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At 6:20 a.m. on Saturday, October 4, Statesville Police responded to a robbery at the Kangaroo Express store on the corner of East Broad and Safriet Road in Statesville.

The clerk was inside the office and was preparing a deposit bag when a subject wearing a mask approached from behind. The suspect demanded money from the clerk and grabbed the bag. The suspect then exited the store on foot. Officers were unable to locate the suspect.

The suspect was wearing black clothing with a red shirt or towel covering his face. The suspect was last seen running beside the building, traveling east. The suspect did not display a weapon.

The Statesville Police Criminal Investigations Division is currently investigating the incident. Anyone with information regarding the robbery should call Statesville Police at 704-878-3515 or Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340. Callers can remain anonymous and a cash reward is possible

Tuesday, 07 October 2014 11:07

Hickory Teen Faces Felony Marijuana Charge

19-year-old Gregory Allen Lucas, Jr. of Brookridge Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:30 last night (October 6) on one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana.

He was arrested after an Officer on Springs Road N.E. saw a 1997 Nissan Pathfinder with inoperable lights. The Officer pulled in behind the vehicle and stopped it on the 800 block of 17th Street N.E.

The Officer smelled marijuana and conducted a search of the vehicle. The search uncovered a pill crusher, a bucket with two jars containing 120 grams of marijuana, a digital scale, $591 in cash and one marijuana cigarette.

One passenger in the vehicle was not charged and was allowed to take the vehicle, at the owner’s request.

Lucas was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $2,500, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in a Hickory courtroom was scheduled for tomorrow.

Tuesday, 07 October 2014 07:08

Charges Expected in Fatal Crash

Jacob Turner will face charges in connection to an accident last Friday (October 3) that claimed the lives of Alec Sigmon of Claremont and Justin Turner of Conover. Both were 15-year-old tenth-graders at Bunker Hill High School. It’s not clear which charges will be filed against Jacob Turner, who graduated from Bunker Hill this spring. The case will be forwarded to the District Attorney's Office.

Bunker Hill Seniors Chloe Cordell and Jessica Sigmon were also in the 2002 Mercedes Benz. Cordell was last reported in fair condition at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. The others have been released from the hospital.

Authorities do not believe alcohol played a role in the accident but blood samples from the driver were collected and three cell phones were seized.

Tomorrow (October 8), Convergys will host its first annual Nationwide Hiring Day to fill 10,000 new positions before year’s end in the U.S. and Canada. Convergys plans to fill 4,000 positions this month.

Convergys Hickory expects to fill more than 150 positions through the end of the year (with over 900 positions filled in North Carolina). Convergys offers employment opportunities for military veterans and spouses of those on active duty. Convergys’ network of call centers and its “Work at Home” program allow agents to keep their job no matter where they move.

Convergys Hickory is located at 1507 7th Street S.E. The center will host an open house from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow. In addition, those interested can jump start their application before the open house from any computer, smart phone or tablet by visiting Convergys’ website at www.careers.convergys.com.

The Rape Crisis Center of Catawba County, Inc. has announced that its services will now be available in Gaston and Lincoln Counties. The organization will provide sexual assault services in those counties with support from the North Carolina Council for Women, the Governor's Crime Commission and the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA).

The Rape Crisis Center will fill two Victim Advocate positions (one in each county). Those persons must have crisis counseling experience, knowledge of sexual assault & abuse issues and medical & legal systems knowledge.

The victim advocate serves as a liaison between victims of sexual violence and other community service providers to assist in the navigation of multiple systems. The victim advocate will collaborate with therapists, law enforcement, medical providers, educators, social services and others.

A bachelor's degree in social work is preferred and strong verbal and communication skills are required. Candidate must have at least two years experience working with victims of sexual violence. The ideal candidate will be knowledgeable of local community resources and victim service providers. The Rape Crisis Center is also seeking a bilingual advocate (Spanish & English).

Applications must be received by October 17. Submit resumes and cover letters to:

Amy Eades Fisher
Executive Director
1220 Commerce St. S.W. # J
Conover, N.C. 28613

No telephone calls will be accepted.

27-year-old Larry Samuel Wallace III of N.W. Wilson Street in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (October 5) by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a charge of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana. Wallace was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $30,000, secured. He was scheduled to make an appearance in District Court today in Lenoir.

42-year-old Pamela Anne Arnette of Quail Ridge Court in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers Saturday (October 4) on a charge of common law robbery. Arnette was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.

Monday, 06 October 2014 15:18

Hickory Man Faces Felony Drug Charges

27-year-old Ryan Michael Few of Valley Run Street in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:30 last night (October 5) on felony charges of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and two counts of possession of a schedule II controlled substance. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested after an Officer on patrol on South Center Street saw a vehicle with an expired registration. The vehicle was pulled in the parking lot of the Dollar General Store on Highway 70 S.W.

The Officer noticed a rifle in the back seat and obtained consent to search the vehicle. The search turned up 11.9 grams of cocaine, $660 in cash, one hydrocodone pill and one oxycodone pill, as well as a straw and a bag with residue.

Few was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $7,500, secured. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

Monday, 06 October 2014 15:04

Hickory Man Indicted as Habitual Felon

48-year-old Rodney Maurice Lutz of 10th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was served a felony habitual felon indictment by Hickory Police early yesterday morning (October 5). The indictment comes in connection to a domestic incident in May of this year in which Lutz was charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

He was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. Lutz will appear in Superior Court on October 10 in Newton.

The Catawba Valley Guardian Ad Litem Association, Inc. has partnered with Thrivent Financial to raise money for foster children in Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties. Thrivent Financial has agreed to match the Guardian Ad Litem Association’s fundraising efforts. For every $3 raised, Thrivent Financial will match $1, up to $1,000.

All monies raised will be used to grant wishes for children in foster care through the Children's Assistance Fund. All donations are tax deductible.

The Catawba Valley Guardian Ad Litem Association’s mission is to educate the public about the need for volunteers to advocate for abused & neglected children in foster care and to raise funds to help those children achieve their dreams and succeed as normal children.

To make a donation, click here.