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59-year-old Stanley Eric Newell of South 8th Avenue in Maiden was arrested today (Monday, January 16) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with failure to appear on a count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin. Newell was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $22,000 bond. A Superior Court date is set for March 6.

Monday, 16 January 2017 10:34

Meth Possession Charge Filed Against Hickory Man

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30-year-old Jamie Louis Sullivan of 18th Street NW in Hickory was arrested today (Monday, January 16) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Sullivan was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A Superior Court date is set for Tuesday (January 17).

32-year-old Kristen Denise Childers of Starmount Lane in Taylorsville was arrested Sunday (January 15) by Hickory Police Officers. She's charged with possession of heroin, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Childers was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday (January 17).

24-year-old Cain Walter Prestwood of Clarks Chapel Road in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (January 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony speeding to elude arrest. Prestwood was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $7,500 secured bond. No court date was listed.

Monday, 16 January 2017 09:43

Newton Man Faces Additional Sex Offense Charges

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Additional charges were filed Friday (January 13) against 46-year-old Donald Eugene Blankenship of East 11th Street in Newton. He was initially charged and arrested last Wednesday (January 11) on one count of indecent liberties with a child and two counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

Detectives identified another victim during the continuing investigation. As a result of the interview with the second victim, Blankenship was charged with two additional counts of indecent liberties with children.

He was again placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $100,000 bond. An appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow (January 17) in Newton.

Any other potential victims of Blankenship or David Lee Perkins (who was arrested last month in Missouri in connection to the same case) are asked to contact the Newton Police Department at 828-465-7430.

Lisa Williard of Harmony, N.C. is a winner for a second time in the North Carolina Education Lottery’s Cash 5 jackpot. Her first win came in 2008, when she won $363,041. Williard won again Thursday night (January 12) when she was one of three people to win the $1,065,423 jackpot.

The odds of winning a Cash 5 jackpot are one-in-749,398. Williard bought several Quick Pick tickets for Thursday’s drawing at Barker’s Log Cabin Grocery Too on the Harmony Highway in Harmony. When she checked her first ticket, she saw that she matched four numbers to win $250. Her next ticket matched all five numbers.

Willard claimed her prize Friday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh, receiving a third of the jackpot, $355,141. After required state and federal tax withholdings, she took home $246,826. She plans to use the money to pay off her mortgage.

The other winning tickets were sold at the Kangaroo Express on South Polk Street in Pineville and Stanleyville Grocery on North Patterson Avenue in Winston Salem. Winners have 180 days to claim their prize.

The lottery raised more than $634 million for the state last year.

Monday, 16 January 2017 06:17

Lenoir Man Charged With Forgery, Drug Offenses

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32-year-old Benny Ray Prestwood of Zacks Fork Road in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (January 14) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with probation violation, uttering a forged instrument, and simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, and failure to appear. Prestwood was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $55,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.

39-year-old Michael Andrew Laney of Buffalo Shoals Road in Lincolnton was arrested Saturday (January 14) by Maiden Police Officers. He's charged with single counts of possession of methamphetamine, assault with a deadly weapon, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, and second degree trespassing. Laney is also charged with two counts apiece of assault by pointing a gun and communicating threats. He was jailed at the Catawba County Detention Facility. Bond for Laney was set at $25,000. A District Court appearance is scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday, January 17).

24-year-old Alomar Teracious Edwards of Lee Avenue in Linconlton was arrested Friday (January 13) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of statutory rape/sex offense against a victim 13, 14 or 15-years-old by a defendant at least six years older.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective Kelsey Harrington received a report on December 28, 2016 after deputies responded to a call at CHS-Lincoln in reference to a missing 15-year-old juvenile.

It was determined during the investigation that the juvenile had engaged in sexual intercourse between January 1, 2016 and January 12, 2017 with Alomar Teracious Edwards. The victim knew the suspect in the case. Detective Harrington interviewed Edwards last Friday while he was in the Lincoln County Detention Center on other charges. A news release says the suspect admitted to having sex with the female.

Edwards was ordered held without bond and will have a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court on Tuesday (January 17).

31-year-old John Christopher Watts of Old NC 10 in Hickory was arrested last Thursday (January 12) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking drugs by possession, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule VI controlled substance, and sale and delivery of controlled substance within 300 feet of a school.

Last Thursday, Burke County Sheriff’s Officers were serving a warrant at a residence on Old NC 10. While at the home, Watts reportedly threw drugs out the rear door of his residence in the presence of Officers. An investigation revealed additional narcotics inside the residence.

Watts was taken into custody without further incident and confined at the Burke Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $75,000 secured bond. A first court appearance was scheduled for last Friday (January 13). His next District Court appearance is scheduled for February 1.

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