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Hickory Police received reports of three bomb threats last night (May 20). In all three cases, the calls came from a private number and were made by a male caller who said that there was a bomb at each location he called.

The first call came in at 7:38 p.m. at the Wal-Mart store on Highway 70 S.E. The second call, received at 9:20 p.m. was at the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market on Highway 70 S.W., followed by a third call at the Dollar General store on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. That call came in at 9:58 p.m.

The two Wal-Mart stores were evacuated. The Dollar General store was already in the process of closing for the evening.

Police responded to all three locations. No evidence of any explosives was found.

Anyone with information regarding the bomb threats should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

Some Hickory residents may have experienced discolored water due to high demand on the utility system this morning. This discoloration is a temporary situation and may not be noticed by all customers of the system in the affected areas. The water is safe to drink and use as normal. Public Utilities staff will be performing targeted flushing of the system but does not plan to perform system wide flushing since this would only serve to increase demand on the system further and work to make the issue worse instead of better.

In a news release the City of Hickory Public Utilities Department says they appreciate customers understanding and patience as they resolve this issue. Refrain from using hot water as soon as possible after experiencing discoloration to prevent the hot water heater from getting discolored. They suggest that anyone affected by the water discoloration should refrain from washing light colored items during the time of the discoloration.

If you have had an issue, and your discoloration persists into Friday, please call (828) 323-7500 to report your name and address so that staff can get a copy of your information.

32-year-old Melinda Nicole Curtis of Dry Ponds Road in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (May 20) by Lenoir Police Officers. She’s charged with traffic in opium or heroin and failure to appear for a misdemeanor probation violation. Following the arrest, Curtis was detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,600 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, May 21).

Thursday, 21 May 2015 05:22

Fire Destroys Burke County Home

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A Burke County home was destroyed in a Wednesday fire. Morganton Department of Public Safety firefighters were called out to the residence, located at 213 Inglewood Drive in Morganton, early Wednesday morning and had the fire under control by around 7:30 a.m. According to a published report, Public Safety called in additional manpower from Salem Fire and Rescue, Drexel Fire Department, and Triple Community Fire Department. Approximately 20 firefighters fought the blaze.

Firefighters remained at the scene until just after 11 a.m. The home is a total loss, The report says the owners did manage to salvage a vehicle. There were no injuries in the fire. Officials say the fire started in the garage, and the cause seemed to be electrical in nature.

Burke County Commissioners discussed the new jail project during a work session held on Wednesday. According to a published report, the board is now considering building the jail on county-owned property on Government Drive. The property they discussed is where the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility currently are located.

According to the report, the consensus of the board was to continue to pursue a new location for the jail following Morganton City Council's recent decision not to close a portion of Bouchelle Street for the jail to be built downtown behind the courthouse. Prior to that decision, commissioners were looking at that site for a new jail.

In the report Board of Commissioners Vice Chairman Wayne Abele said the city council helped make commissioners’ decision to look elsewhere. The report also quotes Abele saying that he is really ticked off at the city because he felt commissioners were led on.

The published report says discussion regarding the jail during the work session included building a justice center at the Government Drive property that would incorporate a courthouse. If that were to transpire, the magistrate’s office, clerk of courts and district attorney’s office would be moved to that location. A result of that would be to free up the current 30,000-squre-foot courthouse in downtown Morganton to consolidate county offices there, as well as the possibility of moving Burke County Public Schools administration offices to that building. Currently, school administration offices share a building on Parker Road with county Social Services and health department. Social Services officials have told commissioners they are running out of space in their portion of the building.

The report says that architect Jack Hemphill said there is enough county-owned property on Government Drive for the desired 256-bed jail along with a courthouse, and there would be room for expansion in the future. Commissioners did ask county Finance Director Paul Ijames about interest rates and whether a jail and courthouse could be built without raising taxes. Ijames said he couldn’t give commissioners that answer at this point.

22-year-old Kaden Von-Drehle Bishop of Edgefield Lane in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (May 20) on three felony counts of breaking & entering a motor vehicle, one felony count of possession of stolen goods or property and two counts of misdemeanor larceny.

Events leading to his arrest began on May 19 when Police responded to an early-morning 9-1-1 call from a resident in the Waterford Hills neighborhood in Hickory’s Mountain View area regarding a silver Hyundai parked at the end of the 1800 block on Waterbury Court. The caller said he saw a man exit the vehicle and walk through several yards in the neighborhood.

Hickory Police and Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on the scene, found the vehicle and located the man, Kaden Bishop, near the entrance to the development. Officers were not aware of any crime that had been committed, so Bishop was released.

Later the same day, residents found that a number of items were taken from several unlocked vehicles in the neighborhood. Bishop was taken into custody without incident the next day at his residence. A search warrant was executed at Bishop’s residence, leading to the discovery of the some of the stolen items, as well as other items stolen from Newton residents. Some of the stolen property was returned to its owners.

Bishop has been confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $10,800 secured bond. A District Court appearance was set for tomorrow (May 22).

39-year-old Christina Jean-Marie Frye of Naked Creek in Conover was arrested Wednesday (May 20) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession of marijuana, habitual felon, prostitution, and maintaining a place for prostitution. Following the arrest, Frye was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $11,000 bond. Her next court date is in District Court June 9.

36-year-old Robert Daniel Deese of Track Place SW in Conover was arrested Wednesday (May 20) by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. He’s charged with second-degree kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, attempted murder, possession of a firearm by a felon, and felony probation violation. Following the arrest, Deese was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (May 22).

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 17:57

Teacher fired for watching porn at school

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A substitute teacher in Caldwell county was fired earlier this month for allegedly looking at porn during school hours, we learned about the incident this morning, WHKY reporter Fentress chestnut was at the school this afternoon.

The incident happened at Gamewell Middle school on May 5th. Caldwell county school district says a student said they walked by a classroom, where they saw what the teacher was watching on the computer. Administrators were notified, and then the district handled the situation from there.

Reporter, Fentress chestnut said parents were shocked when they found out, most of them were not aware until she told them.
Caldwell county schools information officer told Fentress that a student walked by the classroom and saw what the teacher was looking at on the computer.

The teacher was on his personal account when he tried accessing naughtygirls.net, a porn site. While the teacher did not attempt to show students, being on that type of website while using the school districts network is in violation of the school policy.  The school board called the teacher in for a meeting, where he was terminated two days later on May 7.

Law enforcement was notified of the incident, but no charges were filed, and no charges will be filed against the teacher. Because this incident is not a crime, we will lot release the teachers name or show his face.

While the school board did terminate the employee quickly, some parents were still upset that they were not notified immediately.

The teacher had been working with the Caldwell County school system for six months before the incident.

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33-year-old Raymond Dewayne Ramseur has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on five counts each of possession with intent to sell & deliver cocaine and sale & delivery of cocaine, as well as one count each for the manufacture, sale, delivery or possession of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and felony possession of cocaine.

Early yesterday morning (May 19), the Sheriff’s Narcotics Investigation Unit and members of the Sheriff’s Special Emergency Response Team executed a search warrant at a residence on Lerain Court in Statesville. The warrant stemmed from a month-long investigation into the sale of crack cocaine in the south Statesville area. During the investigation, numerous purchases of crack cocaine were made from Raymond Dewayne Ramseur at multiple locations.

Ramseur and two other individuals were present when Investigators entered the home. A search was conducted and several items consistent with the sale of crack cocaine were located and seized.

Ramseur was placed under a $150,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today.

Ramseur has an extensive criminal history and is currently on probation for two counts of possession with intent to sell cocaine.