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Wednesday, 17 December 2014 06:05

Vale Teen Sentenced in Case Involving Mother's Shooting

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Daniel Austin Rhoney of Vale has been sentenced in a case in which he was charged with attempted murder for shooting his mother in the face. On Monday, Rhoney pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. He was given a 15-month split sentence and probation.

The crime occurred in September 2013 when Rhoney was 17 years old. An argument in the driveway at the family’s home escalated when the victim, Sherry Rhoney, kicked her son and his girlfriend, Elizabeth Paige Fowler, out of the house. After first claiming they found the victim already injured in the driveway, Rhoney later admitted to shooting his mother in the face with a 22-caliber handgun.

Fowler was also charged. She was given three years probation after reaching a plea agreement last September.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 14:19

Hickory Man Busted for Crack Cocaine

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37-year-old Albert Morrison, Jr., also known as Bo Pimp or Po Pimp, of 8th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Friday evening (December 12) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of second-degree trespass.

Morrison was arrested after Police spotted him on Hickory Housing Authority property where they knew he had been banned. As he was placed under arrest for trespassing, a search was conducted, leading to the discovery of 0.1 grams of crack cocaine.

Morrison was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,050 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday (December 15) on the drug charge with another court date for trespassing coming up on February 27.

The Office of Governor Pat McCrory announced today (December 16) that Judy Greenhill of Catawba County has been appointed to the North Carolina Real Estate Commission. Ms. Greenhill is a broker and owner of Classic Properties of the Catawba Valley, LLC.

The North Carolina Real Estate Commission works to license and regulate real estate brokers and salesmen. The term length is three years.

Catawba Valley Community College’s Workforce Development Innovation Center will offer ServSafe® Manager Training & Certification on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning January 20 through January 29 from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. on CVCC's East Campus.

North Carolina regulations require all establishments to have a manager on duty that is ServSafe® certified. The regulation applies to hotels and motels with continental breakfast areas, as well as traditional restaurants and food vendors. A company that is found to be non-compliant may be required to pay a costly fine and experience a loss of points on its sanitation grade.

The ServSafe® program helps prepare participants for the ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Certification exam.

Individuals must pre-register for the class by Tuesday, December 23. The cost of registration is $167 and includes the sixth edition book and answer sheet.

For more information, contact Janet Lail at 828-327-7000 ext. 4116 or email jwlail@cvcc.edu. Visit www.cvcc.edu/Workforce_Development for more information about the class and the Workforce Development Innovation Center.

Lincolnton Police are seeking the public’s help in solving a case involving fraudulent credit card use in several counties in the area.

On November 13, a victim reported that his Visa check card was used in various locations on different dates in Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln counties. A surveillance photo was obtained of the suspect as she used the card in one location. The victim never lost possession of the card. Authorities believe the suspect was able to use some type of skimmer or copier to make a duplicate of the victim’s card.

Anyone with information regarding the case or the identity of the suspect should contact Lincolnton Police Detective Brent Heavner at 704-736-8900 or contact Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. Crime Stoppers callers may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 if the tip leads to an arrest.

58-year-old Terry Lee Shook of Highway 16 North in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 1 a.m. yesterday (December 15) on one felony count of possession of cocaine, one misdemeanor count of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, two misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one felony count of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.

Shook was arrested when Police responded to the Quality Suites hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory after an anonymous caller reported drug violations there. The caller said a van was bringing drugs to the hotel.

Police located the van and a K-9 Officer alerted to the possible presence of narcotics in the vehicle. Officers went to the room occupied by the van’s owner, Terry Shook. The room was searched, leading to the discovery of 0.2 grams of crack cocaine, 2.6 grams of marijuana, four glass crack pipes, two baggies containing a white residue, some screens, push rods, a Pepsi can smoking device and a spoon.

Shook was taken into custody without incident. A female in the room was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Following his arrest, Shook was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $11,500 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday in Newton.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 11:31

Catawba County School Board to Meet Thursday

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The Catawba County Schools Board of Education will hold a special called meeting at 4 p.m. on Thursday, December 18 at the Oxford Elementary School Media Center located at 5915 Oxford School Road in Claremont.

The meeting will include a public hearing and a period for public comment. The Board will also meet in closed session.

The Board of Directors of Shea Stadium Sports will hold an Open House at their new Indoor Sports Complex located at 1661 4th Street S.W. in Conover (the former Cheerwine building). The event will be held on Saturday, December 20, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. A ribbon cutting is scheduled for noon.

The main event is a Champion vs. Champion 7-on-7 soccer match as the Hickory Christian Academy NCISAA 2014 State Champs will take on the Newton-Conover Red Devils NCHSAA 2014 State Champs at 1 p.m. The two Catawba County championship teams have not met before.

For more information, contact Donald E. Duncan, Jr. at 828-464-1191 or donald.duncan@conovernc.gov.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 10:42

Two Conover Women Arrested on Felony Cocaine Charge

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38-year-old Misty Nicole Brown and 27-year-old Amber Ann Walters, both of Brandywine Drive in Conover, were arrested Saturday morning (December 13) by Hickory Police. They were both charged with felony possession of cocaine. Brown was also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and Walters was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

They were arrested after Officers stopped a 2003 Toyota Camry on the 1100 block of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard when they noticed a driver without a seatbelt. The vehicle’s occupants were identified as Misty Brown and Amber Walters. A consent search was conducted leading to the discovery of 0.3 grams of crack cocaine, one gram of marijuana and $159 in cash, both on the suspects’ persons and in the vehicle.

Both women were taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for each set at $3,000, secured. They have since been released. First appearances in District Court were scheduled yesterday (December 15).

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 10:39

More Details Released in Hickory Drug Arrest

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More details have been released in the arrests of 23-year-old Anthony Leon Poteat, Jr. of Presco Court in Charlotte and 24-year-old Michael Anthony Strother of Michelle Drive in Newton. They were both arrested by Hickory Police shortly before midnight last Thursday night (December 11). Poteat was charged with felony possession of heroin, felony possession of cocaine and simple possession of marijuana up to half an ounce. Strother was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

The two were arrested when Officers responded to reports of possible drug violations at the Fast & Fresh store on Main Avenue N.E. in Hickory. The caller mentioned a dark-colored passenger car occupied by a black male and a white male.

Police spotted the vehicle, a ’94 Buick Lesabre, which was driven by Poteat with Strother in a rear passenger seat and a white female in the front passenger seat. Officers smelled marijuana and saw a hypodermic needle sticking out of Strother’s pants pocket. A search was conducted. A Tylenol packet containing a white powder was found in a hoodie in the vehicle. A spoon was also found, along with 0.1 grams of heroin, 0.3 grams of cocaine and 0.4 grams of marijuana.

Both men were taken into custody without incident. The female was not charged. Poteat and Strother remain in custody in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Poteat set at $19,550, secured, while Strother is being held under an $11,000 secured bond. Poteat will appear in District Court on January 5. Strother also has a court date on January 5 on charges of possession of stolen goods or property and obtaining property by false pretense with another court date on the drug paraphernalia charge set for January 28.