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The Bo Peep Restaurant on South Center Street in Brookford was robbed at about 6:30 this morning (February 4). Brookford Police Chief Ken Hopkins told WHKY that approximately $120 of the restaurant’s money was taken from a Bo Peep employee as the business was opening for breakfast.

Chief Hopkins said more than one person was involved in the robbery and a firearm was displayed during the incident. No one was injured.

A vehicle belonging to the employee who was robbed was also stolen. The vehicle was later recovered a short time later on 4th Street Drive S.W. in Hickory, less than a mile from where it was taken.

Chief Hopkins told WHKY that Investigators have identified several possible suspects, but no arrests had been made as of 1:45 this afternoon.

The Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene. The investigation is ongoing.

39-year-old Ricky Lee Robbins of Northwood Place in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (February 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony speeding to elude arrest. Robbins was incarcerated at the Caldwell County Detention Center under $7,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, February 4).

Thursday, 04 February 2016 10:14

Hickory Woman Faces Animal Cruelty Charges

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40-year-old Kalihani Deangelete Little of 15th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested at about 3:15 yesterday afternoon (February 3) on two felony counts of cruelty to animals. Little was taken into custody without incident at H.P.D. headquarters and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

No further details are available.

The Office of Governor Pat McCrory announced a number of appointments to various state boards and commissions yesterday (February 3).

Among them was David Huffman of Catawba County, who was reappointed to the North Carolina Human Trafficking Commission. Mr. Huffman served as the Sheriff of Catawba County until his retirement in 2010. He has over 42 years of law enforcement experience.

The purpose of the commission is to apply for and receive, on behalf of the State, funding from federal, public or private initiatives, grant programs or donors that will assist in examining and countering the problem of human trafficking in North Carolina; to commission, fund and facilitate quantitative and qualitative research to explore the specific ways human trafficking is occurring in North Carolina and the links to international and domestic human trafficking and to assist in creating measurement, assessment and accountability mechanisms; to contribute to efforts to inform and educate law enforcement personnel, social services providers and the general public about human trafficking so that human traffickers can be prosecuted and victim-survivors can receive appropriate services; to suggest new policies, procedures or legislation to further the work of eradicating human trafficking and provide assistance and review with new policies, procedures and legislation; to assist in developing regional response teams or other coordinated efforts to counter human trafficking the level of law enforcement, legal services, social services and nonprofits; to identify gaps in law enforcement or service provision and recommend solutions to those gaps; to consider whether human trafficking should be added to the list of criminal convictions that require registration under the sex offender and public protection registration program.

53-year-old Mitzi Dwenn Goins of Dudley Shoals Road in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (February 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession with intent to distribute meth precursor. Goins was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for February 29.

Thursday, 04 February 2016 05:45

Man Struck In Roadway By Pickup Truck

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A pickup truck struck a man in a Burke County roadway Wednesday evening (February 3), seriously injuring the pedestrian.

According to WBTV, the incident occurred just after 6:30 p.m. on Highway 70 in Hildebran. Witnesses told Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol that the man was walking along the roadway and that several vehicles had to swerve to avoid hitting him.

One pickup truck, however, was not able to turn out of the way in time and struck the man. According to the WBTV report, the victim sustained serious head injuries and was rushed to an area hospital. The pedestrian's name, age, or current condition had not been released.

Highway Patrol has not released any further information, or revealed if any charges are being filed.

The December unemployment rates were released Wednesday (February 3) by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division. Unemployment rates went down across the Greater Hickory Metro Area.

Catawba County’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.1percent in December from 5.3 in November. In Alexander County, the jobless rate dipped to 4.7 percent from 4.8 in the previous report. Burke County’s unemployment rate fell to 5.4 percent from 5.6 in November. Caldwell County’s jobless rate dropped to 5.7 percent from 5.9 percent in the November report.

The Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA has an unemployment rate of 5.3 percent according to the December statistics. That’s down from 5.4 percent in November. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied for the 7th lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs in the state.

The statewide unemployment rate is 5.3 percent, down from 5.4 in the previous report. Unemployment rates decreased in 70 of North Carolina’s 100 counties, increased in 21, and remained unchanged in nine. Graham County had the highest unemployment rate at 12 percent, Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.9 percent.

Thursday, 04 February 2016 05:17

Hickory Woman Charged With Pair Of Felony Offenses

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31-year-old Catherine Huffman Brown of 14th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (February 3) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of larceny and break or enter a motor vehicle. Brown was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for today (Thursday, February 4).

47-year-old Jeffrey Brian Walker of West School Street in Maiden was arrested Tuesday (February 2) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with four felony counts of Sell and Deliver schedule I Controlled Substance, two felony counts of  Sell and Deliver a Controlled Substance within 1000 feet of School Property, and two felony counts of  Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Schedule I Controlled Substance.

According to a news release, on Tuesday, Walker was arrested by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit for selling heroin to an undercover detective. Detectives say the man made prearranged meetings with the undercover officer at a public location in Lincoln County where he sold various amounts of heroin.   

According to detectives, the investigation was conducted over the past several months. Detectives say the man sold heroin to an undercover officer within 1000 feet of a preschool leading to additional charges.  

Narcotics Lt. Jon Propst said that the preschool was in no way related to the case and no children were ever in any danger. Propst added that the suspect, however, did prearrange the deal and sold at a public place close to a school.

A Lincoln County magistrate set bond for Walker at $15,000 secured.  He was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center. A District Court appearance is scheduled for February 22.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 14:48

Hickory Woman Arrested for Crack Cocaine

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44-year-old Christina Denise Powell of 17th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about nine o’clock last night (February 2) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was arrested after Officers stopped a vehicle for an expired tag at 11th Avenue S.W. and Highway 70 S.W. Powell was the driver. A K-9 Officer alerted to the presence of narcotics. A search turned up 0.4 grams of crack cocaine on Powell’s person. 0.8 grams of marijuana were found in the possession of a male passenger. The passenger was issued a citation.

Powell was processed and then released about two-and-a-half hours later under a $1,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.