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Friday, 09 February 2018 05:35

Vehicle Theft Charge Lodged Against Hickory Man

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22-year-old Jorge Antonio Garcia of 10th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (February 8) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Garcia was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled next Monday (February 12).

Friday, 09 February 2018 05:25

Rape Charge Filed Against Lenoir Man

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61-year-old William Keith Sanders of Corner Place in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (February 8) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony second degree forcible rape and failure to appear. Following the arrest, Sanders was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $102,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for next Monday (February 12).

50-year-old Harvey Lee Miller of Hide Away Hill in Valdese was arrested February 2 by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of schedule IV controlled substance.

On February 2, NC Probation and Parole requested assistance from the Burke County Narcotics Task Force to check a residence at 3870 Hide Away Hill in Valdese. The request was made due to several people in the past with outstanding warrants fleeing on foot when Law Enforcement arrived. While on scene, officers located Harvey Lee Miller in possession of eight one mg generic Xanax tablets.

Miller was arrested and taken before the magistrate. He received a $25,000 secured bond and was transported to Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility. A court appearance is scheduled for March 12.

Thursday, 08 February 2018 16:52

Fatal Shooting Under Investigation In Caldwell County

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According to a news release, Caldwell County Sheriff’s Investigators were on the scene of a shooting in the town of Sawmills at 2135 Remont Drive.

The call came in at 1:39 p.m. today (February 8). There is a death related to the shooting. The other person involved in the shooting was reportedly cooperating with investigators.

The Sheriff’s Office says further information will be released later tonight or in the morning.

Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 26-year-old man.

26-year-old Dillon James Goudy of White Oak Farm Road in Cherryville was reportedly last seen around November 1, 2017. He was reported missing yesterday (February 7, 2018).

Goudy is described as a white male, 5’6” tall. He weighs 120 pounds and has blue eyes and brown hair.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Dillon James Goudy should contact the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, Lincoln Co. Communications at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln Co. Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

Thursday, 08 February 2018 15:18

House Fire in N.W. Hickory this Morning

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At about 5 a.m. today (February 8), Hickory Firefighters were dispatched to a fire at 605 11th Street Place N.W. Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder, one rescue truck and a command unit.

Upon arrival, Firefighters reported heavy fire and smoke coming from the house. They worked to extinguish the fire and reported it under control at 5:32 a.m.

No injuries were reported. Fire damages were considered heavy. The Red Cross was called to assist the occupant.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

43-year-old Billy Roger McGee was arrested Wednesday (February 7) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. McGee was arrested shortly before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and placed in jail in Morganton under $20,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is set for March 12.

Thursday, 08 February 2018 10:46

Filing for 2018 Elections Begins February 12

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In Catawba County, filing for the 2018 election begins at 12 noon on February 12 and ends at 12 noon on February 28. Primary elections will be held on Tuesday, May 8, with the general election on Tuesday, November 6.

Those wishing to file for N.C. Senate 42nd District, N.C. House 89th & 96th Districts, Catawba County Board of Commissioners, Catawba County Sheriff or Catawba County Clerk of Superior Court should do so at the Catawba County Board of Elections in Newton.

Persons wishing to file for U.S. 5th & 10th Congressional Districts, District Attorney, N.C. Supreme Court Judge or N.C. Court of Appeals should do so at the North Carolina State Board of Elections in Raleigh.

Superior & District Court Judges, County School Board, and Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisors will file for offices beginning in June of this year.

For additional information about the filing process and associated fees, contact the Catawba County Board of Elections at 828-464-2424 or visit online at

30-year-old Anthony Jackson Lewis was arrested Wednesday (February 7) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with three felony counts of probation violation and single felony counts of non-forced breaking and entering and larceny of a motor vehicle. Lewis was arrested at 6:40 p.m. Wednesday and placed in jail in Morganton under $60,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled Friday (February 9).

A Hickory man will spend at least five years in prison after being convicted of sexual offenses involving a minor during Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday (February 6).

26-year-old David William Conner pleaded guilty to second-degree sex offense and solicitation of a minor by computer, and two counts of third-degree sexual exploitation. He was given an active prison term of five to 11 years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County. The defendant also will be required to register as a sex offender and enroll in lifetime satellite-based monitoring.

On January 23, 2016, officers from Hickory Police Department responded to a residence for a welfare check regarding a 15-year-old male who informed them of some inappropriate touching performed on him by Conner and a co-defendant, David Bangs, who was convicted in July 2017.

During a forensic interview with the Child Advocacy Protection Center of Catawba County, the victim divulged more information about the incident. He met Conner through a social media site and agreed to hang out with him and Bangs. While with them, he said that Conner touched him in an inappropriate manner and tried to perform sexual acts on him. Bangs, the co-defendant, pleaded guilty to similar offenses in July 2017 and was sentenced to prison for a term of 10 to 17 years.

Investigator Jeff Pruett and Capt. Bryan Adams handled the case for Hickory Police Department with assistance from the Child Advocacy Protection Center of Catawba County. Assistant District Attorney Jamie Adams was the prosecutor for the State.

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