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Newton-Conover High School principal Kevin Campbell passed away this morning. A news release from the Newton-Conover City Schools says “Mr. Campbell has been a tremendous role model and mentor to so many students and adults alike over the years.”

He served Newton-Conover since 1994 starting as an Exceptional Children's teacher from 1994-1999 as well as an athletic trainer. In 1999 he became an Assistant Principal at Newton-Conover High School before serving Newton-Conover Middle School as an Assistant Principal in 2001. He was named the principal at Thornton Elementary where he served from 2002-2007 before being named as Newton-Conover High School's principal where he has served for the past 8 years.

He is survived by his wife Kim and their sons Nate and Nicholas. 

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 11:24

Man Injured In Moped Crash In Catawba County

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A man was hospitalized after reportedly crashing a moped near a creek in Catawba County this morning (Tuesday, May 12). According to a published report, the accident occurred along Snow Creek Road, just north of Hickory.

According to the report, firefighters used ropes to rescue the driver. The moped went off the road and down a hillside near the creek. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is looking at whether speed played a factor in the crash.

The man’s name had not been released as of this afternoon.

21-year-old Bradley Oneil Caldwell was arrested this morning (Tuesday, May 12) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged today with felony breaking and entering to a motor vehicle. Police records show Caldwell is facing several charges overall including multiple counts of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle including the charge filed today. In addition, Caldwell is charged with multiple counts of larceny along with single counts of obtain property by false pretense, and identity theft. He’s being held in jail in Morganton under a total bond of $534,500 secured. A court appearance for Caldwell is scheduled for Wednesday (May 13).

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 10:50

Innovate Catawba Names New Director

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Anthony (Tony) Jackson has been named as the new Director of “Innovate Catawba,” with responsibilities for coordinating workgroup efforts and communicating regular updates throughout the community.

Jackson is the founder of The Jackson Group, Incorporated, a healthcare consulting & survey services firm founded in Hickory in 1976. In recent years, he has built a leadership development program and company called “DriveLeadership” that’s designed to help organizations improve leadership skills in their key employees. He acts as a consultant for many companies and organizations; and will be bringing his communication and leadership skill set to the Catawba County area in his new role.

After obtaining a degree in Economics from Lenoir-Rhyne University, Jackson continued his education with a Masters of Business Administration from Wake Forest University’s Babcock School of Management. Jackson also received further graduate education at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Appalachian State University and the William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute.

The Innovate Catawba initiative was started in 2013 to help drive economic development efforts in the region. The initiative started with six key workgroups, each focusing on an area for improvement as identified by a research project conducted by the Southern Growth Policies Board. They are: inspiring communities, reinventing spaces, building quality shell buildings & parks, incubating small business & encouraging entrepreneurship, workforce connectivity & development, and community leadership. Each workgroup was initially made up of community volunteers, with action plans developed and projects initiated to meet specific needs.

Under Jackson’s leadership, Innovate Catawba will send out regular communications to county residents, business leaders and organizations to educate everyone on the work done and outcomes achieved. He will also meet with workgroup leaders on a continuous basis to ensure that efforts move forward and achieve the goals of the overall initiative.

For more information, visit www.innovatecatawba.com.

35-year-old Antonio Danwian Burch of Old Catawba Road in Catawba was arrested this morning (Tuesday, May 12) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with trafficking in cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling to keep controlled substance, possession of cocaine, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of marijuana up to ½ ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia, and manufacture marijuana. According to WHKY’s Fentress Chestnut, police seized cocaine, a large amount of cash, two cars, and guns from Burch’s residence. Authorities believe this case may be connected with the "Cat Town Boys" gang. In addition to the Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina Department of Revenue is at the scene due to the cash being seized. Burch was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $75,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (May 13).

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 06:00

Suspect In Larceny Sought By Authorities

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The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance in the identification of a female who is a suspect in a larceny.

The incident occurred during the afternoon of Thursday April 23rd. The suspect stole a wallet and used the victim’s stolen debit cards at CVS and McDonald’s on Taylorsville Highway in Statesville.

The suspect is a white female in her 20’s and was traveling in a red Chevy Cobalt driven by a black male. Photos from surveillance footage of the suspect can be seen with this story at whky.com. Anyone who can assist in the identification of these subjects, please call Det. Sgt. T. Miller at the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office (704)878-3180 or Crime Stoppers at (704) 662-1340.

It looks like the state will not have to pay for some mistakes made during the construction of the new Broughton Hospital that has delayed the opening until the fall of 2016. According to a published report, Representative Hugh Blackwell, a Republican from Burke County, said there have been two significant problems with the construction of the hospital. Construction on the new Broughton Hospital in Morganton started in April 2012. The original date anticipated for the state to take ownership of the mental health facility was in late 2014.

The elevation of the first and second floors of the hospital was not level, said Blackwell in the report. Blackwell reportedly requested information from the state about the construction issues at the hospital. In the report, it says that Blackwell understands the contractor for the job, Archer Western Contractors of Charlotte, has assumed all costs for the corrections.

Part of the problem with the elevation issue had to do with the condition of the soil. He said the contractor had responsibilities to ensure they could build the hospital on the soil. Blackwell says in the published report soil problems can be dealt with and solved without the project having to be abandoned. The state’s position is the soil problem is something the contractor should have dealt with before the construction process.

The report says that Kevin Howell, a spokesperson for the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, said in December that soil corrections can mean removing and replacing existing soft soils or treating in-place soils to provide sufficient bearing capacity to support the building foundations.

Another issue involves the insulation of the building. Blackwell said the insulation got wet because it wasn’t adequately protected. He said the contractor is working to correct the issue and has made no demands from the state for money.

The state is reportedly monitoring the construction work and any delay costs will be assumed by the contractor. Blackwell says in the published report that state officials believe that once the problems get corrected, the project shouldn’t cost the state additional money.

A 21-hour standoff in Caldwell County ended Monday evening and the man who held officers at bay during that time is reportedly in custody. According to a published report, deputies say they responded to a disturbance Sunday night at a home on Upton Place, in the Globe Community, where papers had been served. When officers arrived at the scene at approximately 9:30 p.m., a man, later identified in the report as Malcolm Andrews, had barricaded himself inside the house. As they approached, they say he pointed a rifle at them.

Reports say deputies fired when they saw the weapon. Body cameras are reportedly being reviewed to see if Andrews fired back at deputies. The standoff ended early Monday evening when SBI agents and deputies broke into the home and subdued Andrews. The report says officers believed that after 21 hours, he would be sleep-deprived and easier to take into custody.

The report says that officers still had to fight with Andrews to take him into custody. The takedown took place inside the home, and no shots were fired. Andrews had an initial medical check at the scene before he was transported to a facility to have a mental evaluation. WHKY spoke with officials at the Caldwell County Detention Center this morning and as of early today, Andrews was not yet incarcerated.

According to the published report, officials say Andrews ran into a deputy's car several years ago. He also was involved in a standoff with Lenoir police since then.

24-year-old Jeremy Kyle Goodrich of 14th Street Place NE in Hickory was arrested this morning (Tuesday, May 12) by Hickory Police Officers. He was apprehended at a location on U.S. Highway 70 SW and charged by Hickory Police with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, and second-degree trespassing. Goodrich is also charged on a warrant from the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office with non-support of a child. Following the arrest, Goodrich was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $31,300 bond. A District Court appearance is set for Wednesday (May 13).

17-year-old Anthony Demarco Maldonado of Herman Road in Claremont was arrested Monday (May 11) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts of break or enter a motor vehicle, and one misdemeanor count of injury to personal property. Following the arrest, Maldonado was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court date is set for Wednesday (May 13).