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25-year-old Daniel Joseph Pritchard of 17th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:45 a.m. Saturday on felony warrants for breaking & entering and larceny. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. In addition, Pritchard was charged with a probation violation in connection to charges of uttering a forged instrument and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

He was arrested after Police went to an apartment on Main Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory in search of another suspect. Eight people were present at the apartment. The leaseholder gave Officers consent to search the apartment as Officers checked I.D. on each of the persons present. In the process, they found the outstanding warrants for Pritchard’s arrest. A plastic bottle containing Xanax was found on his person, resulting in the misdemeanor drug charge.

Police did not find the suspect they were searching for. Pritchard was the only person charged.

He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $8,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (June 23) in Newton.

62-year-old Phillip Owen Lail of Zion Church Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday (June 21) on felony warrants dating back to December of 2012 for trafficking in heroin or opium and selling a schedule III controlled substance. He was served the warrants during a traffic stop on the 800 block of 7th Avenue Place S.W. in Hickory.

Lail was taken to the Hickory Police Department where bond was set at $4,000, secured   An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for June 27 in Newton.

At approximately 12:30 Friday afternoon (June 20), Hickory Firefighters responded to a machinery fire in the area of 820 8th Street Lane N.W. The first Hickory Fire Department engine arrived on the scene and reported that an asphalt-paving machine was burning. Hickory Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder truck and 2 command units.

Firefighters worked to contain the fire and cool a propane tank on the machine. The fire was confined to the machinery, but a fluid leak did occur. Firefighters then worked to contain the leak by using sand and absorbent.

No injuries were reported and damages were confined to the machinery. The cause of the fire was determined to be electrical.

Catawba County Emergency Management also responded and a local environmental service company was contacted for clean up. In addition, Catawba County Emergency Management and the Hickory Police Department responded to the scene.

28-year-old James Alexander Weathers of Emmanuel Church Road in Conover was arrested by Newton Police last Thursday (June 19) on one felony count of robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Weathers is accused of robbing the Kangaroo Express convenience store on East 20th Street Newton at about 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 8. He allegedly entered the store, approached the clerk with a large knife and demanded all the money from the register. The clerk complied and the suspect fled the store on foot.

An investigation, including a review of surveillance footage, pointed to Weathers as a suspect.

When Investigators interviewed Weathers, he confessed to the robbery and to three other breaking & entering crimes; one in Alexander County and two in Catawba County.

Weathers was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (June 23) in Newton.

34-year-old Crystal Jones Hubbard of Ellick Drive in Newton, who is currently an inmate at the Lincoln Co. Detention Center, was seriously injured at about 2:15 yesterday afternoon (June 22) when she jumped through a second floor railing, crashing to the cement floor below.

Hubbard was leaving the shower area when she ran for the railing and jumped through. She was transported to Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln where she was stabilized and then airlifted to CMC-Main in Charlotte.

According to a statement from the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office, Hubbard had complained of being sick and had thrown up earlier in the day. She was allowed to leave her cell and go to the shower section to clean up. Hubbard waited for a jail trustee to move away. She exited the shower area and went toward her cell. Hubbard then turned and dove between the second and third railings on the walkway to the cement floor below, which is approximately a 20-foot drop.

She suffered possible head and internal injuries in the fall.

Hubbard was arrested Friday afternoon as part of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s round-up of suspected drug dealers. She was placed in the Detention Center after being taken before a Magistrate.

Residents and businesses in the City of Newton are invited to decorate their homes, yards and businesses with a patriotic theme for Reunion Day on August 21. To celebrate the 125th Annual Soldiers Reunion, the Newton Appearance Commission is sponsoring the “Paint the Town Red, White & Blue” contest to encourage the community to show off its patriotic spirit.

Decorations must have a patriotic theme and must be visible from the street. There is no fee to enter. Judging will take place from August 18-20. One business and one home will be selected to receive a $100 Lowe’s gift card. The winners will be announced on the Appearance Commission’s Facebook page, the City of Newton website and at the Appearance Commission’s booth on Reunion Day.

Registration is required to participate. Forms are available at the Newton Rec Center, city hall, the Catawba County Library in Newton and at www.newtonnc.gov. The deadline to enter is 5 p.m. August 15. Entry forms may be returned to the drop box at city hall or emailed to newtonpatriotic@gmail.com.

For more information, contact Collette Touchette at newtonpatriotic@gmail.com.

36-year-old Kristy Kay Laws of N.W. Penley Avenue in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday on a charge of possession of a controlled substance on penal institution property. She was given a $10,000 secured bond. No court date was listed on the latest charge; however, Laws has District Court dates on a variety of charges scheduled for July 17 and August 12 in Lenoir; on August 5 in Alexander County and on August 26 in Burke County.

26-year-old Devan Hawk Enloe of Tara Place in Lenoir was served indictments yesterday (June 19) by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of making threatening phone calls and possession of stolen goods or property. He was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under an $81,500 secured bond. Enloe will appear in Superior Court in Lenoir on July 14.

Friday, 20 June 2014 11:47

Runaway Sought in Lincoln County

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The Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating 17-year-old Nicholas Andrew Tompkins, who is considered to be a runaway.

Tompkins was last seen at his residence on Highland Bluff Court in Lincolnton on Tuesday, June 17.

Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Nicholas Andrew Tompkins should contact Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detective Matt Lykins at 704-735-8202 or 704-268-3038.

27-year-old Stephanie Tara Triplett of Sullivan Avenue in Hudson was arrested by Hudson Police yesterday on a misdemeanor shoplifting charge. She was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. Triplett will appear in District Court on the shoplifting charge on July 8. She also has a Superior Court date on a felony methamphetamine charge set for Monday (June 23) in Newton and a District Court date in Lenoir on July 22, also on a felony meth charge.