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25-year-old Joshua Caleb Ritch of Scarlett Ridge Way in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (April 27) for failure by a sex offender to register a change of address.

Ritch is on the sex offender registry as the result of a December 2010 conviction in Catawba County on three counts of indecent liberties with a minor. The offenses occurred in 2009 and 2010 and involved a ten-year-old victim.

Following his arrest yesterday, Ritch was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $5,000, secured. He will appear in Superior Court on July 13.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 10:55

Silver Alert Issued for Gastonia Woman

The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered woman, 76-year-old Lillian Lovenir Guyton. Ms. Guyton is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

Ms. Guyton is a black female. She is 5' 5" tall and weighs 130 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes.

Ms. Guyton was last seen at 114 Midway Drive in Gastonia. She may be traveling in a 2012 silver and white Toyota Yaris with N.C. license tag AMV8307.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Lillian Lovenir Guyton should call Det. Fleming at the Gastonia City Police Department at 704-866-6702.

28-year-old Jarrel Shavar Niles of 13th Street Place N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday (April 25) on one felony count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and speeding to elude arrest and misdemeanor counts of discharging a firearm within the city limits and driving while license revoked.

He was arrested after Officers responded to a reported dispute with at least one shot fired in the parking lot at the Hickory Tavern on North Center Street after the Tavern had closed for the night. Employees gave Officers a description of the suspect and his vehicle.

Another Officer responding to the scene spotted the vehicle. After a brief chase, the vehicle was stopped on the 1600 block of 29th Avenue N.E. Niles was arrested. 1.7 grams of crack cocaine were found in the vehicle. The handgun was not found.

Niles was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (April 27) in Newton.

21-year-old John Markel Gaither of Highway 16 South in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (April 27) on one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer and two felony probation violations.

He was taken into custody at about 2:30 a.m. after Police responded to the Deluxe Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory in reference to a harassment complaint involving Gaither and his girlfriend. Officers located Gaither on 29th Avenue Place N.E. where he was detained and arrested on the outstanding warrants for his arrest.

The resisting charge was filed after Gaither refused to get into the patrol vehicle. At H.P.D., he refused to be photographed or fingerprinted.

Gaither was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,500 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in court today in Newton.

At about 9:12 this morning (April 27), South Fork Firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire at 2602 Keever Dairy Farm Road in southern Lincoln County.

A neighbor discovered the fire and notified 9-1-1. The neighbor had used a water hose in an attempt to extinguish the fire. Upon arrival, Firefighters found smoke coming from the home. The fire was brought under control by 9:42 a.m. No one was at home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. The home suffered heavy damage.  

Initially the South Fork Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched, along with the Boger City and Alexis fire departments. Due to a lack of hydrants and water supply in the area, the High Shoals Volunteer Fire Department was asked to respond with a tanker. In total, 11 Firefighters, four engines and two tankers responded. Lincoln County E.M.S. was also dispatched for standby.

Investigators from the Lincoln County Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating.

29-year-old Montrell Curtis Barger of Trillium Fields Drive in Charlotte was arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning (April 26) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and misdemeanor resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

He was arrested when an Officer on foot patrol at the Sunny Valley apartment complex on 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory saw two subjects exit an apartment and get into a vehicle. He watched as the two subjects sat in the vehicle with the engine off.

As the Officer approached, he smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle. A subsequent search turned up 9.2 grams of marijuana in the vehicle. Barger, who was in the driver’s seat, was charged. The other subject was not charged.

Barger was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (April 27) in Newton.

46-year-old Teddy Dean Allen of Grier Street in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincolnton Police on charges of manufacturing marijuana and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. 

On Saturday night (April 25), Patrol Officers responded to a domestic disturbance at Allen’s residence. Upon arrival, Officers spoke to both the female and male parties at the residence. Upon further investigation, Officers found and seized two marijuana plants on the property.

Allen was taken into custody and placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in Lincoln County District Court was set for today (April 27).

Allen has previous convictions for indecent liberties with a child, failure by a sex offender to register a change of address, assault on a female and several traffic related charges.

19-year-old Jeffrey Shane Ramsey of 31st Avenue Lane N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:50 Sunday morning (April 26) on warrants out of Alexander County for felony possession of a schedule VI controlled substance with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver and misdemeanor failure to appear on a drug paraphernalia charge.

Following his arrest, Ramsey was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $9,500 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (April 27) in Taylorsville.

On Wednesday (April 22), officials with Lincolnton Middle School contacted Lincolnton High School Resource Officer Jennifer Green of the Lincolnton Police Department in reference to a bomb threat at the middle school campus at 2361 Startown Road. Officer Green and additional Lincolnton Police Officers responded to the school campus.

The school was evacuated and a systematic search of the campus was conducted. No bomb or device being located. No one was injured and no one required medical treatment.

Lincolnton Police Department conducted an investigation, led by Det. Robert Hayes. A suspect was identified. The case has been referred to the Lincoln County Juvenile Court Counselor for review.

Lincoln County E.M.S. and the Lincoln County School System assisted with the investigation.

In celebration of Arbor Day and in support of the City of Hickory’s Earth Day initiative, Frye Regional Medical Center administration and staff on Wednesday (April 22) planted a dogwood tree on the grassy knoll by the Outpatient Therapy entrance facing North Center Street.

Catawba Science Center Lead Naturalist Bruce Beerbower took part in the tree planting ceremony by providing a brief history on the first Earth Day celebration in 1970 and speaking about the dogwood tree. The Catawba Science Center will celebrate Earth Day on Saturday with the “Growing a Green Future” event.

Frye associates will continue through May 15 to engage in activities and events that increase awareness of the environment, create positive change and educate employees, patients and community members about sustainability at Frye.