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Thursday, 17 November 2016 09:47

Hickory Man Faces Felony Crack Cocaine Charge

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59-year-old Darry Augusta Fleming of 2nd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:45 this morning (on one felony count of possession of cocaine.

Fleming was arrested in connection to an incident on November 28 of last year. Officers on foot patrol on the 900 block of 2nd Street S.W. in the Terrace Hills area saw the suspect drop an item on the ground as he exited an apartment. The item was recovered and identified as two crack rocks weighing 0.3 grams.

A prosecution summary was submitted to the District Attorney, resulting in Fleming’s arrest today. He was taken into custody without incident on the 400 block of South Center Street in Hickory. Fleming was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,500 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

35-year-old Tara Diane Aday was arrested Wednesday (November 16) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Aday was placed in jail in Morganton under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for December 6.

$1.7 million from the One North Carolina Small Business Program has been awarded to 29 small companies across 13 North Carolina communities, including one in Hickory. The companies will use the funds to develop new products, hire additional employees and purchase equipment and materials.

Advanced Hydrogen Technologies in Hickory was awarded a $65,000 grant. The funds will go toward a project intended to develop new materials for human joints. The company is located at 1055 Southgate Corporate Park S.W.

North Carolina’s Office of Science, Technology & Innovation is still accepting grant applications for the 2017 fiscal year. For more information, click here.

24-year-old Brandon Chadrick Aldridge of Gastonia and 34-year-old Pamela Dawn Mayer of Cramerton were both arrested Wednesday (November 16) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with four counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and two counts of conspire to traffic meth. Aldridge is also charged with resisting a public officer.

Both suspects were locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond apiece. Aldridge and Mayer are both scheduled to appear in District Court next Monday (November 21).

Thursday, 17 November 2016 05:51

Water Line Break Leads To Road Closure In Morganton

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City of Morganton Water Resources workers planned to shut off water service to a section of Frank Whisnant Road this morning  (Thursday, November 17), to repair a water line break.

A customer reported the break, near 3119 Frank Whisnant Rd, at about 7 a.m. today. About 100 customers will be affected on Frank Whisnant from Avery Road to Canoe Creek Farm, Cambridge Drive, Kinglet Drive, and any side streets.

Workers planned to have the line repaired by early to mid afternoon, barring any unforeseen problems. For more information, call the Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.

63-year-old Susan Janette Hopper of Robin Lane in Boone was arrested Wednesday (November 16) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen property. Hopper was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, November 17).

37-year-old Tisha Lasha Isaacs of Hickory Grove Road in Gastonia was arrested Wednesday (November 16) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony embezzlement.

On Monday (November 14), deputies responded to a framing shop on Cross Center Drive reference to an employee allegedly stealing money. The owner told officers the employee took money from a customer while acting as an employee but was conducting business on the side while she was being paid an hourly wage.

Isaacs' bond was set at $2,000 unsecured. She was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Thursday, November 17).

Thursday, 17 November 2016 05:19

Continuance Granted In Murder Trial Of Lenoir Woman

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A new development in the murder trial of a Lenoir woman led to a continuance of the case just before the completion of jury selection and start of opening statements on Wednesday (November 16) in Caldwell County Superior Court.

Eleven of the twelve jurors needed to begin the trial of 59-year-old Nancy Benge Austin were seated when defense counsel asked the Court to continue the case. Within the last three weeks, a situation developed regarding a potential witness, leading to a need for certain records to be subpoenaed from a healthcare provider. Those records were received on Tuesday, which necessitated the trial being continued to a later date to allow both parties to make further evaluation and inquiry.

Austin is accused in connection to the shooting death of 20-year-old Dylan Joseph Short on December 26, 2013, at her Tara Place home in Lenoir. Prior to the homicide, Austin worked as a school bus driver in Caldwell County. The presiding judge granted defense counsel’s request, informing the jury members already seated that things not anticipated sometimes happen in trial settings, and there was no fault on the part of either party in this delay. The trial will be rescheduled at a later date, which had not yet been determined.

38-year-old Brandon Shawn Pendley of McDowell Church Road in Morganton was arrested Sunday (November 12) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on warrants from Caldwell County with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

According to a news release issued Wednesday (November 16) by the Burke County Sheriff's Office, on Sunday, Burke patrol deputies received information in reference to a red pickup truck being involved in several crimes within the county. While on Morning Star Church Road, deputies noticed a red pickup truck parked in a driveway at 4701 McDowell Church Road with a fictitious tag.

Although deputes believed the residence was occupied no one would answer the door. Detectives with the Burke County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division were contacted to assist and began their investigation. It was learned that numerous vehicles were stolen last week in Caldwell County and Brandon Pendley was the suspect.  

Since last Friday afternoon (November 10), at least three of the vehicles stolen in Caldwell County had been recovered in Burke County. After securing a search warrant for the McDowell Church Road residence, Burke deputies found three individuals inside.  One of those people was the suspect, Brandon Pendley. He was arrested on the two outstanding felony warrants from Caldwell County. Pendley's bond was set at $35,000 secured and he made his first court appearance yesterday (Wednesday, November 16).

Burke detectives are currently investigating several crimes throughout the county in connection to Pendley and the red pickup truck. Additional charges and arrests are pending as the investigation continues.  

Thursday, 17 November 2016 04:44

Wildfire In Burke County Grows, 30% Contained

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Firefighters are continuing to battle western North Carolina wildfires including the Chestnut Knob fire in Burke County.
The fire at South Mountains State Park is currently estimated at 5,689 acres in steep terrain with an estimated containment of 30%.

According to Inciweb, additional resources have been ordered to support suppression efforts and are arriving daily. Day shift and night shift crews are continuing burn-out operations, mop-up, and patrolling fire lines.

A community meeting is scheduled for tonight (Thursday, November 17) at the Enola Fire Department on Enola Road in Morganton at 7:00 p.m. Citizens are encouraged to attend. This meeting will be recorded and posted on the Burke County Website and Burke County social media sites.

The plans for fighting the Chestnut Knob fire today include mopping up and holding the fire line in Divisions B, C, D, and K. Continue line improvement and burnout operations in Divisions I and J to prepare for the upcoming frontal passage. There are currently 214 personnel on the scene with 24 engines and 4 dozers.

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