Archive - Feb 2012 - News Article
A Catawba County man was charged with falsely reporting he was kidnapped.
Storme Goforthâ€™s mother reported him missing Feb. 14.
Goforth turned up at his motherâ€™s workplace Feb. 18 and said he had been kidnapped, according to Long View police.
Lt. R.A. Coffey said an investigation revealed that Goforth had been sleeping in an abandoned house.
â€śHe left home on his own accord,â€ť Coffey said.
Goforth, 22, was charged with filing a false police report, a misdemeanor.
Coffey said Goforth likely faces probation for the charge.
A former Catawba County government attorney and Conover City Council candidate was found dead Sunday at his home in Conover.â€¨
Lewis E. Waddell Jr., who was the subject of a recent N.C. State Bar investigation, was found dead in his home about 5:10 p.m. Sunday afternoon, according to police reports.
He was 69.
â€¨Police were called to Waddellâ€™s residence at 410 3rd Ave. NE in Conover after a neighbor discovered his body.
The trial of a Hickory woman accused of stealing money from an elementary school organization began Monday in court.
Holly Lafone Specht, 31, is accused of stealing money from Webb A. Murray Elementary Schoolâ€™s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) when she served as the groupâ€™s treasurer during the 2008-09 school year.
Specht is charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretenses, one count of embezzlement by public officers and trustees, and four counts of forging endorsement.
Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield was indicted Monday on four counts of felony larceny in Caldwell County.
The indictments stem from a year-long investigation by the Hudson Police Department in which officers probed the theft of trailers located at the site of the former Anderson Truck Lines at 2698 Hickory Blvd.
Authorities searched Mayfieldâ€™s Catawba home on Nov. 16, 2011, using a search warrant granted to the Hudson Police Department, and seized furniture found on the premises.
A Hickory High School student was charged with first-degree rape after an alleged incident outside an area church on Saturday.
A 14-year-old girl says she was raped by two teenage boys Saturday afternoon outside of Exodus Church on Highland Avenue in Hickory.
Hickory police say the girl knew both suspects, including Mikal Jerome Gray, a 17-year-old Hickory High School student.
The girl says Gray and a 15-year-old male suspect raped her after a gathering for youth at Exodus Church.
Police arrested a Conover man that they think may be linked to the cityâ€™s recent string of church break-ins.
Conover police arrested Ryan Chrishan Johnson, 26, of 611 11th St. SW in Conover, early Saturday morning after he allegedly broke into Family Health Care Practices near the five-point intersection downtown.
Conover Police Chief Steve Brewer said CPD Officer Victor Morales spotted Johnson in an alley behind Family Health Care Practices about 3:45 a.m. Saturday, and the suspect tried to hide behind several trash cans.
A black history celebration and a music fundraiser to benefit area students are among events in Catawba County this week. A variety of community organizations also welcome the public to their regular meetings.
To share events with the community, email the information and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The O-N-E publishes an events listing daily on its Your News page, and Catawba County's Week Ahead appears each Monday at observernewsonline.com.
Catawba County Schools officials say relocating Banoak Elementary School will solve a host of pending issues in the Foard area.
They say by relocating the school to a nearby vicinity, CCS can ease overcrowding problems at Mountain View and Blackburn elementary schools, and remove students from a current Banoak building in desperate need of improvements.
However, the relocation could cause the current Banoak School to be no more â€” something surrounding residents have something to say about.
Officials have suspended an elementary school student for 10 days after a teacher found a BB gun in his backpack this week.
Police said the student showed the BB gun pistol to one of his friends Wednesday morning at Clyde Campbell Elementary School in Hickory. His friend alerted a teacher.
Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said the BB gun was inoperable, adding that the student did not threaten anyone and did not have any BBs.
Catawba County Schools officials suspended the student for 10 days.
Newton is crawling with cats.
A booming population of what appears to be feral felines is causing problems and it has city leaders looking for solutions.
"Staff and citizens have observed a large number of feral cats throughout the city. As a result, animal control has captured a number of cats that were apparently homeless," said Newton City Manager Todd Clark. "The city of Newton is doing what is in the best interests of our citizens to protect their health, safety and welfare."