With predicted temperatures near single digits and a wind chill near zero, Catawba and Caldwell County Schools have announced that they will operate on a two-hour delay today (Friday, January 5).  That includes Catawba's Quest program and Caldwell's WrapAround program. Other school systems operating on a two-hour delay are the Hickory Public Schools, Newton-Conover City Schools (students and staff), Burke County Public Schools (students and staff) and Alexander County Schools.

43-year-old Eric Eugene Sigmon of Conover will spend at least six years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple assault charges and kidnapping.  The Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, handed down the sentence during Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday (January 2).

Sigmon pleaded guilty to felony counts of first-degree kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, plus misdemeanor assault on a female and two counts of misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon in the presence of a minor.  Sigmon, who had no significant prior criminal history, was sentenced six-to-eight years in the custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.

The charges were the result of a domestic situation between the defendant and a female victim that occurred on March 16 & 17 of last year.  Sigmon stomped the victim with his feet, stabbed her in the leg with a knife and strangled her until she lost consciousness.  He also locked the victim in a bedroom and struck her in the head with a gun.

Three children were in the home at the time of the assault.  The children were interviewed at the Child Advocacy & Protection Center of Catawba County.  Their statements were consistent with those made by the victim.  Sigmon also struck one of the children with a flashlight.  In addition, the defendant held a gun to the victim’s head and hit her with a flashlight and his fists in the presence of at least two of the children.

Stacy Huffman investigated the case for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant District Attorney Jamie Adams handled prosecution for the State.

Wednesday, 03 January 2018 14:20

Arrest Made in Hickory Animal Cruelty Case

37-year-old Daniel Dawarren Pride of South Center Street in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police today (January 3) on 33 felony counts of animal cruelty, plus one count each of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The charges stem from an incident today at 535 7th Avenue Place S.W. where Hickory Police responded to a reported suspicious vehicle.  Upon arrival, Officers located multiple animals, some deceased, inside a building on the property.

Pride is being held in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $103,000 bond.  He’ll make a first appearance in District Court tomorrow in Newton.

The investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information regarding the case should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551 or contact Sgt. Lori Miller directly at 828-261-2605 or lmiller@hickorync.gov.

Wednesday, 03 January 2018 11:36

Hickory Man Faces Assault & Firearms Charges

50-year-old Desmond Leon Smith of 3rd Avenue N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning (December 31) on one felony count of possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon.  He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of assault on a female, carrying a concealed gun and possession of a schedule VI controlled substance.

Events leading to Smith’s arrest began as Hickory Police responded to an assault call Sunday on the 600 block of 2nd Avenue S.E.  As Smith was taken into custody, Officers found a Taurus PT740 .40 caliber handgun on his person, along with 1.7 grams of marijuana.  The handgun had been reported stolen in a case investigated by the Conover Police Department.

Smith was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he was initially held without bond.  He was still in jail this morning (January 3) under a $27,000 bond, but has since been released.  Smith was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday in Newton.

31-year-old Christopher Eric Harkey of 16th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early on the morning of December 30 on one felony count each of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.  He was also charged with a felony probation violation.  The warrants for his arrest were issued on December 6 in Mecklenburg County.

Harkey was taken into custody without incident at his residence.  He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $50,000, secured.  He is no longer listed as an inmate there.  An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for February 28 in Charlotte.

36-year-old Sophia Renee Billings of Bannon Place in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:15 p.m. yesterday (January 2) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.  The warrants for her arrest were issued in April of last year in Caldwell County.

Billings was taken into custody and processed at the Hickory Police Department.  She was then released under an $11,000 secured bond.  An appearance in District Court was set for February 19 in Lenoir.

This morning (January 3), Hickory Police responded to a reported suspicious vehicle at 535 7th Avenue Place S.W.  Upon arrival, Officers located multiple animals, some deceased, inside a building on the property.

The investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information regarding the case should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551 or contact Sgt. Lori Miller directly at 828-261-2605 or lmiller@hickorync.gov.

Wednesday, 03 January 2018 10:03

Murder Suspect Arrested

32-year-old Thomas Alexander Seabrooks of Crest Ridge Drive in Stanfield, N.C. has been arrested for the murder of 27-year-old Michael Bryan Gardner of Granite Falls.  Seabrooks was served by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers after he turned himself in yesterday (January 2) at the Catawba Co. Justice Center.

The murder occurred at 929 Main Avenue S.W. in Hickory on November 6 of last year.  Mr. Gardner died from a gunshot wound following an altercation between himself and Seabrooks.  An indictment for Seabrooks was issued on December 4, as reported last Thursday (December 28) on WHKY.

Seabrooks is being held without bond in the Catawba County Detention Facility.  A first appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.

28-year-old Matthew Ryan Patton of Eagles Nest Lane in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:25 a.m. yesterday on four misdemeanor counts of larceny and three misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen property.  He was also charged with felony failure to appear.  In addition, Patton faces two counts each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.

At least some of the charges come in connection to a shoplifting incident at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory, originally reported in March of 2016.

The suspect was taken into custody without incident at a hotel on 13th Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory.  Patton was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $54,000, secured.  District Court appearances were scheduled for January 23, February 1 and February 8, with a Superior Court date coming up on February 19.

47-year-old Frank Rosenbaum III of Houston Mill Road in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (January 2) on one felony count each of possession of a firearm by a felon and trafficking in heroin or opium, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.  He is accused of possessing 4.4 grams of heroin.  According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, the suspect was in possession of a handgun at the time of his arrest.

Rosenbaum was taken into custody without incident at 1 a.m. today at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory.  He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $60,600, secured.  An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

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