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49-year-old Sarah Diane Lipke of Troutman was arrested Friday (June 6) by Officers with the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit on two counts each of possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance; sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance and trafficking in opium or heroin.

Drugs valued at $900 were purchased as part of an undercover operation that began as the result of complaints from citizens. Investigators were able to purchase trafficking amounts of Roxycodone from Lipke.  

Lipke was jailed under a $250,000 secured bond. She’ll appear in an Iredell County courtroom on June 23.

76-year-old Mary Ann Yoder and her five-year-old great-grandson, Dustin Byers, have been found safe at a truck stop in Davie County. They had been missing since Monday morning at about 5 a.m. when they were last seen at Ms. Yoder’s residence on Elk Shoals Church Loop in Stony Point.

Yoder was later spotted on surveillance video at Barkers Log Cabin Grocery in Harmony, N.C. She was then seen in Davie County around 9:30 p.m. Monday. A woman getting gas at a truck stop recognized Yoder's 1997 Toyota 4-Runner and called 9-1-1.

There was damage to the front end of the vehicle, but both Yoder and her great-grandson appeared to be in good health. The dog that had gone missing with the two was also found unharmed in the vehicle.

Ms. Yoder and the boy have been reunited with their family.

The fishing pier area at Wittenburg Access Area on Lake Hickory in Alexander County will be closed for approximately two weeks beginning June 16 to allow the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to install a new fishing pier. The new pier will be accessible to the handicapped. Weather permitting, the new fishing pier will be in service by late June. Boat launching at the access area will not be affected by the work.  

The improvement is the result of a cooperative partnership between Duke Energy and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

The Morganton Dept. of Public Safety is investigating an incident that left one man hospitalized in critical condition.

On June 4 at 9:28 p.m., MDPS Officers responded to 702 West Union Street in reference to a domestic disturbance. Officers arrived and found an intoxicated female on a sidewalk on West Union Street. The woman had walked away from an argument that occurred at the residence.

While Officers were tending to the woman, Rodney Mauney of South College Street and Terrance Warren Beck of West Union Street began fighting in the back yard. Beck sustained serious head injuries and was transported to Charlotte’s Carolinas Medical Center.

As of yesterday (June 6), Beck was still in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit. He was listed in stable but critical condition.

The investigation is ongoing. No charges have been filed at this time.

Monday, 09 June 2014 17:19

Lenoir Woman Held on $20K Bond for Assault

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23-year-old Cierra Delrae Richards of Walt Arney Road in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (June 8) on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and assault & battery. She was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for August 12 in Lenoir.

The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing Alexander County woman, 76-year-old Mary Ann Yoder. She is believed to be traveling with her five-year-old great-grandson Dustin Byers and a dog. Ms. Yoder is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

Ms. Yoder is 5' 5" tall and weighs 135 pounds. She has short gray hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a purple long-sleeved shirt.

The two were last seen at approximately 5 a.m. today (June 9) at Ms. Yoder’s residence, 375 Elk Shoals Church Loop in Stony Point. Authorities say she was babysitting for the boy with the intention of taking him to kindergarten this morning.

They are believed to be traveling in a gray 1997 Toyota 4-Runner with N.C. license tag BFC-9655.

Anyone with information about Mary Ann Yoder and Dustin Byers should call Chief Deputy Todd Jones at the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, 828-632-2911, or call Crime Stoppers, 828-632-8555.

Hickory’s Oktoberfest 2014 is now accepting applications for arts & crafts vendors. Celebrating its 29th year, the annual festival will be held October 10-12 in downtown Hickory. Estimated attendance is more than 100,000 for the three-day event.

The event features live entertainment on four stages, two beer gardens, amusement rides & carnival games, a juried arts & crafts show and hundreds of food and commercial vendors. The juried arts & crafts event includes paintings, sculpture, pottery, handmade swings, candles and more

Registration will be accepted until Thursday, August 1. Booth fees are $200, with electricity available for an additional $25.

Applications and guidelines are available online at www.hickoryoktoberfest.com.

35-year-old Wesley Michael Sain, with no listed address, has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count of manufacturing methamphetamine.

He was arrested as the result of the discovery of a “Shake & Bake” meth lab in a two-liter bottle. The lab was found late Sunday night or early this morning (June 8-9) on Section House Road, just off of Springs Road.

Sain was jailed early today in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $75,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

36-year-old Jose Eduardo Yax of West Union Street in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:20 Friday morning (June 6) on one felony count of larceny by defeating an anti-shoplifting device.

He was arrested after a Loss Prevention Officer at the Hollister store in Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall saw a man enter the store and select a hooded sweatshirt and a collared shirt, valued at nearly $60. The man took the shirts into a back room where he pulled off the anti-theft sensors and then left the store.

The Loss Prevention Officer escorted the man, later identified as Jose Yax, back into the store where they waited for Police. The shirts were recovered.

Yax was unable to provide any form of I.D., but he was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he was held under a $5,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (June 9).

Monday, 09 June 2014 13:53

Hickory Woman Faces Felony Assault Charge

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20-year-old Kayla Marie Russell of 14th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police late Friday night (June 6) on one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon.

Her arrest stems from an incident at about 10:40 p.m. Friday when Police were called to the 1700 block of 5th Avenue S.W. in Hickory in response to reports of a stabbing. Police arrived to find the victim on the ground in a yard there. The victim, a 42-year-old Hickory man, was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center for treatment of his injuries which were described as soft-tissue cuts and were not thought to be life-threatening.

Witnesses told Police they heard yelling and fighting in the roadway and one witness reported seeing Russell striking the victim.

An investigation led to Russell, who was taken into custody about an hour later, without incident. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (June 9) in Newton.