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44-year-old Dana Barbour McCall of Hickory was convicted this week in Catawba Co. Criminal Superior Court for felony habitual driving while impaired. McCall was sentenced to no less than 13 months and no more than 25 months in the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction.

The crime occurred in December 2013 in Hickory. McCall was operating a vehicle with an expired registration. A subsequent vehicle stop resulted in the defendant’s arrest for driving while impaired. McCall had previously been convicted of D.W.I. on July 31, 2005 in Catawba County, July 31, 2007 in Federal Court and on March 22, 2010 in Alexander County.

Marcus Chapman of the Hickory Police Department conducted the investigation and Assistant District Attorney Kyle Smith prosecuted the case. The Honorable Linwood Foust presided over the conviction.

McCall will be transported to the Division of Adult Correction for processing.

20-year-old Marcus Deontae Williams of Hickory was convicted last week in Catawba Co. Criminal Superior Court for felony robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Williams was sentenced to no less than 73 months and no more than 100 months in the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction.

The crimes occurred in October 2012 in Hickory. Williams robbed and assaulted a female victim outside the Ridgeview Library using a landscaping block during the robbery. The defendant stole a laptop computer and a purse. He was later identified by video surveillance and information received from investigative interviews.

Hickory Police Sgt. Dustin Nowatka handled the investigation and Assistant District Attorney Al Reeder prosecuted the case. The Honorable Linwood Foust presided over the convictions.

Williams will be transported to the Division of Adult Correction in Raleigh for processing.

This morning, students and parents gathered at two different locations to participate in Walk to School Day 2014.

International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day.

The event began in 1997 as a one-day event, and over time this event has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school.

Each year there is record breaking participation at schools all across the country, the event is always in October.

Oakwood Elementary School Principal, Ryan McCreary says "it's a great way for our students to exercise, and kick off an awesome day".  His school has participated in this event for several years, and today there were about 100 students walking to school.

The students met at the YMCA on 4th Street, and Trinity Holy Church on 6th Street in Hickory with signs and banners in preparation for another successful "Walk to School Day" event.

The City of Hickory’s Public Utilities Department has budgeted for evaluation and assessment of the downtown business district’s utility infrastructure.

Each of the drinking water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer systems are approaching the end of their useful lives and will require rehabilitation. The city’s Utilities Department, along with Gavel & Dorn Engineering, PLLC, is performing a full evaluation on the utility infrastructure. The city intends to combine all rehabilitation and construction at one time to minimize any disturbance.

Work will begin on October 15. Crews will perform manhole and closed circuit television inspections on the sanitary and storm sewer systems. The evaluation project should be complete in two to three days.

The project area runs along 2nd Street and 3rd Street N.W., between 2nd Avenue and Main Avenue N.W., and includes Trade Alley N.W. and 1st Avenue N.W. Customers should not experience any interruption in water or sewer service during the evaluation project.

For more information, contact the Public Utilities Department at 828-323-7427 or by email at jreid@hickorync.gov.

Wednesday, 08 October 2014 07:02

Bridge Replacement to Begin in Morganton

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On Monday, October 13, the N.C. Department of Transportation will begin replacing a bridge on Enola Road near Denton Avenue in south Morganton. Traffic will use an off-site detour while a portion of Enola Road is closed for the project.

Traffic headed south on Enola Road will be detoured around the construction site onto Old Colony Road, then Old N.C. 18 and back to Enola Road. Northbound traffic will reverse the route.

The existing bridge on Enola Road was built in 1963 and is considered functionally obsolete, which means the bridge was built to design standards no longer in use and needs to be replaced.

The project is scheduled for completion in early spring 2015. It is part of a $8.1 million contract to replace seven bridges in Buncombe, Burke, Madison, McDowell and Rutherford counties.

Wednesday, 08 October 2014 06:57

Caldwell Social Services Seeks Missing Girl

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The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Caldwell County Department of Social Services are asking for the public’s help in locating 16-year-old Makayla Worley.

Ms. Worley was last seen on August 31 when she left a Youth Shelter in Gastonia. Ms. Worley, who sometimes goes by “Kayla,” has long brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5’8” tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds.

She is believed to be in the Gaston or Mecklenburg county area.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Makayla Worley should contact the Caldwell Co. Department of Social Services at 828-426-8292, the Gastonia Police Department at 704-866-6702 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 800-843-5678.

Tuesday, 07 October 2014 14:58

Lenoir Man Faces Long List of Charges

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35-year-old Jonathan Baxter Miller of Fred Watson Place in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (October 6) on a long list of charges including felony obtaining property by false pretense (three counts), felony breaking & entering, felony larceny, felony possession of stolen goods, misdemeanor larceny (two counts), misdemeanor possession of stolen goods (two counts), misdemeanor injury to real property, misdemeanor injury to personal property and felony breaking & entering a motor vehicle (two counts).

Miller was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Lenoir.

At 2:05 a.m. on Sunday, October 5, Statesville Police responded to a reported vehicle larceny at 211 West Broad Street in Statesville. The victim parked his vehicle in the city parking lot next to 211 West Broad Street. The victim went out to the vehicle, started it and left it running while returning to Marty’s Bar & Grill. Approximately five minutes later, the victim returned and found that the car had been stolen.

Statesville Police put a bulletin out to surrounding agencies in an attempt to locate the stolen vehicle. At approximately 10:35 that morning, the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office responded to a vehicle fire next to a bridge on the 500 block of Branchwood Road. The vehicle was identified as the one stolen from West Broad Street. Police say the stolen vehicle was intentionally set on fire.

The Statesville Police Criminal Investigations Division is currently investigating the incident. Anyone with information regarding the incident should call Statesville Police at 704-878-3515 or Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340. Callers can remain anonymous and a cash reward is possible.

32-year-old Harlow Bart David Spurlock of Portsmouth, Virginia, along with 40-year-old James Mark Adams and 28-year-old Brian Eric Haseman, both of Norfolk, Virginia, were all arrested yesterday (October 6) by Lenoir Police. They were each charged with felony counts of manufacturing methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine, as well as misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed gun. Adams was also charged with felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.

Following their arrests, all three subjects were placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond for each set at $75,000, secured. No court dates are currently listed.

Tuesday, 07 October 2014 13:52

Wings of Freedom Tour to Come to Hickory Airport

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As part of the Collings Foundation’s 110-city nationwide Wings of Freedom Tour, a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine” WWII heavy bomber, a Consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft” WWII heavy bomber and a P-51 Mustang fighter will be at the Hickory Regional Airport in Hickory from October 15 through October 17. The tour is conducted in honor of the nation’s WWII veterans.

The event marks an opportunity for citizens to visit, explore and learn more about a rare part of aviation history. The B-17 is one of only eight in flying condition in the United States. The B-24J and full dual control P-51C Mustang are the sole remaining examples of their type flying in the world.

Visitors are invited to explore the aircraft inside and out. The cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12 for access to up-close viewing and tours through the inside of the aircraft. WWII Veterans can tour through the aircraft at no cost. Discounted rates are available for school groups. Visitors may also take a 30-minute flight aboard the aircraft. Flights on either the B-17 or B-24 are $450 per person. P-51 flights are $2,200 for a half hour and $3,200 for a full hour.

The tour will arrive at the airport at 2 p.m. on October 15 and will be on display at the airport’s Hickory Aviation Museum until the aircraft depart on October 17 after noon. Tours will take place from 2 p.m. through 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday; 9 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. on Thursday; and 9 a.m. through noon on Friday.

For reservations or more information, call 800-568-8924. More information is also available at www.collingsfoundation.org.