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Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating threats made at North Lincoln Middle School on Amity Church Road. Deputies were dispatched to the school on October 14 & 15 in connection to threatening letters found at the school.

One of the letters was left underneath a student’s desk on October 14 and the two letters were located underneath a beanbag in a classroom the next day. The letters threatened teachers, students, and the school. According to published reports, one of the letters threatened the life of an eighth-grade teacher.

The investigation by Detectives Matt Lykins and Richard Calhoun identified a female juvenile as the suspect in connection to the letters found on October 15. She has been suspended from school.

Information gathered during the investigation will be turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice with a recommendation of prosecution.

School officials and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office worked closely together to ensure the safety of all students and faculty members. Detectives and Patrol Deputies were at the school both days during the investigation.

North Lincoln Middle School promptly notified parents about the incidents.

Thursday, 16 October 2014 10:36

CDC in Town to Conduct Survey; Not Related to Ebola

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The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention currently has several trucks in Hickory, parked at the Hickory Furniture Mart on Highway 70 S.E. The trucks are in town for the National Health & Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), which is a program of studies designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States. The survey has been in existence for more than 50 years.

Janis Eklund is the Study Manager overseeing the CDC’s group currently in Hickory. Ms. Eklund says the group has nothing to do with the disease side of the CDC and is involved exclusively with the agency’s National Center for Health Statistics. She says Catawba County was chosen as one of the sites for the annual NHANES program approximately a year ago. Ms. Eklund assures residents that the program is in no way connected to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa or to the small number of cases reported in Texas.

The NHANES program officially begins in Catawba County tomorrow (October 17). The CDC will remain in Hickory until December 15.

5,000 residents across the nation will have the chance to participate in the NHANES program, which is designed to serve as the nation’s health check-up.

Doug Urland, Director of Catawba County Public Health, encourages residents who are contacted by NHANES to keep in mind the value of the survey. He says being part of NHANES not only helps the community contribute to an understanding of the nation’s health status, but also provides participants with valuable information about their own health.

Thursday, 16 October 2014 07:01

Governor McCrory to Play at Rock Barn Today

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Governor Pat McCrory is scheduled to make an appearance at the Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn today (October 16). The governor is expected in Conover at 12:30 this afternoon. He will play in the Pro-Am tournament with World Golf Hall-of-Famer Colin Montgomerie.

Thursday, 16 October 2014 06:58

Statesville Man Faces 65 Child Sex Offense Charges

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38-year-old Joshua Maurice Young of Statesville turned himself in yesterday morning (October 15) at the Statesville Police Department. Young had been charged with 50 counts of indecent liberties with a child and 15 counts of first-degree sex offense with a child under 13.

The previous day, Statesville Police concluded an investigation into allegations against Young, who was a former employee at the Church of Today Day Care facility on Brevard Street in Statesville. The day care facility is now closed.

In June, a victim came forward and reported incidents that occurred between 1995 and 1997 involving a caregiver at the day care center. Young was allegedly involved in inappropriate activity with the victim, who was then three-to-four years old.

In the course of the investigation, Officers uncovered a previous allegation that was filed against Young in 1999. Investigators located the victim from that incident, who no longer resides in North Carolina. That victim recalled incidents with Young that occurred between 1994 and 1995 while she was three years old.

Both victims reported similar incidents that occurred in the same part of the building. Results of the investigation were presented to the District Attorney’s Office and warrants were issued for Young’s arrest.

After his arrest, Young was placed in the Iredell County Jail under a $50,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today.

This year, Catawba County Public Health is offering two community events for flu vaccinations. They are on October 30 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on October 31 at the same times.

Vaccinations will be available by walk-in only for individuals age three and older. Appointments are required for infants ages 6-35 months and can be made by calling 828-695-5800.

The seasonal flu shot costs $26 for individuals age three and older and $20 for children ages 6-35 months. For people 65 and older, the high-dose flu shot is available for $40 and the pneumonia vaccine is available for $80. Accepted forms of payment include cash, check, debit/credit, Medicare Part B (only) and Medicaid. Medicare Advantage and other insurance plans will not be accepted; however, individuals may pay and then file with their insurers for possible reimbursement.

In addition, Public Health is currently scheduling appointments for flu shots through the Vaccines for Children program at no charge to eligible individuals.

For more information, call 828-695-5800 or visit www.catawbacountync.gov/phealth. Catawba County Public Health is located off Fairgrove Church Road behind Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory

The Clinton Tabernacle A.M.E. Zion Church has planned a centennial celebration beginning October 22 and running through October 26. The Pastor, Dr. Anthony Freeman, and church members invite the community to attend. The theme for the anniversary celebration is, “Excited about our future while building upon a lasting legacy.”  

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 22, the Reverend Dr. Lenton D. Rhodes, a former pastor at Clinton, will kick-off a three-night revival. On Saturday, the celebration will continue as the Reverend Herbert R. Warren will lead the services, along with his district choir from Salisbury. Rev. Warren is another former pastor at Clinton and is now a Presiding Elder. After Sunday morning worship services on October 26, the church will host a homecoming dinner. Following dinner, former associates Reverend Michael Hester and Reverend Renee McClain will close out the celebration.

The Clinton Tabernacle A.M. E. Zion Church is located at 480 Catawba Valley Boulevard.

28-year-old Tasha Nicole Kirby of Windsong Circle in Hudson was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (October 14) on charges of larceny and possession of stolen goods or property. Kirby was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. No court date is listed on those charges; however, Kirby does have a Superior Court appearance scheduled on November 3 in Lenoir for felony obtaining property by false pretense.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 14:02

Lenoir Man Arrested on Felony Forgery Charges

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43-year-old Johnny Daryl Mooney of Brixton Place in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (October 14) by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on felony charges of forgery of an instrument, uttering a forged instrument and obtaining property by false pretense. Following his arrest, Mooney was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $9,000, secured. He will appear in District Court on October 27 in Lenoir.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 13:55

A.S.U. Police Seek Assault Suspect

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22-year-old Shawn George Hamilton is wanted by the Appalachian State University (A.S.U.) Police Department and High Country Crime Stoppers.

He is wanted in connection to an incident Monday (October 13) at approximately 11:30 p.m. when A.S.U. Police were called to assist a student in distress behind her residence hall. Police found the female student on the northwest side of campus where the student said she had been physically assaulted by a non-student ex-boyfriend.

The alleged perpetrator, Shawn Hamilton, is a black male, 5’10” tall, weighing 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing dark pants and a black hoodie. Hamilton was reportedly driving a black BMW sedan.

A.S.U. Police are continuing to investigate the incident.  

Anyone with information regarding the crime should call the A.S.U. Police Department at 828-262-2150 submit tips anonymously at http://police.appstate.edu/crime-tip-submission-form.

Citizens may also contact Crime Stoppers at https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtips.aspx?AgencyID=1251 or text "NCTIP” plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Information leading to an arrest could result in a reward up to $1,000.

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EnergyUnited’s Austin Story, a lineman from Taylorsville, will join 23 other electric cooperative line workers from across the state tomorrow morning (October 16) at the Pole Top Rescue competition in Raleigh.

The competition pits line workers against the clock and each other as they demonstrate essential lifesaving skills. Each competitor had to win a local competition in order to advance to the championship in Raleigh. Story won EnergyUnited's local competition with a time of two minutes and 4.42 seconds. John Brown, a journeyman lineman also from Taylorsville, will serve as an alternate for EnergyUnited.

At the Pole Top Rescue competition, a line worker must perform in a scenario that finds a fellow worker unconscious atop a utility pole. The competitor, dressed in full climbing gear, must radio for help, scale 20-feet up a utility pole, rig a rope, lower a 105-pound mannequin and begin CPR. Previous winners have completed the competition in less than two minutes.

The event kicks off at 9 a.m. tomorrow and will conclude by 1 p.m. For more information, visit www.ncelectriccooperatives.com/email/poletop14.html.