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Wednesday, 25 November 2015 12:19

Church Break-ins Under Investigation In Burke County

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The Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division is currently investigating several breaking, entering, and larcenies to churches. The crimes have occurred within the past three weeks.

The first incident occurred at a church parsonage the second week of November in the northwestern part of Burke County. The remaining break-ins occurred during the early morning hours of Monday, November 23, in the area of US Highway 64 South. Also on Monday, the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation of a break-in to a church in the Golden Valley area just off of Highway 64 in which an undisclosed amount of cash was taken. The suspects are targeting cash boxes and safes.

Anyone who with information in regards to the crimes is asked to contact the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or 828-764-9505 or Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333. The Burke County Sheriff’s Office wants the public to be aware of these recent crimes and advise churches and places of worship to not leave valuables/currency in the church.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 10:06

Residential Fire Fought In Morganton

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On Tuesday (November 24), at 4:13 a.m., the Morganton Department of Public Safety responded to a residential house fire at 126 Amherst Road. Upon arrival, firefighters saw light smoke and learned from the homeowner that there was fire burning in the basement of the residence in the breaker box.

According to a news release from Public Safety, firefighters acted quickly after the electric meter was pulled and suppressed the fire in the basement. Firefighters checked for and located fire extension on the main floor and continued fire suppression tactics before it was extinguished. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control at approximately 4:33 a.m. Firefighters remained on scene until 6:16 a.m.

No one was injured as a result of the fire; however, as a precaution, Burke County EMS responded to the scene until the fire was under control. The cause of the fire appears to be from a breaker box in the basement overheating.

A water line break on Inglewood Drive in Morganton left about 25 homes without water service this morning (Wednesday, November 25). The break was reported at approximately 7:45 a.m. City of Morganton Water Resources workers shut off water service to Inglewood Drive at approximately 9 a.m. The workers hoped to have the leak repaired by this afternoon, barring any unforeseen issues.

An arrest has been made in connection with an accident in Hickory in August that resulted in a fatality. 42-year-old Roy John Bolick IV of 21st Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (November 24) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony hit and run fail to stop with personal injury.

The charge is in connection with an accident on August 9 in Hickory. At 4:07 a.m. on that date, a 2014 Kia Soul struck a utility pole on 17th Street NW near Main Avenue NW. The vehicle left the scene and parked behind a residence, where the driver then left on foot.

Erik Boyles of Hickory, an unrestrained passenger in the vehicle, sustained critical injuries due to the collision and was left at the scene. Boyles was eventually transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where he later passed away. Bolick has been identified as the driver in the incident. Bond for Bolick was set at $15,000 secured, A District Court date is scheduled for Monday (November 30).

39-year-old Heather Nicole Bradshaw was arrested Tuesday (November 24) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance. Bradshaw was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (November 30).

36-year-old Melissa Dawn Weaver was arrested Tuesday (November 24) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture schedule I controlled substance, and resist, delay, or obstruct an officer. Weaver was placed in jail in Morganton under $16,500 secured bond. A District Court date is set for next Monday (November 30).

An estimated one-million, 353-thousand North Carolinians are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday, a point-six-percent increase over last year. According to Triple-A Carolinas, nearly 90% of those travelers, about one-million, 221-thousand will drive to their destinations a point-seven-percent increase over 2014. Those travelers taking a road trip are expected to experience the lowest gas prices since 2008.

Gas prices in North Carolina have declined steadily over the past few months. The statewide average had dropped to $2.07 at the beginning of this week, that's down 70 cents from last year’s Thanksgiving holiday, when the average was $2.77.

The Thanksgiving holiday period is defined as today through Sunday. The highest number of travelers on the road were likely to depart for their destinations today and most will return on Sunday.

Thanksgiving is one of the most dangerous holidays for motorists due to its five-day length and the heavy traffic caused by the high number of travelers on the road. Last year, the number of deaths on North Carolina highways during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend nearly tripled the previous year with 32 fatalities compared to 12 in 2013.

Those driving through North Carolina will encounter the highest average price per gallon of unleaded gas in Asheville at $2.15; the least expensive average price is in the Greensboro-Winston Salem-High Point area at $2.03.

North Carolina motorists can expect to see lower gas prices in the bordering states of South Carolina ($1.88), Virginia ($1.94), Tennessee ($1.93), and Georgia ($2.05).

About 46,000 North Carolinians will travel by air, up 0.1% from last year. Those flying will experience cheaper airfares than last Thanksgiving. Airfares are projected to decrease 10%, landing at an average of $169 roundtrip across the top domestic flight routes.

An estimated 39,700 travelers will use other modes of transportation such as train, bus or boat, a 1.4% decrease from last year.

Hotel rates are expected to remain flat, with travelers spending an average of $155 per night for AAA Three Diamond Rated lodgings. Daily car rental rates are 8% higher than last Thanksgiving and will average $60.

For the latest on construction delays, go to the North Carolina Department of Transportation website, www.ncdot.gov. Click on Travel & Maps and then on the Traveler Information Management System for up-to-date traffic information related to closed travel lanes, accidents or expected congestion due to special events.

As families travel over the river and through the woods for Thanksgiving celebrations, the North Carolina Department of Transportation will suspend most road construction activities on major routes across the state to help make holiday trips a little smoother. By avoiding traffic delays, motorists can reach their destinations safely and efficiently, while cutting down on fuel consumption and costs.

NCDOT will put on hold most construction projects along interstate, North Carolina, and U.S. routes from now until midnight, Sunday. There are exceptions to this across the state, several of those projects are in eastern North Carolina. In western North Carolina, eastbound U.S. 74 in Cleveland County has a one-lane pattern just east of Sandy Run Creek bridges and a one-lane detour route along new ramps for Peachtree Road and back to U.S. 74. In Haywood County, the outside lane of westbound I-40 at Exit 15 is closed due to damaged girders under the bridge; and U.S. 23/74 in Jackson County has lane closures in place for bridgework.

DOT has additional tips for navigating the highways safely during the holiday travel season. Leave early to get a head start on your drive. Travel at non-peak hours when possible.   Stay alert. Even if work is suspended, you may encounter narrowed lanes and traffic shifts in work zones. Be patient and obey the posted speed limit. Use alternate routes, when possible, to avoid traffic congestion. Stay informed. Real-time travel information is available online and over the phone by dialing 511. Don’t drive drowsy. Travel at times when you are normally awake, and take frequent breaks. Avoid distracted driving. When drivers stop focusing on the road ahead, they react more slowly to traffic conditions and are more likely to be involved in an accident.

For real-time travel information at any time, visit the Travel section of the NCDOT website or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

In addition, the Thanksgiving “Click It or Ticket” campaign is now underway and will run through November 29. Law enforcement officers are stepping up patrols statewide, watching for people who aren’t buckled up.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 05:58

Lenoir Man Charged With Weapon Offense

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50-year-old Ralph Garland Prestwood of Zacks Fork Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (November 24) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Following the arrest, Prestwood was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. His next appearance in District Court is scheduled for December 17.

25-year-old Dillion Ray Byrd of Sandy Acres Lane in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (November 24) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony violation of house arrest. Byrd was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bond. His next appearance in District Court is scheduled for January 26.