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Some residents in the area are still without power as the result of outages that occurred following Saturday’s (November 24) icy weather.

Duke Energy reports one outage remaining in Alexander County, 1,197 in Burke, 2,154 in Caldwell, ten in Catawba, 238 in McDowell and none in Lincoln County.

Duke Energy says some customers will remain without power until today. The majority of those are in Caldwell County. All services should be restored no later than 5 p.m. today (November 26).

Blue Ridge Energy has restored power for all members as of eight o'clock last night. Blue Ridge says over 260 areas of damage were sustained on the cooperative’s electric system, primarily in Caldwell County. Outages began at 2:21 a.m. Saturday, with the peak coming at 6 a.m. Saturday when 5,378 Blue Ridge members were without power.

Friday, 23 November 2018 15:31

Lenoir Man Charged with Assault on Female

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23-year-old Dalvin Lee Horton of Conley Place in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (November 22) on charges of assault on a female and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. Following his arrest, Horton was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center where he was held without bond on the assault charge. Bond on the resisting charge was set at $1,500, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for January 9 in Lenoir.

Friday, 23 November 2018 15:03

Newton Police Arrest Three on Drug Charges

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30-year-old Johny Lee of Glendale Street in Newton, along with 27-year-old Frank Vang and 34-year-old Jim Vang, both of the same address on the Hickory-Lincolnton Highway in Lincolnton, have all been arrested by Newton Police on drug charges. Lee and Frank Vang were each charged with possession of heroin. Both Vangs were also charged with possession of marijuana up to half an ounce. Frank Vang faces an additional charge for driving while license revoked, while Jim Vang was charged with a felony probation violation.

All three suspects were jailed yesterday (November 22) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Lee's bond was set at $5,000. Frank Vang was given a $2,500 bond and Jim Vang was held under an $11,000 bond. Lee and Frank Vang will appear in District Court on Monday (November 26), while Frank Vang has a Superior Court appearance on the same date. Frank Vang will also appear in District Court on December 14.

43-year-old Jason Allen Beard of Catawba Terrace in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (November 21) for interfering with an electronic monitor or device and violating a house arrest order. Following his arrest, Beard was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $20,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for December 10 in Lenoir.

Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory was awarded its ninth consecutive "A" from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. Frye Regional was one of 855 facilities across the United States awarded an "A" in the Fall 2018 update.

28-year-old Olandis Ross Chambers of 11th Street in Statesville has been arrested by Hickory Police on charges of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin and possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility this morning (November 23) under a $25,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for Monday (November 26) in Newton.

Friday, 23 November 2018 11:19

Homeless Hickory Woman Faces Felony Larceny Charge

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36-year-old Lori Jean Ward, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, has been arrested by Conover Police on a charge of felony larceny. She was jailed this morning in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. An appearance in District Court is coming up on Monday (November 26) in Newton.

Friday, 23 November 2018 10:34

Residential Break-In in Vale Under Investigatio

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Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating a break-in at a home on the 7,300 block of Hallman Mill Road in Vale. The incident occurred last Friday (November 16).

A neighbor’s security camera shows a four-door vehicle as it pulled into the driveway at the residence. The video does not show the person who exited the vehicle. A short time later, the vehicle is seen leaving the scene.

The homeowner arrived at the residence around 3:30 p.m. and found the front door kicked in. A large flat screen T.V. and a jewelry box containing jewelry were stolen.

The vehicle is a small, silver or gray four-door car with large chrome after-market wheels and tinted windows.

Anyone with information regarding the vehicle or the driver should contact the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202.

25-year-old Clarence Casey Chester of Barlowe Place in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff's Officers Wednesday (November 21) on charges of assault on a female, felony larceny of a firearm and felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Chester was held in the Caldwell Co. Detention Facility without bond on the assault charge. Bond on the other charges was set at $25,000, secured. Appearances in District Court are coming up on Monday (November 26) and on December 3, both in Lenoir.

The Catawba Co. United Way is among the organizations participating in the 2018 Catawba County Christmas Bureau. The Christmas Bureau is a collaborative effort by several agencies and organizations in the county focused on providing toys, clothing and coats to local children and teenagers during the Christmas season.

The Salvation Army of Hickory collects items directly, using the Angel Trees that can be found at all area Walmart Super Stores and in Hickory's Valley Hills Mall. The Salvation Army also sponsors a coat drive for the Christmas Bureau.

The United Way has its vintage 1920s sleigh set up at the Hickory Furniture Mart on Highway 70 S.E. The sleigh serves as another drop-off point for toys. It will remain at the Furniture Mart through December 14.

The local U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots program collects for the Christmas Bureau and for the Hickory Police Department’s Cops for Tots campaign. For drop-off locations, visit

For more information, visit or call 828-322-8061. Call the Catawba County United Way at 828-327-6851.

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