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24-year-old Brandon Andrew Norkett has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.

On September 19, the Sheriff’s Office took a report regarding a B&E and larceny at a house on Elmwood Road. The home owner said approximately $2,100 in property was taken, including televisions, Sound Bars, a PlayStation 3, a Blu-ray player, various movies and PlayStation 3 games. Deputies processed the scene and spoke to neighbors in the area.

Det. Sgt. Wesley Gregory obtained information regarding a possible suspect, Brandon Norkett. The Detective was told that a TV had been sold to a family member for $500. He also learned that Norkett was staying on Kayla Lane in Statesville where some of the stolen items were stored in an outbuilding on the property.

Det. Sgt. Gregory recovered the TV, 126 movies and the sound bar, valued at approximately $1,350. Those items were returned to the owner. An attempt to locate Norkett was unsuccessful and warrants were issued for his arrest.

Norkett was found and arrested on October 13 at a home on Trailways Drive in Statesville. His bond was set at $5,000, secured. District Court appearances were set for today (October 17) and November 3 in Statesville.

Norkett is also a suspect in a financial transaction card theft case, currently under investigation by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office. The investigations are ongoing with additional charges likely.

Friday, 17 October 2014 06:55

Rehabilitation to Begin on Conover Bridge

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The N.C. Department of Transportation is working to extend the life of bridges throughout Division 12, and improvement work will begin in the coming week on a Catawba County bridge on Old N.C. 16 over U.S. 70.

Within the next week, motorists will begin to see crews from project contractor Astron General Contracting performing sandblasting and painting the bridge, located near Conover. The bridge was built in 1947.

Rehabilitating an existing bridge instead of replacing it helps to extend the life of the bridge while stretching taxpayer dollars and improving more bridges, faster.

The bridge rehabilitation work will require lane closures, at times, on Old N.C. 16 and U.S. 70.

The work will take several weeks to complete and is weather-dependent.

This rehabilitation project is part of a $4.4 million contract to improve 19 bridges in Division 12: four in Catawba County, seven in Cleveland County, three in Gaston County, three in Iredell County and two in Lincoln County.

For more details about North Carolina's bridges, visit the NCDOT's bridge information website.

Friday, 17 October 2014 06:51

Komen Race for the Cure Tomorrow at Lenoir-Rhyne

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The 15th Annual Susan G. Komen N.C. Foothills Race for the Cure will be held in Hickory tomorrow (October 18). The One Mile Fun Run & Walk is set to begin at 8:10 a.m. The 5K Race & Walk will start at 9 a.m.

The event will take place at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Registration is still open. Those wishing to participate may register online or in person on the day of the event. For more information, visit www.komenncfoothills.org.

Proceeds benefit the fight against breast cancer.

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police are seeking the public’s assistance regarding a larceny at the Wal-Mart store in Boone.

At about 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 16, Boone Police responded to the Wal-Mart store at 200 Watauga Village Drive. A male suspect ran into the parking lot after he was confronted by management. He left the area in a blue Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by Crystal Gail Taylor, who was charged with misdemeanor aiding & abetting larceny. Taylor would say only that the suspect’s first name is Tim. The suspect is thought to frequent the Hunger Coalition.

Anyone with information regarding the larceny should call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 or 828-737-0125 or call Boone Police at 828-268-6900. Tips may also be submitted here or by texting "NCTIP” plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES). All information will be kept confidential.

Information leading to arrests, recovery of stolen property, seizure of drugs or the location of wanted persons could result in a cash reward.

Thursday, 16 October 2014 15:28

Hickory Man Indicted for Habitual Assault

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29-year-old Demetric Adair Campbell of 1st Avenue N.E. in Hickory was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police at about 11 a.m. yesterday (October 15) for habitual misdemeanor assault. The indictment comes in connection to a domestic assault in November 2013. Campbell was taken into custody yesterday and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $30,000, secured. He will appear in Superior Court tomorrow in Newton.

55-year-old Mary Handy Davis of 4th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was served an indictment by Hickory Police at about 3 p.m. yesterday (October 15) on one felony count of accessory after the fact. The indictment comes in connection to an armed robbery in February of this year at the Kangaroo Express store on North Center Street in Hickory. After her arrest yesterday, Davis was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. She will appear in Superior Court tomorrow in Newton.

Thursday, 16 October 2014 15:12

Woman Robbed on the Roadside Near Crouse

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Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a purse snatching that occurred Tuesday (October 14) around 11 a.m. north of the Crouse community.

A 50-year-old female victim told Deputies she stopped near the intersection of Pleasant Grove Church Road and Dave Heafner Road when she noticed a large box of tomatoes that had apparently been dropped from a truck and landed on the side of the roadway.

The woman got out of her car to pick up some of the tomatoes when a silver four-door sedan pulled in and parked near the woman’s car. She told Officers a black male got out of the vehicle and tried to open the passenger side door on the woman’s car, which was locked. The man went around to the driver’s side door, which was open at the time.

The woman ran back to her car and tried to pull the man out of the vehicle, but the man pushed her away, grabbed her purse and ran toward his vehicle. She tried to stop him again, but the man pushed her down on the pavement and got into his vehicle. He left the scene at a high rate of speed in the direction of Highway 150 in Crouse. The woman tried to follow, but lost track of the suspect at Highway 150. The victim sustained some minor abrasions to her hands when she fell.

The suspect is described as a black male in his late 20s or early 30s, about 5’10” tall with a stocky build. He had short hair and no facial hair. He was wearing a medium-gray t-shirt with tomato stains on the back and blue jeans. The suspect vehicle was described as a bright silver four-door car.

Sheriff’s Deputies and the State Highway Patrol searched the surrounding area but could not locate the vehicle. Law Enforcement in other nearby jurisdictions was notified.

Detective Matt Burgess secured fingerprints from the victim’s vehicle. Those will be processed by Gaston County Police.

Anyone with information regarding the incident or the suspect should call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. A Crime Stoppers tip leading to an arrest could result in a reward of up to $1,000.

This year’s recipient of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Western Public Transportation Recognition Award is Camille Sterling. Sterling currently serves Burke, Caldwell, Catawba and Alexander counties as the Executive Director of Greenway Transportation for the Western Piedmont Regional Transportation Authority.

Sterling has worked in public transportation systems across the eastern and western parts of the state for the past 12 years. As an active member of the N.C. Public Transportation Association, Sterling is on the executive committee and serves as a board member.

Nominated by NCDOT Public Transportation Division staff and selected as a recipient by the division’s management staff, Sterling is the third recipient of the award since its creation in 2012. The Transportation Recognition Award was created to recognize the unsung heroes of public transportation systems across North Carolina.

Thursday, 16 October 2014 12:29

Search for Pierre Mayfield Continues

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Hickory Police and volunteers from the community are distributing a missing person poster today (October 16) throughout the area in an effort to shed light on the whereabouts of 32-year-old William Pierre Mayfield. Mr. Mayfield was reported missing by his family on September 24.

He 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.

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

Thursday, 16 October 2014 12:27

Catawba Chamber to Hold Candidates Forum

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The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce will present its Candidates’ Forum on Tuesday, October 21 from 7:45 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. at the Conover Station.

Among those scheduled to attend are N.C. State Senate candidates Pat Hensley and Andy Wells; N.C. House of Representatives candidates Jay Adams and Cliff Moone; and Catawba County Board of Commissioners candidates Kitty Barnes, Randy Isenhower, Sherry Butler, Charlotte Williams and write-in candidate Ed Ide.

The candidates will answer questions, followed by a Q&A period with the audience.

There is no charge to attend. The Conover Station is located at 409 4th Street S.E. in Conover.