Friday, 04 September 2015 15:01

Ridgeview Reunion to be Held Tomorrow

A parade will be held tomorrow (September 5) at 10 a.m. as part of the Ridgeview Reunion in Hickory. The parade will begin at the Brown-Penn Recreation Center and will end at the Ridgeview Community Center. Among those participating will be the Hickory High School drum line.

The parade will be followed by a talent show, which should begin at approximately 11 or 11:30 a.m. A banquet will also be held later tomorrow night at The Crossing at Hollar Mill.

The Ridgeview High School existed from 1926 until closing its doors in 1966 as the result of desegregation. The old gymnasium is now the Brown-Penn Recreation Center. The elementary school building currently serves as the Community Ridge Day Care Center, and the old cafeteria building is now the Brown-Penn Senior Citizens Center.

Friday, 04 September 2015 14:15

Two Hudson Women Arrested on Drug Charges

50-year-old Wendy Marie Parrillo and 69-year-old Sandra Ruth Cottrell, both of same address on Raintree Drive in Hudson, have both been arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers. They were each charged with felony maintaining a dwelling to keep or store a controlled substance. In addition, Parrillo was charged with felony trafficking in Oxycodone, while Cottrell also faces one misdemeanor count for dispensing medication without a license.

They were arrested as the result of an investigation that led Agents to believe the two women had illegally obtained pills. A search of the home on Raintree Drive was conducted, leading to the discovery of a total of 70 Oxycodone and Oxycontin pills. Agents also discovered evidence of prescription pill abuse in the home. The street value of the drugs seized was estimated at $1,020.

Both women were jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center with bond for each set at $10,000, secured. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for today (September 4) in Lenoir.

Friday, 04 September 2015 11:58

Hudson Couple Faces Felony Meth Charges

57-year-old Eileen Kaye Willis and 51-year-old Jeffrey Scott Willis, both of Care Free Court in Hudson, were both arrested on September 2 by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers. They were each charged with felony maintaining a dwelling to keep or store a controlled substance. Eileen Willis was also charged with felonious possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine.

The married couple had been the focus of an undercover investigation led by the Sheriff’s I.C.E. Unit. On August 24, I.C.E. Agents visited the residence and conducted a search. They found and confiscated packaged methamphetamine, diazepam and drug paraphernalia.

Agents believe the couple was distributing trafficking amounts of meth in Caldwell County on a weekly basis. The investigation is continuing and more arrests are anticipated.  

Both suspects were jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center with bond for Eileen Willis set at $25,000, secured, while Jeffrey Willis was given a $15,000 secured bond. They were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today (September 4) in Lenoir.

39-year-old Jay J. Bliss of Hickory, formerly known as Johnny Franklin Lipps III, will spend at least the next 45 months in prison after pleading guilty in Catawba County Superior Court to assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, assault by pointing a gun and possession of a firearm by a felon. Yesterday (September 3), the Honorable Gregory R. Hayes, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, sentenced Bliss to serve 45 to 75 months.

The guilty pleas came in connection to a November 26, 2014 shooting that left his then 19-year-old cousin Hunter Wade Lail hospitalized at Frye Regional Medical Center and later at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the head.

According to the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, Lail and his friend Nathan Alexander Morrison, also 19 at the time, were hunting in a wooded area near Snow Creek Elementary School when they heard shots fired as they were leaving around 5:30 p.m.

On their way out of the woods, they saw Bliss crawling on the ground with a .22-caliber rifle in his grasp. Bliss fired a shot in their direction, close enough that Morrison told investigators he could feel it whiz past him. Lail told his cousin not to point or shoot the gun anymore, but Bliss fired another shot, this time striking Lail in the forehead.

Two days earlier, Bliss had fired multiple shots over the heads of Lail and Morrison in the same wooded area. He told investigators he did not intentionally shoot at Lail, instead claiming that the rifle went off accidentally as he went to pick it up after climbing to the top of a creek bank.

Bliss has previous felony convictions for receiving and possessing stolen goods in 1994 in Catawba County and in 1998 for escaping prison in Gaston County.

Senior Investigator Rick Younger led the investigation for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and Lance Sigmon handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.

20-year-old Malik Selassei Levons of Weathers Drive in Newton, 20-year-old Adrian Alexander Bryson of Eastway Drive in Newton and 24-year-old Scottie Bernard Staton, Jr. of Reid Taylor Road in Sherrills Ford have all been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers. They were each charged with one count of conspiring to traffic in cocaine. In addition, Levons was charged with one felony count each of trafficking cocaine by possession, trafficking cocaine by transport, trafficking cocaine by sale, trafficking cocaine by delivery and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance.

Their arrests were the result of an undercover operation conducted by the Lincoln County Narcotics Unit. The operation took place yesterday (September 2) near the 3800 block of the Maiden Highway in Lincolnton. The suspects arrived and allegedly sold more than 40 grams of cocaine to an Undercover Detective. The suspects were taken into custody without incident shortly after the transaction.

Levons’ bond was set at $75,000, secured. Staton and Bryson were each given a $15,000 secured bond. All three were scheduled to make first appearances in court at nine o’clock this morning.

20-year-old Brandon Lee Hinson of 9th Street N.E. in Hickory was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police at about 12:40 yesterday afternoon (September 2) on one count of obtaining property by false pretense.

The indictment comes in connection to an incident in January of 2013 in which a hole was cut in the side of the S&C Body Shop and various items were removed, including two wrist watches, a cell phone, a radiator fuel pump, four keys and two motorcycles.

Hinson was taken into custody yesterday without incident and then released under a $7,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

31-year-old Colby Boone Ritchie of Bluegrass Lane in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police just before ten o’clock last night (September 2) on charges of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested after Police responded to the 200 block of 14th Avenue N.E. in reference to a possible drug overdose, which was called in by an acquaintance of the victim. The victim, Colby Ritchie, was transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center.

In Ritchie’s vehicle, Officers found three grams of powder cocaine and paraphernalia. Ritchie was taken into custody without incident after he was released from the hospital.

He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $7,500, secured. An appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

31-year-old Jerry Dean Absher, Jr. of Springs Meadow Drive in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7 p.m. yesterday (September 2) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. He was also arrested on outstanding warrants from August 5 for misdemeanor larceny and injury to real property.

He was arrested as Officers traveling through the parking lot at Lowe’s Home Improvement on 21st Street Drive S.E. were told by a motorist that a man in the parking lot appeared to be on drugs. Officers approached the subject, who was identified as Jerry Absher.

Officers found the outstanding warrants for Absher’s arrest. Absher asked if he could call his girlfriend to come get his vehicle. He then attempted to flee, on foot. Police caught the suspect after just a few steps. A search of Absher’s person turned up two meth rocks weighing two grams.

Absher was taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $18,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton, with another court date on the outstanding warrants coming up on September 30.

Wednesday, 02 September 2015 17:21

Missing Claremont Man Found

According to Claremont Police, 96-year-old Max Garland Fulbright has been found in a heavily wooded area just a few hundred yards from his home. He is alive, but no further word on his condition was available late Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Garland was found by a private citizen who wanted to help with the search.

The N.C. Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert for Mr. Fulbright early Wednesday afternoon (September 2) after he went missing from 3003 North Oxford Street in Claremont.

31-year-old Tyrel Stephon White of Fort Meade Florida has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and no operator’s license.

At about 9:40 a.m. on August 31, traffic enforcement Officers on I-77 South near Union Grove attempted to stop a 2015 Kia Forte driven by Tyrel White. When Officers activated their blue lights and siren, White began to slow down as if he was going to pull over. Instead, White accelerated and sped away.

Deputies pursued White as he traveled southbound on I-77. During the pursuit, White began to throw bags of contraband from the vehicle. The suspect continued to flee and began to drive in a reckless manner in an attempt to avoid arrest. Deputies then disengaged and canceled the pursuit due to safety concerns.

As Deputies searched the area, an Officer spotted the vehicle in a parking space at a motel in Statesville. Sheriff’s Deputies and Homeland Security Officers from Charlotte began to conduct surveillance on the vehicle and the motel. A motel employee was interviewed. The employee told Deputies they saw White enter a room on the third floor.

A search warrant was executed and White was found in the room. A sock containing cash was found on White’s person. Evidence was collected and the Kia was seized.

White was taken into custody without further incident. He was jailed under a $100,000 bond. His next District Court appearance was set for September 15.

Iredell County Narcotics Officers and the Department of Homeland Security are continuing to investigate.