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Monday, 22 September 2014 14:46

Taylorsville Woman Faces Statutory Rape Charge

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22-year-old Sarah Elizabeth Ray of River Hills Court in Taylorsville has been arrested by Lincolnton Police on a charge of statutory rape when the defendant is at least six years older than the victim.

The incident was reported to Lincolnton Police on Wednesday, September 10. The victim was a male juvenile under the age of 16 who reported that he and the offender, Sarah Elizabeth Ray, had sexual intercourse. The incident reportedly occurred within the Lincolnton city limits. The suspect is not related to the victim.

The case was investigated by Sgt. Jason Munday with assistance from the Lincoln County Child’s Advocacy Center and the Lincoln County Department of Social Services.

A warrant for Ray’s arrest was issued on September 17 and she was taken into custody the next day. Ray was then placed in the Alexander County Jail under a $20,000 secured bond. She has since posted bond. Ray will appear in Lincoln County District Court on Monday, September 29.

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Monday, 22 September 2014 14:39

Denver Man Faces Felony Child Abuse Charge

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24-year-old David Lawrence Simmons, Jr. of Unity Church Road in Denver has been arrested and charged with one count of felony child abuse with physical injury.

On September 17, personnel at the Huntersville Presbyterian Hospital reported that a mother and father had brought a three-month-old baby to the hospital with a broken femur bone. The hospital reported the injury to authorities.

After his arrest, Simmons was processed at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center and released on a $5,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (September 22).

Monday, 22 September 2014 14:33

Man Charged with Attempting to Murder Wife

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50-year-old Timothy Edward Karis was arrested this morning (September 22) by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a charge of attempted first-degree murder.

Karis allegedly stabbed his wife with a butcher knife while she was in the shower. The knife was reportedly more than a foot long. The victim was taken to an area hospital with stab wounds to her neck and hands.

Karis was placed in the Alexander County Detention Center where he is being held without bond. No court date is currently listed.

Monday, 22 September 2014 11:39

Two Free Health Seminars Scheduled in Morganton

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Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge is hosting two free community health talks on September 25 and October 2, both at 6 p.m. Both events will be held in the Lake James Conference Room at the Morganton location.

On September 25, residents are invited to learn about the second leading cause of death in men, prostate cancer, and the successful treatment options available. Richard Rose, MD, and Brian Bauer, MD, with Blue Ridge Urology; Greg Jones, MD, with Blue Ridge Cancer Center; and Karolyn Huffman, RD, with the Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge Dietary Department, will discuss screenings, diagnosis, treatment options and current trends in prostate cancer.

On October 2, women are invited to learn about the importance of caring for themselves. David Kirk, MD, with the Women’s Health Group; Kevin Leonard, MD, with Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge Radiology Department; Alan Jacks, MD, and Wenimar Salvador, MD, with the Blue Ridge Cancer Center, will discuss symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options for diseases like breast cancer.

The seminars are free and light refreshments will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, call 828-580-5690.

54-year-old Joe Cofield of 3rd Avenue Court S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning on three felony counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one felony count each for possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested as Police went to Cofield’s residence to serve felony indictments on previous charges of possession with intent to sell crack cocaine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. As Officers served the papers, Cofield asked for his shirt and keys from within the residence. As Officers went to find those items, they saw ammunition, digital scales and a straw.

Police then obtained consent to search the residence, leading to the discovery of a Armi Tanfoglio Giuseppe GT 27 .25 caliber handgun, a .22 caliber Ruger handgun and a Marlin model 60 .22 caliber rifle. They also found additional ammo and snorting straws, as well as two dosage units of clonazepam and two rocks of crack cocaine weighing 0.4 grams.

Cofield was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $60,000 secured bond. He has since been released. Appearances in District Court and Superior Court were set for today, both in Newton.

24-year-old Monte Chase Conner of 13th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (September 21) on one felony count of assault inflicting serious injury.

Events leading to Conner’s arrest began at about 9:15 the previous night when Police were called to a field across from the Trinity Village apartment complex on 21st Street N.E. The caller reported that a cousin, 26-year-old Shantwon Wright of Conover, had been involved in an altercation and needed assistance.

Police found the victim suffering from serious injuries to his head and face that appeared to be the result of a beating. Mr. Wright was taken to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem where he was reported to be in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. Hospital personnel confirmed that Mr. Wright had been shot in the face, in addition to injuries sustained in the beating.

Conner was arrested at about 4 a.m. Sunday morning at his residence. In addition, Police are searching for an unspecified number of known suspects in connection to the case.

Conner was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (September 22) in Newton.

Monday, 22 September 2014 07:13

Athlete Gives Inspirational Talk at Area Schools

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On Friday afternoon (September 19), students at Oakwood Elementary School and the cross-country teams at Hickory High School heard a presentation from Scott Rigsby.

Rigsby, who lost both of his legs in an accident, visited the schools to share his story of overcoming adversity. A two-time Hawaiian IronMan finisher, Rigsby shared with the students that his focus in life is to inspire and help others.

Sponsored by Frye Regional Medical Center, the Unifour Pain Treatment Center and Fleet Feet Sports, Rigsby was scheduled to join the “Do the UnThinkable 5K Run/Walk” on Saturday, (September 20).

For more information, visit www.scottrigsbyfoundation.org.

Monday, 22 September 2014 06:59

Taylorsville Man Faces Felony Arson Charge

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37-year-old Shannon Lynn Austin of Taylorsville has been arrested by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers on charges of felony arson, attempted breaking & entering, damage to property and resisting a public officer.

On Friday, September 12, the Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a structure fire on Gil Childers Road. Officers determined the fire was set in a barn at 423 Gil Childers Road. An investigation led to Austin’s arrest.

He was placed in the Alexander County Jail under a $20,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for September 29.

Monday, 22 September 2014 06:56

Caldwell County Commissioners to Meet this Evening

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The Caldwell County Board of Commissioners will meet in regular session at six o’clock this evening (September 22) in the City/County Meeting Room at the Alden E. Starnes Administration Building, 905 West Avenue N.W. in downtown Lenoir.

Among the items on the agenda, the Board will hear reports on the Yokefellow Ministries, the state of Caldwell County Schools, Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute and the August 2014 Key Indicators.

There are also three items for decision, including the release of ten-year delinquent property taxes & 2008 motor vehicle taxes; a request from the Department of Social Services for four new temporary full-time positions; and the Work First Electing County Plan.

A consent agenda also includes one proposed budget amendment.

Friday, 19 September 2014 14:25

UPDATE: Morganton Traffic Accident

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The left lane of I-40 westbound was closed at Exit 105 near Morganton while law enforcement investigates a fatal crash that killed a construction worker and injured two others.

The crew, who was employed by two contracting companies, was working on paving operations in the left lane of I-40 westbound at Exit 105 about 2:30 a.m. The workers were wearing reflective safety vests and were inside a work zone surrounded by construction barrels. The construction site was illuminated with portable lighting.
A vehicle driven by 37-year-old Timothy Robinson of Morganton, who was not injured, veered into the work zone and hit three of the workers. One worker was killed and another was seriously injured. A third worker was treated and released from the hospital. The worker that was killed was Flavio Jaimes who leaves behind a wife and two children.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and coworkers of these men," said NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata. "It's imperative that, as motorists, we stay alert and use extreme caution when driving through work zones for our own safety and to protect the men and women who are working to improve our highways."
NC State Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash, according to reports troopers also said they would take this case to the district attorney.