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Wednesday, 12 November 2014 11:26

Two Accused of Stealing from Rugged Warehouse

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32-year-old Jennifer Ann Barlow of U.S. Highway 70 East in Hildebran and 23-year-old Shawn Tyler Love of Shoupes Church Road in Hickory were both arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:30 yesterday afternoon (November 11). Barlow was charged with felony larceny by anti-inventory device and damage to real property. Love faces a misdemeanor larceny charge.

They were arrested after Police responded to the Rugged Warehouse on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory after a Loss Prevention Officer there spotted the suspects concealing merchandise. Officers met Love as he exited the store with a cell phone case he had not paid for. They found Barlow inside the store with a bracelet concealed in her purse and a pair of shoes from which she had removed the anti-theft device.

Both suspects were arrested without incident. They were taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Barlow set at $1,000, secured, while Love was given a $500 secured bond. They have since been released. Barlow was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton while Love has a court date on January 20 in Hickory.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 11:04

Lincolnton Man Accused of Stealing Pool Cues

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49-year-old Timothy Allen Wilcox of River Meadows Court in Lincolnton was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (November 12) on one count of felony larceny.

He was arrested in connection to an incident that occurred at about 11:30 last night at Randolph Billiards in downtown Hickory. A case containing multiple pool cues was taken from the bar area. The pool cues were valued at approximately $2,000.

Police reviewed video surveillance footage and noticed one subject entering the pool hall empty-handed and leaving with a case. After a search of law enforcement databases, Officers identified the suspect as Timothy Wilcox.

Wilcox was arrested at his residence without incident and the pool cues were recovered. The suspect was processed at H.P.D. and then released after posting a $2,500 unsecured bond. Wilcox will appear in District Court on November 14 in Newton.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 11:00

Hickory Man Arrested for Fleeing from Police in October

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33-year-old Jeremi Mishon Sims of 8th Avenue Drive S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:25 last night (November 11) on one felony count each of speeding to elude arrest and hit & run. He also faces misdemeanor counts for resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer, driving while license revoked and second-degree trespass.

He was arrested when Officers on foot patrol at the Terrace Hills apartment complex on 2nd Street Place S.E. in Hickory saw Sims and knew there were outstanding warrants for his arrest. Sims entered an apartment. An Officer knocked on the door, which was answered by a female resident who said Sims was not there and initially refused to allow a search. The woman then admitted that Sims was present and called for him to come out. Sims was then arrested on the trespassing charge.

The outstanding warrants stem from an incident on October 16 in which Police saw a vehicle being driven recklessly at the Ridgecrest apartment complex. Officers lost sight of the vehicle, but located it again at a B.P. station on Fairgrove Church Road. As an Officer approached the vehicle and asked for an I.D., the driver, Jeremi Sims, sped out of the parking lot.

The vehicle eventually crashed on 21st Street at Highland Avenue where Sims and a passenger, 26-year-old Tyrone Naim Powell of Hickory, both jumped from the vehicle and ran. Powell was quickly apprehended and charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Sims fled into a wooded area and was not found until yesterday. A female passenger in the vehicle was taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. She was not charged.

After his arrest last night, Sims was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $8,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton, with another court date set for December 10 on the trespassing charge.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 06:57

Lenoir Woman Arrested by NCSHP on Drug Charges

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35-year-old Krystal Dawn Hefner Perkins of Rising Hills Drive in Lenoir has been arrested by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. She was charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance on prison or jail premises. Perkins was jailed early this morning (November 12) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $8,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

The Morganton City Council will take a tour of dilapidated properties in Morganton today (November 12) from 8:15 a.m. to approximately 10:30 a.m. to view possible nuisance properties. A quorum of the Council may be in attendance; however, the Council is not expected to take any action.

For more information, contact Sally Sandy, City Manager, at 828-438-5230 or Kelly Russell, Assistant City Clerk, at 828-438-5228.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 06:47

Oak Tree Stump Being Carved into Bear Mascot at L.R.U.

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Lenoir-Rhyne University has hired professional tree carvers to create their bear mascot in the stump of a Red Oak tree prominently visible on 7th Avenue N.E.

The aging tree had died and had to be cut down. Joey Rowe of Absolute Tree Service in Hickory and Jason Smathers of Cutting Edge Carvings in Washington State have been hired to complete the carving. The carving will be a full-body bear standing 15 feet high and 8 feet across at the base.

Smathers is a second-generation carver who has been carving full-time for 12 years. He competes throughout Washington State, California and Oregon against some of the world’s best professional wood carvers. His work is usually ranked in the top five in his pro-class division. Smathers is known for his 44-foot Veterans Memorial that he completed in Washington State, as well as other popular carvings of bears, eastern diamondback rattlesnakes and raccoons.

Joey Rowe completed an apprenticeship with Jason Smathers’ father, Dan Smathers, working side by side with him for five and half years. Rowe has been a part-time carver for eight years and carves in western North Carolina every week and in several shows throughout the year, including the N.C. State Mountain Fair and the Waxsaw Art Festival.

The carvers estimate that the project at Lenoir-Rhyne will take about a week. The public is invited and encouraged to stop by and get a firsthand look as they work.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 15:11

Lenoir Woman Charged with Felony Larceny

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22-year-old Emily Jane Clawson of Enlos Place in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (November 10) on a charge of felony larceny. She was also charged with a probation violation. Clawson is on probation as she serves a 12-month suspended sentence following an August 2014 conviction in Caldwell County on misdemeanor counts of larceny and possession of stolen goods.

Following her arrest yesterday, Clawson was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $12,500, secured. She will appear in District Court on November 13 in Lenoir.

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44-year-old John Davis Humphries of Bethany Church Road in Forest City has been arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Narcotics Investigators following a one-month long investigation into drug trafficking. Humphries was charged with four felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine, one felony count of maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested after an undercover Officer infiltrated an organization in which Humphries distributed meth. Last night (November 10), Humphries delivered a two-ounce package of meth to the undercover Officer in the parking lot at a Lincolnton business. When the transaction was complete, Narcotics Investigators and Agents with Homeland Security closed in and made the arrest without incident. Investigators seized the meth and a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe.  

A female in the vehicle, 27-year-old Gloria Jean Hunt of Hollis Road in Ellenboro, was also arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.  

Humphries was placed in the Lincoln County Detention Center under a $75,000 secured bond. Hunt was released on an unsecured bond. No court dates are currently listed.

The investigation is ongoing. Other agencies involved include another Sheriff's Office in North Carolina, Homeland Security and the North Carolina Department of Revenue. The quantity of methamphetamine seized is sufficient to prosecute Humphries on a federal level.

A crane tipped over yesterday while driving piles as part of the City of Hickory’s Windridge Subdivision Bridge Replacement Project in the Snow Creek area. The incident occurred between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.

No one was injured, but approximately seven homes did lose power as the result of the mishap. Duke Energy restored power to those homes by early afternoon. Emergency Services responded to the scene as a precautionary measure.

The crane was operated by a subcontractor, Dane Construction out of Mooresville. The crane sustained unspecified damages.

52-year-old Gregorio Cisnero of Virginia Ridge in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:30 this morning (November 11) on three counts of felony indecent liberties with children. His arrest stems from a report from Child Protective Services in August of this year in which the victim told a counselor about inappropriate touching.

Cisnero was processed at H.P.D. headquarters and then released on a $10,000 secured bond. He will appear in Superior Court on November 14 in Newton.