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27-year-old Amos Daniel Crawford of 4th Street S.W. in Hickory was served a bill of indictment by Hickory Police early yesterday morning (July 14) on one felony count each of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and larceny.

The indictment comes in connection to an incident on September 9 of last year when a Taylorsville woman went into the McDonalds restaurant on North Center Street in Hickory, leaving her two sons, ages 15 & 11, in the car. A man later identified as Amos Crawford reached into the vehicle and took an iPad he saw on the vehicle’s center console. The children were not threatened or harmed.

The older boy was able to provide Police with a description of the suspect and the license tag number from his vehicle. Police stopped the vehicle a short time later and arrested Crawford.

After his arrest yesterday, Crawford was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court was set for July 18 in Newton.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014 10:40

Ridgeview Cultural Review Set for August 2

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Visual and performing artists from the Hickory area will perform in the Ridgeview Cultural Revue at 7 p.m. on August 2 in the S.A.L.T. Block Auditorium, 243 3rd Avenue N.E. in Hickory. The program is presented by the Ridgeview Cultural Committee in partnership with the Ridgeview Branch Library.

The participants are artists who grew up in the Hickory community before making their mark in the professional community across the United States, abroad and in the Hickory area. Local artists will also perform.

This year’s artists include: flautist Lewis Collins of Baltimore; keyboardist Richard Shade of New York; and classical & opera singer Linda Childs of New York. They are all from Hickory. Comedian & master of ceremonies, Henry Henry of Maiden and other dancers and singers from the Hickory area will also perform.

Admission is $10 for advance tickets and $15 at the door. Tickets may be purchased from members of the Ridgeview Cultural Committee, H&H Barbershop and at the Ridgeview Public Library.

For more information, contact Al Henry at 828-238-9676 or Billy Sudderth at 828-308-4669.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014 07:12

Runoff Election Today for DA; Clerk of Court

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Voting is underway in the runoff elections for District Attorney in the 25th prosecutorial district. Incumbent James “Jay” Gaither, Jr. and challenger David Learner are competing for the Republican nomination. There is no Democratic candidate on the ballot in the November election. Learner won the primary election on May 6 by over eight percent, but fell just short of the 40% needed to clinch the win at that time.

Kim Richards Sigmon and Tammy Huffman West are also on the ballot today for the Republican nomination in the race for Catawba County Clerk of Court.

The polls are open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. today (July 15).

Listen to 1290 WHKY this evening for election returns, sponsored by Allegra Print Marketing & Mail.

Newton Police say the investigation into the death of Maggie Daniels continues as investigators are following up on tips and leads. Investigators are continuing with initial interviews and conducting secondary interviews to clarify information gathered from the initial interviews.

Investigators are also searching social media, financial and telephone records for additional information. They continue to submit items to the state crime lab for analysis.

Ms. Daniels was a teacher, coach and counselor with Newton-Conover City Schools, most recently serving as a counselor at Discovery High School. Her body was found in her apartment on June 28. Newton Police announced two days later that the investigation into her death is a homicide investigation.

Investigators will continue to follow up on all tips and leads as they are reported. Anyone with information regarding the case should contact the Newton Police Department at 828-465-7430.

Exodus Homes’ "Everything Free" Community Outreach event scheduled for July 26 has been moved. It will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Ridgeview Recreation Center, 700 1st Street S.W. in Hickory, not at the Brown Penn Recreation Center, as originally announced.

For more information, contact the Rev. Susan Smith Walker at revsusanwalker@gmail.com or 828-962-8196.

Monday, 14 July 2014 15:00

Hickory Man Charged with Hit & Run; Assault

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37-year-old Billy Jack Doughty of 8th Avenue Circle S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:15 a.m. yesterday (July 13) on one count each of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and hit & run with injury.

Hickory Police were called to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday (July 12) where a 29-year-old Newton man told them that he had been the victim of a hit & run at about 3:30 that same morning on the 800 block of “F” Avenue S.E. in Hickory. The victim had a broken ankle.

The victim knew his assailant and was able to describe the vehicle. Warrants were issued for Doughty’s arrest. He was taken into custody the next day without incident.

Doughty has been jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (July 14) in Newton.

A group called Concerned Startown Residents will meet this evening at seven o’clock at the Startown Elementary School, 4119 Startown Road.

The group opposes the proposed rezoning of approximately 180 residential acres for the construction of a business park that would be located between Startown and Robinwood roads. A spokesperson for the group says the rezoning would: pose safety risks to children, pedestrians and cyclists; result in longer commute times; lead to increased crime in the area; increase noise pollution; and have an uncertain environmental impact on the area.

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the matter at its meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, July 21 at the 1924 Courthouse in downtown Newton.

For more information, email ConcernedStartownResidents@gmail.com or visit the group’s Facebook page by searching for “Concerned Startown Residents.”

32-year-old Sabrina Darlene Whitworth of Woodland Hills Trail in Lincolnton was arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigators Friday (July 11) on one felony count each of trafficking in opium or heroin and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. She was also charged with a misdemeanor probation violation and possession of drug paraphernalia.

At about 4 p.m. Friday, Investigators and Probation & Parole Officers conducted a warrantless search on Whitworth’s residence as a part of her probation sentence. During the search, Officers seized 11 grams of hydrocodone and Opana, both opiate based drugs. They also confiscated drug paraphernalia including syringes, a spoon and straws with drug residue.

The felony charges carry a mandatory prison sentence if Whitworth is convicted. Many offenders on probation, parole or other forms of supervised release are subject to warrantless searches.

After her arrest, Whitworth was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $55,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to appear in a Lincoln County courtroom today (July 14).

Lincoln County Narcotics Lt. Jason Reid recognized his department’s working relationship with Probation & Parole Officers in the county.

26-year-old Faith Armanda Mabe of Friendly Fork Road in Lenoir was served a bill of indictment yesterday (July 13) by Lenoir Police on nine felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense. Mabe was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $18,000, secured. No court date is currently listed.

31-year-old Maurice Lavone Chambers of Dulatown Road in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers Friday (July 11) on felony charges of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. Chambers was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (July 14) in Lenoir.