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29-year-old Alica Marie Ann Dillingham and 28-year-old Donald Eugene Taylor, both of the same Davis Street, Lincolnton address, and 40-year-old Debra Ann Matney, of a different Davis Street address, were all arrested Thursday (August 20) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. They’re each charged with first-degree burglary, second degree kidnapping, and robbery with a dangerous weapon. Following their arrests, all three suspects were detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility. Matney was jailed under $200,000 bond. Tayor’s bond was set at $45,000. And Dillingham’s bond is $25,000. All three suspects were scheduled to appear in District Court today (Friday, August 21).

We have more information on an arrest we first reported earlier this week on WHKY. A Burke County man has been charged with a sex offense for reportedly having possession of child pornography. 49-year-old Frankie Lane Hollar of Johnson Bridge Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

According to a news release issued Thursday by the Burke County Sheriff's Office, on April 7, 2015, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children intercepted numerous images from a private source maintained and operated by a resident of Burke County. The images were forwarded from The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division (CID). These images were deemed inappropriate and labeled as child pornography.

An investigation by the Burke County CID resulted in Hollar being developed as a suspect in this case. On Tuesday (August 18) Burke County CID made contact with Frankie Hollar. the news release says Hollar admitted the images were his. The internet capable devices in Hollar’s possession were seized. Hollar was taken to the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and subsequently charged with the sexual exploitation offense. Hollar was placed in jail in Morganton under $150,000 secured bond. His next District Court appearance is scheduled for September 9.

The case remains under investigation with additional arrests and/or charges pending.

Friday, 21 August 2015 04:19

City of Hickory Reports Discharge Of Wastewater

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The City of Hickory had a discharge of untreated wastewater on Wednesday (August 19) of an estimated 1,000 gallons in the 1300 block of 20th Street NE. The untreated wastewater was discharged into Snow Creek of the Catawba River basin.

A news release from the city says the water remains safe following the overflow. The Division of Water Resources was notified of the event on August 20 and is reviewing the matter. For more information contact the City of Hickory Public Utilities Department at (828) 323-7427.

Friday, 21 August 2015 04:04

Two Teens Charged With Break-in To Church

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Two teenagers, including a 15 year old male juvenile, are accused of breaking into a western Lincoln County church on Wednesday (August 19).

Deputies were dispatched to a suspicious person call at the Palm Tree United Methodist Church Wednesday afternoon after the teens were seen walking around the outside of the church. Several church members came by the church to check on things and reported the incident to officers.

A Deputy checked with a neighbor on Palm Tree Church Road who said she observed two teenage boys walking by her residence carrying a mirror and a white box. The church members checked inside the building and located a piece of mail left behind by the suspects from Lincoln County DSS lying on a desk in the church office addressed to a nearby residence on Palm Tree Drive.

Deputy Wise went to the residence and talked with the occupant and several teenagers. After a lengthy discussion 17-year-old Matthew Humphries of Kiwi Lane in Vale admitted that he and a 15 year old friend entered the fellowship hall through an unlocked window. They removed kitchen utensils, a metal lock box, mirror, tools and food items. The boys used a kitchen knife to open a basement door to the main church building but did not take anything. The stolen items were recovered from a residence on Palm Tree Drive.

Humphries was charged with one felony count each of Breaking and Entering a Place of Worship, Larceny after Breaking and Entering and Possession of Stolen Goods. He was placed in the Lincoln County Detention Center under a $7,500 secured bond. A District Court date is set for September 8.

Information on the 15 year old will be turned over to Juvenile authorities.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies have charged a Newton man in connection with two separate thefts from the Walmart on Highway 73 in Denver.

On Wednesday (August 19) deputies were dispatched to the Walmart in connection with a theft where security personnel were holding a man trying to the leave the store with a shopping buggy filled with computer electronics valued at more than $1,200. In a follow up investigation an additional $1,500 worth of electronics were located in the front seat of the suspect’s vehicle that came from an unknown location.

54-year-old Richard Edward Perkins of North College Avenue in Newton also confessed to having an additional $2,500 worth of property at his residence in Newton that was stolen from the Denver Walmart on August 8. Deputies recovered the property at 1624 North College Avenue in Newton. Perkins admitted to selling the property on EBay and Craigslist for the past two months.

Perkins is charged with one felony count each of Larceny and Possession of Stolen Goods along with one misdemeanor count of Larceny. A District Court Appearance is scheduled for August 31. The investigation into the case is continuing.

The man police say shot his two young sons to death in Iredell County last week has died from injuries sustained in an apparent suicide attempt. Sheriff Darren Campbell confirmed in an e-mail sent out to the media today that 31-year-old Shawn Fuller died last night at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte due to complications from his injuries.

Fuller was the suspect in the shooting deaths of his two sons on August 9. Three-year-old Josiah Fuller, and four-year-old Uriah Fuller were killed in the incident. Following a call in reference to a domestic dispute at 162 Trent Road, Iredell County deputies responded and found the two children deceased and the suspect outside of the front door with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Iredell County Sheriff's Office said their investigation revealed that Fuller had been drinking and got into an altercation with the boys' mother. She fled the house and that's when Fuller reportedly shot the boys according to the reports.

38-year-old Carlin Upton Powell of Wilmington Avenue in Statesville was arrested on August 14 by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Powell is charged on a felony fugitive warrant. According to a news release issued today (Thursday, August 20), last Friday, Deputy David Price and Deputy Craig Bess from the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit arrested Carlin Powell in reference to outstanding warrants from the state of Ohio.

According to the news release, Powell is a registered sex offender who was living in Iredell County. Deputy Price was contacted by Investigators out of the Cleveland, Ohio Cold Case/CODIS Unit in reference to three cold case rapes in Ohio that they were working on dating back to 1995. Ohio Investigators advised Iredell deputies that Powell’s DNA had matched the suspect DNA in all three cold cases in Ohio, and they had obtained warrants for him for Rape, Sexual Assault, and Kidnapping.

Ohio Detectives arrived in Iredell County on August 13 to take part in Powell’s apprehension. Deputies Price and Bess located Powell at his residence and took him into custody without incident. Powell was transported to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office where he was interviewed by Ohio Investigators.

After the interview was concluded, Powell was arrested and placed into the Iredell County Detention Center and was charged with the Out of State Fugitive Warrant.

Powell was presented to the magistrate where he was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a two-and-a-half million dollar bond. He's awaiting extradition by the state of Ohio for their charges.

Thursday, 20 August 2015 05:57

Hickory River-Walk Subcommittee To Meet Next Week

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A Special Meeting of the City of Hickory River-walk Subcommittee of the Bond Implementation Commission will be held on Monday (August 24) at 8:30 a.m. at the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library 375 3rd Street NE. The meeting will be held in the Community Meeting Room.

The purpose of this Special Meeting is to discuss the Bond Project Update, Tiger Grant Update, meetings with Norfolk Southern, Budget Estimate, Supplemental Funding, Subcommittee Member Discussion, Review of the Calendar and Upcoming Task, and Community Outreach.

Thursday, 20 August 2015 05:38

Woman Charged With Stealing From Her Employer

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52-year-old Debra Brown Ferguson of Hickory was arrested Tuesday (August 18) by Hickory Police Officers. She's charged with felony larceny by employee.

According to Hickory Police, the suspect’s manager at Top Express on 16th Street NE in Hickory contacted police after discovering that the suspect was taking money from the business.

According to information from HPD, the suspect was responsible for handling money at night and taking it to the safe. The amount of money taken was not revealed.

Ferguson's bond was set at $5,000 secured. She's scheduled to make a District Court appearance Friday (August 21).

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will receive a County Government Partnership Award from the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Foundation later this week. The award is one of five given regionally across North Carolina each year. The Catawba County Board won the award for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s South Central District.

The county was nominated for the award by George Place, the Executive Director of the North Carolinia Cooperative Extension-Catawba Center. He said he nominated the Catawba County Board of Commissioners for this award because they've been incredibly supportive of the Cooperative Extension Service. He said the board has helped them tremendously to access needed resources and maintain departmental capacity in a time of state cutbacks and position losses in their organization.

The award will be presented at the annual North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Awards Luncheon in Greenville, North Carolina on Saturday (August 22).