30-year-old Whitney Takalya Harris of 7th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was served a bill of indictment by Hickory Police shortly after ten o’clock last night (May 15) on one felony count of habitual larceny. The Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office also charged her with non-support of a child.

She was arrested in connection to an incident on January 15 of this year when Hickory Police responded to the Belk store in reference to a subject who concealed items and exited past the last point of sale. Loss Prevention detained Harris and recovered the stolen items. She was initially arrested on that date.

Harris was taken into custody without incident last night at the Sunny Valley public housing complex on 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton. Harris was also given a $110 cash bond on the non-support charge with a court date on May 24.

The Lincolnton Police Department is requesting the public’s help in solving a homicide that took place on May 4 at approximately 11:48 p.m. The victim, Johnny Ray “Nuke” Izard, Jr., was walking on the 200 block of New Bold Street Lincolnton when he was shot. Mr. Izard later died at the hospital.

Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect or suspects. Anyone with information should call Lincolnton Police at 704-736-8900 or contact Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

The N.C. Department of Transportation will temporarily close two ramps at the Interstate 40 interchange and the Old Mocksville Highway (Exit 154) for resurfacing work, weather permitting.

The first closure will affect the exit ramp from I-40 East to the Old Mocksville Highway, starting at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 20. The ramp is scheduled to reopen by 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 22.

Next, crews will close the entrance ramp from the Old Mocksville Highway to I-40 West, starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 22. Work is scheduled to wrap up by 6 a.m. on Thursday, May 24.

25-year-old Garan Colby Wilburn of 14th Lane Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before 4 p.m. yesterday (May 14) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon. He was also charged with a felony probation violation.

Wilburn is the latest suspect arrested in connection to a fatal shooting that occurred on April 8 outside The Vault Bar & Lounge on 1st Avenue N.E. in downtown Hickory. 20-year-old Antonio Knoshjun Watts died as the result of gunshot wounds received during the incident.

Garan Wilburn was one of three persons injured in the shooting, in addition to the deceased. He was initially taken to a local hospital and then to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem for treatment of his injuries.

24-year-old Caine Anthony “Killa Caine” Morrison of Winston Salem, 21-year-old Carlos Car’tre Ikard of Hickory and 24-year-old Keon Rashan Scott of Hickory were arrested in late April and early May.

Wilburn was taken into custody without incident yesterday on the 800 block of 14th Street N.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled today with another court date on May 21.

33-year-old Tyrell Lewis Jenkins of 5th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:30 a.m. yesterday (May 14) on one felony count of conspiracy to traffic in cocaine. Jenkins was arrested in connection to the drug trafficking conspiracy case that resulted in 20 previous arrests, first reported Friday (May 11) on WHKY.

He was taken into custody without incident yesterday at the Hickory Police Department. Jenkins was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $100,000, secured. He was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today in Newton.

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32-year-old Nathan Keith Chaney of Falls Avenue in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:20 Friday night (May 11) on felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, sale or delivery of a schedule II controlled substance (two counts), the manufacture, sale, delivery or possession of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine, the sale or delivery of marijuana and possession of a schedule II controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged with failure to appear on one count of felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

Chaney was arrested following a traffic stop at Tate Boulevard S.E. and 15th Street S.E. Officers found 1.2 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. The driver, Nathan Chaney, was arrested. He was also arrested on additional outstanding warrants.

Chaney was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $121,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday in Newton with another court date coming up on June 13.

37-year-old Heath Blake Winkler of Snow Creek Road N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:45 last Friday afternoon (May 11) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon, trafficking in methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance.

He was arrested after Hickory Police responded to a hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. after staff there found 1,463 grams of methamphetamine, 251 grams of marijuana a Smith & Wesson firearm and $1,426 cash in a hotel room. Winkler was taken into custody without incident at the hotel.

The suspect was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $150,000, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday (May 14) in Newton.

48-year-old Craig Jarvis Patterson of 12th Avenue S.W. in Hickory has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of possession of a stolen automobile, plus two counts of habitual larceny. Patterson was also charged with failure to appear on one count of misdemeanor larceny.

Patterson was jailed this morning (May 14) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,500. He’ll appear in District Court today, tomorrow and on May 21.

Catawba County has confirmed its second case of rabies this year.

On May 9, a citizen from Maiden reported that their cat had been involved in an altercation with a skunk. The skunk was sent to the North Carolina Public Health Laboratory in Raleigh, which notified Catawba County today (May 11) that the skunk tested positive for rabies.

The cat was current on its rabies vaccine. Per state vaccination guidelines, Catawba County Animal Services advised the owner to provide a rabies booster to the cat within 96 hours of the incident.

The best way to protect pets from rabies is to have them properly vaccinated. For more information, call Catawba County Animal Services at 828-464-7686.

On May 9, multiple law enforcement agencies concluded a six-month investigation into a drug trafficking organization headed by Naeem Ali Mungro of Newton, Gevon Marquise King of Hickory, and Jaron Monte Cornwell of Hickory. Numerous other individuals who worked with the three men were identified throughout Western North Carolina. They allegedly distributed large quantities of cocaine and crack cocaine.

On May 7, a total of 22 individuals were indicted by a Catawba Co. Grand Jury for their involvement in the conspiracy. Throughout the investigation, multiple search warrants were executed. Officers seized over 2.5 pounds of cocaine and crack cocaine, seven handguns, one assault rifle and approximately $36,000 in cash.

The investigation stemmed from citizens’ complaints regarding drug sales and gun-related violence. Some of the defendants are validated gang members.

The following individuals were arrested between May 9 & 11 and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility:

35-year-old Naeem Ali Mungro of Newton was charged with one count each of conspiracy to traffic cocaine and continuing a criminal enterprise. He was given a $1-million bond.

34-year-old Gevon Marquise King of Hickory was charged with one count of conspiracy to traffic cocaine. He was jailed without bond.

30-year-old Jaron Monte Cornwell of Hickory was charged with one count each of conspiracy to traffic cocaine and continuing a criminal enterprise. He was given a $1-million bond.

36-year-old Shamaine Antwon Edwards of Hickory was charged with one count of conspiracy to traffic cocaine. His bond was set at $100,000.

24-year-old John Markel Gaither of Hickory was charged with one count of conspiracy to traffic cocaine. His bond was set at $500,000.

28-year-old Dershae Mylantus Blackburn of Lincolnton was charged with one count of conspiracy to traffic cocaine. His bond was set at $250,000.

33-year-old Terrance Keon Geter of Greensboro was charged with one count of conspiracy to traffic cocaine. His bond was set at $500,000.

47-year-old Tyrone Javelle Bowens of Hickory was charged with one count of conspiracy to traffic cocaine. His bond was set at $500,000.

30-year-old Robert Jason Jenkins of Hickory was charged with one count of conspiracy to traffic cocaine. His bond was set at $500,000.

37-year-old Eddie Carlos Linder Hickory was charged with one count of conspiracy to traffic cocaine. His bond was set at $250,000.

27-year-old Rahshawn Jarday Williams of Hickory was charged with one count of conspiracy to traffic cocaine. His bond was set at $500,000.

23-year-old Jasean Cantrell Abernathy of Hickory was charged with one count of conspiracy to traffic cocaine. His bond was set at $250,000.

40-year-old Karl Brantley Rinehardt of Conover was charged with one count of conspiracy to traffic cocaine. His bond was set at $250,000.

39-year-old Damian Dion Liles of Hickory was charged with one count of conspiracy to traffic cocaine. His bond was set at $500,000.

27-year-old Devonta Marquise Beatty of Hickory was charged with one count of conspiracy to traffic cocaine. His bond was set at $500,000.

36-year-old Lavonne Lee White of Newton was charged with one count of conspiracy to traffic cocaine. His bond was set at $250,000 bond

35-year-old Steven Antwan Good of Hickory was charged with one count of conspiracy to traffic cocaine. His bond was set at $125,000.

60-year-old Christo George Helton of Hickory was charged with one count of felony obstruction of justice. He was given a $100,000 bond.

49-year-old William Bernard Mitchell of Gastonia was charged with one count of conspiracy to traffic cocaine. His bond was set at $500,000.

43-year-old Nathaniel Thomas Hatcher of Jacksonville, Florida was charged with one count of conspiracy to traffic cocaine. He was arrested on April 28 of this year.

Arrest warrants have been issued for the following defendants, who remain at-large at this time:

32-year-old Dominic Sharel Adams of Hickory faces one count of conspiracy to traffic cocaine.

33-year-old Tyrell Lewis Jenkins of Hickory faces one count of conspiracy to traffic cocaine.

This investigation is continuing. Additional charges are expected.

The following agencies were involved in the investigation: the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Hickory Police Department, the 36th Prosecutorial District Attorney’s Office, the Maiden Police Department, the Newton Police Department, the Long View Police Department, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the McDowell Co. Sheriff’s Office, the Cleveland Co. Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms, the F.B.I., North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety Division of Community Corrections, the Conover Police Department, the Huntersville Police Department, the Greensboro Police Department, the Gastonia Police Department, the Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Office, the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office, the Gaston Co. Police Department and the Rowan Co. Sheriff’s Office.

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