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The following is a statement from Boone Chief of Police Dana Crawford:

“On September 16, 2014, the Boone Police Department received preliminary information from Dr. Lantz, the forensic pathologist who performed the autopsy on Anna M. Smith. These are only initial findings and other testing will be completed according to Dr. Lantz. Dr. Lantz provided the following information:

• There were no injuries to the head, neck, chest, or pelvic region.
• There were indications of asphyxia.
• The date of death is consistent with the amount of time that Anna had been missing.
• A toxicology examination request has been made to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (this testing could take 6-8 weeks).

We want to reassure the Smith family and the community that we have not completed this investigation, in fact, we are just beginning. We know that this information gives the appearance that this was not a homicide, but we must do everything within our power to make sure. We will continue to work toward the goal of answering as many questions about Anna’s death as possible. We are grateful for the full cooperation of our law enforcement partners to include: the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, The Federal Bureau of Investigation, The ASU Police Department, and the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office.”

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 14:47

HIGH COUNTRY CRIME STOPPERS “CRIME ALERT”

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High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s assistance in solving the following crime:

On Monday, September 15, 2014, at approximately 12:26 PM, a Giant brand bicycle with red rims valued at $1700 was stolen from Magic Cycles located at 140 S Depot Street. The perpetrator is described as a white male, approximately 20 years-of-age, 5’10” and 175 lbs.

Anyone with information on this crime or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 / 828-737-0125 or the Boone Police Department at 828-268-6900. You may also submit a Crime Stoppers Tip via our website at https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtips.aspx?AgencyID=1251 or Text "NCTIP plus your tip" to 274637 (CRIMES). All information will be kept confidential.

High Country Crime Stoppers pays rewards for information, which leads to arrests; recovery of stolen property; seizure of drugs and the location of wanted persons.

On April 8, 2010 Patrol Deputy Brandon Posey, now a Sergeant with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, responded to a vehicle break-in call involving a theft from a vehicle at a residence in the 1800 block of Logan Lane, Denver, NC.

Someone had entered the garage of the house after the resident forgot to put down the garage door on the night of April 7, 2010 and when the owner got ready to leave home the next day she noticed that her purse had been moved and the glove box opened. The suspect in the case removed two containers of prescription medication of Xanax and Vicodin along with $50 in cash.

With no visible evidence to use in the break-in Deputy Posey checked the vehicle for any type prints. He was able to lift fingerprints and palm prints from the vehicle. The prints were taken to Gaston County where they were processed and entered in the FBI’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System.

On September 15, 2014 the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the FBI that they were able to come up with a match for the palm print. Sgt. Posey secured warrants on the suspect, Jordan Andres Suarez, 23, of 2485 Hovis Road, Lincolnton, NC on one felony count each of Breaking and Entering a Building, Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle, and Larceny after Breaking and Entering. He was taken before a magistrate and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $15,000 secured bond.

Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter said, “I have always believed that if we process all crime scenes, no matter how small, it may pay off in the end with huge dividends such as this. Fingerprinting evidence works and I am thankful we attempt to do that in everything we deal with.”

On Saturday, October 4, 2014, the town of Mars Hill, NC, will be transformed into a celebration of traditional music, dance, locally made arts and crafts, and of course delicious food. Two of the finest festivals in the Southern Appalachian region - the twenty-year-old Mars Hill Heritage Festival and the forty-seven year old Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival - join to showcase and preserve our rich traditions. You won’t walk away without a smile and a renewed appreciation for all that this community shares. Both festivals are free.


The Heritage Festival welcomes more than 100 artisans and crafters whose booths will line College and Main Streets, offering a wide variety of handmade crafts. You may not even notice as you stroll from one festival into the other. The aroma of apple butter cooking in an iron kettle will draw you toward the adjacent quad where the Lunsford Festival’s craft demonstrations, traditional old-time and mountain music, ballad singing, and dancing compliments Main Street’s offerings with a little punch of October color under the maple trees. Local farmers will be offering jams, jellies, cheese, freshly baked cakes, and breads. Free workshops will be available for music lovers.

There will be a Festival Shuttle Bus from the parking lot at the I-26 exchange (Exit 11) to take you right to the festival. Look for the “shuttle bus” signs when you exit the highway.

For more information on the Heritage Festival visit www.marshillheritagefestival.org. For more information on the Lunsford Festival visit www.lunsfordfestival.com

On Saturday, September 27, Catawba County Public Health and health departments in Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln and Mecklenburg counties will distribute free potassium iodide (KI) to residents living within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) of the McGuire and Catawba Nuclear Stations.

Catawba County's specific EPZ is bordered by Hwy 150 on the north, the Catawba County line on the south, Lake Norman on the east, and Grassy Creek Road on the west. The most recent distribution of KI to EPZ residents occurred in 2010.

KI is an over-the-counter medication that can protect the thyroid gland if a person is exposed to radioactive iodine released during an emergency at a nuclear power plant. If taken within the appropriate time and at the proper dose, KI blocks the thyroid from absorbing radioactive iodine and reduces the risk of thyroid cancer.

Those living within Catawba County’s EPZ may pick up KI at Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue, located at 4011 Slanting Bridge Road in Sherrills Ford, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 27.

KI should be kept in a safe, accessible location and should only be taken when instructed by emergency officials in the event of a nuclear power plant emergency. The protective effects of KI only last for several hours. Expired KI tablets can be disposed of by crushing and discarding with the household garbage.

Residents are reminded that following this special distribution event, participating counties will continue to make KI available at no charge to EPZ residents through their local health departments. For more information about KI distribution in Catawba County, please contact Catawba County Public Health at (828) 695-5800.


Catawba County Public Health, located off Fairgrove Church Road behind Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, N.C., works to protect, promote, and improve the health of all county residents. For more information, please call (828) 695-5800 or visit www.catawbacountync.gov/phealth.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 09:51

Hiddenite Festival Road Race Coming Up

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Alexander County is planning its Hiddenite Festival Road Race in conjunction with the Hiddenite Celebration of the Arts on Saturday, September 27. The event will feature three races including a 5K (3.1 miles), a 10K (6.2 miles), and a half-marathon (13.1 miles).

The half-marathon course starts at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. The 10K course starts on Allen Road at the end of Rocky Springs Road. The 5K starts on York Institute Road. All races begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at the Hiddenite Center's Lucas Mansion, home of the Alexander County Visitor Center. The courses are on paved, hilly, rural state roads passing by many farms, churches, uninhabited woodlands, and Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area.

Six aid stations will be provided for the half-marathon, with three aid stations for the 10K, and two aid stations for the 5K. Both the 10K and half-marathon courses are USA Track and Field certified; however, the 5K course is not certified.

Registration fee for the half-marathon is $25 and the fee is $20 for the 5K and 10K events. Registration cost does not include a race shirt, so please add $10 if you would like a shirt. To register, mail a check (made payable to Alexander County) and completed entry form to: Hiddenite Festival Road Race, 621 Liledoun Road, Taylorsville, NC 28681. A limited number of shirts will be available for purchase on race day.

Race packets and numbers may be picked up at the Alexander County Administration Office (621 Liledoun Road in Taylorsville) on Friday, September 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Late registrations will also be accepted that day. Race number pickup and registration will be at Hiddenite Elementary School (374 Sulphur Springs Road, Hiddenite) from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 27.

Awards will be presented to the top three overall males and females in all three races. Masters awards will be presented to the first male and female over age 40 in each race. There will be no age group awards. There will be no duplication of awards. No awards will be mailed. Custom medals are for finishers only, and will be presented at the finish line. Awards will also be presented at the finish line.

Race vans will be available at Hiddenite Elementary School for runners only. The vans will take runners to the starting line for all races. Van will run from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. There will be no post-race van service. Runners are encouraged to use the free race vans before the race to avoid having to return for a car after the event.

To download the registration form, directions, and course map, visit www.alexandercountync.gov/events/hiddenite-festival-road-race/. For more information, call Rick French, Race Director, at (828) 632-9332.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 09:36

Woman Leads Police on Chase ending in Burke County

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40- year old Jill Elizabeth Rowell of Hoyle Street in Maiden was arrested yesterday.   According to the Hickory Police, Rowell was in the parking lot of Kohl’s when she was suspected of shoplifting.

She then led police on a chase that ended in Burke County where she was arrested at the Patsy Ann’s restaurant on Main Street in Valdese.  Valdese Police deployed stop sticks to end the chase at around 2 pm.

When police searched the vehicle they found socks, jeans, and perfume, along with several items from Dollar General. 

Rowell is charged with fleeing arrest with a motor vehicle, shoplifting, habitual larceny, driving while license revokes, and reckless driving to endanger. Rowell is also charged with misdemeanor larceny and resisting a public officer.

Rowell’s first court appearance was scheduled for today, and her next court date is October 7th.

Rowell is being held under a $91,000 bond.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 06:51

Program to Honor Four Women of American History

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Tomorrow a program in Newton will honor 4 women who made history.  On September 18th at 10:30 am Abernathy Laurels will host "This Old Hat, Patriots of Liberty". 

The program features a one woman musical where four women of American history will be portrayed.  Betsy Ross, Deborah Sampson, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Ameilia Earhart's stories will come to life during this presentation. 

The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, or to make a reservation to attend the event, call Robert Hartsell at 828-465-8519.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 06:42

Lenoir Man Accused of Stabbing

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A Lenoir man is in jail after he was accused of stabbing another man in the chest.

20 year old Bobby Lee Holsclaw, was mentioned on the WHKY News Crime Report yesterday.  He was charged with one count of felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.  He is being held under a $250000 bond. 

Lenoir police say they responded to a reported stabbing on Monday afternoon when they found the victim Roger Evans lying on the ground. 

Evans told Police that Holsclaw stabbed him, and that Holsclaw fled the scene shortly after.  Evans was taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, and he is in stable condition.

Police arrested Holsclaw later that evening about one mile away from the crime scene. 

 

Gold mining in North Carolina will be discussed by Vivian P. Hopkins on Thursday, Sept. 25, while Dr. Gary Freeze will address bypasses and highways in Catawba County on Tuesday, Sept. 30. Both presentations begin at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Main Library in Newton. The public is cordially invited.

Hopkins, vice president of the Historic Gold Hill and Mines Foundation of Rowan County, will present her Road Scholar talk “If Picks and Shovels Could Talk: Gold Mining History in North Carolina.” The Wilkes County native has spent much of her life researching gold mining history in the state and has authored several books on the subject.

She currently serves as vice president of the Historic Gold Hill Foundation. Her appearance is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Freeze, a professor of history at Catawba College in Salisbury, will share research about the impact of Business Route 321, Interstate 40 and other local highways. He is at work on his third book of Catawba County history—The Catawbans Volume III due out next year.

Freeze, a Salisbury resident, is regarded as Catawba County’s historian, having written several volumes concerning Catawba County history over the years. Other topics in his program series will be baby boomers on Nov. 11 and shopping malls and mass merchandisers on Dec. 2.

Both programs are suitable for students and adults. For more information about either program, contact Tammy Wilson, public information officer, at 465-8661. .

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