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31-year-old Erin Marie Propst of Two Oaks Place in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police at 3:20 yesterday afternoon (January 28) on several outstanding warrants from Lincoln, Catawba and Caldwell counties. On warrants from December 8, 2015, she was charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. She also faces one felony count of identity theft and misdemeanor counts of providing a fictitious name or false address on a license application and hit & run with property damage on warrants dated January 20, as well as a misdemeanor larceny charge on a warrant from January 19.

Propst was arrested without incident at a residence on 2nd Avenue S.W. in the Long View. As she was processed at Hickory Police headquarters, a Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Deputy served a warrant for child support. Propst was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a total bond of $19,350. A District Court date in Lincolnton was set for February 16. She also has Caldwell County court dates on February 11 and March 24, plus a Catawba County appearance on March 17.

The water service advisory issued for City of Newton water customers on Wednesday (January 27) after a water main break has ended. Newton’s water customers no longer need to boil water before human consumption.

Water customers who experience air in their water lines or discoloration of water are asked to allow taps to run for several minutes to flush out any air or discoloration.

For more information, contact Newton Public Information Officer Alex Frick at 828-695-4266 or africk@newtonnc.gov.

28-year-old William Thomas Ray Miller of 6th Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested shortly after two o’clock yesterday afternoon (January 27) on one felony count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and failure to appear. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of assault on a female, simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. The assault charge was based on a warrant from August of last year. Also arrested was 44-year-old Randolph Christopher Brown of Liberty Church Road in Rhodhiss. Brown was charged with D.W.I., an open container violation, driving while license revoked and displaying a fictitious or altered registration card or tag.

Events leading to their arrests unfolded just before midnight Tuesday (January 26) when Police spotted a vehicle parked in a handicapped space without a proper permit at the Sun House store on 2nd Avenue N.W. in Hickory. Officers ran the license tag and learned that it came back to a different vehicle.

After the vehicle pulled out of the parking lot, a traffic stop was conducted on 17th Street N.W. Brown was the driver. Miller, a passenger in the vehicle, got out and attempted to flee on foot, but was quickly detained. Brown was arrested on the scene, just after midnight.

A search turned up 0.7 grams of methamphetamine and 16 Alprazolam pills. In addition, Miller swallowed two other prescription medications, a total of nine pills, and was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. He was placed under arrest when he was released from the hospital.

Both men were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Miller set at $32,500, secured, while Brown was given a $1,500 secured bond. Brown has since been released. Miller was scheduled to appear in District Court today with another District Court date on the assault charge coming up on March 2. He also has a Superior Court date on February 15. Brown will appear in District Court on February 9.

Thursday, 28 January 2016 14:08

Water Service Restored in Newton

The city of Newton completed repairs on a broken water main Wednesday afternoon (January 27), restoring water service to the city’s 6,500 water customers. Even though water service is restored, the city and the N.C. Division of Water Resources advises Newton’s water customers to use bottled water or boil all water used for human consumption (including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation).

The 12-inch primary trunk water main broke early Wednesday morning. In order to repair the break, crews had to turn off water service to the entire system. Repairs were completed around 1 p.m. yesterday and water pressure was slowly raised throughout the system.

Anytime a water system experiences a period of low or no pressure, the potential increases for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water supply. Vigorous boiling for one minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water. Testing was expected to be complete by late this afternoon (January 28).

For more information, contact Public Information Officer Alex Frick at 828-695-4266 or africk@newtonnc.gov.

33-year-old Shana Mayse Reames of 25th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police last Thursday (January 21) on one felony count of larceny by servant or other employee.

She was arrested in connection to a January 2013 incident. Police received a report of an employee embezzling from the Verizon Wireless store on North Center Street. The employee, Shana Reames, allegedly transferred items to her name and took them out of the store without paying for them. Total value of the stolen items was set at $2,774.

Reames last worked at the store on January 21, 2013 and was terminated three days later. She was initially arrested on January 27, 2013. The warrant for her most recent arrest was issued on December 10 of last year.

She was taken into custody without incident last week on the 1500 block of the McDonald Parkway. Reames was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,000 secured bond. She has since been released. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for January 21 in Newton.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 09:43

Court in Newton Canceled Today

All court proceedings scheduled for today (Wednesday, January 27) at the Catawba County Justice Center on Southwest Boulevard and at the Historic Courthouse in downtown Newton are canceled due to a water main break in Newton. Water service has been suspended until the water main is repaired. City officials cited public health concerns as the basis for the decision to cancel court today.

Most area school systems will return to a regular schedule tomorrow, Wednesday, January 27.

Alexander County Schools, Burke County Schools, Catawba County Schools and Hickory Public Schools will all operate on their regular schedules tomorrow. Caldwell County Schools will operate on a two-hour delay with limited bus routes.

As of 4:30 Tuesday afternoon, Newton-Conover City Schools had not made an announcement regarding their Wednesday schedule.

For more, listen to 1290 AM WHKY or check whky.com.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 14:54

Vale Woman Busted on Felony Meth Charge

36-year-old Amanda Newton Carswell of Cooksville Road in Vale was arrested last Thursday (January 21) by Hickory Police. She was charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was arrested after Police stopped the vehicle Carswell was driving northbound on 8th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory. A search led to the discovery of an object in her pocket that contained a clear plastic bag with a crystal-like substance in foil. The substance was identified as 0.2 grams of methamphetamine. No one else was in the vehicle.

Carswell was taken into custody without incident shortly after noon Thursday and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,000 secured bond. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for yesterday (January 25) in Newton.

51-year-old Billy Ray Allen of Ridge Drive in Mount Holly, N.C. was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:40 p.m. last Thursday (January 21) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.

He was arrested after Police responded to the Belk store at Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall. A Loss Prevention Officer reported that Allen concealed a coat and hat and then exited the fitting room with the hidden merchandise. When the Officer attempted to stop the suspect, Allen ran, but was apprehended just outside the store’s lower exit. The coat and hat were recovered, but were not in sellable condition.

Allen had previously been banned from all Belk stores.

Following his arrest, Allen was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,000 secured bond. He has since been released. Allen was scheduled to appear in District Court yesterday (January 25) in Newton.

16-year-old Esan Mekhi Brawley of North Center Street in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:30 Sunday afternoon (January 24) on felony counts of breaking & entering, possession of stolen property and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, as well as one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

He was arrested after Police responded to the Honey-Pik store on North Center Street. Someone had broken a front window and taken items that were within reach of the window. The items stolen were cigarettes and cigarillos, valued at $30.

An investigation led to the identification of three suspects; Esan Brawley and two juveniles. They were located later the same day. As Brawley was taken into custody, Police found seven grams of marijuana and paraphernalia.

Brawley was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday (January 25) in Newton.