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34-year-old Jonathan Ray Bennett of Angus Trail in Vale was arrested Wednesday (February 14) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of break or enter a motor vehicle, and one misdemeanor count of assault on a female. Bennett was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled today (February 15) and March 14.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating vehicle break-ins that occurred during a one-hour period on February 12, 2018.

Around 12:30 p.m. deputies were dispatched to the parking area of Jin’s Buffet at 7260 NC Highway 73 reference a larceny from a motor vehicle. A work crew had parked their company vehicle outside and went into the restaurant to eat. A passenger side door handle had been pried open to gain entry. The thieves stole a saw valued at $1,500.

Deputies were also dispatched to the parking lot of Showmars on NC Highway 73 reference another larceny from a motor vehicle. The work crew sat down for lunch around 12:15 p.m. and a short time later an employee of the restaurant told the crew that two males were going through their vehicle. When he went outside the crew chief said he saw a white van going toward the Lowe’s store but was unable to get a good look at the vehicle. Stolen from the van were a number of drills valued at $5,400.

A short time later deputies were dispatched to the Walmart at 7131 NC Highway 73 reference a break-in to a truck. The thieves broke a lock to gain entry into the truck. Stolen from the truck were a generator and a floor jack valued at $1,000. The van used by the thieves was reportedly stolen in Charlotte.

Investigation into the break-ins, which occurred between noon and 1:00 p.m., is continuing. Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050.

27-year-old Randy Lee Cook of Yellowstone Lane in Statesville was arrested Tuesday (February 13) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of probation violation, possession of controlled substance in jail or prison, and possession of schedule II controlled substance. Cook is also charged with misdemeanor counts of assault on a government official, probation violation, failure to appear on a DWI, and carrying a concealed weapon.

On Tuesday deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Squad went to 174 Yellowstone Lane in eastern Iredell County in an attempt to locate and serve warrants on Randy Lee Cook. The night before, a probation officer went to check on Cook at his residence and the suspect allegedly assaulted the officer and ran out of the residence.

When deputies went to the residence, they were invited inside by one of the residents of the home. While searching the home for Cook, deputies found him hiding in a closet. While being processed into the detention center a bag of marijuana was found in his possession, leading to the charge of having controlled substance in jail.

Cook was placed in jail under a $41,600 secured bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for next Monday (February 19), March 5 and March 12.

A Caldwell County man has been cleared of any wrongdoing in a shooting that led to the death of a 31-year-old Hudson man. According to a news release from the District Attorney's Office, after carefully reviewing the evidence, witness statements and investigative findings of the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney David Learner determined the actions that led to the death of Daniel Lashawn Wright were justified as a measure of self-defense from a physical assault, and no charges will be filed.

According to the news release, last Thursday (February 8), Wright engaged in an assault of a physically handicapped family member at the residence of the assault victim. After being knocked to the floor while being attacked by Wright, the victim fired one shot from a 9-millimeter handgun that struck and killed his assailant. Members of the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office and Caldwell County Emergency Medical Services arrived within five minutes but were unable to revive Wright.

Findings from the preliminary autopsy and toxicology report indicated the presence of methamphetamine and MDMA in Wright’s bloodstream. Methamphetamine and a hypodermic syringe also were found in his pocket. Learner and Caldwell County Sheriff Alan Jones authorized the immediate release of the handgun to its owner following a review of the case.


51-year-old Timothy Carl Maynor of Conover, was given an active prison sentence of at least six years after being found guilty of possession of a firearm by felon and habitual felon status by a Catawba County jury on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.

The Honorable Carla N. Archie, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, imposed a prison term of six to eight years after the jury returned its verdict to end a two-day trial. The defendant’s sentence will be served in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections. Maynor’s sentence length was enhanced by a prior felony conviction for breaking or entering in Burke County (April 1988), and two felony larceny convictions in Catawba County (December 1990 and July 1995).

Officers with the Hickory Police Department responded to a mobile home park in reference to a report of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in March 2015. Information was given that Maynor had returned the vehicle and was at the residence. He had outstanding warrants for his arrest.

When contact was made with Maynor, several boxes of ammunition were seen in the living room of the home. When he was taken into custody, a search revealed an empty gun magazine in his back pocket. A black handgun was seen in plain view in Maynor’s bedroom when an officer was assisting another occupant of the residence. The empty magazine belonged to the handgun.

Carlos De Los Santos investigated the case for Hickory Police Department. Assistant District Attorney Chad Smith handled prosecution for the State.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 14:40

Catawba Chamber Holds Annual Luncheon

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The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held their annual shareholders and investors luncheon today (February 14) at the Hickory Metro Convention Center. More than 500 people attended the event. Stephen Patton was named 2018 Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Chairman of the Board. Dan St. Louis, the Executive Director of Manufacturing Solutions Center won the Duke Energy Community Leadership Award. Watch my interview with Chamber President and CEO Lindsay Keisler on Thursday evening’s WHKY-TV News at 5:30 & 10:00.

25-year-old Stephanie Elizabeth Fulk of 14th Street Place N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:15 yesterday afternoon (February 13) on one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture a schedule III controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture a schedule II controlled substance. She was arrested on warrants issued by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office in October of last year.

Fulk was taken into custody without incident at her residence. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $7,500, secured. She has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 14:05

Missing Teen Sought in Lincoln County

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Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teen. 16-year-old Breiana Lei McAfee was last seen at her residence on the 3000 block of Lee Lawing Road in Lincolnton at about eight o’clock last night (February 13).

Ms. McAfee is described as a black female. She is 5’5” tall and weighs 125 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a t-shirt, blue jeans with holes in them and black Nike tennis shoes. She may also have been wearing a black jacket.

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

25-year-old Marcus Gunnar McDowell of Harbor Drive in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning on one count of failure to appear on a felony and one count of failure to appear on a misdemeanor.

He was arrested in connection to an incident on January 17 when Hickory Police responded to reports of a subject with a handgun outside a residence on 20th Avenue Court N.E. The subject, Marcus Gunnar McDowell, was found on the 800 block of 21st Avenue N.E. with 1.1 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia on his person.

McDowell was taken into custody without incident at 12:22 a.m. today and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $12,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in Superior Court on March 19 and in District Court on April 27, both in Newton.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 13:35

Hickory Man Faces Felony Habitual Assault Charge

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36-year-old Robert Lee McAfee of 7th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (February 14) on two felony counts of habitual misdemeanor assault.

He was arrested in connection to an incident on Monday (February 12) when Hickory Police responded to an assault call at McAfee’s residence. A warrant for McAfee’s arrest was issued that same day. He was taken into custody without incident at 12:52 a.m. today at his residence.

McAfee was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

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