39-year-old Lewis Jerome Mack, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at 2 p.m. Friday (September 4) on one felony count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and larceny by anti-inventory device. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested after Police responded to a larceny call at the Rugged Wearhouse on Highway 70 S.W. Officers spotted a man matching the suspect description on foot, just off of a path near the Valley Creek Apartments on 7th Avenue S.W.
The man, Lewis Mack, was positively identified by the Rugged Wearhouse’s Loss Prevention Officer. On his person were two pairs of men’s shoes, 0.3 grams of crack cocaine, four grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
E.M.S. was called to assist the suspect when he displayed symptoms of a possible seizure. He was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center and later arrested upon his release from the hospital.
Mack was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $12,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow (September 9) in Hickory.
33-year-old Barry Maines Rosser of Mobile Lane in Gastonia was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 8 p.m. Friday on one felony count of possession of heroin and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to appear on a shoplifting charge.
He was arrested after Officers responded to a report of a sick person on the 1800 block of Catawba Valley Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. Officers found a white female in the passenger’s seat. E.M.S. responded and took the woman to Catawba Valley Medical Center for evaluation.
The vehicle’s driver, Barry Rosser, was searched. In his pocket, Police found a baggie containing 0.4 grams of heroin. Drug paraphernalia was found in the driver’s side door.
The shoplifting charge came from a warrant dated August 20.
Rosser was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $14,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today with another court date coming up on October 23.
36-year-old Garrett Donald Brown of Lake Drive in Rhodhiss and 29-year-old Stephanie Danielle Metcalf of South “B” Avenue in Maiden were both arrested by Hickory Police shortly after ten o’clock Sunday night (September 6). They were each charged with one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
They were arrested after Officers on foot patrol at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. saw a vehicle in the parking lot occupied by two subjects. As Officers approached, they saw an alcoholic beverage in the cupholder. A search was conducted, leading to the discovery of syringes and 4.1 grams of methamphetamine.
Each subject was given a $15,000 secured bond. Brown was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility, while Metcalf made bond and was released at about 1:25 a.m. on the 7th. First appearances in District Court were set for tomorrow (September 9) in Hickory.
38-year-old Leonard Evan Loehr of County Home Road in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:20 Monday morning (September 7) on one felony count each of preparation to commit burglary, larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession of a schedule II controlled substance. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested after Police responded to a report of a vehicle stolen from a residence on the 1900 block of 10th Avenue N.E. Officers found the vehicle at Cliff Teague Park. Several subjects fled the area on foot, but Police were able to detain Loehr as he emerged from the woodline.
On his person, Officers found an unspecified quantity of methamphetamine.
Loehr was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $70,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was set for today (September 8) in Newton.
51-year-old Mark Anthony Fountain of 9th Avenue Drive S.E. and 38-year-old Aundrea Shaneice Robinson of 9th Avenue Place S.W., both from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police just after 11 o’clock yesterday morning (September 7). Fountain was charged with felony habitual larceny and felony larceny by anti-inventory device, as well as one misdemeanor count of larceny and two misdemeanor counts of second-degree trespass. Robinson faces two misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen property and one misdemeanor count of larceny.
They were arrested after Police responded to a call from the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market on Highway 70 S.W. regarding two subjects who walked out of the store with over $100 worth of groceries they had not paid for.
Police located the subjects, Fountain and Robinson, on foot on Highway 70. They were in possession of the stolen groceries and other items that were stolen from the Rugged Wearhouse on Highway 70 S.W. Both subjects were taken into custody without incident.
The misdemeanor larceny charge and one of the trespassing charges against Fountain were the result of warrants issued on September 4 in connection to an incident at the Wal-Mart store in Conover.
The two were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Fountain set at $109,000, secured, while Robinson was given a $3,000 secured bond. Fountain had a court date scheduled for today. Both suspects will also appear in court on October 6.
A parade will be held tomorrow (September 5) at 10 a.m. as part of the Ridgeview Reunion in Hickory. The parade will begin at the Brown-Penn Recreation Center and will end at the Ridgeview Community Center. Among those participating will be the Hickory High School drum line.
The parade will be followed by a talent show, which should begin at approximately 11 or 11:30 a.m. A banquet will also be held later tomorrow night at The Crossing at Hollar Mill.
The Ridgeview High School existed from 1926 until closing its doors in 1966 as the result of desegregation. The old gymnasium is now the Brown-Penn Recreation Center. The elementary school building currently serves as the Community Ridge Day Care Center, and the old cafeteria building is now the Brown-Penn Senior Citizens Center.
50-year-old Wendy Marie Parrillo and 69-year-old Sandra Ruth Cottrell, both of same address on Raintree Drive in Hudson, have both been arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers. They were each charged with felony maintaining a dwelling to keep or store a controlled substance. In addition, Parrillo was charged with felony trafficking in Oxycodone, while Cottrell also faces one misdemeanor count for dispensing medication without a license.
They were arrested as the result of an investigation that led Agents to believe the two women had illegally obtained pills. A search of the home on Raintree Drive was conducted, leading to the discovery of a total of 70 Oxycodone and Oxycontin pills. Agents also discovered evidence of prescription pill abuse in the home. The street value of the drugs seized was estimated at $1,020.
Both women were jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center with bond for each set at $10,000, secured. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for today (September 4) in Lenoir.
57-year-old Eileen Kaye Willis and 51-year-old Jeffrey Scott Willis, both of Care Free Court in Hudson, were both arrested on September 2 by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers. They were each charged with felony maintaining a dwelling to keep or store a controlled substance. Eileen Willis was also charged with felonious possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine.
The married couple had been the focus of an undercover investigation led by the Sheriff’s I.C.E. Unit. On August 24, I.C.E. Agents visited the residence and conducted a search. They found and confiscated packaged methamphetamine, diazepam and drug paraphernalia.
Agents believe the couple was distributing trafficking amounts of meth in Caldwell County on a weekly basis. The investigation is continuing and more arrests are anticipated.
Both suspects were jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center with bond for Eileen Willis set at $25,000, secured, while Jeffrey Willis was given a $15,000 secured bond. They were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today (September 4) in Lenoir.
39-year-old Jay J. Bliss of Hickory, formerly known as Johnny Franklin Lipps III, will spend at least the next 45 months in prison after pleading guilty in Catawba County Superior Court to assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, assault by pointing a gun and possession of a firearm by a felon. Yesterday (September 3), the Honorable Gregory R. Hayes, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, sentenced Bliss to serve 45 to 75 months.
The guilty pleas came in connection to a November 26, 2014 shooting that left his then 19-year-old cousin Hunter Wade Lail hospitalized at Frye Regional Medical Center and later at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the head.
According to the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, Lail and his friend Nathan Alexander Morrison, also 19 at the time, were hunting in a wooded area near Snow Creek Elementary School when they heard shots fired as they were leaving around 5:30 p.m.
On their way out of the woods, they saw Bliss crawling on the ground with a .22-caliber rifle in his grasp. Bliss fired a shot in their direction, close enough that Morrison told investigators he could feel it whiz past him. Lail told his cousin not to point or shoot the gun anymore, but Bliss fired another shot, this time striking Lail in the forehead.
Two days earlier, Bliss had fired multiple shots over the heads of Lail and Morrison in the same wooded area. He told investigators he did not intentionally shoot at Lail, instead claiming that the rifle went off accidentally as he went to pick it up after climbing to the top of a creek bank.
Bliss has previous felony convictions for receiving and possessing stolen goods in 1994 in Catawba County and in 1998 for escaping prison in Gaston County.
Senior Investigator Rick Younger led the investigation for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and Lance Sigmon handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
20-year-old Malik Selassei Levons of Weathers Drive in Newton, 20-year-old Adrian Alexander Bryson of Eastway Drive in Newton and 24-year-old Scottie Bernard Staton, Jr. of Reid Taylor Road in Sherrills Ford have all been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers. They were each charged with one count of conspiring to traffic in cocaine. In addition, Levons was charged with one felony count each of trafficking cocaine by possession, trafficking cocaine by transport, trafficking cocaine by sale, trafficking cocaine by delivery and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance.
Their arrests were the result of an undercover operation conducted by the Lincoln County Narcotics Unit. The operation took place yesterday (September 2) near the 3800 block of the Maiden Highway in Lincolnton. The suspects arrived and allegedly sold more than 40 grams of cocaine to an Undercover Detective. The suspects were taken into custody without incident shortly after the transaction.
Levons’ bond was set at $75,000, secured. Staton and Bryson were each given a $15,000 secured bond. All three were scheduled to make first appearances in court at nine o’clock this morning.