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A person was killed in a shooting at a home north of Claremont, WHKY’s Fentress Chestnut went to the scene and spoke with Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid. The suspect was reportedly shot and killed after breaking into the home. Sheriff Reid told Fentress that one suspect is still on the loose. The incident occurred at approximately 9 a.m. today (Monday, February 23). The investigation is continuing and we will post more details and include them in radio and TV news later today.

Monday, 23 February 2015 10:34

Man Caught Swallowing Earrings at Kohl's

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32-year-old Kevin O’Neal Carroll of 33rd Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6 p.m. Saturday (February 21) on one count of misdemeanor larceny.

Carroll was arrested after a Loss Prevention Officer at the Kohl’s store on Catawba Valley Boulevard saw him swallow a pair of sterling silver earrings in an attempt to avoid detection. The earrings were valued at $25.

Loss Prevention detained the suspect until Police arrived. At last report, the earrings had not been recovered.

Carroll was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $900 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for March 19 in Hickory.

An eight-year-old boy was hit by a car on the 500 block of East Main Street in Maiden just before seven o’clock this morning (February 23). The child was transported to Carolinas Medical Center for emergency treatment. The extent of his injuries is not known.

The investigation is continuing, but initial findings indicate the boy was standing on the sidewalk in front of his residence, waiting for the school bus. The bus driver activated the bus’ amber warning lights and slowed as the driver prepared to bring the bus to a stop. Just before the bus’ red stoplights were activated and before the stop-arm was deployed, the child ran into Main Street’s eastbound lane where he was hit by an eastbound passenger vehicle. Officials said the collision happened in a 35 mph zone.

Multiple witness statements were taken and video from a camera mounted on the bus was viewed by Maiden Police. That information confirmed that the red stoplights and the stop-arm had not yet been activated prior to the collision.

The driver of the passenger vehicle was not injured. Maiden Police and emergency personnel responded to the scene.

The Catawba County School bus was making routine student pick-ups for Maiden Elementary School.

Maiden Police encourage anyone who saw the accident to contact them at 828-428-5005.

51-year-old Timothy Michael Sample of Hickory was arrested in Tennessee this morning (February 23) in connection to a robbery at the Taylorsville Savings Bank in Bethlehem on Friday (February 20). 

According to a release from the Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Office, the suspect was arrested without incident by Officers with the Nashville Police Department at a Nashville hotel. The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of filing extradition paperwork.

The investigation is ongoing.

A published report says Sample has an extensive criminal history all over the country and has been charged with two previous bank robberies.

30-year-old Spencer Joseph Farrell of Woodsway Lane in Lenoir was arrested Friday (February 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with a felony for being a fugitive from another state. Farrell is wanted on unspecified charges in Brevard County, Florida. Following the arrest, Farrell was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Facility under $75,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, February 23).

30-year-old Anthony Nathaniel Greene of U.S. 29 North in Greensboro was arrested Saturday (February 21) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking and or entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and attempt to break or enter, along with two counts of misdemeanor probation violation out of county. Following the arrest, Greene was incarcerated at the Catawba County Detention Center under $20,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, February 23).

Monday, 23 February 2015 05:34

Maiden Man Indicted On Multiple Charges

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32-year-old Jeffery Christopher Davis of Forest Drive in Maiden was served Grand Jury Indictments by Hickory Police shortly before two o’clock Sunday afternoon (February 22). He faces one felony count each of larceny from a person and possession of stolen goods, as well as one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. Davis was also charged as an habitual felon.

The charges come in connection to the August 2014 larceny of a pocketbook at Randolph Billiards in downtown Hickory. Davis was initially arrested on August 17.

He was taken into custody without incident Sunday at the Salvation Army on 3rd Avenue Place S.E. in Hickory. Davis has been confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in Superior Court on February 27 in Newton.

Two children were transported to the hospital after authorities say they were attacked by a pair of Rottweiler dogs. Sunday at 3:56 p.m., Newton police responded to a reported animal bite at 707 North Gaither Avenue in Newton. Upon arrival officers discovered two children ages 6 & 10 had been attacked and mauled by two Rottweiler dogs. The two children were at the residence of their mother’s boyfriend, Christopher Aaron Amell. The children were staying with Mr. Amell while their mother was at work.

The two children were outside of the residence playing in the yard when the attack occurred. The mother’s boyfriend, who is the dog owner, stated he knew the children were outside playing in the yard when he decided to let the dogs out of their kennels for cleaning. After Mr. Amell let the dogs out of their kennel he went inside his residence for a few minutes and when he returned outside saw the two dogs attacking the children. Mr. Amell was able to get the children away from the dogs and into a nearby parked vehicle until he could secure one dog inside a kennel and the other dog inside his house. Mr. Amell then called 911 to report the incident.

EMS, fire and rescue responded to the scene. Both children were transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center by EMS with severe injuries. The 6 year old child was then air lifted via Med Center Air from Catawba Valley Medical Center to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. The 10-year-old was treated and released from the hospital, as of this afternoon (Monday, February 23) the six-year-old was still being treated at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte. Both dogs were secured by Newton police and transported to the Catawba County Animal Shelter. It has been determined that both dogs are up-to-date on their vaccinations. DSS was notified about the incident. The investigation is continuing.

The victim in a Lincoln County homicide has been identified as 77-year-old Lucille Miller Punch of Beth Haven Church Road in Denver. Deputies were dispatched to the residence Sunday afternoon around 1:30 p.m. to investigate a possible unattended death.

The victim's son-in-law, who lives next door, came by to take out her trash and noticed the sliding door to the mobile home open. He went inside and found Ms. Punch on a hospital-style bed, deceased. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the victim apparently had been stabbed to death. She was last seen alive at about 5 p.m. on February 21.

The ongoing investigation has taken Detectives to multiple jurisdictions as they follow up possible leads. Ms. Punch’s body was sent to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

The murder is the first reported in Lincoln County in 2015.

Anyone with information should call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

Friday, 20 February 2015 13:32

Citizens' Tips Lead to Two Drug Arrests

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25-year-old Jamie Thorne Fox of Keener Road in Lincolnton and 27-year-old Jonathan Kyle Hunt of Luna Lane in Dallas have both been arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers on drug charges. Fox was charged with one felony count each of possession with the intent to manufacture, sell & deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hunt faces misdemeanor charges for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

They were arrested as Narcotics Investigators followed up on tips from Fox’s Keener Road neighborhood. Investigators went to Fox’s residence last night (February 19) after conducting surveillance and gathering information that led them to believe there were drugs in the home. Investigators received consent to search the residence and found marijuana that qualified for a felony charge because of the way it was packaged.

Fox was taken into custody and processed at the Lincoln County Detention Center. He released on a $20,000 secured bond. Hunt was also released on a $2,500 secured bond. No court dates are currently listed.

Narcotics Lt. Jason Reid encourages citizens call the Tip Line at 704-736-8422. According to the Lieutenant, 75% of the department’s drug arrests begin with information received on the tip line.