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The Caldwell County Veterans Service Office will be closed Monday through Friday, October 17 – 21, while the staff attends a training conference.

Anyone needing assistance regarding claims during this time may contact the Veterans Administration (VA) Regional Office at 1-800-827-1000. More general information can be found at the VA website at

The Caldwell County Veterans Service Office will reopen for regular business, Monday, October 24 at 8 a.m. For more information regarding the closing, contact Kathy Hutchings at 828-757-1345.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016 05:58

Hickory Man Arrested This Morning On Weapon Charge

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33-year-old Javon Dooley of 2nd Street Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested early this morning (Tuesday, October 11) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Dooley was taken into custody on the 900 block of 2nd Street S.W. in Hickory at 2:54 a.m. today. According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, he was in possession of a handgun at the time of his arrest.

Dooley was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $30,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today.

34-year-old Amanda Webb Killian was arrested Monday (October 10) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She was charged with felony larceny. Following the arrest, Killian was placed in jail in Morganton with bond set at $22,500 secured. A court date is set for Wednesday (October 12).

42-year-old James Patrick Hoyle was arrested Monday (October 10) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of controlled substance in prison or jail. Hoyle was being held in jail in Morganton under $6,000 secured bond. His next District Court date is scheduled for Wednesday (October 12).

In the wake of Hurricane Matthew and the destruction it caused on the southeastern coast, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper is urging citizens to be cautious if solicited for donations related to hurricane relief.

In a news release issued Sunday (October 9) by the North Carolina Department of Justice, the Attorney General advises citizens to give wisely if you decide to donate, and avoid scammers who use Hurricane Matthew to make their phony pleas for donations sound legitimate.

Decide who you want to give to. Instead of responding to solicitations to make a donation, especially from telemarketers who may keep as much as 90 percent of the money they collect, decide which charities you want to support and contact them directly.

Research charities before you give. Visit to see if national charities meet the standards set by the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, and for ratings of charities by the American Institute of Philanthropy. Other good sources of information are and

Avoid charity scams. If a caller refuses to answer your questions about the charity, offers to come to pick up a donation in person or calls you and asks for a credit card, bank account or Social Security number, it may be a scam. To report telemarketing fraud, call the Attorney General’s Office. To check up on a charity, call the Secretary of State’s office toll free at 888-830-4989 or visit

26-year-old Samantha Marie Vono of Paul Payne Road in Taylorsville was arrested Monday (October 10) by Long View Police Officers. She's charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. Vono was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility without bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, October 11).

47-year-old Christopher Alvin Sanford of East Sumner Street in Lincolnton was arrested Monday (October 10) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule II controlled substance. Sanford is also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. He was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for Monday.

The 16th annual Catawba County Firefighter Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday (October 16) at Joy Baptist Church, 4015 Herman Sipe Road in Conover. Weather permitting, the service will conclude at the memorial site next door at the Catawba County Firefighter’s Museum. 14 members will be honored, including one death in the line of duty.

Fire departments will display trucks in designated areas at the church and in the parking area at the museum. Ladder trucks will display a large flag at the church. The Claremont Fire Department and Sherrill’s Ford-Terrell Fire & Rescue will supply their ladder trucks this year in special memory of Rupert Little and Bradley Long.

The Honor Guard will present the colors and a bagpiper will perform. The public is invited to attend.

Monday, 10 October 2016 14:13

Hickory Man Faces Felony Drug Charge

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34-year-old Justin Morgan Hall of 17th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just after noon Friday (October 7) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

He was arrested at H.P.D. without incident and later released under a $10,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for tomorrow (October 11) in Newton.

Hall also faces charges for felony breaking & entering, felony and misdemeanor larceny and misdemeanor possession of a schedule II controlled substance, all in Catawba County, with a District Court date on November 1.

38-year-old Jennifer McGrady Strickland of Foy Lane in Statesville was arrested last Wednesday (October 5) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with breaking and entering.

According to a news release issued today (Monday, October 10), last Wednesday a resident of Woodstream Circle in Mooresville reported that he came home to find a strange vehicle in his driveway. The victim took a picture of the license plate before entering the home and finding the suspect in the master bathroom of the home.

The victim told the suspect to leave the home and called to report the incident. Deputies responded to take the report and when they spoke to the victim he told them that nothing was stolen from the home. Detectives were able to identify Jennifer Strickland as the suspect and warrants were obtained for Breaking and Entering.

Strickland was previously charged in September 2015 for two similar breaking and entering incidents. In both of these incidents Strickland made entry into the homes and was attempting to take prescription medication. One of the victims lives on East Meadowview Drive and the other victim lives on Cooper Farm. Strickland was charged with two counts of felony breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking and entering and attempted larceny after breaking and entering.  

On June 7, Strickland was sentenced in District Court to three 45 day sentences for a plea of misdemeanor breaking and entering, and two counts of misdemeanor larceny. The sentences were suspended to six years of probation. Strickland was detained in The Iredell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.

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