25-year-old Earl Dean Hill of Fox Run Drive in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of trafficking opium or heroin by possession, trafficking opium or heroin by sale or delivery and possession with intent to manufacture sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance.

He was arrested after Narcotics Detectives received information regarding a male subject selling Hydrocodone in the area of the Wilkesboro Highway.  Surveillance was conducted in the area for several weeks and Detectives were able to conduct undercover transactions with Earl Hill.  They purchased prescription pain pills with a street value of $350.

Following his arrest, Hill was placed in the Iredell Co. Detention Facility under a $110,000 secured bond.  He’ll appear in District Court on June 5.

Hill has previous convictions on three counts of misdemeanor larceny and driving while impaired.

24-year-old Caitlin Briana Taylor of Sweet Maple Place and 59-year-old Samuel Lamont Wells, Jr. of Poplar Street N.W., both from Lenoir, were arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:30 Saturday evening (May 20).  They were each charged with one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.  Taylor was also charged with misdemeanor failure to appear on a larceny charge and a probation violation in connection to a case dating back to 2015.

They were arrested after Officers responded to a hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in reference to possible narcotics violations.  Officers spotted a vehicle in the parking lot and identified the driver as Caitlin Taylor.  Samuel Wells was a passenger.  

A search turned up 2.6 grams of methemphetamine, 168 dosage units of Gabapentin (a pain medication), two dosage units of Ciprofloxacin (an antibiotic), one gram of an unknown brown powder, 123.5 dosage units of Furosemide (for fluid retention), 25 dosage units of amitriptyline (a pain medication and antidepressant) and 28 dosage units of Predinsone.

Both suspects were taken into custody without incident at the hotel.  They were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Taylor set at $23,500 secured bond, while Wells was given a $3,500 secured bond.  Wells has since been released.  First appearances in District Court were scheduled today (May 22) in Newton.  Taylor will also appear in Superior Court on July 12.

46-year-old Robert Shawn Holloway of Lambert Creek Lane in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police at 4:30 Friday afternoon (May 19) on one felony count of indecent exposure when the suspect is older than 18 and the victim is less than 16.  He was also charged with one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Events leading to his arrest unfolded on May 17 as Police responded to an indecent exposure complaint at 16th Street N.E.  Holloway was taken into custody without incident two days later at his residence.

He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $31,000 secured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (May 22) in Newton.

The Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) has announced that Kim Green will serve on its Lake Hickory Advisory Council. Ms. Green is the Assistant Director for Lincoln County E.M.S. The Advisory Council serves Caldwell, Burke, Catawba and Lincoln counties.

Green, will be a part of LGFCU’s volunteer-driven initiative intended to educate people on the benefits of credit union membership and to relay feedback to the board of directors regarding products & services, delivery of service and member needs.

For more information, visit lgfcu.org.

33-year-old Eric Javon Mayse of Cromer Street in Charlotte was arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers last Thursday (May 18) on 17 counts of breaking & entering to motor vehicles, one count of breaking & entering to a building, five counts of larceny and one count of larceny of a motor vehicle.

Events leading to the arrest began at about 1:35 Thursday morning when Deputies responded to a reported vehicle break-in at a residence on Shiloh Road in Statesville.  The homeowner saw a black male inside one of their vehicles.  When confronted by the homeowner, the man ran, heading down Shiloh Road towards Seven Oaks Road.  Deputies, including a K-9 Unit, searched the area, but were unsuccessful.

At about 5:40 that morning, the Sheriff’s Office began receiving calls from victims on Seven Oaks Lane in Statesville.  The victims said their vehicles had been broken into at some point during the early morning hours Thursday.  Deputies responded and began to gather information and attempted to find the suspect.

Shortly after 7 a.m., a victim on St. Paul Lane in Statesville reported that someone had stolen a blue 2006 Nissan Pathfinder with a transport tag and a sticker with red lettering on the front windshield.  Deputies arrived to find a bicycle in the yard.  They believed the suspect rode the bicycle to the scene before stealing the vehicle.  Deputies shared information about the theft with surrounding law enforcement agencies.

Investigators began to canvas the area and to search for security footage.  In the process, they learned of several additional vehicle break-ins.  Keys had been left in all of the vehicles involved.

At about noon on Thursday, a Deputy found the stolen vehicle on Garner Bagnal Boulevard, near Interstate 77.  The vehicle was driven by a black male with a female passenger.  When the subject realized he was being followed, he pulled in behind a business.  As the Deputy approached, the suspect fled on foot, leaving the female in the vehicle.  The Deputy called in a description of the suspect.

Officers and Statesville Police responded and quickly located the suspect on Garner Bagnal Boulevard.  Mayse was arrested and interviewed, but was not cooperative.  He was charged in connection to the vehicle theft and break-ins.  Mayes was given a $25,000 secured bond and was scheduled to appear in District Court in Mooresville Friday (May 19).  His next court date was set for May 30.

The investigation is ongoing with additional charges likely.

21-year-old Austin Tyler Cotton of Sanford, N.C. has been arrested by Boone Police on a charge of misdemeanor breaking & entering.  

According to a press release issued today (May 19) by the Boone Police Department, shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3, Officers responded to a reported home invasion on Green Street in Boone.  On the scene, Officers found a man suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound.  

Following an investigation, Cotton was arrested and charged.  He was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate where he was given a $5,000 unsecured bond.  He’ll appear in District Court in Boone on June 2.

Investigators and the District Attorney’s Office are continuing to collaborate on the investigation.

United Church Homes & Services (UCHS) Board Chairman Ray Deal recognized UCHS President & CEO Lee Syria for 20 years of service to the organization at the Spring Board Retreat.

Syria began her career with Abernethy Laurels, a UCHS senior living community, in 1997 as Personnel Manager.  In 2000, she became Vice President of Human Resources for UCHS and in 2008 she was selected Senior Vice President of Operations.  Syria was named the organization’s first female President & CEO in 2012.  

Syria holds degrees from Gardner-Webb University and Appalachian State University.  Syria is a licensed nursing home administrator in North Carolina and Virginia.  She serves on a number of Boards of Directors, including the board for the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce.

UCHS serves over 2300 senior adults annually and employs approximately 850 team members at 11 locations across North Carolina and Virginia.

50-year-old Kelly Jean Berry of Old Shelby Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (May 19) on two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense.

She was arrested in connection to an incident that was reported on April 6 of this year.  The victim told Police that a male suspect, Harold Edward Berry, failed to return a chainsaw.  Officers learned that Kelly Jean Berry pawned the chainsaw on March 29.  Warrants were issued for both suspects.  Kelly Berry was initially arrested on May 1.  Warrants for Harold Berry are still outstanding.

Kelly Berry was taken into custody without incident shortly after 3 a.m. today on 13th Avenue Drive S.E., a few blocks off of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard.  She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $1,000, secured.  An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

24-year-old Adam Kyle Ramsey of 37th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:40 last night (May 18) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of driving while license revoked.

He was arrested after Hickory Police conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Highway 127 and 1st Avenue S.E.  The 1999 Chevy Monte Carlo was driven by Adam Ramsey.  Officers reportedly found two grams of methamphetamine on Ramsey’s person.

Ramsey was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,500 secured bond.  He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

32-year-old Cory Andrew “Lucky” Hartness of Weidner Road in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police late last night (May 18) on one felony count each of possession of a counterfeit instrument and uttering a counterfeit instrument, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance.

He was arrested after Hickory Police responded to Kickback Jacks on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in reference to a subject passing counterfeit money at the restaurant.  The suspect, Cory Hartness, was arrested on the scene.  During the booking process, two Xanax pills were found on his person.

Hartness was taken into custody without incident at about 11:35 last night.  He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,500, secured.  He’ll make a first appearance in District Court Monday (May 22) in Newton.

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