July 1st, 2011
Area law enforcement will employ checkpoints and step-up patrols this weekend in preparation for the July 4 holiday Monday.
Local police chiefs said Friday that their departments will collaborate with others to help enforce Booze it & Lose it: Operation Firecracker, a campaign initiated by state officials to remove impaired drivers from the roads.
N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti announced earlier this week that local law enforcement officers from across the state will help with the campaign.
Several area officials registered to run for re-election Friday on the first day of filing for the 2011 Catawba County municipal elections.
Most of Maidenâ€™s town officials due for re-election filed for candidacy Friday, including Mayor Robert Smyre, councilman David Boldon and councilman Max Bumgarner Jr.
Councilman Howard Ervin did not file, but non-incumbent Mike Moore did file for the councilman race.
Police arrested a Maiden man Friday that is accused of choking and strangling a 73-year-old Newton woman before stealing multiple firearms from her home. â€¨
With help from the Maiden Police Department, Newton Police arrested and charged Austin Sinclair Anthony, 22, of Maiden, with attempted murder, kidnapping and larceny charges Friday after he and two other suspects choked and strangled an elderly woman Tuesday.
â€¨â€¨Catawba County sheriffâ€™s deputies have not identified the suspects who fired several shots into an occupied dwelling Thursday. â€¨
Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said suspects shot into a single-family dwelling at 4926 Swinging Bridge Road in Conover, but did not injure anyone inside the home. â€¨
Reid said the incident doesnâ€™t look like an accident, and there are no suspects at this time. â€¨The home was in a rural area.
In incidents like these, Reid said his officers canvas the neighborhood to see if anyone has seen anything suspicious. â€¨
â€¨â€¨Authorities are searching for suspects that stole copper pipe and electrical cords from a Hospice construction site in Sherrills Ford on Tuesday.
â€¨Unidentified suspects entered the construction site at 7473 Sherrills Ford Road by unknown means and took more than 300 feet of copper pipe used for air conditioning.
The copper pipe was valued at about $5,000, according to a Catawba County Sheriffâ€™s Office report. â€¨
â€śPeople steal copper wire and pipe and sell it by the pound,â€ť said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid. â€śIt can be very valuable.â€ť
Needing a win to stay alive against Hickory, Gaston came through in the clutch.
Bravesâ€™ starting pitcher Henry Rundio allowed three runs on the mound and drove in three runs from the plate to keep the Braves in the Region IV playoffs, 6-3.
Hickory leadoff hitter Cole McGraw gave Post 48 (12-8) an early 1-0 lead in the first inning.
After falling behind in the count 0-1, McGraw took the second pitch he saw deep over left-center field to give Hickory a 1-0 lead.
Authorities are searching for multiple suspects that broke into the same house that was targeted in a breaking and entering incident May.
Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid was the first responder to a breaking and entering call on Lee Cline Road in Conover on Thursday, where multiple suspects kicked in the door to a home that was previously broken into May 17.
Reid said it did not appear the suspects took anything and fled the scene in a gold SUV.
Multiple gravel and dirt roads in the area will be paved during the next year, but it is still unclear which streets will get the makeover.
Catawba County commissioners recently accepted a state transportation presentation that outlined proposed paving opportunities in the county.
The stateâ€™s Board of Transportation will give the final approval of the plans next month.
â€śEvery couple of years, we do a number of surveys that determine which roads need to be paved,â€ť said Jackie McSwain, district engineer for the N.C. Department of Transportation.
Janice Wilkinson Braswell, 70, of Conover, passed away Monday, June 27, 2011, at her residence. The Braswell family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.
Betty Jo Robinson Jacumin, of Hickory, died at her residence June 29, 2011. The Jacumin family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home, Hickory.
A Maiden man is facing five misdemeanor animal cruelty charges after officials found 100 dog carcasses on his property in March.
A criminal summons was issued June 22 from the District Attorney's Office for Billy Roy Hewitt, 68, of 4160 H.E. Propst Road, which stated that Hewitt "unlawfully and willfully did intentionally torment and deprive of necessary sustenance an animal." The summons said the cruelty charges reflect the health of three male dogs and two female dogs.