Friday, 06 April 2018 07:19

Newton Man Arrested on Assault Charges

23-year-old Travis Hunter Edwards of Ann Avenue in Newton has been arrested by Newton Police on charges of simple assault, assault by strangulation and assault on a female. He was jailed this morning (April 6) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

47-year-old Donald Wayne Steadman of August Street in Conover has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Steadman was jailed yesterday (April 5) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,000, secured. He was scheduled to appear in Superior Court on May 7 in Newton.

26-year-old Jharon Ahmad Murphy of Snellville, Georgia was arrested by Boone Police last night (April 5) on charges of felonious possession of marijuana with intent to sell or deliver and misdemeanor possession of a schedule V controlled substance (codeine).

At about 10:25 last night, Boone Police Officers working security at the Holmes Convocation Center for the Migos concert detected the obvious odor of marijuana coming from the band’s vehicle as they left the venue. Officers stopped the vehicle on N.C. Highway 105 where a search was conducted.

As a result of the search, 420 grams of marijuana, 26 ounces of codeine and Xanax were seized. Murphy was arrested and two other subjects were issued citations for misdemeanor offenses.

Murphy was given a $5,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in Watauga Co. District Court on May 29. The other subjects have court dates on June 1 and May 29.

The investigation is continuing. Additional charges are possible pending results from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s laboratory.

33-year-old David Lee Herron of Kidville Drive in Denver, N.C. has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of possession of a stolen firearm, resisting a public officer and unlawfully discharging a firearm. Herron was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility this morning (April 6). His bond was set at $15,000, secured. Herron was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton with another court date scheduled for April 23.

Friday, 06 April 2018 06:59

Sheetz to Hire 550 Employees in N.C.

Sheetz plans to hire 550 full-time and part-time employees in North Carolina. Open interviews will take place starting next Wednesday, April 11, at all Sheetz locations.

Sheetz was named one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America in February, improving their 2017 standing by 21 positions. Sheetz currently has three locations in Hickory and will open its 100th store in North Carolina in the fall of this year.

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54-year-old Gary Leonard Scott of Statesville pleaded guilty to felony fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and was given an active prison term of eight-to-11 years. He was also sentenced as an habitual felon. The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Karen Eady-Williams, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, in Catawba Co. Superior Court yesterday (April 5). Judge Eady-Williams also ordered that the defendant pay restitution to the victims in the amount of $19,401.

Scott’s habitual felon status is the result of prior convictions for fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle (July 2010) and indecent liberties (April 2001), both in Iredell County. He was also convicted of larceny in Guilford County in September of 2008.

The defendant took an item from a business at Valley Hills Mall on October 8, 2016 and sped away from the location along U.S. Highway 70, leading a Hickory Police Officer on a chase after the theft was reported.

The chase was called off, and Scott eventually made his way to Robinson Road where he collided head-on with another vehicle, causing significant injuries to three people and to himself. The victims were hospitalized as a result of their injuries.

Sgt. Dustin Nowatka investigated the case for Hickory Police Department. Assistant District Attorney Scott Lippert handled the prosecution for the State.

49-year-old John Alan Thomas of Murphy Street in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (April 5) on one felony count of larceny of a motor vehicle.

He was arrested in connection to an incident Tuesday (April 3) when Hickory Police responded to business on Highway 321 N.W. in reference to a stolen vehicle. The victim told Officers that a vehicle was stolen from the parking lot at the business. Officers identified the suspect as John Alan Thomas and warrants for his arrest were issued.

Thomas was taken into custody without incident at about 2:10 a.m. today at exit 128 on I-40. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he was held without bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

35-year-old Darren Anthony Brown of Childers Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 10:10 a.m. yesterday (April 4) on one felony count of breaking & entering and one misdemeanor count of simple assault on a handicapped person. The warrants for his arrest were issued on March 31 in Lincoln County.

Brown was taken into custody without incident at an elementary school on 32nd Street S.W. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $2,500, secured. He has since been released. A District Court appearance was scheduled tomorrow in Lincolnton.

According to a statement released today (April 5) by the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office, the theft of county road signs dramatically increased during the Easter Holiday week with 12 signs reported stolen. The thefts occurred in the Reepsville and Highway 182 areas in western Lincoln County.

It costs taxpayers about $200 each to replace a sign. County road sign thefts cost the county about $25,000 a year. The theft of signs also creates problems for emergency responders attempting to provide service on roads or streets with missing signs. Stolen signs can cause a slow response time and endanger lives.

Homeowners should report any suspicious activity. Citizens who live on streets with missing signs should contact the County Addressing Office at 704-736-2021.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrests of individuals involved in the theft or possession of county road or street signs. Call Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909, or call the Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202.

The 16th Annual N.C. Railroad Expo will be held Saturday, April 7, at the Hickory Metro Convention Center. Approximately 275 tables full of railroad lanterns, timetables, books and models of all scales will be on display.

Admission is only $5 for adults. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free. Show hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show is sponsored by the Alexander Chapter of the National Railway Historical Association and all proceeds from the show will benefit the S.E. Narrow Gauge & Shortline Museum, located at the Newton Depot. The Alexander Chapter was formed in 1979 and is the oldest railroad preservation organization in western North Carolina.

In addition to vendors selling model trains, books, videos and memorabilia, the show will feature five operating layouts from across North Carolina, a restored railroad baggage wagon and a "Railroad Antiques Roadshow" table where the public can bring railway-related items and have them appraised by experts.

For more information, call 828-527-6520 or visit

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