The Hickory Police Department will host the 12th Annual Polar Plunge on Saturday, March 4, to benefit Special Olympics of North Carolina. The event will be held at the Wittenburg Wildlife Access on Lake Hickory. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. with the plunge beginning at 1 p.m.
A minimum donation of $50 is required to take the plunge. All plungers will receive a free Polar Plunge t-shirt. To pre-register, contact Sgt. Randy Isenhour at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-261-2674 or contact Chrystal Dieter at email@example.com or 828-261-2642.
Warm RVs will be available for changing clothes. Coffee, hot chocolate and doughnuts will also be offered for plungers. D.J. Ryan Carswell will provide entertainment for the day.
The Police Department expressed its appreciation to the following organizations for their support: Krispy Kreme, Lake Hickory Scuba Center, Sunrise Camping Center, Sunbelt Rentals, D.J. Ryan Carswell, Valley Rentals, the Hickory Crawdads, Texas Roadhouse, Push America (Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity of Lenoir-Rhyne University), the Elk’s Lodge, Sheetz and Lamar Advertising.
To register online and to create a donation collection page, visit www.firstgiving.com/sonc/HickoryPD-PolarPlunge.
44-year-old Tanya Renee McGill of 1st Avenue South in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6 p.m. yesterday (January 23) on one felony count of common law robbery.
McGill was taken into custody without incident at Hickory Police headquarters. She was processed and released under a $10,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
No further details are available.
45-year-old Richard Leroy Lowman, Jr. of “B” Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested just before midnight last night (January 23) on felony count of assault inflicting serious bodily injury, including strangulation.
The arrest came about after Officers responded to Catawba Valley Medical Center where a female victim was receiving treatment following an assault committed by a relative living in the “B” Avenue residence. The victim was treated for non-life threatening injuries to her face.
Lowman was taken into custody at his residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.
35-year-old Terrez Antoine Williamson of 2nd Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:20 Friday night (January 20) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count of failure to appear.
Williamson was wanted in Clarke County, Georgia for aggravated assault or strong-armed robbery. The warrant for his arrest was issued Friday by the Clarke Co. Sheriff’s Office in Athens, Georgia.
Williamson was taken into custody without incident in the vicinity of Union Square in downtown Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,500, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday (January 23) in Newton with additional court dates coming up on February 13 & 22.
33-year-old Stephanie Renee Jonas of Wordsworth Circle in Conover was arrested Monday (January 23) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with failure to appear on counts of break or enter a motor vehicle, felony larceny, and misdemeanor larceny. Jonas was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A Superior Court date is set for March 20.
32-year-old James Eric Robertson of Eastover Circle in Lenoir was arrested Monday (January 23) in Caldwell County by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with three counts of probation violation. Following the arrest, Robertson was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $65,000 secured bond. Superior Court dates are scheduled for January 31 and March 6.
25-year-old Wesley Aaron Yancey of Roger Hill Road in Vale was arrested Monday (January 23) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with obtaining property by false pretense. Yancey is also charged with failure to appear on a count of felony probation violation. Yancey was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $55,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for February 27.
27-year-old Jim Xiong of Dudley Shoals Road in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (January 23) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen vehicle and misdemeanor carrying a concealed gun. Xiong is also charged with driving while license revoked. He was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $21,800 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for March 6.
The Burke County Sheriff's Office is continuing to seek suspects on it's Most Wanted List.
24-year-old Treyvon Thomas Eugene Goode is wanted on a charge of felony probation violation. Goode's last known address was 200 Rocky Ford Street in Morganton. He's been on the Most Wanted List since October 28, 2016.
28-year-old Eric Seth Adams is wanted for probation violation on counts of felony larceny and felony possession of stolen goods or property. Adams' last known address was 408 London Street in Glen Alpine. He's been on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted list since February 12, 2016.
You can see the entire list at www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List call 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. If you'd like to submit an anonymous tip you can do so through Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.
36-year-old William Michael Inscoe of Flora Lane in Harmony was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny.
According to a news release issued on Monday (January 23), on December 21 Hoovers Lawn and Garden Equipment on Amity Hill Road in Statesville reported a larceny to the Iredell County Sheriff's Office. Employees reported that a Honda “Briefcase” Generator had been stolen from the showroom floor during business hours on December 20.
Workers told officers that they were very busy at the parts counter during the day and when they went to close the store they noticed the generator had been stolen from just inside the store entrance. They were able to give Deputies a make, model, and serial number for the generator as well as a picture from a Honda sales manual.
With the description Detectives were able to find out that the generator was pawned at a pawn shop in Winston-Salem the same day it was stolen. After further investigation it was learned that William Michael Inscoe pawned the generator. The property was recovered undamaged and returned to the store owner.
Inscoe was was arrested for the theft of the generator. In addition, charges from surrounding agencies were filed against the suspect. Bond was set at $5,000 on the Iredell County charges, as of Monday, Inscoe was being held in the Mecklenburg County Detention Center. A court date on the larceny charge in Iredell County is set for February 28 in District Court.
57-year-old Timothy Lee Scronce of 12th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:30 Friday evening (January 20) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested following a traffic stop on the 1000 block of 9th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. Scronce was the driver and only occupant of a 1992 Chevy Blazer. Police found a pipe, needles and 0.5 grams of methamphetamine.
Scronce was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility without bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today (January 23) in Newton.
45-year-old Kristi Larae Barger Hedgepeth of 8th Avenue N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:45 Friday night (January 20) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense.
She was arrested in connection to an incident at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. According to Loss Prevention at Walmart, Hedgepeth entered the store carrying a box of Rachel Ray pots and pans. Hedgepeth then took an X-Box controller and two blankets from the shelves before taking all the items to customer service for a cash refund.
Loss Prevention stopped the suspect before she left the store. She was in custody in the Loss Prevention office when Police arrived. Hedgepeth was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (January 23) in Newton.
40-year-old Melissa Ann Bigas of County Home Road in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police just after five o’clock Saturday afternoon (January 21) on four felony counts of larceny. The warrants for her arrest were issued on January 16.
She was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department. Bigas was released under a $15,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today (January 23) in Newton.
No further details are available.
The 39th session of the Hickory Police Department Citizens’ Police Academy (CPA) begins Thursday, March 30. Sessions are held at the department each Thursday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., concluding on June 1, with a graduation from the academy.
Those who take part in the Police Academy will learn more about law enforcement, including patrol techniques, community policing, criminal investigation and firearms.
Interested parties are encouraged to contact HPD or submit an application no later than March 15th. Space is limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.
36-year-old Brian Lee Maynor of Stubbs Place in Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (January 21) on one felony count of identity theft and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer, as well as four felony warrants for probation violations.
He was arrested after Police responded to the Red Roof Inn, just off of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory, where Brian Maynor allegedly tried to check in using a false I.D. Officers arrived and stopped a 2003 Nissan Altima in which Maynor was a passenger. Three other subjects were in the vehicle.
Maynor initially gave Police a false I.D. When he was correctly identified, Police found the outstanding warrants for his arrest. The other subjects were not charged or cited.
Maynor was taken into custody without incident at about 1:40 a.m. Saturday. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $61,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (January 23) in Newton.
28-year-old Joseph Michael Emerson was arrested Saturday (January 21) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony uttering counterfeit coin. Following the arrest, Emerson was placed in jail under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, January 23) in Morganton.
22-year-old Matthew Alan Honsaker was arrested Saturday (January 21) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Honsaker was placed in jail in Morganton under $3,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, January 23).
An armed robbery in Granite Falls is under investigation. On Thursday (January 19), at approximately 7:40 p.m., Granite Falls Police responded to an armed robbery at the Market Basket convenience store at 91 South Main Street. Officers arrived at the scene and found the clerk, 56-year-old Gary Atkins, locked in a bathroom and uninjured. Officers obtained a description of the female robber and immediately alerted area law enforcement agencies.
Atkins told police that he was approached by a female suspect outside the front door with a gun. The woman, whose face was covered, led him in the store and to a restroom in the back of the store. The robber locked Mr. Atkins inside the restroom. Mr. Atkins immediately used his cell phone to call 911.
Mr. Atkins described the woman as tall, slim with light colored hair. She was possibly driving a dark colored Chrysler PT Cruiser. Anyone with information about this incident should contact Detective Clint Ferguson with the Granite Falls Police Department at (828) 396-3358 or Caldwell County Crime Stoppers at (828) 758-8300. Callers may remain anonymous.
39-year-old Andrew James Major of Magnum Road in Hickory was arrested Sunday (January 22) in Caldwell County by Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. He's charged with felony speeding to elude arrest, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, resisting a public officer, and failure to appear. Major was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $87,500 secured bond. No court date was listed.
For the first time in close to two decades, there will be a Citizens Police Academy in Morganton. According to a news release on the City of Morganton's website, the Citizen Police Academy is a 13-week program. It's for people interested in learning more about what City of Morganton police and fire personnel do on a daily basis.
The Morganton Department of Public Safety accepted applications from the community and they chose 20 people. The news release says the people range in ages from approximately 20 to 70 years old. The news release also says that the program has not been offered in almost 20 years.
The goal of the academy is to open lines of communication between the residents and the Public Safety Department so that participants are better-informed about what the police profession entails.
Participants will learn about muliple aspects of what officers do. They'll go on a department tour and will also learn about criminal investigations. Participants will also learn about crime scene processing and have the opportunity to do a ride along with a public safety officer.
When the 20 participants have completed the academy, they will graduate in April. According to the news release, the department is planning on offering the academy once a year. For more information about the academy, call 828-432-2696, or email at email@example.com.