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Friday, 31 October 2014 15:35

Vale Man Charged with Assault on Child

31-year-old Brandon Delray Hughes of Macedonia Church Road in Vale has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of resisting a public officer, assault on a child under 12 and interfering with emergency communication. He was also charged with failure to appear on charges of misuse of the 9-1-1 system and assault on a child under 12.

Hughes was jailed yesterday (October 30) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. He will appear in District Court on December 15 in Newton.

35-year-old Chastity Marie Hicks of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:40 Tuesday afternoon (October 28) on warrants from Burke County for felony larceny of a motor vehicle and felony possession of stolen goods. The warrants were issued October 13. Hicks was taken into custody at her residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $6,000 secured bond. She has since been released. She was scheduled to appear in District Court today (October 31) in Morganton.

Friday, 31 October 2014 15:02

Two Arrested on Felony Drug Charge

42-year-old Michael Dean Campbell of 16th Street N.E. in Hickory and 42-year-old Christopher Andrew Godfrey of Viewpoint Road in Newton were both arrested by Hickory Police at 8:45 Tuesday evening (October 28) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance. Campbell was also charged with an open container violation and Godfrey was charged with possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The two were taken into custody on the 700 block of “F” Avenue S.E. in Hickory without incident. Both men were taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where Godfrey remains. Bond for Campbell was set at $3,000, secured, while Godrey was given a $3,500 secured bond.   Campbell has a court date on November 3. Godfrey is due in court on November 19.

Catawba County will offer a two-night course on the programs and structure of the county government in December. “Catawba County University” will be held on the evenings of Tuesday, December 9 and Thursday, December 11, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on both dates.

Catawba County University will focus on different areas of county service to citizens, with an emphasis on explaining programs and services through real-life stories.

The sessions will be held in the Catawba County Government Center’s Second Floor Meeting Room at 100-A Southwest Boulevard in Newton. The class will be limited to 30 participants and there is no cost.

Anyone interested in registering should e-mail Dave Hardin at dave@catawbacountync.gov or call 828-465-8464. The deadline to register is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26.

42-year-old Gregory Allen Smith of Manor Brook Lane in Hudson was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (October 30) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and misdemeanor counts of simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following his arrest, Smith was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond. He will appear in District Court Monday (November 3) in Lenoir.

12,361 pounds of food were collected for the Susan L. Coleman Castle of Cans during Hickory’s 2014 Oktoberfest!

The food will be distributed to eight area agencies: The Corner Table of Newton, the Eastern Catawba County Cooperative Christian Ministries, Exodus Homes, The Family Care Center, Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministries, The Hickory Soup Kitchen, The Salvation Army and the Second Harvest Food Bank.

The Hickory Downtown Development Association sponsors the Castle of Cans, which is coordinated by St. Alban’s Episcopal Church. Boy Scout Troop # 903 from First Presbyterian Church in Newton, with the help of CVCC Circle K Club members, assembled the castle and it was dismantled by Boy Scout Troop #726 from Church of the Ascension in Hickory.

Participating schools included Arndt Middle School, Bandys High School FFA, Catawba Valley Community College Circle K International Club, Clyde Campbell Elementary, Challenger Early College High School, Conover School, Hickory High School Key Club, Maiden High School, Maiden Middle School, North Newton Elementary, Oxford Elementary, St. Stephens High School Beta Club and Startown Elementary. Also contributing were the Hickory Choral Society, “Focus” newspaper, Tasteful Beans Coffeehouse and St. Alban’s Episcopal Church.

The school collecting the most cans was Bandys High School with 2,014 lbs. The elementary and middle school challenge winners are: Ms. Warren’s first grade at Clyde Campbell Elementary, donating 11.78 cans per student and Ms. Clark’s seventh grade class at Arndt Middle school, donating 7.42 cans per student. Those two classes will receive a pizza party, compliments of Papa John’s Pizza.

Hickory Police continue to ask for the public’s assistance in locating 32-year-old William Pierre Mayfield, who was reported missing by his family on September 24.

Mr. Mayfield was last seen on Sunday, September 21, at approximately 1 a.m. leaving the Total Convenience Market Shell gas station at 327 Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Mayfield arrived and left the store as the passenger in what appeared to be small, silver, late-model four-door vehicle. The driver appeared to be a black male wearing a white shirt. Police say the vehicle may be the same vehicle and person Mayfield was seen leaving his residence with on the 200 block of 1st Street S.E. approximately two hours before.

Police believe Pierre Mayfield attended a party at a house on the 900 block of South Center Street just before or just after leaving the Total Convenience Market.

William Pierre Mayfield goes by Pierre Mayfield. He is a black male with a light complexion and a completely bald head. Mr. Mayfield is 5’8” tall, weighing approximately 135 pounds.

He was last seen wearing a red & black ball cap with a white logo on the front and a red bill; a long red t-shirt shirt with a white and black logo on the chest, dark colored jeans and black shoes.

Police would like to speak with anyone who can identify the person Mayfield was with or the vehicle they were in at the Total Convenience Market or anyone who was at the store on Sunday, September 21 between 12:45 a.m. and 1 a.m. Police would also like to speak to anyone who attended the party on the 900 block of South Center Street.

Anyone with any information about Pierre Mayfield should contact the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551

Linamar North Carolina, Inc. is expanding operations in Buncombe County. The company plans to create 150 new jobs and invest $115 million over the next several years in Arden, near Asheville.

The Linamar Corporation is based in Guelph, Ontario and is a world-class designer and manufacturer of components and systems for the automotive and commercial vehicle industry, energy and mobile industrial markets. Linamar is a leading supplier of engine transmission driveline products and mobile aerial work platforms. The Asheville precision machining facility produces components for commercial diesel engines and off-highway vehicles. It employs nearly 170 workers.

The expansion will establish a gear-manufacturing base in the southeastern United States. Employees in Asheville will manufacture gears for automotive transmissions.

Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual payroll for the new jobs will be nearly $6.4 million.

The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $500,000.

For more information, visit www.linamar.com.

Friday, 31 October 2014 06:58

More Details Released in Felony Meth Arrest

More details have been released in the arrest of 27-year-old Gareth Todd Nichols of Hazel Lee Street in Lenoir, who was charged with felony manufacturing methamphetamine, felony possession of precursor chemicals and felony maintaining a dwelling to keep or store a controlled substance, as reported yesterday on WHKY.

On October 29, Agents with the Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s I.C.E. Unit and the Lenoir Police Narcotics Division executed a search warrant at Cook’s grandmother’s house, where he lives. The search was the result of several undercover operations.

When Agents entered the home, Nichols was found in the attic. He was in the process of cooking meth and was one step away from having an active meth lab.

Nichols was taken into custody without incident. A search of the residence turned up chemicals used to manufacture meth and equipment used during the manufacturing process. Agents determined that Nichols was using the “one pot” method for cooking meth.

A Special Agent with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, who is clandestine laboratory certified, and a Site Safety Officer were notified and called to the scene to assist. The materials were subsequently collected and properly disposed of.

Nichols was incarcerated in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond. He had a first appearance in District Court in Lenoir yesterday (October 30).

50-year-old Daphne Annette Watkins of Hickory was convicted this week in Catawba Co. Criminal Superior Court for felony habitual misdemeanor larceny. Watkins was sentenced to no less than eight months and no more than 19 months in the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction.

The crime occurred in June 2013 in Hickory and involved the theft of $75 of merchandise from a local retail establishment. Watkins was apprehended on site by Loss Prevention and by the Hickory Police Department. Watkins had previously been convicted of misdemeanor larceny on February 9, 1993 in Burke County, April 8, 1993 in Catawba County, October 12, 2010 in Catawba County and on September 5, 2012 in Catawba County.

Kongpheng Lo of the Hickory Police Department conducted the investigation and Assistant District Attorney Brenda Brewer prosecuted the case. The Honorable Linwood Foust presided over the conviction.

Watkins will be transported to the Division of Adult Correction for processing.

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