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24-year-old Guiovanni Mosquera of 13th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested at about 6 a.m. Saturday (February 7) on charges of felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested after Police responded to a report of damage to property in connection to a domestic dispute at Mosquera’s residence. Upon arrival, Officers smelled marijuana and obtained a search warrant. The search turned up 23.6 grams of marijuana, a Marlin 30-30 rifle with ammo, digital scales and other drug paraphernalia.

No charges were filed in connection to the domestic dispute.

Mosquera was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $4,000, secured. He has since been released. Mosquera was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (February 9) in Newton.

Monday, 09 February 2015 13:14

Hickory Man Arrested on Felony Cocaine Charge

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26-year-old Adrian Durrand Johnson of 5th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Saturday (February 7) on one felony count of possession of cocaine.

He was arrested after Officers on patrol at about 6 p.m. Saturday saw several subjects outside the A&W Mini Mart on South Center Street. Among them was Johnson, who entered the store and left a clear wrapper containing 0.7 grams of crack cocaine in the store. Police reviewed video surveillance footage and saw Johnson ditching the drugs, leading to the issuance of a warrant for his arrest.

He was taken into custody without incident nearly four hours later and jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $6,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (February 9) in Newton.

Monday, 09 February 2015 12:10

New Pizzeria Opens in Plaza Latina

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Newton welcomed Il Bambini Pizza to the city with a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday (February 6). The pizzeria is at Plaza Latina, 1901 Northwest Boulevard, Suite V, on the 20th Street side of the plaza. Dimas Chávez opened Il Bambini after spending 35 years at a Manhattan restaurant owned by an Italian family.

Customers lined up after the ribbon cutting to sample Chávez’s signature margarita pie, made with mozzarella, zesty tomato sauce and basil. Pizza toppings at Il Bambini include the usual, but the options extend to shrimp, capers, prosciutto, zucchini and chorizo. The menu also features calzones, stromboli, salads, hero sandwiches, pasta and more.

Chávez and Francisca Tapia met online in 2013 while he was living in New York City and she was living in the Newton area. A Facebook friend request led to his visit to North Carolina to meet her in person, which led to the sampling of some local pizzas. Chávez realized that with his knowledge of Italian cooking and his growing fondness for her Francisca, they could work together to bring something new to Newton.

Javier Chávez, owner of Plaza Latina, had been thinking a pizzeria would be a great addition to Plaza Latina. When he met Dimas Chávez, the two hatched a plan to open Il Bambini at the plaza. Dimas Chávez and Francisca Tapia now run the restaurant together.

Duty firearms and SWAT turnout gear were stolen from a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officer’s patrol car in Catawba County. Sgt. Robert Jefferies returned from a weekend trip Sunday morning (February 8) to find his unmarked Dodge Charger patrol car damaged, his police gear stolen and his home broken into.

The thief or thieves gained entry by breaking out the rear driver’s side window. They opened the trunk with the automatic release and stole the service weapons and SWAT gear. The thieves also broke into the Sergeant’s home and stole a .45 caliber Glock handgun with holster and several electronic games.

In addition to the Glock, an H&K MP5 duty weapon, a tactical SWAT vest, body armor, a tactical light for the Glock handgun, approximately 15 to 20 boxes of 9mm and 45 caliber rounds, a handcuff or magazine pouch with two fully loaded magazines and a duty belt with holster.

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

Anyone with information regarding the case should call the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office at 828-464-3112, the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln Co. Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. A Crime Stoppers tip leading to an arrest or the recovery of stolen goods could result in a reward of up to $1,000.

Monday, 09 February 2015 11:37

Taylorsville Woman Indicted on Meth Charge

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32-year-old Chrystal Gail Stikeleather of Liberty Lane in Taylorsville was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police at about 5:40 Friday afternoon (February 6) for possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

She was initially charged in connection to an incident in May of last year at the Days Inn Suites on 13th Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory. Officers approached Stikeleather on hotel property and conducted a search, leading to the discovery of methamphetamine on her person.

At the time of her arrest Friday, Stikeleather was found to be in possession of four grams of marijuana and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.

She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $11,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date on the felony charge was set for February 13 in Newton. A District Court date on the marijuana charge was scheduled for March 12.

Monday, 09 February 2015 11:00

Newton Man Charged With Sex Offense

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25-year-old Jason Dewayne Cuthbertson of North Davis Avenue in Newton was arrested this morning (Monday, February 9) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with statutory rape sex offense with the defendant being greater than six years older than the victim. Following the arrest, Cuthbertson was detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 bond, a court appearance is scheduled for Friday.

19-year-old Miranda Richelle Sigmon of 37th Street Drive NE in Hickory was arrested this morning (Monday, February 9) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with indecent liberties with a child. Following the arrest, Sigmon was detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Friday (February 13).

Monday, 09 February 2015 08:35

Fire Damages Building Owned By Morganton Church

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Firefighters in Morganton responded to a fire at a church building over the weekend. According to a news release from the Morganton Department of Public Safety, at 10:01 a.m. Sunday (February 8) Public Safety was dispatched to a report of smoke coming from the New Hope In Christ Church at 509 Bouchelle Street. Arriving units found this building to not have a fire, but found an older church building just down the street with smoke coming out of it. The building is also owned by the New Hope In Christ Church, but is not currently being used for services.

First arriving units found the single story block building to have smoke coming out of the open front door. Upon entry, firefighters encountered flames and high heat conditions with heavy black smoke. Firefighters made a successful attack on the fire, saving the building from structural damage. Only some of the contents and a few pews were burned, but there was considerable heat and smoke damage. No occupants or firefighters were injured. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the department.

25-year-old Jarae Maran Millsaps of Hartland Road in Morganton was arrested Sunday (February 8) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking and entering, and misdemeanor injury to real property. Following the arrest, Millsaps was detained at the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for March 4.

44-year-old James Maurice Wilson of Lee Allen Drive in Taylorsville was arrested Sunday (February 8) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony larceny, special indictment felony, possession of stolen goods, and being a habitual felon. Following the arrest, Wilson was detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $75,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (February 13).