40-year-old Jason Lee Robinette of 54th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested at about 4:40 yesterday afternoon on felony counts of preparation to commit burglary and speeding to elude arrest, as well as misdemeanor counts of larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia and careless & reckless driving.

He was arrested when Police responded to a larceny call at the Kohl’s store on Catawba Valley Boulevard in Hickory. The suspect didn’t stop for a Loss Prevention Officer and fled the scene in his vehicle.

Police spotted the vehicle near the store and were led on a chase that ended when the driver, Jason Robinette, stopped on Springs Road N.E., next to the Springs Road Flea Market. In the vehicle, Officers found underwear and a shirt that were taken from Kohl’s, as well as checkbooks and credit or debit cards taken during a break-in in Catawba County. Also found were a charger with cords, a bandana, digital scales, a plastic container with a powder residue, cable locks, a Sawzall with battery, a crow bar, a baseball bat, keys, boots, a baseball cap, a jacket, tools and a pistol grip.

Robinette was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,500 secured bond. He will appear in District Court Monday (November 2) in Newton.

23-year-old Jordan Lee Kennedy of 23rd Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:30 yesterday afternoon (October 29) on one felony count of malicious conduct by a prisoner and misdemeanor counts of assault on a female, injury to personal property, resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer and driving while license revoked. He was also charged by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office with additional counts of malicious conduct by a prisoner and injury to personal property.

Events leading to his arrest began as three occupants of a vehicle driven by Kennedy were involved in an altercation. Kennedy was arguing with a female in the front passenger seat when Kennedy allegedly punched the female. A male passenger in the back seat objected and attempted to restrain Kennedy.

The vehicle came to a stop on the 1100 block of 2nd Avenue S.W. where Kennedy and the other male began to fight in the roadway. Officers arrived and attempted to restrain Kennedy, who resisted and struggled with Officers, who then deployed a taser on the suspect.

E.M.S. responded to the scene and took Kennedy to a local hospital, where the suspect remained combative while receiving treatment from E.M.S. and hospital personnel. Kennedy was then taken to H.P.D. headquarters where he did not cooperate during the booking procedure and was not photographed or fingerprinted.

He was then jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $43,000 secured bond. District Court appearances were set for November 2 and December 17.

The other male and the female were not charged and did not report any injuries.

17-year-old Khalil Deonte Green of Tangle Drive, 17-year-old Trenton Gregory McPherson of 21st Street S.E. and 16-year-old Mykah Blaine Harrington of Bethel Church Road, all from Hickory, were all arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (October 29). They were each charged with felony counts of robbery with firearms or other weapons and breaking & entering.

The three suspects, who are students at Fred T. Foard High School, were arrested in connection to a home invasion on October 20. The incident occurred at a residence on the 1900 block of 8th Street S.E., in the Windsong Development. The female victim said two black males entered her residence and demanded money.

They left the premises with an undisclosed sum of cash. At least one suspect was carrying a weapon, though Police did not specify what type of weapon was involved. No one was injured. It’s not clear if the stolen money was recovered.

An H.P.D. investigation identified the three teens as suspects. They were known to the victim’s family. Green and McPherson were taken into custody without incident at Fred T. Foard at about 11 a.m. yesterday. According to arrest reports, they were in possession of a gas or air powered gun. Harrington voluntarily turned himself into Police custody at 2:45 yesterday afternoon.

Green and McPherson were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for each set at $25,000, secured. Harrington was released into his step-mother’s custody under a $10,000 unsecured bond. All three will make first appearances in District Court Monday (November 2) in Newton.

Thursday, 29 October 2015 15:06

Hickory Man Arrested on Federal Warrant

47-year-old Charles Edward Hunt, Jr. of 2nd Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:30 last night on a federal warrant for possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. The warrant was issued on October 21.

Hunt was taken into custody without incident at a residence on 2nd Street S.W. and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility without bond. He’ll appear in Federal Court on an unspecified date.

20-year-old Mary Elizabeth Ervin of Wrighton Street in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:30 yesterday afternoon on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense. The warrant for her arrest was issued on October 20. She faces an additional charge of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Ervin was taken into custody in the vicinity of Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall after fleeing from Officers on foot. She was taken to an area hospital for treatment from injuries sustained when she ran.

Ervin was then placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,750 secured bond. She has since been released. District Court appearances were scheduled for November 2 & 17, both in Newton.

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42-year-old Elton Eugene Riffle II of Carol Street in Cherryville, has been charged by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detective Dan Snellings with one felony count each of breaking & entering a building, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods. The suspect was taken into custody by Cherryville Police on October 27 after he was involved in a minor traffic accident.

Riffle was charged in connection to an October 17 break-in at a residence on Hallman Mill Road in Vale. Deputies were dispatched to the residence after the homeowner discovered a number of items missing from the home, including jewelry, a handgun and power lawn equipment. The homeowner was able to provide serial numbers for some of the equipment, which led Detective Snellings to a pawnshop in Shelby where some of the items had been taken. Riffle was identified as the person who pawned the items. Some of the property was returned to its ower.

Following his arrest Tuesday, Riffle was processed at the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center and then released under a $10,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on November 10.

The investigation is continuing.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 14:18

Two Accidents Snarl Traffic on I-40 Near Newton

Interstate 40 westbound near Newton at exit 130 was shut down for about two-and-a-half hours today (October 28) following two accidents.

The first crash occurred at about 10:40 this morning and involved three vehicles that were caught in a rear-end collision. At 11:35 a.m., a tractor-trailer approaching the accident site jackknifed while attempting to stop. The tractor-trailer was not carrying a load, but its fuel tank was punctured during the accident, resulting in the delay as crews worked to clean up the crash site.

No one was injured in either accident. The N.C. State Highway Patrol was the lead investigative agency.

54-year-old Michael Wayne Carrigan of Stony Point was arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers on October 21 on two counts of felony possession of stolen property and three counts of misdemeanor possession of stolen property.

The charges are a result of an investigation involving the recovery of 180 stolen items. The Sheriff’s Office has reason to believe that Carrigan has sold stolen property at an auction in Taylorsville.

Following his arrest, Carrigan’s bond was set at $15,000. His next appearance in District Court was scheduled for November 16.  

Anyone who may have purchased items from Carrigan is urged to contact the Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Office at 828-632-1111.

Firefighters responded to a U-Haul facility in Hickory after a 9-1-1 call came in regarding a private contractor at the site who had been affected by carbon monoxide. The business is located on Main Avenue S.E., next to the WHKY studios.

The worker was reportedly operating a gas powered saw inside the building when the incident occurred. The man's condition was not life-threatening. He refused transport to the hospital.

Hickory Fire Dept. Battalion Chief Karl Heffelfinger said high levels of carbon monoxide were detected and the building was deemed unsafe. The business was evacuated as Firefighters pushed clean air into the building to the get the levels back to normal.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 11:49

Newton Woman Faces Felony Cocaine Charge

32-year-old Jennifer Lynn Icard of Lazenby Street in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police just before midnight last night (October 27) on one felony count of possession of cocaine.

She was arrested after Officers on foot patrol at the Blue Ridge Heights apartment complex on the 900 block of 2nd Street S.W. approached a vehicle in the parking lot. As they spoke to the vehicle’s occupant, a woman, later identified as Jennifer Icard, approached the vehicle on foot. She was carrying a container with 0.2 grams of crack cocaine in it.

Icard was taken into custody without incident and later released under a $5,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance was scheduled for November 2 in Newton.