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Wednesday, 29 October 2014 07:04

Hickory Holding Chair Design Competition

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The City of Hickory is holding its inaugural chair design competition featuring 22 entries from across the four-county Hickory metro region.

The competition compliments the current “Furniture. Well Crafted.” exhibit at the Catawba Science Center, and it dovetails with Hickory’s “Life. Well Crafted.” brand and Catawba Valley Community College’s Furniture Academy.

A jury made up of four retired furniture executives and designers will choose the top three winners. The chairs will be judged based on qualities that include originality, comfort, acceptance (salability) and appearance. When the jury members judge each chair, the chairs will be labeled #1 through #22. First, second and third place winners will not be revealed until November 5 during a reception for the participants.

The “Furniture. Well Crafted.” exhibit, along with the 22 chairs entered in the contest, will continue to be on display with the exhibit at the Catawba Science Center until November 16. The Catawba Science Center is located on the SALT Block, 243 3rd Avenue N.E. in Hickory.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 06:55

Hickory Doctor Charged with Trafficking Opiates

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56-year-old Dr. John Woodruff Kessel of 36th Avenue Place N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers Monday night (October 27) on a charge of felony trafficking in heroin or opium.

Kessel, who practices at the Fairbrook Medical Clinic in Hickory, was arrested after Officers conducting surveillance followed the doctor to the parking lot at Krispy Kreme on Startown Road where they found 240 Oxycodone pills in his possession. Kessel had been under investigation for fraudulent prescriptions for about three weeks.

Kessel was processed and released after posting a $10,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (October 29) in Newton.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 06:49

CVMC Emergency Room Doc Charged with D.W.I.

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61-year-old Gary Wayne Greer of Elmhurst Drive N.E. in Hickory has been arrested on charges of D.W.I. and reckless driving to endanger. Greer is an emergency room doctor at Catawba Valley Medical Center.

Greer allegedly admitted that he was under the influence of the prescription pain reliever, Percocet, when he was arrested by the N.C. State Highway Patrol Saturday morning (October 25) on Highway 16 near Conover. Greer reportedly ran off the road, crashed through an embankment, ran through a field and ended up back on the highway.

He will next appear in District Court on December 9 in Newton.

As October comes to an end, another event to raise awareness for breast cancer will take place.  This Sunday November, 2nd a memorial ride will be dedicated to a woman who lost her three year battle to breast cancer in September 2013. 

The second annual Elaine Dillingham Memorial Ride, "Dillin' With Cancer", will begin at Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson in Hickory.  The event is open to all motorcycle riders, and the benefits from the ride support the Pink Heals Foothills Chapter. 

Riders will go from Hickory through Morganton and Marion, and end up at Dillingham's hometown in Old Fort, NC at the fire department.  From there the riders will return to Hickory.

The single rider registration fee is $15, and the double rider registration fee is $20.  Registration will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. and for more information you may contact Jeff Dillingham at 828-238-7760.

21-year-old Adrian Eugene Farris, Jr. and 19-year-old Kathleen Beatrice Ferrell, both of Mesa Circle in Boone, have been arrested by Boone Police. They are each charged with four counts of felony breaking & entering an automobile, three counts of misdemeanor larceny and one count each of felony larceny, felony financial card theft, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Farris was also charged with one count of felony obtaining property by false pretense.

They were arrested on October 23 in connection to incidents reported on October 20 and 21. Boone Police received numerous reports of unsecured vehicles that were entered and items taken from within.

Following their arrests, Farris and Ferrell each received a $20,000 secured bond pending a November 18 appearance in Watauga County District Court.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 13:07

Lenoir Man Arrested on Long List of Charges

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27-year-old Brandon Ray Hicks of S.W. Jason Place in Lenoir was arrested by Hudson Police yesterday (October 27) on charges of driving while license revoked, providing fictitious info to an officer, felony breaking & entering, felony larceny, felony possession of stolen goods or property, injury to real property, injury to personal property and two counts each of misdemeanor larceny, misdemeanor possession of stolen goods or property and felony breaking & entering a motor vehicle.

Hicks was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $55,000, secured. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Lenoir with additional court dates coming up on November 3 and December 4.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 11:21

Hickory Man Busted on Felony Cocaine Charge

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30-year-old Nathaniel Breon Wilson of 1st Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (October 28) on one felony count of possession of cocaine. Wilson was taken into custody without incident at 12:55 a.m. today and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He will appear in District Court tomorrow in Hickory.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 11:17

Home Near Hudson Destroyed by Fire

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A home on Horseshoe Bend Road near Hudson was destroyed by fire early this morning (October 28). Firefighters arrived on the scene at about 4 a.m. today to find flames shooting from the house.

Three fire departments assisted in extinguishing the fire. According to published reports, the homeowner was staying with her parents next door and was not injured.

The Caldwell County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.

22-year-old Roger Joel Harper of Piney Road in Morganton and 20-year-old Terrik Lovon Patterson of Poplar Street in Lenoir are both wanted by the Burke Co. Sheriff’s Office on charges of felony robbery with a dangerous weapon, second-degree kidnapping and discharging a firearm into occupied property.

The two are accused of robbing the Shop ‘n Save at N.C. Highway 18/U.S. 64 and Hartland Road on the morning of October 18 and assaulting two clerks there. The suspects took an undisclosed amount of cash and left the store on foot. No injuries were reported. The incident was reported October 21 on WHKY.

Harper may be driving a dark gray Honda Accord EX-L with N.C. license number ALN-3886. Harper is know as “Roger Rabbit,” while Patterson uses aliases including “Tiko,” T.K.” and “Frank Mula.” According to the Sheriff’s Office, Patterson is a gang member.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Roger Joel Harper or Terrik Lovon Patterson should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or 828-438-5506.

24-year-old Tyler William Coker of Calico Road in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:20 a.m. today (October 28) on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Events leading to Coker’s arrest began as Police were called to an apartment on the 1700 block of 14th Street Lane N.E. in Hickory. A 42-year-old Hickory man had been stabbed after he became involved in an altercation between Coker and Coker’s mother. When Police arrived, the victim, Coker’s mother and another female were at the apartment. Coker had left the scene.  

The victim was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center for treatment of a single stab wound. No update on his condition is available. No other injuries were reported.

Coker was taken into custody at H.P.D. headquarters this morning and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,000 secured bond. He’ll make a first appearance in District Court tomorrow.