial release conditions from a previous domestic violence arrest. The conditions had been in effect since April 2 for charges that are still pending. The conditions will stay in effect until that case has been tried and disposed of. Detectives verified that Lackey had been in contact with the victim on more than one occasion at West End Avenue in Statesville.
On October 17, the Magistrate revoked Lackey’s bond from the April 2016 charges and imposed gave an additional bond of $200,000 for pretrial release violation. Total bond is now $250,000, secured. Superior Court dates were scheduled today (October 25) and October 31.
Lackey has cases currently pending in court for communicating threats, two domestic violence protection order violations, making harassing phone calls, felony stalking, second-degree kidnapping, assault by strangulation, assault on a female and interfering with emergency communications.
43-year-old Dalton Smallwood of Chickamauga, Georgia has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on six counts of statutory rape or sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.
He was arrested after the Sheriff’s Special Victims Unit took a report from a female victim who said she had been sexually assaulted by an adult male from April 2012 to August 2012 when she was 14 years old and living in Iredell County. The victim said the suspect, Dalton Smallwood, was a friend of the family she met while attending church in Iredell County. Investigators determined that Smallwood met with the victim at different locations in southern Iredell County when the sexual activity took place.
Warrants were issued and Smallwood was arrested and placed under a $1,000,000 bond. Authorities in Rowan County also investigated the suspect for allegations involving the same victim. Charges for sexual assault have been filed in that county, as well. Smallwood is currently being held in Rowan County under the charges for both agencies. Court dates were scheduled for October 26 in Rowan County and October 31 in Iredell.
42-year-old Robert Harold Pulik of Jim Grady Road in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:45 Saturday afternoon (October 22) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested as Police on patrol at the Williamsburg apartments on the 600 block of 7th Street S.W. were investigating reports of drug activity in the area. Officers saw a gold Mercury station enter the complex and then leave a short time later.
At the intersection of 7th Street S.W. and 5th Avenue S.W., the Mercury failed to stop at a stop sign. Police stopped the vehicle on the 900 block of Highway 70 S.W., where they saw the passenger, Robert Pulik, attempting to conceal some items under his legs. When Pulik was asked to exit the vehicle, Officers found 0.3 grams of crack cocaine in the seat. A subsequent search turned up a pipe beneath a seat flap.
The female driver was cited for failure to stop, but was not otherwise charged. Pulik was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,500 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today (October 24) in Newton.
26-year-old Ivan Christopher Williams, Jr. of Bonnie Lane in Hildebran was arrested by Hickory Police at about 12:30 Friday afternoon on two misdemeanor counts of assault on a female by a male over the age of 18 and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. He was also charged with a felony probation violation.
He was arrested after a female victim called Police from a business on 2nd Avenue S.W. to report a domestic assault. The assault allegedly took place at her residence, but she told Police that she had gone to the business for a job interview and that it was the first chance she had to call for help. No weapons were used in the assault and no injuries were reported.
Williams was taken into custody on 1st Avenue S.W., about two blocks west of H.P.D. headquarters. He initially gave Police a false name and date-of-birth, resulting in the resisting charge. One of the assault charges and the probation violation were the result of outstanding warrants issued in August of this year, the assault charge in Catawba County and the probation violation in Burke.
Williams was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility, initially without bond on the current assault charge. Total bond has since been set at $16,500, secured. He will appear in Superior Court for the probation violation on December 5, with District Court dates coming up on December 7 & 15.