Man charged with break-in
A man arrested in Burke County is charged in connection with a break-in. 27-year-old Marc Eugene Dunn was arrested and charged with felony non forced breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and larceny. Following the arrest, Dunn was placed in jail under $60,000 bond.
Man charged on warrant from 1996
A man arrested in Catawba County is charged in connection with a warrant from 1996. 41-year-old Joseph Thomas Ewart was arrested and charged with one count of felony larceny. Following the arrest, Ewart was placed in the Catawba County Jail under no bond, he made a court appearance on Friday.
"Family Day" scheduled for Monday in Unifour town
Burke County will hold its seventh annual Family Day Monday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Catawba Meadows Park in Morganton. Family Day is a national initiative created by CASAColumbia to promote simple acts of parental engagement as key ways to help prevent risky substance use in children and teens. This event is free and open to all. There will be resource and activity booths with games and crafts and a picnic dinner. Food will be served from 4:00 to 6:30 on a first come, first serve basis. There will also be a t-shirt giveaway to the first 400 children. The rain date is Tuesday. For more information call 828-764-9219 or 828-764-9218.
Unifour city council invited to attend meetings
The Morganton City Council has been invited to attend the Western Piedmont Council of Governments Policy Board Meeting on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Morganton Community House, 120 North King Street. The Council has also been invited to attend a Water Supply Master Plan Meeting with HDR Engineering and the Catawba Wateree Water Management Group on Thursday at 8:00 a.m. in City Hall, Conference Room 4, 305 East Union Street, Suite A100. It is possible a quorum of City Council may attend; however no action by Council will be taken. For more information, you may contact Sally Sandy, City Manager, at 438-5230 or Kelly Russell, Assistant City Clerk, at 438-5228.
Names released Friday in fatal early morning accident
The victim and driver involved in a fatal accident on Interstate 40 in Morganton Friday morning have been identified. According to reports, Timothy Robinson struck 3 workers near exit 105 around 2:23 a.m. Reports say one worker, Flavio Jaimes of Mt. Gilead, was pronounced dead at Grace Hospital in Morganton, officials say. Another was taken to Carolinas Medical Center, in Charlotte, with injuries that are not considered critical. Robinson who is 37-years-old and a resident of Morganton will face charges, but the specific charges are not yet determined. NC Highway Patrol Officials meet with the DA early next week to determine exactly what charges will be filed. I-40 westbound was closed until close to 9 a.m. as a result of the accident.
Drug, weapon charges filed
Drug and weapon charges have been filed against an Alexander County woman arrested in Catawba County. The Newton Police Department arrested 33-year-old Julie Angeline Tisi of Taylorsville. The charges filed are possession of methamphetamine, possession of schedule one controlled substance, possession of schedule two controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and carrying a concealed gun. Following the arrest, Tisi was placed in the Catawba County Jail under $25,000 bond.
Domestic violence charge lodged
A domestic violence charge has been filed against a Catawba County resident. The Hickory Police Department arrested 36-year-old Elsie Leona Farris of Hickory. The charge filed is domestic violence protective order violation. Following the arrest, Farris was placed in the Catawba County Jail under no bond, a court appearance is scheduled for October 1.
Suspect charged with intimidating witness
A Catawba County resident is charged with intimidating a witness. The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office arrested 17-year-old Javario Quansell Prunty of Newton. The charges filed are intimidating a witness and assault with the attempt to inflict serious injury. Following the arrest, Prunty was placed in the Catawba County Jail under $14,000 bond, the next court appearance is scheduled for October 20.
New "green" product in use by city
The City of Morganton Parks and Recreation Department is trying out a new, green cleaning product in the City's park restrooms, and so far the results are good. Parks and Recreation Department Director Gary Leonhardt said that he decided to switch to the green product because he thought it would be healthier for people who use the park restrooms and safer for the staff who clean the restrooms. "We clean a lot of restrooms across the park system at least once a day and some we clean two to three times a day," Leonhardt said. "In the past, we've used strong chemicals like bleach to clean surfaces, and then we'd have people come in to the restroom right after it was cleaned. After learning about this new product, and seeing how well it worked, it seemed like a healthier solution." The new cleaning product is called H2Orange2 Concentrate 117 and it's made by Envirox. It's made of stabilized hydrogen and orange oil. It's biodegradable, made from renewable ingredients, non-asthmagenic, has a neutral pH, and leaves no residue build-up. H2Orange2 Concentrate 117 cleans by using hydrogen peroxide to break down organic soils, making them easy to remove without leaving behind residue. According to Envirox, H2Orange2 Concentrate 117 kills 99.99% of common bacteria and 99.9% of viruses specified viruses (Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2, Influenza A2/Japan, HBV and HIV-1). Leonhardt said he and his cleaning staff have been very pleased with the results so far. "The product is definitely getting the job done," Leonhardt said. "The restrooms seem to be just as clean, and they smell more pleasant. So far, we're very happy." Leonhardt said he plans to use the H2Orange2 Concentrate 117 for six months to a year, and then evaluate the results and the cost compared to using cleaners such as bleach. The Parks and Recreation Department maintains three recreation facilities, 10 public parks, and the Morganton Greenway System.
Construction worker killed in early morning accident on I-40
An accident during which one person was killed shut down the westbound lanes on Interstate 40 in Morganton this morning. The accident happened at approximately 2:20 a.m. at exit 105 in the construction zone. A vehicle hit three construction workers and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol reports one of the three died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.
Medical examiner's report released in Daniels murder case
The medical examiner's report on the death of Maggie Daniels has been released. It was revealed Thursday that the report confirms the popular high school counselor in Newton was strangled. The report also shows Daniels, who was 31-years-old, suffered blunt force trauma to her head, chest and abdomen. 34-year-old Sharman Howard Odom is charged in connection with Daniels’ murder. Daniels' body was found in her apartment on June 28. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the case. Warrants say that Odom, who lived near Daniels at Windsor Apartments in Newton, had a fascination with her. Police believe he sexually assaulted her and then killed her. There will be a fundraiser to help raise money for the Daniels’ memorial scholarship fund. It will be held prior to the Newton-Conover football game, Friday, October 3. The fundraiser will be held at the baseball field from 5 to 7 p.m.
Authorities warn of scam in which suspect claims to be deputy
The Burke County Sheriff’s Office alerts the public of the following scam: A man claiming to be Deputy John Taylor with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office has phoned individuals informing them they failed to appear for a jury summons and as a result a warrant has been issued for their arrest. The suspect further requests the victim to purchase a prepaid MoneyPak card and to call him back at which time he will instruct them as to how to send the card. Be aware that no employee by the name of John Taylor works at the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. If you should receive a call of this nature, immediately hang up and contact the Burke County Sheriff Office at 828-438-5500.
Kidnapping, assault charges filed
Kidnapping and assault charges have been filed against a Catawba County man arrested Thursday. The Catawba County Sheriff's Office arrested 34-year-old Joey Lee Deal of Newton. He's charged with kidnapping, assault inflicting serious bodily injury, and assault by strangulation. Following the arrest, Deal was placed in the Catawba County Jail under no bond, a court appearance is scheduled for today.
City council to attend meetings
Morganton City Council has been invited to attend the Western Piedmont Council of Governments Policy Board Meeting next Tuesday at 6 p.m. The event will be held at the Morganton Community House, 120 North King Street. The Council has also been invited to attend a Water Supply Master Plan Meeting with HDR Engineering and the Catawba Wateree Water Management Group next Thursday at 8:00 a.m. in City Hall, Conference Room 4, 305 East Union Street, Suite A100. It is possible a quorum of City Council may attend; however no action by Council will be taken. For more information, you may contact Sally Sandy, City Manager, at 438-5230 or Kelly Russell, Assistant City Clerk, at 438-5228.
"Family Day" scheduled in Unifour city
Burke County will hold its seventh annual Family Day next Monday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Catawba Meadows Park in Morganton. Family Day is a national initiative created by CASAColumbia to promote simple acts of parental engagement as key ways to help prevent risky substance use in children and teens. This event is free and open to all. There will be resource and activity booths with games and crafts and a picnic dinner. Food will be served from 4:00 to 6:30 on a first come, first serve basis. There will also be a t-shirt giveaway to the first 400 children. The rain date is Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. For more information call 828-764-9219 or 828-764-9218.
Miner killed when trench collapses in Alexander County
A man who was a well known area miner was killed after a trench collapsed in Alexander County Wednesday. The incident happened at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Hill River Road in Hiddenite. The Alexander County Sheriff's Office reported a man, who was later identified as 56-year-old Terry Lee Ledford, who was doing mining work disappeared after the 25 foot hole collapsed. Rescue crews responded to the scene and recovered Ledford's body at approximately 8:30 p.m. Police reports say the incident happened on private property. A published report says Ledford was an avid rock hunter. He made history when he discovered the largest emerald in the country several years ago in Hiddenite. The gem was 310 carats and later named the "Carolina Emperor." Ledford and his wife lived in Spruce Pine.
Teen charged with rape
A teenager arrested Wednesday in Burke County is charged with rape. The Burke County Sheriff's Office arrested 17-year-old Cody Lane Garrett Carswell. He's charged with first degree rape. Following Wednesday's arrest, Carswell was placed in jail under $100,000 secured bond, a court appearance is scheduled for October 27.
Early morning arrest on theft, drug charges
A Burke County woman arrested this morning in Catawba County is charged with theft, drug, and probation violation offenses. The Hickory Police Department arrested 35-year-old Daisy Lou Cordell of Morganton. She's charged with misdemeanor larceny, misdemeanor probation violation out of county, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following this Morning's arrest, Cordell was placed in the Catawba County Jail under $6,000 bond, a court appearance is scheduled for October 7.
Cyberstalking charge filed
Cyberstalking is among the charges filed against a Catawba County man arrested Wednesday. The Hickory Police Department arrested 30-year-old Adam Blake Fleming of Hickory. He's charged with cyberstalking, failure to return rental property, and with being a fugitive from another state. Following the arrest, Fleming was placed in the Catawba County Jail, he's scheduled to appear in court next Monday.
Meth charge filed
A meth charge has been filed against a Caldwell County man arrested Wednesday. The Lenoir Police Department arrested 39-year-old Roland Edward Gullett of Lenoir. He's charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine. Following the arrest, Gullett was placed in the Caldwell County Jail under $10,000 secured bond.
Body of man trapped in Alexander County found
Officials say the body of a man trapped after the sides of a hole collapsed has been found. According to published reports, police say the miner is 56-year-old Terry Lee Ledford. The property owner said the man was digging for gems in a hole in the back of the property off Hill River Road and Duncan Lane. The hole was about 30 feet deep.
Man charged in connection with stabbing
A Caldwell County man is charged in connection with a stabbing. Monday at 4:53 p.m. the Lenoir Police Department responded to a stabbing call at 1811 Forest Hill Park Place. When responding officers arrived at the scene they found the victim, Roger Donald Evens of Lenoir, lying in the driveway near the road. Evens was suffering from a stab wound to the left side of his chest. As officers were performing first-aid, Evens identified the suspect as 20-year-old Bobby Holsclaw of Lenoir. Witnesses at the scene confirmed Holsclaw was the suspect and advised he had left the scene running. Responding officers searched the surrounding neighborhoods. Holsclaw was found near the intersection of Walt Arney Road and Hampton Heights Street. After a short foot chase he was arrested and taken into custody. Holsclaw was later taken to the Caldwell County Magistrate’s Office where he was charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury. He was placed in the Caldwell County Jail under $250,000 secured bond and made a first court appearance Tuesday. Additional charges may be forthcoming. Evens was air lifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, on Tuesday his condition was reported as “serious, but stable.”
Former coach found not guilty of sex offenses
A former coach has been cleared of several sex offense charges filed against him. On Tuesday, former Hickory High School boy's basketball coach Shawn Johnson was found not guilty on all counts in his sex offense trial in Catawba County. Johnson faced nine charges, statutory rape and indecent liberties with a minor were among the counts filed against Johnson. Police said the alleged offenses occurred between 2002-2012. The jury deliberated for 90 minutes before issuing not guilty verdicts on all counts.
Prominent member of community in Morganton passes away
A man instrumental in bringing numerous industries to Morganton and who was involved with Western Piedmont Community College for the past half-century has passed away. Robert P. “Bob” Carr passed away Tuesday. Carr, among other things, was City Manager in Morganton for 16 years, served on the Board of Directors for Western Piedmont Community College for the past 50 years, he also played a key role in the design of the college. In 1997, the business hall, "Carr Hall" was named after him. A graveside service will be held for Bob Carr Thursday at 2 p.m. at Forest Hill Cemetery in Morganton. Military honors will be part of the service, Carr served in Europe in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps.
Burke Commissioners meet, appoint members to Veteran's Service Board
October was declared as "Burke Reads Month" and 5 new members were appointed to the Veteran's Service Board in Tuesday night’s Burke County Board of Commissioners' regular meeting. Library director, Jim Wilson, gave a presentation on the Burke Reads Proclamation requesting the board to declare October 2014 as "Burke Reads Month" in the county and gave each board member a copy of the novel, "The Book Thief." He elaborated on how studies show reading regularly expands vocabulary, retain information, and can reduce stress levels. The proclamation was approved 5-0. There were three items for decision including appointments to the Veteran's Service Board, the approval for National Park Service Cooperative Agreement for the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail in Burke County which will create a master plan for the development and management of approximately 15 miles of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail from the Paddy's creek bridge to the most western point of the Catawba River Greenway, and the Regional Jail Facility closing agreement. The new members to the Veteran's Service Board were approved 5-0 while both the National Park Service Cooperative Agreement for the Overmountain Victory National History Trail and the Regional Jail Facility closing agreement were approved 4-1. 14 items were on the consent agenda that were all approved 5-0.
Update: Jury acquits former HS basketball coach on all sex offense charges
According to various published reports, former Hickory High School boy's basketball coach Shawn Johnson has been found not guilty on all counts in his sex offense trial in Catawba County. Johnson faced nine charges, statutory rape and indecent liberties with a minor were among the counts filed against Johnson. The jury deliberated for 90 minutes before issuing their not guilty verdict.
Shooting incident under investigation
A shooting incident in Valdese is under investigation. Valdese Police Officers, with the assistance of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and Drexel Police Department, responded to a shooting incident at AutoZone, 441 Main Street West. Valdese officers arriving on the scene were told by witnesses the suspects had fled the scene in a burgundy truck and the victim had left the scene on foot. A Valdese Officer and Burke County Sheriff’s Deputy located the suspect vehicle on Interstate 40, approximately one half mile past exit 112 and conducted a felony vehicle stop. Jeff Ballard and Bradley Ballard were detained for questioning. During a search of the suspect vehicle three firearms, a knife, and slapjack were confiscated. The victim, Jeremy Green, had fled the scene on foot and after an extensive search of the area; officers were unable to locate him. All area hospitals were placed on alert to contact the police department if he sought treatment at their facility. During the course of the investigation officers determined a pistol had been discharged at the crime scene but the victim had not been struck by the bullet. Witnesses advised the victim did receive a head injury from a physical altercation with the suspects, prior to the pistol being discharged. This investigation is ongoing and charges are pending in this matter.
Heavy rain causes sewage backup into businesses
According to the Burke County Health Department, Friday's heavy rains in Morganton caused sewage to back up into businesses in the Tannery Square shopping center. According to officials, at least one restaurant, Buck’s Pizza, was affected. The restaurant is currently reported to be closed and its permit suspended until it meets certain guidelines to reopen. The Health Department has reportedly called the Agriculture Department to look into a yogurt shop in the Tannery Square shopping center that was also affected. All other restaurants were cleared. According to reports, the owner of the yogurt shop said he found chicken parts when the sewage backed up into the business. It is reportedly the second time in a year that has happened.
Medication administration discussed at school board meeting
Medication administration and out of county transfers were hot topics of discussion in Monday night's Burke County Board of Education work session. Mr. Randy Burns brought up the subject of out of county transfers and suggested something be done about their structure with the possible change in tuition. The administration is planning to come up with some kind of structure for the next meeting to discuss. The head school nurse brought to the board's attention the district does not have in writing the right of refusal to administer any medications that are not FDA approved. There have been requests at schools to administer medications that are not FDA approved and the school nurse, as well as the regional nurse consultant, believe it to be necessary for liability. Items on the consent agenda included open session minutes from august 18th work session and august 25th regular session, closed session minutes from June 9-10th BOE Strategic Planning/Training Session, June 26th regular session, August 18th work session, a budget revision for the drug dog that will be trained to detect firearms, and personnel reports. The board went into closed session before adjourning to protect attorney client privilege.
Parking lot at city hall in Unifour town to be closed
The front parking lot of Morganton City Hall will be closed for three weeks starting today while contractors repaint the water tank located in front of the main entrance to City Hall. The paint on the water tank at City Hall has been peeling off for some time. After evaluating options and receiving quotes for painting, the Morganton City Council gave the go ahead in August to repaint the tank. The tank does not contain any water and is not part of the City's water system, but it is considered a landmark in the City. The tank will be cleaned and painted, and the Morganton Trading Company logo will be painted on two sides. Utility Service Company, the contractor, needs to close off the parking lot in front of City Hall to perform the work. The front parking lot and front entrance to City Hall will be closed to protect the public and provide a safe work zone for repainting the old tank, the closure was scheduled to start at 7 a.m. today. This work is expected to take about three weeks to complete, and the front parking area will be closed for that time. The lot should be back open by October 6, as long as the project isn't delayed. Parking for City Hall will be available along E. Union Street and in the parking lot behind City Hall that is accessed from Avery Avenue and Lenoir Street. The public should utilize the rear entrance to City Hall that is adjacent to the courtyard and fountain. For utility payments, the drive through will remain open for the duration of the project, but customers must bring their bill to pay via the drive through. The project will cost $50,367. The funds for this repair will initially come from the tank maintenance funds and be reimbursed with revenues from the cellular antenna attachment to be installed on the tank. For more information, call the Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.
Suspected arsonist arrested, several fires reportedly set
A suspected arsonist was arrested in Burke County. Last Friday in the early morning hours the Morganton Department of Public Safety responded to a series of four fires. The first fire was reported at approximately 1:30 a.m., the last one at approximately 4:30 a.m. All fires were determined to be suspicious in nature. Due to the suspicious nature of the fires the Criminal Investigations Division of Public Safety was contacted and responded to all scenes to retrieve evidence. The investigation revealed that several more fires had occurred, however, they extinguished themselves prior to being discovered. Several thousand dollars in property damage was done to numerous businesses. There were no civilian injuries, however, one Morganton Public Safety fire fighter received minor injuries during fire suppression efforts. Based on their investigation and evidence obtained, 46-year-old Michael Wayne Lee was arrested and charged with felony Second Degree Arson with several more charges pending. Lee is currently being held under a secured bond of $100,000 at the Burke-Catawba Detention Center.
Burke man receives close to five years in prison minimum for break-in, meth, habitual felon offenses
A Burke County man received just under five years in prison minimum after being convicted of break-in, meth, and habitual felon charges last week. The District Attorney’s Office announces the conviction of 44-year-old Lee Marcus Miller of Hildebran for Felony Breaking and Entering, Felony Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Methamphetamine and Habitual Felon status. The conviction occurred in Caldwell County Criminal Superior Court. Miller was sentenced to 58 to 82 months in prison. The Breaking and Entering offense occurred in August 2013 in Caldwell County and involved a residence located on Morris Creek Road in Granite Falls. The methamphetamine offense occurred in July 2013 in Caldwell County and was the result of information received from a confidential informant. Miller was convicted of Felony Obtain Property by False Pretense and Habitual Felon status in July of this year in Burke County Criminal Superior Court and was sentenced to 48 to 70 months in prison. The sentence received last week will be served at the expiration of the sentence received in July.
Newton man gets prison time for armed robbery
A Catawba County man received more than three years in prison minimum for the robbery of a convenience store in which he netted $150 in cash and three packs of cigarettes. The District Attorney’s Office announced the conviction of 26-year-old Cameron Dwayne Rhinehardt of Newton for Felony Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, two counts of Misdemeanor Assault by Pointing a Gun and Misdemeanor Assault with a Deadly Weapon. The defendant was sentenced to 38 to 58 months in prison. The crimes occurred in August 2013 in the City of Newton. Rhinehardt robbed a local convenience store threatening store personnel with the use of a handgun. The defendant got away with the $150 in cash and three packs of Newport cigarettes and was later identified by video surveillance and private witnesses. He was convicted in Catawba County Criminal Superior Court.
Body found believed to be missing ASU student
Boone Police reports say the initial investigation indicates a body found off Poplar Grove Road over the weekend is that of missing Appalachian State University student Anna Marie Smith. The Boone Police Department reports North Carolina Drivers License and an Appalachian State University Student Identification card belonging to Anna Marie Smith were found at the scene. According to WBTV, Smith's body was discovered just 300 yards from where she was last seen. The 18-year-old freshman was last seen on the Appalachian State campus in Boone on September 2. Because Smith was known to hike, campus police did trail checks across the campus for two days. The body was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for an autopsy. There is no word on when the report will be completed.
Nebo man charged with stealing from father
A Nebo man is charged with stealing more than $1,000 in property from his father's home. Detective Jason Grindstaff of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged 26-year-old Jonathan Christopher Hubbard of Nebo, with one count of felony larceny. Grindstaff said Hubbard allegedly went into the Clay Rock Drive home of his father, Kenneth Hubbard, on July 23 and stole a laptop computer, an iPad, a TV and 500 commemorative coins with a total value of $1,200. Some of the property has been recovered.
Hickory woman charged with assaulting officer
A Catawba County woman is charged with assaulting an officer. The Long View Police Department reports the arrest of 21-year-old Jazmin Franchesca Rogers of Hickory. She’s charged with assault on a government official and resisting a public officer. Following the arrest, Franchesca was placed in the Catawba County Jail under $2,000 bond, a court appearance is scheduled for September 25.
Assault charge filed
A Caldwell County woman is charged with assault. The Lenoir Police Department reports the arrest of 22-year-old Alyssa Leanne Dillanger of Lenoir. She’s charged with one count of assault and battery. Dillanger was given a custody release pending a court appearance.
Hickory woman charged with identity theft
A Catawba County woman is charged with identity theft. The Long View Police Department reports the arrest of 32-year-old Angelina Trejo Valerio of Hickory. She’s charged with one count of identity theft. Following the arrest, Valerio was placed in the Catawba County Jail under $2,500 bond, a court appearance is scheduled for next Friday.
Probation violation charges lodged
Multiple probation violation charges have been filed against a Catawba County resident. 36-year-old Karl Brantley Rinehardt of Hickory was arrested and charged with three counts of felony probation violation. Following the arrest, Rinehardt was placed in the Catawba County Jail under $15,000 bond.
Man charged with possession of poisonous snakes
A Burke County man is charged with manufacturing marijuana and possessing poisonous snakes. On Friday, August 22, the Burke County Narcotics Task Force was called to a residence located at 203 Taylor Street to assist North Carolina Wildlife in their execution of a search warrant. The North Carolina Wildlife Officers were at the residence looking for 27-year-old Joshua Christian Port for the possession and selling of poisonous snakes. The North Carolina Wildlife Officers made entry into the residence and officers located several poisonous snakes and 17 marijuana plants in the upstairs of the residence. Warrants were issued for Joshua Christian Port for the manufacturing of Marijuana and the possession of the several poisonous snakes. Port, who was not at the residence at the time, later turned himself in where he was jailed under $10,000 secured bond for manufacturing marijuana and felony possession of marijuana. $2,000 bond was added for the possession of venomous reptiles.
Residents warned of scams
The Burke County Sheriff's Office is warning area residents to be aware of scams that have been perpetrated in recent months. Over the past several months, the scams have continued and they seemed to be focused on the elderly. In one of the scenarios, the scam involves the perpetrator saying “A loved one is in jail needing bond money.” The suspect in this scam will tell the victim their loved one is in jail and request that money gift cards be sent to an address. In one particular case, the suspect requested MoneyPak.com cards from CVS Pharmacy. In another scenario the scammers say “We’re with a Utility Company and are here to work on a problem.” The suspect(s) will pose as an employee of a company in an effort to gain access to the victim’s home. The Sheriff's Office says the communication between the victim and suspect is usually conducted through the use of emails, letters, and telephone. It is extremely important to always speak IN PERSON with individuals who are requesting money. Authorities warn you to always verify someone’s identity when they are telling you they work for a specific company. Legitimate employees will have available credentials and provide phone numbers for the company and their supervisor. Suspects will often send fraudulent checks to the victim; asking the victim to sign the check, requesting them to keep a portion of the money and send the remaining money to them. Anytime this is happens, It’s a scam. Also, money is often requested up front for services. Do not give anyone money up front for a service, unless you have a written contract in hand AND they have provided you with verification of their identity.
"Known" meth dealer arrested
The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office reports, they've arrested a known methamphetamine dealer. Shannon Greene was arrested and charged with felony drug counts after authorities learned she was supposed to meet someone in the Lenior Walmart parking lot to sell meth. Detectives said they found 25 grams of crystal meth inside her truck, police say that has a street value of nearly $3,800.
Man charged with stealing from several residences
A man has been charged in connection with stealing items from five residences in Nebo. Detectives Billie Brown and Andy Manis of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged 40-year-old Russell Eugene Jackson, who is listed as homeless, with one felony count each of burglary and larceny and five counts of misdemeanor larceny. Jackson is charged in connection with the following cases: The theft of a weed trimmer and a chainsaw, worth a total of $500, from the property of Jeffrey Hess, of U.S. 70 East in Nebo, on Aug. 18. Also on Aug. 18, the theft of a shovel and a hoe, valued at $40, from the home of John Wilson, of U.S. 70 East in Nebo. Taking a tag from a vehicle belonging to Brent Elliott, of Calvin Drive in Nebo, on Aug. 21. The $28 tag was recovered. A break-in at the residence of Dean Patton, of Patton Valley Drive in Nebo, on Aug. 23 and the theft of a $400 chainsaw. The chainsaw was recovered. On Aug. 27, the theft of a Honda four-wheeler, worth $300, from the property of Roy Hudson, of Muddy Creek Road in Nebo. On Aug. 28, taking a window air conditioner unit, valued at $150, from the home of Hess, who was also victimized on Aug. 18. The air conditioner was recovered. The detectives stated that Jackson was acquainted with most of the victims.
Hydrants to be tested over the weekend
The City of Morganton will flow test about 20 fire hydrants this weekend in the area around Case Farms. The NC Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal requires that the Public Safety Department test 20 percent of the City's fire hydrants every year, and this weekend, Public Safety will flow test about 20 hydrants after the Water Resources Department replaces a water meter at Case Farms. The hydrant flow tests will start at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, and the tests should be complete by Sunday morning. Hydrants will be tested on Rand, Ramsey, S. College, Heron, Bay, W. McDowell, W. Concord, Jones, and S. Anderson streets. Water customers located on those streets and shown in the area highlighted below, as well as surrounding areas, may be impacted by the tests. Customers may experience dingy water or low water pressure. "If customers are concerned about dingy water, they should only run cold water until it clears," said Dwain Benton, Water Resources Dept. Collections and Distribution Superintendent. "We apologize for any inconvenience, and we'll do our best to get the water cleared up as fast as possible." For more information, call the Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.
Sex offender charged with soliciting minor through social media
A registered sex offender has been arrested and charged with soliciting a minor through social media. The arrest was made as part of an investigation into several Violations of the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry including a violation of the Social Networking ban and Failing to Register an Online Identifier. According to a news release from the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, 54-year-old Samuel Henry Vinci Jr. of Granite Falls was taken into custody by Investigators on Tuesday at a location where he intended to meet with a minor child for the purpose of Sexual Activity. Police say prior to his arrest Vinci conversed with the minor child through a social networking site to establish a meeting location. This investigation was conducted in part to monitor the Registered Sex Offenders in Caldwell County and to combat the growing trend of abuse towards minors through social media. Vinci is charged with: Solicitation by Computer of a Minor to Commit Unlawful Sex Act and Appear a Meeting Location Failure to Register/Inform of Online Identifier Providing False Information during Address Verification Violation of the Social Networking Ban by Sex Offender. Vinci was placed in the Caldwell County Jail under $250,000 secured Bond.
Local 9/11 ceremony planned
A local nine-eleven remembrance is scheduled for today. Today is the 13th anniversary of the nine-eleven terrorist attacks on the United States that claimed approximately 3000 lives and caused at least ten-billion dollars in property and structural damage. On this date in 2001 terrorists crashed two planes into the World Trade Center in New York City, one into the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and another that was headed to the White House crashed in a Pennsylvania field when passengers thwarted the terrorists. The City of Hickory and the community will be remembering 9/11 at a Patriots Day Remembrance ceremony today under The Sails on the Square in Downtown Hickory at 6 p.m. Participants include Mayor Rudy Wright, Hickory Police and Fire Departments, Hickory High School Band, Morningstar Baptist Church Pastor David Roberts, and Pastor Bill Howell, Associate Pastor at Corinth Reformed Church. The Hickory High School Band will be performing at 5:50 p.m., prior to the ceremony beginning at 6 p.m. The special guest speaker is Colonel Tony Henderson, a United States Air Force and 9/11 Pentagon survivor.
Burke man gets jail time after drug conviction
A Burke County man received a prison sentence in a drug trafficking case. The District Attorney’s Office Wednesday announced the conviction of 24-year-old Joshua Daniel Stilwell, of Connelly Springs for Felony Attempted Trafficking in Opium or Heroin, Felony Possession of Weapon of Mass Destruction, and Felony Possession of Gun on Educational Property last week in Catawba County Criminal Superior Court. The defendant was sentenced to 24-36 months in prison. The crimes occurred in August 2012 in the City of Hickory. An off duty Catawba County Sheriff’s Deputy noticed a vehicle in the parking lot of CVCC and was able to observe weapons located in that vehicle. After contacting the Hickory Police Department an investigation determined that the vehicle was stolen and that the defendant had in his possession illegal controlled substances.
Caldwell man gets prison time for not registering
A Caldwell County man received more than a year-and-a-half minimum in prison for not registering as a sex offender. The District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday announced the conviction of 32-year-old Justin Robert Whisnant of Granite Falls for Felony Failure to Report New Address as a Convicted Sex Offender. The conviction came in Catawba County Criminal Superior Court. The defendant was sentenced to 20 to 33 months in prison. The crime occurred in December 2013 in Catawba County when the defendant failed to notify the Catawba County Sherriff’s Office of his address change. The defendant was convicted in April 2006 of felony Indecent Liberties with a Child in Catawba County and was required to register with the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry.
Conviction in copper theft case
A Catawba County man received a minimum of two-and-a-half years in prison after being convicted in connection with the theft of copper.The District Attorney’s Office Wednesday announced the conviction of 33-year-old James Justin Thornton III of Conover for Felony Breaking and Entering, Felony Larceny and Habitual Breaking and Entering offender status last week in Catawba County Criminal Superior Court. The defendant was sentenced to 30-48 months in prison. The crimes occurred in December 2013 in the City of Conover and involved a commercial breaking and entering and theft of copper wiring and copper piping.
Minimum two year prison sentence after guilty plea in fatal wreck
A Caldwell County man received a minimum of two years in prison in connection with a fatal accident. The District Attorney’s Office announced the conviction of 58-year-old Jack Byron White of Lenoir for Felony Death by Motor Vehicle and Driving While Impaired Tuesday in Caldwell County Criminal Superior Court. White entered a guilty plea to the charges and was sentenced to no less than 26 months and no more than 44 months in prison. The crime occurred in November 2012 in the City of Lenoir. The defendant was operating a vehicle on Highway 321 North in Caldwell County when he lost control of his vehicle and crossed the median and struck a vehicle traveling South on Highway 321. A passenger in the vehicle that was struck, 92-year-old Howard Roper, was transported to Caldwell Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced deceased as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Blood work determined that the defendant’s blood alcohol level was .08.
GA man indicted on several meth trafficking counts in Unifour
A Georgia man was indicted on several meth trafficking counts in Catawba County. 46-year-old Dennis Lamar Doughty of Canton, Georgia, was arrested by the Hickory Police Department. He's charged on true bills of indictment with trafficking in methamphetamine by sale, transportation, and possession along with conspire to traffic methamphetamine. Following the arrest, Doughty was placed in the Catawba County Jail under $150,000 bond, a court appearance is scheduled for Friday.
Drug, assault charges filed
Drug and assault charges have been filed against a Catawba County man arrested Tuesday. The Hickory Police Department arrested 27-year-old Daniel Lee Offenbacker of Hickory. He's charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, simple possession of schedule three controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Offenbacker was placed in the Catawba County Jail under no bond, a court appearance is scheduled for today.
City hall parking lot to be closed for water tank painting
As was announced in this week's Morganton City Council meeting, the front parking lot of Morganton City Hall will be closed for three weeks starting next Tuesday, September 16, while contractors repaint the water tank located in front of the main entrance to City Hall. The paint on the water tank at City Hall has been peeling off for some time. After evaluating options and receiving quotes for painting, the Morganton City Council gave the go ahead in August to repaint the tank. The tank does not contain any water and is not part of the City's water system, but it is considered a landmark in the City. The tank will be cleaned and painted, and the Morganton Trading Company logo will be painted on two sides. Utility Service Company, the contractor, needs to close off the parking lot in front of City Hall to perform the work. At 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, the front parking lot and front entrance to City Hall will be closed to protect the public and provide a safe work zone for repainting the old tank. This work is expected to take about three weeks to complete, and the front parking area will be closed for that time. The lot should be back open by October 6, as long as the project isn't delayed. Parking for City Hall will be available along E. Union Street and in the parking lot behind City Hall that is accessed from Avery Avenue and Lenoir Street. The public should utilize the rear entrance to City Hall that is adjacent to the courtyard and fountain. For utility payments, the drive through will remain open for the duration of the project, but customers must bring their bill to pay via the drive through.
Death penalty to be sought in Daniels murder case
It is now official, the state will seek the death penalty against 34-year-old Sharman Odom if he is convicted of first degree murder in the death of Maggie Daniels. Daniels, who was 31-years-old, was found murdered in her home at Windsor Apartments in Newton on June 28. Prosecutors had filed notice in August that they believed aggravating factors existed in the case that would allow them to argue for death as a sentence. The hearing that was held Monday in Newton, called a Rule 24 Conference, makes the intentions clear in open court with the defendant present. Declaring it a Capital Case does more than just announce intentions by the state. It also empowers the judge to allow a second attorney to be appointed to aid in the defense. The next court date for Odom is October 6 when he is expected to be arraigned on indictments accusing him of murder, sexual assault and kidnapping.
Man indicted on three counts in connection with triple-murder
Donald Eric Kincaid was indicted on three counts of murder by a grand jury Monday in connection with a triple-homicide in Morganton last month. Kincaid, who is 56-years-old, was arrested in connection with a triple-murder that was committed at a home on West Concord Street. He was previously charged with killing one of the victims, his former girlfriend, 54-year-old Barbara Johnson.Johnson, her 21-year-old son Freddie and her best friend, 75-year-old Zakiya Bey were found dead in Johnson's Morganton home on August 10. It was determined that the three victims died from blunt force trauma.
Commissioners approve highway plan
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners Monday approved the Highway 150 Corridor Plan following a presentation by County Planning Director Jacky Eubanks and a public hearing. After a brief public hearing then the board unanimously approved the plan. Eubanks said the plan gives the county an opportunity to identify growth areas along the corridor and improve job opportunities in southeastern Catawba County. In other action Monday, the Catawba County Board of Commissioners approved the Work First County Plan, the Proposed Schedule of Values presented by Tax Administrator Mark Logan, and a Report and Settlement of 2013 Tax presented by Tax Collector Lori Mathes. The Board also approved a three-item consent agenda unanimously.
Caldwell Commissioners discuss hunger awareness
On Monday, the Board of Caldwell County Commissioners proclaimed September as Hunger Awareness Month in an effort to encourage local residents to join with their government to support local non-profit food pantries and soup kitchens. According to Sharon Osborne Executive Director for Caldwell County Yokefellow Ministries, “Caldwell County food agencies are doing an excellent job in reaching families in need; far exceeding the national standards.” Also in the meeting County Commissioners approved budget amendments for the Caldwell County's health department and heard from the Highway-321 Association who wished to raise awareness and support for local businesses along the Highway's corridor.
Man seriously injured in weekend accident
A man sustained serious injuries in a wreck over the weekend on U.S. 321 in Catawba County. According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, 44-year-old David Lee Johnston was driving northbound when his vehicle crossed the median into southbound lanes. Johnston hit a car driven by 44-year-old Gaither Deaton. Johnston was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte and was last reported in critical condition. Deaton was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Troopers said they do not believe alcohol or speed were involved. They said the cause may be related to a medical issue. Charges have not been filed at this time.
Woman goes missing, Silver Alert issued
A 44-year-old woman has gone missing, prompting the Alexander County Sheriff's Office to issue a Silver Alert. The alert was issued on Sunday. 44-year-old Teresa Ann Smith was last seen in the 3000 block of NC Highway 16 South in Alexander County. According to authorities, Smith (pictured) suffers from dementia or some sort of cognitive impairment, and family members and law enforcement are concerned for her safety. Smith is described as a white female with reddish-brown hair, brown eyes, weighing about 140 pounds and standing 5-foot-7. She was last seen wearing an orange shirt and tan shorts. Smith may be driving a green 1997 Toyota Camry with NC tags "CHV2879". If you have any information on Smith's whereabouts, please call 911 immediately.
Drug trafficking charge filed
A Burke County man has been charged with drug trafficking. According to records on file at the Catawba County Jail, 24-year-old Joshua Daniel Stilwell of Connelly Springs was arrested over the weekend and charged with trafficking, opium or heroin. The charge is from a 2012 warrant. Following the arrest, Stilwell was placed in the Catawba County Jail under no bond pending a court appearance.
Boards in Catawba County, Morganton to meet tonight
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on a proposed Highway 150 Corridor Plan, which was designed, after two public meetings were held to hear concerns and suggestions from citizens in the corridor area, to put strategies in place to manage the future growth of the corridor, when the Board meets at 7:00 tonight at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton. The Board will be formally presented with the proposed 2015 Schedule of Values, a set of standards and rules created following the study of the county’s current real estate market which, after final approval by the Board, will be used to set property values effective on January 1, 2015. The Board will also consider a proposed new Work First Plan for October 2016 through September 2019. It will consider approving a first amendment to the 2009 Apple Economic Development Agreement, which would clarify specific parcels and improvements subject to the initial agreement that related to the Apple Data Center in Maiden, in light of Apple having developed other property in the county since the 2009 agreement. The Board will consider a request from the Bandys Crossroads Volunter Fire Department to appropriate $30,000 of the department’s existing fund balance to replace a damaged pump and tank used on a brush truck. And the Board will consider appropriating $54,633 in accumulated Cooperative Extension fund balance to support 4-H, agriculture/local foods and food safety programs. The Board will receive a report from the County Tax Collector on the settlement of 2013 taxes. And the Board will issue a proclamation declaring the week of October 5-11, 2014, as Fire Prevention Week. Morganton City Council will hold its regular meeting today at 5:30 pm in the Council Chambers in Morganton City Hall. Public comment will be open from 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm. Speakers must sign up before the meeting starts.
Assault and property damage charges filed
Assault and property damage charges have been filed against a Catawba County resident. The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 21-year-old Brandon Lee Cook. He’s charged with assault on a female and injury to personal property. Following the arrest, Cook was placed in the Catawba County Jail under $500 bond, a court appearance is scheduled for October 6.
Caldwell man charged with assault
An assault charge has been filed against a Caldwell County man. The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office arrested 43-year-old Jeffy Lee Woodie of Granite Falls. He’s charged with one count of assault on a female. Following the arrest, Woodie was placed in the Caldwell County Jail under $1,500 secured bond.
Woman charged in connection with alleged assault
A Catawba County woman is charged with assault following an arrest made by the Newton Police Department. 39-year-old Calie Ann Korey of Newton was arrested and charged with one count of assault with a deadly weapon. Following the arrest, Korey was placed in the Catawba County Jail under $800 bond, a court appearance is scheduled for October 6.
Probation violation charge filed
A man arrested in Catawba County is charged with a felony for allegedly violating the terms of a probation agreement. 20-year-old Dylan Lee Scronce of Vale was arrested and charged with one count of felony probation violation. Following the arrest, Scronce was placed in the Catawba County Jail under no bond pending a court appearance.
Two dead in what authorities believe is a murder-suicide
Two are dead and a third person is said to be injured after what authorities believe was a murder-suicide in Alexander County. The incident happened Thursday at approximately 7:30 p.m. off of Dover Church Road and Chestnut Hunting Lodge Road. The location of the incident is west of Taylorsville in the Ellendale community near the Caldwell County line. The Alexander County Sheriff's Office reports that a two-year-old child was at the scene at the time of the shootings, the child is reported to be okay. Deputies said that it appears based on preliminary investigation that the shootings were a murder-suicide. No names have been released. The Alexander County Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate the case.
Man charged with Morganton murder hospitalized
The man charged in connection with a triple murder in Morganton is in the hospital. 56-year-old Donald Eric Kincaid was arrested Wednesday night and charged with killing his former girlfriend, 54-year-old Barbara Johnson. His first appearance in court was Thursday. Kincaid’s provisional attorney told WSOC-TV he has battled pneumonia and other illnesses since Johnson, her 21-year-old son Freddie and her best friend, 75-year-old Zakiya Bey were found dead in Johnson's Morganton home nearly a month ago. The judge allowed Kincaid to go to a hospital and appointed him an attorney. The victim's bodies were found in the home on West Concord Street the morning of Sunday, August 10.
Meth charge filed, $200,000 bond set
A Lincoln County man faces a meth charge along with other drug allegations in Catawba County. The Catawba County Sheriff's Office reports the arrest of 34-year-old Thomas Harrison Andrew Ford of Lincolnton. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Ford was placed in the Catawba County Jail under $200,000 bond, a court appearance is scheduled for today.
Jonas Ridge man robbed, arrest made
An arrest has been made in a case involving a crime in which a Jonas Ridge man was victimized. Detective Andy Manis of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged 29-year-old King David Manning Jr., of Marion, with one felony count each of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods. On July 23, Russell James Fisher, of Jonas Ridge, reported that someone entered a house on Executive Estates Drive in Old Fort and stole more than $6,000 worth of property, including numerous pieces of scuba gear, a case of wine, a jewelry box, coins, a TV, luggage, power tools, men’s mouth braces and a speaker system. Manis said he received information that Manning possibly had the stolen goods and located most of the property. Additional arrests are pending.
Man arrested in triple-murder
An arrest has been made in connection with a triple-murder in Morganton. The suspect was arrested in connection with an incident in which his girlfriend, her son and a family friend were found dead inside a home in early August. 56-year-old Donald Eric Kincaid (pictured) was arrested Wednesday night and charged with one count of first degree murder. Kincaid is accused in the deaths of 54-year-old Barbara Ann Johnson, her son, 21-year-old Freddie Thompson, and family friend, 75-year-old Zakiya Bey. Police reports say Thompson was mentally disabled. Morganton Public Safety Officers and the State Bureau of Investigation responded to the 400 block of West Concord Street in Morganton on the morning of Sunday, August 10. They were checking on the welfare of the residents when they found the bodies. Police say all three died from apparent blunt force trauma.
Court appearance held in case in which teen is charged in fatal wreck
A court appearance was held Wednesday in connection with a fatal motor vehicle accident Labor Day weekend in Hickory in which a teenager was driving, the wreck claimed the teen's friend's life. 17-year-old David Engelmann faces five charges, including felony death by motor vehicle and four misdemeanors. Engelmann’s attorney, Steve Brackett, represented him in front of the Judge Wednesday morning. Engelmann, who suffered from a concussion in the crash Sunday night, waived his right for court appointed counsel, according to Brackett. A probable cause hearing was scheduled for September 24. Engelmann was the driver of the Subaru Forester that wrecked in the 1100 block of Sixth Street NW Sunday evening. His friend, 17-year-old Jay “Jake” Robertson II was in the passenger seat at the time of the accident. Police said they believe alcohol and excessive speed played a role in the crash. Neither of the teens was wearing a seatbelt. Robertson was pronounced dead at Frye Regional Medical Center. Engelmann has been named as an honorary pallbearer at Robertson’s funeral, which is scheduled for today.
Sex offender charged with illegal use of social media
A Catawba County man is charged with the illegal use of a social media site by a sex offender. The Catawba County Sheriff's Office arrested 23-year-old Caleb Nicholas Courreges of Claremont Wednesday and charged him with one count of sex offender use of a social website. Following the arrest, Courreges was placed in the Catawba County Jail under $8,000 bond, a court appearance is scheduled for Friday.
Forgery-related charges filed
Forgery-related charges have been filed against a Lincoln County man arrested in Catawba County. The Hickory Police Department reports the Wednesday arrest of 40-year-old Johnny Joe Warlick of Lincolnton. He's charged with possession of a counterfeit instrument/currency or check and uttering a forged instrument. Following the arrest, Warlick was placed in the Catawba County Jail under $19,000 bond, a court appearance is set for Friday.
One killed in accident in Morganton, another in critical condition
One was killed in an accident in Morganton, another involved in the wreck remained in critical condition. According to a news release, Monday at approximately 3:49 p.m. Morganton Public Safety Officers responded to a motor vehicle crash involving an SUV and motorcycle at the intersection of Burkemont Avenue and Conley Street. Preliminary investigation suggests that the 2008 Toyota RAV4, operated by Ryan William Deloach of Charlotte, was traveling north on Burkemont Avenue and was turning left onto Conley Street. A 2000 Harley Davidson Road King motorcycle, operated by Dayton Stanley Storie of Morganton, was traveling south on the outside lane with his wife Cynthia Storie as the passenger. Public Safety reports Deloach failed to yield the right of way to the oncoming motorcycle and struck it in the left side; both riders of the motorcycle were thrown from the vehicle resulting in serious injury requiring both to be airlifted to CMC of Charlotte. Storie passed away at CMC of Charlotte at approximately 6:30 p.m. Monday. Her husband Dayton Storie is still listed in critical condition.Charges are pending, the investigation is incomplete at this time.
Man charged with habitual break-ins
A Catawba County man arrested Tuesday is charged with a habitual break-in offense. 33-year-old James J. Edward Thornton of Conover was arrested and charged with habitual breaking and or entering, breaking and or entering, and felony larceny. Following the arrest, Thornton was placed in the Catawba County Jail under no bond he was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.
Assault, break-in charges filed
Assault and break-in charges have been filed against a Caldwell County man. 28-year-old Christopher Dominique Ferguson of Lenoir was arrested Tuesday by the Lenoir Police Department. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and or entering, larceny after breaking and entering, misdemeanor larceny, and assault on a female. Following the arrest, Ferguson was placed in the Caldwell County Jail under no bond on the assault charge and $11,000 secured bond on the other charges.
Water line repair scheduled for today, water service could be affected
The City of Morganton water distribution crew will be making a waterline repair in the area of East Union Street to Vinearden Road. The repair was scheduled to start this morning at 8:00 weather permitting. If bad weather delays the construction today, work will start the next available day of good weather. It is anticipated that this repair could take up to 24 hours to complete. Some customers may be without water service during the time it takes for making the repair. Customers may experience discolored water caused by the opening & closing of water valves in order to make the repair. Crews will be flushing mains to minimize any discolored water, however, customers may need to flush their own service lines until the water becomes clear. No problems with the safety of drinking water are expected.
Unifour government worker earns honor
City of Morganton Risk Management Coordinator Andy Smith was selected as a Local Government Federal Credit Union Fellow. The LGFCU Fellow status is awarded based on merit of past work accomplishments and a desire for top leadership skills moving forward. With nearly 200 applicants, only 75 were selected and awarded the Fellow designation through the Leading for Results Program. This intensive two-week program is designed to develop leadership skills for local government professionals. Participants graduate from this program with a deeper understanding of their individual leadership strengths, skills for improving their organizations, and a renewed passion for public service. With the support of Local Government Federal Credit Union, individuals selected as LGFCU Fellows will attend this program tuition free.
Grief counselors at school today, teen charged in fatal wreck
Grief counselors will be on hand today to help students at an area school deal with the loss of a classmate in a fatal wreck over the weekend. A teenager has been charged in connection with the death of a Hickory High School student in an accident Sunday night. 17-year-old Jay Robertson was killed in the Sunday evening accident. Hickory Police reports say he was riding down 6th Street with his friend, 17-year-old David Engelmann, when Engelmann lost control and the car flipped. On Monday, friends gathered at the scene of the crash, and left flowers at Robertson’s parking spot at Hickory High School. Grief counselors will be at school today to help students who are mourning the loss of their classmate. The Hickory Police Department says speed and alcohol caused the crash. Engelmann is charged with felony death by motor vehicle and driving while impaired among other charges. Engelmann is out of jail on $10,000 bond.
Heroin and cocaine charges filed in morning arrest
A Mecklenburg County resident was arrested on heroin and cocaine charges this morning in Catawba County. According to records at the Catawba County Jail, 31-year-old Daniel Burt Fitch of Charlotte was arrested and charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin, possession of cocaine, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver cocaine. Following the arrest, Fitch was placed in the Catawba County Jail under no bond, a court appearance is scheduled for today.
Water service could be affected by line work
The City of Morganton's water distribution crew will be making a waterline repair in the area of East Union Street to Vinearden Road. The repair is scheduled to begin Wednesday morning at 8:00 weather permitting. If inclement weather delays the construction Wednesday, work will start the next available day of good weather. It is anticipated that this repair could take up to 24 hours to complete. Some customers may be without water service during the time it takes for making the repair. Customers may experience discolored water caused by the opening & closing of water valves in order to make the repair. Crews will be flushing mains to minimize any discolored water, however, customers may need to flush their own service lines until the water becomes clear. No problems with the safety of drinking water are expected.
Forgery charge filed
A forgery charge has been filed against a Burke County man arrested in Catawba County. Records at the Catawba County Jail show the arrest of 34-year-old William Mitchell Lee Pope of Connelly Springs. He's charged with forgery of an instrument. Following the arrest, Pope was placed in the Catawba County Jail under no bond, a court appearance is scheduled for today.