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Charles Harold Deal passed away at the age of 86 last Thursday (April 28). He died at Frye Regional Medical Center following a long illness.

Mr. Deal was editor of the “Newton Observer” in Newton from 1964 to 1972 before moving to the “Hickory News” where he would remain for 28 years. After “The News” was sold in 2000, Mr. Deal continued for several years to write a column for the “Hickory Daily Record”.

Mr. Deal is also remembered as the chief steward at the Hickory Motor Speedway in the 1980s.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Valerie Morrow Deal, as well as a brother and a grandson.

A memorial will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow (May 3) at Bass-Smith Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

39-year-old Claudia Rhodella McQueary of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (April 30) on one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

She was arrested after Police responded to a call regarding a subject who had been stabbed during a domestic dispute at the 1st Street S.E. residence. The male victim was injured after McQueary allegedly threw a knife at him. The victim was treated & released at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.

McQueary was taken into custody without incident at about 2 a.m. Saturday. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility, initially without bond. Bond has since been set at $5,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today (May 2) in Newton.

41-year-old Timothy Scott Theel of Hoover Street in Mount Holly was arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers Friday afternoon (April 29) and charged with one felony count each of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of cocaine. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Events leading to his arrest unfolded as a Sheriff’s Deputy on routine patrol stopped to assist Lincoln County E.M.S. on a medical call in the parking lot at a convenience store on the 5100 block of Highway 27 East in Iron Station. E.M.S. had responded to a call regarding a possible overdose. The victim had passed out in the passenger seat of a vehicle. The passenger and the driver were checked out and cleared by E.M.S.

The Deputy approached the passenger side and spoke to Timothy Theel. As the Deputy leaned over to get the man’s I.D., he saw a pistol tucked in the back of Theel’s pants. The Deputy removed Theel from the vehicle and secured the handgun. As Theel emptied his pockets, the Officer found a plastic bottle in which were crack cocaine and a plastic baggie containing Clonazepam. The handgun and drugs were seized as evidence.

Theel was taken into custody and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $17,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today (May 2).

20-year-old Larry Gene Smith of 20th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:20 last night (May 1) on multiple felony counts of failure to appear on charges of breaking & entering a place of worship, breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods.

He was arrested in connection to an incident in October of 2014 when staff at the Harvest Community Church reported a break-in. The building had last been secure the previous day. The reporting party noticed an open window and found that three guitars and a small amount of cash were missing.

Smith was identified as a suspect after some of the items were pawned. His arrest yesterday was his second in connection to the break-in.

Smith was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $75,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for June 13 in Newton.

35-year-old Jerimi Mishon Sims of 8th Avenue Drive S.W. in Hickory was arrested at about 9:30 Saturday night (April 30) on seven counts of assault on a female, two counts of resisting a public officer and five counts of second-degree trespass, plus one count each of injury to personal property, a misdemeanor domestic violence protection order violation, driving while license revoked, a rear light violation, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, communicating threats, simple assault, assault by strangulation and first-degree kidnapping. The charges were from arrest warrants dated April 20 and April 27.

At the same time, 21-year-old Tayanna Samantha Bowens, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested on one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

They were arrested when Police arrived at the Sunny Valley apartment complex to serve the outstanding warrants on Sims. Officers were in the process of taking Sims into custody when they learned that Bowens was likely in possession of a controlled substance. When a female Officer arrived to search Bowens’ person, the suspect fled, on foot.

As Bowens ran, she threw a bag that contained 5.3 grams of crack cocaine. The bag was recovered. Bowens was apprehended after a short foot pursuit.

The April 20 warrants for Sims’ arrest stem from a domestic incident in which Sims allegedly assaulted the female victim and took her from the scene against her will. The victim was treated for her injuries at Frye Regional Medical Center and released. No details were released regarding the April 27 incident.

Both suspects were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Sims set at $72,000, secured. Bowens was given a $7,000 secured bond. They were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today (May 2) in Newton.

23-year-old Billy Lee Campbell of Melrose Street S.W. in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (April 29) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He is accused of possessing 0.2 grams of methamphetamine and 1.3 grams of marijuana. Campbell was taken into custody without incident at about 4:10 this morning at a gas station on Highway 321 N.W. in Hickory. He was processed at H.P.D. and then released under a $2,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for May 2 in Newton.

25-year-old Coby Lee Wilson of Enola Road in Morganton has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He was wanted in Carter County, Tennessee on a charge of failure to appear for a theft less than $500 and a probation violation for shoplifting. He also faces a failure to appear charge locally for breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.

Wilson has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility without bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court on the fugitive warrant yesterday (April 28) in Newton.

Friday, 29 April 2016 11:01

Hickory Woman Charged with Felony B&E

41-year-old Keisha Lashay Burton of 12th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:15 last night on one felony count of breaking & entering and one misdemeanor count of failure to appear.

Burton was taken into custody without incident on the 1400 block of 16th Street N.E. in Hickory. She was processed at H.P.D. and given a $3,000 secured bond. She was released at about 8:40 p.m. after a bondsman posted her bond. An appearance in District Court was set for May 5 in Newton.

A body found by hikers in a wooded area off of Highway 181 in Burke County has been positively identified by the Medical Examiner as 56-year-old Richard Dale Triplett, according to a press release issued this morning (April 29) by the Burke Co. Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Triplett was reported missing last week.

The body was found by a hiker Wednesday (April 27) at the base of the Steels Creek Waterfall in an area known as "God's Country." Investigators said they had to hike to the spot where the remains were found.

Mr. Triplett was reported missing by his family on April 19. Officials said that on April 18, a family member contacted Mr. Triplett’s supervisor at work and were told that he had called into work, stating that he was feeling ill.

An investigation into the cause of Mr. Triplett's death is continuing. There were no physical signs of trauma or foul play. An autopsy will be performed, along with a toxicology report.

21-year-old Anastacia Zhane Wilfong of 8th Avenue Drive S.E. of Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:20 yesterday afternoon (April 27) on one felony count of larceny by servant or other employee.

She was charged in connection to an incident on September 16 of last year when Police were contacted by Loss Prevention at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. A cashier, Anastacia Wilfong, was allegedly taking money from the register. The incidents began on August 30, 2015. Police did not comment regarding the amount taken.

A prosecution summary was submitted to the D.A.’s office. Wilfong was arrested yesterday at Hickory Police headquarters. She was processed and released under a $2,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.

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