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25-year-old Dillion Ray Byrd of Sandy Acres Lane in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (November 24) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony violation of house arrest. Byrd was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bond. His next appearance in District Court is scheduled for January 26.

The City of Hickory will close its offices on Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Garbage and recycling pick-up, as well as leaf collection, will continue. The City of Hickory offices will re-open on Monday, November 30 at 8:30 a.m.

The Hickory Public Library branches, the Patrick Beaver Memorial main facility and the Ridgeview Branch, will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and Friday. The library will reopen at its regular hours on Saturday, November 28.

The administrative offices, all recreation centers, and the skate park in Hickory will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27.

Recreation centers that typically operate on a Saturday schedule will be reopened on Saturday, November 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parks are open 365 days a year.

Catawba County offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday. Bakers Mountain, Riverbend and St. Stephens Parks will be open on Friday.

All Caldwell County offices will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. County offices will re-open for regular business on Monday.

Burke County offices will be closed Thursday and Friday November 26th and 27th in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Morganton City Hall will be closed Thursday and Friday. All City recreation facilities also will be closed Thanksgiving Day, but the recreation facilities will be open Friday. Garbage will not be picked up Thursday in Morganton. Thursday’s garbage route was to be collected a day early on Wednesday.

Alexander County Offices will be closed Thursday and Friday. The landfill will also be closed Thursday. Landfill and Convenience Sites will be on a regular schedule November 27.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 05:09

Conover Man Charged With Meth Trafficking

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30-year-old Alelxis Joel Adorno-Diaz of Crater Lane in Conover was arrested Tuesday (November 24) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Adorno-Diaz was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $201,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (November 30).

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 04:57

Drug And Weapon Charges Filed Against Conover Man

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23-year-old Ty’shon Lamonte Chisholm of Cranford Drive in Conover was arrested Tuesday (November 24) by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. He’s charged with possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession of a stolen firearm, resisting a public officer, and three counts of failure to appear. Chisholm was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,300 total bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (November 30).

Hickory Police are asking for the public’s assistance in their investigation into the death of William “Pierre” Mayfield. Mr. Mayfield went missing on September 21 2014. On June 30 of this year, his skeletal remains were found in a wooded area behind a residence on 15th Avenue S.E. in Hickory.

The H.P.D. investigation is active and ongoing. An undisclosed cash reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 13:05

Hickory Man Held on Felony Fugitive Warrant

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38-year-old Dennis Paul Kramber of U.S. Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before ten o’clock last night (November 23) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.

Kramber was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow.

No further details are available.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 10:39

Reward Offered In Members Credit Union Robbery

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A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the suspect in the late October robbery at a Hickory financial institution.

On Wednesday, October 28 at approximately 3:55 p.m., officers responded to an armed robbery at the Members Credit Union at 2142 12th Avenue NE. During the incident, a male subject entered the bank and proceeded directly to the counter where he displayed a handgun and demanded money. After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, he exited the business and fled on foot.

The subject is described as being 5’7” to 6’, weighing 200 pounds and was wearing a black hoodie with white zipper, black pants, and black shoes with white soles, black gloves and black facemask. He was also carrying a black and gray backpack.

Hickory Police are continuing the investigation at this time. Anyone with information reference this case is asked to contact Inv. J. Pruett at the Hickory Police Department at (828) 328-5551 or at (828) 261-2617 or jpruett@hickorync.gov.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 10:19

Hickory Man Faces Felony Heroin Charges

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32-year-old Patrick Michael Robbins of 21st Avenue N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 4:25 yesterday afternoon (November 23) on one felony count each of trafficking opium or heroin and manufacturing, selling, delivering or possessing a controlled substance on or near a playground. Robbins is accused of possessing 6.6 grams of heroin and 1.8 grams of marijuana.

He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $150,000, secured. He has since been released.  A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.


A Caldwell County man is charged in connection with the death of a man whose body was found in Wilkes County. 41-year-old Donnie Ellis Ward of Swan Drive in Lenoir is charged with first-degree murder.

According to a news release from the Wilkes County Sheriff's Office, Ward is charged in connection with the death of 38-year-old Eleuterio Vasquez Petrez of Abernathy Street in Lenoir.

According to the news release, Petrez was shot once with a medium caliber handgun while inside a vehicle that had pulled off of Stony Fork Road. Ward reportedly told authorities Petrez was driving his vehicle, with Ward as a passenger, when they pulled over along Stony Fork Road, arguing over a domestic matter. That is when Ward reportedly shot Petrez.

Authorities say Ward then removed Petrez from the vehicle, dragged him to the edge of a steep embankment and rolled him down the slope. After that Ward drove home and contacted police. Lenoir police then went to Ward’s home and detained him. They initially contacted the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office. When it was determined that the crime did not occur in Watauga County, Wilkes deputies interviewed Ward at the Lenoir Police Department. The news release says that Ward then led officers to the victim's body.

The Lenoir Police Department turned Ward over to the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office late Sunday afternoon. Ward was officially arrested and charged early Monday morning (November 23).

The Wilkes Rescue Squad was called to help recover the body from down the steep embankment. Ward and Petrez were acquaintances and at one time were co-workers. No details were given regarding the dispute. Ward is being held in the Wilkes County Jail under no bond. He is scheduled to appear in Wilkes County District Court Wednesday (November 25).

With the holidays right around the corner, the City of Newton is getting ready for the annual “Light Up the Town” celebration.

Light Up the Town begins at 5 p.m. this upcoming Sunday (November 29) on the 1924 Courthouse Square in Downtown Newton.

The celebration officially kicks off the Christmas season in Newton with the lighting of thousands of lights in the downtown area, followed by a wide variety of activities for everyone.

Santa and his elves will pose for free photos with children in the 1924 Courthouse. Several community groups will fill the air with seasonal music, while other groups will offer concessions ranging from pizza and hot dogs to baked goods.

In an effort to assist financially challenged families, ECCCM will be collecting diapers, feminine products, and toiletries at the event. Food is always welcome.

For more information about Light Up the Town, email Shannon Johnson at sjohnson@newtonnc.gov.