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Early this morning, The City of Newton informed Newton-Conover City Schools officials that a broken primary trunk water line on Northwest Boulevard has forced the City of Newton to turn off water service citywide. Crews are working now to isolate the line and make repairs as quickly as possible.

With no water service to four of our seven schools, our maintenance department, our food services department, central services, and our Pre-K, we will unfortunately be forced to cancel classes for all students today (Wednesday, January 27). Additionally, today will be an optional workday for staff. Kid Connection will be open at Shuford Elementary School today.

As a precaution, Newton water customers are asked to boil water before use. Thank you for your patience and understanding in sharing our utmost concern for the safety of our students and staff.

On Tuesday (January 26) the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit released the names of individuals they consider their “Most Wanted”. According to detectives, the names listed are subjects who have been indicted or have outstanding warrants for various drug-related crimes. Many of the charges are for the selling and transport of cocaine and methamphetamine.

Detectives hope by releasing the names of these subjects, tips will come in as to their whereabouts. Some of the individuals have pending charges from as far back as 2011.

The list includes 34-year-old Bobby Durelle Robinson whose last known address was on the 700 block of Hares Way in Lincolnton. He's wanted for Trafficking Cocaine by Possession, Trafficking Cocaine by Sale, Trafficking Cocaine by Transport, and Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Cocaine.

53-year-old Anthony Thomas Caffrey, Jr. whose last known address was on the 1100 block of South Aspen Street in Lincolnton is wanted for Sale and Delivery of Methadone and Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, or Deliver Methadone, Sale and Delivery of Oxycodone and Possession With Intent to Manufacture, Sell, or Deliver Oxycodone.

31-year-old Jonathan Lee Helms whose last known address was on the 4500 block of Barley Court in Iron Station, is wanted for Sale and Delivery of Marijuana and Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Marijuana.

22-year-old Mitchell Scott Wise whose last known address was on the 7100 block of Kidville Road in Denver, is wanted for Sale and Delivery of Marijuana and Possession with Intent to Sell or deliver Marijuana.

We will have more of the names on the list for you during tomorrow’s news as time allows. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of any of these individuals is asked to contact the Drug Tip line at 704-736-8422 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. Callers can remain anonymous and if information provided to Crime Stoppers leads to an arrest you could receive a reward of up to $1,000. All leads will be investigated.

Tax time is right around the corner, and unfortunately ID thieves know it. Remember to keep your guard up against tax identity theft this year.

Each year, thousands of Americans’ personal information is stolen by thieves who use it to file tax returns and collect large refunds. In many cases, victims don’t find out about the fraud until their own legitimate tax returns are rejected by the IRS, which says they’ve already processed a return under the same name and social security number.

To avoid tax return ID theft, protect your personal and financial information:

Store your social security card in a safe, secure location.

Never carry your social security card in your wallet or purse unless you need it that day.

Shred old, unneeded documents that include your Social Security Number (SSN).

Avoid using your SSN online when possible. If you do need to enter your SSN into a website, look for an “https” at the beginning of the web address to ensure security.

Limit the odds that a thief will collect your refund by filing your tax return as soon as possible.

If you hire a tax preparation service to file your return this year, make sure the preparer is legitimate.

If the IRS tells you that they’ve received your return already this tax season, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, consider placing a fraud alert on your credit reports, and contact the IRS to learn about filing an Identity Theft Affidavit. Taxpayers are often able to work with the IRS to sort out their tax returns and get their refund.

For more information on making sure filing your taxes goes smoothly, take a look at tax time tips at www.ncdoj.gov.

21-year-old Tyler Donnell Harbison of 2nd Street Place N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (January 26) on felony counts of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods.

He was arrested in connection to a residential break-in on 4th Avenue N.E. The suspect entered by forcing entry through a rear door, which was damaged during the incident, which occurred on January 10. An X-Box One game console and a T.V. were taken.

Harbison was identified as the suspect after Investigators discovered online activity involving the stolen X-Box. He was taken into custody without incident at about 12:50 Tuesday afternoon at a residence on 2nd Avenue N.W.

Harbison was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $7,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (January 27).

Murder suspect Marvin Jacob Lee of Claremont was back in court Tuesday (January 26) after additional charges were filed against him.

Lee, who is 27-years-old, is facing a murder charge for allegedly shooting and killing 26-year-old Jefferson Lee Heavner of Newton during last week’s heavy snowstorm. On Tuesday Lee was charged with four counts of attempted first-degree murder as well as one count of discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle.

Appearing before District Court Judge Robert A. Mullinax for the second time in as many days, bond was set at $1 million on the new charges, though he is still being held at the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond on the murder charge. Defense Attorney Victoria Jayne, appointed to represent Lee on Monday, will represent him on the new charges as well. The probable cause hearing for Lee on all the charges will be February 15.

Lee allegedly shot and killed Heavner last Friday (January 22) during the winter storm. According to reports, Lee’s vehicle ran off of Mathis Church Road in the Bandys community of southeast Catawba County. Heavner and some of his friends stopped to assist Lee, who reportedly opened fire on them.

Water consumers in the City of Newton are experiencing periods of low pressure and outages in the distribution system this morning (Wednesday, January 27) due to a broken primary trunk water line. Periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increases the potential for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water system.

Therefore, the Division of Water Resources in Newton advises that when water is restored consumers boil all water used for human consumption (including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation) or use bottled water.

Vigorous boiling for one minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water. City officials are strongly urging water consumers to conserve water whenever possible. The advisory remains in effect until further notification is issued.

Most area school systems will return to a regular schedule tomorrow, Wednesday, January 27.

Alexander County Schools, Burke County Schools, Catawba County Schools and Hickory Public Schools will all operate on their regular schedules tomorrow. Caldwell County Schools will operate on a two-hour delay with limited bus routes.

As of 4:30 Tuesday afternoon, Newton-Conover City Schools had not made an announcement regarding their Wednesday schedule.

For more, listen to 1290 AM WHKY or check whky.com.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 14:54

Vale Woman Busted on Felony Meth Charge

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36-year-old Amanda Newton Carswell of Cooksville Road in Vale was arrested last Thursday (January 21) by Hickory Police. She was charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was arrested after Police stopped the vehicle Carswell was driving northbound on 8th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory. A search led to the discovery of an object in her pocket that contained a clear plastic bag with a crystal-like substance in foil. The substance was identified as 0.2 grams of methamphetamine. No one else was in the vehicle.

Carswell was taken into custody without incident shortly after noon Thursday and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,000 secured bond. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for yesterday (January 25) in Newton.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 14:36

Mount Holly Man Accused of Stealing from Belk

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51-year-old Billy Ray Allen of Ridge Drive in Mount Holly, N.C. was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:40 p.m. last Thursday (January 21) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.

He was arrested after Police responded to the Belk store at Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall. A Loss Prevention Officer reported that Allen concealed a coat and hat and then exited the fitting room with the hidden merchandise. When the Officer attempted to stop the suspect, Allen ran, but was apprehended just outside the store’s lower exit. The coat and hat were recovered, but were not in sellable condition.

Allen had previously been banned from all Belk stores.

Following his arrest, Allen was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,000 secured bond. He has since been released. Allen was scheduled to appear in District Court yesterday (January 25) in Newton.

35-year-old Rex Leroy Locke of Carolwoods Drive in Mooresville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's currently charged with violation of pretrial release conditions, interfering with emergency communications, second degree trespassing, assault on a female, second degree burglary and habitual misdemeanor assault.

On December 9, 2015, deputies responded to 127 Carolwoods Drive in reference to a domestic dispute. After being charged in connection with that dispute, Locke was given Pretrial Release Conditions by the Judge stating that he was to have no contact of any kind with the victim by any means.

On January 21, it was discovered that Locke had been secretly using other inmates PIN numbers to make phone calls to the victim from the Iredell County Jail. These phone calls were a violation of his Pretrial Release Conditions.

Locke was given an added $90,000 bond for the violation making his bond $170,000 in total. Locke remains in the Iredell County Jail. His next District Court date is February 15.