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The Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in finding a woman suspected of stealing valuable jewelry. The suspect is 27-year-old Kimberly Nicole Parker, formerly of Lincolnton. Parker has been charged with one felony count each of larceny, possession of stolen goods and obtaining property by false pretense.

Last Thursday (September 27), the Sheriff’s Office filed charges against Parker for stealing a ring. The theft occurred on August 10 of this year at the victim’s residence after she had hired the suspect to clean her home on Christopher Road in Denver.

Detectives say the victim asked Parker about the ring. The suspect reportedly admitted to taking the item and said she would return it, but never did. On September 26, a report was filed with the Sheriff’s Office. Detectives determined that the suspect sold the ring to a pawnshop in Gastonia on August 11.

The ring was custom-made in the 1980s and was a gift from the victim’s late husband. It was valued at over $2,000. The suspect received $100 in payment for the ring when she sold it to the pawnshop.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Kimberly Nicole Parker should call Detective Jon Propst at 704-732-9050, Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

42-year-old Hieu Trung Bui of 24th Street Drive NW in Hickory was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with breaking and entering with intent to terrorize or injure, assault on a female, injury to real property, and second degree trespassing. He was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (October 1) under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance is set for Tuesday (October 2).

Hickory City Council meets in regular session Tuesday night (October 2). The meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building at 76 North Center Street in Hickory.

Under reaffirmation and ratification of second readings, council will vote on amending the traffic ordinance designating the speed limit as 25 miles-per-hour on 9th Street NW between 6th Avenue NW and 9th Avenue NW, and on 7th Street NW and 13th Avenue Place NW between 12th Avenue NW and 6th Street NW.

There are no public hearings on Tuesday's agenda. Under departmental reports council will consider the approval of the Greater Hickory Tennis Association's requests to name the upper level tennis courts at Hickory City Park. Court 1 would be named for Kathy Kim and David and Elaine Myers. Court 2 would be named for Steve White Motors Inc. Court 3 would be named for Benefit Solutions Inc. and Linney Teague, and Court 4 would be named for Corning Inc. The naming rights would be valid for 20 years.

Among the items on tomorrow's consent agenda is the approval of a Utility Relocation Agreement with Duke Energy Carolinas in the amount of $326,380.19. In addition, the consent agenda includes the acceptance of a North Carolina Department of Transportation Grant in the amount of $150,000 for airport improvements.

Under special presentations, council will honor outgoing Fire Chief Fred Hollar. In addition, there will be a presentation of a Fire Prevention Week Proclamation. There is one person requesting to be heard by council. Mr. Robert Russell of Willowbottom Road wishes to discuss the progress of kudzu cleanup, an evacuation plan, and telephone poles with council.

34-year-old Jennifer Nicole Lain of Eckard Road in Conover was arrested Saturday (September 29) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and probation violation. In addition, Lain is charged with resisting a public officer and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $11,000 bond. District and Superior Court appearances were scheduled today (October 1).

36-year-old Walter Scott Smith of 22nd Street in Newton was arrested Friday (September 28) by Claremont Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny and breaking and entering. Smith was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $4,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (October 1).

31-year-old Adrian Lamar Wiggins of Starmount Circle in Morganton was arrested last Monday (September 24) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and probation violation.

According to a news release issued Friday (September 28), last Monday, Deputies with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office were called to assist NC Probation and Parole Officers on Ross Street in Morganton. Officers made contact with Adrian Lamar Wiggins, who had an outstanding warrant for a felony probation violation.

Wiggins was taken into custody on that probation violation charge. According to the news release, while searching Wiggins, methamphetamine was found in his possession. Officers seized the meth and transported Wiggins to the Burke County Magistrates Office where he was served with the felony warrants.

Wiggins was detained in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $13,000 secured bond. His next District Court appearance is scheduled for October 16.

Sunday, 30 September 2018 10:50

Arrest Made In Hickory Shooting Incident

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An arrest has been made in connection to a shooting incident in Hickory. According to the Catawba County "Who's In Jail" website, 30-year-old Adrian Jamar Wells of 21st Street SW in Hickory was arrested Friday (September 28) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

The warrant for Wells' arrest was obtained in reference to the shooting of Donnie Arnell Morgan. He was shot last Thursday (September 27). No information was released on Morgan's condition.

Wells was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (October 1).


30-year-old Ashtin Durrell Farley of Adkins Lane in Statesville was arrested by Hickory Police at about 12:30 yesterday afternoon (September 27) on one felony count each of trafficking heroin or opium and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, Farley was in possession of 9.03 grams of heroin at the time of his arrest.

He was taken into custody without incident at a residence on 2nd Avenue S.W. in Hickory. Farley was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $65,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

Hickory Police are investigating a shooting that occurred yesterday (September 27) in Hickory.

At about 9:20 last night, Officers responded to a possible shooting in the area of 38 8th Avenue Drive S.E. Officers found the victim, a 28-year-old black male from Hickory, with an apparent gunshot wound to the back.

The victim was transported to Frye Regional Medical Center and later transferred to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem for additional treatment. The incident involved the victim and a known subject.

Anyone with information regarding the ongoing investigation should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551 or contact Investigator Darren Bailey at 828-261-2687 or

Friday, 28 September 2018 10:51

Six Suspects Indicted On Drug Charges

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Six suspects face drug charges following indictments handed down by the August Lincoln County Grand Jury.

17-year-old Nicholas Bailey Garver of Timberhill Trail, 17-year-old Gavin Seth Glance of Curveview Road, 18-year-old Jordan Hunter Beatty of W T Carpenter Road, 31-year-old Wesley Todd Bowen of Shoal Road, 33-year-old Kristin Danielle Lowman of Sandra Lane, and 24-year-old Devon Eugene Reedy of Sun Valley Trail, all from Lincolnton, were charged on the indictments.

According to a news release issued today (September 28) by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Garver was charged with three counts each of possession with the intent to sell and deliver marijuana and sale and delivery of marijuana. The warrants were served on September 10. Glance was charged with four counts apiece of sell and deliver marijuana and possession with the intent to sell and deliver marijuana. Beatty was charged with one count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and sale and delivery of marijuana. He was arrested on August 15.

Bowen was charged with trafficking methamphetamine following a search of his residence on Shoal Road. Lowman was arrested August 9 and charged with possession of methamphetamine. Reedy was charged with possession of a controlled substance in a prison facility. Reedy is an inmate at the Lincoln County prison unit where the staff found marijuana on him on June 22.

Garver received an $18,000 secured bond, no court date was listed. Glance was jailed under $40,000 secured bond, he has an October 11 District Court date. Beatty was given a $5,000 secured bond, no court date was listed. Bowen received a $35,000 secured bond, he has a November 13 District Court date. Lowman was placed under a $10,000 secured bond, she has a December 6 District Court date. No court date was listed for Reedy.

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