46-year-old Robert Herman Pearson, Jr. of NE Jolly Place in Lenoir was arrested Monday (December 31) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Pearson was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center, bond was set at $7,500 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled Thursday (January 3).
36-year-old Steven Cory Morgan of Highway 70 SW in Hickory was arrested December 21 by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with six felony counts of 2nd degree sexual exploitation of a minor.
On October 5, 2018, the Hickory Police Department received information that launched an investigation into alleged crimes committed by the suspect. That investigation culminated in Morgan's arrest.
Following the arrest, bond for Morgan was set at $100,000 unsecured. He was not listed as an inmate in Catawba County as of today (January 2). No upcoming court dates were listed.
19-year-old Robert Djuan Nelson, Jr. of 17th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 8:30 last Friday night (December 28) on a long list of charges. Nelson faces two felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and one felony count each of possession of stolen goods and larceny of a motor vehicle. He’s also charged with single misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and transporting unsealed wine or liquor in the passenger area, plus two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.
Nelson was arrested when Police responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle at the Camelot Courts apartments. The vehicle, a 2015 Subaru Forester, had been reported stolen. During the incident, Officers found five grams of marijuana.
Bills of Indictment were served in connection to an incident on October 1 when Police responded to a residence on 8th Street Drive N.W. Nelson was initially arrested on October 16. He is also charged in connection to a stolen vehicle that was reported on December 5 at an address on 21st Street S.W. The vehicle was found with a stolen license tag.
Nelson was taken into custody without incident Friday. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $45,000 secured bond. Appearances in District Court & Superior Court were set for tomorrow (January 3) in Newton.
33-year-old Curese Devin McIlwain of 8th Avenue Drive SE in Hickory was arrested last Saturday (December 29) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance.
According to Hickory Police reports, officers assisted probation officers at a residence on 8th Avenue Drive SE. Police found 4.3 grams of crack cocaine, two dosage units of oxycodone, 3.4 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and a firearm. HPD reports list additional arrest dates of November 27 of 2017 and 2018 along with September 12 of 2018.
McIlwain was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for January 22.
29-year-old Crystal Marie McCullen of Keener Road in Lincolnton was arrested last Friday (December 28) by Hickory Police Officers. She's charged with two counts of felony probation violation along with single misdemeanor counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and hit and run with property damage.
McCullen was arrested just after 9:30 a.m. Friday at a Hickory lodging establishment. The complainant is listed on Hickory PD reports as the Gaston County Clerk of Court. McCullen was placed in jail under $65,000 secured bond. She was not listed as an inmate in Catawba County as of today (January 2). A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for January 7 in Gastonia.
A shooting incident is reportedly under investigation in Catawba County. According to published reports, a man is accused of shooting his son Tuesday (January 1) in Brookford, south of Hickory. The reports say the victim was found on South Center Street next to Brookford Town Hall.
According to the reports, the son's injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. Investigators say the two men had been drinking. Charges were pending, the investigation was continuing.
Scott Reilly was sworn in as the new District Attorney for the 36th Prosecutorial District during a ceremony held at the Catawba County Justice Center on Tuesday (January 1).
In front of family, friends and supporters, Reilly and 14 Assistant District Attorneys took the oath of office administered by the Honorable Gregory R. Hayes, Resident Superior Court Judge from Catawba County.
“I want to make a difference by giving back to our community, and I expect our ADAs (Assistant District Attorneys) to engage in ways to give back to our community,” Reilly said. “I understand that I have been given a vast amount of responsibility. I am asking family, friends and supporters for their thoughts and prayers in helping me make the right decisions and do the right things. This is the highlight of my professional career. It truly is an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of our district.”
He begins his first term after defeating former DA David Learner in the 2018 primary to earn the Republican nod for the office. Reilly ran unopposed in the November general election.
As District Attorney, Reilly will oversee the prosecution of criminal cases in the 36th Prosecutorial District, formerly known as the 25th District, comprised of Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties.
Reilly, who has been practicing law for nearly 30 years, is no stranger to the District Attorney’s Office, having served as an ADA under former DA Bob Thomas from 1989 to 1994.
As he begins his tenure as District Attorney, Reilly has identified a number of issues he wants to prioritize as he and his administration move forward. He wants to address the large number of pending murder cases, particularly in Catawba County, determining which of those need to go to trial and how best to resolve them to bring closure to victims of those aging cases.
He also wants to implement a jail diversion initiative to help substance abuse defendants get treatment and assistance with their addiction rather than remaining in an endless cycle of being arrested and going to jail over and over again.
“Hopefully, we can get them off drugs so they can go to work, support their family, be a good spouse and good parent,” Reilly explained.
Catawba County Animal Services has confirmed the fourteenth case of rabies in the county in 2018. Previous cases reported last year by Catawba County occurred in Maiden, Vale, Newton, Hickory, Sherrills Ford and Claremont.
According to a news release issued this week, on December 19, Animal Services responded to a call from a Vale resident whose dog had potential exposure to a raccoon found dead in his yard. The raccoon was sent to the North Carolina Public Health Laboratory in Raleigh, which notified Animal Services December 21 that the raccoon tested positive for rabies. The dog is currently being observed in quarantine at the Animal Services shelter while its vaccination status is being determined.
Signs that an animal may be infected with rabies include loss of appetite, irritability and unusual aggression, lack of fear and restlessness, dilated pupils, seizures, trembling and unsteadiness, difficulty swallowing, and drooling or foaming at the mouth. People who encounter an animal with any of these symptoms should avoid contact with the animal and report it to Catawba County Animal Services at (828) 464-7686. Pet owners who suspect their pet had contact with a rabid animal are also urged to call Animal Services.
Animal Services reminds pet owners that rabies is a threat to pets and humans year-round. The best way to protect pets is to have them properly vaccinated for rabies.
43-year-old Christina Davis Jolly of Trophy Drive in Statesville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with violation of pre-trial release conditions
On December 18, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report in regards to Christina Davis Jolly contacting the victim in a crime she was charged with, by e-mail. Jolly was out on bond for five counts of Statutory Rape of a Child. Part of the bond restrictions stated she was to have no contact with the victim.
Detective Patrick Dixson of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victim’s Unit was assigned to the investigation. Several witnesses were interviewed, and evidence was gathered from various digital sources. This investigation is still ongoing.
Jolly was taken into custody last Thursday (December 27) and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where she was issued a $200,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today (December 31).
54-year-old Bobby Eugene Greene of Cameo Lane in Lenoir was arrested by Hudson Police Friday (December 28) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Following his arrest, Greene was processed and given a custody release. He'll appear in Superior Court on January 14 in Lenoir.
39-year-old David Lee Fox of Thomasville, N.C. was arrested by Lenoir Police Saturday (December 29) on one felony count of assault on a law enforcement officer inflicting serious injury. He was also charged with resisting a public officer and intoxicated & disruptive. Following his arrest, Fox was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond. He'll appear in District Court Thursday (January 3) in Lenoir.
58-year-old Roy Ulberta Cook of Palmer Street in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police Friday (December 28) on one felony count of failure by a sex offender to notify of a change of address. Following his arrest, Cook was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $25,000, secured. He'll appear in District Court on Thursday (January 3) in Lenoir.
24-year-old Malik Selassei Levons, 23-year-old Victoria Breanna Williams and 28-year-old Antonio Markel Hewitt, all of the same address on 12th Avenue S.E. in Hickory, have all been arrested on felony charges by Hickory Police. Levons was charged with felony counts of forgery of bank notes and obtaining property by false pretense, plus one misdemeanor count of assault on a female. The warrants for his arrest were issued on October 20 and September 10. Williams was faces felony charges for maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana. Hewitt, who had been listed as an absconder from parole, was charged with a felony parole violation.
The arrests occurred as Officers at the suspects' address attempted to locate Hewitt, who was wanted for a parole violation. During the arrests, Police found two dosage units of oxycodone, 514.11 grams of marijuana, a .22 Magnum handgun and drug paraphernalia. Levons and Hewitt were taken into custody at about 6 p.m. Friday (December 28) at the residence. Williams was arrested two days later, also at the residence.
All three suspects were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where Levons and Hewitt were initially held without bond. Levons' bond has since been set at $15,500, secured. Williams was given a $10,000 secured bond. Levons will appear in District Court on January 7 & 14. Williams is due in District Court on January 3. Hewitt remains in jail without bond and no listed court date.
The City of Hickory Solid Waste Division has faced several unusual obstacles this 2018 leaf season, including a Thanksgiving ice storm, Winter Storm Diego producing 14 inches of snow, residual snow covering the leaves, and days of heavy rain. Due to these factors, curbside leaf collection has been delayed. Crews are currently working to finish collection in the Northeast quadrant, and will then move back into the Northwest A quadrant in January.
The revised leaf collection schedule is as follows:
Northwest A January 7 – 11, 2019
Boundaries of Northwest A: City limits on the west, North Center Street on the east, north of Norfolk Southern Railroad and south of 12th Avenue NW (Geitner Road), 6th Street NW, and 16th Avenue NW.
Northwest B January 14 – 18, 2019
Boundaries of Northwest B: All of city limits north of 12th Avenue NW (Geitner Road), 6th Street NW, 16th Avenue NW, and west of North Center Street.
Southeast and Southwest January 21 – 25, 2019
Northeast January 28 – February 8, 2019
For the latest City of Hickory updates and schedule changes, continue to check out www.HickoryNC.gov and the City’s Facebook page. For questions regarding leaf collection in the City of Hickory, please call (828) 323-7500.
Beginning this Wednesday (January 2), cell phones will no longer be allowed in the Lincoln County Courthouse, however there are exceptions. Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Forrest D. Bridges and Chief District Court Judge Larry J. Wilson signed an Administrative Order last Friday (December 28) banning cell phones and other personal communications devices in Lincoln County District and Superior Courtrooms.
The intent of the Administrative Order is to prevent unauthorized videos and photographs of witnesses, jurors and attorneys as well as recording the proceedings. It also states that certain devices or devices similar in appearance have the capability to injure or incapacitate and that it is in the interest of justice and safety.
The order did list exceptions including valid identification cards issued by Lincoln County for employees of the courthouse who are not required to go through the security process, attorneys with a current North Carolina State Bar identification, federal, state and local law enforcement officers; probation and parole officers with credentials, persons with jury summons, judges, commissioners and other government officials for the purpose of conducting court; Social Services and Guardian Ad Litem personnel appearing in court.
Signs will be posted at the Lincoln County Courthouse advising of the new requirements for cell phones.
Authorities in Iredell County are continuing to seek suspects on the most wanted list.
51-year-old John Allen Karis is being sought by authorities in Iredell County. He's wanted on a charge of felony breaking and entering. The last known address for Karis is 61 Jay Stafford Lane in Taylorsville.
45-year-old Gregory Allen Liechty is still being sought by authorities in Iredell County. He's wanted on charges of trafficking in heroin, and maintaining a dwelling to sell controlled substance. Liechty's last known address was 137 Arrowbrook Road in Harmony.
56-year-old Freddie L. Daye, Jr. remains on the Iredell County most wanted list. He's wanted on a charge of fail to comply with a court order. Daye's last known address was 1150 Mohogany Road in Statesville.
You can see the entire list of wanted suspects with their photos at www.iredellsheriff.com. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list you can e-mail email@example.com. You can also call any tips into the Iredell County Sheriff's Office at their Statesville location, 704-878-3180, or the Mooresville office, 704-664-7500.
54-year-old Scott Randall Benfield of Sharon School Road in Statesville was arrested Saturday (December 29) by Catawba Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Benfield was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance is set for Thursday (January 3).
27-year-old Cory Andrew Birchfield of 12th Street Place NE in Hickory was arrested Saturday (December 29) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with larceny of a motor vehicle and failure to appear on counts of misdemeanor larceny and second degree trespassing. Birchfield was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,000 bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for Thursday (January 3) and February 4.
17-year-old Dalton Chandler Reed of South Fork Avenue in Hickory was arrested Saturday (December 29) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Reed is also charged with driving while license revoked. Reed was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for January 7 and January 17.
The City of Hickory had a discharge of untreated wastewater on Friday (December 28) of an estimated 5,300 gallons at Murry Basin Outfall. The untreated wastewater was discharged into Lyle Creek. The Division of Water Resources was notified of the event on 12/28/18 and is reviewing the matter. A news release issued by the city says the water remains safe following the overflow. For more information contact the City of Hickory Public Utilities Department at 828-323-7427.