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Frye Regional Medical Center has been designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The designation is a voluntary program that recognizes facilities that have committed to practice safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer.

In order to earn the designation, facilities must be accredited by the ACR in computed tomography (CT) in the chest module and the facility must undergo a rigorous assessment of its lung cancer screening protocol and infrastructure. Also required are procedures in place for follow-up patient care, such as counseling and smoking cessation programs.

For more information about the Lung Cancer Screening Center designation, visit acr.org/Quality-Safety/Lung-Cancer-Screening-Center.

27-year-old Angela Lynn Calloway of Laws Street in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (October 23) on charges of D.W.I., possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor child abuse, reckless driving and driving while license revoked. Calloway was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. She will appear in District Court on December 15 in Lenoir.

22-year-old Christopher Isaiah Fuller of 5th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested yesterday afternoon (October 23) by Hickory Police on misdemeanor counts of assault on a female, communicating threats, failure to appear on a misdemeanor (two counts), a probation violation and second-degree trespass. He also faces charges from the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office for speeding, driving while license revoked and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Fuller’s arrest yesterday was the result of a domestic dispute involving a family member. No significant injuries were reported.

Fuller is on probation as he serves a 36-month suspended sentence following an April 2014 conviction in Catawba County for possession of stolen goods and injury to personal property. The failure to appear warrants come in connection to charges of injury to real property, injury to personal property, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.

Following his arrest, Fuller was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $42,000 secured bond. Court dates were set for October 27, October 29, November 18 and January 27.

As construction continues on the Interstate 40/77 interchange improvement project in Statesville, the N.C. Department of Transportation will temporarily close the I-40 eastbound on-ramp from U.S. 21 to I-40 eastbound beginning Monday, October 27, at 9 a.m. The closure will remain in place until Thursday, October 30, at 6 a.m.

During the on-ramp closure, crews will work on asphalt and adding a guardrail & concrete barrier wall, as well as placing new traffic markings.

A signed detour route will be in place directing eastbound I-40 traffic to take I-40 westbound to N.C. 115 (Exit 150) and then back to I-40 eastbound.

When the ramp reopens on Thursday morning, all I-40 eastbound traffic heading to I-77 southbound must exit at the US-21/new I-77 South Exit (Exit 151). The existing I-77 southbound ramp will be closed off by a concrete barrier wall. Message boards will be placed on I-40 eastbound at the same locations as the U.S. 21 Exit signs.

If motorists miss the new southbound exit, they can take the exit for I-77 northbound, continue around the loop ramp to I-40 westbound and continue around the Loop to the I-77 southbound ramp.

Friday, 24 October 2014 11:38

Hazardous Waste Collection Set for November 1

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Catawba County's next one-day household hazardous waste collection will be held at L.P. Frans Stadium, 2500 Clement Boulevard off Highway 321 in northwest Hickory, on Saturday, November 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Household products such as paints, cleansers, solvents, antifreeze, batteries, used motor oils, computer equipment, radios, mobile phones, TVs, VCRs, calculators, copiers and plastic bags are among the items that will be properly disposed of or recycled.

Those products should not be thrown away, poured out on the ground or buried. They are hazardous and could easily contaminate ground water.

Paints and electronic wastes are also now taken at the Blackburn Landfill at 4017 Rocky Ford Road in Newton Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The County has contracted with Ecoflo to handle the collection of household hazardous waste and eCycleSecure to collect electronic waste. eCycleSecure will destroy data and data bearing devices. However, Catawba County cannot guarantee the non-disclosure of any information left on equipment.

For more information, contact the Catawba County Department of Utilities & Engineering at 828-465-8217.

44-year-old Jose Jesus Silva Villasenor of Shell Street in Lincolnton was arrested by Lincolnton Police Wednesday (October 22) for felony indecent liberties with a child.

Officer Travis Jones responded Wednesday to a residence in Lincolnton in reference to an indecent liberties call. Officer Jones spoke to a juvenile victim and the victim’s mother. The juvenile was reportedly victimized by inappropriate sexual actions from a male friend of the family. As the result of the investigation, Jose Jesus Silva Villasenor was developed as a suspect in the case.

Villasenor was arrested and placed in the Lincoln County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond. He will appear in District Court on November 6.

This case is still under investigation. Additional charges are probable.

Friday, 24 October 2014 10:47

Lincolnton Woman Faces Felony Meth Charges

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36-year-old Christy Michelle King of Beaumont Lane in Lincolnton was arrested at her residence yesterday (October 23) by Lincolnton Police Officer Rick Hensley and Det. Dwayne McAllister. She was charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine and the sale or delivery of meth. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted in the arrest.

King’s arrest was the result of a two-month investigation involving the sale and distribution of methamphetamine in Lincolnton. The investigation began as the result of citizens’ complaints and information provided to the Lincolnton Police Department. The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible.

After her arrest, King was placed in the Lincoln County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today.

King has previous convictions for resisting a public officer, criminal contempt, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, larceny and several traffic related offenses.

Friday, 24 October 2014 06:58

Public's Help Sought in Alexander County B&Es

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The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance from the public regarding multiple break-ins.

Just after noon yesterday (October 23) the 9-1-1 Center received a call about a breaking & entering that had just occurred in the area of 5145 U.S. Highway 64-90 West. Officers responded and found that a glass door had been broken out of a residence. A short time later, 9-1-1 received additional calls from the Ellendale area regarding break-ins there.

Officers have obtained some information regarding a suspect. That person is described as a white male with a medium build. He is 30-35 years old, wearing a black toboggan and white gloves. The suspect vehicle is described as a black sedan, possibly a Chevrolet Impala or a Nissan Maxima.

Anyone with information regarding the vehicle or the suspect should contact Alexander County Crime Stoppers at 828-632-8555 or the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office 828-632-1111.

Friday, 24 October 2014 06:54

Taylorsville Man Charged with Indecent Liberties

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38-year-old Michael Dale Crouch of Taylorsville has been arrested by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers on a charge of felony indecent liberties with a child. The arrest is the result of an ongoing investigation involving an eight-year-old victim. Crouch, who lived in a home with his father, allegedly held "sleepovers" with children in a shed behind the residence.

The suspect was taken into custody on October 17. Bond for Crouch was set at $15,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court on October 20. Crouch will next appear in an Alexander County courtroom on November 3.

More charges are possible as the investigation continues.

Excavation continues at the construction site for the new I-85 weigh station in Gaston County. Crews will temporarily shut down a portion of the interstate Sunday (October 26) to perform a brief blasting operation.

The blast will be very similar to the four previous blasts that occurred in late August, early September and last weekend at the site near Bessemer City. The blast will go off at 10 a.m. and should last only a few seconds. Citizens in the area during the blast will likely hear a brief, low rumble, similar to thunder.

A portion of I-85 will be closed down briefly before, during and after the blast to ensure debris from the blast doesn't cause any damage. Crews will begin closing down I-85 near the construction site about 30 minutes before the blast.

The project is scheduled for completion in November 2016.

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