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36-year-old Bryan Douglas Rhoney was arrested today (August 16) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of stolen goods. Following the arrest, Rhoney was placed in jail in Morganton under $2,500 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Friday (August 18).

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 12:28

Man Charged With Shooting Ex-Girlfriend In Face

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48-year-old David Wayne Conn of King Wilkinson Road in Denver was arrested Tuesday (August 15) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with attempted first degree murder.

Conn was charged after he allegedly shot a woman in the face Tuesday night. Deputies were dispatched to the man’s residence at 5635 King Wilkinson Road at approximately 10:15 p.m. after he reported to the Lincoln County Communications Center that he had shot his ex-girlfriend. Officers arrived to find the victim at a nearby residence with a gunshot wound in the face. The victim was able to drive away from the scene to that location.   She had been shot with a .25 caliber pistol while sitting in her car. She was transported to CHS-Main in Charlotte where she is listed in serious but stable condition.

Conn was located by deputies in a horse trailer where he had been allowed to live by the property owner. He was taken into custody without incident. Conn initially reported that he shot 44-year-old Josephine Ann Brown, who lists a different King Wilkinson Road address, after she pointed a gun at him. But, according to a news release, Conn later admitted during an interview with officers that he shot the victim without provocation.

Conn was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center without bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (August 16).

Chemicals at break-in scene caused medical issues for a Burke County Sheriff's Deputy. The officer responded to a breaking and entering call on Tuesday (August 15), to a facility that had been closed for years. Within minutes of leaving the scene and while out at the next call for service, the deputy experienced some medical issues that were believed to be related to exposure to chemicals on the site of the B&E.

The deputy was transported to a local hospital where he was treated, observed, and released later that evening. Burke County Emergency Operations is working with North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regarding the site of the B&E. Any information regarding the site location and/or environmental impact should be directed to NC DENR.

36-year-old Joshua Lee Parsons was arrested Tuesday (August 15) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Parsons was arrested at an address on Old NC 10 in Hickory. Following the arrest, Parsons was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for September 11.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 06:06

Hickory City Council Approves Proposed "Brunch Bill"

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Hickory City Council met in regular session last night (August 16). Minutes, second readings and the consent agenda were approved unanimously.

Following a public hearing during which nobody spoke, City Council passed the proposed ordinance known as the "Brunch Bill", which is Senate Bill 155 allowing alcohol to be sold starting at 10 a.m. on Sundays. The item was approved unanimously.

Council also passed an amendment that offers a provision to allow the temporary keeping of large domestic animals used for ground clearing. That item was also passed unanimously, there were no speakers during the public hearing.

In addition last night, Deputy Chief of Police Reed Baer presented an annual Code Enforcement update, and Planning Director Brian Frazier presented considerations of updates to the Hickory by Choice 2030 comprehensive plan.

29-year-old Ashley Nicole Corpening of NE Cedar Street in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (August 15) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine, driving while license revoked, altered registration card or tag, and failure to appear. Corpening was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $7,500 secured bond and $1,965 cash appearance bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for August 17 and October 2.

28-year-old Thomas Seth Herman of East 19th Street in Newton was arrested Tuesday (August 15) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of heroin, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and carrying a concealed weapon. Herman was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled for today (August 16).

44-year-old Michele Renae Yount of McGee Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (August 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, obtaining property by false pretense, and possession of stolen property. Yount was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for Thursday (August 17).

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 05:34

Lenoir Woman Charged With Drug Offenses

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41-year-old Joanie Michelle Nelson of Blowing Rock Boulevard in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (August 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine and maintain a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance. Nelson was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (August 17).

29-year-old Michael Allen Poarch of Spencer Road in Conover was arrested Tuesday (August 15) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged with felony speeding to elude arrest, felony auto larceny, and misdemeanor resisting or obstructing a public officer. Poarch was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $48,000 secured bond. District Court dates are scheduled for tomorrow (August 17) and September 7.

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