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A fatal hit and run in Long View is under investigation. According to the North Carolina News Network, the incident occurred on Highway 70 near the Fran Mar Motel just before 6 a.m. today (May 16). A male pedestrian was struck and killed. The victim's name has not been released. The Long View Police Department is hoping the debris left behind in the collision will help them identify the vehicle make and model.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018 13:16

Hickory Woman Jailed on Habitual Larceny Charge

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30-year-old Whitney Takalya Harris of 7th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was served a bill of indictment by Hickory Police shortly after ten o’clock last night (May 15) on one felony count of habitual larceny. The Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office also charged her with non-support of a child.

She was arrested in connection to an incident on January 15 of this year when Hickory Police responded to the Belk store in reference to a subject who concealed items and exited past the last point of sale. Loss Prevention detained Harris and recovered the stolen items. She was initially arrested on that date.

Harris was taken into custody without incident last night at the Sunny Valley public housing complex on 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton. Harris was also given a $110 cash bond on the non-support charge with a court date on May 24.

33-year-old Nicole Ruth Mahaffey of Old Mocksville Road in Statesville was arrested May 8 by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of trafficking opium, possession of methamphetamine, and possession with intent to sell and deliver meth. She's also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

According to a news release issued today (May 16), the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office had received numerous complaints from citizens about the amount of vehicle traffic, large numbers of people and possible drug sales at 1826 Old Mocksville Road. Surveillance operations were established on the residence and detectives quickly verified the large amount of activity at the residence.

On May 8 narcotics detectives went to the residence and spoke with Nicole Ruth Mahaffey. Detectives were given permission to search the residence. They found eleven grams of meth hidden in a vent in a bathroom and a glass jar filled with marijuana. They found hydrocodone pills totalling 4.8 grams inside that jar.

Mahaffey was jailed under $200,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is set for May 30.

The Lincolnton Police Department is requesting the public’s help in solving a homicide that took place on May 4 at approximately 11:48 p.m. The victim, Johnny Ray “Nuke” Izard, Jr., was walking on the 200 block of New Bold Street Lincolnton when he was shot. Mr. Izard later died at the hospital.

Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect or suspects. Anyone with information should call Lincolnton Police at 704-736-8900 or contact Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

The N.C. Department of Transportation will temporarily close two ramps at the Interstate 40 interchange and the Old Mocksville Highway (Exit 154) for resurfacing work, weather permitting.

The first closure will affect the exit ramp from I-40 East to the Old Mocksville Highway, starting at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 20. The ramp is scheduled to reopen by 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 22.

Next, crews will close the entrance ramp from the Old Mocksville Highway to I-40 West, starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 22. Work is scheduled to wrap up by 6 a.m. on Thursday, May 24.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018 09:46

Hickory Man Charged With Vehicle Break-ins

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17-year-old Marcus Anthony Chavez of 34th Street Place NE in Hickory was arrested today (May 16) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three felony counts of break or enter a motor vehicle. Chavez was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A Superior Court date is scheduled for tomorrow (May 17).

Wednesday, 16 May 2018 08:05

Felony Theft Charge Lodged Against Lenoir Man

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35-year-old Ryan Walter Kirby of Blue Creek Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (May 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny. Kirby was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $7,500 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 23.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018 06:06

Lenoir Man Charged With Strangulation

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33-year-old Ian Ashley Gragg of Buzy Bee Lane in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (May 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony assault by strangulation and misdemeanor assault on a female. Gragg was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under no bond. A District Court date is set for May 27.

28-year-old Joe Clifford Tipps of Pea Ridge Road in Lawndale was arrested by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, felony possession of cocaine, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, and felony probation violation. Tipps is also charged on bills of indictment with possession of a firearm by a felon and habitual felon. He was detained this morning (May 16) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. District and Superior Court appearances were scheduled today, another Superior Court date is set for May 21.

The teacher rally is being held today (May 16) in Raleigh, and some area school systems are closed for students. The Alexander County, Caldwell County, and Hickory City Schools are all closed today for students. All three systems have an optional teacher workday.

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