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The Pet Partners Network will celebrate the opening of Waggin' Tales Resale with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. today (August 14). Waggin’ Tales Resale is located at 212-D Wilkesboro Boulevard in Lenoir (across from ALDI). Members of the Caldwell Chamber are expected to attend.

Thursday, 14 August 2014 06:49

Silver Alert Issued for Gastonia Woman

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The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for 20-year-old Jahleesa Venable. Ms. Venable is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

Ms. Venable is a black female with medium length black hair. She has brown eyes and stands 5' 4” tall, weighing 293 pounds. Ms. Venable was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, a white skirt and black sandals. No photo is available.

She was last seen at 2761 Mary Avenue in Gastonia.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Jahleesa Venable should call the Gastonia Police Department at 704-866-6702.

A handicapped-accessible treehouse at the Zahra Baker All Children’s Playground at Kiwanis Park will officially open with a ceremony at the playground on Tuesday, August 19. A ribbon cutting will be held at 11:30 a.m. The public is welcome to attend. The playground and park are located at 805 6th Street S.E in Hickory.

The Kiwanis Clubs of Catawba Valley had approximately $17,000 in the their account leftover from the previous fund-raising campaign that built the playground, which was dedicated in May of 2012. That money, along with new contributions from the community, businesses and other organizations, totaling $33,000 was used to build the new treehouse, which is accessible for wheelchairs.

The design work was done by Ernie Sills with CBSA Architects. The Hickory Construction Company built the treehouse.

42-year-old James Christopher Robinson of Gunpowder View Circle in Granite Falls was arrested at about 12:20 yesterday afternoon (August 12) on a warrant from Union County for felony obtaining property by false pretense.

He was taken into custody without incident at an electronics shop on Springs Road N.E. in Hickory and then jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $1,500, secured. He has since been released. Robinson will appear in District Court on September 22 in Monroe.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 13:45

Multiple Vandalisms Reported Recently in Hickory

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Over the past week, Hickory Police have received multiple reports of vandalism in the city. The subjects in these incidents have broken vehicle & residential windows, damaged mailboxes and overturned rollout garbage containers & port-a-johns. There has been no evidence of entry into any of the vehicles or residences and nothing has been reported stolen.

Yesterday alone (August 12), 18 incidents were reported. Ten of those occurred at northeast Hickory addresses; five were in the northwest quadrant and three were in southeast Hickory.  

An investigation has led to a possible subject description of four white males in a white sport utility vehicle. Anyone who spots a suspicious vehicle matching that description or anyone who has been a victim of vandalism should contact the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551.

47-year-old David William Hill of 8th Street Place S.E. in Hickory has been arrested by the N.C. State Highway Patrol on charges of felony speeding to elude arrest, driving while license revoked, failure to stop for a light or siren and careless & reckless driving.

Hill was jailed this morning (August 13) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.

33-year-old Joanie Lee Laws-Davidson of Spainhour Street in Lenoir was arrested by Probation & Parole Officers in Caldwell County yesterday (August 12) for two probation violations and for defrauding a drug & alcohol screening test. Laws-Davidson is on probation as she serves a 36-month suspended sentence following a December 2011 felony common law robbery conviction in Caldwell County.

After her arrest yesterday, Laws-Davidson was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $31,000 secured bond. A District Court date in Lenoir was set for August 25.

37-year-old Randall Anderson of 23rd Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:50 yesterday morning (August 12) on one felony count each of uttering a forged instrument, forgery of endorsement and obtaining property by false pretense.

His arrest comes in connection to an incident on April 8 of this year in which a check was stolen from the Mountain View Rec Center. The check was written and cashed by Anderson, who was an umpire for Mountain View Rec.

Warrants for his arrest were issued on April 29. The warrants were served yesterday as Anderson was taken into custody at his home without incident.

Anderson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $6,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

Granite Falls Police are requesting assistance in locating 15-year-old Myra Paszek of Granite Falls.  The girl’s mother reported her missing at 4:18 a.m. on Tuesday (August 12) after she ran away from her grandmother’s residence on Mallard Court.

Ms. Paszek left the residence without taking any personal belongings, including her medication, which is used to control seizures.

She is 5’4” tall and weighs 100 pounds.  Ms. Paszek has fair skin, brown hair and brown eyes.  She was last seen wearing a blue tank top and blue stretch pants.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Myra Paszek should contact Granite Falls Police at 828-396-3358 or call Caldwell/Lenoir Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300.


Hickory Police Officers Clay Albrecht and John Ray have been cleared of any criminal misconduct in connection to an Officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of 21-year-old Drew Marian Spencer of Taylorsville. The decision came after District Attorney Jay Gaither’s Office reviewed an investigative report from the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation.

A statement released today (August 13) by H.P.D. said the District Attorney’s office considered the events and circumstances surrounding Mr. Spencer’s detainment, statements by non-law enforcement witnesses, Officer interviews and surveillance footage of the incident. H.P.D.’s administrative investigation concurs with the District Attorney in finding that Officers acted in a manner that was appropriate and consistent with their training, agency policy and state law.

The shooting occurred early on the morning of June 2 in the parking lot at the Kangaroo Express store, 2853 North Center Street in Hickory. The Officers were questioning the driver of a City of Hickory work truck who had pulled into the business. The truck was heavily damaged on the right side. The Officers recognized the suspect as Drew Spencer from a fight call a few hours earlier at McCroskey’s Irish Pub & Grill in Hickory.

While speaking to Mr. Spencer, who remained in the driver’s seat, the suspect pointed a handgun at the Officer. As the Officer retreated, he and another Officer fired at Spencer. A handgun was in the suspect’s hand when the Officers re-approached the vehicle after the shooting. One spent shell casing was located in Spencer’s weapon. The weapon appeared to have malfunctioned after one shot was fired. Mr. Spencer was pronounced dead at the scene.

The City of Hickory work truck was stolen from a city employee’s residence on Cloninger Mill Road N.E. That employee’s personal vehicle was also broken into and items were taken from within.  

Officer Albrecht was hired by the Hickory Police Department in July of 2012 and Master Police Officer Ray was hired in August of 2008. Officers Albrecht and Ray will return to their normal duties this week.