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22-year-old Zachary Tyrone Witherspoon of Dulatown Road in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police Friday (August 8) for possession of a stolen firearm. He was also charged with a local ordinance violation for discharging a firearm in the city limits. Witherspoon was jailed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (August 11) in Lenoir.

29-year-old Lori Ann Davis of Button Lane in Hudson was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:45 p.m. Friday (August 8) for felony larceny of a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny.

The incident leading to her arrest occurred on August 2 at the Days Inn in Hickory when the victim told Police a known subject he had met on social media stole his truck, laptop computer and cell phone while he was asleep. On August 4, the victim was able to provide the suspect’s full name after he located her on Facebook.

Police matched the Facebook images to images from the Department of Motor Vehicles and made a positive identification. She was taken into custody Friday at the Citi Trends store on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory.

Davis was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $18,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (August 11) in Hickory.

The Office of Governor Pat McCrory today (August 11) announced a number of appointments to various state boards & commissions.

Among them is Samuel Yearick of Caldwell County, who was appointed to the North Carolina Forestry Council. Yearick is the county manager for Ashe County.

The Forestry Council advises the Secretary of the Department of Environment & Natural Resources on matters concerning the protection, management and preservation of state-owned, privately-owned and municipally-owned forests. The term length is four years.

Mark Brooks of Buncombe County was reappointed to the North Carolina On-Site Wastewater Contractors & Inspectors Certification Board. Brooks is the president, senior engineer and project manager at Brooks Engineering Associates, P.A.

The board works to protect the environment and public health, safety and welfare by ensuring the integrity and competence of on-site wastewater contractors and inspectors. The board also works to require the examination of on-site wastewater contractors and inspectors and the certification of their competency to supervise or conduct the construction, installation, reparation or inspection of on-site wastewater systems. The term length is three years.

Pack and Ship 2 at 2725 Northwest Boulevard, Suite H, in Newton celebrated its grand opening Thursday (August 7) with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Newton Mayor Anne P. Stedman and members of the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce were on hand for the event.

Owners Deborah Price, a Newton native, and her husband, Michael Price, also own a Pack and Ship store in Denver. They will continue to operate the first store in addition to the Newton location. Deborah Price said in addition to her ties to Newton, she and her husband selected the second location due to the demographics in the area and the need for a packing and shipping store.

Pack and Ship 2 offers packing and office supplies, scanning, freight shipping, laminating, computer repair, copies and faxing. It is an authorized shipper for DHL, FedEx, UPS and the USPS. For more information, call 828-446-2698 or visit www.packplusnc.com.

Monday, 11 August 2014 12:33

Two Lenoir Women Face Felony Drug Charges

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26-year-old Krisie Melissa Parrish of N.W. Creekway Drive and 30-year-old Michelle Gieava Gill of Folk Street, both from Lenoir, were arrested by Lenoir Police Saturday (August 9) on charges of felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Parrish was also charged with felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.

Both women were taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond for each set at $30,000, secured. First appearances in District Court were set for today (August 11) in Lenoir.

56-year-old Donald Eric Kincaid is in protective custody and a warrant for his arrest has been issued in connection to the apparent murder of three people in Morganton.

21-year-old Freddie Thompson, 54-year-old Barbara Johnson and 75-year-old Zakiya El Bey were all found dead at Thompson and Johnson’s residence on West Concord Street at about 1:15 a.m. yesterday (August 10).

Johnson was Thompson’s mother. Bey was a family friend. The incident leading to their deaths was described as some sort of domestic dispute and not a random act of violence. The suspect reportedly was Johnson’s boyfriend.

Police say all three victims appear to have died as the result of blunt force trauma. No official cause of death has been released. An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday (August 13).

Officers expect to serve the warrant charging Kincaid with murder soon. The investigation is ongoing. The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation is assisting.

No further details are available at this time.

34-year-old Reginald Curtis, Jr. of Falls Street in Morganton and 22-year-old Ryleigh Elizabeth Waldrop of Tron Avenue in Valdese were both arrested by Hickory Police shortly before noon Saturday (August 9). Curtis was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug parpaphernalia, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. He was also charged on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for failure to appear. Waldrop was charged on outstanding warrants from Burke County for felony possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and misdemeanor counts of simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Their arrests came about as Officers on foot patrol at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory investigated reports of multiple persons coming out of room 129. Officers went to the room and found Curtis and Waldrop there. Curtis initially gave a fictitious name. A records check showed the outstanding warrants for Waldrop. When Police learned Curtis’ true identity, they found the failure to appear warrant for him, as well.

A search then turned up 2.2 grams of meth on Curtis’ person. An additional 0.9 grams of meth and a scale was found under the bed in the room. As Curtis was searched again at H.P.D., Police found 5.3 more grams of meth in his socks.

Both subjects have been jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Curtis set at $34,000, secured. Waldrop was given a $6,000 secured bond. They were scheduled to make first District Court appearances today (August 11) in Newton.

37-year-old Latrina Renee Daye of Holly Street in Statesville was arrested by Hickory Police just before six o’clock Friday evening (August 8) on one misdemeanor count of concealment of merchandise. She was also charged on outstanding warrants out of Iredell County for two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense and one felony count each of financial card fraud and identity theft. She was also charged with a misdemeanor probation violation.

She was arrested after a Loss Prevention Officer at the Rugged Warehouse on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory contacted Hickory Police after the Officer saw Daye concealing items in the store. When Officers approached, Daye attempted to dump the items, which consisted of clothing valued at about $60.

A routine records check turned up the outstanding warrants. Daye was taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $143,300 secured bond. She was scheduled to appear in District Court today (August 11) in Statesville.

Monday, 11 August 2014 06:51

Silver Alert for Lincolnton Man Canceled

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The Silver Alert issued Friday (August 8) for 68-year-old Johnny Cecil “J.C.” Brooks, Sr. of Lincolnton has been canceled. No further details are available at this time.

For more information, call the Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office at 704-735-8202.

At 5:25 a.m. Saturday, Hickory Firefighters responded to a structure fire located at 834 6th Avenue Drive N.W. Firefighters responded to the scene with two engines, one ladder, one rescue unit and two command units. On arrival, they reported a working fire in a single-family residence.

Firefighters worked to ensure that all residents had evacuated and to extinguish the fire, which was controlled at 5:46 a.m. Catawba County E.M.S. and Hickory Rescue also responded to the scene for stand-by.

No injuries were reported. Fire damages were contained to the attic and an outside wall of the structure. The Catawba Valley Red Cross responded and is assisting the family.

Fire Investigators say the fire was accidental and was caused by an electrical problem.