47-year-old Mavis Yvette “May-May” Clark of Emmanuel Church Road in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police just before 9 a.m. yesterday (September 15) on one felony count of habitual larceny and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was arrested after Police responded to a shoplifting call at the Total Convenience Market on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Officers located the suspect, Mavis Clark, on foot on Highway 70, not far from the store. She was accused of taking a Hot Mamma pickled sausage, valued at $1.89. A crack pipe was found in her bag.

Clark has a history of larceny convictions dating back to 1995 in Rockingham County. She has multiple larceny and shoplifting convictions in Catawba County in 1995 and 1998, along with felony breaking & entering convictions in 2009.

Clark was taken into custody without incident yesterday and banned from the store. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond with a first appearance in District Court set for today (September 16) in Newton.

Friday, 16 September 2016 10:18

Tennessee Man Busted for Meth in Hickory

36-year-old Jeremy Douglas Dunn of Forge Creek Road in Mountain City, Tennessee was arrested by Hickory Police at about 12:20 yesterday afternoon (September 15) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested after Police responded to a call regarding a suspicious subject looking into cars in a parking lot at 1st Street S.W. and 11th Avenue S.W. Officers located the man, Jeremy Dunn, and found a loaded syringe and a used syringe in his pocket. They also found a metal teaspoon, two clear, small storage containers and an orange, plastic container with a white crystal substance in it. The substance was identified as 2.8 grams of methamphetamine. Officers also found one dosage unit of Clonazepam.

Dunn was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

Thursday, 15 September 2016 17:32

Newton Man Arrested on Felony Drug Charge

45-year-old Michael Timothy Howard of Mays Chapel Church Road in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:20 last night (September 14) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Howard was taken into custody without incident at his residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $6,300 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

21-year-old Larry Gene Smith of 20th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning on four felony probation violations; one local and three out-of-county. Smith is on probation for a June 2015 felony conviction in Alexander County on multiple counts of breaking & entering a house of worship and an August 2016 felony conviction in Catawba County for breaking & entering a house of worship and larceny.

Smith was taken into custody without incident at about 1:45 a.m. today at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for September 19 in Newton.

A book-signing event will be held Saturday (September 17) for author Lucy Wilkes. The event will run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the 7th Annual Bethlehem Day Festival & Classic Car Cruise-In, 45 Rink Dam Road in Hickory.

Ms. Wilkes, a resident of Hudson, will be available to sign copies of her book, “Cackle, Packle, and Friends”. The book is intended for children from preschool to grade three. It was published by Tate Publishing in 2012.

For more information, call 405-310-1533 or email Michelle Whitman at michelle@keymgc.com.

20-year-old Dustin Lamar “Bang-Bang” Bingham of Monk Avenue in Gastonia was arrested Monday (September 12) on charges of felony larceny of a motor vehicle, felony fleeing to elude arrest, resisting a public officer, second-degree trespassing, no operators license and careless & reckless driving to endanger. He was also served with an outstanding warrant for a probation violation.

At about 11:15 the previous night (September 11), patrol Officers with the Lincolnton Police Department responded to a domestic disturbance at a residence on the 100 block of Deaton Avenue. Upon arrival, Officers spoke to a female resident and her boyfriend, Dustin Bingham. Bingham did not live at the residence. The female resident asked Bingham to leave in front of the Officers. Bingham left and Officers cleared the scene.

At approximately 11:53 p.m., Officers received a second call to the same residence where Bingham was reportedly attempting to steal the female’s vehicle. While en route, Officers saw Bingham driving the stolen vehicle at a stoplight at North Generals Boulevard and East Main Street. Officer R.A. Carroll activated his blue lights and siren.

Bingham then fled, traveling eastbound on East Main Street towards U.S. Highway 321. Officer Carroll pursued Bingham onto Highway 321, southbound towards Gaston County. Gaston County Police took over as Bingham entered Gaston County. North Carolina State Highway Patrol also participated in the chase. The pursuit continued onto Interstate 85 until Bingham was successfully taken into custody.

Bingham was placed in the Gaston County Jail under a $6,000 secured bond. A first appearance in Lincoln County District Court was set for Monday, September 19.

Bingham has prior felony and misdemeanor convictions on various charges in Cleveland County, Gaston County and Buncombe County. At the time of the incident, he was out on bond on felony charges in Gaston County for conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Bingham is currently on probation and is a validated gang member with Folk Nation, which is said to be an alliance of gangs.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 13:54

Troutman Man Accused of Stabbing His Brother

48-year-old Jeffery Lamont Moore of Fern Hill Road in Troutman has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

He was arrested after Officers responded to the Fern Hill Road area on Monday afternoon (September 12) after receiving a 9-1-1 call reporting a stabbing. Emergency Communications told Deputies who were en route to the scene that two brothers were fighting and one brother had stabbed the other repeatedly.

Before Deputies arrived, one brother left the scene on a moped, traveling toward Troutman. Based on a description of the suspect and the moped, the suspect was stopped a few minutes later, just north of Troutman on Shelton Avenue.

Deputies arrived at Fern Hill Road and found the victim suffering from numerous stab wounds to his head, torso and hands. He was taken by E.M.S. to the emergency room at Iredell Memorial Hospital for treatment of his wounds. According to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office, the victim’s wounds did not appear to be life-threatening. He is expected to recover.

The suspect was taken into custody and interviewed. The victim and other witness were also interviewed.

Following his arrest, the suspect, Jeffery Lamont Moore, is being held in the Iredell County jail under a $50,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on September 26.

32-year-old Betsy May Carpenter and 38-year-old James Steven Fredell, both of the same address on Dixie Lane in Vale, were both arrested by Lincoln County Narcotics Officers yesterday (September 13) on felony drug charges. They were each charged with trafficking opiates by sale, delivery and possession; possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and conspiracy to traffic opiates (two counts each for carpenter and one count for Fredell). In addition, both suspects were charged with one misdemeanor count of child abuse. Carpenter was also charged with felony maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. She was also charged with one misdemeanor count of child abuse.

The two are accused of selling a large amount of opiate-based pills to an undercover Detective. During the operation, narcotics Detectives seized more than 50 grams of opiate-based pills.

According to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office, during one undercover purchase, the couple sold the drugs while their two-year-old son sat next to the undercover Detective and the mother counted out the pills. Detectives say the father of the two-year-old was also involved. He reportedly left the residence and returned with the pills, handing them to the mother to sell.

Detectives say the residence was unfit to live in. Numerous cockroaches were evident during the buys. Detectives also say the outside of the residence was in poor condition. Lincoln County D.S.S. Child Protective Services responded during the arrests and placed the children with another couple to watch temporarily.

Following their arrests, Carpenter was given a $100,000 secured bond, while Fredell’s bond was set at $85,000, secured. First appearances in Lincoln County District Court were set for today.

40-year-old Chrissy Lynne Pressley of Bluefield Lane in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:15 yesterday afternoon (September 13) on one felony count of financial transaction card fraud.

She was arrested after Police were called to the Belk store in Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall on Monday (September 12). Over a two-day period, five fraudulent charges were made on the victim’s credit card, totaling $1,100. The suspect, who was known to the victim, was identified through store security video.

Pressley was taken into custody without incident at the Honey-Pik store on North Center Street in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,500 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 09:59

Catawba County Schools Hires New Superintendent

The Catawba County Schools Board of Education has hired Dr. Matthew Stover as the new Superintendent for Catawba County Schools (CCS). Dr. Stover will take office on November 1. He was chosen from a field of 24 candidates.

Dr. Stover’s career in public education has spanned more than 15 years in North Carolina. He currently serves as Associate Superintendent of the Lincoln County Schools, a role he has filled since 2013. Prior to his current position, Dr. Stover served as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for Lincoln County Schools from 2011-2013. He also served as an assistant principal (2003-2007) and principal (2007-2011) in Lincoln County. He began his career in public education as a high school teacher and coach in Cleveland County.

Dr. Stover has a bachelor’s degree in social studies education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pennsylvania. He also attended Gardner-Webb University where he obtained a master’s degree in school administration in 2003 and a doctorate in educational leadership in 2009.

Dr. Stover and his wife, Melia, have two sons.

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