Archive - Oct 5, 2011 - News Article
Itâ€™s the hottest item on a car thiefâ€™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.
Newton-Conover High School students learned facts about the health care system that surprised them Wednesday morning.
Luckily, the students had Lanier Cansler â€“ the state secretary for Health and Human Services and a 1971 Bandys High School graduate â€“ in their health occupations classroom to explain the system.
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.
Authorities have sought Boyce Dean Travis, 34, of Maiden, since he was spotted trying to break into an elderly womanâ€™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.
Businesses in Newton can sell merchandise on the sidewalk in front of their locations â€” although city code hasn't officially prevented them from doing so in the recent past.