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Friday, 26 September 2014 07:02

Burke Substance Abuse Network Receives Grant

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The Burke Substance Abuse Network (BSAN) has received support for building the capacity to reduce and prevent substance abuse with funding and leadership from the North Carolina Coalition Initiative (NCCI). The NCCI Coordinating Center of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has seven local coalitions across the state that will each receive community grants of up to $27,700 and participate in a yearlong training program.

The announcement comes at the end of Recovery Month, a national effort designed to carry a message of prevention and awareness. In September, several groups recognized National Recovery Month by hosting presentations and distributing important resources. Those include Burke County, the City of Morganton, the Town of Valdese, the Burke Council on Alcoholism & Chemical Dependency (BCACD), the Burke Substance Abuse Network (BSAN), local media and human service groups, churches and clubs across Burke County

The public is invited to attend BSAN meetings, which are held at the Morganton Community House the last Friday of each month at 7:30 a.m.

For more information, visit www.BCACD.org, call 828-433-1221, visit www.BurkeSubstanceAbuseNetwork.wordpress.com or email Jim VanHecke, BCACD Executive Director, at bcacded@gmail.com.

Thursday, 25 September 2014 17:11

Hickory Man Reported Missing

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32-year-old William Pierre Mayfield has been reported as a missing person. He was reported missing by his family yesterday (September 24).

Mayfield was last seen at about 11 p.m. on Saturday, September 20 as he was leaving his residence on the 200 block of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory. He was with an unknown black male who was driving a silver late model passenger vehicle.  

William Pierre Mayfield goes by Pierre Mayfield. He is a black male with a light complexion and a completely bald head. Mayfield is 5’8” tall, weighing approximately 135 pounds.

He was last seen wearing a red & black ball cap, a long red t-shirt, dark colored jeans and red shoes.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of William Pierre Mayfield should contact the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551.

Thursday, 25 September 2014 15:09

Lenoir Man Arrested on Felony Larceny Charge

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26-year-old Jesse James Lefevers of Hollomans Place in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (September 24) by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count of larceny. He was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $40,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.

The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation is co-sponsoring a national effort to safely dispose of unused prescription medicines in locations across the state from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 27. The State Highway Patrol is offering drop-off sites at its eight troop offices, including the Highway Patrol office at 1033 Smyre Farm Road in Newton.

In addition, during the same timeframe on the same date, Caldwell Safe Kids and the Lenoir Police Department will give the public an opportunity to prevent accidental poisonings, abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs. The public is invited to bring medications for disposal to the Foothills Pharmacy at 202 Harper Avenue in Lenoir.

Medications are the leading cause of child poisoning, according to Safe Kids, a non-profit organization that helps parents and caregivers prevent childhood injuries. Environmental experts say that flushing medicines down the toilet contaminates water supplies and hurts aquatic life.

State and local law enforcement officials oversee the collection of the drugs. The State Highway Patrol provides vehicles and personnel to transport the medication and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.) pays to have the medications destroyed at an Environmental Protection Agency-approved incinerator.

Operation Medicine Drop is an effort coordinated by the North Carolina Department of Insurance, Safe Kids North Carolina, the S.B.I., the D.E.A. and Riverkeepers of North Carolina.

North Carolinians have safely disposed of approximately 61 million total doses at pill take-back events since 2009.

34-year-old Melissa Rashelle Sipe of North Davis Avenue in Newton and 30-year-old Jason Matthew Owens of Kool Park Road in Hickory have both been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count each of trafficking in opium or heroin and conspiracy. Sipe was also charged with one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of schedule IV & schedule II controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The couple was arrested following a three-month long surveillance operation. They were taken into custody on northbound Highway 16 in eastern Lincoln County as they traveled back to Catawba County after buying heroin from an unknown source in Charlotte. Investigators say the couple planned to distribute the illegal drugs in Catawba and Lincoln counties.

Narcotics Investigators had received information for over a year that Sipe had been traveling to Charlotte to pick up distribution quantities of drugs. Yesterday (September 24), they received information that she would be returning from Charlotte with drugs. Wednesday afternoon investigators conducted a traffic stop and discovered the drugs.

Investigators seized almost nine grams of black tar heroin, prescription drugs, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. The heroin was valued at $2,500, depending on how it would have been divided up and sold. Also seized was $700 in cash.

Sipe was jailed under a $35,000 secured bond. Owens’ bond was set at $25,000, secured. Both suspects remain in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center. First appearances in District Court were set for today. A conviction for trafficking more than four grams of heroin would come with a mandatory prison sentence.

Thursday, 25 September 2014 10:59

Forest City Woman Faces Felony Larceny Charge

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41-year-old Susan Michelle Fox of Crowe Dairy Road in Forest City was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:20 yesterday afternoon (September 24) on one count each of felony larceny and misdemeanor second-degree trespass.

She was taken into custody without incident at Frye Regional Medical Center and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $27,800 secured bond. Fox will appear in District Court tomorrow in Hickory.

No further details are available.

Thursday, 25 September 2014 07:35

Two Injured in Pair of Accidents

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Two wrecks at the same intersection in Hildebran sent both drivers to the hospital Wednesday afternoon (September 24). Their injuries were not thought to be life threatening.

Shortly after 4 p.m., the driver of a black Toyota was traveling eastbound on U.S. 70, waiting to turn left. An eastbound Honda reportedly approached at a high rate of speed and made a hard left turn to avoid the Toyota. As a result, the Honda crashed into an eastbound Ford.

A Long View Police Officer responding to the crash was trying to turn left onto U.S. 70 eastbound from 10th Street N.E. when another driver collided with the patrol car.

The driver of the Ford and driver of the car that hit the patrol car were taken to the hospital by Burke County E.M.S. The Long View Fire Department and the Burke County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the incidents.

Thursday, 25 September 2014 07:25

Valdese Wins Main Street Grant

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Valdese was recently awarded a grant from the Main Street Solutions Fund. The North Carolina Department of Commerce Office of Urban Development, which administers the Main Street Solutions Fund, awarded Valdese $64,316 to provide maximum support to small businesses located in North Carolina Main Street communities. The grants will be used to assist planning agencies and small businesses with efforts to revitalize downtowns by creating jobs, funding infrastructure improvements and rehabilitating buildings.

Valdese was designated as a Small Town Main Street Community in August of 2013. At the same time, the Catawba Valley Staffing Corporate Office in Hickory showed interest in re-locating their offices to Main Street in Valdese. Their move would result in the creation of five new jobs and the retention of five existing jobs, which gave Valdese an opportunity to apply for the grant.

The project has also leveraged $43,500 in private investment in up-fitting an existing building in downtown Valdese. $20,000 will come from the existing facade grant program, plus another $85,134 in expenditures by the town in developing a new parking lot and rehabbing an existing parking facility for the downtown business district.

Exodus Homes, a Catawba County United Way agency, will host a special "Everything Free" Community Outreach event on October 4 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Ridgeview Recreation Center, 700 1st Street S.W. in Hickory.

The event will feature music and remarks from people in recovery from addiction and incarceration. Exodus Homes has hosted the "Everything Free" Community Outreach for the past 16 years. The last outreach event in July drew between 500 to 600 people.

The "Everything Free" giveaway will include free furniture, clothing, Bibles, haircuts, manicures and face painting for kids, with hot dogs and drinks for all who attend. ALFA will provide free and confidential HIV testing with immediate test results and the League of Women Voters will offer voter registration.

The Republican and Democratic parties have been invited to participate. Candidates running for office will be able to speak to the crowd, briefly. BOOST Hickory will be present with information about the upcoming bond referendum.

The Hickory Branch of the NAACP will be present and Veterans Helping Veterans will have information about their fellowship and the Stand Down scheduled next April. Representatives of the Umoja Project and Exodus Church clergy will be available to talk one-on-one with people who need spiritual support and guidance.

For more information, contact the Rev. Susan Smith Walker at revsusanwalker@gmail.com or 828-962-8196.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 15:26

JROTC Cadets Lead Pledge for Hickory School Board

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During a recent meeting of the Hickory Public Schools Board of Education, two cadets from the Army JROTC at Hickory High were selected to attend the meeting as special guests.

Freshman Cadet Cory Shuford and senior Cadet Khalil Rutherford led the Pledge of Allegiance for the Board and members of the audience.