Friday, 02 September 2016 18:40

Two Arrested at Same Address

26-year-old Michael Lamar Brice of 15th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before midnight Thursday (September 1) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. He was arrested on warrants from the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office. Those warrants were issued on August 16.

Brice was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was processed at H.P.D. headquarters and then released under a $3,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled Friday (September 2) in Newton.

At the same time, 39-year-old Chasity Dawn Lowman, from the same address on 15th Street S.E. in Hickory, was also arrested by Hickory Police. She was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant from Lincoln County for failure to appear in court. Lowman was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. She has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court in Lincolnton was scheduled for Tuesday (September 6).

Today, Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10) announced a combined $277,447 in U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grants to a pair of local fire departments in the Tenth Congressional District. The grants will go to the Claremont Fire Department and the City of Newton Fire Department.

Claremont’s grant is for $23,810. The department will use the grant to replace older turnout gear and other personal protective equipment. Newton’s grant totals $253,637. According to Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder, the grant will be used to purchase 45 self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) air packs.

The grants come in the twelfth round of this year’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), which aims to help Firefighters and first responders throughout the country. Local departments applied for the grants from the program, which is administered by the Grant Programs Directorate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.

Claremont and Newton are two of five 10th District departments to receive AFG funding thus far during the 2015 cycle. A total of $573,521 in AFG funds has been awarded among those departments. Grants will continue to be announced in weekly rounds throughout the coming months.

28-year-old Terry Nikita Johnson of 8th Avenue Circle S.E. in Hickory was arrested at about nine o’clock last night (September 1) on one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The arrest was Johnson’s second in connection to an incident that began when Police responded to a possible B&E at Highland Mini-Storage on Highland Avenue N.E. in Hickory. Officers found several subjects attempting to gain entry using a hammer as their vehicles provided them with a light source. Police learned that the owner had given permission to break off the lock and replace it with a new one. No one was charged in connection to the apparent break-in.

In the course of the investigation, Officers saw a 9mm handgun in the passenger seat where Terry Johnson had been seated. At the time of his initial arrest on July 5, felony drug charges were also filed after Police found a baggie containing 4.1 grams of crack cocaine during a secondary search of Johnson’s person at H.P.D. headquarters. A second suspect was charged when digital scales were found in her purse.

Following his arrest yesterday, Johnson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton with another Superior Court date on September 19.

23-year-old Ashley Keashea Lineberger of Houston Mill Road in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police just before 11 a.m. yesterday (September 1) on one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and obtaining signatures by false pretense.

Lineberger was arrested after a Loss Prevention Officer at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. watched her bring an empty Walmart bag and an old receipt into the store. The suspect gathered items from store shelves matching those on the receipt. She then took the items and the receipt to customer service for a refund. The items included cotton swabs, lotion, shampoo, bath tablets and feminine hygiene products.

Lineberger was taken into custody without incident at the store and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

Friday, 02 September 2016 09:50

Two Teenaged Runaways Found Safe in Virginia

Tiffany Elizabeth McKee and Seiara Nichole Matthews, two 16-year-olds who had been reported as runaways on August 16, have been found and are safe. The two were located in Stanton, Virginia yesterday (September 1). They were in the home of an individual they met on Craig’s List.

Ms. McKee and Ms. Matthews have been returned to Hickory. They were not physically injured.

The Hickory Police Department’s investigation is continuing. No charges are pending at this time.

54-year-old James Edward Danner of South Ervin Avenue in Newton was arrested by Newton Police yesterday (August 31) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Danner is wanted in Brunswick County, Virginia for felony forgery of a public record. The offense allegedly occurred in June of 2009.

Danner was processed and released under a $500 unsecured bond. He was scheduled to make an appearance in District Court today in Newton.

25-year-old Jeremy Kyle "Big Country" Goodrich of 14th Street Place N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 7 p.m. yesterday (August 31) for two felony probation violations. He is on probation as the result of a conviction two weeks ago in Alexander County for felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance.

Goodrich was taken into custody near the intersection of North Center Street and 29th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for September 6 in Newton.

32-year-old Colton James Mostacato of 20th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (August 31) on warrants out of Burke County for felony indecent liberties with a child, solicitation of a child by electronic device for a sexual act and dissemination to minors under the age of 16.

Mostacato was taken into custody without incident at 4:30 Wednesday in the vicinity of the Valley Hills Mall on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. He was transported to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Morganton.

No further details are available.

16-year-old Jacob Tristan Parsons of Knox Avenue in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and larceny after breaking & entering. A 15-year-old black male and a 13-year-old white male are also connected to the same case.

Today (August 31), Deputies responded to the Bristol Road area where a citizen reported suspicious activity. Officers were aware that previous vehicle break-ins had been reported in the same area. Deputies searched the area and located three suspects, Jacob Parsons and the other two minors.

Evidence was found in the suspects’ possession that linked them to multiple vehicle break-ins that occurred during the night. Recovered property will be returned to the rightful owners.

In addition to the five vehicle break-ins the suspects allegedly committed in the early morning hours of August 31, evidence found in the suspects’ possession, together with other information gathered during the investigation, linked them to other cases in the area. Investigators believe the three are responsible for a total of 12 vehicle break-ins that occurred in the area of Bristol Road, Cline Street and Greer Street over a ten-day period.


Parsons was taken into custody. No court date is currently listed. The 13-year-old was released to his parents, while D.S.S. took custody of the 15-year-old. Detectives will seek charges against the minor suspects through Juvenile Services.

The investigation is ongoing. Authorities believe the suspects were involved in other, similar cases.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 13:37

Hickory Man Faces Felony B&E Charge

34-year-old Jose Luis Soto, Jr. of Glenwood Place Court in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday (August 27) on one felony count of breaking & entering.

He was arrested after Police responded to a B&E call at a residence on Kristy Drive in Hickory. When Officers arrived, they found that the victim’s brother-in-law had detained the suspect, Jose Soto, outside the residence.

Police say the suspect appeared to be disoriented at the time of his arrest. Nothing was taken, and they do not believe the suspect intended to take anything from the residence. The victim was not acquainted with the suspect.

Following his arrest, Soto was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He remained in custody as of this afternoon (August 30). A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday in Newton. No additional court dates are currently listed.

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