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October 5, 2011

Dennis Woodrow Wilson, 41, of Newton, died Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory.  Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Wilson family.

Kimberly Karen Hollar, 49, of Hickory, died Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011 at her residence.  The Hollar family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home, 940 29th Ave. NE, Hickory, NC 28601.

Hot parts

October 5, 2011

It’s the hottest item on a car thief’s wish list.

Catalytic converters, parts in the exhaust system used to reduce emissions, have become a prominent target for thieves because of the high price tag some carry. The car parts contain elements like platinum and rhodium, precious metals that often sell for thousands of dollars per ounce. As prices for those metals continue to skyrocket, authorities say larcenies will remain prominent as well.

Healthy surprises

October 5, 2011

Newton-Conover High School students learned facts about the health care system that surprised them Wednesday morning.

Luckily, the students had Lanier Cansler – the state secretary for Health and Human Services and a 1971 Bandys High School graduate – in their health occupations classroom to explain the system.

Police catch chase driver

October 5, 2011

A man who led Claremont police on a chase all the way to Conover is in custody.

Hickory police arrested Adrian Durrand Johnson Jr. on Tuesday on drug charges, three days after he led a Claremont police officer on the chase.

Claremont officer D. Allen was on patrol at about 3:30 a.m. Monday when he noticed a truck in the parking lot of the RockTenn business at 2690 Kelly Boulevard in Claremont.

Knowing the business was closed, Allen pulled into the parking lot to check on the truck, which then took off at a fast speed, said Claremont Police Chief Gerald Tolbert.

Second arrested in attempted robbery

October 5, 2011

Authorities have sought Boyce Dean Travis, 34, of Maiden, since he was spotted trying to break into an elderly woman’s home on Sept. 17.

Travis and his nephew, Brandon Lee Yarborough, 19, of Maiden, tried to break into the residence around 6:35 a.m. Sept. 17 but did not gain entry, police said.

When the men returned to their car outside the house, a neighbor called police and reported the suspicious activity, police said.

Upon arrival, Maiden Police Officer Ptl. Stikeleather located a small gold-colored vehicle with two white men inside.

Newton won't deter sidewalk sales

October 5, 2011

Businesses in Newton can sell merchandise on the sidewalk in front of their locations — although city code hasn't officially prevented them from doing so in the recent past.

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