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The Hickory Police Department has reported the discovery of skeletal remains. The remains were found yesterday in a wooded area near U.S. 70 S.E. in Hickory, just off of 15th Avenue S.E. Hickory Police were notified of the discovery at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday (June 30).

According to a press release issued Wednesday afternoon (July 1) by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, the remains are those of William Pierre Mayfield, who was last seen alive in Hickory on September 21 of last year.

According to a news release from the Police Department, investigators responded to the scene, along with Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office.

The remains were collected and sent to the North Carolina State Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy and positive identification in the case. The cause of death has not been determined at this time. The case is being treated as a homicide. The investigation is continuing.

59-year-old Barry Lee Carter of Woodland Bend Drive in Harmony has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on two felony counts of indecent liberties with a child and one felony count of solicitation of a child by a computer or other electronic device to commit an unlawful sex act.

On June 17 of this year, the Sheriff’s Office took a report regarding a 59-year-old male soliciting sex acts from a 13-year-old child, who was an acquaintance.

The report was assigned to Detective Sergeant Amy Dyson of the Special Victim’s Unit and the child was interviewed at the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center. Several additional witnesses were identified and interviewed. The offenses allegedly took place from January 1, 2015 through June 26.

As a result of the investigation, Barry Lee Carter was arrested and charged. He was processed and placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $100,000.00 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (July 1).

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 14:47

New Jobs Coming to Shelby

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The Metal Works Mfg. Co. announced today that they will expand in Cleveland County, creating 86 new jobs in Shelby within the next three years. The Metal Works Mfg. Co’s annual investment in new jobs for the Cleveland County work force will be $3.9 million by the end of 2019. The company will make items for customers such as Boeing, Caterpillar and Bombardier.

Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual wage will be $45,393. The average annual wage in Cleveland County is $34,899.

The project was made possible, in part, by an award to the Metal Works Mfg. Co. from the state Job Development Investment Grant program, as voted by the state Economic Investment Committee.

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 14:19

Hickory Man Indicted on Felony Meth Charges

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44-year-old Larry Michael Johnson, Jr. of 32nd Street S.W. in Hickory was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police at about 9:30 yesterday morning (June 30) on two felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and one felony count of conspiring to traffic in methamphetamine.

He was initially arrested on August 13, 2014 after Officers responded to a vehicle chase that began in Granite Falls. Hickory Police joined the chase at 21st Avenue N.E. and 16th Street N.E. The vehicle was eventually stopped on Sulphur Springs Road where Police found 381 grams of meth and 0.1 grams of heroin.

Johnson was taken into custody yesterday without incident at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building on Main Avenue N.E. and then released under a $7,500 secured bond. He will appear in Superior Court on July 10 in Newton.

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35-year-old Christopher Ralph Hughes of US Highway 70 West and 53-year-old David Lash Hanna of Valley Trails, both from Morganton, were arrested Tuesday (June 30) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. They're both charged with felony accessory after the fact of breaking and entering, and misdemeanor counts of larceny, impeding the operation of a railroad, and trespassing on railroad property.

According to a news release issued today (Wednesday, July 1), sometime late Monday night (June 29), subjects broke into several buildings at Bristol Industries on Bridgewater Road, Morganton. During the B & E, suspects used a pickup truck that belonged to Bristol Industries and loaded it with various items from the business. The suspects drove the stolen truck across the property and attempted to cross the railroad tracks. The truck got lodged on the tracks with a portion of the stolen truck across the railroad tracks. The suspects returned to Bristol Industries and stole a second dump truck and attempted to use it to pull the first truck from the railroad tracks.

During this time a Norfolk Southern train was approaching from the west and according to the Conductor, he saw the suspects flee the area in the dump truck crashing through the fence surrounding Bristol Industries. The Conductor also saw another male subject run from the scene on foot. The Conductor was able to bring the train to a stop without striking the pickup truck.

The train stoppage caused a three hour traffic delay at the Bridgewater railroad crossing. Criminal Investigators from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office processed the scene. Investigators found the stolen dump truck later that day in the wooded area of Roy McGalliard Avenue and returned the truck to the victim. Additional charges are pending and additional suspects are being sought. Hughes was placed in jail under $26,000 total secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in court Thursday (July 2). Hanna was jailed under $10,000 secured bond. His first court date was scheduled for today. 

There will be an Independence Day Celebration Thursday (July 2) at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library in Hickory. The Family Fun Day & Parade gets underway at 11 a.m. Thursday. There will be a patriotic sing-along with Sharon Clarke, special guests from the Hickory Fire and Police Departments, plus Conrad the Crawdad will be on hand. Hot dogs and slushies will be available, and you can decorate your wheels and take part in a parade around the SALT Block. Prizes will also be awarded at the event.

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 11:24

Parole Absconder Arrested at Health Dept.

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24-year-old Terry Kenneth Ross, Jr. of Stonehaven Street in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:40 p.m. yesterday on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon. He was also charged with a felony out-of-county probation violation. In addition, Probation & Parole Officers charged Ross with violating his parole. He had been listed as an absconder by the N.C. Dept. of Public Safety.

He was arrested when Hickory Police responded to a call from Catawba Co. Public Health where Hospital Police detained Ross after he was spotted with a firearm on Health Department property. Police say Ross did not threaten anyone with the weapon and no shots were fired.

There were outstanding warrants for Ross’ arrest on the probation violation. He was taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility without bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today with another court date coming up on July 6.

45-year-old Terrell Richard Sweet of Bynum Road in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count each of possession with the intent to manufacture, sell & deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for a controlled substance, as well as one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Operating on an anonymous tip, Officers responded to Sweet’s residence, just south of Lincolnton, at about 5:45 Tuesday afternoon (June 30). Officers were given consent to search part of the residence, where they located a small amount of marijuana and other items consistent with drug use and drug sales. Narcotics Investigators then obtained a search warrant for the rest of the residence and outbuildings on the property.

Detectives seized nearly three pounds of marijuana from inside a refrigerator in the outbuilding, along with $1,100 in cash. The marijuana had an estimated value of $3,000 to $4,000.

Sweet was processed at the Lincoln Co. Detention Center and then released after posting an $8,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.

The Caldwell County Board of Elections announces the filing period for the 2015 municipal elections will begin next week.

Filing will begin at 8 a.m., Monday, July 6 and will last through Friday, July 17 at noon. The deadline to withdraw notice of candidacy will be Tuesday, July 14, at 5 p.m. To file, you must be a registered voter in the municipality in which you live.

Municipal elections will be held for the following offices in Caldwell County: In Lenoir, the office of Mayor is up for election along with three regular Lenoir City Council seats and one unexpired council seat.

In the Village of Cedar Rock the unexpired Term for Mayor will be voted on, along with two regular council seats. In the Town of Rhodhiss voters will cast ballots for Two council seats. In the Town of Granite Falls three regular council seats are up for election. Town of Hudson voters will decide on the office of Mayor along with three regular council seats.

In the town of Cajah’s Mountain two alderman seats are up for election. In the Town of Sawmills voters will cast ballots for Mayor for an unexpired term, and three council seats. In the Town of Gamewell residents will vote for Mayor and two council seats

The 2015 Municipal Election will be on Tuesday, November 3. The Caldwell County Board of Elections is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information call 828-757-1326 or 828-757-1342.

41-year-old Kristopher Michael Greer of Little Gap Road in Fleetwood was arrested Tuesday (June 30) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving while license revoked. Following the arrest, Greer was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (July 2).

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