Archive - Oct 10, 2011 - News Article
A Newton teenager robbed a woman at gunpoint Saturday for her purse and $10 in consumer items.
Police say Joshua Caleb Powell, 17, of 1107 Fox Chase Drive in Newton, and one at-large suspect robbed a woman at about 10 p.m. Saturday outside the Target in Hickory.
The woman told officers she was walking back to her car from the Target off Catawba Valley Boulevard Southeast when she felt an object that appeared to be a gun in the small of her back, according to a Hickory Police Department incident report.
Law enforcement concentrated efforts on arresting drug criminals along U.S. 321 between I-40 and I-85 in recent months.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Drug Interdiction Criminal Enforcement (DICE) team reports increased numbers of drug arrests on the highway since December 2010. The section of highway, according to the office, is a major cut-through road for drugs and drug currency moving through the state.
A four-year-old Catawba County murder case will go to trial in January, court officials decided Monday.
John Lee Mitchell, the man accused of killing 19-year-old Bunker Hill graduate Travis Baker more than four years ago, will face trial the week of Jan. 16, 2012, Superior Court Judge Bradley Letts said.
Mitchell has been in jail since police arrested him in June 2009, days after investigators discovered Bakerâ€™s remains on a 100-acre property near Catawba.