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30-year-old Andrew James Kemp of West 19th Street in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 11:30 a.m. yesterday (January 11) on one felony count of larceny.

He was arrested after Officers responded to a shoplifting call at Dick’s Sporting Goods on Catawba Valley Boulevard. A man allegedly took seven jackets from the store without paying. The jackets were valued at $1,592. A Dick’s employee was able to get a license tag number as the suspect drove away.

Police ran the tag number and went to the corresponding address where they took Andrew Kemp into custody without incident. Only one of the jackets was recovered.

Kemp was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $4,000, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

28-year-old Dustin Clark Lawhon of Brevard Street in Valdese was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:40 last night (January 11) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen property and second-degree trespass.

Events leading to his arrest unfolded as Officers were performing a property check at the Sunny Valley housing complex on South Center Street. The Officers saw an unfamiliar vehicle with its interior lights on. At about the same time, they saw Lawhon outside, on Sunny Valley property.

A consent search was conducted, leading to the discovery of a key to the Hyundai Sonata Officers noticed previously. They searched the vehicle and found two handguns, burglary tools and five license tags.

Officers ran the vehicle identification number and found that the Hyundai had been reported stolen in Burke County.

Lawhon was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. He will appear in District Court tomorrow in Newton.

Monday, 11 January 2016 15:07

Conover Man Charged with Habitual Larceny

30-year-old Randal Scott Jordan, Jr. of 31st Street Court S.E. in Conover was arrested shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday (January 9) on one felony count of habitual larceny.

He was arrested after a Loss Prevention Officer at the Target store on Catawba Valley Boulevard in Hickory called Police regarding a suspicious person in the store. He allegedly attempted to take two Dyson vacuum cleaners valued at $999. Officers arrived and learned that the suspect, Randal Jordan, was also a suspect in a previous incident that occurred in July of last year.

He was stopped Saturday before he could be charged in connection to the most recent incident, but he was charged for the incident in July and – because of previous convictions – he now faces the habitual larceny charge.

Jordan was taken into custody without incident at Target and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $18,500 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (January 11) in Newton.

26-year-old Ching Vang of Conley Street in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at 12:45 yesterday afternoon (January 10) on one felony count of indecent liberties with a child.

Few details are available as the offense involved a juvenile victim. The alleged crime occurred on July 26 of last year at the Deluxe Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. It was reported the following day. Hickory Police launched their investigation at that time, leading to the issuance of a warrant for Vang’s arrest in September.

He was taken into custody yesterday at an auto dealership on South Center Street and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $25,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for January 15 in Newton.

49-year-old Vernon Lee Monroe, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 12:45 yesterday afternoon (January 10) on one felony count of larceny from a person, one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia and four misdemeanor counts of failure to appear. At least four of the failure to appear warrants were issued in Mecklenburg County.

Monroe was originally arrested in March of last year. At that time, Police responded to the Night Secrets store on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard. A suspect, later identified as Vernon Monroe, fled the store on foot, heading towards the neighboring Goodwill store. Officers found Monroe behind the Goodwill store with a bag of pornographic DVDs and drug paraphernalia.

Following his arrest yesterday, Monroe was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,500 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court on January 28 and February 1, with a Superior Court date coming up on March 7.

53-year-old Mitzi Dwenn Goins of Bristmill Lane in Granite Falls was arrested at about 5:30 Friday (January 8) on one felony count of possession or distribution of immediate meth precursor chemicals and one misdemeanor count of larceny.

She was arrested when an employee at Wal-Mart on Highway 70 S.E. stopped a shoplifter, Mitzi Goins, and escorted her to the Loss Prevention office. She allegedly took a pack of Sharpie highlighters, a pack of Sharpie fabric markers and Levi’s blue jeans, all with a combined value of $42.

The meth charge came from an outstanding warrant out of Caldwell County issued on December 7 of last year.

Goins was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $51,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today (January 11) in Lenoir, with a District Court date in Newton on February 2.

25-year-old Steven O’Brian Gidney of Kingston Road in Shelby was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5 a.m. yesterday (January 10) on one felony count each of possession of a weapon by a felon and kidnapping, as well as one misdemeanor count of going armed to the terror of the public.

Events leading to his arrest began when Police were called to the Ridgecrest housing complex on 12th Avenue S.E. where a 22-year-old woman from Catawba was being held against her will by a man with a handgun.

Officers arrived to find the man, Steven Gidney, outside the apartment. Gidney ran back into the apartment, which was occupied by the victim, the victim's sister and several children. The victim’s sister then ran outside, followed by Gidney.

Gidney was then taken into custody without further incident. No one was injured.

He was confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $150,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

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Friday, 08 January 2016 11:38

Attempted Rape Reported in N.E. Hickory

Hickory Police are investigating an attempted rape complaint involving a 55-year-old female victim from Hickory. The incident reportedly took place at about 2:15 yesterday afternoon at the victim’s residence in northeast Hickory.

The victim told Police that a male subject forced her to the floor, strangled her and attempted to have sex with her. The victim, who is listed on Police reports as a disabled person, is acquainted with her alleged attacker. A Police spokesperson emphasized that the incident was not a random attack. The victim sustained what were described as minor injuries.

Investigators have submitted a prosecution summary to the District Attorney’s office. The D.A. will determine if charges against the alleged attacker will be filed.

28-year-old Skyler Lee O’Brien of 5th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4 p.m. yesterday (January 7) on outstanding felony warrants for possession of a firearm by a felon (two counts), five probation violations and one count of speeding to elude arrest.

O’Brien was taken into custody at his residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $150,000 secured bond. He will appear in District Court on January 11 in Caldwell County on the firearms charges and in Superior Court on February 15 in Burke County for the probation violations

27-year-old Michael Terrell Borders of Broadway Court in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers for failure by a sex offender to notify authorities of a change of address.

Borders is on the Sex Offender Registry as the result of an August 2008 conviction for kidnapping against a minor. At the time of the offense, the victim was 15 years old and Borders was 19.

In October of 2008, Borders was charged in Iredell County for failure to register his correct address. He was found guilty and given active time. In September 2011, Borders was again charged by the Sheriff’s Office for failure to register his correct address. He was again convicted and placed on probation.

In July of last year, Borders was charged for failure to register his correct address. He was placed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center under a $9,999 bond. On September 25, Borders made bond and was released from the detention center, pending his trial.

After his release, Iredell County Deputy Craig Bess was assigned as Borders’ registration officer. Deputy Bess made multiple attempts to locate Borders at his registered address between September 29 and December 8.   Over a two-and-a-half month period, Deputy Bess was unable to find Borders at his registered address.

A warrant was issued and Borders was taken into custody. He posted a $3,000 unsecured bond and was again released. Borders was scheduled to appear in District Court on January 12 and in Superior Court on February 15.