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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.

Friday, 20 June 2014 11:30

Catawba County School Board to Meet Monday

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The Catawba County Schools Board of Education will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday (June 23) at the Center for Administrative Services on North Anderson Avenue in Newton.

A public hearing will be led by Crystal Davis and the superintendent’s report will be presented by Dr. Dan Brigman.

The Board will consider approval of the career & technical education budget for 2014-2015. They’ll receive an update on the “Read to Achieve” program from Beth Isenhour.

The Board will consider approval of 2014-2015 Federal Programs under Title I, II & III. They’ll also consider an interim budget, presented by Karla Miller.

Also on the agenda are the approval of Dr. Brigman’s appointment to the CVCC Board of Trustees; an update on the Before & After School programs; and the approval of revisions to the school district’s policy regarding the use of facilities.

The Board will consider the approval of re-roofing bids for Sherrills Ford Elementary School and domestic water replacement at River Bend Middle School, as well as the approval of a paving project at St. Stephens High School.

A period for public comments will be led by Crystal Davis and a closed session will be held for personnel items not on the consent agenda.

29-year-old Jessica Nicole Davis of Holbrook Road in Candler was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday for D.W.I., failure to appear and expired or fictitious registration. She was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under an $82,000 secured bond. Davis will appear in Superior Court in Buncombe County on July 14 on several felony probation violations.

38-year-old Christopher William Vicente of 3rd Street Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just after 4:30 yesterday afternoon (June 19) on a felony warrant as a fugitive from justice awaiting extradition to another state and a misdemeanor warrant out of Cleveland County for failure to comply.

He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond. He’ll appear in a Catawba County courtroom on the fugitive warrant on June 27 and an appearance on a misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charge was scheduled for July 22 in Shelby.

36-year-old Katherine Garnet Bruno of Springs Road in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police just before nine o’clock last night (June 19) for four probation violations. Two are felonies and two are misdemeanors.

Bruno is currently serving 18-month and 12-month suspended sentences for separate convictions in January 2014 for misdemeanor larceny and driving while license revoked, as well as a 20-month suspended sentence for an April 2014 conviction on felony counts of breaking & entering and larceny. All of those convictions were in Catawba County.

Bruno has been jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $80,000 secured bond. She will appear in Superior Court Monday (June 23) in Newton.