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The N.C. Department of Transportation will perform maintenance work tonight on Interstate 85 Southbound at Exit 22 in the Gaston County City of Lowell.

At 9 p.m., crews will shut down the right lane, as well as the off ramp for Exit 22, so they can complete pavement repairs. The closures will be removed by 6 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, May 5).

Molly Rice, theater teacher at St. Stephens High School, received the Hancock-Settlemyre Award at a banquet held recently at First United Methodist Church of Hickory.

Rice was nominated by one of her students, Kyla Little, who said Rice spent many extra hours encouraging her students. In addition, she leads her students in adopting a social cause each year. The students learn about the issue and produce a play to help raise money for that cause. In the past, her classes have studied and helped the Guardian Ad Litem Program and the problem of homelessness in Hickory.

Rice spent several years working with children in Northern Ireland, teaching them through theater that they can overcome centuries of religious intolerance and violence.

Also nominated for the award was Susan Lee, executive director of the Parenting Network. She was nominated for her many years of offering parenting classes in the area.

The award is presented by the Children's Advocacy & Protection Center to recognize an individual, group or business that has worked to enhance the quality of family life, reduce family stress and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. Established in 1980, the award is named in honor of Jean Settlemyre Tashman, former administrator at Frye Regional Medical Center; and Millie Hancock Schumpert, a retired pediatrician.

For more information about the Children’s Advocacy & Protection Center, call 828-465-9296 or go to catawbacountycac.org.

52-year-old Webster Warren White, Jr. of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory was served an indictment by Hickory Police at about 8:10 Friday morning (May 1) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested in connection to an incident on November 24, 2014. At that time, a vehicle stop was conducted, leading to the discovery of 0.1 grams of crack cocaine and a pipe.

White was taken into custody without incident Friday at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for May 8 in Newton.

34-year-old Jerimi Mishon Sims of 8th Avenue Drive S.W. and 27-year-old Tyrone Naim Powell of 12th Avenue S.E., both from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:25 a.m. yesterday. They each face charges for felony possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Sims was also charged with resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer, while Powell faces additional charges for misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and driving while license revoked.

They were arrested after Police were called in reference to a vehicle stopped at the intersection of South Center Street and 2nd Avenue S.E. The driver had his head back and wasn’t moving. Officers found two men asleep in the vehicle. Officers woke the men and ordered them out of the vehicle.

Sims reportedly threw an object that Police recovered and determined to be 10.6 grams of crack cocaine. 1.5 grams of marijuana was found on Powell’s person. A search of the vehicle turned up a pipe, scales, baggies and $157 in cash.

The two were taken into custody without incident. They were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Sims set at $15,000, secured, while Powell was given an $11,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for today.

More details have been released in the arrest of 33-year-old Lavonnie Lee White of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory. He was arrested by Hickory Police just before eight o’clock Friday morning (May 1) on one felony count each of discharging a firearm into occupied property inflicting serious bodily injury and assault with a deadly weapon.

Events leading to his arrest unfolded as Police responded to the Sunny Valley apartment complex where they found spent shell casings and a bloody shirt. Officers received information that the victim was at 9th Avenue Place S.W. There, they found a 68-year-old Hickory man suffering from a gunshot wound to the foot.

The shooter was identified as Lavonnie White. He was taken into custody at his residence. White was also injured as the result of an apparent assault. A Police spokesperson said White was uncooperative at the time of his arrest.

White and the victim, who were previously acquainted, were reportedly involved in an altercation prior to the shooting. The victim was shot when White allegedly fired into a different address on 9th Avenue Place S.W. Both men were transported to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries.

White was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $125,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (May 4) in Newton.

21-year-old Kyler Fred Roland has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers in connection to an April 24 break-in on Ostwalt Amity Road in Troutman. 20-year-old Sydney Elizabeth Bowman is wanted in connection to the same incident.

When Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at the scene of the break-in, they learned that the suspect gained entry, then went directly to a hidden location inside the business where cash was stored and removed $8,752 from the premises. Nothing else was removed nor disturbed.

Det. Sgt. Jamie Robb gathered additional information that led to the identification of a possible suspect. The suspect, Sydney Elizabeth Bowman, had ties to the business and knew where the cash would be stored. Investigators learned that Bowman needed to money to post bond for her boyfriend, Kyler Fred Roland. Roland was in jail under a $40,000.00 secured bond on charges of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering. Detectives gathered additional evidence suggesting that Bowman and Roland conspired together to commit the break-in and steal the money.

Investigators also learned of a second incident at the same location in which Bowman allegedly stole $1,400 in cash on April 2 and used that money to buy a vehicle. The vehicle was seized earlier this week after it was involved in a high-speed chase with Troutman Police.

Bowman was charged with breaking & entering, larceny after breaking and entering for the incident that occurred on April 24. Additionally, she was charged with felony larceny for the theft on April 2. Kyler Fred Roland was charged with conspiracy to commit a breaking & entering with the intent to commit a larceny therein.

Roland was bonded out on April 24 using the stolen cash. He was re-arrested a short time later on the current charges, for which he was given an $80,000 secured bond. Roland has court dates on May 15 and June 16.

Detectives recovered the $3,500 that Bowman used to pay Roland’s bond, but, at this time, her location and the location of the remaining $5,252 are unknown.

Dr. Michael M. Dempsey was appointed in April of 2015 as the Dean & Director of Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville. He succeeds former and founding director, Dr. Paul Knott who retired in February of this year. The Center opened in August of 2012 in Asheville’s historic Montford. It currently offers 10 master-level graduate programs.

Dr. Dempsey came to Lenoir-Rhyne from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (A-B Tech), where he served in numerous capacities, most recently as director of educational partnerships. In this role, he provided leadership for the administration and growth of higher education-related academic programming and services for the college’s dual-enrollment programs.

Dr. Dempsey’s other collegiate leadership experiences include building multiple community partnerships, management of recruitment efforts and aiding in the creation and growth of three area cooperative or innovative high schools. He has also taught college world history for a number of years, with particular emphasis on ancient Rome and ancient/medieval China and Japan. In addition to his work in higher education, Dr. Dempsey has more than eight years of experience in journalism, and has worked for a number of North Carolina-based newspapers.

Dr. Dempsey holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the College of Charleston, a master’s degree in history from the University of Charleston & The Citadel, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Western Carolina University.

For more information on the Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville, visit asheville.lr.edu.

The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered man, 76-year-old Jimmy Allen Lambert, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

Mr. Lambert is a white male. He is 5' 6" tall and weighs 140 pounds. He is balding with brown hair and blue eyes. Mr. Lambert was last seen wearing a blue or red long-sleeved button-up shirt, navy blue work pants, white sneakers and a gray hat.

He was last seen at 373 Roberta Road S.W. in Concord. He may be traveling in a white 2007 Honda Odyssey with N.C. license tag number ZXK6242. No additional information is available and no photo has been released.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Jimmy Allen Lambert should call the Concord Police Department at 704-920-5000.

43-year-old Timothy Nathaniel Wingo of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:50 yesterday afternoon (April 30) on one felony count of common law robbery.

He is accused of assaulting a 36-year-old Hickory woman in a parking lot on the 400 block of South Center Street in Hickory on April 24. Wingo allegedly took $100 in cash and a cell phone valued at $180 from the victim. He did not use a weapon. No significant injuries were reported. The suspect and victim were acquainted prior to the incident.

He was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

33-year-old Thomas Clayton Murray of Tillman’s Road in Stanley has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a number of felony drug charges. He faces eight counts of sale & delivery of a schedule VI controlled substance, two counts of trafficking heroin, and two counts of maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for a controlled substance.

Murray had been wanted in connection to the Operation 50-50 drug round-up conducted in Lincoln County earlier this month. Following his arrest, Murray was placed in the Lincoln County Detention Center under a $120,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.