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22-year-old Aishia Marie Pacheco has been arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a charge of second-degree murder.

At about 6:10 a.m. yesterday (May 24), Alexander County 9-1-1 took a call regarding an unresponsive four-day-old infant. The infant’s mother, Aishia Pacheco, was given instructions over the phone to perform C.P.R. E.M.S., first responders and law enforcement arrived at the residence in the Wittenburg Community where they found the infant unresponsive.

Alexander County E.M.S. pronounced the infant deceased at the scene. The child’s body was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital for an autopsy.

According to Sheriff Chris Bowman, Pacheco told Detectives the baby had been crying. She picked up the baby and held it against her chest, smothering the child.

Pacheco was arrested and jailed under a $1,000,000 secured bond. Her first District Court appearance was scheduled for June 6 in Alexander County.

Donna Shronce, a hospice care worker from Vale, has won $200,000 in the North Carolina Education Lottery’s Gold Rush game. She bought the winning ticket last Tuesday night (May 17) at the Triple B One Stop on N.C. 274 in Cherryville.

Shronce said her after-tax winnings of $138,501 would make a big difference for her and her husband, a food service technician. Shronce said they would donate to their church, pay the college expenses for a daughter, save for the future and take a summer cruise.

With Shronce’s win, two top prizes of $200,000 remain to be claimed in the $200,000 Gold Rush game.

To learn how lottery funds have been used in any specific county, visit the “For Education” page on the lottery’s website.

25-year-old Paul Walker Jacob Mills of Commodore Loop and 25-year-old Charles Vernon Brooks III of Kilborne Road, both from Mooresville, have been charged by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers with obtaining property by false pretenses. Mills has been taken into custody. He was also charged with simple possession of a schedule III controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Brooks remains at large.

On May 20, Sheriff’s Officers were dispatched to Woodstream Circle where a suspicious person was going door-to-door wearing khaki shorts, dirty work boots and a sweatshirt from the Charlotte Fire Department. He was carrying a two-liter green drink bottle with the top cut off. Written on the bottle in magic-marker were the words, “for the wounded firefighters raffle”. The man told homeowners he was collecting money for the Charlotte Fire Department’s Fallen Firefighters.

Deputies located a male subject matching the description walking on the street, with the green bottle in hand. He was identified as Paul Walker Jacob Mills. Mills admitted that he didn’t work for the Fire Department and had no plans to hand over any of the money over to them. Mills told Deputies that his friend, Charles Vernon Brooks III, had come up with the idea and was collecting money in an adjoining neighborhood while driving a black Ford Ranger.

As Mills was arrested, Officers found schedule III narcotics and a syringe in his front right pocket. Officers were unable to locate Brooks. Mills was taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was held under a $5,000 secured bond. Mills will appear in District Court on June 13. A warrant was issued for Brooks’ arrest.  

61-year-old Everette Bryson Chester of 17th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Saturday (May 21) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Chester is wanted in Richland County, South Carolina for a probation violation.

He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $30,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for June 27 in Newton.

28-year-old Brandon Owen Townsend, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:30 yesterday afternoon (May 23) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense and two felony probation violations.

Few details are available. The complainant listed on H.P.D.’s arrest report is the Catawba Co. Clerk of Court.

He was taken into custody at a self-storage facility on 18th Street N.E. in Hickory and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for August 1, which also includes misdemeanor charges for larceny and possession of stolen goods or property.

29-year-old Miguel Christopher Sanchez of 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory has been arrested by Hickory Police on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule III controlled substance, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested in connection to an incident on March 29 of this year when Police responded to a disturbance at Sanchez’s residence. Officers found Sanchez at the scene and asked him if he had any weapons. Sanchez said there was a knife in his pocket. When Police reached to retrieve the knife, they also found a meth pipe.

Sanchez was initially placed under arrest at that time. A subsequent search turned up 0.6 grams of methamphetamine, four Alprazolam pills and 14 Buprenorphine Hydrochloride pills (which is typically used to treat opioid addiction).

Sanchez was again taken into custody without incident at about 2:45 this morning (May 24) at St. Aloysius Catholic Church on 2nd Street N.E. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,500 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

25-year-old Kendrick Schwarting of Evans Street in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:35 Friday night on felony counts of financial transaction card theft and financial card fraud, plus one misdemeanor count for no operator’s license.

He was arrested after Officers patrolling the area near Highway 70 S.W. and Highway 321 saw a vehicle turn left, hit the center island and drift into the far lane. Police stopped the vehicle on the 900 block of Highway 70 S.W.

Officers smelled the odor of marijuana. They searched the vehicle and found a baggie under the passenger seat and an open container of malt beverage. The baggie contained 5.6 grams of marijuana. Officers also discovered an outstanding indictment for Schwarting on the financial card theft & fraud charges. The orders for arrest were issued in Burke County.

In addition, Schwarting was cited for driving while license revoked, an improper lane change, an open container violation and possession of marijuana up to half an ounce. A male passenger was also cited for possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.

Schwarting was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,500 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court on May 31 and in Superior Court on June 27.

25-year-old James Nelson Woods III of Fairway Acres Circle in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 11 p.m. Friday (May 20) on one felony count of possession of a schedule I controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while impaired. He was also charged with headlight and taillight violations.

Woods was arrested after Officers patrolling in the area of Highway 70 S.W. saw an eastbound Ford F-250 with no license plate, headlights or taillights. They stopped the truck at the Hickory Plaza shopping center on Highway 70 S.W. Police say the driver, James Woods, appeared to be impaired.

Communications confirmed that Woods had outstanding warrants for shoplifting, simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of marijuana. As Woods stepped out of the truck, a baggie fell from his lap to the ground. The baggie contained 7.3 grams of psilocybin mushrooms. A digital scale was also found.

Woods was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,000 secured bond. Appearances in District Court were set for today (May 23), June 14 and July 8.

40-year-old Feree Juanwhana Boswell of North Thomas Avenue in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4 p.m. Friday (May 20) on one felony count each of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and larceny after breaking & entering, plus misdemeanor counts of assault on a female and a domestic violence protection order violation.

He was arrested in connection to an incident on May 18 when Police were dispatched to a reported strong-arm robbery on 8th Avenue Circle S.E. A female victim said she was standing by the open, front, driver’s side door of her vehicle when the suspect charged her from behind and shoved her into the vehicle. The suspect took the victim’s cell phone and left the scene.

The victim was able to identify the suspect. A warrant was issued and Boswell was taken into custody two days later on 2nd Street Court S.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he was initially held without bond. Bond has since been set at $23,700. Court appearances were set for today and for June 1.

24-year-old Julius Andrew Coleman of 2nd Street Place S.W. of Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2 p.m. Saturday (May 21) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a schedule VI controlled substance.

He was arrested when Officers patrolling the area of South Center Street saw a Chevrolet Impala with no license plate. They stopped the vehicle at 2nd Avenue S.W. and South Center Street. As Officers approached, they smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the car’s open window. There were two occupants in the vehicle -- Coleman and a male driver.

When the Officers returned to their patrol car to run the Chevy’s VIN number to determine ownership of the vehicle, they saw Coleman open the passenger door. Officers returned to the suspect vehicle where they found a Taurus .38 Special handgun and 34.6 grams of marijuana under the car.

Coleman was arrested without incident and the driver was cited for an open container violation and concealment of a registration plate. Coleman was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (May 23) in Newton.