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45-year-old Timothy Lee Cornwell of Lutz Dairy Farm Road in Maiden was arrested Wednesday (March 18) by SWAT Team Officers with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. He’s charged with one felony count of Probation Violation and one misdemeanor count each of Resist, Delay and Obstruct a Public Officer and Communicating Threats. Local, State and Federal officers apprehended Cornwell after he issued threats against law enforcement on his Facebook page.

According to Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics Lt. Jason Reid, “The incident started on Thursday, March 12, 2015, when probation/parole officers conducted a probation search at the home of Timothy Lee Cornwell’s daughter in Lincoln County. Nothing was found.”

Following that incident Cornwell started calling out officers by name on his Facebook page. One officer was a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigator and the other was a Probation officer. He continued by making death threats and giving information that identified patrol officers and their patrol vehicles by car number. Cornwell was trying to form a militia through his Facebook page to harm law enforcement officers.

Lincoln County narcotics investigators were notified about the threats and along with Probation/Parole and the U S. Marshal’s Office they formed a task force to locate Cornwell. The task force met Wednesday afternoon to discuss apprehension of Cornwell who was an absconder from Burke County. Using aggressive investigative techniques law enforcement was able to identify the residence where Cornwell was staying.

Due to verbal threats officers choose to apprehend Cornwell using the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team. On Wednesday Agents from the U S Marshal’s Office set up a perimeter around a mobile home on Lutz Dairy Farm Road then a 5:52 p.m. the SWAT team made entry into the residence. Cornwell failed to comply with verbal commands and had to be forcefully restrained and taken into custody. EMS treated Cornwell at the scene and released him to Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators.

Cornwell was incarcerated in the Lincoln County Detention Center under a $28,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (March 20).

Lincolnton Police continue to ask for the public’s help in finding 62-year-old Patricia Lynn Loveless. She was last seen at about 10 a.m. last Friday (March 13) and was reported missing by her friend and roommate later that evening.

Ms. Loveless is a white female; standing 5’2” tall and weighing 98 pounds. She has brown eyes and gray hair. She was last seen wearing a blue sweatshirt, gray pants and white tennis shoes.

Since the initial press release, Lincolnton Police have received several tips and information from the public, but Ms. Loveless has not been found. Lincolnton Police Officers have been handing out flyers and speaking with people in the community. Several searches have been conducted.

Today (March 19), Lincolnton Police will be assisted by the Lincoln County Special Operations Team in conducting a water search at several locations in Lincolnton area. Additionally, this Saturday (March 21), Officers will conduct a land search in the areas where Loveless was last seen and is known to frequent. The search will take place from 8 a.m. until approximately 3 p.m. The search may lead the teams in areas that may be near or on residential properties within the city.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Patricia Lynn Loveless should call Lincolnton Police at 704-736-8900 or Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Those wishing to assist in the search on Saturday should report to a command post set up in the old Town Square Ford parking lot on the 1100 block of East Main Street in Lincolnton. For more information, call Lt. Jason Munday at the Lincolnton Police Department.

Thursday, 19 March 2015 11:56

Century Furniture to Acquire Hancock & Moore

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According to a report published at furnituretoday.com, Century Furniture’s parent company, RHF Investments, has agreed to purchase Hancock & Moore. Other Hancock & Moore properties are included in the deal. Among them are manufacturer Jessica Charles and the 200 Steele showroom building in High Point.

The purchase price was not released. The deal is expected to close in June.

Century Furniture also plans to purchase other assets, including Councill and Thomas & Gray. According to the report, Century President Alex Shuford III said the deal will include all the assets of Hancock & Moore, Jessica Charles and 200 Steele.

The Thomas & Gray product line is expected to continue in a smaller footprint. The company will retain the Councill name, but it’s not clear what will become of its product line. Councill was purchased out of bankruptcy by Hancock & Moore in December 2003.

Century Furniture is headquartered in Hickory. It was founded by the Shuford family in 1947. Hancock & Moore has manufacturing operations in Alexander County and in High Point.

25-year-old Brian Tyler Younce of Dune Court in Hudson was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on four felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense. Following his arrest, Younce was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $50,000, secured. He will appear in Superior Court on May 4 in Lenoir.

Wesley Curtis won the musical fundraiser, “Rotarian Idol” held last Saturday, March 14, at 7 p.m. in PE Monroe Auditorium on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University. He was awarded $2,500 for his rendition of Sam Smith’s “Lay Me Down.” $1500 Second Place winner was Benjamin James; $500 Third Place went to Savannah Spencer; and the $500 Audience Favorite was won by Josh Costello.

100% of the money raised through “Rotarian Idol” will be used to benefit educational needs throughout Catawba County and other humanitarian causes that Rotary supports. WHKY's Fentress Chestnut will have a recap of Rotarian Idol on tonight's edition of WHKY TV News.

Thursday, 19 March 2015 11:14

Hickory Fire Department Hires New Firefighters

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The following people have been hired as firefighters for the Hickory Fire Department.

Cory Bolick has been hired as a firefighter with the Hickory Fire Department. Prior to employment with the Hickory Fire Department, Bolick served as a firefighter and engineer with Newton Fire Department for 8 years. He is married to Stephanie and they have two children Tommy, 3 years old and Trinity “Piper” who is 1 year old.  

In addition, The Hickory Fire Department recently hired Travis McQuade.  Prior to employment with the Hickory Fire Department, McQuade served as a firefighter and engineer with Sherrill’s Ford Terrell Fire & Rescue. He is married to Cassandra and they have a daughter, Addison.  

The Hickory Fire Department also recently hired Matthew Quarles.  For 4 years, Quarles served as an engineer with St Stephens Fire Department. He is married to Rachel and they have a German shepherd named Captain.  

Johnathan Tolley was also hired as a firefighter with the Hickory Fire Department.  Before employment with the Hickory Fire Department, Tolley was a firefighter and EMT with the Linville Fire Department for 4 years. He is married to Brittany.    

Matt Wingate is another recent hire. For 5 years, he worked with the City of Newton Fire Department as a firefighter and engineer. He is married to Loretta and they have two daughters, Alexa and Cortney.

Thursday, 19 March 2015 10:32

Hudson Man Charged as Habitual Felon

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42-year-old Gregory Allen Smith of Manor Brook Lane in Hudson was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday on charges of possession of a firearm by a felon, simple possession of a schedule IV and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged as an habitual felon.

Smith was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $9,500 secured bond. He will appear in Superior Court on May 5 in Lenoir.

25-year-old Joe Clifford Tipps, Jr. of Pea Ridge Road in Lawndale was arrested by Hickory Police Monday (March 16) on one felony count of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling or moving vehicle and misdemeanor counts of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer, reckless driving and driving while license revoked. The firearms charges are from a warrant dated February 20, 2015, and the vehicular charges date back to last year.

Tipps was arrested after Officers on foot patrol on the 1100 block of 2nd Street Place S.E. detected the odor of marijuana. Officers identified the residence and applied for a search warrant. Before the search warrant was executed, Joe Tipps exited the residence and was arrested on the outstanding warrants.

In the course of the search, Officers found a glass jar containing marijuana residue and 0.1 grams of marijuana. No additional arrests were made.

Tipps was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $54,000 secured bond. District Court appearances were set for April 8 and April 16.

25-year-old Jesse Joe Potter was arrested Wednesday (March 18) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and possession of stolen goods. Following the arrest, Potter was jailed under $26,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Monday (March 23).

26-year-old Sheulong Vang was arrested Wednesday (March 18) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Vang was placed in jail in Morganton under $50,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Monday (March 23).