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44-year-old Kurt Allen Corey was arrested today (Friday, May 29) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a child. Following the arrest, Corey was placed in jail in Morganton under $350,000 secured bond. He’s scheduled to appear in Superior Court October 26 and District Court November 3.

Friday, 29 May 2015 11:30

Public Input Sought re Air Quality Report

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The Greater Hickory Metropolitan Planning Organization has published a Draft Conformity Analysis & Determination Report for Particulate Matter 2.5 in Catawba County.

Transportation Conformity ensures that Federal funding and approval is distributed to those transportation activities that are consistent with air quality goals. Conformity Determination deals with projected emissions for Long Range Transportation Plans and Transportation Improvement Programs that must not exceed emission limits, which are estimated based on highway and transit usage.

The public is invited to share their opinions on the report. The public comment period will be open from May 27 until July 22. There will also be a public hearing at 3:30 p.m. on July 22 at the Western Piedmont Council of Government (WPCOG) offices. A copy of the report is available for public review at the WPCOG offices, 1880 Second Avenue N.W. in Hickory, and online at http://trans.wpcog.org/planning.asp.

Comments regarding the Draft Conformity Analysis & Determination Report should be directed to John Marshall at 828-485-4232 or john.marshall@wpcog.org or to Kelly Larkins at 828-485-4231 or kelly.larkins@wpcog.org.

A suspect in a theft is being sought by authorities. On May 24 a report was filed with the Sheriff’s Office in reference to larceny of power tools and other items from the residence on Deal Lane in Statesville. The victim said that many of the items were stored inside the home and the value of the items stolen was $1500. He also stated that he had not seen any signs of forced entry into the house. At the time of the report the victim stated that a possible suspect may be Jamie Douglas Wells.

Detectives began an investigation into the crime, and were able to locate many of the stolen items at various pawn shops in Winston Salem. Detectives were able to recover many of the stolen items for the victim with a value of $1150. It was learned that Jamie Douglas Wells was the subject who sold the items to the pawn shops in Winston Salem. The recovered stolen property was returned to the owner.

Information was gathered on Wells, and Detectives learned that he already had one outstanding warrant for his arrest for one count of Failure to Appear in Court. Detectives applied for another warrant for Wells for one count of Felony Larceny.

Wells has not been located at this time for any of these outstanding Criminal Charges. Anyone with information on where Wells can be located should call the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180 or Iredell County Crime Stoppers 704-662-1340.

Friday, 29 May 2015 10:13

Hickory Man Accused of Credit Card Fraud

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41-year-old Patrick Ardell Weaver of 2nd Street Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about one o’clock yesterday afternoon (May 28) on one felony count of credit card fraud and two misdemeanor counts of credit card fraud.

On April 6 of this year, Weaver allegedly took a debit card from the victim’s wallet and used it to withdraw cash. Weaver and the victim were acquainted. Police did not release the amount of cash taken. The warrant for Weaver’s arrest was issued on May 25.

He was taken into custody without incident at his residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

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Friday, 29 May 2015 10:05

Jimmy John's in Hickory Robbed Last Night

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Hickory Police responded to a reported armed robbery last night (May 28) at the Jimmy John’s restaurant on 2nd Street N.E. in Viewmont. The incident occurred at about 9:40 p.m.

The suspect displayed a firearm and took money from the register. There is no information regarding his mode of transportation or direction of travel.

The suspect was described as a white male in his early 20s with shaggy brown hair. He is about 5’7” or 5’8” tall and weighs 120 to 130 pounds. He was wearing aviator-style sunglasses, a black mask, a long-sleeved black shirt, light blue pants and multi-colored motocross-style gloves.

No injuries were reported.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the robbery should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

Friday, 29 May 2015 09:52

Man Arrested On Break-in Charge

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42-year-old Robert Dwayne Hughes was arrested Thursday (May 28) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony non-forced breaking and entering. Following the arrest, Hughes was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 6.

30-year-old Robert Lee Gladden was arrested Thursday (May 28) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony larceny after breaking and entering. Following the arrest, Gladden was placed in jail under $12,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Monday (June 1).

23-year-old Alan Neal Coleman of Mockingbird Lane in Statesville was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers Thursday (May 28). He’s charged on a felony fugitive warrant out of Tennessee. Coleman is wanted there on a charge of battery with a weapon with intent to kill. On Thursday, the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force with the assistance of the United States Department of Homeland Security arrested Coleman in the parking lot of Wal-Mart in Conover. He was apprehended after deputies received information from an anonymous caller that Coleman would be there. Following the arrest, Coleman was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $51,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, May 29).

53-year-old Ronnie Lee Bentley Sr. of Townhouse Way in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (May 28) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with attempted first-degree murder.


According to reports, Bentley was arrested following a traffic stop. Authorities say they learned that Bentley was planning to harm his former live-in girlfriend. There was reportedly evidence found in Bentley’s vehicle connected to the case.

Following the arrest, Bentley was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under no bond. A District Court date is set for Monday (June 1).

The Catawba County Economic Development Corporation announced Thursday that Nathan Huret has returned to EDC as the Director of Existing Industry Services. He started with EDC on Tuesday (May 26).

Nathan Huret previously worked with the EDC from 2007 through 2013 as the Existing Industry Coordinator. In his former role with the EDC, he was responsible for developing and providing a full range of services to the County's existing companies.

In his most recent position with NC State Industrial Extension Service, Huret managed several statewide programs that attempted to build the organization's offerings especially within the NC manufacturing community.

As Director of Existing Industry Services, Huret will continue to be the main point of contact for the County's existing companies. He also will be tasked with assisting myself and Julie Pruett in recruitment opportunities on an occasional basis, as well as leading a new effort to research and evaluate new target sectors and companies that may be ideal growth and/or relocation candidates for Catawba County.

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