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Friday, January 23

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Caldwell County Department of Social Services is asking for the public's help in locating a missing

teenage girl. Sixteen-year old Makayla Worley was last seen on August 31st when she left a Youth Shelter in Gastonia. Makayla, who sometimes goes by Kayla,

has long brown hair, brown eyes, is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds. She is believed to be in the Gaston and or Mecklenburg County

area. Anyone having information about her whereabouts is asked to contact the Caldwell County Department of Social Services at 828-426-8280, the Gastonia

City Police Department at 704-866-6702 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678.


A nineteen year old Marion dad has been charged with child abuse in connection with the injury of his two month old son. Byron Cole Pace of Lamplighter Circle

was charged with felony intentional child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury. Pace shares a home and his two month old son with Jessica Williams. Reports at

the McDowell County Sheriff Office say while Williams was at work Tuesday, Pace was supervising the child. When Williams returned, the baby was blue,

coughing and was non-responsive. The child was taken to the McDowell Hospital and then transferred to Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville for Treatment.

The boy had sustained five bone fractures. An investigation continues.


McDowell County Sheriff's deputies are looking for forty one year old Robert Scott Cowart of 285 Deep Woods Drive in Marion. He is wanted for felony larceny

by employee and felony obtaining property by false pretense. Reports on file with the McDowell Sheriff's Office says Cowart allegedly stole tools from his

employer, Suttles Grading and Trucking of Harmony Grove Road in Nebo earlier this month and pawned some of them. Cowart fled from his home Wednesday

when officers attempted to arrest him. He is a white male who stands five feet six inches tall and weighs about 230 pounds. He is bald with brown eyes and a

heavy build. Anyone with any information concerning his whereabouts should call the McDowell Sheriff's Office at 828- 652-2235 or McDowell Crimestoppers

at 65CRIME.

The investigation continues into a house fire in Marion. Firefighters responded about 3:30 PM Wednesday to the fire at a wood framed house on Poplar Road off Highway 70 West. The back side of the residence and attic were engulfed. Fire crews were able to contain the damage to one room and the hallway. Two people were home and got out. One person was taken to the hospital by McDowell Rescue and treated for smoke inhalation. Fire units from PG, Marion, Hankins/North Fork and Woodlawn/Siever were at the scene.



Two felony child abuse charges with serious injury are filed on a Catawba County man. Hickory Police this morning arrested 25 year old Bradley Alan Henderson of Hickory. Bond was set at $100, 000 with a court appearance scheduled for today


Cocaine charges are placed on a Catawba County resident. 25 year old Rodrigo Jose Cardenas Munoz of Newton was taken into custody yesterday by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office. He was charged with trafficking in cocaine and PWISD cocaine. Bond was set at $125,000 was a court appearance today


A Vale woman is charged with Attempted Financial Card Fraud. The Catawba County Sheriff's Office Thursday arrested 36 year old Debra Suzanne Moore. Bond was set at $120,000.