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60-year-old William Christopher Gates was arrested Wednesday (June 21) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony counts of larceny and possession of stolen goods along with a misdemeanor count of harboring fugitives. Gates was arrested just before 11:00 last night at an address on Gates Road in Lincolnton. Following the arrest, Gates was placed in jail under $25,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Friday (June 23).

26-year-old Kwane Devon Harris of 14th Street Drive NE in Hickory was arrested today (June 22) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with assault by strangulation, assault on a female, injury to personal property, and resisting a public officer. Harris was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (June 26).

Hickory Firefighter Matt Quarles has earned the Advanced Firefighter designation through the N.C. State Firefighter’s Association (NCSFA).  Only one percent of the more than 50,000 Firefighters across the state have applied for and received the Advanced Firefighter designation.   

In order to be eligible for consideration, a Firefighter must meet five core competencies or qualifications.  The Firefighter’s Advanced Professional Certificate is then awarded based on a formula that combines formal education, fire & rescue continuing education training and actual experience as a Firefighter.

Matthew Quarles was hired as a Hickory Firefighter in March 2015.  Previously, he had been an engineer with St. Stephens Fire Department for four years.  He holds a number of certifications and earned a Fire Protection Technology associate degree from Catawba Valley Community College.

He is married to Rachel.  Their son, Emmett Fisher Quarles, was born in May of this year.

28-year-old Zachary David Newell of the 8th Avenue Extension in Maiden, 33-year-old Larry Jermaine Gibbs of 31st Avenue Place N.E. in Hickory and 21-year-old Bryan Scott Smith of Shoal Road in Lincolnton were all arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 11 o’clock last night.  Newell and Smith were both charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, plus misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.  In addition, Newell and Gibbs both face two counts each for possession of a firearm by a felon.  Smith was also charged with possession of a schedule I controlled substance.

The three were apprehended at a shopping center on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory.  Newell was arrested after fleeing on foot.  The other two were taken into custody without incident.

All three suspects were confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Newell set at $70,000, secured, while Gibbs and Smith were each given a $40,000 secured bond.  They were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court on June 26 in Newton.

33-year-old Samuel Everette Young was arrested Wednesday (June 21) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony counts of attempt to break or enter a building and possession of burglary tools. Young was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond, a District Court appearance is scheduled for tomorrow (June 23).

25-year-old Michael Dwayne Stacy II of Stacy Lane in Taylorsville was arrested Wednesday (June 21) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of a firearm by felon, felony possession of stolen property, and going armed to the terror of the public.  

On Wednesday at approximately 8 p.m., 911 received a call in reference to shots being fired from a vehicle that was traveling on Millersville Road toward Hwy 16 South. The vehicle passed two motorcycles, and while passing them shots were fired into the air. The description of the vehicle given to 911 was a black Lexus. A short time later, officers stopped a Lexus matching the description of the  suspect vehicle at the intersection of Wayside Church Road and Rink Dam Road. The suspect, Michael Dwayne Stacy, was operating the vehicle.  

The Lexus was also occupied by a white female and a young child. Upon a search of the vehicle, a Glock 22 handgun was found and seized. Officers learned the firearm had been reported stolen out of Burke County, it belonged to an Avery County deputy. Stacy was transported to the Alexander County Detention Center, where he was placed under a $20,000 secured bond. He is scheduled to make his first District Court appearance Monday (June 26). DSS was notified about the incident, due to the child being present.

Downtown Newton has a new, high-tech feature: a solar-powered charging station for phones, laptops, and any electronic devices that can be charged through a USB port.

Newton is one of the first communities in North Carolina to partner with Soofa, a technology company, to provide a sustainable charging station for visitors and residents. Positioned at the corner of Main Avenue and 1st Street, Newton’s charging station is conveniently located next to a street bench and has USB ports to charge up to two devices simultaneously. The charging station is free to use, and users need to bring their own USB charging cords.

City of Newton staff began researching innovative street features after hearing from Newton-Conover High School and Discovery High School students that sustainable technology was important to them in the revitalization of Downtown Newton. The charging station’s red base adds a bright pop of color to the 1924 Courthouse Square, the solar panel that powers the device requires no regular maintenance, and the device converts solar to electrical power at no cost.

Thursday, 22 June 2017 04:10

Lenoir Man Indicted On Firearm Charge

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47-year-old Aaron Wayne Douglas Sr. of Buccaneer Way in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (June 21) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with possession of a firearm by a felon. In addition, Douglas is charged with misdemeanor larceny. Douglas was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $1,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for July 13, a Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 24.

27-year-old Jeffrey Scott Ohmer of Putnam Street in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (June 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Ohmer was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled for today (June 22).

Thursday, 22 June 2017 03:41

Claremont Man Indicted On Drug Charges

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41-year-old Christopher Lee Killian of Ole Country Lane in Claremont was arrested Wednesday (June 21) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with the sale of heroin and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin. Killian is also charged with two counts of failure to appear on various charges. He was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A District Court date is set for July 21, a Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 24.

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