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Friday, 24 July 2015 14:24

Gas Leak in Lenoir Causes Street Blockage

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A street in Lenoir was blocked off for over an hour this morning after a gas line was hit.  The incident occurred just before 9 a.m. at a home at the intersection of Pennton Avenue and Westview Street in Lenoir’s Kentwood neighborhood.  No one was injured, but the home had to be evacuated to allow crews to work.  Lenoir Fire & Rescue and Piedmont Natural Gas responded to the scene to stop the leak.

Friday, 24 July 2015 11:34

School Supplies Drive Coming Up In Morganton

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The City of Morganton Parks and Recreation Department is holding a school supplies donation drive at the Mountain View Recreation Center Aug. 17-19. The donation drive will help local children get the basic supplies they need to help them succeed in the classroom, and will also help parents who may not be able to afford these items for their children.

The event will be taking place from August 17-19 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. each day. Supplies needed include Backpacks, Pencils, Pens, Crayons, Markers, Highlighters, Colored Pencils, Pencil boxes/Cases, Notebook Dividers, Paper, Spiral Bound Notebooks, 3-Ring Binders, Erasers, Rulers, Scissors, Glue Sticks, and two Pocket Folders.

Parents can pick up supplies August 22, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Ishmail Berry with Fleming’s Barber Shop will provide free haircuts for students Sunday, August 23, from noon to 3:00 p.m.

34-year-old Linsey Ann Cowles was arrested Thursday (July 24) by authorities in Burke County. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, and misdemeanor larceny by changing price tag. Following the arrest, Cowles was placed in jail under $8,000 secured bond. A first court appearance was scheduled for today. 

26-year-old Dominic Karan Derr of Heritage View Drive in Hickory was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police at about 7:35 last night (July 23) on one count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance.

The incident occurred in April 2015 at the City of Hickory parking deck on the 200 block of 1st Avenue N.W. Police saw two subjects loitering in a vehicle there. Officers approached, smelled marijuana and saw a baggie. The baggie contained 95.2 grams of marijuana, which was attributed to Derr.

The passenger, Antonio Devon Glover, was also charged at the time with possessing two grams of cocaine.

Derr was taken into custody without incident Thursday at a hotel on Fairgrove Church Road. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton.

23-year-old Isaac Sebastian Bolick of Cedar Place SW in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (July 23) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, and felony sell and deliver marijuana. Following the arrest, Bolick was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond.

The Hickory Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred late last night (July 23). Officers responded to the incident in the parking lot at the Rite-Aid store on highway 127 North in Hickory.

Police say the shooting occurred at 10:02 p.m. and may have been the result of road rage. The victim allegedly followed the shooter into the parking lot. An argument ensued, followed by a shooting.

The victim, a 39-year-old white male from Hickory, was reportedly wounded in the neck. He was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center and then transported to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. No update on his condition is available.

Police reportedly reviewed surveillance video overnight in an effort to identify the shooter. Police would say only that the suspect is a male who fled the scene in his vehicle. No additional information regarding the possible suspect has been released.

Anyone with information should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

We have more details on a fire at an apartment complex in Hickory Thursday morning. A cause was also determined by fire investigators.

According to a news release from the Hickory Fire Department, at approximately 8:47 a.m. Thursday, Hickory firefighters were dispatched to a reported fire at 655 7th Ave. S.W. which is the address for Valley Creek Apartments. Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder, one rescue truck, and two command units.

Upon arrival, firefighters found smoke coming from an apartment in the eight unit building. Firefighters quickly evacuated several residents and one dog from the two story apartment complex. When firefighters entered a downstairs apartment, they encountered fire inside. They were able to quickly extinguish the fire and clear the smoke out of the apartment above.

Three residents were treated for smoke inhalation on the scene. One resident was later transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. One apartment was heavily damaged by the fire and the one above it sustained smoke damage.

The Red Cross responded to the scene and will be helping families who were displaced as a result of the fire. Fire Investigators determined the fire was caused by an unattended candle that was too close to combustible objects.

[NOTE:  the address for Valley Creek Apartments has been corrected to show 655 7th Ave. S.W., rather than 655 7th Ave. S.E., as it was initially listed.]

43-year-old William Devere Sisk of Williams Road in Morganton was arrested Thursday (July 23) by Hudson Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking and or entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods or property. Following the arrest, Sisk was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Facility under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (July 27).

Friday, 24 July 2015 05:05

Most Wanted Suspects Sought In Burke County

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The Burke County Sheriff's Office is currently seeking most wanted suspects. The following suspects are among those being sought.

30-year-old Brandy Christina Poole is on felony warrants charging her with Failing to Report Sex Offense and Failing to Report New Address. Poole's last known address was 4085 Snowhill Church Road, Lot A-2, in Morganton.

42-year-old Eric Sherard Jones is wanted on a felony warrant charging him with Failure to Report New Address as a sex offender. His last known address was 2464 US 70 in Morganton.

32-year-old Jonathan David Brittain is wanted by the Burke County Sheriff’s Office for multiple misdemeanor offenses for assault and larceny. His last known address was 3921 Owens Mountain Avenue in Connelly Springs.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of these suspects, you are asked to contact the Burke County Sheriff's Office. You can call 828-438-5500, or e-mail admin@burkesheriff.org.

43-year-old Michael James Kiers of North Terrace Place in Morganton was arrested Thursday (July 23) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with trafficking opium or heroin, and possession with intent to sell and deliver MDPV, also known as bath salts. Following the arrest, Kiers was incarcerated at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, July 24).