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Friday, 02 February 2018 06:05

String Of Drug Charges Filed Against Long View Man

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57-year-old Richard Raymond Hilton of 39th Street NW in Long View was arrested Thursday (February 1) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, conspiracy to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance, sale of schedule II controlled substance, delivery of schedule II controlled substance, trafficking, opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, and sale or delivery of schedule II controlled substance. Hilton was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $150,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (February 2).

20-year-old Marcus Wilcox Simmons of Bridget Lane in Sneads Ferry was arrested Thursday (February 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, sale of meth, and delivery of schedule II controlled substance. Simmons was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (February 5).

43-year-old Carrie Medlin Brown of Hillcrest Drive in Claremont was arrested Thursday (February 1) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance, conspire to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance and delivery of schedule II controlled substance. Brown was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (February 2).

Unemployment rates remained mostly steady across the Greater Hickory Metro and statewide according to the most recent report. The numbers were released Thursday (February 1) by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division. The numbers reflect unemployment rates for December 2017.

Alexander County's unemployment rate is 3.7 percent, the same as in the previous report. Burke County's jobless rate dropped slightly to 4.2 percent from 4.3 percent in the November report. Caldwell County's unemployment rate is unchanged, holding steady at 4.5 percent, same as the previous month. Catawba County's jobless rate dipped to 4.1 percent from 4.2 percent in November.

The Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA has an unemployment rate of 4.2 percent according to the December report. That is unchanged from the previous month. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied for the 5th lowest jobless rate among 15 MSAs in the state.  

The statewide unemployment rate is 4.4 percent, down from 4.5 in the previous report. Unemployment rates decreased in 56 counties, increased in 20, and remained unchanged in 24. Hyde County has North Carolina's highest unemployment rate at 10.6 percent, while Buncombe County has the lowest at 3.4 percent.

Friday, 02 February 2018 05:10

Lincolnton Man Charged In Stabbing Death Of Father

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21-year-old Nicholas Benjamin Lynch of Tomes Road in Lincolnton was arrested Thursday (February 1) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with 2nd degree murder. The charge is in connection to the stabbing death of the suspect's father, 59-year-old Oswald Byran Lynch of the same Tomes Road, Lincolnton, address.

Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the residence on Tomes Road just off Buffalo Shoals Road just before 3:30 p.m. Thursday in response to a domestic dispute. Officers arrived to find the victim lying outside the front doorway with multiple stab wounds.

Oswald Lynch was transported by Lincoln County EMS to CHS-Lincoln where he was pronounced dead after arrival. His son, Nicholas Lynch, was treated at the scene for minor injuries and taken into custody for questioning. A large knife was recovered from the scene.

Nicholas Lynch was taken before a Lincoln County magistrate where he was charged with 2nd degree murder and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a one million dollar secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today (February 2).

Baker District deputies and Major Crimes detectives investigated the incident.

32-year-old Antoine Durel Reid of Catawba and 37-year-old Marcus Jerrard Duff of Charlotte were arrested Wednesday (January 31) by Catawba County Sheriff's Narcotics Officers. Reid is charged with six counts and Duff is charged with two counts of trafficking in opium or heroin.

Catawba County Sheriff's Office drug investigators in coordination with the DEA took the two suspects into custody without incident Wednesday afternoon. The arrests resulted from an investigation into information received on a tip line plus surveillance that led to traffic stops. One-half pound of opiates and just over one-half ounce of black tar heroin were seized during the investigation.

Bond for Reid was set at $100,000, bond for Duff was set at $75,000. Both suspects were scheduled to appear in District Court today (February 1).

Thursday, 01 February 2018 13:48

Boone Woman Arrested on Felony Warrant from Tennessee

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24-year-old Valerie Ann Dollar of Highway 105 South in Boone has been arrested by Watauga Co. Sheriff’s Officers as a fugitive from the state of Tennessee.  She faces charges in Tennessee for conspiracy to commit especially aggravated kidnapping.

On Monday, January 22, the Watauga Co. Sheriff’s Office was asked to assist the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Burke Co. Sheriff’s Office and the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee with a kidnapping investigation that originated in Burke County.  The individuals who were allegedly involved in the case are Watauga County residents.

Dollar was arrested yesterday (January 31) at the Watauga Co. Detention Center.  She was given a $250,000 bond.  Dollar is currently being held in Watauga County pending extradition to the State of Tennessee.  A District Court appearance on the felony fugitive warrant was set for February 26 in Boone.

Thursday, 01 February 2018 11:17

Hickory Man Arrested on Felony Drug Charge

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49-year-old Kenneth Leroy “K-Love” Roberts of 3rd Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 11 o’clock last night (January 31) on one felony count of a schedule II controlled substance.  He was taken into custody without incident at the Sunny Valley housing complex on 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory.  Roberts was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000.  He has since been released.  An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

32-year-old Antoine Durel Reid of Catawba and 37-year-old Marcus Jerrard Duff of Charlotte were arrested Wednesday (January 31) by Catawba County Sheriff's Narcotics Officers. Reid is charged with six counts and Duff is charged with two counts of trafficking in opium or heroin.

Catawba County Sheriff's Office drug investigators in coordination with the DEA took the two suspects into custody without incident Wednesday afternoon. The arrests resulted from an investigation into information received on a tip line plus surveillance that led to traffic stops. One-half pound of opiates and just over one-half ounce of black tar heroin were seized during the investigation.

Bond for Reid was set at $100,000, bond for Duff was set at $75,000. Both suspects were scheduled to appear in District Court today (February 1).

Thursday, 01 February 2018 10:16

Hickory Man Jailed on Assault Charges

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41-year-old Jamie Wayne Olsen of 9th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:40 this morning (February 1) one count of felony assault inflicting serious injury including strangulation and misdemeanor counts of assault on a female by male over 18 years of age and interfering with emergency communications.

Olsen was taken into custody without incident at his residence.  He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he was held without bond.  A first appearance in District Court was set for February 27 in Newton.

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