The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in solving a home break-in that occurred yesterday (March 30). Sheriff’s Officers responded to a reported breaking & entering on Tiffany’s Lane in Taylorsville. Upon arrival, Officers found that an unknown suspect or suspects pried open a door to the residence and made entry. Numerous items were stolen, including cash and jewelry. The incident occurred between the hours of 6:15 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Initially, the victim reported that a black and brown Toy Poodle had also been stolen. The dog was later found. Police now believe that the poodle got out of the home during the break-in. The dog came back to the residence this morning.
Authorities are still seeking information on the breaking & entering. Anyone with information should call Alexander County Crime Stoppers at 828-632-8555. A reward is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the crime.
Hickory Firefighters responded to a house fire in the vicinity of Highway 127 and 2nd Avenue S.W. in Hickory this afternoon. The fire occurred at approximately 2 p.m. At last report, Firefighters were still on the scene with heavy smoke visible throughout the area.
No details further details are available.
Catawba County Public Health has released its 2014 State of the County’s Health (SOTCH) report, which notes cancer, heart disease, chronic lower respiratory disease, stroke and unintentional injuries as the leading causes of death in Catawba County.
The report tracks data for health issues affecting Catawba County residents and important health indicators related to illness, death and high-risk behaviors. The report is a supplement to the Catawba County Community Health Assessment, which is a comprehensive overview of the county’s health status produced every four years (most recently in 2011).
Key findings in the 2014 SOTCH include the following:
- Where Catawba County Is Faring Better: Five-year trend data show significant improvement of several health issues, including lower incidence of colon and prostate cancers and decreased death rates for cerebrovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s Disease, colon cancer and prostate cancer.
- Where Catawba County Is Faring Worse: Five-year trend data show increased death rates for homicide, suicide and chronic liver disease and cirrhosis.
Additional analysis and statistics are available in the full report, which can be accessed online at www.catawbacountyhealthpartners.org/community.asp. The 2011 Community Health Assessment is also available on the same site.
47-year-old Carla Reid Daniel of Legion Road in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before eight o’clock last night (March 30) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of a schedule II controlled substance. She is accused of possessing 0.25 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 13 Oxycodone pills, two Xanax pills and two dosage units of morphine.
Daniel was taken into custody without incident and released under a $2,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.
27-year-old Rashad Dominic Griggs of 20th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested early this morning (March 31) by Hickory Police on one felony count of possession of a schedule I controlled substance and driving while license revoked. He is accused of possessing 0.1 grams of ecstasy.
He was taken into custody without incident. Griggs was processed at H.P.D. and then released on a $5,000 secured bond. He will make a first appearance in District Court tomorrow in Newton.
Dr. Walter Hart, Superintendent of the Hickory Public Schools has announced his retirement. He will be leaving the system at the end of July. Dr. Hart made the announcement at last night’s Board of Education meeting and told his cabinet members and principals in a meeting this morning. In a statement released to the media Dr. Hart said following thoughtful and prayerful reflection, he had decided to retire at the end of July. He said it is not an easy decision as he has loved three decades of service in the NC public schools, the highlight of which has been serving as superintendent to the Hickory Public Schools.
Dr. Hart said he is going to accept a position at Winthrop University as a professor and coordinator of a new, sixth year advanced degree program in their educational leadership department. He said in the statement he will be engaged in the important work of training the next generation of school leaders.
The outgoing superintendent said he would do everything he could to help ensure a smooth transition and will support and assist whoever is chosen as his successor. Dr. Hart has been superintendent since November 1, 2011.
More information has been released regarding the shooting incident in Long View Monday. Long View Police confirmed late Monday that the shooting that occurred at the Hilltop Apartments on 18th Street Place N.W. was self-inflicted and accidental.
The victim is 24-year-old Antonio McCombs of Newton, he was visiting the apartments at the time of the incident. McCombs stated that the suspect was in a blue Dodge Magnum and he was shot as the vehicle was traveling through the parking lot. Catawba County EMS arrived and transported McCombs to Frye Regional Medical Center, due to a non-life threatening injury. After clearing the scene, Investigators went to Frye Regional Medical Center and interviewed McCombs. While interviewing McCombs further, he admitted to investigators that he had accidentally shot himself in the leg, while standing outside the apartment complex. At this time the investigation has been completed and the case will be turned over to the District Attorney’s office for prosecution.
Sheriff Len Hagaman reports that the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous phone calls and reports this past month from Watauga County Citizens regarding being scammed or defrauded.
All of the potential suspects in these scams have been located out of state. The persons trying to deceive the citizens do so by selling an item via the internet that does not exist, represent themselves as a government official asking the citizen to pay money owed to the government, tell the individual that they have won a large sum of money or other prize and request money be paid via a money order and request money be paid on a fraudulent account that the person did not set up or the individual will be reported to the local authorities for prosecution. Some of these suspects have identified themselves as IRS agents when asking for money to be paid to the IRS. Many of the callers use various phone services such as “Magic Jack” which allows them to use the phone at different locations in different states and countries. Some of these numbers will look as though it is an out of area number. These numbers, much like pay as you go cell phones, are easily changed and difficult to track.
Sheriff Hagaman would like to remind everyone to never send money or give out personal information such as credit card numbers and expirations dates, bank account numbers, dates of birth or social security numbers to unfamiliar companies or unknown persons. It is important to remember to never respond to an offer that you do not thoroughly understand and to always take your time making a decision. Legitimate companies won’t pressure you to make a snap decision. Do not pay for a “free prize”. If a caller tells you the payment is for taxes, he or she could be in violation of federal law. Obtain the caller’s name, business identity, telephone number, street address, mailing address, and business license number before you transact business. Some con artists give out false names, telephone numbers, addresses, and business license numbers. Verify the accuracy of these items.
50-year-old Ralph Neil Mcrary of 1st Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Monday (March 30) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with attempted assault with a deadly weapon and littering not greater than 15 pounds. Following the arrest, Mcrary was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,500 bond. A court appearance is scheduled for May 21.
44-year-old Paul Edward Ikard of 17th Street SW in Hickory was arrested Monday (March 30) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with fail to report a new address as a sex offender and failure to appear on a count of misdemeanor larceny. Following the arrest, Ikard was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (April 1).