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Axjo America plans to invest $11.1 million and create 14 new jobs at a new manufacturing facility in Conover. The company expects to consolidate two current facilities into the new location. Axjo America plans to purchase an existing 143,268 square foot facility in Conover and add new machinery and equipment that will allow the company to grow in size and increase product offerings to the cable industry.

Axjo America located in Hickory in 2011 but has since outgrown their facility. After exhausting a search for suitable buildings in Hickory and other locations and states, Axjo selected the Conover facility as best location for the expansion. Axjo uses primarily recycled environmentally friendly materials and the latest injection molding technology to produce fiber-optic reels for spooling equipment. The spools are low weight, UV-resistant and waterproof. Over the next five years Axjo plans on expanding into the large spool sizes adding new injection molding machines each year.

Axjo America is a subsidiary of Axjo AB, a Swedish company in business since 1945 and a leading supplier of plastic spools in Europe. Grants to encourage Axjo to expand were approved by the Catawba County Board of Commissioners and the Conover City Council at their regularly scheduled board meetings on Monday.

35-year-old Darrell Ray Sanders of Conway Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (October 5) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He’s charged with felony larceny by employee. Sanders was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,500 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first court appearance Monday.

37-year-old Jose Alvaro De Leon Lopez of Virginia Street in Lenoir was arrested Monday (October 5) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with felony financial card theft and misdemeanor financial card theft. Following the arrest, Lopez was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $2,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, October 6).

A Lincoln County man with a long rap sheet has been charged in connection with an assault on a child that resulted in injury.

29-year-old Timothy Jackson Brazell of Turner Street in Lincolnton was arrested last Friday (October 2) by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged on an outstanding warrant for felonious child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury. The warrant was a result of an investigation conducted by Det. Brent Heavner of the Lincolnton Police Department as well as Lincoln County Department of Social Services.

According to a news release issued Monday (October 5) the victim in the case is a juvenile with whom Brazell supervised in a parental role. The juvenile did suffer injuries as a result of the abuse.

Brazell has prior convictions for possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule IV controlled substance, sell or deliver schedule IV controlled substance, felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, obtain property by false pretense, simple assault, larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of stolen property, and several other traffic related cases.

Bond for Brazell was set at $20,000 secured. He was scheduled to make his first appearance in Lincoln County District Court on Monday. His next Court appearance is scheduled for October 26.  

25-year-old Tanisha Masha Atkins of Catawba Street in Lincolnton was arrested by Lincolnton Police Officers. She's charged on outstanding warrants with three counts of conspire to sell or deliver cocaine, one count of conspire to traffic opium or heroin, four counts of maintaining a vehicle for controlled substance, and one count of shoplifting.

Last Saturday night (October 3), Officer Derek Thom of the Lincolnton Police Department responded to Wal-Mart in reference to a shoplifting call. When he arrived at the store, Officer Thom spoke with Loss Prevention personnel who told him that Tanisha Masha Atkins had shoplifted property. Atkins was still at the scene when Officer Thom arrived. Upon investigating further, Officer Thom found that Atkins had several outstanding felony warrants from narcotics investigations conducted by the Lincolnton Police Department Narcotics Division.

The warrants were the result of a ten month investigation targeting Atkins and other street level narcotics dealers and traffickers. The investigation is on-going and more arrests are expected.

Atkins has previous convictions for cocaine-related offenses, resisting a public officer, and several traffic related offenses. Atkins was taken to the Magistrate and then to the Lincoln County Jail where bond was set at $45,000 secured. Atkins was scheduled to have her first appearance on Monday (October 5) in Lincoln County District Court. Her next District Court date is October 26.

If anyone has any information about this case or any other criminal or narcotics cases, please contact the Lincolnton Police Department at (704) 736-8900 or call the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crimestoppers at (704) 736-8909. Any calls made to Crimestoppers can be made anonymously and could result in the reward of up to $1,000.00 if the information leads to an arrest.

It was a busy day at the Catawba county courthouse in Newton. There were three cases that WHKY reporter Fentress Chestnut was following, all of those cases dealt with a murder suspect.

One of the three cases were delayed, but reporter Fentress Chestnut went to the home where one of the suspects plead guilty to 2nd degree murder after beating their wife to death inside of the home.

Marvin Antonio Hill has been locked up in the Catawba co detention center for almost 2 years now, today he admitted to the judge that he did in fact kill his wife, 36-year old Louver Hill on Nov 10, 2013.

Hill originally lied to officers calling 9-1-1 and telling the operator that his wife had fell and hit her head. Officials were able to quickly figure out why that could not have been possible.

Louver Hill's autopsy showed that she died as a result of blunt force trauma, she had been hit in the head 3 times, and she also had multiple cuts and bruises.
Detectives say when they got to the home there was also overturned furniture.

Because Louver's family was not in town Marvin was not sentenced. Hill's sentencing will happen at a later date, but by pleading guilty today he could face a maximum punishment of life without the possibility of parole.

Hill's attorney Calvin Coleman told Fentress Chestnut that Hill has a clean record prior to this incident, and this has been a very abnormal case. Coleman says both Marvin and Louver's families still remain close.

As for the second case involving David Engelmann, it has been delayed possibly until November. Engelmann is charged with the death of 17-year old Jake Robertson.

Both were seniors at Hickory high school, Engelmann was driving when his car flipped down an embankment last August killing his classmate and best friend Robertson.
Alcohol was a key factor in this crash.

The third case involves Sharmon Odom. He's the man accused of murdering Maggie Daniels last summer.

Odom was arrested on August 2nd of last year for the murder of 31-year old Maggie Daniels. Daniels was found dead in her home at Windsor apartments in Newton late June of 2014.
Odom was Daniels neighbor, and after searching his home detectives said physical evidence and interviews led to his arrest.

Odom was indicted for murder, first degree sexual offense and first degree kidnapping.
Today as he appeared in court he chose to stand through the entire hearing even after the judge told him he could sit.

There was a motion for a personnel file of a Newton Police captain saying that the officer may have known Daniels boyfriend. This is important because the defense claimed that there was seaman found on Daniels clothing which belonged to her boyfriend.

In addition to this prosecutors want special testing done on evidence out of the state which will cost the court almost $50,000. There was also a motion to make sure that a certain piece of evidence remain preserved because all evidence in this case could be crucial.

Whky will continue to keep you updated on the Odom case as well as the two previous cases. For more information or advanced updates follow reporter Fentress chestnut on Twitter @fentresswhky14.

A man ran off the road in Lenoir yesterday morning (October 4). The driver reportedly experienced medical conditions that caused him to veer off of U.S. Highway 18.

His black pick-up truck crashed into a ravine. Witnesses thought the vehicle caught on fire; however, when first-responders arrived, there was no fire. Rescue crews removed the driver from the vehicle before pulling the truck up the steep embankment.

The driver sustained only minor injuries. No other vehicles were involved.

The truck was eventually removed and towed away. Traffic was delayed for about 45 minutes.

Monday, 05 October 2015 14:17

Three Arrested in Hickory on Multiple Charges

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57-year-old Roger Dean Barlow of Highway 70 in Connelly Springs, 41-year-old Libby Ann Williams of Milton Avenue S.W. in Valdese and 42-year-old Kenneth Shane Duncan of Advance, N.C. were all arrested by Hickory Police Friday (October 2) on a variety of charges.

Barlow was charged with possession with felony intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Williams was charged with a felony parole violation and with misdemeanor providing false information to an officer. Duncan was arrested on outstanding warrants for three misdemeanor counts of failure to appear.

They were arrested when Officers on patrol on the 100 block of 1st Avenue S.W. spotted a tan Honda Accord with an expired registration and stopped the vehicle on the 500 block of the same street. Barlow (the owner of the Honda) was in the right rear passenger seat. Three other subjects were also in the vehicle.

Duncan was the driver. Orders for his arrest had been issued on September 16, 21 & 24. Williams, in the front passenger seat, initially gave Officers a false name. Once she was correctly identified, Officers found the warrant for her arrest, which was issued in August.

A search of the vehicle turned up four grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, resulting in the charges against Barlow. The fourth person in the car was not charged.

Barlow, Williams and Duncan were all placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Barlow set at $10,000, secured, while Williams was given a $1,500 secured bond and Duncan was held under an $11,500 secured bond. Barlow has since been released. Barlow was scheduled to appear in District Court today (October 5). Williams has a District Court appearance coming up on November 5 and Duncan has court dates on October 22, November 9 and December 10.

35-year-old Jerry Richard McDaniel of McDuffy Road in Connelly Springs was arrested today (Monday, October 5) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, McDaniel was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (October 9).

The Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Office has issued a press release regarding an incident in which shots were fired into a residence.

On Saturday (October 3), Alexander County Communications received information that shots were fired into a brick residence on Paul Payne Store Road in Taylorsville sometime during the previous night.

No one was injured during the shooting. The residence was damaged.

An investigation is ongoing.