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Wednesday, 26 June 2019 05:01

Woman Charged With Larceny, Resisting Officer

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24-year-old Morgan McKinley Sigmon of Connelly Springs Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (June 24) by Hickory Police Officers. She's charged with felony larceny along with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and resist, delay, and obstruct a public officer.

According to Hickory Police reports, Sigmon was arrested at approximately 8:30 p.m. Monday at a business on Highway 70 SW after attempting to resist an officer. McKinley was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,500 secured bond following the arrest. Her next District Court date is July 1.

33-year-old Michael David Kennedy of 12th Avenue NW in Hickory was arrested Sunday (June 23) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance.

On Sunday, shortly after 1 p.m., Hickory Police responded to a sick or injured person at an address on Springs Road, NE. After responding the scene, police found one gram of methamphetamine and arrested Kennedy.

Kennedy was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 secured bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (June 26). A District Court appearance was scheduled today.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019 04:32

Hildebran Council Appoints New Town Manager

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The Town of Hildebran has hired a new Town Manager. At their Town Council meeting Monday (June 24), council voted to appoint Logan Shook as Hildebran's next Town Manager. He will begin in that position on Monday, July 15. Shook, who is currently Town Manager in Cajah's Mountain in Caldwell County, was selected from a pool of applicants from across the region, state and country.

Shook is a graduate of Appalachian State University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science with a concentration on public administration. He also earned his Master of Arts in Leadership – General Management from Lenoir-Rhyne University.

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

30-year-old Tyrone Octavius Walker of New Haven Drive in Gastonia was arrested Tuesday (June 25) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three counts apiece of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin, sale of heroin, delivery of heroin, manufacture schedule I controlled substance, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Walker is also charged with single counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver cocaine, sale of cocaine, delivery of cocaine, manufacture cocaine, and felony conspiracy.

Walker was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $700,000 bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court Thursday (June 27).

Wednesday, 26 June 2019 03:59

Missing Teen Found With Family In Burke County

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A missing teenager from Iredell County was found in Burke County. On June 10 a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office regarding a runaway juvenile. 16-year-old Nathan Lee Holtsclaw, willingly ran away from a group home in the Mooresville area.

Holtsclaw is in the custody of Burke Child Protective Services, and has a history of running away from placement. He was found with family in Georgia the last time he ran.

Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Detectives gathered information saying that the juvenile was safe, however he was actively avoiding being located by law enforcement or Child Protective Services.

Holtsclaw was found at 5 a.m. Tuesday (June 25) in Morganton with a family member. He has been removed from the Missing Persons file by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office.

27-year-old Brittany Shae Mayhue of Kycrest Avenue in Shelby was arrested Tuesday (June 25) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession of a controlled substance on prison or jail premises. She's also charged with driving while license revoked and six counts of failure to appear on previous traffic charges. Mayhue was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $21,000 bond. District Court dates were scheduled today and July 15.

Hickory City Council awarded the final component of the City Walk construction to Neill Grading and Construction Co., Inc.

A special called City Council meeting was held today (June 25) for City Council to award the 1.7-mile City Walk contract. The awarding of the project is contingent upon the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) approval.

The City advertised for bids twice and this second advertisement received two bids from Neill Grading and Construction at $14,275,479 and Crowder Construction at $15,175,530.

The 1.7-mile City Walk multiuse path will run parallel along Main Avenue, starting at Seventh Avenue NE (in front of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church) and traveling through Downtown Hickory to Ninth Street NW (in front of Deluxe Printing Group).

In December 2018, the City started relocating utilities and waterlines in preparation for City Walk. These relocations and infrastructure improvements along Main Avenue NW/NE have been completed. Renovations to Union Square and the downtown block, a planned component of the City Walk project, started on April 8, and are currently on schedule.

The Neill Grading and Construction contract includes the construction of the 10-foot multiuse path, landscaping along the path, fencing between the path and railroad, resurfacing Main Avenue, and the bridges, along the path. The City will work with Duke Energy to incorporate the lighting on the City Walk.

There are two bridges that are incorporated into City Walk. One is an iconic, pedestrian bridge that will cross over Highway 127. The second is a pedestrian bridge over Third Avenue, in Downtown Hickory.

The Engineer for this project was Wood PLC. Additionally, the City worked with NCDOT and Norfolk Southern on City Walk to obtain necessary approvals for construction.

The 18-month contract with Neill Grading and Construction is set to be completed before December 2020.

Tuesday, 25 June 2019 07:38

Suspects In Triple Homicide Indicted

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The two suspects in a triple homicide in Alexander County have been indicted. Earlier today (June 25) a special session of the grand jury met in Alexander County.

That grand jury handed down six bills of indictment against 30-year-old Areli Aguirre-Avilez of Taylorsville. He's indicted on three counts of first-degree murder, along with single counts of statutory rape of a child 15-years-of-age or younger, violation of a domestic violence order with a deadly weapon, and first-degree arson. 16-year-old Heidi Darlene Wolfe of Wilkesboro has been indicted on three counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree arson.

The two suspects are charged in connection to the deaths of 11-year-old Angel E. Pacheco and 12-year-old America D. Pacheco, whose bodies were found in a burned home on Pine Meadows Lane on June 15. The body of the third victim, 38-year-old Maria Calderon, had still not been found, she is presumed deceased.

Tuesday, 25 June 2019 07:24

Lenoir Man Charged With Having Drugs At Jail

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31-year-old Christopher Armond Bowers of Warrior Road in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (June 23) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a controlled substance at a penal institution, along with misdemeanor counts of resisting a public officer and intoxicated and disruptive behavior. Bowers was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $11,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled Monday (June 24).

34-year-old Michael Allen Thompson of Grandin Road and 33-year-old Amanda Ruth Herald of Piper Place, both from Lenoir, were arrested last Friday (June 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. They're both charged with felony counts of breaking and entering to an automobile and larceny. Following their arrests, both suspects were placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond apiece. They were scheduled to appear in District Court Monday (June 24).

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