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Hickory Police continue to ask for the public’s assistance in locating 32-year-old William Pierre Mayfield, who was reported missing by his family on September 24.

Mr. Mayfield was last seen on Sunday, September 21, at approximately 1 a.m. leaving the Total Convenience Market Shell gas station at 327 Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Mayfield arrived and left the store as the passenger in what appeared to be small, silver, late-model four-door vehicle. The driver appeared to be a black male wearing a white shirt. Police say the vehicle may be the same vehicle and person Mayfield was seen leaving his residence with on the 200 block of 1st Street S.E. approximately two hours before.

Police believe Pierre Mayfield attended a party at a house on the 900 block of South Center Street just before or just after leaving the Total Convenience Market.

William Pierre Mayfield goes by Pierre Mayfield. He is a black male with a light complexion and a completely bald head. Mr. Mayfield is 5’8” tall, weighing approximately 135 pounds.

He was last seen wearing a red & black ball cap with a white logo on the front and a red bill; a long red t-shirt shirt with a white and black logo on the chest, dark colored jeans and black shoes.

Police would like to speak with anyone who can identify the person Mayfield was with or the vehicle they were in at the Total Convenience Market or anyone who was at the store on Sunday, September 21 between 12:45 a.m. and 1 a.m. Police would also like to speak to anyone who attended the party on the 900 block of South Center Street.

Anyone with any information about Pierre Mayfield should contact the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551

Linamar North Carolina, Inc. is expanding operations in Buncombe County. The company plans to create 150 new jobs and invest $115 million over the next several years in Arden, near Asheville.

The Linamar Corporation is based in Guelph, Ontario and is a world-class designer and manufacturer of components and systems for the automotive and commercial vehicle industry, energy and mobile industrial markets. Linamar is a leading supplier of engine transmission driveline products and mobile aerial work platforms. The Asheville precision machining facility produces components for commercial diesel engines and off-highway vehicles. It employs nearly 170 workers.

The expansion will establish a gear-manufacturing base in the southeastern United States. Employees in Asheville will manufacture gears for automotive transmissions.

Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual payroll for the new jobs will be nearly $6.4 million.

The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $500,000.

For more information, visit www.linamar.com.

Friday, 31 October 2014 06:58

More Details Released in Felony Meth Arrest

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More details have been released in the arrest of 27-year-old Gareth Todd Nichols of Hazel Lee Street in Lenoir, who was charged with felony manufacturing methamphetamine, felony possession of precursor chemicals and felony maintaining a dwelling to keep or store a controlled substance, as reported yesterday on WHKY.

On October 29, Agents with the Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s I.C.E. Unit and the Lenoir Police Narcotics Division executed a search warrant at Cook’s grandmother’s house, where he lives. The search was the result of several undercover operations.

When Agents entered the home, Nichols was found in the attic. He was in the process of cooking meth and was one step away from having an active meth lab.

Nichols was taken into custody without incident. A search of the residence turned up chemicals used to manufacture meth and equipment used during the manufacturing process. Agents determined that Nichols was using the “one pot” method for cooking meth.

A Special Agent with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, who is clandestine laboratory certified, and a Site Safety Officer were notified and called to the scene to assist. The materials were subsequently collected and properly disposed of.

Nichols was incarcerated in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond. He had a first appearance in District Court in Lenoir yesterday (October 30).

50-year-old Daphne Annette Watkins of Hickory was convicted this week in Catawba Co. Criminal Superior Court for felony habitual misdemeanor larceny. Watkins was sentenced to no less than eight months and no more than 19 months in the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction.

The crime occurred in June 2013 in Hickory and involved the theft of $75 of merchandise from a local retail establishment. Watkins was apprehended on site by Loss Prevention and by the Hickory Police Department. Watkins had previously been convicted of misdemeanor larceny on February 9, 1993 in Burke County, April 8, 1993 in Catawba County, October 12, 2010 in Catawba County and on September 5, 2012 in Catawba County.

Kongpheng Lo of the Hickory Police Department conducted the investigation and Assistant District Attorney Brenda Brewer prosecuted the case. The Honorable Linwood Foust presided over the conviction.

Watkins will be transported to the Division of Adult Correction for processing.

Thursday, 30 October 2014 15:22

Nebo Man Faces Felony Meth Charge

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23-year-old Landon Dale Foster of Sherwood Forest Drive in Nebo has been arrested by McDowell Co. Sheriff’s Officers for felony possession of methamphetamine.

At 11:40 p.m. on Friday, October 17, Deputy Jason Cook stopped a Toyota pickup truck at the intersection of N.C. 126 and U.S. 70 because the automobile matched the description of a vehicle spotted at a break-in. Foster was a passenger in the truck.

The Deputy searched the truck and found a bag in the passenger-side area that contained a crystal substance. Tests revealed that the substance was half a gram of methamphetamine.

Bond was set at $10,000, secured.  No one was charged in connection to the break-in.

Foster will appear in District Court on November 10.

Thursday, 30 October 2014 15:19

McDowell Sheriff Warns of I.R.S. Scam

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McDowell County Sheriff’s Deputies are advising local residents to be aware of con artists making calls posing as I.R.S. employees. The culprits are telling citizens that they have penalties against them and they need to send a money order to the I.R.S.

The Sheriff’s Office says the calls are a scam. The IRS does not call people and ask for money. The I.R.S. will send any correspondence through the U.S. Postal Service.

At least two cases have been reported in McDowell County. For more information, call the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office at 828-652-2235.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Blue Ridge Energies recently presented a check for $3,565 to The Wig Bank of Caldwell County and is making similar contributions in other counties served by the propane provider.

The donation represents a penny for every gallon of propane delivered in Caldwell County during the past year by the company’s pink “Fueling the Fight” delivery truck, designed to increase breast cancer awareness.

The donation will be used to help provide support services offered by The Wig Bank, located across from Caldwell Memorial Hospital. At the Wig Bank, cancer patients receive support services in a non-clinical atmosphere suited to meet the emotional, intellectual and spiritual needs of individuals touched by cancer.

Thursday, 30 October 2014 14:30

Three Accused of Attempting to Steal Scrap Metal

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50-year-old Ray Edward Bass and 53-year-old Roger Lewis Bass, both of Main Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory, along with 47-year-old Nathaniel Wilson of 3rd Street S.W. in Hickory, were all arrested shortly after three o’clock yesterday afternoon (October 29) on felony charges of larceny and breaking & entering. Wilson was also charged with failure to appear on misdemeanor warrants out of Guilford County for speeding and no operator’s license.

They were arrested after Hickory Police took a call regarding a B&E in progress at a vacant commercial building on 1st Avenue S.W. in Hickory. Officers arrived and found the three men removing scrap metal from the building.

Police contacted the owner of the building who said no one had permission to be on the site. The three suspects were taken into custody without incident.

All three men were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for each set at $10,000, secured. The Basses have since been released. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for tomorrow in Newton.

The Oasis Shriners Parade will be held in downtown Hickory this Saturday afternoon (November 1) at 2 p.m. The parade will begin at the corner of Main Avenue N.W. & 5th Street N.W. and will travel through Union Square, back to 1st Avenue N.W. and end at the corner of 1st Avenue N.W. & 5th Street N.W.

The Oasis Shriners Parade will feature clowns, bands, unique small cars and trucks and much more.

The Shriners help thousands of children who have severe physical problems and conditions. For more information, visit www.oasisshriners.org.

On The Level Home Services celebrated their opening with a ribbon cutting on October 23. Officials from the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Conover were in attendance.

Owned by Daniel and Maggie Ervin, On The Level Home Services is located at 902-B Conover Boulevard in Conover. With over 26 years of experience, the company offers specialized repairs including toxic mold removal, structural repairs and foundation waterproofing.

For more information, call 828-750-5712.