26-year-old Izaak Benton Watkins was arrested Wednesday (April 23) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony larceny of a firearm. Following the arrest, Watkins was placed in jail under no bond on the charge filed Wednesday. Bond on previous charges filed against him was set at $61,500 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled for May 4.
35-year-old Matthew Robert Outlaw was arrested Wednesday (April 23) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony non-forced breaking and entering. Following the arrest, Outlaw was placed in jail under $20,000 secured bond. A first court appearance is scheduled for Friday (April 24) in Morganton.
33-year-old Kristen Lichele Isbell of NE Lower Creek Drive in Lenoir, 55-year-old Bessie Leona Hicks of NW Maple Place in Lenoir, 38-year-old Edward Lee Allison of Crowell Street in Concord, 20-year-old Larry Darnell Gavin Jr. of 2nd Street Place SE in Hickory, 26-year-old Carlos Renard Cornwell Jr. of Mount Pleasant Road in Sherrills Ford, and 28-year-old Thomas Allan Jones Jr. of 2nd Street Place in Hickory were all arrested Wednesday (April 22) by Lenoir Police Officers.
All six suspects are charged with trafficking in cocaine. They were all detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center, bond for five of the six suspects was set at $250,000 secured. Allison’s bond was set at $100,000 secured. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (Thursday, April 23) in Lenoir.
As Many As 60 New Jobs Possible As A Result Of A Furniture Manufacturer's Plans To Locate In HickoryWritten by Rob Eastwood
As many as 60 new jobs could be coming to Hickory as a result of a new furniture manufacturer locating in the city. During their meeting this week, Hickory City Council unanimously approved the application for a Vacant Building Revitalization and Demolition Grant for 890 F Ave Dr. SE LLC. According to a published report, that entity is an ownership group that will lease the former Thomasville Furniture Plant to a furniture manufacturer.
According to the report, Assistant City Manager Andrea Surratt said “It is a manufacturer not currently in Hickory.” Surratt also said that the manufacturer is from California. The report states that
the manufacturer would have “40 to 60” employees at the new site.
The grant application was for $6,000 to help repair a structural crack on the front of the building as well as plumbing repairs.
According to the report, a nondisclosure agreement is not allowing many details regarding the ownership group or the eventual tenant of the plant to be revealed. In addition, a timeframe regarding the announcement from the manufacturer was not known, nor was it known when operations would begin at the site.
According to the report, Surratt said the future tenant has signed a two-year lease for the building. The grant application, which is still awaiting second reading by Council, requires completion of any renovations paid for with grant funds to be completed in 24 months after approval.
42-year-old Christopher Andrew Godfrey of Viewpoint Road in Newton was arrested Wednesday (April 22) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Godfrey is also charged with breaking and/or entering a motor vehicle, misdemeanor larceny, injury to personal property, and assault on a female. Following the arrest, Godfrey was incarcerated at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $18,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (April 24).
47-year-old James Walter Dunn of 23rd Street NW in Hickory was arrested by Long View Police Officers. He’s charged with one count of assault with serious bodily injury. Following the arrest, Dunn was detained this morning (Thursday, April 23) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (April 24).
The Hickory Public Schools Board of Education is seeking direct input from interested members of the community to help shape the search process and assist in defining the qualities and characteristics of the next Hickory Public Schools (HPS) superintendent.
The board invites parents and community members to participate in a short community survey that can be accessed and completed online by clicking the survey link on the main HPS webpage: www.hickoryschools.net or through the Hickory Public Schools Facebook page. The community survey link will also be posted on individual school websites and individual school Facebook pages. Paper copies of the surveys will be available at the HPS administrative services building (432 4th Avenue S.W. in Hickory), in the front office at each school site and at all regular HPS Board of Education meetings.
All surveys must be completed by Tuesday, May 19. Results will be presented at the May 26 school board meeting.
37-year-old Brian Kelly Brackett of Casar Lawndale Road in Casar has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on two felony counts each of larceny and possession of stolen goods.
Brackett is accused of taking $1,100 and $2,000 in cash from a truck at Mitchem Farms on Hallman Mill Road in Vale on two separate occasions. On April 2, the business owner told Officers he was having a problem with money being stolen from his vehicle. The victim also reported in March that someone had stolen refrigerators, a water heater and a truck from the farm.
Following his arrest, Brackett, a former Mitchem Farms employee, was taken before a Lincoln County Magistrate where he was given a $5,000 unsecured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (April 22).
The investigation into the theft of the truck and appliances is continuing.
The Discovery Place Education Studio has its 2015 cohort STEM Fellows, a three-year fellowship that prepares local teachers for dynamic, hands-on learning experiences in order to deliver high-impact STEM lessons in the classroom that prepare students for real world challenges.
With over 70 applications received, 26 educators from North Carolina and South Carolina were selected for the 2015 STEM Fellows cohort. Among those chosen was Renee Jewell, who teaches in the Exceptional Children’s Department at Newton-Conover Middle School.
The new STEM Fellows were invited to participate in Discovery Place Education Studio’s first annual Carolinas STEM Conference last Friday (April 17), along with 95 other North and South Carolina educators. The sold out conference promoted active involvement from its participants by offering hands-on and engaging demonstrations like 3D printing, simple soldering, circuit art and ocean literacy.
24-year-old George Aaron Rhinehardt of 23rd Avenue N.E. in Hickory has been arrested by Hickory Police on one felony count of larceny and one felony count of possession of stolen goods or property.
He was arrested in connection to an incident in April of last year. On April 11, 2014, Officers responded to the Style Exchange, a second-hand store, on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory in reference to a man at the store attempting to sell seven stolen watches.
The victim, a Hickory man, was acquainted with Rhinehardt, who had been in his home the previous day. The victim contacted the manager at the Style Exchange to be on the alert for the stolen watches.
Warrants for Rhinehardt’s arrest were issued on February 5. The suspect was taken into custody without incident at about 6:45 yesterday evening. It’s not clear why the delay between the incident, the issuance of warrants and the actual arrest. Most of the watches were recovered.
Rhinehardt was processed at H.P.D. and then released under a $1,000 unsecured bond. He will appear in District Court on April 24 in Newton.