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Robert Wayne Whitener
courtesy of Hickory Police Dept.

Hickory Man Faces Felony Firearms Charge

38-year-old Robert Wayne Whitener of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory has been arrested by Hickory Police on charges of possession of a firearm by a felon, fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance, and a misdemeanor probation violation. Whitener was previously arrested on the same charges, minus the firearms charge, on November 1. He is on probation as he serves a 12-month suspended sentence following a July 2023 conviction in Catawba County for misdemeanor speeding to elude arrest.

Whitener was jailed yesterday (November 13) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under an $11,500 bond. A Superior Court date on the firearms charge was scheduled today with a District Court appearance coming up on November 30 in Newton.