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46-year-old Tina Marie Brown and 41-year-old Christel Gantt Camp, both of Union Church Road in Gastonia have been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Narcotics Investigators on felony charges of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance and conspiracy to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance. In addition, Camp was charged with maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance.

The two were taken into custody during an incident in the parking lot at the Dollar General store in High Shoals. At about 12:45 p.m. yesterday (December 4), Investigators were conducting an undercover operation near the store where they completed a hand-to-hand drug transaction with the suspects.

Brown was placed in the Lincoln County Detention Center under a $15,000 secured bond, while bond for Camp was set at $10,000, secured. Both women were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today.

31-year-old Jakeco Lee Johnson of 8th Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 1 a.m. today (December 5) on misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested after an Officer on foot patrol on the 900 block of South Center Street in Hickory saw two subjects in the roadway. The Officer recognized the men and, as he approached, he saw a hand-to-hand transaction between the two. A digital scale was found near some concrete steps where the two subjects were seen. Johnson was searched, leading to the discovery of a plastic bag containing 0.6 grams of marijuana.

At the time of his arrest, Johnson was free on a pre-trial release agreement. He faces felony charges for attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and discharging a weapon into occupied property with a Superior Court date on those charges set for December 8. As a result of the violation of the release agreement, bond for Johnson was set at $350,000, secured. He will appear in District Court on the misdemeanor charges on January 20 in Newton.

Hickory Police Lieutenant Vidal Sipe has completed training in the Management Development Program (MDP) at the North Carolina Justice Academy. The Management Development Program is designed to teach participants how to become innovative and progressive leaders in the law enforcement community.

The MDP course is comprised of 11 modules offered monthly over a period of a year and is coordinated by Josh Phillips of the North Carolina Justice Academy in Salemberg, North Carolina. Lt. Sipe attended the course during the past year.

Sipe, a native of York, Pennsylvania, joined the Hickory Police Department in August of 2000. Previously, he worked for the Morganton Department of Public Safety and is a former United States Army Military Police Sergeant who retired from the Army Reserves in May of 2012. He was promoted to Lieutenant in August 2012 and is currently assigned as the Commander of David PACT.

Iredell County Deputies are seeking the public’s help in identifying a larceny suspect. The larceny occurred at the Dollar General store on the Mocksville Highway.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect should contact the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180 or Iredell/Statesville Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340.

Senior citizens celebrated the coming Christmas holiday by gathering for an annual breakfast yesterday (December 4) at the Newton Recreation Center. The Alexander County Ole Time Pickers performed as 100 seniors feasted on a breakfast donated by Bojangles’. The Catawba County Council on Aging sponsored the event.

On Tuesday (December 9), at 5:30 p.m., Hendrick Honda Hickory employees and Firefighters will assemble bicycles in the Hendrick Honda Hickory showroom. The bikes will benefit the Bikes for Tykes program.

Hendrick Honda Hickory has supported the Bikes for Tykes program since 2003. Through their efforts, over $65,000 in bikes have been donated to needy children in Catawba County.  

The "Bikes for Tykes" program benefits children served by the Catawba County Christmas Bureau. The bikes will be distributed through the Salvation Army Toy Shop at the American Legion Fairgrounds on December 15 & 16.

For more information, call Stuart Allen at Hendrick Honda Hickory, 828-322-2673. Hendrick Honda Hickory is located at 945 Highway 70 S.E. Hickory.

The City of Hickory Fire Department is not soliciting funds on behalf of the city’s fire department. The city has received several complaints regarding a telephone fund-raiser in the name of the city’s fire department. A local firefighters union is conducting a telephone survey, but it has nothing to do with the Hickory Fire Department.

The only fundraiser the Hickory Fire Department participates in each year is the Christmas Bikes for Tykes program through the Catawba County Christmas Bureau.

Over the past few weeks, the city has received questions regarding telephone and letter campaign fundraisers in the name of the city’s fire department. Local and state fire organizations raise money for fire associations, but no funds from those campaigns go to the City of Hickory or the fire budget. All Hickory Fire Department salaries and operational costs are paid for by a budget that is approved and adopted by the Hickory City Council.

Citizens can call the Hickory Fire Department at 828-323-7420 to check the validity of any solicitation related to the fire department.

Friday, 05 December 2014 07:27

Temporary Water Shut Off in Morganton Today

The City of Morganton will temporarily shut off water this morning (December 5) to residents on Lost Corner Road and Filter Plant Road to install a valve on the 12-inch cross country water line in the area.

The line broke Wednesday (December 3) after a previous failure on Thanksgiving Day. Ronnie Suttles, Collections & Distribution Supervisor in the Water Resources Department, said that installing the valve will help reduce the impact of possible breaks in the future.

City workers will shut off water at about nine o’clock this morning. The installation should be complete by 1 p.m., barring unforeseen issues. Citizens who were affected by the break Wednesday will be impacted by the temporary shut off.

For more information, call the City of Morganton Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.

A first-degree murder charge against Ralph Barker of Granite Falls has been dismissed. The announcement from District Attorney Jay Gaither’s office came three days before Barker’s trial was scheduled to begin. Barker said he killed his neighbor, Danny Bowman, in self-defense.

According to Police, Barker shot Bowman on Bowman’s property while the victim was inside his own pickup truck, still wearing his seatbelt. The incident occurred in February 2013.

The District Attorney found "the victim’s prior history included crimes of violence," citing several previous arrests. Gaither said, "the defendant was in reasonable fear of deadly force."

Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) announced yesterday (December 3) that its breast imaging center, Catawba Valley Imaging, has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

The Breast Imaging Center of Excellence status recognizes CVMC’s achievements in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.

CVMC received the designation after peer-review evaluations determined that the facility achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs.

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic & interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.