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The Hickory Christian Academy’s Knights 5K Run will be held tomorrow (August 29) at 8 a.m. on the school’s campus.

Donations will be collected at the event to benefit Chloe Scott. Ms. Scott was diagnosed with cancer three years ago and had been in remission for the past 18 months; however, her family learned last week that she now has leukemia.

Gift cards to Domino’s, Target and Chipotle will be appreciated. Gas cards and cash donations are also welcome.

Those wishing to show support for Ms. Scott are encouraged to wear her favorite color, which is described as a lavendery-purple.

For more information on the Knights 5K Run, visit hickorychristianacademy.com.

18-year-old Michael Dwane Williams of 2nd Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before noon yesterday (August 27) on one felony count of possession of stolen property.

He was arrested in connection to an incident on August 17 when Police responded to a residential break-in on the 4000 block of 1st Street N.W. in Hickory. Video game consoles and sneakers were reportedly taken. A possible suspect was identified.

Williams was taken into custody yesterday without incident at Hickory High School and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

23-year-old Christopher Mark Thompson of 3rd Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:15 last night for failure to appear in court on one felony count each of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle dwelling or place for a controlled substance.

Thompson was initially charged in March of 2012 when a search of his room (which was a separate, locked room within an apartment) turned up 23 grams of marijuana. The marijuana was seized and Thompson was arrested.

Following his arrest yesterday, Thompson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. He has since been released. No court date is currently listed.

Friday, 28 August 2015 11:04

Hickory Woman Wins National Photography Award

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Rose Mary Cheek of Hickory was honored with the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) National Award for outstanding service to professional photography. The bronze and walnut plaque was recently presented to her by the Professional Photographers of North Carolina, a PPA Affiliated Association, at their annual convention held August 15-18. Michael Timmons, PPA President was in attendance to assist in presenting the award.

The National Award is offered by PPA to state, regional, national and international affiliated organizations on a yearly basis. First made available in 1958, the award recognizes those who generously contribute their time and talents to the service of their profession, their affiliated organization and their fellow photographers. Selections of the award are determined by the recipient’s peers, adding to its distinction and value.

PPA is the largest international non-profit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA has roots back to 1869 and is now headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. Get more information at www.ppa.com.

32-year-old Albert Dennis Schroeder of Burette Fox Lane in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police at 1 p.m. yesterday on a felony probation violation. He was also charged with simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor providing false information to an Officer.

He was arrested after Police stopped a vehicle at the intersection of 8th Avenue N.E. and 6th Street N.E. for an expired registration. In the course of the traffic stop, Officers found the outstanding warrant for the probation violation, issued in June of this year.

Schroeder initially gave Police a false name. 2.3 dosage units of oxycodone were found, resulting in the drug charge against him.

Schroeder was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $16,000, secured. He will appear in District Court on September 24 in Hickory.

Friday, 28 August 2015 05:50

Hickory City Council Schedules Special Meeting

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A special meeting of Hickory City Council will be held Tuesday, September 1 at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building. The purpose of the special meeting is for City Council to discuss the Hickory/Newton-Conover Thoroughfare Plan.

25-year-old Jeremias Santos Ruiz of Elizabeth Street in Burlington was arrested by North Carolina State Highway Patrol Officers. He’s charged with felony hit and run with serious injury or death, failure to reduce speed, false information, and no operators license. Following the arrest, Ruiz was detained this morning (Friday, August 28) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,500 bond. A District Court date is set for Monday (August 31).

27-year-old Brendan Michael Welch, who is listed as a homeless man from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police (August 27) yesterday on one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official. He was also charged with misdemeanor second-degree trespass.

Events leading to his arrest began as two Officers on foot patrol on the 300 block of 7th Avenue S.W. in Hickory noticed a path into a wooded area and saw a tent in the woods. Officers announced their presence and approached the tent.

A male subject in the tent pointed a small, loaded crossbow at the Officers. After a brief standoff, Police persuaded the man, later identified as Brendan Welch, to lay down the crossbow. No shots were fired and no one was injured.

The trespassing charge was filed in accordance with a city ordinance against urban camping.

Welch has been confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 28) in Newton.

21-year-old Ashley Nicole Phillips of Old NC 18 in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (August 26) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

According to Morganton Department of Public Safety records, Officer R.E. Jenkins made the arrest Wednesday. Following the arrest, Phillips was detained in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $10,000 secured bond. She's scheduled to appear in District Court September 16.

Friday, 28 August 2015 04:54

Man Arrested On Child Porn Charges

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A Lincoln County man was arrested Thursday (August 27) on multiple child pornography charges.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives say information from the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force led to the residence of 37-year-old Daniel Lee Rathbone at 1483 Rhodes Rhyne Road in Lincolnton where they served a search warrant.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit Lt. Tim Johnson said that Officers seized numerous hard drives and computers and other devices belonging to Mr. Rathbone. Several hundred child porn items had been downloaded on one computer and he added further forensic examinations are being completed. The devices contained images and video of suspected child pornography.

Rathbone is charged with five felony counts of Second Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. Following the arrest, he was detained in the Lincoln County Detention Center under a $250,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to have a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today (Friday, August 28).

The investigation remains active and Rathbone could face more charges as evidence is uncovered. Lt. Johnson and Detective Dan Renn are continuing the investigation.

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