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A 16-year-old was injured yesterday (October 21) when a garbage truck ran over his foot as he attempted to board a stopped school bus in Caldwell County.

The accident happened Tuesday morning on Connelly Springs Road, south of Lenoir. According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the bus driver began blowing his horn in an effort to get the attention of teenagers waiting to board the bus as a Blue Ridge sanitation truck heading in the opposite direction came toward them.

The Highway Patrol said the bus did have all its lights on and its stop-arm extended for nearly ten seconds before the accident.  

The driver of the garbage truck, 49-year-old Larry Shew, is charged with failure to stop for a stopped school bus.  He is scheduled to appear in a Lenoir courtroom tomorrow.

The 16-year-old was treated and released at a local hospital.

The accident occurred during the Highway Patrol's "Operation Stop-Arm." The school district has cameras on the outside of some of its buses in an attempt to catch drivers who break the law.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 17:14

Man Wanted for Forgery & More in Old Fort

31-year-old Gary Fred Collins is wanted by Old Fort Police. He is wanted on charges of obtaining property by false pretense, forgery of an instrument, uttering a forged instrument and larceny. Collins is also listed as an absconder from probation.

Collins is a white male with brown hair and blue eyes. He is approximately 6’0” tall and weighs about 160 pounds. He is missing his left arm below the elbow.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Gary Fred Collins should contact McDowell County Crime Stoppers at 828-65-CRIME. Callers may remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward.

37-year-old Jeremy Creed Robinson of Burton Cove Road in Marshall is wanted by Old Fort Police on charges of providing fictitious information to an officer and resisting a public officer.

A vehicle driven by Robinson was stopped on September 26 for a revoked tag. Robinson gave Officers a fictitious driver’s license. During the course of the vehicle stop, Robinson jumped out of the vehicle and ran into a wooded area.

Robinson is a white male with brown hair and blue eyes. He is 5’8” tall, weighing 150 pounds with a medium build.

Robinson was last seen in the area of Red Town Road in Old Fort. He is also wanted in Madison County on several larceny charges and probation violations.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Jeremy Creed Robinson should contact McDowell County Crime Stoppers at 828-65-CRIME. Callers may remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward.

19-year-old Larry Gene Smith of 20th Street N.E. in Hickory has been charged by Alexander County Sheriff’s Investigators with six counts of breaking & entering a place of worship and four counts of larceny after breaking & entering.

The warrants were issued on October 17 after an investigation of church break-ins across Alexander County. Smith is in custody at the Catawba Co. Detention Facility following his arrest by Hickory Police earlier this month on similar charges in Catawba County.

He is being held under a $25,000 secured bond with a court date in Newton set for October 30. No court dates in Alexander County are currently listed.

34-year-old Amanda Diane Collier of 3rd Street Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:30 last night on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Collier was wanted for second-degree theft of property in Mobile, Alabama.

She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for October 27 in Newton.

Conover attorney H. Kent Crowe passed away this morning (October 21) while attending a Candidates Forum at the Conover Station.

Mr. Crowe fell ill shortly before the event was set to begin at approximately 8 a.m. today. Judge Gregory R. Hayes and Seth Mabry of the “Observer News Enterprise” performed C.P.R. until first responders arrived on the scene. Paramedics continued C.P.R. and transported Mr. Crowe to Catawba Valley Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Unconfirmed reports suggest that Mr. Crowe died of a ruptured aorta.  He was 53.

Mr. Crowe practiced law at the firm of Crowe & Davis, P.A. in Conover. He was attending the forum in support of N.C. State Senate candidate Pat Hensley.

He is survived by his wife, Crystal Davis, who is an attorney for Catawba County Schools.

The Candidates Forum was canceled.

38-year-old Tina Michelle Duke of Tahoe Lane in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of misdemeanor larceny and felony obtaining property by false pretense.

The incident was reported on September 26 when the victim told Det. Sgt. Scott Maple that his sister, Tina Duke, stole a personal check from him. An investigation revealed that Duke passed the stolen check in the amount of $100 at the Bank of America branch in Troutman.

An arrest warrant was issued and Duke was taken into custody on October 17. She was taken to the Iredell County Jail under a $1,000 secured bond. Her next appearance in District Court was set for November 10.

A team of telecommunicators from the Catawba County Communications Center who worked cooperatively on an August 14, 2013 call has been recognized for its work that morning. The team has been recognized with the Communications Team of the Year Award from the North Carolina Chapter of the National Emergency Number Association (NENA). They were presented with the honor by North Carolina NENA President Jonathan Bledsoe at the October 20 meeting of the Catawba County Board of Commissioners.

During the call, a woman’s voice was heard saying, “someone’s in my house.” Most of the rest of the call was filled with shouted threats in a man’s voice and the woman’s screams.

The team, which includes Shift Supervisor Tammy Saunders and Radio Telecommunicators Cynthia Short, Greg Holland and Matthew Sparks, tried everything they could to find the woman. They were eventually able to obtain the suspect’s cell phone number. Although the incident ended with the woman’s death in Gaston County when she was hit by other vehicles after escaping from her kidnapper on Highway 321, the work of the team led to the surrender of the suspect, who was later convicted.

According to Jerry Boggs, Catawba County’s Telecommunications Administrator, the 9-1-1 Center received a call from the victim’s stepfather, who said the suspect had called him, stating that he had the man’s daughter and had stabbed her. A Communications Center team member was able to get the suspect’s name and cell number. Team members called the suspect and tried to get him to tell them where the female was and her condition. A member of the team continued to talk to the suspect, trying to get him to turn himself in, while others searched for the description of the suspect vehicle.

They ultimately persuaded the suspect to come back to Catawba County and surrender. The Communications Team’s actions led to the surrender of the suspect, Aaron Compton, Jr. Compton was convicted in April 2014 for the kidnapping and murder of Tabatha Spake Heavner and sentenced to life in prison.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 11:15

Hudson Woman Arrested on Multiple Charges

18-year-old Brittany Nicole Pearson of Lick Mountain Drive in Hudson was arrested Sunday (October 20) by Lenoir Police on two counts of failure to appear and one count each of misdemeanor breaking & entering, possession of stolen property, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, first-degree trespass and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Following her arrest, Pearson was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $8,000, secured. District Court dates in Lenoir were scheduled for October 30 and November 10. She has additional court dates on November 6, December 18 and January 15 for shoplifting, possession of drug paraphernalia, larceny by changing price tag, larceny and possession of stolen goods.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 11:08

Hickory Woman Charged with I.D. Theft

39-year-old April Dawn Hembree of Wilson Road in Hickory was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (October 20) on charges of felony identity theft and misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce. Hembree was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $6,000, secured. She will appear in Superior Court on November 3 in Lenoir.