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45-year-old Barney Sherlock of North Augusta, South Carolina has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of simple assault on a handicapped person, assault on a female by a male over 18 years old and an open container violation.

He was arrested after a traffic stop on Old Plank Road near Mariposa Road yesterday (June 30). Sherlock is accused of pushing his way into a 90-year-old Lincoln County woman’s home while posing as a utility worker earlier this month. He allegedly took a jewelry box filled with costume jewelry. The man told the woman that he had been working on the power lines nearby and needed to check to see if she had power.

Sherlock, who is believed to be a member of the Irish Travelers, was jailed under a $50,500 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today (July 1).

Sheriff David Carpenter is warning residents to be aware of the Irish Travelers as they make their annual visit to the area. The group uses high-pressure sales tactics, especially among the elderly, for driveway blacktopping or sealing, roof work or painting. Most Irish Travelers drive utility trucks with South Carolina, North Carolina or Georgia license plates.

The Newton Police Department received results yesterday (June 30) from an autopsy performed on 31-year-old Margaret “Maggie” Elizabeth Daniels. As a result, Police have changed the status of their investigation into Ms. Daniels’ death to a homicide investigation. Police have not publicly released the cause of death.

Investigators have conducted multiple interviews with additional interviews forthcoming. The investigation is ongoing.

Ms. Daniels, who was employed by Newton-Conover City Schools, was found deceased Saturday morning (June 28) in her apartment at the Windsor Apartment complex on West 17th Street in Newton.

47-year-old Gregory Seth Kiser of Newton was convicted last week in Catawba Co. Criminal Superior Court on two felony counts of possession or distribution of methamphetamine precursor and one felony count each for manufacturing methamphetamine and conspiracy to manufacture meth. Kiser was sentenced to no less than 44 months and no more than 65 months in the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction.

The crime occurred in July 2013 in Catawba County and arose as a result of a warrantless search conducted by North Carolina Probation & Parole Officers. During the search, Officers saw what they believed to be items used in the manufacture of meth. The Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office and the Maiden Police Department were contacted. Upon arrival, Investigators found a Hydrogen Chloride (HCl) gas generator with haze coming from the tubing. Numerous other items used in the manufacture of meth were also found and a chemical smell was detected in the room.

Investigators with the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office handled the investigation and Assistant District Attorney Kyle Smith prosecuted the case. The Honorable Eric Levinson presided over the conviction.

Kiser will be transported to the Division of Adult Correction in Raleigh for processing.

54-year-old Terry Lee Graham of River Road in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers and charged with two felony counts of trafficking in opium or heroin and one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Graham’s arrest took place during a traffic stop last Thursday morning (June 26) and involved the largest amount of illegal prescription drugs ever seized in Lincoln County.

Investigators received a tip that the suspect vehicle, carrying a large quantity of prescription pills, would be traveling on Highway 150 East. An Officer located and stopped the vehicle on Jenkins Road around 10:45 a.m. Thursday. The vehicle was driven by Terry Graham.

Investigators were given permission to search the vehicle. They found a container in which were 454 methadone pills and 1,453 Xanax pills. A total of 400 assorted uncontrolled pills were also seized, bringing the total number of pills seized to 2,307. Officers also confiscated a .380 caliber pistol during the search.

Graham was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Harven A Crouse Detention Center. He was later released under a $115,000 secured bond. He’ll next appear in Lincoln County District Court on July 31.

The 15th Annual Susan G. Komen N.C. Foothills Race for the Cure® will be held on Saturday, October 18 at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Participants and teams can now register on-line at www.komenncfoothills.org.

Race registration will be $15 on-line for adults for the first 15 days of July. After July 15, the on-line registration fee is $20. Registration will close on October 14. Paper registration and team packets can be downloaded from the website. The paper registration fee is $25 until October 13.

Up to 75% of the funds raised remain in Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties for breast cancer education, screening, and treatment.

Today (June 30), Congressman Patrick McHenry (a Republican representing North Carolina’s 10th District) announced a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant to local fire departments in the amount of $1,777,320.

The Hickory Fire Department is the host department for the grant that comes in the tenth round of this year’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), which is designed to help firefighters and first responders throughout the country.

Hickory Fire Chief Fred Hollar indicated that the grant will be used to purchase 800 megahertz radios for all fire and rescue departments in Catawba County. Chief Hollar said the regional grant will ensure direct communication with all police departments, fire departments, the sheriff’s office and all E.M.S. and rescue agencies countywide during multi-agency emergencies.

The $1,777,320 AFG grant is the largest ever awarded in the 10th Congressional District. Thus far in the 2013 funding cycle, $1,913,218 has been awarded to departments in the district.

Additional grants will be announced in the coming months.

23-year-old Ashton Tylone Propst, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, and 20-year-old Aaron Deavarshiay Thompson of 7th Street S.E. in Hickory were both arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (June 29) on charges of felony common law robbery, felony burglary and misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury.

They were arrested after Police were called to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory on June 28. A 56-year-old male victim from Newton told Officers he had been attacked by two subjects while he slept at his uncle’s apartment on “F” Avenue S.E. in Hickory. The victim had injuries to his knee, hands and head.

He said the two men came in through a back door and struck him numerous times with what he believed to be a plastic pistol. The men demanded the victim’s watch, shoes and money. The victim knew one of the men only by the first name of Aaron.

The victim’s uncle confirmed the assault and told Police he had a grandson by the name of Aaron Thompson.

An investigation led to Thompson and connected him to Ashton Propst, both of whom were arrested at H.P.D. headquarters the following day.

Bond for Propst was set at $75,000, secured, while Thompson was given a $61,300 secured bond. Both were scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.

Work on a water main at Exit 105 off of Interstate 40 in Morganton Tuesday evening (July 1) could cause some water discoloration for customers in the area, but no customers should be without water service.

Contractors working for the City of Morganton will make a 12-inch water main tie-in at Exit 105 Tuesday at 10 p.m. The work is part of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s project at Exit 105 and South Sterling Street.

Customers in the area may experience some discolored water due to the work. Any customers who experience discoloration should flush their water line until the water becomes clear.

According to the city’s Water Resources Department, there should be no issues concerning the safety of drinking water. The work should be complete sometime Wednesday afternoon.

Anyone with questions or concerns can call the Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.

31-year-old Margaret “Maggie” Elizabeth Daniels of 100 West 17th Street in Newton was found deceased in her apartment Saturday morning (June 28). Ms. Daniels was employed by Newton-Conover City Schools as a counselor at Discovery High School.

At 9:07 Saturday morning, Newton Police responded to a report of damage to property at the Windsor Apartments. An hour and a half later, while gathering information for the damage report, Officers were alerted by neighbors to reports of an unresponsive female in apartment #21. Officers immediately requested emergency medical response and ran to the apartment to assist. When Officers entered, they discovered a female victim, deceased. She was identified as Ms. Daniels.

The Newton Police Department’s death investigation is ongoing. Newton Police did request and is receiving assistance from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

The Newton Fire Department, Catawba County EMS and the S.B.I. all joined Newton Police at the scene.

The Police Department hopes to have more information after an autopsy is completed today (Monday, June 30).

No further information has been released.

Statesville Police are investigating a break-in at the Belk store on East Broad Street last week. On Wednesday (June 25), Statesville Police were notified of the incident that took place earlier that morning.

When employees came into work Wednesday morning, they discovered that someone had broken into the business through the roof and ceiling. The suspect caused thousands of dollars in damages to the ceiling and panels.

Loss Prevention Officers at Belk reviewed video from earlier in the morning and learned that a male subject accessed the roof and made entry into the business through the roof. Once inside, the suspect spent a significant amount of time moving about in the store. The suspect then damaged the ceiling panels trying to exit the store. Statesville Police say, at this point in the investigation, it’s not clear what was taken from the store.

Anyone with information concerning the break-in should contact Statesville Police at 704-878-3406 or Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340. Callers can remain anonymous and a cash reward is possible.