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19-year-old Marquiya Dashay Dula Witherspoon of Todd Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9 p.m. Friday (July 31) on one felony count of larceny by servant or other employee.

She was arrested in connection to two incidents at the Belk store in Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall. On July 28, a Loss Prevention Officer saw Witherspoon as she allegedly concealed merchandise and left the store without paying. She was not stopped on that occasion, but, three days later, Loss Prevention again saw Witherspoon as she allegedly repeated the process. Clothing items taken included pants, shorts and a sweater.

Witherspoon was taken into custody at the store without incident. She was processed and later released under a $500 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (August 3) in Newton.

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The City of Newton will begin installation of a “smart meter” system on August 10.

The advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system from Utility Metering Solutions will replace the current reading system with a wireless system that collects multiple remote reads per day. The new system will allow for better leak detection, increased billing accuracy, and improved customer service.

AMI works via wireless technology to send readings to regional collectors that transmit usage data to City Hall. Regional collectors are located on existing city water towers and at the Newton Water Treatment Plant.

Changing out all of the meters will take about four months. Customers will receive a phone notification no more than one week prior to installation in their area. Water and electric meters are being installed by different crews and installation may take place at different times. Customers do not need to be at their homes or businesses during installation unless their meter is in a locked area.

Customers may track where installations are taking place by visiting the city’s website at newtonnc.gov. For more information, call 828-695-4301.

30-year-old Angelique Sincell Holloway of Rhony Road in Connelly Springs was arrested at about 2:20 Saturday afternoon on one misdemeanor count of shoplifting and one felony count of failure to appear.

She was arrested in connection to a shoplifting incident at the Goodwill Store on North Center Street. Holloway allegedly put on some shoes from the store and left her old shoes on the rack.

She was in the manager’s office when Police arrived. A routine records check turned up the outstanding felony warrant for her arrest. That warrant was issued in Burke County on July 20.

Holloway was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $135,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for September 21 in Morganton.

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.