34-year-old David Allen Vetter was arrested Wednesday (May 3) by authorities in Burke County. According to the Burke County Police to Citizen website, Vetter is charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. He was placed in jail in Morganton under no bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for June 4.
Unemployment rates dropped across the Hickory Metro and across the state of North Carolina. This is according to the report issued Wednesday (May 2) by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division. The report details the March unemployment numbers.
Alexander County's unemployment rate is 3.4 percent, down from 3.5 in the February report. Burke County has a jobless rate of 4 percent even, down from 4.1 percent. Caldwell County's unemployment rate is 4.2 percent, down from 4.4 in the last report. Catawba County's jobless rate is 3.9 percent, down from 4 percent even in February.
The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 3.9 percent, down from 4.1 percent in the last report. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton has the fourth lowest jobless rate among 15 MSAs in the state. All of the state's MSAs experienced unemployment rate decreases.
The statewide unemployment rate is 4.3 percent, down from 4.6 percent in the February report. Unemployment decreased in all of North Carolina's 100 counties. Hyde County has the state's highest unemployment rate at 12.7 percent, while Buncombe County has the lowest at 3.3 percent.
47-year-old Stanley Shell Jarrett of Herman Sipe Road in Conover was arrested Wednesday (May 2) by Conover Police Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with trafficking opium or heroin, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep a controlled substance. Jarrett was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled today (May 3).
A meeting has been scheduled for next week to discuss a road project in Hickory. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is proposing the addition of turn lanes on the existing portion of N.C. 127 between 1st Avenue SE and 2nd Avenue SE.
The public is invited to attend a public meeting regarding this project next Thursday (May 10) from 4-7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building at 76 North Center Street in Hickory. NCDOT representatives will display maps of the proposed design, answer questions, and receive comments. You may also submit comments in writing by May 31.
For additional information contact Bryan Sowell in writing at NCDOT-Division 12, Project Engineer, P.O. Box 47, Shelby NC 28151. You can also call 980-552-4221 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. A map of the proposed improvements can be viewed or downloaded at https://www.ncdot.gov/projects/publicmeetings.
On Wednesday (May 2), a Caldwell County District Court Judge granted the State’s motion to revoke bond for a man arrested on two counts of possessing a gun on educational property.
Judge Wes Barkley revoked the $25,000 bond given to 50-year-old Blaine Francis Pennington III of Lenoir, following his arrest on Tuesday, May 1 by deputies with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office. Judge Barkley granted the motion made by Assistant District Attorneys Andrea Plyler and Nancy Lee pending a mental health evaluation for Pennington.
In addition, the Judge also granted the State’s motion to seize and secure Pennington’s weapon until results of the evaluation are available and reviewed, and he appointed Attorney T.J. Rohr to represent the defendant.
Pennington was on the campuses of Happy Valley Elementary School and Collettsville Elementary School on Tuesday with a weapon. In both instances he was confronted and left before later being stopped in his vehicle by deputies. He gave no legitimate reason to deputies for being on school property with a weapon.
There's a new name on the Burke County most wanted list.
Kenneth Charles Knight, whose age is not listed, is wanted on felony counts of uttering a forged instrument, forgery of an instrument, and obtaining property by false pretense. He's also wanted on a count of parole violation. Knight's last known address was 1412 Main Avenue Drive NW in Hickory. He was added to the most wanted list on April 26.
28-year-old Seth Dixon Stepp remains on the Burke County most wanted list. He's wanted on a charge of parole violation. The last known address for Stepp was 5540 Van Horn Road in Connelly Springs. He's been on the most wanted list since March 29.
32-year-old Jason R. Hill is also wanted by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with a parole violation. Hill's last known residence was 4876 Kudzu Lane in Morganton. He was added to the most wanted list on March 29.
You can see the entire list of suspects wanted by authorities in Burke County at www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list, call the Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail information to email@example.com. If you'd like to submit an anonymous tip you can do so through Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.
32-year-old Mark David Smith was arrested today (May 2) by authorities in Burke County. According to the Burke County Police to Citizen website, Smith is charged with felony indecent liberties with a child. He was arrested shortly after 1 p.m. today. He was being held in jail in Morganton without bond. No court date was listed.
45-year-old Lesley Edward Greene of U.S. Highway 321 South in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:15 a.m. yesterday (May 1) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
His arrest is the result of a traffic stop conducted by Hickory Police on April 1, 2017 at Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard and Interstate 40. Three occupants were in the vehicle. Lesley Greene was the driver. He was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Gaston County for driving while license revoked. In the vehicle, Officers found three grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, resulting in additional charges against Greene. The other occupants were not cited or charged.
Greene was taken into custody without incident yesterday at an address on Atherstone Street N.W. in Newton. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $2,500, secured. He was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today in Newton.
24-year-old Makenzi D’Shae Hare of Main Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 11 a.m. yesterday (May 1) on one felony count each of uttering a forged instrument and attempting to obtain property by false pretense. Hare turned herself in on a true bill of indictment. Warrants for her arrest were issued on April 16.
She was processed at the Hickory Police Department and released under a $2,500 unsecured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.
24-year-old Caine Anthony “Killa Caine” Morrison of Liberty Hall Circle in Winston Salem was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (May 1) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon.
Morrison is the latest person arrested in connection to an incident that happened on Sunday, April 8 outside The Vault Bar & Lounge on the 200 block of 1st Avenue N.W. Over 100 rounds were fired by multiple shooters, striking four people. 20-year-old Antonio Knoshjun Watts of Claremont died as the result of his injuries.
Previously arrested were 21-year-old Carlos Car’tre Ikard of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory, who was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, and 24-year-old Keon Rashan Scott of 4th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory, who was charged with possession of a firearm by felon and a probation violation. Ikard was arrested on April 24 and Scott was arrested the next day.
Morrison turned himself in at the Hickory Police Department and was arrested without incident at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
Hickory Police anticipate that additional suspects will be charged and arrested in connection to the shooting. Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact Inv. Carlos De Los Santos at 828-261-2621 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
35-year-old Shannon James Diehl was arrested Tuesday (May 1) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony counts of common law robbery and interfering with an electronic monitoring device along with misdemeanor counts of failure to appear and resisting arrest. Diehl was placed in jail in Morganton under $511,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (May 2).
The Burke County Community Development Department has been approved for a $400,000 Surface Transportation Block Grant/Direct Attributable Grant for the Fonta Flora State Trail (FFST) Linville Dam Boardwalk and Trail project. If the project is approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the boardwalk will be located on the Linville Dam on North Powerhouse Road at Lake James.
The project is a collaborative effort with Duke Energy to plan and design a new approximately 1,200 foot section of pedestrian and bicycle boardwalk and eight to ten foot wide trail for the portion of the FFST that crosses the Linville Dam. The new boardwalk will provide bicyclists and pedestrians a panoramic view of Lake James and the surrounding area as well as a safer way to cross the dam.
Duke Energy, as a part of its comprehensive re-licensing agreement for the Catawba-Wateree Hydro-Electric Power Generation System, will also be developing a new park adjacent to the boardwalk with picnic and parking facilities, upgrading the existing Portage Trail, and adding more parking and restroom facilities at the Bridgewater Public Fishing Area. The design phase of the boardwalk project will take approximately two years to complete and will result in a shovel ready project for construction when all approvals are granted.
The FFST is a recreational trail for people of all ages and abilities. The long-term vision for the trail is to connect downtown Morganton to downtown Asheville, to add additional mileage to the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail and to be an ecotourism destination for the surrounding area.
The Newton Fire Department began conducting annual fire hydrant maintenance and testing in the southwest quadrant of the city on Tuesday (May 1).
The southwest quadrant of the city includes areas south of A Street and west of Main Avenue. Maintenance and testing will continue for several weeks. Residents in the area may experience a discoloration of their water due to minerals inside underground water lines being disturbed. If water discoloration is experienced, allowing water to run from any faucet for several minutes should eliminate the discoloration.
Fire hydrant testing is crucial to locating fire hydrants that are inoperable or need repair. In addition, the North Carolina Department of Insurance requires annual fire hydrant testing for the purposes of grading municipal water systems, which determines municipal insurance ratings.
The city of Newton apologizes for any inconvenience residents encounter during the testing period. Any questions or concerns should be directed to Newton Fire Department at 828-695-4314.
48-year-old Cathy Diane Elders, who is listed as a homeless person, was arrested Tuesday (May 1) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers on charges filed in Caldwell County. She's charged with failure to appear on counts of flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, speeding 100 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone, and driving while impaired. Elders was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for June 4.