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Newton Police say the investigation into the death of Maggie Daniels continues as investigators are following up on tips and leads. Investigators are continuing with initial interviews and conducting secondary interviews to clarify information gathered from the initial interviews.

Investigators are also searching social media, financial and telephone records for additional information. They continue to submit items to the state crime lab for analysis.

Ms. Daniels was a teacher, coach and counselor with Newton-Conover City Schools, most recently serving as a counselor at Discovery High School. Her body was found in her apartment on June 28. Newton Police announced two days later that the investigation into her death is a homicide investigation.

Investigators will continue to follow up on all tips and leads as they are reported. Anyone with information regarding the case should contact the Newton Police Department at 828-465-7430.

Exodus Homes’ "Everything Free" Community Outreach event scheduled for July 26 has been moved. It will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Ridgeview Recreation Center, 700 1st Street S.W. in Hickory, not at the Brown Penn Recreation Center, as originally announced.

For more information, contact the Rev. Susan Smith Walker at revsusanwalker@gmail.com or 828-962-8196.

Monday, 14 July 2014 15:00

Hickory Man Charged with Hit & Run; Assault

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37-year-old Billy Jack Doughty of 8th Avenue Circle S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:15 a.m. yesterday (July 13) on one count each of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and hit & run with injury.

Hickory Police were called to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday (July 12) where a 29-year-old Newton man told them that he had been the victim of a hit & run at about 3:30 that same morning on the 800 block of “F” Avenue S.E. in Hickory. The victim had a broken ankle.

The victim knew his assailant and was able to describe the vehicle. Warrants were issued for Doughty’s arrest. He was taken into custody the next day without incident.

Doughty has been jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (July 14) in Newton.

A group called Concerned Startown Residents will meet this evening at seven o’clock at the Startown Elementary School, 4119 Startown Road.

The group opposes the proposed rezoning of approximately 180 residential acres for the construction of a business park that would be located between Startown and Robinwood roads. A spokesperson for the group says the rezoning would: pose safety risks to children, pedestrians and cyclists; result in longer commute times; lead to increased crime in the area; increase noise pollution; and have an uncertain environmental impact on the area.

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the matter at its meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, July 21 at the 1924 Courthouse in downtown Newton.

For more information, email ConcernedStartownResidents@gmail.com or visit the group’s Facebook page by searching for “Concerned Startown Residents.”

32-year-old Sabrina Darlene Whitworth of Woodland Hills Trail in Lincolnton was arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigators Friday (July 11) on one felony count each of trafficking in opium or heroin and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. She was also charged with a misdemeanor probation violation and possession of drug paraphernalia.

At about 4 p.m. Friday, Investigators and Probation & Parole Officers conducted a warrantless search on Whitworth’s residence as a part of her probation sentence. During the search, Officers seized 11 grams of hydrocodone and Opana, both opiate based drugs. They also confiscated drug paraphernalia including syringes, a spoon and straws with drug residue.

The felony charges carry a mandatory prison sentence if Whitworth is convicted. Many offenders on probation, parole or other forms of supervised release are subject to warrantless searches.

After her arrest, Whitworth was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $55,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to appear in a Lincoln County courtroom today (July 14).

Lincoln County Narcotics Lt. Jason Reid recognized his department’s working relationship with Probation & Parole Officers in the county.

26-year-old Faith Armanda Mabe of Friendly Fork Road in Lenoir was served a bill of indictment yesterday (July 13) by Lenoir Police on nine felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense. Mabe was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $18,000, secured. No court date is currently listed.

31-year-old Maurice Lavone Chambers of Dulatown Road in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers Friday (July 11) on felony charges of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. Chambers was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (July 14) in Lenoir.

Monday, 14 July 2014 11:38

Hickory Man Faces Felony Marijuana Charge

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24-year-old Antonio Carnell White of 2nd Street Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Friday (July 11) on one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance.

Events leading to his arrest began when Officers saw a vehicle on 11th Avenue Drive S.E. and knew the driver didn’t have a valid license. Officers approached the vehicle when it pulled into a parking lot. They saw an open alcoholic beverage container in vehicle’s center console. The driver, Antonio White, gave consent to search his person, but nothing was found at that time.

White’s mother, who was the owner of the vehicle, arrived to park the vehicle. As a result of the open container, Police then searched the vehicle, where they found individually packaged amounts of marijuana in a cupholder with a total weight of 12.2 grams.

White was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $36,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (July 14) in Newton.

Monday, 14 July 2014 10:52

Hickory Man Charged with Felony Sex Crimes

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41-year-old Crisoforo Parra Casareal of 16th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:30 Friday afternoon (July 11) on one felony count of first-degree sexual assault and two felony counts of indecent liberties with children.

He was arrested at H.P.D. headquarters without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $200,000 secured bond. Casareal was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (July 14) in Newton.

No further details are available.

Applebee’s restaurant and Hartman’s Haven Dog Rescue will partner to host a Flapjack Fundraiser on Saturday, July 19. All proceeds raised will be used to help provide medical care for rescue cats and dogs and to hire new trainers for the incoming animals.

The Hartman’s Haven fundraiser will be held at Applebee’s, 2180 Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory starting at 7 a.m. Tickets for the Flapjack Fundraiser are $7 and can be purchased by contacting Randie Conner at 828-228-0087. Breakfast includes a short stack of pancakes, sausage and beverages.

Hartman’s Haven Dog Rescue is a dog rescue that pulls from local kill shelters in North Carolina, fostering animals locally until they find a rescue home elsewhere. The organization was founded by and is primarily operated by Crystal and Justin Hartman. For more information, visit http://hartmanshaven.org.

Other non-profit organizations may request a Flapjack Fundraiser. Visit www.AGGrestaurants.com for more information.