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27-year-old Jamie Thorne Fox of Lincolnton was arrested Thursday (March 23) and 23-year-old Logan Bryant Devine, also of Lincolnton, was arrested today (Monday, March 27). Fox is charged with four felony counts each of conspire to sell and deliver marijuana and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of simple possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Devine is charged with four felony counts each of sell and deliver marijuana, conspire to sell and deliver marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances.

The men were arrested and charged after an investigation into drug activity at a residence near the 2600 block of Keener Road in Lincolnton. According to detectives, several complaints about drug activity at the residence came in to the drug tip line. A surveillance and undercover operation began and detectives purchased marijuana from the residence on multiple occasions.

On Thursday, Sheriff's Office Narcotics Detectives, along with assistance from CID Detectives and Patrol Deputies, conducted a search of the residence and took one of the suspects into custody. Marijuana and drug paraphernalia were seized from the residence, along with an unknown type of pills that will be sent for testing and identification. The second suspect was arrested today.

Fox received a $25,000 secured bond. Devine's bond was set at $40,000 secured. Fox has a District Court date April 11, no court date was listed for Devine.

27-year-old Jennifer Leann Roland of Hallyburton Road in Morganton was arrested Saturday (March 25) by Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. She's charged on a bill of indictment with possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana. Roland is also charged with giving false information. She was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $21,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for April 27, a Superior Court date is set for May 1.

34-year-old Jessica Renea Caskey of Premier, West Virginia, was arrested Friday (March 24) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, along with misdemeanor counts of larceny and possession of stolen goods. Caskey was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date was set for today (Monday, March 27).

Monday, 27 March 2017 05:21

Newton Man Indicted On Drug Charges

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65-year-old Johnny Nathaniel Farley of South Caldwell Avenue in Newton was arrested Friday (March 24) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with delivering schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Farley was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 27).

33-year-old Lawrence Robert Powell of McCall Town Road in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (March 26) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Powell was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 27).

39-year-old Michael Shaun Worley of Airport Rhodhiss Road in Hickory was arrested Friday (March 24) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of solicitation of a child by computer to commit an unlawful sex act and indecent liberties with a child.

On Friday (March 24), the Burke County Sheriff`s Office Criminal Investigation Division arrested Worley after conducting an undercover online investigation. Worley exchanged online messages including sexual content with an individual whom he thought was a minor. Worley requested to meet the minor at Hildebran Community Park in Hildebran.

Upon his arrival, Worley was met by Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division. He was taken into custody without incident. Following the arrest, Worley was placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 27).

31-year-old Davie Wade Shuping of Woodburn Drive in Valdese was arrested Sunday (March 26) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with a felony count of being a registered sex offender on the premises of a school.

On Sunday, the Burke County Sheriff`s Office Criminal Investigation Division received an anonymous tip that a registered sex offender was on the property of Salem Elementary School at 1329 Salem Road in Morganton. Investigators responded to the school gymnasium and located Davie Wade Shuping.

According to records, Shuping was registered as a sex offender due to an April, 2014 conviction for indecent liberties with a minor. Following Sunday's arrest, Shuping was placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $15,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in court today (Monday, March 26).

One person was killed and two others were injured in a three-car accident in Catawba County. The crash occurred just before midnight Friday (March 24) on Keisler Dairy Road in Conover.

According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, a vehicle crossed the center line and hit another vehicle, before colliding with a second vehicle head-on. The driver of the second vehicle struck was killed.

WHKY spoke with the Highway Patrol this morning (Monday, March 27) and they did not release the victim's name. A published report over the weekend said the person killed was a 26-year-old woman from Claremont.

The two other people who were injured were transported to the hospital. The road was closed for several hours following the accident.

A Father and Son from Caldwell County were killed Saturday (March 25) in an RV crash while traveling to a race in Georgia. The crash resulted in the deaths of 53-year-old Chris Gragg and his son, 23-year-old Cody Gragg, both from the Collettsville Community outside of Lenoir. The crash occurred at around noon Saturday on Interstate 77 in the southbound lanes at mile marker 68 in Chester County, South Carolina.

According to Troopers, a tire on their RV blew out causing the driver to lose control. The RV went down an embankment before catching fire. The arrangements are as follows, the visitation will be Tuesday (March 28) from 6 to 9 p.m. and the funeral will be Wednesday (March 29) at 1 p.m. Both will be at Lenoir Community Church at 1002 Lower Creek Drive in Lenoir. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Collettsville Volunteer Fire Department.

The City of Hickory and its project partners have received the North Carolina Main Street program’s Award of Merit for Best Historic Rehabilitation Project.  The city was recognized for the transformation of the Lyerly Full-Fashioned Mill into Transportation Insight’s corporate campus.  Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland and Executive Director of Economic Development Susan Fleetwood presented awards last week to 15 program participants.

The former hosiery mill was vacant since the mid-1990s before Transportation Insight acquired the property in 2014 and successfully adapted 17,942 square feet of the mill and surrounding property into its corporate headquarters.  Lyerly Mill was constructed in 1930.  It is Hickory’s only remaining two-story hosiery mill from that era.  It was named to the National Register of Historic Places in August 2007.  

The property owner is OHM Holdings LLC, which developed the site to create the corporate campus.  The building contractor was Neill Grading & Construction Company.  The City of Hickory played a key role by developing a public parking area to serve the company’s employees.  

Transportation Insight president and founder Paul Thompson said the company’s goal is to create North America’s largest and most reputable provider of value-based logistics services by January 1, 2020.  The company employs more than 400 people at its Hickory location.  Transportation Insight previously occupied several buildings in downtown Hickory.  

This year’s Main Street award winners were chosen by a panel of judges from dozens of applications submitted by program participants from across the state.

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