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Monday, 25 August 2014 06:48

Man Drowns in Lake Rhodhiss

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A 40-year-old man reportedly drowned in Lake Rhodhiss Sunday morning (August 24). The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office says the man drowned near the Lake Rhodhiss dam. The man apparently slipped off some rocks and fell into the water.

The victim’s identity has not been released. His body was recovered.

No further details are available.

Corrections and law enforcement Officers are seeking minimum-custody inmate Michael Brown who escaped from a work assignment in Taylorsville this afternoon (August 22). Brown was serving at least six and a half years after convictions for breaking & entering and as a habitual felon.

He left his work assignment at the Alexander County Animal Shelter sometime after 2:30 this afternoon and is believed to have stolen a county-owned pickup truck from the shelter. That truck has been located along Burgess Road in Taylorsville. The inmate may still be in that area.

Anyone who has information on inmate Michael Brown or his whereabouts is asked to call 9-1-1 or the Alexander Correctional Institution at 828-632-1331.

Friday, 22 August 2014 16:59

Blue Ridge Electric Offers Bright Ideas Grants

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Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation and North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are giving local teachers the opportunity to win grants for innovative classroom learning projects under the Bright Ideas program.

Up to $19,000 may be awarded to teachers across the Blue Ridge Electric service area for the 2014-2015 school year. Winning grants will help educators implement creative, hands-on classroom academic projects for students that would not otherwise be funded by local school budgets. Grants of up to $1,500 are available. Teachers may apply anytime through September 30.

Teachers can learn more about the program and apply online at www.ncbrightideas.com.

Also available on the website is a 20th anniversary video featuring two Caldwell County Bright Ideas advocates speaking about past grant success.

Last year, Blue Ridge Electric funded 19 grants totaling over $19,000. Since 1994, Blue Ridge Electric has awarded more than $363,000 to 449 classrooms.

Friday, 22 August 2014 16:50

Marion Man Busted on Felony Meth Charge

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24-year-old Brett Eugene Biddix of Sugar Hill Road in Marion has been charged by McDowell County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Cook with one count of felony possession of methamphetamine. Deptuy Cook also issued a citation to 24-year-old Destini Victoria Rhodes of Pine Cove Road in Old Fort for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Shortly after midnight on Tuesday (August 19), Deputy Cook responded to a report of a suspicious man walking in the road on Ab Elliott Road. The Deputy saw the man leaning in the window of a car parked in the road. The car was driven by Brett Biddix.

After speaking with the suspicious man and the occupants of the vehicle, Deputy Cook searched the vehicle and found 0.4 grams of methamphetamine and found drug paraphernalia in Rhodes’ possession.

Biddix has a District Court date set for September 3, while Rhodes is due in a McDowell County courtroom on October 15.

Friday, 22 August 2014 16:45

Three Arrested in McDowell Co Motorcycle Theft

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18-year-old Nathan Daniel Beatty of the State Street Extension in Marion, 27-year-old Calvin Ray Washington, Jr. of Grayson Street in Marion and 27-year-old Quron Edward White of Highland Drive in Marion have all been charged by Detective Andy Manis of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Detective Andy Manis with felony larceny and felony possession of stolen goods.

On June 4, a man from Huskins Branch Road in Marion reported that someone stole a 2003 Honda motorcycle, valued at $2,000, from his property. Manis said the bike was sold to a man in Rutherford County. The motorcycle was recovered in Rutherford County.

The victim and suspects are not acquainted.

No court is currently listed for Beatty. Washington will appear in District Court on August 25 while White has a court date in McDowell County set for August 27.

Friday, 22 August 2014 15:00

Felony Meth Charge Filed in Lincoln County

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23-year-old Brandon Lee Friday has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was jailed today (August 22) in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Lincolnton.

28-year-old Shira Shameica Roseboro of Bethesda Road in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of misdemeanor financial transaction card fraud and felony identity theft.

On August 9, a case involving financial transaction card fraud was assigned to Det. Sgt. Scott Maple of the Sheriff’s Economic Crime Unit. The victim said his bank called regarding a fraudulent purchase made from Footaction in the amount of $315.38.

Investigators learned the order was being shipped to Roseboro’s address. Roseboro was a CNA who had provided in-home health care assistance to the victim, giving her access to his debit card information.  

Based on the information obtained from Footaction and Roseboro’s employer, Detectives charged Roseboro and took her into custody on August 13.

Bond was set at $2,000, secured, with her next appearance in District Court scheduled for November 13.

Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge is hosting a free community health talk, titled “Keeping Your Heart Healthy,” on Thursday, August 28 at 6 p.m.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Jennifer Olson, an MD with Table Rock Family Medicine, and Mark Hazen, an MD with the Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute will present information about heart disease and how to prevent it.

The event will be held in the Lake James Conference Room at the Morganton location of Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge on South Sterling Street. The seminar is free. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information or to RSVP, call 828-580-5690.

The City of Hickory Community Relations Council (CRC) is currently seeking projects to fund for the 2014 - 2015 fiscal year and is inviting qualified groups or individuals to consider submitting grant requests.

Non-profit agencies, churches, institutions, schools and individuals are invited to submit their programs. Grants are available to organizations that support the community through the areas of human understanding, conflict resolution, appreciation of diversity, good community relations, wellness & respect and interaction among persons of various cultures & nationalities.

The grant application should be completed in full, approved by the director of the agency and submitted to the CRC. Applications are reviewed twice a year. The deadline for submitting for the fall 2014 grant cycle is Friday, October 3 at noon. Applicants may include any 501(c)(3) or otherwise tax exempt organizations.

Applications can be found online at HickoryNC.gov (click here).

For more information, call staff liaison Captain Thurman Whisnant at the Hickory Police Department, 828-261-2696 or email twhisnant@hickorync.gov.

Friday, 22 August 2014 11:14

Probation Absconder Held on $20K Bond

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29-year-old Tod-Ja Dazu-Juan Tilley of Polk Street in Taylorsville was arrested late last night (August 21) by Hickory Police on warrants out of Lincoln County for one felony probation violation and one misdemeanor probation violation.

Tilley is on probation as he serves an 18-month suspended sentence following an April 2013 conviction in Lincoln County on misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule I controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He had been listed as an absconder from probation.

Tilley has been jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,000, secured. He will appear in District Court on August 28 in Lincolnton.