20-year-old Caleb Joseph Gauvin of Newton was convicted this week in Catawba Co. Criminal Superior court for felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and for misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia and consumption of alcohol by an individual less than 19 years old. Gauvin was sentenced to no less than 12 months and no more than 24 months in the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction.
The crime occurred in October 2013 in Conover. Officers were responding to a disturbance in the parking lot of a local restaurant when they found Gauvin with a .380 caliber handgun in his car. Gauvin had a November 2011 felony larceny conviction in Catawba County.
Donald Speagle from the Conover Police Department handled the investigation and Assistant District Attorney Sean McGinnis prosecuted the case. The Honorable Eric Levinson presided over the conviction.
Gauvin will be transported to the Division of Adult Correction for processing.
35-year-old Samantha Lynn Church of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory has been arrested by Hickory Police on one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and misdemeanor counts of simple assault & battery, injury to personal property and damage to real property.
On April 18, authorities went to Church’s residence to serve outstanding warrants on Church for the assault and property damage charges. She wasn’t home at the time, but 79-year-old Curtis Milford King answered the door and was arrested on a felony drug charge when Police reportedly saw marijuana in plain view. A search led to the discovery of 23.5 grams of marijuana. The felony charge against Church is the result of that search and seizure.
She was arrested at the Hickory courthouse on Main Avenue N.E. just before 2 p.m. yesterday (April 23). Church has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. She will appear in District Court on April 28 on the drug charge and on May 14 on the other charges.
18-year-old Chase Alexander Eckhoff of 20th Avenue N.W. in Hickory was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police just after midnight this morning (April 24) on felony counts of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and possession of a stolen firearm.
The charges are connected to a January 15 incident involving 24-year-old Eric Andrew Collins of Hickory. Collins is accused of stealing a pump shotgun and a .50 caliber muzzleloader from his uncle. Eckhoff was originally arrested on January 22 in connection to the same case.
Eckhoff was arrested without incident today at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building and then released under a $25,000 secured bond. He will appear in Superior Court tomorrow in Newton.
50-year-old Glenn Alfred Keller of Hiddenite has been arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers on six felony counts each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.
Keller’s arrest comes as a result of multiple storage unit break-ins on Highway 16 South during the fall of 2013. There may be additional arrests in the case.
Keller was placed under an $8,000 secured bond. He made bond and will appear in District Court on May 5.
Anyone who had a storage building broken into during the fall of 2013 is encouraged to contact Sheriff’s Detectives. Some stolen property that was recovered has not been claimed. Call 828-632-1111.
Governor Pat McCrory will be in Buncombe County today for the North Carolina Airports Association's Annual Conference. The Governor will be at the Grove Park Inn on Macon Avenue in Asheville at noon.
From there, the Governor will head to Lincoln County for a drop-by event at the Central Carolina Sprinkler Company. Gov. McCrory is expected to be in Lincolnton at 4:40 p.m. Central Carolina Sprinkler is located on Motz Avenue.
Neither event is open to the public.
30-year-old Tammy Michelle Blankenship of East Boyd Street in Maiden was served a felony indictment yesterday (April 23) by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a charge of felony indecent liberties with a child. She has been jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. Blankenship will appear in Superior Court on May 5 in Newton.
As Lenoir-Rhyne University’s latest construction project comes into its final months, the University has announced the chapel’s name. The chapel, which sits in the center of campus, will henceforth be known as Grace Chapel.
While the name Grace is prevalent among churches in the Evangelical Lutheran Churches of America, Lenoir-Rhyne is the first Lutheran university in America to name its on-campus house of worship Grace.
Other universities have named their chapels after saints, donors or assorted theological concepts. The name was chosen from more than 20 ecclesiastical choices suggested.
23-year-old Danielle Marie Connor of Triplette Drive in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (April 22) as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. She was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $25,000, secured. Connor will appear in District Court tomorrow in Lenoir.
43-year-old Terry David Shew of Sunflower Lane in Granite Falls was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (April 22) on eight counts of obtaining property by false pretense and one count each of forgery of endorsement and uttering a forged endorsement. Shew was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $10,000, secured. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Lenoir.
Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Deputies and Detectives are again investigating a number of overnight vehicle break-ins that occurred Monday night (April 21) in the Boger City area.
Thieves broke into at least 31 vehicles on Woolie Road, Green Acres Road, Ralph B. Keener Road and Sunny Hills Drive. The break-ins were discovered as residents were getting up and leaving for work. All of the vehicles were left unlocked.
Over 95 vehicles break-ins have occurred since March in an area east of Boger City along streets that run off Highway 150 and Highway 27.
Residents are encouraged to lock their vehicles in order to deter theft. Officers say several people heard barking dogs and heard cars doors opening and closing, but no one looked to see what was going on outside or called for law enforcement to check the area. Officers say citizens are making it easy for thieves by leaving items in plain view and not locking their car doors.
Suspicious activity should be reported to the Lincoln Co. Communications Center at 704-735-8202, the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.