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23-year-old Tevin Jerome Davis is wanted by Hickory Police in connection to a murder in Hickory last night (Monday, June 1). 46-year-old Lancelot Kenyatta Ellison of Georgia was shot and killed at a residence at 38 8th Avenue Drive S.E.

Police responded to the residence at 11:40 last night where they found the victim dead inside the house as the result of multiple gunshot wounds. Police say the murder weapon was a handgun.

The suspect and victim were acquainted. Neither lived at the residence, though Police believe the victim was staying there while he was in town.

Two other people were present at the time of the shooting. They were not injured. A search of the house was conducted, leading to the discovery of an unspecified quantity of marijuana.

Warrants have been issued for Davis’ arrest on one felony count of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree kidnapping and one count of felony robbery with a dangerous weapon. Davis is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who sees the suspect should not approach him, but should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

Davis was out on bond after being charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill in Iredell County. He also faces charges in Catawba County on two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and one count each of common law robbery and driving while license revoked.

The Greater Hickory Metropolitan Planning Organization has published a Draft Conformity Analysis & Determination Report for Particulate Matter 2.5 in Catawba County.

Transportation Conformity ensures that Federal funding and approval is distributed to those transportation activities that are consistent with air quality goals. Conformity Determination deals with projected emissions for Long Range Transportation Plans and Transportation Improvement Programs that must not exceed emission limits, which are estimated based on highway and transit usage.

The public is invited to share their opinions on the report. The public comment period will be open from May 27 until July 22. There will also be a public hearing at 3:30 p.m. on July 22 at the Western Piedmont Council of Government (WPCOG) offices. A copy of the report is available for public review at the WPCOG offices, 1880 Second Avenue N.W. in Hickory, and online at http://trans.wpcog.org/planning.asp.

Comments regarding the Draft Conformity Analysis & Determination Report should be directed to John Marshall at 828-485-4232 or john.marshall@wpcog.org or to Kelly Larkins at 828-485-4231 or kelly.larkins@wpcog.org.

41-year-old Patrick Ardell Weaver of 2nd Street Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about one o’clock yesterday afternoon (May 28) on one felony count of credit card fraud and two misdemeanor counts of credit card fraud.

On April 6 of this year, Weaver allegedly took a debit card from the victim’s wallet and used it to withdraw cash. Weaver and the victim were acquainted. Police did not release the amount of cash taken. The warrant for Weaver’s arrest was issued on May 25.

He was taken into custody without incident at his residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

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Hickory Police responded to a reported armed robbery last night (May 28) at the Jimmy John’s restaurant on 2nd Street N.E. in Viewmont. The incident occurred at about 9:40 p.m.

The suspect displayed a firearm and took money from the register. There is no information regarding his mode of transportation or direction of travel.

The suspect was described as a white male in his early 20s with shaggy brown hair. He is about 5’7” or 5’8” tall and weighs 120 to 130 pounds. He was wearing aviator-style sunglasses, a black mask, a long-sleeved black shirt, light blue pants and multi-colored motocross-style gloves.

No injuries were reported.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the robbery should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

34-year-old Steven Len Baird of Banjo Hollar in Boone was arrested by Lenoir Police at about 2:30 p.m. yesterday (May 27) on one felony count each of carjacking and attempted kidnapping, plus one misdemeanor count of communicating threats.

An 83-year-old Lenoir woman told Police she had finished her shopping at the Just Save grocery store on Hickory Boulevard. She said she placed her shopping cart in the rack and was returning to her 2000 Lincoln Continental when a man later identified as Steven Baird came up behind her. Baird ordered the victim to get into her vehicle and give him a ride or he was going to shoot her.

The victim then ran from the vehicle to the store in order to call 9-1-1. As she did so, Baird stole her car and left the parking lot. Within 30 seconds of the call going out, Lenoir Police saw the vehicle near the intersection of Blowing Rock Boulevard and Hospital Avenue, traveling northbound. Officers performed a felony traffic stop at the Dollar Tree on Blowing Rock Boulevard in Lenoir.

Baird was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $250,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Lenoir.

Additional charges are pending.

39-year-old Larry William Abrams was convicted this week in Caldwell County Superior Court on drug charges dating back to March of 2012.

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office I.C.E. Unit investigated Abrams after receiving numerous complaints of drug activity. The investigation resulted in a series of marijuana purchases from Abrams while he was living in the basement of his father’s residence on Wendover Lane in Granite Falls. As a result of those buys, I.C.E. Unit Agent J.D. Barbour presented probable cause and received a search warrant for Abrams and the residence.

On March 6, 2012, Agents executed the search warrant and recovered over six pounds of marijuana, two military assault rifles, two shotguns, a revolver, a 2000 Buick Century, cash and assorted drug paraphernalia. At the time of the search, a minor child was living with Abrams. The drugs had an estimated street value of $15,000.

Abrams was found guilty of felony possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, felony maintaining a dwelling to keep or store controlled substances and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was given a six-to-17 month sentence, which was suspended for 30 months, with active supervised probation. He must also pay a $1,000 fine plus court costs, attorney fees, assessment and community service. In addition, Abrams must serve a 60-day active sentence in the Caldwell County Detention Center. Abrams has appealed his conviction. He was also recently indicted on the controlled purchases of marijuana that led to the search warrant and awaits trial on those charges.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Andrew Jennings with the Honorable Robert C. Ervin presiding.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 11:39

Two from Hickory Arrested on Drug Charges

25-year-old Dallas Loyd Gragg of Sulphur Springs Road and 25-year-old Stephen Wayne Bryden of 19th Avenue N.E., both from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police on drug charges Monday (May 25). Gragg was charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule IV controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of a schedule II controlled substance. Bryden faces charges for misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and an expired registration card or tag.

They were arrested after a traffic stop shortly before 9 p.m. Monday at 15th Street S.E. and Main Avenue S.E. The vehicle, driven by Bryden, was stopped for an expired registration. A search of the passenger, Dallas Gragg, resulted in discovery of 9.5 dosage units of Alprazolam and two dosage units of Oxycodone. A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of 14.8 grams of marijuana under the driver’s seat.

Both were taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Gragg set at $28,000, secured, while Bryden was given a $2,000 secured bond. Bryden has since been released. Gragg was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today. Bryden has court dates on June 14 and July 1.

18-year-old Deangelo Marquise Beatty of 17th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:20 p.m. yesterday (May 26). He was charged with felony larceny by anti-inventory device and misdemeanor larceny.

He was arrested after a Loss Prevention Officer at the Kohl’s store on Catawba Valley Boulevard observed Beatty as he took merchandise into a dressing room. The suspect allegedly removed tags from the items, including tank tops and pants, and wore the clothing out of the dressing room.

The Loss Prevention Officer stopped Beatty before he left the store and took him to the office, where he was taken into custody without incident by Hickory Police.

Beatty was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

26-year-old Edward Ryan Williams, who is listed on police reports as a homeless person from Hickory, was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police at about 7:30 Friday evening. He was charged with two felony counts of trafficking in heroin or opium

He was charged in connection to a vehicle stop in February of this year. Five grams of heroin and 4.3 grams of marijuana were allegedly found in the vehicle. At the time, Alfred Wright was charged with trafficking and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. Williams initially faced a misdemeanor marijuana charge; however, after further investigation, the felony trafficking charge was added.

Williams was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $100,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for May 29 in Newton.

From February 2015 through the present, Lincolnton Police have conducted a sting operation targeting child predators soliciting children through various social media websites. The operation was spearheaded by the L.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division, with assistance from the Narcotics Division, the Patrol Division and the Community Services Division.

17 people have been charged as a result of the investigation. The offenders are from various backgrounds and locations. They agreed to meet an undercover Officer posing as either an under-aged girl or boy from Lincolnton in order to have sexual activity with them.

Investigators received over 1,000 responses from various social media outlets during the operation. Some of the offenders brought alcohol and controlled substances with them to meet with what they believed to be under-aged children.

The lead investigator in the case is Det. Brent Heavner. Det. Heavner initiated the operation after investigating a case in which a young victim was sexually assaulted. The operation was designed as a proactive effort to prevent such cases. Several Lincolnton Police Officers received specialized training, in conjunction with the Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center.

Also assisting were nine other local and statewide law enforcement organizations, as well as the National Exploited Children’s Network.

The persons arrested are all males, ranging from 24 to 53 years of age. They are from Burke, Catawba, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, McDowell and Union counties. The investigation is ongoing and further arrests are possible.