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29-year-old Ashley Nicole Corpening of NE Cedar Street in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (August 15) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine, driving while license revoked, altered registration card or tag, and failure to appear. Corpening was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $7,500 secured bond and $1,965 cash appearance bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for August 17 and October 2.

28-year-old Thomas Seth Herman of East 19th Street in Newton was arrested Tuesday (August 15) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of heroin, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and carrying a concealed weapon. Herman was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled for today (August 16).

44-year-old Michele Renae Yount of McGee Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (August 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, obtaining property by false pretense, and possession of stolen property. Yount was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for Thursday (August 17).

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 05:34

Lenoir Woman Charged With Drug Offenses

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41-year-old Joanie Michelle Nelson of Blowing Rock Boulevard in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (August 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine and maintain a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance. Nelson was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (August 17).

29-year-old Michael Allen Poarch of Spencer Road in Conover was arrested Tuesday (August 15) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged with felony speeding to elude arrest, felony auto larceny, and misdemeanor resisting or obstructing a public officer. Poarch was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $48,000 secured bond. District Court dates are scheduled for tomorrow (August 17) and September 7.

46-year-old Tyrone Matthew Rozzell of Hickory was arrested Tuesday (August 15) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony common law robbery.

Rozzell was arrested in connection with a strong armed robbery at Jerry’s One Stop convenience store on East Highway 27 in Lincolnton on Monday (August 14). Rozzell had been identified by the license plate on the getaway vehicle and security camera footage from an ATM machine at the business.  

Rozzell and a yet to be identified black male are accused of entering the convenience store at approximately 8:00 a.m. Monday. One man pretended to make a small purchase and when the clerk opened the cash register the man reached into the drawer and grabbed cash. The clerk yelled to the owner for help and he approached the suspect grabbing him from behind and took him to the floor.

The man got away from the owner and he and the other suspect ran from the store on foot going east on Highway 27.  A customer who was at the gas pumps followed the suspects who jumped into a vehicle parked nearby and fled the scene.

Detectives are working to identify the second suspect in the robbery who was identified as a black male with a dark colored hoodie drawn tight around his head. Anyone with information on the identification of the second suspect is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.

21-year-old Austin Ryan Marlow of Lincolnton was arrested by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with statutory rape of a child less than 15-years-old where the defendant is more than six years older than the child and indecent liberties with a child. He was also charged with statutory rape of a child where the defendant is more than four but less than six years older than the child by Lincolnton Police.  

On Thursday, June 29th, 2017, Investigators from the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office received a report from the Alexander County Department of Social Services regarding possible sex abuse to a 14 year old. Through an ongoing investigation in conjunction with Alexander County DSS, Investigators for the United States Marine Corps Base at Camp Lejeune, Investigators from Lincolnton Police Department, and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, it was learned that the suspect in this case was Austin Ryan Marlow. In a joint effort with Lincolnton Police Department, Marlow was charged earlier this month.    

Marlow was detained in Lincoln County under $245,480 secured bond. He made his first court appearance last Wednesday (August 9) in Lincolnton. He's scheduled to appear in Alexander County District Court August 21. His next District Court date in Lincoln County is August 29. Marlow is also charged with failure to appear in a separate case in Onslow County.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 15:15

Vale Woman Arrested for Theft of Jewelry

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34-year-old Monica Nicole Thomas of Plateau Road in Vale was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:20 a.m. today (August 15) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense and one misdemeanor count of failure to appear on a D.W.I. charge.

Her arrest comes in connection to an incident on June 23 of this year. Miscellaneous jewelry valued at $1,600 was taken from the victim’s residence. Monica Thomas, who was a visitor in the victim’s home, was identified as the suspect. Thomas pawned the stolen jewelry and a warrant for felony larceny was issued. Thomas was initially arrested on June 24. She was indicted and arrested on that indictment yesterday.

Thomas was taken into custody without incident at a retail establishment on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $4,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for tomorrow in Newton. She’ll appear in court on the D.W.I. charge on September 27.

Caldwell County has started it's Community Health Assessment (CHA) process for 2017. Every three years local health departments and hospitals are charged with the responsibility of conducting a Community Health Assessment in their respective county. The CHA is the foundation for improving and promoting the health of the community. The role of the assessment is to identify factors that affect the health of a population and determine the availability of resources within the community to adequately address these issues.

Through collaborative efforts forged among community leaders and members, the community can begin to answer questions related to health status as well as available resources for all human services. In a community-based assessment, community members take the lead role in forming partnerships, gathering data, determining priority issues, identifying resources and planning community programs. The community has the primary responsibility of determining the focus of assessment activities at every level. This includes the collection and interpretation of data, evaluation of resources, identification of problems and development of strategies to address these problems. Thus, the community health assessment is done by the community rather than on the community.

To assist the county in this process, they are asking for the community’s help. The Community Health Assessment Opinion Survey will be available for community members to take through September. The purpose of this survey is to learn more about the health and quality of life in Caldwell County. The Caldwell County Health Department, Caldwell UNC Healthcare and various community based agencies will use the results of this survey and other information to identify the most pressing health problems in Caldwell County and to develop plans to address those identified problems. All the information provided during the survey will be completely confidential and will not be linked to any individuals in any way.

The survey can be found online in English at or online in Spanish at If individuals do not have access to a computer or internet, paper copies of this survey can be found at Caldwell County Health Department, Caldwell UNC Health Care, Caldwell County Main Library and other organizations throughout the county.  

Should you have any questions or would like to learn more on how you could be involved in the CHA process, contact Anna Martin, MPH, Health Education Supervisor, at 828-426-8506 or

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 11:42

Viewmont Restaurant to Hold Ribbon Cutting

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A new restaurant in Hickory’s Viewmont area will hold a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. on Thursday (August 17).  WOOD, formerly Bistro 127, is described as a casual restaurant.  It is located at 2039 North Center Street in Hickory, next to Bootleggers.  WOOD is owned and operated by Matt Miller.

The restaurant will feature pizza from its wood fired pizza oven, slow-smoked beef brisket, six-hour smoked pastrami, hickory-smoked N.C. pork BBQ, hickory-smoked chicken wings, applewood-smoked bacon in bacon-wrapped dates, salads, burgers, and sandwiches.

WOOD serves lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday starting at 11 a.m. and breakfast Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m.  For more information, call 828-328-3432.

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