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William Fred Samelwich
courtesy of Catawba Co. Sheriff's Office

Conover Man Arrested in Hickory for Felony Probation Violation

44-year-old William Fred Samelwich of 8th Avenue N.W. in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police early on the morning of April 5 on an outstanding warrant for a felony out-of-county probation violation. The warrant for his arrest was issued in November of last year. Samelwich is on probation as he serves an 18-month suspended sentence following a March 2023 conviction in Wilkes County for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance. He had been listed as an absconder from probation.

The suspect was taken into custody without incident at about 1:25 a.m. on the 5th at a gas station & convenience store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. Samelwich was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility with bond set at $40,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for April 30 in Statesville.