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34-year-old Emily Kacey Robbins of West Davidson Avenue in Gastonia has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers and charged with one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana.

Narcotics Investigators operating on a tip conducted a surveillance operation near a High Shoals business Monday night that led to Robbins’ arrest. Officers saw two vehicles involved in what appeared to be a drug transaction. When the vehicles left the scene, Investigators stopped both cars a short distance away. Robbins was taken into custody on drug charges.

She was released from jail after posting a $5,000 secured bond. Her next appearance in District Court was scheduled for August 14.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 08:46

I-40 Access to ncDataCampus Nears Completion

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North Carolina’s ncDataCampus, a 70-acre business park in Catawba County, will soon have completed access from I-40, providing enterprise data center users a fully served, ready for development option in North Carolina’s Data Center Corridor. Completion of the access is scheduled by mid-August.

The Data Center Corridor is home to data centers for Apple, Google, Facebook, AT&T, WiPro, Disney, Bed Bath & Beyond and others. The corridor continues to be an option for enterprise users seeking redundancy, cost savings and reliability in a Mid-Atlantic facility.

Users have a choice of up to three protected data center sites surrounded by a 20MW solar facility. Duke Energy powers the site via an on-site substation.

The ncDataCampus is owned by the Catawba County Property Development Corporation, a 501(c)3 economic development arm, and is being developed specifically for data center users. Special incentives and rapid permitting options exist to facilitate quick development.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 08:20

Lincolnton Woman Drowns in Denver

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The body of a drowning victim at Lake Norman has been located several feet away from where she was last seen.

36-year-old Elisabeth Anna Burford of Rock Ola Lane in Lincolnton and a friend had been swimming off a pier on the 4600 block of Mitchell Lane in Denver. The man told authorities that he went inside the residence and when he returned the woman was missing. She was reported missing at about 4:15 p.m.

Sherrill’s Ford Fire & Rescue divers located the body at 6:40 p.m. several feet from the end of the pier. She was identified and the family has been notified.

The Denver Fire Department, Sherrill’s Ford Fire & Rescue, the East Lincoln Fire Department, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Officers, Lincoln County E.M.S. and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies all responded to the scene.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 07:23

Escaped Inmates Reportedly Captured in Georgia

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According to published reports, 20-year-old Calvin Lee Metcalf of Bakersville, N.C. and 25-year-old Phillip Nicholas Metcalf of Spruce Pine have been captured. The two men, who are reported to be cousins, were arrested this morning (July 30) in Gordon County, Georgia after escaping yesterday in Avery County.

The Metcalfs were being held in McDowell County on breaking & entering and larceny charges out of Mitchell County. They were being taken to Avery County yesterday as part of an ongoing investigation. At about 4 p.m., the two men reportedly overpowered an Avery County Deputy, taking his service weapon and his patrol vehicle.

Both men are due to appear in a Mitchell County courtroom on August 8.

No further details are available at this time.

20-year-old Calvin Lee Metcalf of Bakersville, N.C. and 25-year-old Phillip Nicholas Metcalf of Spruce Pine have escaped from the custody of Deputies in Avery County. The incident occurred at about 4 p.m. yesterday (July 29). Authorities across North Carolina and surrounding states are searching for the two men.

They were being held in McDowell County on breaking & entering and larceny charges out of Mitchell County. They were being taken to Avery County yesterday as part of an ongoing investigation. According to published reports, the two assaulted an Avery County Deputy and made their escape.

They are believed to be traveling in a gray 2011 four-door Dodge truck with a camper cover, tinted windows and black running boards bearing license tag number AEW-7350.

The Metcalfs are considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information regarding the suspects is asked to call 9-1-1 immediately.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 07:04

Maiden Woman Accused of Embezzling from Wal-Mart

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33-year-old Meghan Black Cook of H.E. Propst Road in Maiden has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count of embezzlement.

Cook is accused of embezzling money from the Wal-Mart store on N.C. Highway 73 in Denver where she was an employee.  Wal-Mart Loss Prevention told Officers that Cook made 51 cash refund receipts for medication that had been purchased and took money totaling $4,035.  The incidents occurred between April 2 and July 24 of this year.

Cook confessed to the theft and was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond.  She will appear in District Court on August 7.

Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley will break ground on the Women Build House this Saturday (August 2) at 10 a.m. at the Glen at Green Park on 4th Street S.W. in Hickory. The public is invited to attend.

The house is being built in partnership with Ge Moua and Vicky Lee and their daughters, five-year-old Valerie and ten-month-old Viviana. Ge works at the Target Distribution Center as a warehouse worker while Vicky just completed her degree as a Medical Assistant. Ge and Vicky qualified for a Habitat home by meeting Habitat’s three eligibility guidelines: need, ability to repay the non-profit loan and willingness to partner with Habitat as evidenced by completion of homeowner readiness classes, completion of 250 sweat equity hours and a down payment on their home.

The Women Build house is a result of the work of the local Women Build Leadership Team that has raised nearly $60,000 in the past year through community donations, grants and the Home Tweet Home Birdhouse Auction in May.

The team is currently seeking teams of women who are interested in getting involved in the construction of the home and preparing for next year’s Women Build. Anyone interested should call the Habitat offices at 828-328-4663.

43-year-old Barry Talmage Hildebran of 5th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:20 yesterday morning (July 28) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny, as well as one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

According to Police reports, Hildebran was found removing wire from an abandoned building. He ran from Officers, but was later apprehended in a wooded area behind the building on Falling Creek Road N.E. in Hickory.

Hildebran was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $16,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court tomorrow in Newton.

37-year-old Christopher Lee Sisk of Safeway Drive in Gastonia has been arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Narcotics Investigators on one felony count of possession or distribution of methamphetamine precursors and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Investigators had followed Sisk on the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx). They took him into custody last Thursday (July 24) as he was preparing to set up a meth lab. During a search of Sisk’s vehicle, Officers found a box of pseudoephedrine, muriatic acid, a lithium battery and 100 percent lye, which are all chemicals used to manufacture meth. They also found metal pliers, tube cutters, coffee filters, a cold compress and aluminum foil used to process, prepare and store a controlled substance.

Sisk remains in jail under an $11,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on August 13. Sisk also has a Superior Court date coming up on August 7 for felony possession of meth.

The NPLEx system has been adopted by 25 states around the nation. The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators provides the program at no cost to states that have legislation requiring real-time electronic monitoring of precursor purchases, and agree to use the system.

39-year-old Jonathan Andreas Lineberger of Catawba was convicted today (July 29) in Catawba Co. Criminal Superior Court for felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon. Lineberger was sentenced to no less than 21 months and no more than 35 months in the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction.

The crime occurred in May 2013 in Hickory. Officers responded to a disturbance in the parking lot at a local restaurant and found Lineberger with a .380 caliber handgun in his pants pocket. Lineberger had previously been convicted in Catawba County in July of 1995 for felony voluntary manslaughter.

Scott Blackwood from the Hickory Police Department handled the investigation and Assistant District Attorney Sean McGinnis prosecuted the case. The Honorable Jeffrey P. Hunt presided over the conviction.

Lineberger will be transported to the Division of Adult Correction for processing.