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25-year-old Joe Clifford Tipps, Jr. of Pea Ridge Road in Lawndale was arrested by Hickory Police Monday (March 16) on one felony count of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling or moving vehicle and misdemeanor counts of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer, reckless driving and driving while license revoked. The firearms charges are from a warrant dated February 20, 2015, and the vehicular charges date back to last year.

Tipps was arrested after Officers on foot patrol on the 1100 block of 2nd Street Place S.E. detected the odor of marijuana. Officers identified the residence and applied for a search warrant. Before the search warrant was executed, Joe Tipps exited the residence and was arrested on the outstanding warrants.

In the course of the search, Officers found a glass jar containing marijuana residue and 0.1 grams of marijuana. No additional arrests were made.

Tipps was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $54,000 secured bond. District Court appearances were set for April 8 and April 16.

10-year-old James ‘Jimmy’ DePorre III of Conover has been named a finalist in the American Protégé International Concerto Competition 2015. The event was held in New York City and included participants from Russia, China, Italy, Azerbaijan, Mongolia and Israel, among others. DePorre will perform in the winners’ recital at the Weil Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall in November of this year.

DePorre has been studying piano for less than three years. He studies with Chad Leatherman of Newton and has also worked with piano professors at Presbyterian College and Furman University in South Carolina.  

He has performed in various competitions and festivals and earned a superior rating in his first festival performance in 2013 after studying piano for less than a year. In May of 2014, he won first prize in the Asheville Piano Competition.

DePorre is a home-schooled fourth grade student. When not practicing the piano, he enjoys swimming, football, basketball and baseball. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James DePorre, Jr.

37-year-old David Jason Boughman of 5th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:15 Tuesday morning (March 17) on one felony count of assault on a government official and misdemeanor counts of assault on a female, communicating threats and common law false imprisonment. He was also served a grand jury indictment for malicious conduct by a prisoner. In addition, the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office charged Boughman with non-support of a child.

He was charged in connection to an incident on November 12, 2014 when Police responded to a reported domestic dispute at Boughman’s residence. Boughman allegedly displayed a knife during the incident, and he jumped through a window, requiring medical attention. He was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center where he allegedly kicked an Officer.

Boughman has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. He will appear in Superior Court on March 20 in Newton.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 14:20

Newton Woman Accused of Biting Officer

29-year-old Tamara Charisama Kennedy of Dixie Park Avenue in Newton was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police just before 6 p.m. yesterday (March 16) on one felony count of assault on a law enforcement officer and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

The indictment comes in connection to a July 2014 incident in which Police responded to a civil disturbance on the 400 block of 2nd Street Place S.E. Officers arrived to find a large crowd gathered in the roadway. As Officers attempted to separate the parties involved, Kennedy screamed at Police. When she was told that she would be arrested for resisting, Kennedy allegedly bit one Officer.

Following her arrest yesterday, Kennedy was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $60,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for March 20 in Newton.

71-year-old Alvis Clatis Coon of Helen Avenue in Bessemer City has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of trafficking in opiates by transportation, sale and possession and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance.

After identifying Coon as a possible supplier of prescription drugs in Lincoln County, Investigators were able to introduce an Undercover Officer to him. The Officer learned that Coon had been bringing large amounts of pills into the county.

On March 14, Investigators set up a buy & bust operation and seized approximately 200 prescription hydrocodone pain pills, $2,000 in cash and a 2007 Kia Optima belonging to the suspect.

Agents in Catawba County are also investigating an active case involving Coon.

Following his arrest, Coon was processed at the Lincoln County Detention Center and later released on a $100,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in a Lincoln County courtroom on April 6.

The three Hickory schools were placed on a soft lockdown today. The soft lockdown went into effect at about ten o’clock this morning. Hickory Public Schools Public Information Officer Beverly Snowden said the lockdown was the result of a parents report of a runaway teenager who is enrolled as a student at Hickory High School. She said the lockdown was imposed as a precautionary measure and was not aware of any immediate threat to students or staff.

Authorities monitored doors and utilized security cameras at Hickory High School, Viewmont Elementary School and Hickory Career & Arts Magnet High School.


Tuesday, 17 March 2015 11:28

Lincolnton Woman Reported Missing

Lincolnton Police are asking for the public’s help in locating 62-year-old Patricia Linn Loveless.

Ms. Loveless was last seen on Friday, March 13, at 10 a.m. She was reported missing at 6:22 the same evening.

Ms. Loveless is a white female; standing 5’2” tall and weighing 98 pounds. She has brown eyes and gray hair. She was last seen wearing a blue sweatshirt, gray pants and white tennis shoes.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Patricia Linn Loveless should contact the Lincolnton Police Department at 704-736-8900.

47-year-old Elliott Kyle Smith of Shearers Road in Mooresville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony breaking & entering and felony larceny after breaking & entering.

Events leading to his arrest began just before 2 a.m. last Monday, March 9, when Deputies responded to a burglar alarm at the Mallard Head Country Club on Mallard Way in Mooresville. Officers found that a window had been pried open, allowing the suspect to crawl through. During the break-in, the suspect took cash and two cans of beer.

In April of 2014, Elliott Kyle Smith was arrested and convicted of breaking into the Mallard Head Country Club in the same manner. Investigating Officers learned that Smith was on post-release supervision in Iredell County. Smith’s Probation Officer told Investigators that Smith was subject to GPS monitoring. Iredell County Probation & Parole was then able to confirm that Smith was at the Mallard Head Country Club at the time of the break-in.

Smith was arrested at about 7:15 last Thursday evening. He was given a $7,500 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for May 15.

Smith has previously been convicted for possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor common law forgery, breaking & entering a coin or currency machine and multiple counts of felony breaking & entering. At the time of his arrest, Smith was on post-release supervision after being paroled in December 22 following a felony B&E conviction in July 2014.

Monday, 16 March 2015 11:25

Teen Reported Missing from Long View

17-year-old Harley Lynn Nipper has been reported missing from his home in Long View. He was last seen on March 9. His mother said the teen does have a previous history of running away from home.

Nipper is a white male. He is 6’1” tall and weighs about 130 pounds.

He is considered armed and could be dangerous. Anyone who spots Nipper should not approach him, but should contact local law enforcement.

Nipper was last known to be in the Lenoir or Boone area.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Harley Lynn Nipper should call Long View Police at 828-327-2343 or contact local law enforcement.

Monday, 16 March 2015 11:22

Hickory Man Faces Felony Meth Charge

23-year-old Kurt Alexander Hammons of 27th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:30 Friday evening (March 13) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine. He was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $30,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (March 16) in Newton.