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23-year-old Mark Vue of Hickory was convicted yesterday (June 23) in Catawba Co. Criminal Superior Court of felony attempted statutory rape of a child. Vue was sentenced to no less than 94 months and no more than 173 months in the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction. Upon his release from prison, Vue will be required to register with the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry for a period of 30 years.

The crime occurred in November 2012 in Catawba County. The victim was under the age of 14.

Investigator Rick Younger from the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office handled the investigation, with assistance from the Children’s Advocacy & Protection Center of Catawba County. Assistant District Attorney Michael Van Buren prosecuted the case and the Honorable Eric Levinson presided over the conviction.

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

Monday, 23 June 2014 14:53

Dollar General in Hickory Robbed Friday

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Hickory Police report an armed robbery at the Dollar General store on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory.

The incident occurred at about 6:45 Friday evening (June 20) as a black male came into the store, robbed a 23-year-old male employee from Lenoir at gunpoint and took money from the cash register. The suspect fled on foot, disappearing from view behind the store.

A 26-year-old female employee from Hickory was also present at the time of the incident. No one was injured. Property loss was estimated at $413.

The suspect was described as a black male, about 5’0” tall. He was said to be 24-26 years old with facial hair.

Anyone with information regarding the robbery should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

Monday, 23 June 2014 14:25

Motorcycle Stolen in McDowell County

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Investigators are asking for the public’s help in locating a stolen dirt bike.

Last Monday (June 16), the victim, who lives on Huskins Branch Road in Marion, reported that someone removed a red & white 2003 Honda CRF 230F3 dirt bike from his property. The bike, valued at $2,000, was stolen sometime between June 4 & 16.

Anyone with information concerning the theft or the whereabouts of the motorcycle is asked to call McDowell Co. Sheriff’s Detective Andy Manis at 828-652-2237 or McDowell County Crime Stoppers at 828-65-CRIME (828-652-7463). Crime Stoppers callers may remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward.

Monday, 23 June 2014 13:57

Authorities Seek Missing Catawba County Teen

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The Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating 19-year-old Erek Damien Uron Barnes, who was last seen at 7:45 p.m. last Wednesday (June 18) at the intersection of Highway 16 South and Bethany Church Road in Catawba County.

Erek Barnes is a black male, 5’8” tall, weighing 175 pounds. He was last seen wearing a teal t-shirt (possibly Aeropostale brand), blue jean shorts and a red, white & black hat with “Chicago” written on the front.

Mr. Barnes left his residence on Highway 16 South in Catawba County after informing family he was walking to the Citgo station at the intersection of Highway 16 South and Bethany Church Road. Mr. Barnes was last seen on camera at the Citgo station, purchasing cigars. He left on foot traveling in an unknown direction.

Barnes’ family has not heard from or seen him since he left the home on June 18.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Erek Damien Uron Barnes should contact Investigator T. Whisenant with the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office at 828-466-7229 or call Catawba County Communications at 82

24-year-old Phillip Mark Holsclaw of N.W. Warren Place in Lenoir was arrested Friday (June 20) on felony counts of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering, possession of stolen goods and obtaining property by false pretense.

Holsclaw was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (June 23) in Lenoir.

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office will host a child safety seat check from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on June 24 at the Sheriff’s Office, located at 230 North Tradd Street in Statesville.

In anticipation of the summer travel season, the Sheriff’s Office invites anyone who needs a child safety seat checked or anyone who needs to make sure a child safety seat is installed correctly to participate. Stop by the Sheriff’s Office and speak to Deputy J. Lowrance, who will check the child’s seat to make sure it is installed correctly.

Monday, 23 June 2014 11:16

Belk Employee Accused of Stealing from Store

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20-year-old Terra Joanna Preslar of Willis Road in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:20 Saturday afternoon (June 21) on one felony count of larceny by servant or other employee.

She was arrested after a Loss Prevention Officer at the Belk store in Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall called Police to report that an employee had stolen multiple items. The employee, Terra Preslar, allegedly used a stolen gift card to purchase clothing items.

At the time of her arrest, one of the items, a swimsuit valued at $100, was recovered. Preslar reportedly admitted having taken other items on one previous occasion. She promised to return those items.

Preslar was processed at H.P.D. and then released on a $500 unsecured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (June 23) in Newton.

25-year-old Daniel Joseph Pritchard of 17th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:45 a.m. Saturday on felony warrants for breaking & entering and larceny. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. In addition, Pritchard was charged with a probation violation in connection to charges of uttering a forged instrument and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

He was arrested after Police went to an apartment on Main Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory in search of another suspect. Eight people were present at the apartment. The leaseholder gave Officers consent to search the apartment as Officers checked I.D. on each of the persons present. In the process, they found the outstanding warrants for Pritchard’s arrest. A plastic bottle containing Xanax was found on his person, resulting in the misdemeanor drug charge.

Police did not find the suspect they were searching for. Pritchard was the only person charged.

He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $8,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (June 23) in Newton.

62-year-old Phillip Owen Lail of Zion Church Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday (June 21) on felony warrants dating back to December of 2012 for trafficking in heroin or opium and selling a schedule III controlled substance. He was served the warrants during a traffic stop on the 800 block of 7th Avenue Place S.W. in Hickory.

Lail was taken to the Hickory Police Department where bond was set at $4,000, secured   An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for June 27 in Newton.

At approximately 12:30 Friday afternoon (June 20), Hickory Firefighters responded to a machinery fire in the area of 820 8th Street Lane N.W. The first Hickory Fire Department engine arrived on the scene and reported that an asphalt-paving machine was burning. Hickory Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder truck and 2 command units.

Firefighters worked to contain the fire and cool a propane tank on the machine. The fire was confined to the machinery, but a fluid leak did occur. Firefighters then worked to contain the leak by using sand and absorbent.

No injuries were reported and damages were confined to the machinery. The cause of the fire was determined to be electrical.

Catawba County Emergency Management also responded and a local environmental service company was contacted for clean up. In addition, Catawba County Emergency Management and the Hickory Police Department responded to the scene.