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31-year-old Savannah Helene Underwood of Lincoln Street in Lincolnton was arrested Saturday (May 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of heroin. Following the arrest, Underwood was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, May 16).

Suspects have been arrested and charged in connection with the armed robbery of a Walgreens pharmacy in Hickory, one of the suspects is also charged in connection with the robbery of a convenience store in Caldwell County.

On Friday (May 13) 16-year-old Trystan Lee McClain of 20th Avenue Drive NE and 17-year-old Ahmad Shakim Smith of 1st Street NW, both from Hickory, were both arrested by Hickory Police Officers. They're charged with one count apiece of robbery with a dangerous weapon in connection with the armed robbery that occurred at approximately 3:45 a.m. last Thursday (May 12) at Walgreens at 2915 North Center Street.

McClain was also served with an outstanding arrest warrant for robbery with a dangerous weapon from the Granite Falls Police Department for the armed robbery that occurred at approximately 3 a.m. on Thursday at the Murphy Express convenience store at 4820 Hickory Boulevard in Granite Falls.

McClain was being held in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond, Smith's bond was set at $50,000. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today. McClain is also scheduled to appear in court Tuesday (May 17).

Investigators with the Hickory Police Department and the Granite Falls Police Department are still actively investigating both cases.

Monday, 16 May 2016 06:00

Hickory City Council Meets Tuesday Night

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Hickory City Council meets in regular session Tuesday night (May 17). Among the items on Tuesday's agenda, under the reaffirmation and ratification of second readings the board will vote on a pair of measures. One is the acceptance of the North Carolina Deparment of Transportation Municipal Maintenance Agreements, the other is the approval of a supplemental agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation for the roundabouts on Sandy Ridge Road at 21st Avenue NE and 29th Avenue Drive NE.  

Under new business, Hickory City Council will discuss the  approval to purchase the Town of Long View Water Pump Station and Intake in the amount of $401,852.55. On March 10, 2014 City Council approved an agreement to purchase water with the Town of Long View. A condition of the contract included the lease of the town's water pump station and intake property. Long View has notified the City of Hickory Public Utilities Department of their desire to sell the property.

Under persons requesting to be heard, Mr. Billy Sudderth will speak to City Council regarding the Multipurpose Resource Center at Ridgeview.

Council will also go into closed session to discuss closed session minutes and potential litigation. Tuesday's Hickory City Council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building at 76 North Center Street in Hickory.

Monday, 16 May 2016 05:57

Man Struck And Killed In Morganton Roadway

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On Sunday (May 15) at approximately 9:15 p.m., Morganton Department of Public Safety officers responded to a motor vehicle accident where a pedestrian was struck and killed on West Fleming Drive. The victim, identified as 34-year-old Isaac Tomoteo Ortiz Berduo of Morganton had been struck by a small pickup truck driven by a 21-year-old Nebo resident.

The driver of the pickup truck was traveling West, and struck Berdue, who was walking East in the middle of the travel lane near the ABC Store on West Fleming Drive. The driver of the truck could not see Berduo in time to miss him due to the darkness. No charges have been filed pending the investigation outcome.

Multiple felony charges were filed against a man arrested in Morganton following an incident in which an officer's vehicle was struck by the vehicle driven by the suspect. According to the Morganton Department of Public Safety, on Saturday (May 14) at approximately 1 a.m., Public Safety Officers were involved in a vehicle chase after an officer attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic infraction.  

The suspect vehicle struck a patrol vehicle twice before exiting the vehicle and fleeing on foot. The driver was taken into custody a short time later and identified as 36-year-old Trone Lamon Donell Francis. The officer whose vehicle was struck was treated at CHS Morganton for minor injuries and was released for full duty.

Francis was charged with felony counts of flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and assault with a deadly weapon on a government official. He's also charged with driving while impaired. Following the arrest, bond was set at $43,000. Francis was not listed as an inmate in Burke County as of this morning (Monday, May 16). He was scheduled to appear in court today.

29-year-old Bruce Aaron Bradberry of Murrays Mill Road in Catawba was arrested Sunday (May 15) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Bradberry was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, May 16).

Monday, 16 May 2016 05:20

Newton Man Charged With Vehicle Break-in

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21-year-old Travis Hunter Edwards of Ann Avenue in Newton was arrested Saturday (May 14) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with a felony count of break or enter a motor vehicle, along with misdemeanor counts of attempt to break or enter a building and injury to real property. Edwards was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $9,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, May 16).

Monday, 16 May 2016 05:12

Caldwell County Commissioners Meet Tonight

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The Caldwell County Board of Commissioners meets this evening (Monday, May 16) in regular session.

The board will conduct a pair of public hearings at this evening's meeting. One is to receive comments on an amendment to the zoning ordinance regarding Solar Energy Systems. In addition, a public hearing will be held to receive comments on an amendment to section 40B of the Zoning Ordinance regarding the definition of a private club.

In addition during tonight's meeting, budget allocation requests will be presented for Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute and the Caldwell County Schools. Under items for decision, the board will vote on an offer to purchase property from the Caldwell County Schools.

Among items on the consent agenda is the cancellation of the June 20 meeting, and the approval of a fireworks display permit for Sawmills Veterans Park.

Tonight's Caldwell County Board of Commissioners meeting gets underway at 6 p.m. in the City/County Meeting Room at the Alden E. Starnes Administrative Building at 905 West Avenue NW in Lenoir.

39-year-old Todd Michael Morrell of Lyon Hill Lane in Huntersville has been arrested by Lincolnton Police on a charge of felony soliciting a minor for sexual activity by a computer & appearing at the meeting place.

The arrest was the result of a weeklong investigation in which an undercover Detective posed as a 14-year-old child on social media. The Detective interacted with Morrell and exchanged emails. Morrell solicited the Detective, who he believed to be a 14-year-old child, to meet for sexual activity.

Detectives set up a sting operation, and when Morrell arrived at the prearranged location, he was taken into custody without incident. Following the arrest, Detectives learned that Morrell had booked a local hotel room for the prearranged encounter. Detectives searched the room where they found evidence related to the case.

On Tuesday (May 10), Morrell was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $100,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled Wednesday, with his next court date coming up on June 2.

65-year-old Willie Junior Walker of Tammy Lane in Mooresville was arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Deputies on May 2 for two separate offenses involving charges of assault on a female and interfering with emergency communications. The incident took place on East Water Street in Statesville.

Walker was given a $15,500 bond. Due to the nature of the charges, he was given pretrial release conditions that prohibited him from having contact with the victim. The victim also applied for a Domestic Violence Protection Order and was granted a temporary Ex-Parte, stipulating that Walker was to have no contact with her. Officers served the order and told Walker he would be arrested if he contacted the victim.

Det. Sgt. Katie Harwell of the Special Victims Unit then learned that Walker had violated the Domestic Violence Protection order by calling the victim on May 2, after he had been served with the order. An additional warrant for Walker’s arrest was issued and he was taken into custody on May 6.

He was initially held without bond. Following a first appearance in court on May 9, Walker was given an additional bond of $30,000, bringing the total bond to $45,500. His next court dates were set for May 31 and June 6.