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19-year-old Carlos Car’Tre Ikard of 3rd Avenue S.E. and 17-year-old Taren Ashley Symone Hairston of 5th Street S.E., both from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (March 29) on drug charges. Ikard was charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and the sale of a schedule I controlled substance. Hairston faces felony charges for possession of cocaine and possession of a schedule I controlled substance, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.

They are both accused of possessing 1.1 grams of crack cocaine, 14.2 grams of marijuana and 3.5 grams of MDMA or Ecstasy. The two were taken into custody without incident just after 2:30 this morning at the Krispy Kreme store on Highway 70 S.E.

Both suspects were placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility with bond for Ikard set at $25,000, secured, while Hairston was given a $3,000 secured bond. They were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today.

34-year-old Shane Evens Rinck of Keener Road in Lincolnton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:10 last Thursday night (March 24) on one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and obtaining property by false pretense.

He was arrested after a Loss Prevention Officer at Walmart on Highway 70 S.E. saw Rinck as he allegedly concealed socks, briefs and shampoo and passed the last point of sale without paying. He also reportedly attempted to return a C.D. he had not paid for. The items were valued at $47.

Rinck was detained by Loss Prevention until Hickory Police arrived and took him into custody without incident. Rinck was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (March 28) in Newton.

26-year-old Xavier Tariano Hoover of Carlyle Drive in Charlotte was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (March 26) on one felony count each of possession of a firearm by a felon and speeding to elude arrest, plus misdemeanor counts of counterfeiting, D.W.I. and driving while license revoked.

He was arrested after Officers saw a man who they believed to have outstanding warrants for his arrest. The man got into a 2009 Toyota Camry and drove away. Police stopped the vehicle at 3rd Street N.W. and 4th Avenue N.W. for a window tinting violation. During the traffic stop, the driver, Xavier Hoover, sped away and was pursued by Police. The chase came to an end at 2nd Street N.E. and 8th Avenue N.E.

A subsequent search led to the discovery of a .380 Ruger handgun, an Airsoft gun and counterfeit cash. The counterfeit was in denominations of $20, $50 and $100, totaling $270.

Officers did not find any outstanding warrants for Hoover’s arrest. He was cited for the window tinting violation.

Hoover was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (March 28) in Newton.

44-year-old William Andrew Stone of Barry Oak Road in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers for larceny of a motor vehicle.

On March 16, Detectives took a report regarding a 1981 Ford truck that was stolen from an address on Barry Oak Road. The victim said he had been given permission to store the vehicle on William Andrew Stone’s property until he could find a place to keep it. The victim learned that the vehicle was missing in early February of this year.

Detectives found that Stone sold the truck without the owner’s permission. Detectives gathered information and written statements from witnesses who saw Stone sell the vehicle on January 9 to three unidentified men.

Stone was already in the Iredell County Jail where he was awaiting a court date for possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Stone spoke to Detectives and admitted that he sold the 1981 Ford Truck without permission. Stone refused to provide information regarding the men who bought the truck. He said the men stopped by his residence one day in early January of this year and asked to buy the truck, so he sold it to them.

Stone was charged and given an additional secured bond of $1,000, bringing his total bond to $3,500, secured. He’ll answer to the stolen vehicle charge in Statesville District Court on April 5. A court date on the drug charges is coming up on April 27.

46-year-old Ralph Preston Wolfe, Jr., who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:15 last night (March 23) on one count of felony habitual misdemeanor assault.

He was initially arrested in connection to an incident on March 17 when Police responded to an assault call at the Propst Mobile Home Park in Hickory. Officers found the victim in a tent and the suspect, Ralph Wolfe, walking away from the tent.

The victim, a 36-year-old Hickory woman, had injuries to her head and jaw. E.M.S. was called to the scene, but the woman refused treatment.

Wolfe was arrested the following day and charged with assault on a female. The charge was upgraded to reflect Wolfe’s history, which includes convictions in Catawba County for assault inflicting serious injury in January of this year and assault by pointing a gun and communicating threats in December of 2007.

Wolfe was taken into custody without incident in the vicinity of the Thunderbird Mobile Home Park in Hickory’s St. Stephens area. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility without bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

Thursday, 24 March 2016 10:24

Vandalism Reported at Oakwood Cemetery

Hickory Police are investigating an incident at the Oakwood Cemetery in which a mausoleum was vandalized and a skull was stolen. The cemetery is located at 522 4th Street N.W. in Hickory. A city employee found the damage and reported it to Police at about 8 a.m. Wednesday. The employee left the location at about 3:30 the previous afternoon.

Officers found that James William Floyd’s mausoleum had been disrupted and the casket had been removed and opened. Police have confirmed that a skull was removed. At this time, it appears that no other items of value were taken.

Mr. Floyd was originally interred in 2008. Drum Funeral Home, which handled the original burial, is storing the casket until repairs to the mausoleum are completed.

H.P.D.’s investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the crime should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551 or contact Sgt. Dustin Nowatka at 828-261-2624 or dnowatka@hickorync.gov.

46-year-old Richard Lee Howes of Rhyne Street in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincolnton Police on charges of second-degree kidnapping, domestic assault on a female, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official and resisting a public officer.

Shortly after 10 p.m. on Tuesday (March 22), Patrol Officers responded to a domestic disturbance at a residence on the 400 block of Rhyne Street in Lincolnton. Officers found a husband and wife engaged in an active verbal disturbance. The wife said she had been assaulted by her husband, Richard Lee Howes. The victim displayed signs of the assault.

Officers spoke Richard Howes who admitted that he had assaulted his wife, but said he would not go to jail. Officers told Howes he was under arrest. He refused and resisted being handcuffed while attempting to assault the Officers by utilizing a metal object as a weapon. Howes was tased and taken into custody without further incident.

Further investigation revealed that the victim had previously been tied up by her husband. He also hit her in the face several times. The victim escaped and ran from the scene to call 9-1-1.

Howes was jailed without bond due to the domestic nature of the charges. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today (March 23). A judge will issue bond for Howes at that time.

Howes has previous convictions for communicating threats, disorderly conduct and various traffic related offenses.

40-year-old Antonio Dwaine Green of Hildebran Mountain Avenue in Icard was served a True Bill of Indictment by Hickory Police at 4:10 yesterday afternoon (March 22) on one felony count of larceny by servant or other employee.

He was arrested in connection to an incident dating back to November of 2014. Green, who was employed by Dunkin’ Donuts at the time, is accused of taking money from the business’ deposit bag. He was originally arrested in March of last year.

Green was taken into custody yesterday at the Old Shelby Road exit (exit 121 on I-40). He was processed at H.P.D. and then released under a $2,000 unsecured bond. Green was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today in Newton.

24-year-old David Kent Dula of 6th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (March 23) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

He was arrested as Police stopped a 1997 Mitsubishi Montero with a headlight out on 2nd Street N.E. in Hickory. Dula was the driver and the vehicle’s only occupant. A K-9 Officer alerted to the presence of narcotics. A search was conducted, leading to the discovery of 7.9 grams of crack cocaine in the Mitsubishi.

Dula was taken into custody without incident at 12:08 a.m. today and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

An accident on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory late yesterday afternoon snarled traffic and sent one man to the hospital with serious injuries.

At 4:17 p.m. Tuesday, a southbound 1994 Subaru station wagon driven by 90-year-old Paul Powers, Jr. of Hickory went through the intersection on 4th Street Drive S.W. at Highway 70 S.W., near the Walmart Neighborhood Market. At the same time, a 1995 Dodge Dakota pickup truck driven by 45-year-old Jeffrey Todd Walker of Granite Falls went through the same intersection, westbound on Highway 70 S.W. According to witnesses, Mr. Powers ran the red light and entered the intersection in front of Mr. Walker’s truck, resulting in a t-bone collision.

Mr. Powers was transported via helicopter to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Congestion caused by the air transport caused the closure of several lanes on 4th Street Drive S.W. and Highway 70 S.W. as traffic was temporarily re-routed.

No information was released regarding any potential injuries sustained by Mr. Walker, and no information regarding Mr. Powers’ current condition is available.

Hickory Police are investigating. The Hickory Fire Department, Catawba Co. E.M.S. and the Brookford Police Department also responded to the scene.