33-year-old Zabian Devon Patterson of Hope Mills, N.C. was arrested by Hickory Police just before 11 o’clock last night (August 23) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance with intent to manufacture and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.

He was arrested after Officers on foot patrol at the Red Roof Inn off of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard in Hickory smelled the odor of marijuana coming from a room at the hotel. There were three occupants in the room.

In Patterson’s belongings, Police found 1.3 grams of cocaine and 4.9 grams of marijuana. Another subject in the room was issued a citation for simple possession of marijuana. The third person was not charged or cited.

Patterson was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $6,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

38-year-old William Lee Spencer, Jr. of Bumgarner Road in Granite Falls was arrested by Probation & Parole Officers and Agents with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s I.C.E. Unit Monday (August 22) on felony counts of trafficking in opium, possession of cocaine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.

Agents searched Spencer’s residence Monday and found 25 dosage units of Hydrocodone and 53 dosage units of Oxycodone pain pills. The pills are opium derivatives with a combined weight of more than 14 grams. Any amount over four grams constitutes trafficking. Agents also found and seized 10 grams of high-quality marijuana, a small amount of powder cocaine and $655 cash. The drugs seized have a value of over $1,100, according to North Carolina State Drug Guidelines.

Spencer was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $250,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court Tuesday (August 23) in Lenoir.

Spencer is currently on probation for previous drug convictions based on investigations conducted by the I.C.E. Unit. More charges are expected.

Monday, 22 August 2016 17:43

Catawba Chamber Officer Passes Away

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce and others throughout the community are mourning the death of Terri Ferraguto, VP of Shareholder Relations. Ms. Ferraguto passed away peacefully Sunday evening after a battle with cancer.

Ms. Ferraguto was a member of the Chamber since October 2012. She is survived by her husband, Dick, and her son, Austin, as well as many friends and loved ones.

Arrangements had not been announced as of Monday afternoon.

42-year-old Carl Henry Duncan, Jr. of 17th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested on a true bill of indictment by Hickory Police at about 7:40 last night (August 21) on two felony counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. The complainant listed on H.P.D.’s arrest report is the Catawba County Clerk of Court.

Duncan was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton.

63-year-old Daniel Ussery of 6th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:20 Friday afternoon (August 19) on one felony count each of breaking and entering and habitual larceny.

Ussery had previously been arrested in connection to an incident at the Belk store in Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall on February 28 of this year. The reporting party told Police they saw Ussery conceal a wallet and go beyond the last point of sale without paying.

According to Hickory Police, Ussery has four previous convictions for larceny. He was served a true bill of indictment Friday at a convenience store on North Center Street where he was taken into custody without incident. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today (August 22) in Newton

35-year-old Chad Daunta Bess of 34th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (August 20) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

He was arrested when Officers who were attempting to serve a warrant at a residence on 34th Street Drive N.E. heard what they believed to be gunfire. After further investigation, Officers determined that the sound was a vehicle backfire; however, they did locate Bess in the vicinity, holding a handgun.

Bess, who had a previous felony drug conviction in Catawba County in 1998, was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today on the firearms charge and a number of felony drug charges. He also has a September 19 court date on additional firearms and drug charges.

28-year-old Robert Joshua Copeland of 35th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about three o’clock Friday afternoon (August 19) on one felony count each of forgery of bank notes and uttering a forged instrument, plus a misdemeanor probation violation and misdemeanor failure to appear on a drug paraphernalia charge. He was also charged by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office on a surrender by surety for possession of stolen goods, driving while license revoked not impaired, possession or display of an altered, fictitious or revoked driver’s license and possession of heroin.

He was arrested in connection to an incident on August 6. The general manager at Cookout Burgers on North Center Street in Hickory reported that someone passed a counterfeit $100 bill at the restaurant. The manager was able to give a vehicle description, which led to the identification of Robert Joshua Copeland as the suspect. Warrants for his arrest were issued on the same date.

Copeland was taken into custody at his residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $58,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (August 22) in Newton. Additional court dates are coming up on September 8, September 21 and October 28.

18-year-old Trevin Ali Brown of 28th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before eight o’clock last night (August 18) on one felony count of robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons. He was also served outstanding warrants from June of this year for felony first-degree burglary, felony second-degree kidnapping and misdemeanor simple assault & battery, plus another warrant from December 2015 for felony possession of cocaine.

The robbery charge stems from an incident on July 30. An 18-year-old male victim reported that he was contacted by the suspect through Snapchat regarding a gun that was for sale. The two met at Hickory East Apartments where the suspect allegedly pointed the gun at the victim and fled with both the money and the gun. The suspect and the victim are acquainted.

The outstanding warrants from June come in connection to an incident at the Civitan Court Apartment complex on 17th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. On June 14, two victims heard a knock at the door. A 19-year-old female victim came downstairs and was briefly assaulted. The 23-year-old male victim also came downstairs where he was assaulted and dragged away from the residence. Neither victim was transported to the hospital.

Brown is the third person arrested in connection to that case. 20-year-old Michael Emmanuel Tucker, Jr. of Hickory was arrested on July 10 and 19-year-old Cedric Devonta Ellis of Hickory was arrested on July 29.

Brown was taken into custody without incident yesterday at a residence on 5th Avenue S.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $95,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

A black 2009 Nissan Cube was stolen from the parking lot at the Dollar General store off of Highway 127 in Bethlehem. The victim’s dog, Gabby, was in the vehicle and was also stolen. The dog is a white Shih Tzu.

The incident unfolded at about 6:20 p.m. Wednesday (August 17) as the victim parked in front of the store with the engine running and the air conditioning on as the dog was left in the vehicle. Two white males entered the store and quickly exited. They got into the parked Nissan and drove away with the dog still inside.

The suspects were both described as white males with slim builds in their mid-20s.

The Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Office is investigating. Anyone with information regarding the incident or the whereabouts of the dog or the vehicle should call the Sheriff’s Office at 828-632-1111 or call Crime Stoppers at 828-632-8555.

Thursday, 18 August 2016 10:26

Hickory Woman Faces Felony Crack Charge

22-year-old Aleia Kianna Rice of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 10:40 a.m. yesterday (August 17) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

She was arrested when Police stopped a 1992 Ford Explorer driven by Rice for a suspended license and an expired tag. The vehicle was stopped at a restaurant on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Officers found 0.8 grams of crack cocaine on Rice’s person. One other person was in the vehicle but was not charged.

Rice was jailed under a $5,000 secured bond. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

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