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Monday, 05 October 2015 05:34

Lenoir Man Charged With Multiple Felony Offenses

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26-year-old Matthew Charles Minton of Blowing Rock Boulevard in Lenoir was arrested Friday (October 2) by Probation and Parole officers. He’s charged with felony counts of probation violation, attempted breaking and entering, and breaking and entering to a motor vehicle along with misdemeanor resist, delay, and obstructing an officer. Minton was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $135,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, October 5).

Unemployment rates dropped in all of the counties in the Greater Hickory Metro according to the latest report issued by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division. Each county’s jobless rate decreased by the same amount, two-tenths of a percent.

According to the report, which reflects unemployment rates in the month of August, Catawba County’s jobless rate dropped to 6 percent even from 6.2 percent. Alexander County’s unemployment rate is now 5.4 percent, that’s down from 5.6 percent in July. Burke County’s unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent, down from 6.3 percent. In Caldwell County, unemployment is now 6.6 percent, down from 6.8 in July.

The Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA saw it’s unemployment rate decrease from 6.3 percent in July to 6.1 percent in the most recent report. That’s the 8th highest unemployment rate out of 15 MSAs in the state.

Unemployment rates decreased in 86 out of North Carolina’s 100 counties, increased in four counties, and remained unchanged in 10 counties. The state’s highest unemployment rate is in Scotland County at 11.4 percent, the lowest is in Buncombe County at 4.6 percent. The state’s unemployment rate is 6.1 percent, just like the local counties and MSAs rate that’s a two-tenths of a percent decrease from 6.3 percent in July.

Monday, 05 October 2015 04:56

Wastewater Discharge Reported In Hickory

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The City of Hickory had a discharge of untreated wastewater on Saturday (October 3) of an undetermined volume at the 1800 Block of 9th St Ct, NW. The untreated wastewater was discharged into Lake Hickory on the Catawba River Basin.

The Division of Water Resources was notified of the event on Saturday and is reviewing the matter. The City of Hickory reports that the water is safe following the discharge. For more information contact the City of Hickory Public Utilities Department at (828) 323-7427.

Friday, 02 October 2015 14:08

Florida Man Arrested in Hickory on Drug Charges

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53-year-old Michael James Vassil of Margate, Florida was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (October 2) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested as Officers on patrol at the Quality Suites hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. smelled marijuana coming from a hotel room. A search was conducted, leading to the discovery of 0.01 grams of crack cocaine, 0.9 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Vassil was one of five subjects in the room. He took responsibility for the drugs. The other subjects present were not charged.

Vassil was taken into custody without incident at 1:47 a.m. and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

17-year-old Tristan Alexander Erdman of 1st Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before seven o’clock last night (October 1) on two felony counts each of larceny after breaking & entering and breaking & entering a motor vehicle. He was also charged with one count of misdemeanor larceny.

He was arrested in connection to vehicle break-ins on September 26 & 30 at the parking deck in downtown Hickory. On the 26th, a Bluetooth speaker, earrings and some chance were taken. A car charger and some cigarettes were stolen in the second incident. One vehicle was locked and one was not.

Investigators reviewed video surveillance footage and were able to identify Erdman as the suspect. He was taken into custody without incident on the 200 block of 1st Avenue N.W. in downtown Hickory.

Erdman was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

Friday, 02 October 2015 12:53

Lenoir Woman Charged With Multiple Drug Offenses

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19-year-old Destiny Marie Cozart of Lady Bug Lane in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (October 1) by Lenoir Police Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, along with misdemeanor counts of larceny, possession of stolen goods or property, shoplifting with concealment of goods, and simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance. Cozart was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $26,500 secured bond. She was scheduled to make her first District Court appearance Thursday (October 1). Her next appearance in District Court is scheduled for December 17.

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will consider a resolution of intent to sell or convey Catawba County Home Health, when it meets beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Monday (October 5), at the Catawba Valley Community College Workforce Development Innovation Center at 2601 21st Street Drive SE in Hickory. The Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed sale at its meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, November 2, at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 N. College Avenue in Newton.

The Board will also consider a proposed Economic Development Agreement Monday between the County and Axjo America, Inc., which plans to up-fit and/or equip an existing manufacturing facility in Conover, invest a minimum of $11.1 million, and create 14 new jobs and retain 15 existing jobs over five years. And the Board will receive from the County Tax Collector the annual Fiscal Report and Settlement of 2014 taxes for Fiscal Year July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.

The 9:30 a.m. regular meeting will take place during the Board’s day long retreat at the Workforce Development Innovation Center that will begin at 8 a.m. with an update of progress Emergency Management has made in meeting a Board goal to, “review the County’s emergency management program for improvements designed to provide efficient and effective pre-hospital emergency services, reduce loss of life and human suffering, minimize property damage and protect areas from disasters”. After the regular meeting at 9:30 a.m., the Board will discuss setting a vision for the County; the Board’s goals for Fiscal Year 2016-2017; code enforcement; the Board’s regular meeting space; economic develpoment incentives; sharing among commissioners of information about the boards and committees on which they serve; and an update on preliminary plans and a schedule for a planned Mountain Creek Park.

Caldwell County Emergency Services is asking citizens to prepare for possible flooding due to heavy rain that is expected to fall beginning today (Friday, October 2) and lasting through the weekend.

Emergency personal in Caldwell County including fire, rescue, law enforcement and EMS met this morning for a briefing on the current forecast and to make preliminary plans to handle potential emergency situations as they arise over the course of this storm. The Caldwell County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be activated as conditions warrant.

Citizens are asked to please be prepared for heavy rain resulting in flooding, power outages, trees down, etc. Everyone should have a plan as to what they will do in an emergency and have on hand water, imperishable food and prescription medicines for each person in their household to last several days.

For more information on what to have on hand and how to prepare, go to www.readync.org and click on Plan and Prepare.

Citizens are also encouraged to sign up for emergency weather alerts on the CodeRed warning system for Caldwell County. To sign up, go to the Caldwell County website at www.caldwellcountync.org and and click on the CodeRed link on the front page.

34-year-old Melissa Sue Orduna of Sandhill Court in Hudson was arrested Thursday (October 1) by Granite Falls Police Officers. She’s charged with five felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense and one felony count of identity theft. Orduna was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for Monday (October 5).

35-year-old Bradley Scott Ashley of Gentry Circle in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (October 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony solicit a child by computer with the purpose of committing a sex act and appearing. Ashley was also charged by Probation and Parole officers with probation violation. He was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. He’s scheduled to appear in court Monday (October 5).