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28-year-old Joe Clifford Tipps, Jr. of Pea Ridge Road in Lawndale was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 4 p.m. yesterday. He was charged with a felony probation violation.

Tipps was one of four people who were injured during a shooting early Sunday morning (April 8) outside The Vault Bar & Lounge on 1st Avenue N.E. in downtown Hickory. One person died as a result of his wounds. Tipps was treated and released at the hospital in Valdese.

Another subject who was injured in the same incident was also arrested yesterday on three misdemeanor counts of failure to appear and a warrant from the Dept. of Probation & Parole. He is 23-year-old Keeuntae Kaleel Kee of Conover.

Tipps and Kee have both been jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond for Tipps was set at $20,000, secured, while Kee was given a $1,500 secured bond. Tipps is due in Superior Court on April 16. Kee will make an appearance in District Court on May 8.

A Hickory man will spend at least nine years in prison after being found guilty by a Catawba County jury of habitual larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia and habitual felon status during Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

56-year-old Gary Lynn Johnson was sentenced to an active prison term of nine to 12 years by the Honorable Carla N. Archie, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, following the jury’s verdict after a short period of deliberation brought the two-day trial to a close. The defendant will serve his prison term in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections at the conclusion of the sentence he currently is serving.

The sentence imposed by Judge Archie was enhanced by Johnson’s habitual felon status that included prior convictions for breaking and/or entering (April 1994) and break or enter a motor vehicle (January 2002), both in Catawba County, along with breaking and/or entering (September 2007) in Guilford County.

Johnson went into a Hickory business on Dec. 30, 2015, concealed multiple items on his person and left the establishment without paying for them. The actions were reported to Hickory Police Department, and he was confronted a short time later by an officer who located the items taken from the store along with items of drug paraphernalia.

The defendant had at least four prior larceny convictions in Catawba County (April 1994, December 1997, July 2000) and Guilford County (September 2007). James Crapps investigated the case for Hickory Police Department. Assistant District Attorney Melanie Earles handled prosecution for the State.

37-year-old Jensen Creed Reinhardt of Vale was arrested Tuesday (April 10) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny.

On Tuesday, Deputies from the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office received a report in reference to a 24’ Coachman Camper being stolen from the Bethlehem Community. After meeting with the victim, physical evidence was collected at the scene and turned over to Detectives. Further investigation resulted in a suspect being connected to the physical evidence.

In a joint effort with Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, investigators were able to locate and charge Jensen Creed Reinhardt with the theft of the Camper. Reinhardt was arrested without incident and transported to the Alexander County Detention Center where he was placed under a $7500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court is scheduled for next Monday (April 16).

Thursday, 12 April 2018 10:49

Fundraiser Planned Sunday for Local Bartender

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A fundraiser will be held Sunday, April 15, for Robert “Robbie” Fenton, hosted by Shooters of Viewmont, the Standard Oyster Company and Granny’s Country Kitchen.

The event will run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Shooters, 2149 North Center Street in Viewmont. Tickets are $10, which includes barbecue, mac & cheese and more. Two bands will perform in the parking lot.

For more than 20 years, Mr. Fenton has tended bar at the Hickory Tavern, Sundries, Alessio’s Lounge & Grill, Shooters and most recently at the Standard Oyster Company. He is currently battling a rare condition called a spinal fistula, which is an abnormal connection between an artery and a vein that are normally not connected. All proceeds from Sunday’s event will be used to defray his medical expenses.

For those who would like to help but are unable to attend Sunday, donations can be made at the Standard Oyster Company, 2147 North Center Street in Viewmont.

28-year-old Michael Roam Bass of Charles Avenue in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:25 Wednesday morning (April 11) on one felony count of failure to appear on a felony.

On April 7, Hickory Police responded to a call for service at a hotel on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. During the incident, Officers found 0.4 grams of methamphetamine, one gram of marijuana, counterfeit bills and drug paraphernalia. Bass was initially arrested on that date.

He failed to appear in court on charges of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a counterfeit instrument, currency or check, simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

Following his arrest yesterday, Bass was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make an appearance in District Court today (April 12) in Newton.

33-year-old Gary Allen Hutchinson was arrested Wednesday (April 11) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance and sale or delivery of schedule II controlled substance. Hutchinson is also charged with misdemeanor larceny by trick. He was being held in jail in Morganton under $113,000 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled for Friday (April 13).

Thursday, 12 April 2018 09:13

Lenoir Woman Charged With Meth Possession

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36-year-old Jama Mikhail Puma of Yadkin View Drive in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (April 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine. Puma was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (April 12).

Thursday, 12 April 2018 08:10

Veterans Stand Down Scheduled For Friday

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The 2018 Foothills Veterans Stand Down will be held tomorrow (Friday, April 13) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Catawba Valley Community College. The opening ceremony will take place at 8:45 a.m.

All homeless and needy veterans in western North Carolina are invited to attend the event. The day will start with a home cooked breakfast provided and served by area veterans. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to meet with Veteran's Administration personnel and County Veteran's Services Officers to talk about the opportunity to receive and apply for benefits.

Services available to those who attend will be medical care, dental needs, blood pressure checks, vision care, and other medical necessities. Employment resources will be available to include job services, resume assistance, and free tax preparation. There will be military surplus items available to veterans including boots, clothing, duffle bags, blankets, and more as available. Attendees will receive personal hygiene items, camping supplies, and shoes/work boots (if available). Mental health and pastoral counseling/chaplain services will be on site.

Lunch will be provided, as well as, fellowship with veteran volunteers and veteran advocates. The event will be held in CVCC's Tarlton Complex.

38-year-old Danny Carl Lackey of Carolina Beach was arrested Wednesday (April 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon. Lackey was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (April 12).

46-year-old Parker Lee Cox of Greer Street in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (April 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, maintain a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, and possession of a weapon of mass destruction.

On Wednesday, Narcotic Agents and Detectives with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant due to the suspicion that there were illegal drugs present at 1016 Greer Street in Granite Falls. The search warrant was issued after several undercover purchases of methamphetamine from the residence. Agents also conducted surveillance on the premise and noticed an unusual amount of traffic coming and going.

During the search, a small amount of meth, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and a sawed off shotgun were located and seized by Agents. Cox was arrested and detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (April 12).

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