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27-year-old Marcus Steven Wilson of Stony Point was arrested last Thursday (February 8) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Following the arrest, Wilson was placed in jail under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for March 5.

Several candidates filed for elected office on the first day of filing Monday (February 12). Among those filing were Republicans David Learner and Scott Reilly for District Attorney in the 25th Prosecutorial District. Sherry Butler, Michelle Morgan, and Laci LeBlanc, and Derek Colson filed to run for the Catawba County Board of Commissioners.

Clerk of Superior Court Kim Sigmon filed for re-election. Newton Police Chief Don Brown filed to run for Sheriff as a Republican. State Senator Andy Wells filed for re-election, as did State Representative Mitchell Setzer. Mark Hollo filed to run for State Senate District 42 as a Republican, Democrat Ric Vandett filed for that same seat. Democrat Kim Bost and Republican Taylor Huffman filed for the North Carolina State House District 46 seat currently held by Republican Jay Adams.

In Caldwell County, Sheriff Alan Jones filed for re-election. In Burke County, Steve Whisenant filed to run for re-election as Sheriff. Also in Burke County, Hugh Blackwell filed to run for a sixth term representing the State House in the 86th District, Wayne Abele filed for re-election to the Burke County Board of Commissioners, and Mabel Lowman filed for re-election as Clerk of Superior Court. Jennie Cook has also filed to run for the Burke County Board of Commissioners.

39-year-old John Earley Robinson of 18th Avenue Place NE in Hickory was arrested by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with felony assault by strangulation, breaking and entering, resisting a public officer, injury to real property, and simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance. Robinson was jailed this morning (February 13) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 bond. District Court dates were scheduled today and March 16.

27-year-old Jeremy Neal McDougal of Sebastian Lane in Statesville was arrested Monday (February 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He faces charges from Catawba and Lincoln Counties.

McDougal is charged in Catawba County with felony counts of possession of cocaine, possession of methamphetamine, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule VI controlled substance. The misdemeanor charges filed in Catawba County are possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and simple possession of schedule II controlled substance.

In Lincoln County, McDougal is charged with felony counts of common law robbery and conspiracy, along with misdemeanor counts of assault on a female, larceny, and possession of stolen goods.

Following the arrest, McDougal was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $57,500 bond. District Court dates were scheduled for today (February 13) in Catawba County, and this Friday (February 16) and March 26 in Lincoln County.

21-year-old Wesley Thomas Johnson of Taylorsville was arrested last Saturday (February 10) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule VI controlled substance. Following the arrest, Johnson was placed in jail in Taylorsville under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for March 5.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 04:31

Taylorsville Woman Charged With Having Drugs At Jail

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49-year-old Angela Darlene Clanton of Taylorsville was arrested last Saturday (February 10) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of controlled substance on prison or jail premises. Clanton was placed in jail under $15,000 secured bond. Her next District Court date is March 5.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 04:28

Stony Point Woman Charged With Meth Trafficking

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30-year-old April Elaine Cape of Stony Point was arrested last Tuesday (February 6) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine, probation violation, breaking and entering, and larceny. Cape was placed in jail in Taylorsville under $95,000 secured bond. A court date is set for March 6.

Monday, 12 February 2018 13:54

Three Jailed on Firearms & Drug Charges in Hickory

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46-year-old Jhay Leonard Roland of Merced, California, 25-year-old Donovan Tyrell Lortz of 4th Street S.W. in Hickory and 22-year-old Craig Anthony Ruff of Cranford Drive in Conover were all arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:20 Friday afternoon (February 9).

All three men were charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Roland and Lortz face felony counts of possession of cocaine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. Roland was also charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana. Lortz faces additional charges for possession of a stolen firearm and possession with intent to manufacture a schedule VI controlled substance. Ruff was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.

According to H.P.D.’s arrest reports, all three suspects were armed with a handgun at the time of their arrests. They were taken into custody without incident at a residence on 4th Street S.E. in Hickory. The three were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Roland set at $200,000, secured. Lortz was given a $150,000 secured bond, and Ruff’s bond was set at $75,000, secured. They were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today (February 12) in Newton.

Monday, 12 February 2018 13:50

Felony Drug Charge Filed Against Newton Man

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35-year-old Mark Alan Ramsey of Cordia Circle in Newton was arrested today (February 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance. Ramsey was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A District Court date is scheduled Tuesday (February 13).

Monday, 12 February 2018 13:45

Longtime Stalwart at Hickory Speedway Passes Away

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56-year-old Gregory Monroe Austin passed away Saturday, (February 10) at Forsyth Medical Center.

He was an employee of R&L Motors and a longtime fixture at the Hickory Motor Speedway (H.M.S.). Mr. Austin was a winner at the speedway as recently as last year. He competed in the Renegade series and new Smash & Crash events at H.M.S. He was the father of Justin Austin, who has also posted multiple wins at that speedway.

Mr. Austin is survived by his wife (Marche Starnes Austin), his mother, four sons, a daughter, a brother and 11 grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at Mackie Funeral Home in Granite Falls Thursday night (February 15) from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

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