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Monday, 02 May 2016 14:13

Charles Deal Passes Away After Long Illness

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Charles Harold Deal passed away at the age of 86 last Thursday (April 28). He died at Frye Regional Medical Center following a long illness.

Mr. Deal was editor of the “Newton Observer” in Newton from 1964 to 1972 before moving to the “Hickory News” where he would remain for 28 years. After “The News” was sold in 2000, Mr. Deal continued for several years to write a column for the “Hickory Daily Record”.

Mr. Deal is also remembered as the chief steward at the Hickory Motor Speedway in the 1980s.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Valerie Morrow Deal, as well as a brother and a grandson.

A memorial will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow (May 3) at Bass-Smith Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Monday, 02 May 2016 13:54

Hickory Woman Jailed on Assault Charge

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39-year-old Claudia Rhodella McQueary of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (April 30) on one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

She was arrested after Police responded to a call regarding a subject who had been stabbed during a domestic dispute at the 1st Street S.E. residence. The male victim was injured after McQueary allegedly threw a knife at him. The victim was treated & released at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.

McQueary was taken into custody without incident at about 2 a.m. Saturday. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility, initially without bond. Bond has since been set at $5,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today (May 2) in Newton.

33-year-old Lee Earnest Williams of Carolina Wren Drive in Mooresville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with Four counts of Felony Secret Peeping, One Count of Fail to Notify New Online Identifier and One Count of Sex Offender on Social media.

On April 26, a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office in reference to the crime of Secret Peeping. The victim reported that she had been secretly filmed while taking a shower in a residence in southern Iredell County. The investigation into the incident revealed that the person who recorded the victim was a registered sex offender.  

During the investigation, detectives discovered that the suspect, Lee Earnest Williams, had also created a profile and was active on Kik, which is a social media website. Registered sex offenders are not allowed to have profiles on social media sites that allow persons under the age of 18 to be members.

Williams is currently on the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry as the result of a conviction of Statutory Rape of a Child and Indecent Assault and Battery on a child under 14 in the state of Massachusetts in 2005. He has three prior convictions in Iredell, Alexander, and Gaston counties for Sex Offender - Fail to Register a New Address. Williams currently has pending charges in Iredell County court for Failing to Register.  

Williams was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center where he was being held under a total bond of $45,000 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, May 2).

The armed robbery of a Hickory convenience store is under investigation. Authorities are seeking two suspects in connection with the incident.

According to the Catawba County Sheriff's Office, Saturday night (April 30) shortly before 10:00, two suspects robbed Ronald's Superette on Highland Avenue NE. The robbers stole an undisclosed amount of cash at gunpoint. In addition, the suspects took a cellphone and a set of car keys, those items were recovered.

When the suspects left the scene the wife of the store's owner chased them with a pipe, but they got away from her. There were no injuries in the incident.

Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid told WHKY that the robbery is similar to five recent robberies at convenience stores in the City of Hickory.

If you have any information on this case, you are asked to contact the Catawba County Sheriff's Office at 828-464-5241.

41-year-old Timothy Scott Theel of Hoover Street in Mount Holly was arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers Friday afternoon (April 29) and charged with one felony count each of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of cocaine. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Events leading to his arrest unfolded as a Sheriff’s Deputy on routine patrol stopped to assist Lincoln County E.M.S. on a medical call in the parking lot at a convenience store on the 5100 block of Highway 27 East in Iron Station. E.M.S. had responded to a call regarding a possible overdose. The victim had passed out in the passenger seat of a vehicle. The passenger and the driver were checked out and cleared by E.M.S.

The Deputy approached the passenger side and spoke to Timothy Theel. As the Deputy leaned over to get the man’s I.D., he saw a pistol tucked in the back of Theel’s pants. The Deputy removed Theel from the vehicle and secured the handgun. As Theel emptied his pockets, the Officer found a plastic bottle in which were crack cocaine and a plastic baggie containing Clonazepam. The handgun and drugs were seized as evidence.

Theel was taken into custody and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $17,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today (May 2).

20-year-old Larry Gene Smith of 20th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:20 last night (May 1) on multiple felony counts of failure to appear on charges of breaking & entering a place of worship, breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods.

He was arrested in connection to an incident in October of 2014 when staff at the Harvest Community Church reported a break-in. The building had last been secure the previous day. The reporting party noticed an open window and found that three guitars and a small amount of cash were missing.

Smith was identified as a suspect after some of the items were pawned. His arrest yesterday was his second in connection to the break-in.

Smith was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $75,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for June 13 in Newton.

35-year-old Jerimi Mishon Sims of 8th Avenue Drive S.W. in Hickory was arrested at about 9:30 Saturday night (April 30) on seven counts of assault on a female, two counts of resisting a public officer and five counts of second-degree trespass, plus one count each of injury to personal property, a misdemeanor domestic violence protection order violation, driving while license revoked, a rear light violation, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, communicating threats, simple assault, assault by strangulation and first-degree kidnapping. The charges were from arrest warrants dated April 20 and April 27.

At the same time, 21-year-old Tayanna Samantha Bowens, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested on one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

They were arrested when Police arrived at the Sunny Valley apartment complex to serve the outstanding warrants on Sims. Officers were in the process of taking Sims into custody when they learned that Bowens was likely in possession of a controlled substance. When a female Officer arrived to search Bowens’ person, the suspect fled, on foot.

As Bowens ran, she threw a bag that contained 5.3 grams of crack cocaine. The bag was recovered. Bowens was apprehended after a short foot pursuit.

The April 20 warrants for Sims’ arrest stem from a domestic incident in which Sims allegedly assaulted the female victim and took her from the scene against her will. The victim was treated for her injuries at Frye Regional Medical Center and released. No details were released regarding the April 27 incident.

Both suspects were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Sims set at $72,000, secured. Bowens was given a $7,000 secured bond. They were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today (May 2) in Newton.

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners met this morning (Monday, May 2) in regular session. The board received and approved the annual report of the work of the Community Child Protection & Fatality Prevention Team. This annual report is to update and keep the Board informed on activities to date. Upon the Board’s approval, the Annual Plan will be submitted to the State.

The Catawba County Child Protection Team was established in 1992 as the result of an executive order by Governor James Martin. North Carolina later mandated a Child Fatality Review Team and Catawba County elected to combine the two into a single team as allowed under State guidelines. The Child Protection Team has the legal responsibilities for reviewing cases of child fatalities when the family is known to the Department of Social Services and identifying areas in Protective Services needing improvement in order to maximize the safety of the community’s children. The Child Fatality Team’s purpose is to provide a multi-agency, multi-disciplinary approach to study cases of childhood death in Catawba County in order to attempt to reduce child fatalities.

The Board voted to confirm its approval of a Pyrotechnics Permit for Wanda Gayle C. Jarrett. She submitted a Pyrotechnic Permit application for a fireworks display to be conducted on April 23  at 3742 S. Hwy 16 Maiden, North Carolina. The display was part of a memorial for Ms. Jarrett’s son, Michael Jarrett, who recently passed away. Michael performed fireworks displays throughout the County for several years and was being honored by his family. The display occurred at 10:00 p.m. and lasted approximately 30 minutes. There was no Board of Commissioners meeting held between the time of application and the scheduled event. Therefore, the Board was polled and approved Chair Isenhower executing the required permit.

The Board of Commissioners declared May as Tourism Month in Catawba County. Commissioners also declared May 15-21 as Emergency Medical Services Week in Catawba County. The Board also declared May 1-7 as Public Service Recognition Week in Catawba County.

53-year-old Clyde Timothy Gilbert of That Way in Lenoir was arrested Friday (April 29) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Gilbert was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for today (Monday May 2).

47-year-old Tina Yvette Pinnix of Little Rock Road in Taylorsville was arrested today (Monday, May 2) by Newton Police Officers. She's charged with possession of heroin, felony possession of cocaine, simple possession of schedule II controlled substance and simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance. Pinnix was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.

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