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Tuesday, 05 April 2016 15:00

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge Embezzled

On March 23, the Newton Police Department received a report from the president of the Catawba County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #26 concerning a possible embezzlement.

The lodge president learned that monies were missing from the organization’s accounts. Newton Police are working in conjunction with the Catawba County Fraternal Order of Police, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the District Attorney’s Office.

The investigation is ongoing.

The lodge is located at 24 North Brady Avenue in Newton.

17-year-old Malik Rashead Danner of 2nd Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Monday morning (April 4) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Danner was arrested after Police served a search warrant at his residence in response to suspicious activity observed by Officers several days earlier. The search resulted in the discovery of two baggies containing marijuana with a combined weight of four grams. Officers also found scales, pipes, baggies containing marijuana stems and a crack pipe.

He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. Danner was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday (April 4) with his next court date coming up on April 25.

35-year-old Latissa Decona Price of Lyle Haven Drive N.W. in Conover was served an indictment by Hickory Police early this morning (April 5) on one felony count of attempted larceny.

The indictment comes in connection to an incident on January 17 of this year. Officers responded to a shoplifting incident at the Dollar General store on Highway 70 S.W. Police located the suspect – Latissa Price – at the nearby Rugged Wearhouse store where she was attempting to remove the anti-theft device from a pair of shoes. Laundry detergent and other items stolen from the Dollar General were in her possession at the time.

Price was taken into custody without incident just before 4 a.m. today on South Center Street in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $28,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

Monday, 04 April 2016 15:06

Hickory Man Faces Felony Cocaine Charge

28-year-old Michael Kayleeon McBryde of 1st Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:45 p.m. Friday (April 1) on one felony count of possession of cocaine.

He was arrested in connection to an incident on December 11 of last year. Hickory Police were on patrol in the area of the Sunny Valley apartment complex when they saw a man on foot attempting to conceal an open alcoholic beverage. Officers smelled marijuana. They searched the man and found a baggie containing 0.3 grams of white powder substance that was identified as cocaine. The man, Michael McBryde, was not arrested at that time. A warrant for his arrest was issued on March 8.

He was taken into custody without incident on the 900 block of 2nd Street S.W. in Hickory. McBryde was processed and released after posting a $20,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today (April 4) in Newton.

43-year-old Byron Joseph Knox of South Center Street in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before 11 a.m. Friday (April 1) on one felony count each of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance and the sale or delivery of cocaine, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Knox was arrested at his residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (April 4) in Newton.

24-year-old Jordan Alexzander Rivera of 12th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:15 Friday evening (April 1) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. At the same time, 26-year-old Devin Maurice Ussery of Breana Court in Conover was arrested on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance.

They were arrested as Police served an indictment against Rivera for charges dating back to last year for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, the sale or delivery of cocaine, possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. Officers found Rivera in the driver’s seat of a silver 2006 Chevy Malibu in front of Rivera’s apartment. Ussery was in the passenger seat.

As Officers arrested Rivera on the indictment, they detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and spotted a firearm near the driver’s seat. A search of the vehicle turned up 0.3 grams of crack cocaine and 2.8 grams of marijuana in the passenger’s side. Rivera was charged for the firearm and Ussery was charged for the drugs.

Both suspects were taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention facility with bond for Rivera set at $225,000, secured, while Ussery was given a 2,000 secured bond. Ussery has since been released. Both men were scheduled to appear in District Court today (April 4) in Newton.

Monday, 04 April 2016 10:46

Tires & Rims Stolen from IFH Trucks

Hickory Police are investigating the theft of 24 heavy truck tires and rims. The incident occurred Thursday night or Friday morning (March 31 or April 1) at Advantage Truck Center on 15th Avenue Place S.E. in Conover. The trucks involved belong to PFG-IFH (Performance Food Group-International Food House, Inc.) on 12th Street N.W. in Hickory.

The wheels were taken from six Volvo tractor-trailers that were at Advantage Truck Center as they were being equipped and prepped for certification by the NCDOT. The suspect or suspects cut through a fence to gain entry to the property.

24 Bridgestone tires and 24 white steel-wheels rims were stolen. They are valued at approximately $18,500. All six trucks and 120 lug nuts were also damaged, with damage estimates set at over $19,300.

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

Statesville Police are investigating a homicide that occurred Saturday night (April 2) on South Lackey Street in Statesville. The victim has been identified as 19-year-old Emmanuel Terrell Teasley of Statesville.

At 9:45 p.m. Saturday, Police responded to reports of a gunshot victim on South Lackey Street. Officers found Mr. Teasley inside the residence suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the head. Iredell County E.M.S. responded and pronounced the victim deceased.

The Statesville Police Criminal Investigations division responded and began their investigation. Officers have learned that Mr. Teasley was attending a party at the residence when an unknown suspect shot him during an altercation. At this time, the suspect’s identity is unknown.

Anyone with information concerning the case or the identity of the suspect should contact Statesville Police at 704-878-3515 or Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340. Callers may remain anonymous.

In the early morning hours today (April 1), Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers fanned out across Iredell County from Harmony to Mooresville in a roundup of suspects wanted on drug charges. The roundup was called “Operation No Fooling”.

The Sheriff’s Office targeted over 20 persons. As of Friday afternoon, 13 suspects were in custody. Deputies and Investigators are currently working to locate the remaining suspects. All of the targeted suspects sold drugs directly to Iredell County Undercover Narcotics Investigators or were in possession of drugs and have a significant criminal history.

The majority of the suspects face charges relating to cocaine, crack, heroin, methamphetamine or prescription medications. Sheriff Darren Campbell said the people arrested today are not casual drug users, but are drug dealers and repeat offenders.

Friday, 01 April 2016 11:05

Congresswoman Foxx to Visit Lenoir-Rhyne

The College Republicans of Lenoir-Rhyne University will host a visit from North Carolina Congresswoman Virginia Foxx on Wednesday, April 6. Congresswoman Foxx will be at Joe’s Coffee in the Cromer Center between 7 and 8 p.m. The public is invited.

Congresswoman Foxx represents N.C.’s 5th District in the United States House of Representatives. She serves as the chair of the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Higher Education. She also serves as the Vice Chair of the House Rules Committee, which determines what legislation comes to the floor of the House and what amendments will be allowed during floor debate. In addition, Foxx was elected by her peers to serve as the Secretary of the House Republican Conference.

L.R.U.’s College Republicans hosted a visit from U.S. Congressman Patrick McHenry earlier this year.

The organization is currently seeking sponsors to provide refreshments for the event. Businesses or individuals interested in making a donation should contact College Republicans President Carter Woolly at carter.woolly@my.lr.edu or Faculty Advisor Dr. Sue Friguglietti at sue.friguglietti@lr.edu.