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The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV) will close its Hickory license plate agency on Tuesday, December 2, and Wednesday, December 3, to conduct customer service training.

The NCDMV is currently holding statewide customer service training courses for all office locations. The Hickory agency will reopen on Thursday, December 4, at 9 a.m.

Agencies located in the immediate area will remain open to provide vehicle registration services. The following locations will be open during the training:

Lenoir - 1408 Blowing Rock Boulevard, 828-758-1528
Morganton - 603 South College Street, 828-437-4505
Newton - 803 West Conover Boulevard, 828-464-6878
Taylorsville - 85 East Main Avenue, 828-632-4463

License plate agencies offer vehicle registration services and title transactions, as well as vehicle license plate renewals, replacement tags and duplicate registrations. Currently, 122 license plate agencies operate across North Carolina.

44-year-old Kerri Elaine Giles of Berry Road in Icard was arrested shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday (November 22) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer and driving while license revoked. She also faces a misdemeanor larceny charge on a warrant issued in September.

Events leading to her arrest unfolded as Officers on patrol on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. near 10th Avenue Drive S.E. saw a 2009 Dodge Avenger stopped at a stop sign and a female outside the vehicle, arguing with a male inside the vehicle. The vehicle did not appear to be operational, but as an Officer approached the female, the driver was able to start the vehicle. The Officer asked him to pull into the parking lot at Hickory Used Cars.

The Officer asked both subjects for their names and conducted a search of the vehicle, leading to the discovery of two hydrocodone pills. A paper copy of a citation against the female was also found bearing a different date of birth than she gave to the Officer. When the Officer realized he had been given fictitious information, he obtained the female’s correct name – Kerri Giles – and found the outstanding larceny warrant for her arrest.

The male was not charged.

Giles was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,900 secured bond. She has since been released. Giles will appear in District Court on January 13 on Saturday’s charges and on January 29 on the larceny charge, both in Hickory.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 07:13

City of Newton Hires New Public Information Officer

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The City of Newton has announced that Alex Frick of Hickory has been hired as its new Public Information Officer. Frick previously was a reporter for the “Hickory Daily Record.”

A native and lifetime resident of Catawba County, Frick is a 2006 graduate of St. Stephens High School. He also is a 2010 graduate of Davidson College where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English.

Frick says he became interested in local government as a result of his involvement with the Hickory City Youth Council and “looks forward to helping city staff share their work with Newton’s citizens.”

Frick joined the city in his new job effective yesterday (November 24).

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 07:00

Boost Hickory Misses Another Reporting Deadline

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According to published reports, the Boost Hickory committee has missed a second deadline for filing financial disclosure reports. The deadline was November 14. No reports had been filed as of November 24. The missing report would cover contributions received by the committee and expenditures made from October 20 through November 26.

Amy Strange, deputy director for campaign finance & operations for the North Carolina State Board of Election, has said the deadline will be extended to December 3. The extension was granted because Strange says her office has no record of having sent the committee an Official Notice of Report Due.

Boost Hickory was created to support two City of Hickory bond referendums, both of which passed in the November 4 general election. The streets & sidewalk bond passed by a margin of 60.08% to 39.92%. The economic development bond passed 55.50% to 44.50%.

The committee also missed an earlier deadline for a report covering contributions and expenditures from June 26 to October 20. That report was submitted less than 24 hours prior to the November 4 election.

The Statesville Police Department is requesting assistance to identify a suspect involved in a larceny at Priscilla McCalls on Sullivan Road in Statesville. At about 12:30 p.m. on November 11, a suspect entered the store and removed several items from inside the establishment.

The suspect is an unknown white male with a beard.

The S.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division is currently investigating the incident. Anyone with information concerning the identity of the suspects can contact the C.I.D. at 704-878-3515, or Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340. Callers can remain anonymous and a cash reward is possible.

20-year-old David James Blum of Piper Ridge Drive in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (November 22) by Lenoir Police on four felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense. He was also charged with misdemeanor simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance. Following his arrest, Blum was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $10,500, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court on the felony charges today (November 24) in Lenoir, with another court date on the drug charge coming up on January 5.

Monday, 24 November 2014 15:51

Albemarle Man Faces Felony Trafficking Charges

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29-year-old Funchee Matthew Moua of Freedom Drive in Albemarle has been arrested by Claremont Police on two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and one count each of possession of stolen goods, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place to keep a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.

Moua was jailed Friday (November 21) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $202,900, secured. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (November 24), with additional court dates coming up on December 15 and January 14.

Monday, 24 November 2014 15:20

Hickory Man Arrested on Felony Firearms Charge

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28-year-old Charles Hynson Patrick III of 10th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5 p.m. Saturday (November 22) on one felony count of possession of a stolen firearm and one misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed weapon.

Patrick was arrested on the 1500 block of Highland Avenue N.E. in Hickory when Police pulled his vehicle into the parking lot at the Cupboard Express store on 16th Street N.E. for an expired tag. A search of the vehicle turned up a Walther P99 .40 caliber handgun and a Hi-Point C9 9mm handgun. The Hi-Point gun had been reported as stolen.

Patrick, who did not have a concealed carry permit, was processed at H.P.D. and then released on a $7,350 unsecured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (November 24) in Newton.

The Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is offering a free seminar on Monday, December 1, from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. about high definition TVs, smart TVs, surround sound systems and Blu-Ray discs.

Instructor Ron Dees will explain the different types of hi-def TVs available and highlight the pros and cons of each choice. He will also cover smart TV features and provide examples of how to use them. Dees will also discuss surround sound stereo systems that may be used with the new TVs, Blu-Ray discs and sources of programming, such as satellite and cable TV.

The seminar is free but registration is required. To register, call 828-304-0500 ext. 7235. The Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street N.E. on the SALT Block.

Monday, 24 November 2014 14:28

Hickory Woman Indicted on Felony Marijuana Charges

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24-year-old Ashley Nicole Teague of Elmhurst Drive in Hickory was served felony indictments by Hickory Police at about 10 p.m. Saturday (November 22) on charges of manufacturing marijuana, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.

The case against Teague originated on January 3 of this year when Police were called to a civil disturbance. A search led to the charges on the indictment.

She was arrested yesterday without incident. Teague was released after posting a $10,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for January 2 in Newton.