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One person was killed this morning in an accident involving a bicycle and a motor vehicle. The incident occurred at approximately 8 a.m. on the 2100 block of North Center Street, near Clark Tire.

A northbound gold Saturn sedan reportedly crossed into the southbound lanes, hit the bicycle, then ran into a phone pole and hit a tire can in the Clark Tire parking lot. A Clark Tire van also sustained minor damage. 21-year-old Steffan Alexander Robinson has been arrested in connection to the incident. He was charged with D.W.I.

Hickory Police were still on the scene late this morning.

The victim is a 29-year-old male. His identity has not been released.

31-year-old Derek Scott Frenceschini of East Avenue S.E. in Hickory has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on four counts of failure to appear in court as the result of charges dating back to last year. Those charges include fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle; hit & run – failure to stop for property damage; possession of a schedule II controlled substance; and felony possession of a schedule VI controlled substance. He also faces current charges for simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

Frenceschini was jailed yesterday (August 2) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $40,000, secured. He will appear in District Court today and on September 16 on the latest drug charges. A Superior Court date was set for August 7 on the 2014 charges.

30-year-old Bobby Ray Abshire of Poovey Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Friday (July 31) by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony breaking & entering, felony larceny after breaking & entering and felony possession of stolen goods or property.

Following his arrest, Abshire was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000 secured. He’ll appear in Superior Court on August 31 in Lenoir.

HighRoad and the Tribute Quartet will perform at the annual Soldiers Reunion Gospel Music Night at 7:30 p.m. Monday, August 17, on the courthouse square in downtown Newton.

The concert is free and open to the public. Area residents are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy traditional, inspirational and contemporary gospel music.

HighRoad is an award-winning female gospel trio made up of Sarah Davison, Anna Grace Kimbrough and Kiley Phillips. The women are all graduates of Belmont University’s School of Music. They live in Nashville, Tennessee.

Also based in Nashville, the Tribute Quartet is made up of lead singer and group manager Gary Casto from West Virginia, baritone and pianist Josh Singletary of Florida, tenor Riley Harrison Clark and bass Anthony Davis.

For more information, contact Wayne Dellinger at 828-464-3906.

39-year-old John Scott Davis of Zacks Fork Road in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (August 2) by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, driving while license revoked, fictitious or altered registration card or tag, operating a vehicle with no insurance, driving or allowing a motor vehicle to be driven with no registration, no inspection, speeding, driving left of center, unsafe passing over the yellow line and reckless driving to endanger.

Following his arrest, Davis was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Lenoir.

 

Dennis Young of Hickory has won $230,992 in the N.C. Education Lottery’s Carolina Cash 5 game. He purchased one of two tickets that matched all five numbers in the July 24 drawing, splitting the $461,844 jackpot. Young purchased his winning ticket from Energy Fuels on Springs Road Northeast.

After state and federal taxes were withheld, Young received a check for $159,913. The other winner was a retiree from Raleigh.

For details on how $50 million in lottery funds have been used in Catawba County, click on the “Where the Money Goes” tab on the lottery’s website.

54-year-old Delisa Branch Thorne of 7th Avenue S.W. in Hickory has been arrested by Hickory Police on one count of felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. She was taken into custody yesterday (August 2) and jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $150,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today.

Friday, 31 July 2015 11:09

Car Crash Leads to Meth Arrest

47-year-old Franklin Dale Hare of 36th Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at nine o’clock yesterday morning (July 30). Hare was charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested following an accident on the 100 block of 18th Street N.W. in Hickory. A man and woman who were divorced from each other collided. Following the accident, the ex-husband, Franklin Dale Hare, walked around behind a nearby building and then returned to the accident scene.

Officers searched the area behind the building and found a box hidden there. In the box were 5.9 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Hare was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.

31-year-old Justin Wayne Hart of Zacks Fork Road in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police at four o’clock yesterday afternoon (July 30) for felony failure to appear in court.

The charge comes in connection to an incident in July of 2013 when an employee at the CVS store on 2nd Street N.E. called Police and said two men were locked in the restroom using controlled substances.

Officers arrived and found the two men – Justin Hart and Joshua Tyler Bolden – in the restroom, where they also found drug paraphernalia. A search of the suspect’s vehicle turned up 0.4 grams of crack cocaine, six dosage units of Xanax, 0.4 grams of powder cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

Hart turned himself in at Hickory Police headquarters and was released under a $15,000 unsecured bond. He was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today in Newton.

Bolden also faces charges for felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. He has a Superior Court date set for October 5.

17-year-old Victoria Antonia Gallagher of San Antonio, Texas was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 6:30 p.m. yesterday on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count each of careless & reckless driving and no operator’s license.

She was arrested in connection to an incident Monday evening (July 27) at the Hickory YMCA on 1st Street N.W. (reported Wednesday on WHKY). The victim’s gym bag, which contained her car keys and other items, was stolen. The victim went outside and found that her vehicle was no longer in parking lot.

Yesterday, the victim recognized her vehicle as it was being driven by the suspect. The victim followed her vehicle and called Hickory Police. Officers responded and a brief chase ensued. The vehicle was stopped on the 1400 block of 6th Street Circle N.W. and Gallagher was taken into custody.

It’s not clear if the vehicle sustained any damage or if the contents of the victim’s gym bag were recovered.

Gallagher was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,500 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.