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5 hrs ago | The Charlotte Observer

Coach found not guilty of all charges brought against him

A Catawba County jury on Tuesday found a boys’ basketball coach at Hickory High School not guilty of all nine sexual assault charges brought against him. Shawn Johnson, who’d faced charges including statutory rape and indecent liberties with a minor, issued a statement after the verdicts thanking everyone in the community who’d stood by him.

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Mon Sep 15, 2014

The Charlotte Observer

Newton man sentenced in convenience store robbery

Cameron Dwayne Rhinehardt, 26, of Newton, was sentenced last week to more than three years in prison, after he was convicted of robbery with a dangerous weapon, authorities said. A Newton man has been ordered to spend more than three years in prison after being convicted last week in connection with an August 2013 convenience store robbery, authorities said.

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Related Topix: Newton, NC

Thu Sep 11, 2014

The Gaston Gazette

Two arrested in forklift theft

Police in Catawba County first encountered Clayton Ray Campbell, 21, of 3542 Fostall Lane, of Maiden, and James Thomas Thatcher, 20, of 6610 Kidville Road, Denver, after their vehicle broke down. According to police, the two men had on them a stolen forklift and a large custom made woodstove taken from a location in Lincoln County.

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Related Topix: Maiden, NC, Denver, NC, Lincoln County, NC

The Charlotte Observer

GKN Driveline accepting job applications for Catawba County expansion

Automotive supplier GKN Driveline will break ground Friday on an expanded Catawba County facility and is accepting applications for jobs connected to the expansion, officials said on Thursday. The automotive supplier, which announced the expansion of its Maiden facility in April , invested more than $100 million in the project and expects to add more than 200 new jobs by the end of 2018.

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Related Topix: Maiden, NC

The Charlotte Observer

Burke man sentenced for having gun on college property

Joshua Daniel Stilwell, 24, of Connelly Springs, was sentenced to prison this week after being convicted of three felonies, prosecutors said. A Burke County man has been sentenced to at least two years in prison after being convicted of taking a firearm onto a college campus, prosecutors say.

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Related Topix: Connelly Springs, NC, Burke County, NC, Drugs

Mon Sep 08, 2014

The Charlotte Observer

State seeks death penalty in Maggie Daniels murder case

Sharman Odom, 34, has been indicted by a grand jury in Catawba County on murder, first-degree sexual assault and first-degree kidnapping charges, prosecutors say. A court hearing in Newton Monday made it official.

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Related Topix: Death Penalty

Sat Sep 06, 2014

The Charlotte Observer

Heavy storms develop northwest of Charlotte

Strong thunderstorms developed early Saturday evening in the foothills and mountains northwest of Charlotte, blowing down trees and power lines near Hickory and threatening flash flooding in the mountains. The strong thunderstorms that hit Hickory around 6:30 p.m. had moved eastward into Davie and Iredell counties by 7:30 p.m. Additional storms were developing and moving into the Lake Norman area.

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Related Topix: Weather, Davie County, NC, Natural Disasters, Flood, Ashe County, NC

The Charlotte Observer

1 dead, 3 hurt in head-on Catawba crash

SHERRILLS FORD A 33-year-old man was killed in a head-on crash that injured three other people early Saturday in Catawba County, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol. Troopers identified the victim as Clinton Daniel Tolley.

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Related Topix: Catawba, NC, Sherrills Ford, NC

Sat Aug 30, 2014

WBTV

3 more unsealed search warrants sharpen focus on apartment where Maggie Daniels killed

Search warrants unsealed on Friday sharpened the focus on the apartment where popular Newton-Conover high school counselor Margaret "Maggie" Daniels was killed on June 28. The mother of Daniels' boyfriend and others found Daniels lying face down on her bedroom floor in front of the door and to the left of her bed, the warrants said.

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Related Topix: Newton, NC

Fri Aug 29, 2014

Lincoln Times-News

Fugitive nabbed in Denver

ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A Denver man wanted in California and Florida was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals with assistance from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

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Related Topix: Denver, NC, Lincoln County, NC

Thu Aug 28, 2014

WLOS

DA seeks death penalty in school counselor's death

The Catawba County district attorney has filed a motion seeking the death penalty in the case of a man accused in the death of a high school counselor.

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Related Topix: Death Penalty, Criminal Defense Law, Law, Newton, NC

WCNC-TV Charlotte

Judge to unseal warrants in Maggie Daniels' murder

Judge to unseal warrants in Maggie Daniels' murder Judge to unseal warrants in Maggie Daniels' murder Check out this story on WCNC.com: http://www.wcnc.com/story/news/crime/2014/08/28/judge-to-unseal-warrants-in-maggie-daniels-murder/14726841/ The man accused of killing popular Newton school guidance counselor was formally indicted last Monday by a ... (more)

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Related Topix: Violent Crime, Newton, NC

Wed Aug 27, 2014

Lincoln Times-News

West Lincoln Area Council wants changes to county UDO

The West Lincoln Area Council, a group of western Lincoln County business owners and residents, is partnering with county planning officials to develop a comprehensive vision for the western end of the county.

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Related Topix: Lincoln County, NC, Vale, NC, Gaston County, NC

Lincoln Times-News

Arrests made in Maiden school thefts

Maiden police officers have recovered several iPads that were stolen from Maiden Elementary school on Aug. 21. Three teens broke into the Media Center of the school during the overnight hours and stole an undisclosed number of Apple iPads that belonged to the school and were in the process of being set up for the new school year, officers said.

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Related Topix: Maiden, NC

Tue Aug 26, 2014

The Charlotte Observer

2 sentenced in Catawba County meth case

Joyce Brown Crouse, 38, of Hickory, was sentenced to between 44 and 65 months in prison after being convicted, authorities said.

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Related Topix: Drugs

Thu Aug 21, 2014

WBTV

NC Ag requests sexual misconduct lawsuit against Jay Gaither be dismissed

North Carolina's Attorney General has filed a motion to have a sexual harassment lawsuit against Catawba County District Attorney Jay Gaither thrown out.

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Related Topix: Cellphones

Mon Aug 18, 2014

WLOS

NC Patrol works to unravel hit-and-run

The Highway Patrol is trying to unravel a highway hit-and-run which claimed the life of a man in Catawba County.

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Related Topix: Buncombe County, NC

WSOCTV

Man accused of killing Newton teacher indicted for murder, sex assault

A grand jury has indicted Sharman Odom on first-degree murder, first-degree sexual offense and first-degree kidnapping in the Maggie Daniels case.

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Related Topix: Violent Crime

WCNC-TV Charlotte

Odom, accused in Daniels' murder, indicted

District Attorney James Gaither announced Monday that accused murderer Sharman Odom has been indicted in the death of a 31-year-old counselor from Newton, Maggie Daniels.

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Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law

WSOCTV

Troopers: 1 killed in Catawba Co. hit-and-run

North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers were actively searching for the vehicle which struck and killed a person on Highway 321 in Catawba County early Monday morning.

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