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Thursday, 16 October 2014 15:12

Woman Robbed on the Roadside Near Crouse

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Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a purse snatching that occurred Tuesday (October 14) around 11 a.m. north of the Crouse community.

A 50-year-old female victim told Deputies she stopped near the intersection of Pleasant Grove Church Road and Dave Heafner Road when she noticed a large box of tomatoes that had apparently been dropped from a truck and landed on the side of the roadway.

The woman got out of her car to pick up some of the tomatoes when a silver four-door sedan pulled in and parked near the woman’s car. She told Officers a black male got out of the vehicle and tried to open the passenger side door on the woman’s car, which was locked. The man went around to the driver’s side door, which was open at the time.

The woman ran back to her car and tried to pull the man out of the vehicle, but the man pushed her away, grabbed her purse and ran toward his vehicle. She tried to stop him again, but the man pushed her down on the pavement and got into his vehicle. He left the scene at a high rate of speed in the direction of Highway 150 in Crouse. The woman tried to follow, but lost track of the suspect at Highway 150. The victim sustained some minor abrasions to her hands when she fell.

The suspect is described as a black male in his late 20s or early 30s, about 5’10” tall with a stocky build. He had short hair and no facial hair. He was wearing a medium-gray t-shirt with tomato stains on the back and blue jeans. The suspect vehicle was described as a bright silver four-door car.

Sheriff’s Deputies and the State Highway Patrol searched the surrounding area but could not locate the vehicle. Law Enforcement in other nearby jurisdictions was notified.

Detective Matt Burgess secured fingerprints from the victim’s vehicle. Those will be processed by Gaston County Police.

Anyone with information regarding the incident or the suspect should call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. A Crime Stoppers tip leading to an arrest could result in a reward of up to $1,000.

This year’s recipient of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Western Public Transportation Recognition Award is Camille Sterling. Sterling currently serves Burke, Caldwell, Catawba and Alexander counties as the Executive Director of Greenway Transportation for the Western Piedmont Regional Transportation Authority.

Sterling has worked in public transportation systems across the eastern and western parts of the state for the past 12 years. As an active member of the N.C. Public Transportation Association, Sterling is on the executive committee and serves as a board member.

Nominated by NCDOT Public Transportation Division staff and selected as a recipient by the division’s management staff, Sterling is the third recipient of the award since its creation in 2012. The Transportation Recognition Award was created to recognize the unsung heroes of public transportation systems across North Carolina.

Thursday, 16 October 2014 12:29

Search for Pierre Mayfield Continues

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Hickory Police and volunteers from the community are distributing a missing person poster today (October 16) throughout the area in an effort to shed light on the whereabouts of 32-year-old William Pierre Mayfield. Mr. Mayfield was reported missing by his family on September 24.

He was last seen on Sunday, September 21, at approximately 1 a.m. leaving the Total Convenience Market Shell gas station at 327 Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Mayfield arrived and left the store as the passenger in what appeared to be small, silver, late-model four-door vehicle. The driver appeared to be a black male wearing a white shirt. Police say the vehicle may be the same vehicle and person Mayfield was seen leaving his residence with on the 200 block of 1st Street S.E. approximately two hours before.

Police believe Pierre Mayfield attended a party at a house on the 900 block of South Center Street just before or just after leaving the Total Convenience Market.

William Pierre Mayfield goes by Pierre Mayfield. He is a black male with a light complexion and a completely bald head. Mr. Mayfield is 5’8” tall, weighing approximately 135 pounds.

He was last seen wearing a red & black ball cap with a white logo on the front and a red bill; a long red t-shirt shirt with a white and black logo on the chest, dark colored jeans and black shoes.

Anyone with any information about Pierre Mayfield should contact the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551.

Thursday, 16 October 2014 12:27

Catawba Chamber to Hold Candidates Forum

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The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce will present its Candidates’ Forum on Tuesday, October 21 from 7:45 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. at the Conover Station.

Among those scheduled to attend are N.C. State Senate candidates Pat Hensley and Andy Wells; N.C. House of Representatives candidates Jay Adams and Cliff Moone; and Catawba County Board of Commissioners candidates Kitty Barnes, Randy Isenhower, Sherry Butler, Charlotte Williams and write-in candidate Ed Ide.

The candidates will answer questions, followed by a Q&A period with the audience.

There is no charge to attend. The Conover Station is located at 409 4th Street S.E. in Conover.

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.