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45-year-old Brian Kelly Ferguson of NW Rankin Street in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (September 13) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon. Ferguson was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, September 15).

The 13th Caldwell is Hiring will feature 49 companies offering a total of more than 1,800 jobs. The event will be held today (Thursday, September 15) from 8:30 a.m. until 12 noon at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir.

Companies attending include Labor Connections, Caldwell UNC Health Care, Bemis, Hickory Springs, Fiserv, Leviton, Bernhardt Furniture, Lee Industries, Catawba Valley Staffing,  Bayada,   Sealed Air, Convergys, and many more. Several of the companies attending currently have 50 or more jobs available.

For more information on today's Caldwell is Hiring event go to

25-year-old Tess Alexandria Craig of 19th Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (September 14) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with obtain controlled substance by fraud or forgery and misdemeanor probation violation. The charges are on warrants from 2014. Craig was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court date is set for October 24.

A brief power outage is planned for 7 a.m. today (Thursday, September 15) in the northern part of the City of Morganton. The City Electric Services Department has to replace a faulty voltage regulator at one of the City’s electric system substations. In order to replace the equipment, a brief outage is needed to switch affected customers to a different electrical circuit.

The outage should last less than one minute. Customers living on the following streets will be affected: Wedgewood Drive, Wedgewood Court, Lenoir Road, Mulberry Hill, Furnifold Street, Holly Place, Laurel Hills Drive, Wilson Street, Water Filter Plant Road, Williams Street, Moses Street, Abee Street.

To report any power issues, call 828-438-5277

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 13:54

Troutman Man Accused of Stabbing His Brother

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48-year-old Jeffery Lamont Moore of Fern Hill Road in Troutman has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

He was arrested after Officers responded to the Fern Hill Road area on Monday afternoon (September 12) after receiving a 9-1-1 call reporting a stabbing. Emergency Communications told Deputies who were en route to the scene that two brothers were fighting and one brother had stabbed the other repeatedly.

Before Deputies arrived, one brother left the scene on a moped, traveling toward Troutman. Based on a description of the suspect and the moped, the suspect was stopped a few minutes later, just north of Troutman on Shelton Avenue.

Deputies arrived at Fern Hill Road and found the victim suffering from numerous stab wounds to his head, torso and hands. He was taken by E.M.S. to the emergency room at Iredell Memorial Hospital for treatment of his wounds. According to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office, the victim’s wounds did not appear to be life-threatening. He is expected to recover.

The suspect was taken into custody and interviewed. The victim and other witness were also interviewed.

Following his arrest, the suspect, Jeffery Lamont Moore, is being held in the Iredell County jail under a $50,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on September 26.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 12:53

Man Charged With Robbing Neighbor's Home Multiple Times

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41-year-old Kevin Scott Queen of Newton Drive in Statesville was arrested last Friday (September 9) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with four counts of breaking and entering, two counts of larceny of a firearm, two counts of larceny after breaking and entering, and three counts of obtaining property by false pretenses.

According to a news release issued today (Wednesday, September 14), Queen is charged with breaking into his neighbor’s house on at least four separate occasions. The Sheriff’s Office first received a report of a break-in at the Newton Drive residence back in March and a second break-in a few days later. In both break-ins, guns were stolen from the house while the homeowner was gone to work.

Detectives followed up on the cases, but at the time, had no leads or suspects. Over the weekend of Friday September 2, the homeowner reported that his house was broken into once again while he was gone to work. This time, tools and hunting equipment were stolen. On the very next day, Saturday September 3, the homeowner reported a fourth break-in where his basement was entered by force and more tools were stolen.

The investigation revealed that the neighbor who lives across the street, Kevin Scott Queen, had pawned the victim’s stolen items on the same day the items were stolen during the break-ins. It was learned that Queen had outstanding warrants for violating his probation. Warrants were issued for Kevin Scott Queen and he was arrested at his home. He was placed in jail under $50,000 bond. He's scheduled to appear in District and Superior Court on October 3.

26-year-old Arsenio Antoine Malone of Morganton, was sentenced to serve five to seven years in prison following his guilty plea to drug and assault charges during Burke County Superior Court on Tuesday (Sept. 13).

The Honorable W. Todd Pomeroy, Superior Court Judge from Lincoln County, imposed the sentence for Malone, who pleaded guilty to trafficking in opiates by possession and assault by strangulation inflicting serious injury. Malone will serve his prison term in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections.

The Burke County Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at the defendant’s residence on June 7, 2015, finding two pill bottles in a bathroom that contained a total of 32 Oxycodone pills. The weight was greater than 4 grams, leading to the trafficking charge.

On October 3, 2015, officers from Morganton Department of Public Safety responded to call for a domestic disturbance at Malone’s residence. When they arrived, officers spoke with the victim of an assault and documented injuries to her neck and face. She told them that the defendant had choked her until she passed out. Malone was located under the house in a crawl space.

The drug case was investigated by Scott Lanning of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Frank Webster. T.L. Hall handled the assault investigation for Morganton Department of Public Safety while Michelle Lippert prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.

32-year-old Betsy May Carpenter and 38-year-old James Steven Fredell, both of the same address on Dixie Lane in Vale, were both arrested by Lincoln County Narcotics Officers yesterday (September 13) on felony drug charges. They were each charged with trafficking opiates by sale, delivery and possession; possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and conspiracy to traffic opiates (two counts each for carpenter and one count for Fredell). In addition, both suspects were charged with one misdemeanor count of child abuse. Carpenter was also charged with felony maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. She was also charged with one misdemeanor count of child abuse.

The two are accused of selling a large amount of opiate-based pills to an undercover Detective. During the operation, narcotics Detectives seized more than 50 grams of opiate-based pills.

According to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office, during one undercover purchase, the couple sold the drugs while their two-year-old son sat next to the undercover Detective and the mother counted out the pills. Detectives say the father of the two-year-old was also involved. He reportedly left the residence and returned with the pills, handing them to the mother to sell.

Detectives say the residence was unfit to live in. Numerous cockroaches were evident during the buys. Detectives also say the outside of the residence was in poor condition. Lincoln County D.S.S. Child Protective Services responded during the arrests and placed the children with another couple to watch temporarily.

Following their arrests, Carpenter was given a $100,000 secured bond, while Fredell’s bond was set at $85,000, secured. First appearances in Lincoln County District Court were set for today.

40-year-old Chrissy Lynne Pressley of Bluefield Lane in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:15 yesterday afternoon (September 13) on one felony count of financial transaction card fraud.

She was arrested after Police were called to the Belk store in Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall on Monday (September 12). Over a two-day period, five fraudulent charges were made on the victim’s credit card, totaling $1,100. The suspect, who was known to the victim, was identified through store security video.

Pressley was taken into custody without incident at the Honey-Pik store on North Center Street in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,500 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 10:07

Rhodhiss Names New Town Manager

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The Town of Rhodhiss announced today (Wednesday, September 14) that they have hired Ben Turnmire as it's next Town Manager.  Town Council voted unanimously last night (Tuesday, September 13) to appoint Turnmire as Town Manager. A news release said that Turnmire will begin serving sometime later this month or in early October. Turnmire was selected from a list of 28 applicants from across the region, state and country. Applicants from as far as California, Texas and Georgia applied for the position.

Turnmire served recently as a management intern in Valdese and also in Knightdale. Turnmire is a graduate of Appalachian State University (ASU) with a B.S. in Political Science and is a candidate for a Master of Public Administration degree at ASU. It also helps that Turnmire is a native of Caldwell County and graduated from South Caldwell High School.

The Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG) assisted the Town with the search process. The WPCOG is regional planning, service and economic development agency that is owned by and serves the 28 local governments in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties.

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