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28-year-old Norman Stewart Young Jr. was arrested Wednesday (February 1) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony counts of sell and deliver counterfeit controlled substance and possession with intent to sell or deliver counterfeit controlled substance. Young was placed in jail in Lincolnton under no bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, February 2).

Hickory firefighters rescued a person from an overturned vehicle following a Wednesday night (February 1) accident.

The incident occurred on Wednesday at approximately 7 p.m. at the intersection of McDonald Parkway SE and 13th Avenue Drive. The incident involved an overturned vehicle with one person entrapped. Hickory Firefighters extricated the person from the vehicle in approximately 15 minutes and the patient was transported by EMS to the hospital for treatment of injuries.

No other details on the accident were available. 

29-year-old Michael Jovi Simmons was arrested Wednesday (February 1) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with single felony counts of larceny and possession of stolen goods and two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense. Simmons was placed in jail under $12,000 secured bond. A District Court date was set for today (Thursday, February 2).

33-year-old Justin Matthew Setzer and 31-year-old Ashley Anna Addington, both of the same Pine View Court, Hickory, address, were both arrested Wednesday (February 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. Both suspects are charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense, Setzer is also charged with felony larceny of a firearm. They were both jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $1,000 secured bond apiece, District Court dates were set for today (Thursday, February 2).

Thursday, 02 February 2017 05:14

Woman Arrested In Lincoln County On Drug Charges

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22-year-old Jeannie Lynn Dickens was arrested Wednesday (February 1) by authorities in Lincoln County. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, along with a single misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia and two misdemeanor counts of probation violation. Dickens was arrested at an address on Arden Drive in Lincolnton at approximately 5 p.m. Wednesday. She was placed in jail under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, February 2).

46-year-old Shannon Renee Curley of Dudley Shoals Road in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (February 1) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, attempted larceny, and possession of burglary tools. Curley was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, February 2).

A Hickory woman will spend a minimum of seven years in prison for her role in a conspiracy and attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon.

23-year-old Debbi Jo Albright pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon during Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday (February 1). She also pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine and heroin, and was sentenced to serve seven to nine years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Lisa C. Bell, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County.

Investigation by deputies from the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office revealed that Albright conspired with two male subjects to lure the victim to a residence, beat him and rob him of money she knew him to carry.

The victim of the crime received several text messages from Albright asking him to meet with her at a residence in the Newton area. When he arrived to meet her at the Athens Drive mobile home, the victim was taken to the back of the residence by a male subject where he thought she was waiting for him.

A second male subject, David Lee Darty, attacked the victim from behind with a wooden board while the first subject started beating him with his fists. The victim managed to back away from the assailants, pulled out a handgun and fired shots that struck Darty, who later died at Frye Regional Medical Center.

The victim had a concealed carry permit, and Albright indicated that she knew he carried a gun but had not shared that with her co-conspirators.

The drug charges stemmed from a Sept. 6, 2016, incident when Albright and another male subject were found to be in possession of methamphetamine and heroin in a room at the Budget Inn located in Hickory.

The robbery case was investigated by Kerry Penley of the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. The drug case was investigated by Hickory Police Department. Lance Sigmon handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.

A Burke County jury found a Morganton man guilty of the statutory rape of a 13-year-old female at the end of a two-day trial.

29-year-old Ricardo Solis Garcia was sentenced to an active prison term of 20 to 29 years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections. The sentence was imposed by the Honorable J. Thomas Davis, Superior Court Judge from Rutherford County, following the jury’s verdict in Burke County Superior Court on Wednesday (February 1). The Jury returned the verdict in 90 minutes.

Federal immigration authorities also have a detainer on Garcia, and he will be deported at the end of his prison sentence.

On March 6, 2015, the defendant picked up the victim at her bus stop in the morning, telling her he would take her to school. They had been neighbors at one time. A news release from the District Attorney's Office says the victim was reluctant, but she did get in the car with him. Instead of taking her to school he took her to a Burke County motel where he rented a room, took her in and forced her to have sex with him.

Sgt. Roger Tate of the Morganton Department of Public Safety investigated the case with assistance from Rhonda Robbins of the Gingerbread House Child Advocacy Center. Michelle Lippert and Frank Webster handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.

22-year-old Gina Sue Moody of Vision Drive in Catawba was arrested today (Wednesday, February 1) by Newton Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Moody was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $4,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (February 2).

Wednesday, 01 February 2017 10:51

Grand Opening for Lenoir Chick-fil-A Set for Tomorrow

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Chick-fil-A will hold a grand opening tomorrow (February 2) for its new restaurant at the Smith Crossroads in Lenoir.  

A “First 100” party is currently underway in the parking lot at 116 Wilkesboro Boulevard S.E.  The first 100 adults in line when the doors open at 6 a.m. tomorrow will win Chick-fil-A meals for a year.  If more than 100 adults are present, the first 100 will be chosen by random selection.

A book drive is also being held in conjunction with the grand opening.  New and gently used books will be collected through noon tomorrow for a public school in Lenoir.

The franchise operator, Mike Sheley, is a graduate of Elon University.  The new Chick-fil-A is one of 150 across the state of North Carolina, and one of 102 new restaurants scheduled to open across the country this year.

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