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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.

31-year-old Jeremy William Land of Meadows Pond Lane in Millers Creek (in Wilkes County) was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:40 last night (April 29) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

He was arrested after Police responded to a reported shoplifting incident at the Belk store in Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall. Land and a white female allegedly concealed clothing in a stroller and were stopped by Loss Prevention Officers after they passed the point of sale.

A search of Land’s person turned up 0.1 grams of methamphetamine. It’s unclear if the female was charged.

Land was processed and then released under a $2,500 unsecured bond. He will appear in District Court tomorrow in Newton.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives have identified an eighth grade student as the person who wrote an alleged hit list and left the list in the boy’s bathroom at West Lincoln Middle School. The 15-year-old male student confessed to writing the note and has been suspended from school.

Information turned up during the investigation will be turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice with a recommendation of prosecution.

School officials and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office worked closely together to ensure the safety of all students and faculty members. Detectives and Patrol Deputies were at the school both days during the investigation.

Investigators were dispatched to the school Tuesday afternoon (April 28) after students found the note in the bathroom. A number of interviews with students were conducted during the last two days.

A suspicious copycat note turned up today (April 30) at the same school, but school officials quickly identified an 11-year-old female student who confessed to writing the note. She reportedly left the note in the girl’s bathroom to get attention. The girl is a sixth grade student at West Lincoln.

The incident will be handled internally by the school staff and Sheriff’s Investigators. Their findings will be turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

37-year-old Kenneth Roshard Clark of Sunset Road, 39-year-old Tina Ann Drum of East 1st Street and 34-year-old Melissa Gail Huffman of Sandlewood Court, all from Newton, were arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:30 Tuesday evening (April 28). They were each charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense. Clark was also charged with felony habitual larceny, while Drum and Huffman were each charged with misdmeanor larceny.

According to Police, the two females entered the Wal-Mart store on Highway 70 S.E., selected several items and exited the store without paying. Clark then entered the store and returned the items in exchange for a gift card. Clark was then joined by the two women. They attempted to purchase items using the gift card, which was declined. The three then took the items and left the store without paying.

They were taken into custody without incident at the store. The suspects were taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Clark set at $2,500, secured, while Drum and Huffman were each given a $1,500 secured bond. Huffman has since been released. They were all scheduled to make first appearances in District Court yesterday (April 29) in Newton. Clark and Drum will next appear in court on May 20. No upcoming court dates are currently listed for Huffman.

Thursday, 30 April 2015 10:11

Missing Gastonia Woman Found Safe

76-year-old Lillian Lovenir Guyton has been found and is safe with her family, according to Gastonia City Police. The N.C. Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert for Ms. Guyton Tuesday morning (April 28). She was found later that same day.

No further details are available.

26-year-old Yeng Phanat Lee of Stetson Lane in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (April 29) on two felony counts of financial transaction card fraud.

She was arrested in connection to an incident in December of last year when Police responded to the Walgreens store on North Center Street in Hickory in reference to a stolen debit card. The victim left the card at the pharmacy after picking up a prescription.

Lee, a pharmacy technician, kept the card and used it to purchase American Express gift cards valued at approximately $350.

She was taken into custody without incident and then released after posting a $2,500 unsecured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for May 1.

46-year-old Patricia Ann Ellis of 2nd Street Place S.W. in Hickory was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police at about 8:40 last night (April 28) on one count of possession of cocaine.

The indictment comes in connection to a case from July of last year when an anonymous call led Police to an apartment at the Horseshoe apartment complex in Hickory. 0.6 grams of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia were found at the residence. Ellis was the only person arrested.

She was taken into custody yesterday without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for May 1 in Newton.