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High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police are seeking the public’s assistance in solving a shoplifting case. At about 10 p.m. on Thursday, December 3, a white female entered Night Secrets at 1126 Blowing Rock Road. She took an item without paying for it.

Boone Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the woman seen in the surveillance photo shown here.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 or 828-737-0125, or the Boone Police Department at 828-268-6900.

High Country Crime Stoppers pays rewards for information that leads to arrests, recovery of stolen property, seizure of drugs and the location of wanted persons.

Thursday, 07 January 2016 10:47

Traffic Stop Leads to Meth Arrest in Hickory

27-year-old Steven “Sparky” Gilvaja of 34th Avenue Court N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:15 last night (January 6) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of a schedule IV controlled substance.

He was arrested when Officers on patrol on the 1400 block of 2nd Street N.E. in Hickory noticed a vehicle with an expired license tag. Police stopped the vehicle at 126 2nd Street N.E.

Officers smelled marijuana and searched the vehicle. The search yielded one gram of methamphetamine, four Xanax pills, 1.5 grams of marijuana and three baggies with a white powder residue.

Gilvaja was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

The future of the Hickory Housing Authority (HPHA) was a major topic of discussion at last night’s (January 5) Hickory City Council meeting after allegations surfaced regarding the misuse of funds and sexual misconduct. A large crowd was present at last night’s meeting, many of them tenants who voiced their opinions. Dean Amos, an attorney for the HPHA, was one of those who spoke.

The HPHA is currently in debt over $500,000. The city does not have the authority to shut down the HPHA or displace residents, but they do oversee the HPHA’s board. A motion was made last night to change the administration.

Since 2012, complaints have been filed by former employees and residents alleging that officials agreed to pay rent in exchange for sex and that the director misused HPHA funds and failed to properly manage the authority's finances. Mayor Rudy Wright said he believes the controversy is cause for swift change. The mayor said he does have another agency in mind that he believes could take over.

During the meeting last night, City Manager Mick Berry summarized the controversy and detailed a timeline that includes numerous meetings with City Council, HUD and the Housing Authority.

Many residents expressed their concerns that if the housing authority shuts down or operates under a new administration, they might lose their homes. Others felt like the city should focus on rebuilding the housing community.

The motion to remove the current HPHA board will not be official until City Council meets on January 19. The Council will vote at that time.

20-year-old Jaquan Cortez McDowell and 22-year-old Torian Lamar Powell, both of 7th Avenue S.E. in Hickory, along with Ty’Shon Lamonte Chisholm of Cranford Drive in Conover and 21-year-old Aqavion Rashawn King of “F” Avenue S.E. in Hickory were all arrested by Hickory Police shortly after ten o’clock last night. McDowell faces felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a schedule I controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, as well as one misdemeanor count of speeding. The other suspects all face misdemeanor charges. Powell was charged with possession of a schedule IV controlled substance; Chisholm with possession of marijuana up to half an ounce; and King was charged with two counts of carrying a concealed weapon.

They were arrested after Officers attempted to stop a vehicle driven by McDowell at the intersection of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard and 7th Avenue S.E. The vehicle did not stop immediately, but did come to a halt at 736 7th Avenue S.E.

A search turned up 11.3 grams of cocaine and 16 MDMA tablets (also known as Molly or Ecstasy) on McDowell’s person. Chisholm, who was a passenger in the rear, was found to be in possession of 10.9 grams of marijuana. Other items found in the vehicle include six Xanax pills, $380 in cash, a knife, a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson pistol and three cell phones. All four of the vehicle's occupants were arrested. The vehicle, a silver 2002 Cadillac Deville, was impounded.

The suspects were taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. McDowell’s bond was set at $6,000, secured. Powell was given a $1,000 secured bond. Chisholm’s bond was set at $600, secured, while King was given a $1,500 secured bond. McDowell was scheduled to appear in District Court today. The other three will appear in court on February 11.

26-year-old Dasher Brent Wilcher of 13th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:30 yesterday afternoon (January 6) on one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny, possession of stolen goods, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine.

He was arrested in connection to a break-in and larceny at King Hickory Furniture on 15th Street Drive N.E. The incident occurred over the holidays, sometime between December 23, 2015 and January 4, 2016.

Information obtained through H.P.D.’s investigation led Officers to Dasher Wilcher. Police found Wilcher at the residence where he was staying, along with many of the stolen items. Total value of the items taken was estimated at $1,716.

Among the items that were stolen and recovered were computer hardware & software, a computer monitor & keyboard, a Ryobi drill, Husky snips, two pillows, a trash bin, a Cummins hammer drill, a Klein tools 50’ fish tape, a Milwaukee drill bit set and an envelope containing voided checks. Two bags containing various Husky tools and a Ryobi drilling & driving set were not recovered.

At the time of his arrest, Wilcher was found to be in possession of digital scales, a Styrofoam plate with white residue, a Hi Point 380 handgun and sandwich bags. Those items, along with a cell phone, were seized.

Wilcher was taken into custody without incident at the residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $65,000 secured bond. Wilcher was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

26-year-old Andrew Paxton Parlier of 34th Avenue Court N.E. in Hickory was served a felony indictment shortly after 10:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve on one felony count each of larceny and possession of stolen goods.

The indictment stems from an incident on September 28, 2015 in which Officers responded to a possible break-in at OrthoCarolina on 18th Street Circle S.E. in Hickory. Prescription notes and cash were taken. An investigation revealed that the suspect, Andrew Parlier, was part of a cleaning crew. He was originally arrested on the same date.

Parlier was taken into custody without incident last week at a grocery store on Springs Road N.E. He was processed and then released under a $5,000 unsecured bond. Parlier was scheduled to appear in Superior Court yesterday (January 4) in Newton.

35-year-old Marica Kemont Reid of South Chester Street in Gastonia was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:30 yesterday afternoon (January 4) on one count of felony larceny by defeating an anti-inventory device and one count of misdemeanor larceny. He was also held on a fugitive warrant from York, South Carolina for driving while license suspended.

Reid was taken into custody without incident at the Target store on Catawba Valley Boulevard in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $16,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

16-year-old Xzavion Rashawn Watts of Stonewood Drive in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2 p.m. yesterday on one felony count each of common law robbery, breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods.

He was arrested in connection to an incident on August 17 of last year when Officers responded to a residential break-in at an address on 1st Street N.W. in Hickory. Video game consoles and sneakers were among the items stolen.

At that time, Police were able to identify Xzavion Watts as a suspect. He was initially arrested on August 27.

Watts was taken into custody without incident yesterday at Hickory Police Headquarters. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A District Court date in Newton was set for today (January 5).

35-year-old Kenneth Lorenzo Truesdale of Torrence Street in Charlotte was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (January 4) on one felony count of speeding to elude arrest. He was arrested on a warrant from Iredell County, issued November 20.

He was arrested after Police conducted a traffic stop at South Center Street and 4th Avenue S.E. in Hickory. Officers arrested Truesdale on the outstanding warrant and also issued citations for possession of marijuana, driving while license revoked and a stop sign violation.

Truesdale was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $6,000, secured. He will appear in District Court on January 27 in Statesville.

17-year-old John William Cox III of Reynolda Drive in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, felony fleeing to elude arrest, driving after consuming alcohol under the age of 21, underage possession of an alcoholic beverage under the age of 21, consuming an alcoholic beverage under 19 years of age; resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer; carrying a concealed gun, damage to personal property, possession of less than a half an ounce of marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

At about 1:35 a.m. on January 1, Deputy Roger Vargas saw a red Chevrolet Avalanche truck traveling south at a high rate of speed on the Turnersburg Highway, near Jennings Road. Deputy Vargas turned on his blue lights and siren to conduct a traffic stop. The truck then accelerated and headed onto Interstate 77 southbound as the driver attempted to elude Deputies. The truck then exited onto Interstate 40 westbound where the driver lost control and crashed on I-40, near the Turnersburg Highway. Four persons then exited the vehicle and ran from Deputies on foot.

Deputies learned that the vehicle had been stolen in Statesville. Sgt. Leo Hayes located the three passengers at a nearby hotel. Those subjects, who are juveniles, have been released into their parents’ custody. Sgt. L.J. Hayes and Deputy Vargas then continued to search the area for the driver. They found him on the Turnersburg Highway, near Crossroads Drive. The suspect, John Cox, then ran from Deputies. As he ran, he threw a loaded pistol on the ground.

Deputies were able to take Cox into custody without further incident. He was taken before a Magistrate where bond was set at $15,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for today.

Various stolen property from break-ins in Statesville was found in the vehicle. More charges are pending.