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27-year-old Amanda Ashley Tomlinson of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about four o’clock Saturday morning on one felony count each of attempting to obtain property by false pretense and obtaining property by false pretense.

She was arrested after Police responded to a noise complaint involving a loud argument at her residence. Upon arrival, Officers conducted a routine warrant check and found that Tomlinson had outstanding arrest warrants from Iredell County dated January 29 of this year.

Tomlinson was taken into custody without incident and taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $1,000, secured. She has since been released. An appearance in an Iredell County courtroom was scheduled for February 23.

Governor Pat McCrory has issued a State of Emergency declaration ahead of a winter storm that will enter North Carolina this afternoon (February 16) and is expected to hit the state with snow, sleet and freezing rain. Governor McCrory said North Carolina’s State Emergency Response Team is preparing for the approaching winter storm and recommended that residents do the same.  

This morning, Governor McCrory signed two executive orders to expedite storm response. The State of Emergency declaration enables the governor to mobilize the necessary resources to respond to a storm and is the first step in seeking federal funds to help defray eligible storm-related costs. The executive order waives restrictions on weight and the hours of service for fuel, utility and other truck drivers that may be working to deliver supplies, restore services or clear storm debris.

Governor McCrory also activated the State Emergency Operations Center to coordinate storm response and he directed the State Highway Patrol to coordinate with other law enforcement and emergency responders statewide to mark abandoned vehicles to ensure that no one is left stranded in the dangerous weather. Additionally, he reminded motorists of the state’s quick clearance policy, instructing state transportation crews to clear the road by pushing to the shoulder any vehicles that may impede traffic.

Real-time weather conditions, road conditions and shelter openings, as well as winter safety tips, can be found on the free ReadyNC mobile app or on line at www.readync.org web site.

Travelers are also urged to call 5-1-1 or go to www.ncdot.org for up-to-date roadway conditions.

The Caldwell County Animal Shelter at 829 Fairview Drive S.W. in Lenoir will not take in any animals from Wednesday, February 18, through Wednesday, March 4, while repairs are made to the shelter.

In keeping with state regulations, all floors and walls where animals are kept must be sealed in order to prevent disease. During the two weeks when the shelter is closed, kennel walls will be repainted in order to comply with the regulations.

Animals cannot be in the areas where painting is being done. Any animals currently in the affected areas will be sent out to rescues or adopted before the shelter shuts down for two weeks.

For more information, contact LouAnne Kincaid, Caldwell County Public Information Officer, at 828-759-7879.

29-year-old Andy James Smith of 37th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after midnight on Valentines Day. He was charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine and felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana. Smith was also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested when Police on foot patrol at the Deluxe Inn on Highway 70 S.W. saw a subject with a glass pipe, preparing to smoke meth in a room at the hotel. A search of the room turned up three meth pipes, digital scales, a marijuana pipe, 4.7 grams of marijuana, $501 in cash and 1.1 grams of meth.

Smith was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $16,800 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (February 16) in Newton.

30-year-old Christopher Michael Martin of Dry Dock Loop in Mooresville was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (February 14) on one felony count each of larceny, obtaining property by false pretense and possession of stolen property. The charges are based on warrants issued from Burke County on February 12. He was also charged with a felony probation violation on a warrant from the U.S. Marshals Service.

Martin was arrested after Officers on foot patrol at the Deluxe Inn on Highway 70 S.W. detected the odor of marijuana coming from a room at the hotel. Officers entered the room and found 0.7 grams of marijuana and some paraphernalia. Martin was cited for those offenses and taken into custody without incident on the outstanding warrants.

Following his arrest, Martin was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,500 secured bond on the charges from Burke County; however, he was put on hold without bond by the Marshals Service. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (February 16) in Morganton.

56-year-old Alfred James Wright of South Center Street in Hickory and 26-year-old Edward Ryan Williams, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, were both arrested by Hickory Police early this morning on drug charges. Wright was charged with two felony counts of trafficking in heroin or opium and one felony count of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance and Williams faces one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.

They were arrested at about 2:45 a.m. when Police spotted a suspicious 2012 GMC Terrain on the 300 block of Main Avenue N.E. A vehicle stop was conducted on 1st Street N.E. where Officers found five grams of black tar heroin in the vehicle’s center console. 4.3 grams of marijuana were found on Williams’ person.

Both subjects confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Wright set at $35,000, secured, while Williams was given a $2,000 secured bond. Wright was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton. Williams has a Hickory court date on March 26.

36-year-old Debra Suzanne Moore of Boyles Road in Lawndale has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on five felony counts of safecracking, larceny, breaking & entering a building, financial card transaction fraud theft and conspiracy to break & enter a building.

Detectives have also charged 36-year-old Terry Lee Taylor of Miller’s Park Lane in Vale with one felony count each of breaking & entering a building, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, larceny of a motor vehicle and two felony counts of safecracking. He is also charged with felony conspiracy to break & enter a building and financial card theft. In addition, Taylor is wanted in Cleveland County on a number of similar charges.

The pair is accused in connection to a January 5 break-in and theft at PTI, Inc. and Geymont Construction, along with several nearby outbuildings in western Lincoln County. The incident was initially reported by WHKY on January 7.

Following her arrest, Moore was jailed in the Lincoln County Detention Center under a $250,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make an appearance in District Court today (February 13).

Taylor is believed in be in Lincoln or surrounding counties. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts should call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. Crime Stoppers caller may remain anonymous and tips leading to an arrest could result in a reward of up to $1,000.

27-year-old Alex Jeffrey William Eikenberg of 12th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before one o’clock yesterday afternoon (February 12) on one felony count of possession of stolen goods. The charge comes in connection to a series of vehicle break-ins in Hickory that began on January 29. Eikenburg was previously charged on February 6 with three felony counts of breaking & entering a motor vehicle.

29-year-old Jimmy Ryan Hartley of the same address was also charged on February 6 with one felony count each of obtaining property by false pretense and identity theft. The initial arrests were first reported by WHKY on February 9.

Following his latest arrest, Eikenberg was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $6,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A District Court appearance in Newton was scheduled for today.

On Tuesday, February 17, Facebook’s Small Business Boost will be in Lincolnton to teach small business owners in the area how to optimize their presence on the world’s largest social network. The workshop will be co-hosted by the Lincoln Entrepreneur Growth Group. Congressman Patrick McHenry will kick off the event.

The event will take place at The Laboratory Mill, 848 Southfork Road in Lincolnton. Check-in and the networking expo will begin at 9 a.m. with the program set to run from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

The Small Business Boost workshop will feature a presentation from a Facebook small business expert, as well as a panel of several local small businesspeople who, having found success on Facebook, will share their own tips, tricks and suggestions. The small business panel will feature Sweet Blossom Gifts, Splinters & Rags and Michael A. Anderson Photography.

To register or for more information, visit fblincolnton.eventbrite.com.

Friday, 13 February 2015 11:02

No One Injured in Early Morning Garage Fire

At about 20 minutes after midnight this morning (February 13), Hickory Firefighters responded to a structure fire at 1722-A 16th Street N.E. Firefighters responded with three engines, one ladder truck, one rescue truck and two command units.

Upon arrival, Firefighters found heavy smoke coming from the garage of the two-story building. Two occupants of the apartment above the garage were safely outside the building. Firefighters encountered heavy fire inside the building. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire in the garage and clear the smoke out of the apartment above.

No injuries were reported. Damages to the building were considered major.    

Catawba County E.M.S., Hickory Rescue and Hickory Police Department also responded to the incident.

Unconfirmed reports state that the fire may have started in the basement and does not appear to have been arson. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.