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Wednesday, 10 December 2014 06:58

Mooresville Woman Charged with Child Abuse

30-year-old Valerie Rose Wirtheim of Mooresville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers and charged with child abuse, resisting officers and injury to real property.

On December 7, Deputies responded to reports of children being assaulted by their mother on Carolina Wren Drive in Mooresville. The owner of the residence said a female who was renting a room from her had assaulted a 13-year-old child and an 8-year-old child.

Deputies learned that the 13-year-old female had been thrown on the bed and struck on her head by her mother, Valerie Rose Wirtheim. When the 8-year-old son tried to stop the mother, he was also struck on the side of his head. Deputies noticed signs of assault on both children. They spoke to Wirtheim, who admitted to assaulting her children.

As Deputies placed Wirtheim under arrest, she resisted and kicked a hole in the sheet-rock wall.

Wirtheim was transported to the Iredell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $4,000. She will appear in District Court on January 5.

The Newton Parks & Recreation Department is teaming up with In My Father’s House for a Christmas Gospel Fest & Community Outreach. The event will take place from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 20, at the Central Recreation Center, 301 South Ervin Avenue. The first 50 Catawba County families to arrive will receive toys, clothes and food.

Gospel performers and groups with talent to share must register by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 12. Entry forms are available at the Central Recreation Center; at the Newton Parks & Recreation Department, 23 South Brady Avenue; and at In My Father’s House, 19 East “A” Street.

Those attending are asked to bring an item of canned or non-perishable food to the event. Donations will help the Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry provide food to families in need during the holidays.

For more information, call program coordinator Charles James at 828-695-4350 or center supervisor Linda McCorkle at 828-465-7477.

Tuesday, 09 December 2014 17:04

Fire Caused by Unattended Cigarette

At 4:27 on this morning (December 9), Hickory Firefighters responded to a fire at 940 27th Street N.E., unit #110. On arrival, Firefighters reported smoke coming from the residence. The occupants were safely outside the structure. The occupants said a working smoke alarm alerted them to the incident.

Responding with two engines, one ladder, one rescue unit and one command unit, Firefighters worked to contain and extinguish the fire, which was reported under control at 4:40 a.m.

No injuries were reported and damages were considered heavy.

Catawba County E.M.S. and Hickory Police also responded to the incident. Investigators say the fire was caused by an unattended smoldering cigarette.

50-year-old Anthony Wayne Duncan of Boggs Road in Claremont was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police yesterday for possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

He was initially arrested in August of this year when Police spotted a vehicle at McDonald’s on South Center street and recognized it from a “be on the lookout call” issued in Caldwell County in connection to an attempted breaking & entering. Police stopped the vehicle on Highway 70 S.E.

A search turned up 1.6 grams of heroin, 2.2 grams of marijuana, one Alprazolam pill, one Clonazepam pill and a .25 caliber Baretta handgun. Jessica Renee Pendleton and Duncan were both charged at the time. Yesterday’s felony indictment comes in connection to the firearms charge against Duncan.

Duncan was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He will appear in Superior Court on December 12 in Newton.

Lincolnton Police are asking for the public’s help in solving a crime that occurred on Monday, November 10 when Officer Ashley Boyles responded to a larceny call at the Wal-Mart store on North General’s Boulevard in Lincolnton.

Upon arrival, Officer Boyles spoke with loss prevention personnel who said a black male dressed in coveralls with a camo print left the store with a bicycle and a tan backpack without paying for the merchandise.

Officer Rick Hensley of the Lincolnton Police Department is investigating the case. Anyone with information should contact the Lincolnton Police Department at 704-736-8900 or Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

27-year-old Amanda Jean Tillman of N.W. Vance Street in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (December 8) on charges of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of methamphetamine and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. Following her arrest, Tillman was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $15,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.

Brushy Mountain Golf Club will hold a ribbon cutting and open house tomorrow in celebration of the opening of their new lodges. Guests are invited to come and tour the facilities. The Mayor of Taylorsville, Alexander County Commissioners and representatives from the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce will be on hand to offer congratulatory remarks.

Brushy Mountain Golf Club is located at 300 Golf Course Lane in Taylorsville. The event will be held on Wednesday, December 10 from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m.

For more information, contact Baxter Hayes at 828-632-4804 or baxter.hayes@brushymountaingolf.com.


40-year-old Jill Elizabeth Rowell of Hoyle Street in Valdese was arrested last Friday (December 5) by Hickory Police on a charge of receiving stolen property.


She was arrested shortly after 7:30 p.m. Friday when an H.P.D. Officer saw a gold Nissan Maxima traveling southbound on Highway 321 N.W. displaying a fictitious registration plate. A vehicle stop was conducted in the parking lot at Jack in the Box restaurant. Rowell was written a citation for driving while license revoked and displaying a fictitious license plate.


After giving the citation, the Officer asked to search the vehicle. During the search, the Officer located numerous stolen items. During the booking process, Rowell, who claimed to be pregnant, complained of stomach pains and was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center. She was seen and released. According to Police, Rowell has made similar complaints during previous arrests.


She was given a $10,000 secured bond due to the fact that she was already out on bond. Her next appearance in a Catawba County courtroom was set for January 21. She will appear in Burke County Superior Court on January 12 for felony breaking & entering a motor vehicle and in Burke County District Court on January 27 and February 3 on a variety of vehicular charges. Rowell also has a District Court date in Lenoir on February 12 on charges of larceny and possession of stolen goods.


Since 2010, Rowell has been arrested on multiple occasions by Hickory Police and Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers for receiving stolen property, misdemeanor larceny, shoplifting and felony larceny by anti-inventory device.


As part of the Artists-in-Schools Program, the Caldwell Arts Council, the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center and Caldwell County Schools will present two productions to Caldwell County students tomorrow and Thursday (December 10 & 11). “A Christmas Carol” and “Shakespeare on Trial” will be staged at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir.

“A Christmas Carol” is performed solely by Jeremy Webb, playing all the roles. It will be performed December 10 at 12:15 p.m. “Shakespeare on Trial” is a combination of drama and farce. The performance is scheduled for December 11 at 9:30 a.m.  

Both productions only for the benefit of Caldwell County Students only and are not open to the general public. For more information, call 828-754-2486 or visit www.caldwellarts.com.

Lincolnton Police are investigating the death of Johnny Kenneth Roseboro, who was found Sunday (December 7) on the railroad tracks near the 1200 block of East Gaston Street in Lincolnton.

Police took a call during the early morning hours Sunday regarding a subject who had been hit by a train. Officers arrived to find a black male on the railroad tracks. The man was identified as Johnny Roseboro. Lincoln County E.M.S. responded and pronounced Roseboro dead at the scene.

According to the train’s conductor and engineer, Roseboro was seen sitting on the tracks, but he did not respond to the train’s alerting systems.

Mr. Roseboro’s next of kin have been notified by the Lincolnton Police Department.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information should call Officer Michael Reep at 704-736-8900 or contact Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.