The Burke County Sheriff’s Office and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation are continuing their investigation in an effort to determine the identity of the skeletal and tissue remains discovered from March 16 to March 18 below a Lake James spillway in Morganton. DNA from the remains will be compared to known missing persons in the area. An expedited DNA analysis has been requested. Authorities hope the testing will be completed in the next three months.
Lenoir-Rhyne University will welcome Holocaust survivor Dr. Walter Ziffer as a guest speaker on Monday (March 30) at 10:00 a.m. in Belk Centrum. The event is sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities and is free and open to the public.
During World War II, Dr. Ziffer was a held as a prisoner for three years. He was imprisoned in seven different Nazi slave labor and concentration camps throughout Germany. He will share some of his personal experiences and compelling story of survival.
“We are honored to have Dr. Ziffer speaking at LR,” said Dr. Gabriele Weinberger, Professor of German and French at LRU. “It is a rare opportunity to hear firsthand accounts of the Holocaust from a survivor, and we hope everyone will join us for what will no doubt be an important and thought-provoking discussion.” According to Dr. Weinberger, a question and answer session will follow Dr. Ziffer’s presentation.
For more information, contact Dr. Weinberger at Gabriele.Weinberger@lr.edu.
25-year-old Marsha Kay Glazebrook was arrested Thursday (March 26) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with possession of schedule VI controlled substance, possession of controlled substance on prison or jail premises, and motor vehicle theft. Following the arrest, Glazebrook was jailed under $15,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for April 27.
21-year-old Bradley O’Neil Caldwell was arrested Thursday (March 26) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with nine counts of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, four counts of larceny, one count of larceny after breaking and entering, one count of obtaining property by false pretense, and one count of identity theft. Following the arrest, Caldwell was placed in jail under $529,500 bond. A court appearance is scheduled for April 10.
20-year-old Tony Lynn Townsend Jr. of Sunk Mountain Lane in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (March 26) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with auto larceny and violation of pre-trial release. Following the arrest, Townsend was detained at the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond on the auto larceny charge and no bond on the pre-trial release violation. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (March 30).
Plans to reuse old buildings at Broughton Hospital have resulted in a discussion regarding similar buildings at the North Carolina School for the Deaf. Both facilities are located in the City of Morganton. According to a published report, two buildings at the school have become so dilapidated that officials have requested the state demolish them. Six more buildings are currently vacant, one more is undergoing renovations to become a professional services space, and one more building will become vacant after that professional services space opens.
The published report says experts with the UNC School of Government Development Finance Initiative are conducting a study on reuse options for Broughton Hospital buildings and for surrounding state properties. Due to the fact that NCSD is a state institution, Director Audrey Garvin said she is following the Broughton study with interest.
The six vacant buildings have a combined space of more than 63,000 square feet. The report says the two that will be demolished, Goodwin Hall and Joiner Hall, have a combined space of just under 40,000 square feet.
As reuse options for NCSD buildings are discussed, the director said input from the deaf community will be an important part of the process. The published report says opportunities currently being examined include bringing a western campus of North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics to Morganton, and partnering with Western Piedmont Community College and Broughton Hospital for a master design plan for the college’s campus.
25-year-old Tiffany Rochelle Moore of 24th Street SW in Hickory was arrested Thursday (March 26) by Long View Police Officers. She’s charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. Following the arrest, Moore was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for April 15.
37-year-old Troy Daniel Hamilton who is listed as a homeless man from Newton was arrested Thursday (March 26) by Maiden Police Officers. He’s charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, resisting a public officer, breaking and or entering, two counts of assault by pointing a gun, communicating threats, and non-compliance with child support. Following the arrest, Hamilton was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $40,150 bond. A first court appearance is scheduled for today (Friday, March 27).
18-year-old Griffin C. Murray was arrested Tuesday (March 24) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with five counts of maintain a vehicle for sale or delivery of controlled substances, three counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, three counts of sell or deliver marijuana, two counts of trafficking opium or heroin, and single counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule III controlled substance, sell or deliver schedule III controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule IV controlled substance, sell or deliver schedule IV controlled substance, hire or use of a minor to sell controlled substance, simple possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The Iredell County Sheriff’s Narcotics Investigations Unit received information about an unknown white male selling prescription drugs and high grade marijuana in the Brawley School Road area of Mooresville. A surveillance operation was set in motion in the area which took weeks to identify the suspect, Griffin C. Murray. Undercover operations were conducted and numerous buys of Hydrocodone, Xanax and Hydroponic Marijuana were made from the suspect.
On Tuesday (March 24) a buy was scheduled to be made from the suspect. When the suspect arrived at the buy location, he had another male with him. During the buy, the unknown male delivered the prescription pills to an undercover officer. A take down was initiated and both suspects were taken into custody. The unknown male was discovered to be a missing juvenile out of Catawba County.
Griffin Murray was transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was detained under $150,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for April 15. Charges are pending against the minor involved in this incident.
On Monday (March 30) Hickory firefighters will be conducting a live burn exercise, which consists of them burning a house. The training exercise will be held at 2119 5th Street NE (beside Huntington Hills Church of God) and will allow firefighters from Hickory and the Western Piedmont Fire Academy to practice their skills.
The drill offered through Catawba Valley Community College is scheduled to start around 8:30 a.m. and should be concluded by 5:00 p.m. For safety purposes, 5th Street NE will be shut down from 21st Avenue NE to 22nd Avenue NE. Please use 6th Street NE as the detour around the closed section of 5th Street NE.