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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.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 06:49

SBI Arrests Newton Man for Felony Sex Offenses

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22-year-old Nathan Matthew Jennings-Townsend of Newton has been arrested by Agents with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation on five felony counts each of statutory rape or sex offense when the defendant is more than six years older than the victim, statutory sex offense and indecent liberties with a child.

The offenses occurred between June 2012 and December 2012. Indictments were issued on August 4 of this year.

Jennings-Townsend was jailed yesterday (August 12) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $200,000 secured bond. He will appear in Superior Court on August 15 in Newton.

Two people injured in a crash that took the life of 19-year-old Allen Paul Barnes early yesterday (August 12) in Lenoir have been treated for their injuries at Caldwell Memorial Hospital and released, according to a spokesperson with the Lenoir Police Department.

Courtney Barnes was a passenger in a 2003 Kia driven by Allen Barnes, who was her husband. Mr. Barnes was pronounced dead at the scene. The Barnes’ home is on Freezer Locker Road in Hudson.

While going around a curve, the Kia crossed the center lane and ran head-on into a 2004 GMC driven by Tammy Church Houck of Alfred Hartley Road in Lenoir.  

A preliminary investigation indicates that speed, road conditions and equipment on the Kia were factors in crash.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 15:36

H.P.D. to Hold Career Open House September 2

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The Hickory Police Department will hold a Career Open House on September 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Floyd W. Lucas, Jr. Police Headquarters. Any interested certified or non-certified Police Officer applicants interested in learning more about the Hickory Police Department or a career in law enforcement are encouraged to attend.

During the Open House, command staff, recruitment staff and other key department staff will offer a facilities tour, an overview of departmental operations, a community policing discussion, a recruitment video and equipment demonstrations, with a period for questions and answers at the conclusion of the evening.

Qualification requirements are:

  • 20 years of age or older.
  • Good health or physical condition.
  • Minimum of high school diploma or equivalent (college degree preferred).
  • U.S. citizenship.
  • N.C. driver’s license.
  • Military must have honorable discharge (general discharges are evaluated on case-by-case basis).
  • Pass an entry level physical ability test
  • Pass an extensive background check, including psychological examination, polygraph examination, etc.
  • Pass a pre-employment medical exam and drug screening.
  • No criminal record or serious motor vehicle offenses.
  • And, live within a 30 mile radius of H.P.D. headquarters.

41-year-old Marsha Autrey White of Blueberry Drive in Granite Falls was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (August 11) on charges of felony obtaining property by false pretense and allowing an unlicensed person to drive a motor vehicle. She also faces misdemeanor charges for larceny and injury to real property.

After her arrest, White was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $24,000, secured. A District Court date on the felony charge was scheduled for August 28 with an appearance on the misdemeanor charges coming up on October 28.

24-year-old Darrick Wayne Fowler was arrested today (August 12) by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on two felony counts of indecent liberties with a child.

Fowler had previously been arrested in Lincoln County on July 5 for felony statutory rape or sex offense of a 13, 14 or 15 year old by a defendant at least six years older than the victim and felony crime against nature.

After his latest arrest, Fowler was jailed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $250,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow.