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24-year-old Jackie Allison Icard was arrested Sunday (March 22) by authorities in Burke County. She’s charged with felonious restraint and misdemeanor larceny. Following the arrest, Icard was placed in jail under $26,000 secured bond. A first court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 23).

Hickory Police are searching for a man they say used a hammer to rob a jewelry store. According to police reports, the thief entered The Bisanar Company Jewelers on Union Square at approximately 10:45 a.m. Saturday and used a hammer to smash the glass so he could grab the jewelry. The suspect wore a black jacket and a full face helmet with a multi-colored flame like pattern, and a ghost face on the right side, and gloves. He smashed the glass, took several handfuls of jewelry and put it in a duffel bag, then took off on a black motorcycle.

The store manager reportedly saw the entire crime take place. Reports state the man seemed to want a certain type of jewelry. He stole Simon G. brand jewels. Reports say the suspect had a distinctive blue cap on the end of his muffler. The suspect never threatened the staff, who followed store protocol by not resisting. The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information about the crime or the suspect is asked to call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551.

30-year-old Megan Leeann Ruppert of Farmer Lane in Lenoir was arrested Friday (March 20) by Lenoir Police Officers. She’s charged with conspire to traffic heroin and simple possession of schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Ruppert was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $79,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 23).

28-year-old Jeremy Allen Brendle of Goble Road in Hiddenite was arrested Saturday (March 21) by Claremont Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license revoked, and unsealed wine or liquor in the passenger area. Following the arrest, Brendle was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 23).

Monday, 23 March 2015 06:03

Newton Man Arrested On Assault Charge

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47-year-old Shannon Wayne Pope of East 16th Street in Newton was arrested Sunday (March 22) by Newton Police Officers. He’s charged with assault with a deadly weapon and injury to real property. Following the arrest, Pope was detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A court appearance is scheduled for May 8.

Monday, 23 March 2015 05:55

Hickory Man Arrested On Meth Charges

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33-year-old Joshua Landon Walker of Springbrook Avenue in Hickory was arrested this morning (Monday, March 23) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with two counts of possession of methamphetamine and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Walker was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.

The Greater Hickory Metro Area followed the statewide trend of increased unemployment rates in the month of January. According to the North Carolina Department of Commerce Division of Employment Security, unemployment increased in 98 of North Carolina’s 100 counties, including Catawba, Alexander, Burke and Caldwell.

The unemployment rate in Catawba County rose to 5.8 percent in January, up from 5.2 percent in December. In Alexander County, unemployment increased to 5.1 percent, compared to 4.5 percent in the previous report. The Burke County jobless rate jumped up to 5.9 percent from 5.7 percent in December. Caldwell County’s unemployment rate increased to 6.6 percent, up from 5.7 percent in the previous report.

The Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area saw an increase in the unemployment rate to 5.9 percent, up from 5.3 percent. That’s tied for sixth highest out of 15 MSAs in the state. The Rocky Mount MSA had the highest jobless rate at 8.2 percent. The Asheville and Raleigh Metropolitan Statistical Areas tied for the lowest unemployment rate at 4.8 percent.

Graham County had the highest unemployment rate in the state at 14.5 percent while Buncombe County had the lowest at 4.5 percent. The statewide unemployment rate is 5.9 percent, up from 5 percent even in December.

Friday, 20 March 2015 16:54

Lincolnton Man Faces Felony Drug Charges

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52-year-old James Allen Harris of “D” Street in Lincolnton was arrested yesterday (March 19) by Probation & Parole Officers and Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Narcotics Investigators on felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and a probation violation. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

During a search Harris’ residence, Officers found more than a pound of marijuana, several Oxycodone pills, plastic baggies, scales and other drug paraphernalia.

Harris was placed in the Lincoln County Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.

16-year-old Tyke’ydris Markee Latwan Norris has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count of assault on a law enforcement officer and misdemeanor counts of simple assault and damage to property. A 15-year-old juvenile was also charged with misdemeanor assault on a government employee.

At about 3:15 yesterday afternoon (March 19), while monitoring the school bus parking lot at West Iredell High School on Warrior Drive in Statesville, School Resource Officer Sergeant Dallas Hicks saw two male students push, harass and bully another student. Sergeant Hicks was aware that there were issues involving the same students earlier in the school day. The Sergeant intervened immediately in an effort to keep the suspects away from the student they were trying to assault.

Sgt. Hicks told the suspects several times to stop and get away from the victim. Tyke’ydris Norris, the aggressor, began to assault Sgt. Hicks, punching him in the face and causing injuries. The Sergeant then Tasered Norris and placed him under arrest. No one else was assaulted or injured.

Sergeant Hicks and several school personnel were able to restrain the second suspect. In the process, one school employee was intentionally head-butted by the juvenile suspect.

Norris was transported to the Iredell County Magistrate’s Office and later released under a $2,500 unsecured bond. The other suspect was transported to the office of the Department of Juvenile Services where he was charged under Juvenile Law. Norris was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today.

The Lannan Foundation and The Worldwide Ireland Funds have awarded Dr. Rand Brandes, Martin Luther Stevens Professor of English at Lenoir-Rhyne University, grants in support of his work on Irish Nobel Laureate, Seamus Heaney. He will use the highly competitive grants to help sustain his long-term project of preserving the literary papers of the widely renowned writer and poet.

Dr. Brandes began researching Heaney’s work in the early 1980’s and spent 12 years writing –Seamus Heaney: A Bibliography 1959-2003. He has also written numerous articles, reviews and books about the poet, the most recent of which is a Lenoir-Rhyne University publication highlighting an exhibition of Heaney’s work at the Grolier Club in Manhattan. Dr. Brandes served as a co-curator of the exhibition, entitled Seamus Heaney: A Life Well Lived. He received two Fulbright Senior Research Fellowships to assist Heaney in Ireland, and worked closely with him for over 30 years.

In the fall of this year, Dr. Brandes will return to Dublin to help the Heaney family inventory and organize Heaney’s estate. Much of the material in his office has been untouched and Dr. Brandes hopes an editorial opportunity will arise from the project.

Lannan Foundation Executive Director, J. Patrick Lannan, says of Dr. Brandes’ project:  “The Lannan Foundation, where we were privileged to have had a long personal relationship with Seamus Heaney and his wife Marie, is honored to provide financial support to Professor Brandes as he archives all of the great poet's personal papers. In our humble opinion, Seamus Heaney was a most generous human being, an extraordinary teacher and the most expansive and gifted poet of his generation."

Dr. Brandes has served as a professor at LRU for 26 years. He is Director of both the LRU Visiting Writers Series and Lineberger Center as well as the coordinator of the Masters of Liberal Studies Program. Dr. Brandes received his Ph.D. and master’s degree in English at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He completed his undergraduate education at Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana.

The Lannan Foundation, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is a family foundation dedicated to cultural freedom, diversity and creativity through projects which support exceptional contemporary artists and writers, as well as inspired Native activists in rural indigenous communities. 

The Worldwide Ireland Funds are a philanthropic network that supports worthy causes in Ireland and around the world. The Funds’ mission is to be the largest network of friends of Ireland dedicated to supporting programs of peace and reconciliation, arts and culture, education and community development throughout the island of Ireland. Founded in 1976, The Worldwide Ireland Funds currently operate in 12 countries and have raised over $480 million for over 3,000 outstanding organizations.