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Monday, 08 December 2014 14:26

Lenoir Teen Faces Felony Indecent Liberties Charge

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18-year-old Joel Tremayne Michaux of N.W. Gabriel Lane in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police last Thursday (December 4) for felony indecent liberties with a child. He was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $20,000, secured. Michaux will appear in Superior Court on January 12 in Lenoir.

Monday, 08 December 2014 13:30

Hiddenite Man Arrested on Felony Meth Charge

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50-year-old James Wesley Wilson of R.E. Johnson Lane in Hiddenite was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (December 6) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Events leading to his arrest unfolded as Police ran the tag on a 1997 Dodge Avenger, spotted at the Sun House convenience store in northwest Hickory. The plate came back to a driver whose license was expired. Officers also learned that the vehicle had been pulled about 40 minutes earlier for a burned out tag light.

Police stopped the vehicle in the area of 10th Street Place N.W. and 2nd Avenue N.W. with a female driving and a male in the passenger seat. A search of the passenger, James Wesley Wilson, turned up a digital scale, brown bags containing 4.9 grams of methamphetamine, a bag containing 2.7 grams of marijuana and a pipe. The driver, 33-year-old Tanya Hoke of Hiddenite, also had a pipe on her person and was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wilson was arrested without incident and taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (December 8) in Newton.

Lincolnton Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect in the theft of a purse last month.

On Thursday, November 20, at approximately 5:20 p.m., an unknown white male stole a purse out of a buggy at Wal-Mart on North Generals Boulevard in Lincolnton. Police say the victim is an elderly female. The purse is described as an orange purse containing a black wallet, a checkbook, numerous credit cards and approximately $50.  

Anyone with information should contact Lincolnton Police Detective Brent Heavner at 704-736-8900 or contact Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. Crime Stoppers callers may remain anonymous and could be eligible for up to $1,000 reward if a tip leads to an arrest.

Southeast Retirement Planners will hold a ribbon cutting and open house at 2 p.m. on Friday, December 12, in celebration of their new location at 74 8th Street S.E., Suite 105 in Hickory. Southeast Retirement Planners’ new facility is in the Moretz Mills complex.

Chamber members and the public are invited to attend. Representatives from the Chamber of Commerce and elected officials will be on hand to offer congratulatory remarks.

The Hickory Police Department is collecting toys and monetary donations for the Cops for Tots “Christmas Wish House.” The program began in the early 1980s by serving only about 12 families. It has expanded over the years, and, in 2008, almost 2,300 children benefited from the program.

The Christmas Wish House will be at the Winkler Park Activity Center (next to L.P. Frans Stadium) on Clement Boulevard on December 15-17. Hours of operation are from 9 a.m. until 12 noon and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

The Christmas Wish House will be available to City of Hickory residents on the 15th; to Catawba County residents on the 16th; and to Hickory addresses in Burke, Caldwell or Alexander counties on the 17th.

Proof of address will be required. Families who are serviced by the Christmas Bureau in 2014 will not be able to shop at the Christmas Wish House. A parent or guardian must present a photo I.D. of themselves, along with a birth certificate or Medicaid card for each child. Children from birth to 16 years of age are eligible to receive toys. No social security cards will be accepted. No children are allowed inside.

For more information, call 828-261-2642.

24-year-old Adonis Miguel Rutherford of Morganton has been cited by Hickory Police for discharging a firearm in the city limits.

He was arrested after Officers responded to a “shots fired” call outside the Visions Martini Bar & Lounge on 1st Avenue N.W. in downtown Hickory shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday (December 7). Witnesses said the suspect left the area in a gold Cadillac, heading toward 1st Avenue N.E. and 3rd Street N.E. Officers stopped the vehicle and found Rutherford, suffering from obvious signs of an assault, including a cut on the back of his head.

Rutherford was a passenger in the vehicle. A gun was found under the passenger seat. The suspect told Police he had been assaulted inside the club and then kicked out by bouncers. He allegedly got the gun out the Cadillac and fired several shots into the air.

Rutherford was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. No additional injuries were reported. No one was charged for the assault against Rutherford.

A jar containing 7.8 grams of marijuana was also found in the vehicle. The driver was cited for misdemeanor possession.

Rutherford will appear in District Court on January 7.

Monday, 08 December 2014 11:26

Arson Suspected in Sunday Night Mobile Home Fire

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Just before 11 o’clock Sunday night (December 7), Hickory Firefighters responded to a structure fire at 150 18th Street Place N.W. Upon arrival, Firefighters found smoke and fire coming from the mobile home. Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder truck, one rescue truck and two command units.

Catawba County E.M.S., Hickory Rescue and the Hickory Police Department also responded and assisted with the incident. No injuries were reported, but damages to the building were considered major with estimates set at $2,000. No one was living in the residence at the time. The structure is owned by a 62-year-old man living in Pinewood, South Carolina.

The fire was initially detected when an H.P.D. Officer on patrol was waved down by several persons in the vicinity of 18th Street Place N.W. and 1st Avenue Place N.W. The Officer was able to put out a small fire in a hole in the vinyl siding using a fire extinguisher.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was intentionally set. Several points of origin for the fire were identified.

Anyone with information regarding the incident should call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551 or the Hickory Fire Department Division of Fire & Life Safety at 828-323-7522.

Monday, 08 December 2014 07:43

James Gregory to Appear at H.C.T. New Year's Eve

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James Gregory, known as the "the Funniest Man in America" will appear at the Hickory Community Theatre on New Year’s Eve (Wednesday, December 31) at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $37 each, reserved seating, and may be purchased online at www.hickorytheatre.org or by phone at 828-328-2283. The theater is located at 30 3rd Street N.W. in downtown Hickory.

Conover Police responded to a larceny at the Conover Wal-Mart at 201 Zelkova Court N.W. in Conover. Police were called at about 9:52 a.m. on Friday (December 5).

Upon arrival, Officers spoke to Wal-Mart’s Asset Protection Officers, who told them the incident occurred at 4:40 a.m. The suspect was described as a black male in his early-to-mid-30s, wearing a Mossy Oak camouflage hoodie, matching camouflage pants and a camouflage toboggan.

The suspect entered the store, took a grocery buggy and selected a Dell desktop computer, five Motorola home video systems and multiple Mossy Oak camouflage jackets with a total value of over $1,200. The suspect exited Wal-Mart through the garden center emergency fire exit where a white Chrysler 200 was waiting to pick him up. There appeared to be two unidentified front seat occupants in the vehicle.

The Conover Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect and his accomplices. Anyone with information should contact Conover Police at 828-464-4698.  

The Burke Co. Sheriff’s Office is seeking information leading to the arrest of the individual or individuals responsible for a breaking & entering at the Country Crossroads Convenience Store at the corner of Highway 64 South and Jenkins Road.

Morganton/Burke Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Callers may remain anonymous. Anyone with information should call 828-437-3333

The Sheriff’s Office reminds citizens never to attempt to apprehend suspects themselves.