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20-year-old Desmond Antray Rashawn Gray of Miller Farm Road in Statesville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He was charged with Felony Possession of Marijuana, Possession With Intent To Sell and Deliver Marijuana, Maintain Dwelling or Place to Distribute Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

On Saturday (July 18) Deputy Cameron Kerley responded to 109 Miller Farm Road in Statesville in an effort to find a missing juvenile who was believed to be at this address. Contact was made with Desmond Gray at the residence while looking for the missing Juvenile. Deputies noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the residence while speaking to Gray.

Deputies performed a search of the residence and discovered 77.1 grams of marijuana, numerous items of drug paraphernalia, and $1001.00 dollars. Gray admitted ownership of the narcotics, money, and drug paraphernalia. Following his arrest, Gray's bond was set at $3,500 secured He's scheduled to appear in District Court July 31.

21-year-old Elton Eugene Moore of Allen Creek Road in Statesville was arrested Sunday (July 19) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling.

On July 7, 2015 at 3:37 p.m. deputies responded to 833 Allen Creek Road in Statesville in reference to a man with a gun who was shooting at his neighbors. Upon arrival deputies went to the suspect’s residence but were unable to find him. Deputies then went to the victim’s residence at 803 Allen Creek road to complete the investigation. After deputies had completed their investigation they learned that Elton Moore had pointed some type of long rifle at the victims and the victim’s residence and fired several times.

Deputies also found a place in an exterior wall that appeared to have a bullet hole. Deputy Weston Parks went to the Iredell County Magistrates Office and took out warrants on Elton Moore for Assault with a deadly weapon and discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling. On Sunday deputies returned to 833 Allen Creek Road where they found Moore and took him into custody. He was taken before the Iredell County Magistrate and placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $5000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for August 10.

The Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group (CW-DMAG) announced on Monday (July 20) that continued dry weather conditions and above-average temperatures have placed the Catawba-Wateree River Basin in Stage 1 of the Low Inflow Protocol (LIP).

Stage 1 is the second of five drought stages outlined in the Protocol and recommends voluntary water conservation by water users across the Basin, in addition to operational adjustments by Duke Energy. The Low Inflow Protocol is the drought management plan major water users in the region employ to share responsibility and set priorities to conserve the limited water supply during drought conditions.

An advisory group spokesperson is asking the community to conserve water and energy as we enter the height of the summer season and the typically drier fall period.

Continued below normal rainfall and very hot temperatures have pushed two of the three Low Inflow Protocol drought indicators (triggers) into Stage 1. Water storage in the 11-reservoir Catawba-Wateree Hydroelectric Project continues to decline and streamflows feeding the reservoirs are well below normal. In addition, the U.S. Drought Monitor trigger indicates most of the Basin is experiencing drought conditions.

Earlier this month, the Catawba-Wateree River Basin entered Stage 0 of the LIP which is a drought watch stage and prompted the CW-DMAG to closely monitor conditions. After observing declining trends in the triggers, the group decided to proactively declare Stage 1 conditions.

The CW-DMAG will continue monitoring the drought conditions and work collectively to protect the water supply and other uses of the Catawba-Wateree River.

The Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group (CW-DMAG) was established in 2006 to monitor drought status and to recommend coordinated actions for the CW-DMAG members. CW-DMAG members include the area’s public water suppliers and several large industries withdrawing water from the Catawba-Wateree River and lake system, North Carolina, South Carolina and federal resource agencies and Duke Energy.

41-year-old Randy Everette Spivey of Eli Lane in Denver turned himself in to Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers Friday (July 17) on one felony count of statutory rape or sex offense of a person 13, 14 or 15 years old by a defendant at least six years older.

The incident occurred on May 20 at the 14-year-old female victim’s home. It wasn’t reported until May 23. The suspect is known to the victim.

Detectives had been searching for the suspect for several weeks before he turned himself in to authorities on July 17. Spivey has been confined in the Lincoln County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (July 20).

45-year-old Michael Lee Huffman of Clear Springs Drive in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:45 Saturday night on one felony count of habitual misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and D.W.I.

He was arrested when Officers saw a moped driven by Huffman weaving on the roadway. Police conducted a traffic stop on the McDonald Parkway where they searched Huffman and found two grams of marijuana. There was an outstanding warrant dated May 4 of this year on the assault charge.

Huffman was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set a $10,500, secured. He has since been released. A Superior Court appearance on the assault charge was scheduled for September 8.

Monday, 20 July 2015 14:05

Lenoir Man Caught with Burglary Tool

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27-year-old Jesse James Ralph Lefevers of Hollomans Place in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:15 Friday morning (July 17) on one felony count each of breaking & entering a building and preparation to commit burglary.

At about 8:40 a.m. Friday, Police responded to an alarm at the Jewelry Exchange on North Center Street. As Officers checked the back of the building, they saw a man, Jesse Lefevers, walking away from the area.

As they spoke to Lefevers, Officers noticed a pry bar in his possession. The door showed signs of attempted forced entry, though no one gained entry into the store.

Lefevers was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $25,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (July 20) in Newton.

Roadway improvements in the center of Highway 127, between 1st Avenue, SE, and Main Avenue, NE in Hickory are scheduled for this week.

Neill Grading and Construction Company, Inc. will be doing night time roadway improvements for the median island removal and southbound left turn-lane along Highway 127, as part of the Transportation Insight project that relates to 127 South.

The work was scheduled to get underway today (Monday, July 20) and is expected to last until Friday (July 24). The left lane of north bound and south bound 127 will be closed from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m., during those dates. One lane of traffic will be maintained, each way, at all times.

Monday, 20 July 2015 14:01

Hickory Man Charged with B&E; Larceny

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44-year-old John Sherman Jock, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6 p.m. Saturday (July 18) on one felony count of breaking & entering and one misdemeanor count each of larceny and possession of stolen goods.

Events leading to his arrest began at about 4:20 Saturday afternoon when Officers responded to a possible breaking & entering at the Westminster condominiums. The victims were not at home when a subject or subjects entering their residence and took multiple items, including computer equipment, a nail gun, shampoo, a camera and an S.D. card.

Witnesses described a possible suspect, who was found, on foot, a short distance away. In his possession was a sofa cushion cover taken from the residence and filled with the stolen items. Witnesses remembered the man, John Jock, who had previously been in the area asking residents if they wanted a free copy of the local newspaper.

Jock was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (July 20) in Newton.

Monday, 20 July 2015 13:52

Wastewater Discharge Reported In Hickory

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The City of Hickory had a discharge of untreated wastewater last Thursday (July 16) of an estimated 2800 gallons in the 800 block of Old Lenoir Road. The untreated wastewater was discharged into Frye Creek, in the Catawba River basin.

The Division of Water Resources was notified of the event on Thursday and is reviewing the matter. For more information contact the City of Hickory Public Utilities Department at (828) 323-7427.

General Statute requires that the owner or operator of any wastewater collection or treatment facility issue a press release when an untreated wastewater discharge of 1,000 gallons or more reaches surface waters.

53-year-old Randy Culree Shuford of Hickory was seriously injured Sunday evening (July 19) when the moped he was driving struck a pedestrian. The pedestrian, 18-year-old Marquavious Kelsey Sudderth of Charlotte, suffered minor injuries.

The incident occurred at 8:44 last night (July 19) as Shuford was driving a 2012 Yamaha Zuma northbound on the 900 block of South Center Street.

Mr. Shuford sustained critical injuries and was taken by Catawba Co. E.M.S. to the Hickory Regional Airport where he was transported to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. No further update on his condition is available.

Mr. Sudderth was treated at Frye Regional Medical Center.

The Hickory Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit is conducting an ongoing investigation.