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19-year-old Jaquan Cortez McDowell of 7th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was served felony indictments by Hickory Police at about 8:20 last night (February 16) on charges of breaking & entering, larceny and possession of stolen goods or property.

McDowell was originally charged and arrested in connection to a break-in on the 1800 block of 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory. The incident occurred on June 26, 2014. McDowell was taken into custody the following day.

Following his arrest yesterday, McDowell was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $4,000, secured. He will appear in Superior Court on February 20 in Newton.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 12:47

Hickory Man Indicted on Sept 2014 Weapons Charge

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32-year-old Robert Alan Hunter of 7th Street S.E. in Hickory was served an indictment by Hickory Police shortly after 4:30 yesterday afternoon (February 16) on one felony count of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

Hunter was originally arrested on September 6 of last year as Police were attempting to serve another indictment. Officers saw Hunter, who they knew had been banned from Hickory Housing Authority property, as he attempted to conceal a weapon. Hunter was not the person Officers were seeking at the time.

He was taken into custody without incident yesterday at the South Center Street Market. Hunter was released just over an hour later on a $10,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for February 20 in Newton.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 12:43

Hickory's Asst. City Manager to Take Job in Waxhaw

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The City of Hickory announced today (February 17) that Assistant City Manager & Chief Financial Officer, Warren Wood, has accepted the Town Manager position with the Town of Waxhaw, North Carolina. After a competitive nationwide search, the Town of Waxhaw’s Town Board announced Wood as its selection on Monday evening, February 16.

Wood has been with the City of Hickory for 22 years and served in a variety of professional and management positions, most recently overseeing the city’s Administrative Services, Police, Fire and Parks & Recreation departments. He has had primary responsibility for budget development and budget administration.

Wood is a native of Hickory. He began his career as Town Manager of Badin, North Carolina in 1991 before he was hired by the City of Hickory in 1993. In Hickory, he worked as Purchasing Agent, Human Resources Director and Director of Administration & Budget before assuming his current position.

Wood will join the Town of Waxhaw on March 30 of this year.

Cancellations, Tuesday, February 17

Catawba County Offices closed today.

Alexander County Offices closed today.

Hickory American Legion Post 48, meeting has been canceled for tonight.

Due to the inclement weather, garbage collection for the City of Morganton has been delayed. Collection will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week. If there is snow or ice on your driveway, bring your garbage can to the street.

31-year-old David Alexander Beatty was arrested Monday (February 16) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony non-forced breaking and entering. Following the arrest, Beatty was placed in jail under $60,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Friday (February 20).

34-year-old Dustin Joseph Lugo of Celebrity Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (February 17) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking and or entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and attempted larceny. He’s also charged with misdemeanor injury to personal property. Following the arrest, Lugo was detained at the Caldwell County Detention Facility under $7,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (February 19).

24-year-old Siefred Albert Jackson of Spring Valley Place in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (February 16) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, driving while impaired, possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and injury to personal property. Following the arrest, Jackson was detained at the Caldwell County Detention Center under $52,500 secured bond.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 05:31

Catawba County Man Arrested On Drug Charge

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36-year-old Terry William Dorsey of West 19th Street in Newton was arrested Monday (February 16) by Newton Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of cocaine, and possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce. Following the arrest, Dorsey was incarcerated at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond, a court appearance is scheduled for Friday (February 20).

The winter storm that hit our area Monday left roads snow and ice covered this morning. In many places the precipitation turned out to be more sleet than snow, roads this morning were left with a coating of ice. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol reports roads across the Greater Hickory Metro area were hazardous this morning. The winter storm has also led to school closings across the area. The following systems are all closed: Hickory Public Schools, Newton-Conover City Schools, Catawba County, Caldwell County, Alexander County, and Burke County. It is an optional teacher workday in Burke County. Area colleges have also cancelled classes today. There are no classes at Lenoir-Rhyne University, CVCC, Caldwell Community College in Hudson, and Western Piedmont Community College. Caldwell Community College’s Watauga campus will open at 12 noon. Catawba and Caldwell County Government Offices will open at 11 a.m. Stay updated on weather-related announcements at whky.com.

Monday, 16 February 2015 17:43

Weather Forces Multiple Closings

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Winter Weather-related announcements:

Lenoir-Rhyne University classes that start at 4 p.m. or later today are cancelled. A decision on Tuesday classes and university operations will be made later today (February 16).

Classes at Catawba Valley Community College are cancelled after 4 p.m. tomorrow. A decision regarding Tuesday’s classes will be made at 6 a.m. tomorrow.

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting scheduled for this evening (February 16) at 7 p.m. in the Robert E. Hibbitts Meeting Room in Newton’s 1924 Courthouse on North College Avenue has been cancelled.

Catawba County Schools and Hickory Public Schools will be closed Tuesday for staff and students. The lost instructional day will be made up February 27. Newton-Conover City Schools will be closed for students and staff Tuesday. Caldwell and Burke county schools will be closed for students Tuesday with an optional teacher workday.

The Facebook Small Business Boost event scheduled for Tuesday in Lincolnton has been cancelled.