Tuesday, March 11th
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Climber rescued from mountain after fall
A climber who fell from Shortoff Mountain in Burke County was rescued from the side of the mountain Monday evening. According to reports from rescue agencies, the climber was rescued from the side of the mountain nearly three hours after falling. The man sustained a back injury in the fall. According to reports, a Black Hawk helicopter was brought in and it got to the man shortly after 5:30 p.m. Monday. Rescue crews had previously made their way to the injured man on the ground. The injured climber was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte for treatment. Reports say crews conducting the rescue operation were never in danger and the rescue went smoothly. The Blackhawk helicopter that assisted was from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion 131st Aviation Regiment based at the Army National Guard Aviation Facility based at the Rowan County Airport. Shortoff Mountain is near the Linville Gorge and is a popular spot for rock climbers. (Above picture is a file photo.)
Man convicted in case in which meth lab discovered by iPhone GPS
A Catawba County man has been convicted in a case involving the discovery of a meth lab using iPhone GPS. The man received a minimum of more than three years in prison. 42-year-old Matthew Anthony Parker of Maiden was convicted of two counts of Felony Possess with intent to Distribute Methamphetamine Precursor, Felony Manufacture Methamphetamine and Felony Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine Monday in Catawba County Criminal Superior Court. The defendant was sentenced to no less than 44 months and no more than 65 months in prison. The crimes occurred in February 2013 in the City of Maiden. Investigators used the GPS function to locate a stolen IPhone and subsequently discovered the remnants of a methamphetamine lab. Chief Tracy Ledford and Jamey Fletcher from the Maiden Police Department handled the investigation and Assistant District Attorney Kyle Smith prosecuted the case. The Honorable David L. Hall presided over the conviction. Mr. Parker will be transported to the Division of Adult Correction for processing. Co-defendants Bryan Keith Harris and Hollie Michelle Harris were convicted in November 2013 and May 2013 respectively of related Felony Methamphetamine charges and unrelated Felony property crimes.
Suspect in armed robbery still being sought
The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office is still searching for a suspect in an armed robbery that occurred late last week. Last Thursday at approximately 10 p.m. Caldwell County Communications received a 911 call from the clerk on duty at the Market Basket Convenience store on Grace Chapel Road in Granite Falls stating that an unknown man came into the store, brandished a handgun and demanded money. The suspect (pictured) stole an undisclosed amount of money and left. The suspect was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, black pants and black shoes with white laces. The suspect was also wearing a set of military dog tags. Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded and began an investigation. The Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance from the public for any information they may have as to the identity of the suspect. Please contact Cpl. S. Hartley at 828-759-1526 or Caldwell County crime stoppers at 828-758-8300.
Teacher of the year chosen in Burke County
Burke County Public Schools has selected Draughn High School choral teacher Renee Shatley as its overall teacher of the year for 2013-14. Shatley, a 24-year veteran teacher, also was selected as the teacher of the year for grades six through 12. Amber Peterson, a kindergarten teacher at W.A. Young Elementary School, is the BCPS teacher of the year for grades pre-kindergarten through five. Shatley has a master’s of science in music education and a bachelor’s of music. She has taught at East Burke High School, Bandy’s High School, A.C. Reynolds High School and A.C. Reynolds Middle School. She is a National Board certified teacher.
Man convicted of drug charges, receives prison time
A Burke County man will spend more than a year-and-a-half in prison minimum after being convicted on drug charges. 24-year-old Eric Louis Brown of Connelly Springs was convicted of two counts of Felony Possess with intent to Distribute Methamphetamine Precursor and was sentenced to no less than 20 months and no more than 33 months in the Division of Adult Correction.
Monday, March 10th
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Armed robbery suspect sought
The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a suspect in an armed robbery that occurred late last week. Last Thursday at approximately 10 p.m. Caldwell County Communications received a 911 call from the clerk on duty at the Market Basket Convenience store on Grace Chapel Road in Granite Falls stating that an unknown man came into the store, brandished a handgun and demanded money. The suspect (pictured) stole an undisclosed amount of money and left. The suspect was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, black pants and black shoes with white laces. The suspect was also wearing a set of military dog tags. Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded and began an investigation. The Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance from the public for any information they may have as to the identity of the suspect. Please contact Cpl. S. Hartley at 828-759-1526 or Caldwell County crime stoppers at 828-758-8300.
Man arrested on weapon charge following fire
The Hickory Police Department reports a house fire led to the arrest of a Catawba County man on a weapon charge. According to police reports, 37-year-old Ryan Christopher Hawn of Hickory was arrested early Sunday and charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon. According to police reports, firefighters were called to a home on 29th Avenue Northeast on Saturday. Officers found a metal building behind the home on fire. Police reports say Hawn lived there. Authorities believe Hawn ran off with a handgun after setting the fire. He was later found near Lowe’s Foods and taken into custody. Hawn (pictured) is currently being held at the Catawba County Jail under $18,000 bond, a court appearance is scheduled for today.
Caldwell man convicted in child sex offense case
A Caldwell County man received a minimum of more than a year-and-a-half in prison after being convicted in a child sex offense case. District Attorney Jay Gaither announced the conviction of 21-year-old Bryan Adrian White, Jr. of Lenoir. He was convicted of Felony Indecent Liberties with a Child in Caldwell County Criminal Superior Court. The defendant was sentenced to no less than 19 months and no more than 32 months in the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction. Upon his release the defendant was also ordered to register with the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry for the remainder of his life and be subjected to Satellite Based monitoring for the remainder of his life. The crime occurred in October 2012 in the City of Lenoir. Detective J.D. Wesson from the Lenoir Police Department handled the investigation with assistance provided by the Robin’s Nest Children’s Advocacy Center. Assistant District Attorney Dawn Tutterow prosecuted the case and the Honorable Martin B. Mcgee presided over the conviction. Mr. White will be transported to the Division of Adult Correction for processing.
Burke man receives prison time in assault case
A Burke County man received a minimum of six years in prison following a conviction in an assault case that stemmed from a domestic dispute. District Attorney Jay Gaither announced the conviction of 32-year-old William Todd Porter of Icard. He was convicted of Felony Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury in Burke County Criminal Superior Court. The defendant was sentenced to no less than 72 months and no more than 99 months in the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction. The offense occurred in October 2013 in Burke County. The assault was the result of a domestic dispute between the defendant and his girlfriend’s sister. Officers from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office handled the investigation and Assistant District Attorney Corey Sherrill prosecuted the case. The Honorable Yvonne Mims Evans presided over the conviction. Mr. Porter will be transported to the Division of Adult Correction for processing.
Suspect sought in crime in county neighboring Unifour
One person is in custody and investigators need the public’s help searching for another in connection with a breaking and entering and theft. Detective Billie Brown of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged April Danielle Causby, 27, of Church Street in Marion, on Feb. 17 with two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense and one felony count each of breaking and entering a motor vehicle and larceny. Deputies have been unable to locate 28-year-old Timmy Ray Noblitt, of Faith Baptist Church Road in Marion, who is wanted on the same charges. Tiffany Milan, of Reid Street in Marion, reported on Jan. 17 that someone broke into a vehicle parked at her house and stole two iPads, a laptop computer, a debit card and men’s clothing worth a total of $1,000 and caused $25 in damage to the car. Brown said the suspects used the debit card at McDonald’s once and at an ATM twice. Noblitt (pictured) is a white male who stands 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 145 pounds. He has blonde hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information concerning his whereabouts is asked to call Detective Billie Brown at 652-2237 or McDowell County Crimestoppers at 65-CRIME (652-7463). With Crimestoppers, your identity remains anonymous and you could receive a cash reward.
Friday, March 7th
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More winter weather hits the Unifour
Another round of winter weather moved into the area late in the day Thursday, bringing snow, rain and sleet to the region. The precipitation started during the late afternoon hours and continued through the night, leaving roads snow and ice covered across the region. The winter weather has resulted in numerous school, daycare, and business delays. The precipitation was expected to turn to all rain during the midday hours. There will be a sharp turn in the weather for the weekend, highs are expected to be in the 60s and possibly close to 70 through Tuesday.
Two charged in armed robbery at Walmart
Two have been charged in connection with an armed robbery at Walmart. According to the Morganton Department of Public Safety, on Wednesday 25-year-old Dustin Wayne Sanders and 30-year-old Kelli Elizabeth Ledford, both of Morganton, entered the Walmart store at Morganton Heights Shopping Center and stole a computer. As Sanders was exiting the store an employee of Walmart working the front door asked him to stop. According to the employee and surveillance video, Sanders displayed a large knife to the clerk then fled out the front door. Sanders got into a silver Ford Crown Victoria driven by Ledford and fled the area. A short time later the vehicle was found in the parking lot of Food Lion on E Union St. Officers stopped the vehicle and found Sanders and Ledford as the occupants. Both suspects were identified as the subjects that stole the computer and displayed a knife. Sanders was arrested and charged with Felony Armed Robbery, Larceny and Possession of Stolen Goods. He was placed in the Burke/Catawba Jail under a $75,000 secured bond. Ledford was charged with Felonious Aid & Abet Armed Robbery, Larceny and Possession of Stolen Goods. She was placed in the Burke/Catawba jail under a $53,000 secured bond.
Alexander resident faces meth charge
An Alexander County man faces a meth charge filed in Catawba County. 34-year-old Daniel Lee Nance of Taylorsville was arrested by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Thursday and charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Nance was placed in the Catawba County Jail under no bond, a court appearance is scheduled for today.
Probation violation charges lodged
A Catawba County man is charged with a felony for allegedly violating the terms of his probation agreement. 22-year-old Keshawn Markevious Mayfield of Hickory was arrested Thursday and charged with two counts of felony probation violation. Following the arrest, Mayfield was placed in the Catawba County Jail under $20,000 bond pending a court appearance.
Thursday, March 6th
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Burke man receives close to 16 years minimum following sex offense conviction
A Burke County man will spend a minimum of just under 16 years in prison following a conviction in a sex offense case. District Attorney Jay Gaither announced the conviction of 33-year-old Richard Neil Arney of Valdese for felony Statutory Sexual Offense this week in Burke County Criminal Superior Court. The defendant was sentenced to no less than 190 months and no more than 288 months in prison. Upon his release from prison the defendant was ordered to register with the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry for a period of 30 years. The crime occurred in August 2012 in the City of Valdese and was investigated Detective Chris Edwards of the Valdese Police Department with assistance provided by the Burke County Children’s Advocacy Center. Assistant District Attorney Eric Bellas prosecuted the case and the Honorable Yvonne Mims Evans presided over the conviction. Mr. Arney will be transported to the Division of Adult Correction for processing.
Vehicle flips, driver brought to hospital in Wednesday accident
A vehicle overturned in a single-vehicle accident in Long View Wednesday. According to the Long View Police Department, a Hickory man was brought to the hospital as a result of yesterday afternoon’s accident. The Hickory Daily Record reports 20-year-old Matthew Alan Honsacker was driving east in the 2300 block of U.S. 70 Southwest shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday when he ran off the road and overcorrected. Honsacker’s vehicle ran into a ditch in front of Jim Armstrong Subaru and flipped onto it’s roof. Honsacker sustained minor injuries in the accident, he was transported to Frye Regional Medical Center. He’s been charged with driving left of center.
Woman convicted on break-in and theft charges, receives jail time
A Cherryville woman will spend a minimum of more than five years in prison following a conviction on break-in and theft charges in Catawba County. District Attorney Jay Gaither announced the conviction of 43-year-old Tonya Scronce Bolick of Cherryville for two counts of felony Breaking and Entering, two counts of felony Larceny and Habitual Breaking and Entering offender status after a two day trial in Catawba County Criminal Superior Court this week. The jury deliberated for just over 1 hour prior to returning the verdicts of guilty. The defendant was sentenced to no less than 66 months and no more than 104 months in the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction. The crimes occurred in September 2012 in Catawba County and involved the defendant breaking into 2 homes and stealing more than $5,000 in jewelry and other items. Investigators Kerry Penley and Thad Scronce from the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office handled the investigations and Assistant District Attorney Brenda Brewer prosecuted the case. The Honorable Timothy S. Kincaid presided over the trial. Ms. Bolick will be transported to the Division of Adult Correction for processing.
Man indicted on drug, weapon charges
A Catawba County man has been indicted on drug and weapon charges. The Catawba County Sheriff's Office Wednesday arrested 35-year-old Ryan Patrick Murphy of Hickory. He's charged on grand jury indictments with possession with intent to deliver cocaine, possession of a firearm by a felon, and habitual felon. Following the arrest, Murphy was placed in the Catawba County Jail under $35,000 bond. A court appearance is scheduled for March 7.
Man charged with breaking into school
A man has been charged with breaking into a school in Nebo. Detective Andy Manis of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged 28-year-old Arvil Lee James Morgan of Eerie Drive in Nebo, with three felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense and one felony count each of burglary and larceny. It was reported on January 12 that someone broke into Nebo Elementary School and stole assorted keys, cell phones, credit cards, two-way radios, Bath & Body Works products and a football, having a total value of $80. Manis said Morgan used the credit cards on three occasions to purchase minutes for a cell phone.
Wednesday, March 5th
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New Public Safety Chief named in Morganton
The City of Morganton announced Tuesday that Ronnie Rector has been named the new Chief of the Morganton Department of Public Safety. Rector was one of two finalists considered for the position, and City Manager Sally Sandy said she ultimately selected Rector because of his knowledge of both police and fire services and his experience with the community. Sandy said in a news release issued by the City of Morganton, "We weighed all the information gathered during the selection process, and we decided that Ronnie would be the best fit for the department, for the City, and for the community. Ronnie brings the ability to take over the fire command on day one, and his knowledge about Morganton and our community was a definite benefit." Rector said he was happy to receive the promotion and looks forward to his new role with the department. In the news release, Rector is quoted as saying "I am honored to be offered the position and to be able to serve in this capacity with the City government. It's my desire to meet and to exceed the expectations of the City staff, our elected officials, and the community." Rector is a Burke County native and grew up in Valdese. He graduated from East Burke High School. After enrolling and completing the Basic Law Enforcement Training course at Western Piedmont Community College, Rector was hired as a Public Safety Officer with the Morganton Department of Public Safety in 1994. He has remained with the department ever since.
Lengthy discussion regarding road closure in Hickory
There was a lengthy discussion during last night's Hickory City Council meeting regarding a request to close a portion of a road in the city. The road in question is a portion of E Avenue Southeast near Moretz Mills. The public hearing had been postponed from an earlier city council meeting. When the public hearing was re-opened city staff member Chuck Hanson offered details of the proposal and request which was followed by a number of citizens in attendance last night. Residents spoke for and against closing a portion of the road. After a lengthy discussion, Mayor Rudy Wright closed the public hearing and asked for a short recess. A short time later council members discussed the matter again and allowed additional comments from John Moretz followed by some discussion regarding legality and the choices available to city council by City Attorney John Crone. On a split vote of 4-3, Hickory City Council decided to postpone a vote on the item until the regular meeting on March 18.
More than $40,000 in vases stolen from cemetery
More than $40,000 in bronze vases were stolen from a Caldwell County cemetery. More than 130 bronze vases were stolen over the weekend from the grave markers at Blue Ridge Memorial Park in Lenoir. The Lenoir Police Department is investigating the case and they have alerted scrapyards around the area. In 2005, more than 100 vases were taken from the same cemetery and were found days later at a scrapyard in Gaston County where company officials there said they didn't realize what the items were. The vases had been spray painted yellow. Enough information was obtained to make arrests. Police are hoping that any attempt to sell the stolen vases will lead to an arrest. Authorities are asking anyone with information to call the Lenoir Police Department.
Road closing announced
The City of Hickory Street Division is closing the intersection of 9th Avenue, NE at 17th Street, NE, starting today to replace a storm drain at this location. The closure could continue through Thursday. The intersection is one block off of 16th Street, NE (Springs Road) from the Exxon gas station, near the end of Springs Road, where it meets Highland Avenue at Shurtape. The detour route is 9th Avenue, NE to 16th Street, NE (Springs Rd) to Highland Avenue, NE to 18th Street, NE to 9th Avenue, NE. If you have questions, contact Public Services at (828) 323-7403.
Two face vehicle break-in, stolen property charges
Two Caldwell County residents face vehicle break-in and stolen property charges. The Lenoir Police Department arrested 22-year-old Nathaniel Jawon Norwood and 28-year-old James Lee Hardy Jr., both of Lenoir. They're both charged with breaking and entering to an automobile, larceny, and possession of stolen property. Following their arrests, Norwood and Hardy were each placed in the Caldwell County Jail under $3,000 secured bond apiece.
Arrest made in strangulation case
A man arrested in Burke County is charged in connection with an assault that involved strangulation. According to records on file at the Morganton Department of Public Safety's website, 31-year-old Timothy Lee Felder was arrested Tuesday and charged with assault inflicting serious bodily injury and assault by strangulation. Following the arrest, Felder was placed in jail where he is being held under $15,500 secured bond, a court appearance is scheduled for today.
Tuesday, March 4th
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Unifour men sought in store robbery
An Alexander County man and Burke County man are wanted in connection with a robbery at an Alexander County convenience store. On Sunday officers with the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported robbery that had occurred at the Kountry Kwick Stop located at 9727 NC Hwy 127 in the Bethlehem community. Upon further investigation it was determined that the suspects had stolen an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register drawer before leaving the scene in a burgundy Mitsubishi car with a NC license plate number BJW-8407. Officers determined the suspects identities and obtained arrest warrants for Felony Larceny. Officers are seeking Michael Dwayne Stacy II, white male of Taylorsville and Jackie Carl Scarberry Jr, white male, of Burke County on the outstanding warrants Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of these two individuals is asked to contact the Alexander County Crime Stopper’s Tip Line by calling 828-632-8555. Tips can also be submitted online at www.alexandersheriff.org. (Pictured L-R, Michael Dwayne Stacy II and Jackie Carl Scarberry Jr. Photos courtesy of Alexander County Sheriff's Office)
Man facing several charges following morning arrest
A Catawba County man arrested early this morning faces numerous charges including a felony cocaine offense. 28-year-old Alvin Juan Lineberger was arrested this morning by the Claremont Police Department. He’s charged on a grand jury indictment with felony possession of cocaine. In addition, Lineberger is charged with aggravating factors and prior record, failure to appear on a cocaine possession charge, simple possession of schedule four controlled substance, possession of marijuana, speeding, and driving while license revoked. Following this morning’s arrest, Lineberger (pictured) was placed in the Catawba County Jail under a total bond of $89,500. A court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday. (Photo of Lineberger from Catawba County Jail website.)
Burke man charged with attempting to obtain drugs by fraud
A Burke County man is charged with attempting to obtain drugs by fraud. The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office reports the Monday arrest of 43-year-old William Wesley Wiseman of Valdese. He’s charged with one count of attempt to obtain controlled substance by forgery or fraud. Following the arrest, Wiseman (pictured) was placed in the Catawba County Jail under $2,500 bond, a court appearance is scheduled for Friday. (Photo of Wiseman from Catawba County Jail website.)
Morganton Council passes resolution directing local legislators
Morganton City Council Monday passed a resolution, which would direct local legislators to request a bill to be introduced and passed by the General Assembly. The unanimous vote last night, would change the current method, in use since the 1970's, to the plurality method, or the candidate with the most first place votes wins, rather than having to receive more votes than all other candidates combined. If the city adopts the plurality method, which would move the election to odd-numbered Novembers, costs would be greatly reduced, according to Burke County Elections Director Debbie Mace. In other business, City Council passed a resolution supporting a Manufacturing Communities Program application sponsored by the Western Piedmont Council of Governments. The competitive bid application is competing for designation as a federal "Manufacturing Community", which would give the region elevated consideration for $1.3 billion dollars in federal aid. 12 communities will be designated "Manufacturing Communities". And Council passed a resolution of appreciation recognizing the 50th anniversary of the founding of Western Piedmont Community College which will take place April 2nd.
Nebo man charged with stealing, scrapping vehicle
A Nebo man has been charged with stealing a vehicle and scrapping it. Detective Nathan Mace of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged 35-year-old Gary Wayne Patterson Jr. of Pinnacle Church Road in Nebo, with one felony count each of larceny of a motor vehicle and obtaining property by false pretense. James Ferguson, of Old Highway 10 East, reported on January 8 that he let a female acquaintance borrow his 1989 Honda Prelude. Mace said Patterson (pictured) stole the vehicle from a location in Dysartsville and sold it to a local scrap yard for $279.40. The car was crushed. (Photo of Patterson from McDowell County Sheriff's Office.)
Monday, March 3rd
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Two charged with setting car on fire for insurance money
Two men are charged with setting a car on fire, the fire was allegedly set to collect insurance money. The Morganton Department of Public Safety arrested 44-year-old Torry Lane Mullins and 30-year-old Chadwick Andrew Mullins, both of the same Morganton address. They’re each charged with burning personal property. Torry is also charged with felony insurance fraud and misdemeanor solicitation of a felony. Firefighters were called to the Mullins’ residence on February 3 to extinguish a fire that burned a 1999 Dodge Durango. It was determined that it was an arson fire. Torry Mullins was placed in jail under $30,000 bond, Chadwick Mullins’ bond was set at $15,000. Both are scheduled to appear in court today.
Apartment fire determined to be arson under investigation
The investigation is continuing into a fire that displaced residents of an apartment complex that authorities have determined was intentionally set. Firefighters fought the three-alarm apartment fire early Friday morning in Hickory. According to reports, the fire started at approximately 2:30 a.m. at the apartment complex on 9th Avenue Place Southwest. Reports say it took firefighters more than an hour to get the fire under control. No injuries were reported in the fire, which, according to reports, was so intense that other fire departments in the area had to cover the Hickory Fire Department’s other calls because they had so many of their crews on the scene. 22 residents of the complex were displaced, the Red Cross responded to help tenants who were rendered homeless by the blaze. The State Bureau of Investigation’s arson unit responded to the scene Friday afternoon. Accelerant-sniffing K-9s were brought in. Officials said crews working inside the house were removing pieces of evidence to be tested for an accelerant. Arson is suspected in the fire.
Two charged following motorcycle chase
Two Morganton residents face multiple charges following a motorcycle chase involving the Department of Public Safety over the weekend. 28-year-old Johnnie Frank Kelly is charged with several counts including felonious speeding to elude an officer, assault on a government officer, driving while impaired and reckless driving to endanger. 21-year-old Nina Sitthiphanh is charged with aid and abet driving while impaired among other offenses. The incident occurred Saturday and began on Center Street when a Public Safety Officer noticed an SUV and a motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed. Kelly was operating the motorcycle and accelerated after being spotted. The officer pursued Kelly onto East Union Street then onto Huffman Street. The pursuit continued onto Valdese avenue then went on to Hogan Street, Cross Street, then ended on Randolph Street where Kelly pulled into his driveway. Following a brief altercation with officers, Kelly was arrested and placed in jail under $19,000 bond with a court appearance today. Sitthiphanh is the registered owner of the motorcycle and lives at the same Randolph Street residence, her bond was set at $1,000 and a court appearance is scheduled for May 5. There were no injuries in the chase.
Man charged with assaulting officer
A Catawba County man is charged with assaulting an officer. The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Eric Dan Lepierre of Conover. He’s charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a government official. Following the arrest Lepierre was placed in the Catawba County Jail under $20,000 bond, a court appearance is scheduled for today.
Man charged with stealing from employer
A Catawba County man is charged with stealing from his place of employment. The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office reports the Sunday arrest of 27-year-old Ryan Joseph Worden of Catawba. He’s charged with one count of larceny by employee. Following the arrest, Worden was placed in the Catawba County Jail under $8,000 bond. A court appearance is scheduled for today.
Friday, February 28th
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Early morning fire at Hickory apartment complex
Firefighters fought a three-alarm apartment fire early this morning in Hickory that displaced residents of the complex. According to reports, the fire started at approximately 2:30 a.m. at the apartment complex on 9th Avenue Place Southwest. Reports say it took firefighters more than an hour to get the fire under control. No injuries were reported in the fire, which, according to reports, was so intense that other fire departments in the area had to cover the Hickory Fire Department’s other calls because they had so many of their crews on the scene. The Red Cross also responded to help tenants who were displaced.
Final day of filing today, more candidates file Thursday
Today is the final day to file for the May 6 primary. More candidates announced their intentions to run for office Thursday. Republican Brad Scott of Valdese filed to run against Hugh Blackwell in the primary for the 86th District seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives. Chris Barlowe of Lenoir has filed to run in the Republican primary for the Caldwell County Board of Commissioners. Republican Randy Isenhower filed Thursday for another term on the Catawba County Board of Commissioners. Republican Frank Willis of Hickory filed to run for the North Carolina House of Representatives 96th District seat. Republican Richard Lynch of Lowell filed to run against Patrick McHenry in the race for the 10th District Seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. The filing period ends at noon today.
Name of woman killed following chase released Thursday
The name of the woman killed following a high speed chase late Wednesday night that started in Hickory and ended in Long View was revealed yesterday. The victim was identified as 39-year-old Crystal Annette Jones Port of Morganton. The Hickory and Long View Police Departments are investigating the incident. According to reports, Port was driving erratically on U.S. 70 and she was pulled over at the intersection of US 70 and 4th Street Drive SW in Hickory shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday. She then led officers on a chase for several miles heading west towards Long View. Port reportedly drove through a highway construction zone and crashed into a crane. She reportedly knocked down several barrels before hitting the crane. Port was pronounced dead at the scene. There were no workers in the construction zone at the time of the wreck. According to reports, Port was stopped because officers suspected she was driving under the influence. The investigation is continuing.
Man charged in strangulation case
A Catawba County man is charged in a strangulation case. 42-year-old David Dean Vess of Hickory was arrested late Thursday by the Hickory Police Department. He’s charged with assault by strangulation and assault on a handicapped person. Following the arrest, Vess was placed in the Catawba County Jail under $12,000 bond, a court appearance was scheduled for today.
Early morning arrest in chase
A Catawba County man arrested this morning is charged with fleeing from police. The Newton Police Department arrested 36-year-old Francisco Hernandez-Perez. He’s charged with flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, driving while impaired, and speeding. Following the arrest, Hernandez-Perez was placed in the Catawba County Jail under $2,000 bond, a court appearance is scheduled for April 9.
Authorities warn of scam
Authorities in the area are warning of a scam. McDowell County sheriff’s deputies are urging local residents to be aware of a scam once again circulating in the area involving sending cash to a relative in trouble. The male caller tells citizens a family member has been arrested and needs money to get out of jail. Capt. Shanon Smith advised area residents never to send money in these instances but to call the relative and confirm whether or not they need help. He said people should find a way to corroborate the story instead of sending money blindly. If you can’t get in touch with the relative, call the jail where they are supposedly confined, Smith urged.