The Hickory Police Department is investigating the theft of money from area ATMs.
On May 18, 2019 an unknown white female and white male fraudulently accessed funds from three Wells Fargo ATMs in Hickory. The unknown white female and white male are also suspected of fraudulently obtaining funds from ATMs in the Asheville area. The suspects are possibly using “skimmers” placed at certain ATMs, obtaining the victim’s information and accessing funds with the victim's stolen debit/credit card information.
The white female appears to wear several wigs of varying length and colors, a black & white athletic jacket and dark colored hat. The suspects may be driving a dark gray or smoke colored Ford pickup truck.
Hickory Police have received multiple reports regarding these crimes. Anyone with information reference these incidents are asked to contact Investigator Anthony Horton at 828-261-2686, firstname.lastname@example.org or our communications center at 828-328-5551.
The Burke County Sheriff's Office reports there was an officer involved shooting this morning (May 22). According to the Sheriff's Office, as part of a drug investigation, Narcotics investigators issued a no-knock search warrant at a mobile home on Airport-Rhodhiss Road in Hickory. Police were told that the suspect and others had firearms inside the mobile home and that some of the occupants, including the suspect, sometimes carried handguns.
Burke County SWAT Officers entered the mobile home and then a bedroom. At that time, the suspect's female companion was escorted out of the residence. With repeated officers' demands, the suspect, whose name was not released, refused to get out of the bed and refused to show officers his hands that were hidden under the covers. SWAT continued to negotiate with the suspect while he was threatening officers that he was going to kill them or make the officers kill him.
After numerous threats, the suspect quickly moved his hands beneath the covers and a SWAT officer fired his weapon. Officers immediately began administering first aid and a medic assumed medical care. The suspect was airlifted to a medical center. No further information was provided regarding his condition. The Sheriff requested that the State Bureau of Investigation look into the matter. The SWAT Officer was placed on paid administrative leave pending the results of the investigation. No officers were injured.
49-year-old Anthony Ray Bolick of 27th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 8:10 last night (May 21) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
His arrest comes in connection to an incident in August of last year. At that time, Officers responded to a report of trespassers in the area behind a medical supply business on 13th Street S.E. Officers found Anthony Ray Bolick, who has an outstanding warrant for failure to appear. During the arrest, Police found 0.3 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
Bolick was taken into custody without incident yesterday at the intersection of 15th Street S.E. and 25th Avenue Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.
38-year-old Benjamin Munoz Castanon of 14th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 10 a.m. yesterday (May 21) on one felony count of indecent liberties with children. Castanon was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $50,000, secured. He was no longer listed as an inmate as of this morning. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton. No further details were released.
31-year-old Nicholas Thorne Jamison of Kela Drive in Morganton was arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Acccording to a news release issued today (May 22), on May 9, 2019, Burke County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 1300 Block of Watermill Road in Morganton, in reference to a man who was passed out in a vehicle in the middle of the roadway. The news release says the vehicle was occupied by Nicholas Thorne Jamison who appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance.
Upon further investigation, deputies located and seized heroin and drug paraphernalia from the vehicle. Jamison received a $25,000 secured bond and was held at the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility. He was no longer listed as an inmate in Burke County. A District Court appearance is scheduled for May 31.
Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday night (May 21). Minutes, second readings, and the consent agenda were approved.
A public hearing was held and City Council approved a resolution confirming and levying assessments for street improvements for 1344 4th Street NW. Another public hearing was held and City Council approved a resolution to install curb and gutter along a portion of the 800 block of 17th Avenue Drive SE.
City Council appointed members to boards and commissions. Councilwomen Jill Patton and Charlotte Williams commented on last week’s successful NCLM CityVision conference. Patton thanked City staff who helped with the event. Several other council members echoed positive feedback on the conference. Mayor Hank Guess also thanked City staff who were involved with planning and executing the conference.
54-year-old Timmy Lee Elkins of Nebo was given an active prison term of five to seven years following his conviction for three counts of habitual impaired driving.
The Honorable Joseph N. Crosswhite, Superior Court Judge from Iredell County, imposed the prison sentence for Elkins after he pleaded guilty to the offenses during Burke County Superior Court on Monday, May 13. The defendant will serve his prison sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
The three driving while impaired offenses were elevated to habitual impaired driving based on prior DWI convictions in Caldwell County (July 2008) and two additional convictions in Catawba County (September 2008).
The first of these offenses occurred on October 1, 2015, when the defendant was stopped for speeding. The State Highway Patrol responded and upon additional investigation, it was determined that Elkins was under the influence of alcohol.
The second offense occurred on February 27, 2016, when Elkins was stopped in Burke County by the North Carolina State Highway patrol for a registration violation and was determined to be driving under the influence of alcohol.
The final offense occurred on December 11, 2016. The Highway Patrol investigated a motor vehicle collision in Morganton and determined Elkins had been the driver and that he was under the influence of alcohol.
The cases were investigated by Troopers K. Robinson, J. Shuffler and C. Hallyburton of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. Jonathan Greer handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
35-year-old Omar Christian Regino Vera of Morganton, was sentenced to an active prison term of three to five years following his conviction for two counts of taking indecent liberties with children.
The Honorable Joseph N. Crosswhite, Superior Court Judge from Iredell County, imposed the prison sentence for Vera after he pleaded guilty to the offenses during Burke County Superior Court on Monday, May 13.
The defendant will serve his prison sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections. He will be required to register as a sex offender for a period of 30 years and will be deported upon his release from prison.
The offenses occurred in April 2016 and involved a pair of minor female children, ages 8 and 11 at the time. Vera committed sex acts on both victims, and their claims were disclosed during forensic interviews with the Gingerbread House Child Advocacy Center in Burke County.
Melanie Robinson led the investigation for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at the time of the offenses. Assistant District Attorney Michelle Lippert prosecuted the cases for the State.
A Newton man will spend up to 23 years in prison after his conviction for second-degree murder and possession of a firearm by felon during Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday (May 21).
24-year-old Lakeith Marshaun Lawrence was given an active prison term of 18 to 23 years by the Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, following his guilty plea.
The defendant will serve his sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections for the November 19, 2015, shooting death of 45-year-old Phillip Eugene McLean.
On that date, witnesses indicated that they saw the two men come into contact with each other before they became engaged in a verbal confrontation. The defendant took out a gun and shot McLean in the back of the head. Witnesses saw Lawrence flee the area on foot after the gunshot.
A forensic download of McLean’s cellular phone revealed a video that showed the defendant and recorded the gunshot before the victim fell to the ground. The possession of firearm by felon charge came from Lawrence’s conviction for attempted common law robbery in May 2013 in Catawba County.
Kim Craig led the investigation for Hickory Police Department. Michelle Lippert and Melanie Earles prosecuted the cases for the District Attorney’s Office.
On Sunday (May 19), the N.C. State Highway Patrol responded to a fatal collision in Iredell County on Mount Bethel Road near Harmony. A 1999 Ford pickup truck was traveling south on Mount Bethel Road when it crossed the centerline and ran off the road to the left. The truck collided with a tree and hit a fence. The driver was entrapped in the vehicle.
The driver, 16-year-old Edwin Alejandro Rogers of Harmony was transported by Iredell County E.M.S. to Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem. Mr. Rogers died at the hospital the following day.
Mr. Rogers was restrained by a seatbelt at the time of the collision and impairment is not suspected. There were no other passengers. The Highway Patrol says exceeding the posted speed limit does appear to be a contributing factor in the crash.
19-year-old Katelan Lodemia Daugherty and 19-year-old Allen Michael Saxton, both of the same address on Durand Lane in Statesville, have been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff's Officers. They were each charged with misdemeanor contributing to delinquency of juvenile. The two are charged in connection to the search for a juvenile runaway, 16-year-old Brianna Nicole West. Ms. West has been found and is safe.
Ms. West was reported missing on Tuesday, May 14. She walked away from a residence on Chantilly Lane at about 6:30 p.m. and did not return to the home.
During the investigation, Iredell County Detectives interviewed several of Ms. West's friends and other witnesses. On several occasions, Detectives met with and interviewed Katelan Daugherty and Allen Saxton at their residence.
Both suspects told Investigators they didn't know where the missing teen was. Detectives reviewed camera footage from area businesses and saw that Katelan Daugherty had picked Ms. West up in a vehicle on May 14.
After gathering additional evidence, Deputies went to the Durand Lane residence on Sunday, May 19. There, they found Brianna West. Detectives learned Daugherty and Saxton had helped Ms. West hide while lying to Detectives when they came to the residence.
Both suspects were arrested at their home on May 20. They were taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where they were each given a $25,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were set for June 3.
25-year-old Jesse Glen Coulbourn of Eastover Drive N.W. in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at 10:45 Friday night (May 17) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance.
Coulbourn was arrested after Officers responded to a reported suspicious person at a store on Springs Road N.E. Officers found two subjects, including Coulbourn, in a vehicle. Also in the vehicle, Police found 2.64 grams of methamphetamine and 0.91 grams of marijuana.
Coulbourn was taken into custody without incident. The second subject was not charged. Coulbourn was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $7,500, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday (May 20) in Newton.
20-year-old Johnny Rico Reid IV of Ashley Lane in Denver, N.C. was arrested by Hickory Police at about ten o'clock Saturday night (May 18) on one felony count of speeding to elude arrest with two aggravating factors. He was also charged with reckless driving and driving while license revoked.
Reid was arrested after Officers attempted to stop a 2008 Kawasaki motorcycle on the 2,500 block of U.S. Highway 70 S.E. The bike was stopped because it didn't have a registration plate. Reid initially fled from Police before coming to a stop at an auto dealership on Highway 70 S.E. in Conover. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident.
Reid was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $8,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday (May 20) in Newton.
26-year-old Shirley Jeaulyne Wise of Mineral Street in Conover was arrested yesterday (May 20) by Hickory Police Officers. She's charged with one felony count of breaking and entering into a vehicle and single misdemeanor counts of larceny and possession of stolen goods.
Wise was arrested without incident after Officers received a call in reference to a breaking and entering into a vehicle outside a club on Highway 70 S.E. Wise was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled yesterday in Newton.
34-year-old Clinton Collins Tipps of Pea Ridge Road in Lawndale was arrested Saturday (May 18) by Hickory Police Officers on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
Tipps was arrested after Officers conducted a traffic stop and found one gram of crack cocaine in the vehicle. He was arrested without incident and placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $2,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled yesterday (May 20) in Newton.
32-year-old Jeremy Davis Klutz of 7th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested Sunday (May 19) by Hickory Police Officers on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine, two felony probation violations, and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Klutz is on probation as he serves an 18-month suspended sentence following a May 2018 felony conviction in Catawba County for possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
Klutz was arrested without incident and jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility. No bond is currently listed. A District Court appearance was scheduled yesterday (May 20).
53-year-old Jimmy Dean Roten of Wilkes County was arrested by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers on May 18 for one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon. Roten was jailed under a $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for June 10.
35-year-old Chad Edward Simpson of Stony Point was arrested May 18 by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance. Simpson was jailed under a $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for July 24.
25-year-old Kody Ray Beane of Taylorsville was arrested May 15 by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance. Beane was jailed in Alexander County under a $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for June 10.
19-year-old Andrew John Brown of Taylorsville was arrested May 12 by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers on one felony count of possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Brown was placed in jail under a $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for June 3.