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Friday, 03 October 2014 13:10

Statesville Teen Charged with Felony B&E

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19-year-old Kenneth Chase Bowden of Arbor Drive in Statesville with felony breaking & entering a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny.

On September 29, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a motor vehicle break-in and larceny at Bent Brook Road in Statesville. The victim said someone entered his unlocked vehicle between 4:30 the previous afternoon and 3 p.m. on the 29th. The victim said a mobile DVD system, a Garmin GPS and a two-piece salt water fishing rod were taken.

On October 1, the victim told Sheriff’s Officers that a friend of his had information that Kenneth Bowden was trying to sell a DVD player and Garmin GPS. As Deputies were taking the information from the victim, Bowden’s father came to the victim’s house to return some of the stolen items. After the victim spoke to Deputies, Kenneth Bowden came to the victim’s house and returned the stolen DVD Player.

Deputies obtained written statements from the victim and other witnesses and then went to Arbor Drive in Statesville where they spoke to Bowden, who admitted to the crimes. Bowden said all the items that were stolen were returned to the victims.

After his arrest, Bowden was given a $10,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make an appearance in court today in Statesville.

Friday, 03 October 2014 13:05

Alexander County Man Charged with Murder

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55-year-old Donald Joseph Kuhns of the Johnny Walker mobile home park has been arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a charge of murder.

Just after ten o’clock last night (October 2), Sheriff’s Officers responded to unit 29 at the mobile home park. Upon arrival, Officers found 47-year-old Johnny Dockery suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Dockery was transported by Alexander County E.M.S. to Iredell Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Officers determined that Kuhns was responsible for the shooting. Police say the shooting was the result of a civil dispute between the two men.

Kuhns has been jailed without bond. No court date is currently listed.

The investigation is ongoing.

Friday, 03 October 2014 11:06

August Unemployment Rates Up Slightly in August

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Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 74 of North Carolina’s counties in August, decreased in 12 and remained unchanged in 14. Nine of the state’s metropolitan statistical regions experienced rate increases and five remained unchanged.

The August not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 7.0%. When compared to the same month last year, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates decreased in 96 counties, increased in three and remained the same in one. All 14 metro areas experienced rate decreases over the year.

The number of workers employed statewide (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in August by 68,930 to 4,327,564 while those unemployed increased by 188 to 324,599. Since August 2013, the number of workers employed statewide increased by 8,700 while those unemployed decreased to 46,311.

In Catawba County, the August numbers were up one-tenth at 7.4%. Alexander County was unchanged at 6.5%. Burke came in at 7.9%, an increase of four-tenths and Caldwell County was up two-tenths at 7.7%.

Elsewhere in the area, Ashe County was unchanged at 7.7%. Avery was up a tenth at 7.1%. Buncombe County finished August at 5.4%, an increase of two-tenths. Cabarrus and Cleveland counties both rose by one-tenth at 6.3% and 7.4%, respectively. Gaston was up three-tenths at 7.1%. Iredell saw an increase of two-tenths at 6.7%. Lincoln County was unchanged at 6.7%. McDowell was up two-tenths at 7.2%. The August numbers were down one-tenth in Watauga County at 6.4% and up one-tenth in Wilkes, finishing at 7.7%.

The Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton metro region saw an increase of two-tenths, finishing August at 7.5%. Only the Rocky Mount and Fayetteville metro regions were higher at 10.2% and 8.2%, respectively.

The next unemployment update is scheduled for Tuesday, October 21 when the state unemployment rate for September 2014 will be released.

Friday, 03 October 2014 07:15

Man Killed Yesterday in Tractor Accident

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69-year-old Thomas Danner, Jr. was killed yesterday in a tractor accident. Mr. Danner’s tractor overturned shortly before 5 p.m. on the 3200 block of Oxford School Road in Catawba County. According to published reports, the victim was loading hay barrels onto a truck when the tractor rolled on a hill and overturned.

The City of Hickory’s Zahra Baker All Children’s Playground at Kiwanis Park was recently honored by Partners for Parks.

On September 24, at its 2014 Annual Awards event, Partners for Parks, an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, acknowledged the playground with a Project Recognition Award. Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright and Steve Aaron, representing the Kiwanis Clubs, attended the event and were presented with the award. In addition, representatives from Friends of Hickory and Land Design were in attendance. Land Design is the consulting firm hired by the city to work with the Inspiring Spaces Committee and city staff.

In 2009, Partners for Parks decided to recognize significant contributions in the area of parks & recreation from individuals, organizations, agencies and corporations. This was the organization’s sixth annual awards presentation.

For more information on Partners for Parks, go to www.partnersforparks.org.

The Zahra Baker All Children’s Playground at Kiwanis Park is located at 805 6th Street S.E. in Hickory.

Thursday, 02 October 2014 17:04

Boone Woman Faces Charges in Three Counties

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31-year-old Elaynia Victoria Huffman of Bairds Creek Road in Boone was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning on a warrant out of Cleveland County for possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, failure to appear for possession of methamphetamine in Catawba County and a felony probation violation out of Watauga County.

Huffman has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $78,000 secured bond. She will appear in a Newton courtroom tomorrow and in a Cleveland County courtroom on October 6, with a Watauga County court date on October 13.

43-year-old Kurt Allen Corey of Connelly Springs Road in Granite Falls was arrested yesterday for felony failure to register as a sex offender. Corey was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $50,000, secured. He will appear in a Lenoir Courtroom tomorrow. Corey also faces several felony sex offense charges in Burke County where he was scheduled to appear in court today.

16-year-old Denzel George Patterson and 23-year-old Dyante Siobhan Henley, both of Psalms Street in Cornelius, along with 21-year-old Andre Thomas Patterson and 20-year-old Nicholas Scott Hunt, both of Railroad Street in Cornelius, have all been arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives on one felony count each of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count each of larceny and possession of stolen goods.

The four were charged in connection to vehicle break-ins in the Webb’s Road area of eastern Lincoln County. On September 29, Deputies were dispatched to a residence on the 3900 block of Harmattan Drive in Denver where someone had entered an unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway and removed two pieces of jewelry from the center console. The silver locket and a silver charm disk were valued at $900.

While Detectives were following up on several vehicle break-ins in the neighborhood, they learned that credit cards stolen from another victim had been used at numerous locations in Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville and Denver.  

Lincoln County Detectives working with Cornelius and Huntersville Police were able to identify one of the suspects from security footage at the Huntersville Wal-Mart where a stolen credit card was used. That identification led to the arrest last night (October 1) of all four suspects.

Three suspects were given a $15,000 secured bond while bond for Andre Patterson was set at $25,000, secured. The only court date currently listed for any of the suspects was an appearance today by Henley.

The investigation is continuing with additional charges likely. More charges are also expected from Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville Police.

Thursday, 02 October 2014 14:21

Catawba County Commissioners to Meet Monday

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The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will meet at 9:15 a.m. on Monday, October 6, in the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton. The meeting will start 15 minutes earlier than usual so board members may attend the Catawba Valley Furniture Academy open house.

The commissioners will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2015 Schedule of Values, a set of standards and rules created following the study of the county’s current real estate market. After final approval by the board, the Schedule of Values will be used as an appraisal manual to set property values effective on January 1, 2015.

The board will also consider a set of legislative goals to be sent to the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners as part of the association’s statewide legislative goals creation process.

The board will consider accepting a U.S. Department of Justice Grant to be used to meet medical costs at the county jail.   The board will consider a request to retire drug interdiction K-9 dog, Jak and transfer ownership of Jak to his handler.

The board will consider designating Emergency Services Director Bryan Blanton and Emergency Management Coordinator Karyn Yaussy as primary and secondary agents on FEMA Mitigation Grants, which would be used to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to life and property from a variety of hazards.

The board will consider a budget revision to account for pass-through 9-1-1 funds to be used by the cities of Hickory and Newton. Also on the agenda, the commissioners will consider amendments to the county’s personnel code, which would remove from one section a statement regarding a pre-employment screening process that is inconsistent with the current practice and, in the section regarding Reduction in Force, would address the inappropriate use of the term “part-time.”

The board will consider an amended lease regarding the privatization of the county’s biodiesel production and operations and they’ll receive a resolution from the Hickory-Conover Tourism Development Authority commending the board for its efforts to confirm the mission and goal of the authority to promote travel and tourism in the area.

Thursday, 02 October 2014 14:06

33 Jobs Coming to Mooresville

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Harvest Garden Pro, LLC a division of Harvest Power, Inc. is planning to locate its division headquarters in Iredell County, creating 33 jobs and investing approximately $120,000 over the next three years in Mooresville.

Harvest Power helps communities better manage and beneficially re-use organic waste through the production of renewable energy, soils, mulches and natural fertilizers. The Harvest Garden Pro subsidiary provides and sells tens of millions of bags of mulches, soils and bagged garden products through retail outlets across North America including Lowe’s, The Home Depot, Wal-Mart and independent garden centers. With the move to Mooresville, the company will be better positioned to serve key operations, distribution channels and customers.

Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual wage for the new jobs will likely exceed $70,000 plus benefits. The Iredell County average annual wage is $42,724.

The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $45,000. Other partners that helped with this project include: the N.C. Department of Commerce, the Economic Development Partnership of N.C., the Town of Mooresville, the Mooresville-South Iredell Economic Development Corporation and Iredell County.

For more information about Harvest Garden Pro or job opportunities, visit http://harvestpower.com.