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46-year-old Mavis Yvette Clark of Emmanuel Church Road in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:15 last night (January 14) on one misdemeanor count of larceny and one felony count of habitual larceny.

She is accused of stealing one 24-ounce can of beer from the Total Convenience Market on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Clark has previous larceny convictions in 1995 and 1998 and two convictions last year.

Clark was taken into custody without incident at the store and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Hickory.

Thursday, 15 January 2015 12:36

Details Sketchy in "Alleged" Watauga County Homicide

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The Watauga Co. Sheriff’s Office has released a brief, preliminary statement regarding an “alleged” homicide on Smith Henson Road in Sugar Grove.

Two men and one woman are currently in custody. Neither their identities nor the identity of the victim have been released.

No injuries to responding Sheriff’s Officers were reported.

Yesterday (January 14), Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) was named by House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling to serve as the Vice Chairman of the full committee for the 114th Congress.

During the 113th Congress, McHenry led the committee's efforts to investigate racial and gender discrimination at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau while serving as the Chairman of the committee's Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee.

McHenry has served on the Financial Services Committee since his first term in 2005. In addition to serving as Vice Chairman of the full committee, McHenry will be a member of the Capital Markets & Government Sponsored Enterprises Subcommittee, as well as the Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee.

Thursday, 15 January 2015 11:30

Three Arrested in Connection to Suspected Meth Lab

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36-year-old Jamie Cook Fox and 38-year-old Heath Lee Simmons, who are both listed as homeless persons from Hickory, along with 29-year-old Timothy Ray Whisenant, Jr. of Lick Mountain Drive in Hudson, were all arrested by Hickory Police late Wednesday or early Thursday (January 14 & 15). They were all charged with felony possession or distribution of meth precursor chemicals and misdemeanor breaking & entering. Fox was also charged with resisting an officer on a warrant from 2014, while Simmons faces additional charges from Caldwell County dating back to last year for failure to appear on one count each of possession of stolen goods and possession of a stolen automobile.

Few details are available, but the arrests come in connection to a suspected meth lab. At last report, Hickory Police were holding on the scene, awaiting the arrival of Agents from the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation.

All three suspects were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond for Fox was set at $52,000, secured. Simmons was given a $65,000 secured bond and Whisenant was placed under a $20,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for tomorrow (January 16).

Thursday, 15 January 2015 10:58

Breaking And Entering Charge Filed

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30-year-old Matthew Tyler Teague was arrested Wednesday by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony forced breaking and entering. Following the arrest, Teague was placed in jail under $20,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Friday (January 16).

Thursday, 15 January 2015 10:46

Felony Larceny Charge Filed In Wednesday Arrest

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21-year-old Ashley Nicole Phillips was arrested Wednesday (January 14) by authorities in Burke County. Phillips is charged with one count of felony larceny. Following the arrest, Phillips was placed in jail under $15,000 secured bond. A first court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, January 15).

Thursday, 15 January 2015 08:55

Woman Charged With Felony Larceny In Burke County

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21-year-old Crystal Nicole Connell was arrested Wednesday (January 14) by authorities in Burke County. She’s charged with felony larceny. Following the arrest, Connell was jailed under $20,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, January 15).

The child passenger safety seat inspection station operated by Catawba County Public Health’s Early Childhood Support Team has moved to the team’s new offices, which are located with the Catawba County Partnership for Children at 738 4th Street SW in Hickory. Child passenger safety seat inspections are provided to the public at no cost and can be scheduled at this location by calling the Early Childhood Support Team at (828) 695-6595 or (828) 695-6576. Motorists are advised to bring their vehicle, child, and child passenger safety seat to their appointment.

During the visit, Early Childhood Support team staff will review the installation of the seat and demonstrate how to correctly install and remove it according to manufacturer recommendations. Staff will also make sure the child is properly secured in the seat. Children under eight years of age or under 80 pounds are required by law to be properly restrained in an approved child passenger safety seat while riding in a car. National statistics show that a majority of child safety seats are not installed properly. “Child safetyseats and vehicles vary greatly, so getting the installation right can be a real challenge,” said Tonya Moss, RN, Early Childhood Support Team, Catawba County Public Health. “Our goal is to give parents confidence in their use of child safety seats to help ensure their children are as safe and secure as possible inside their vehicles.”

The Early Childhood Support Team is one of many local agencies providing child safety seat inspections through the Safe Kids Catawba County child passenger safety initiative. Recently, the team’s nurses and other Safe Kids partners conducted 344 documented car seat inspections during the United Way’s Christmas Bureau two-day event. The majority of the seats checked during that event had not been installed properly. Catawba County Public Health’s Early Childhood Support Team is a Smart Start funded project through the Catawba County Partnership for Children. Located off Fairgrove Church Road behind Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, N.C.

Catawba County Public Health provides health and education services to eligible men, women, and children in the community. For more information, please call (828) 695-5800 or visit www.catawbacountync.gov/phealth.

Thursday, 15 January 2015 06:51

Lenoir Man Charged With Assault

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26-year-old Timothy Juan Bush of Evans Street in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (January 14) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with assault inflicting serious injury and failure to appear. Bush was incarcerated at the Caldwell County Detention Center under $11,500 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for March 2.

46-year-old Todd Vernon Clontz of Terry Street in Conover was arrested Wednesday (January 14) by troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. Clontz is charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a felon. Following the arrest, Clontz was detained at the Caldwell County Detention Center under $40,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, January 15) in Lenoir.