VEKA, a global leader in the vinyl extrusion industry, will locate a new facility in Burke County. According to Burke Development Incorporated or BDI, over the next four years VEKA will create 102 jobs and invest $18M. This is the fourth facility in the United States for the family-owned, German company.
VEKA, Inc. is one of North America’s most respected suppliers of vinyl window and door profiles. They will receive a $500,000 performance-based grant from the One N.C. Fund, which provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs. Burke County and the City of Morganton have approved local incentives matching 50% of the new taxable investment for seven years.
Caterpillar announced they would close their 160,000-square foot facility on Ceramic Tile Drive in Morganton in April 2016. Since then the company has wound down its operations and VEKA, Inc. has plans to occupy the facility and begin operations in early 2018.
“I’m excited to have a quality company reusing this now vacant structure,” said Alan Wood, President and CEO of Burke Development, Inc. “This addition will assist our efforts to grow and diversify our manufacturing base.”
The North Carolina Department of Commerce, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, Burke County, the City of Morganton, and the Western Piedmont Council of Governments assisted with the project.
Burke Development, Inc. (BDI) is a nonprofit organization supported by private and public funding that is charged with accelerating economic growth in Burke County. BDI works with industry leaders, site selection consultants, government agencies and other entities to facilitate expansion strategies for existing businesses and recruit target industries to Burke County. For more information about BDI visit www.BurkeDevInc.com.
46-year-old Thomas Jeffrey Wilson of Ellis Road in Statesville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three felony counts of statutory sex offense with a child and two counts of indecent liberties with a child, with one of those indecent liberties charges being filed by authorities in Rockingham County.
According to a news release issued Wednesday (December 6) by the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, in July a report was filed by Catawba County DSS concerning possible sexual abuse of a seven-year-old female living in Catawba County. Catawba County DSS reported that the sexual abuse occurred in Iredell County by a family member’s boyfriend, Thomas Wilson. The juvenile was interviewed at the Catawba County Children’s Advocacy Center where the juvenile disclosed that she was sexually abused while visiting family.
While the investigation was still ongoing, two more victims came forward concerning allegations involving the suspect, Thomas Wilson. One of the new victims was interviewed at the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center and the other was interviewed in Rockingham County. Based on the investigation and statements collected, Wilson was charged by authorities in Iredell and Rockingham Counties.
Wilson's bond for all charges has been set at $1,150,000 secured. He's scheduled to appear in District Court in Iredell County on December 12. A District Court date is scheduled for December 18 in Rockingham County.
Wilson’s prior convictions include: intoxicated and disruptive behavior, resist a public officer, malicious conduct by a prisoner, assault on a government official, four counts of driving while license revoked, assault and battery, indignities to an officer, injury to real property, felony larceny, three counts of no operator’s license, operate a vehicle with no insurance, and driving while impaired.
56-year-old Ted Joseph Tate, whose address was not listed, was arrested Tuesday (December 5) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a felon and two counts apiece of assault by pointing a gun and communicating threats. Tate was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (December 6).
29-year-old Ruby Hoard was arrested Tuesday (December 5) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony child abuse. The arrest warrant is from 2014. Following the arrest, Hoard was placed in jail in Morganton under $75,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for January 22.
17-year-old Jose Luis Ramirez-Berreto of Cody Court in Newton was arrested today (December 6) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, assault on a government official or employee, and resisting a public officer. Ramirez-Berreto was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
49-year-old Michael Allen Squire of 28th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:45 yesterday afternoon (November 6) on one count of failure to appear on a felony.
Squire was arrested in connection to a larceny that occurred on December 8 of last year at the Dollar General store on Highway 70 S.W. He faces a charge of habitual felony larceny.
Squire was taken into custody without incident Tuesday at a restaurant on 11th Avenue S.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $25,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for February 19 in Newton.
26-year-old George Aaron Rhinehardt of 23rd Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (December 5) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine, resisting a public officer, misdemeanor larceny, possession of a stolen firearm, and obtaining property by false pretense. Rhinehardt was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (December 6).
Hickory City Council met in regular session last night. New Mayor Hank Guess, Aldermen David Williams, and David Zagaroli and Alderwoman Jill Patton were all sworn in. Danny Seaver was elected as Mayor Pro Tem and John Crone was appointed as City Attorney.
In addition at last night's Hickory City Council meeting, Mayor Jeff Cline was recognized for his service to the city, he filled the position following the passing of Mayor Rudy Wright in May. Second readings and the consent agenda were also approved by council during last night's session.
36-year-old Chad Anderson Newton of Bridges Avenue in Connelly Springs was arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and attempted larceny.
According to a news release issued by the Burke County Sheriff's office on Tuesday (December 5), on November 29, 2017, at approximately 7 p.m., a resident contacted Burke County 911 to report they had arrived home in Icard and found that someone was inside their residence. The person left the home prior to deputies arriving.
The case was assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division. Subsequent to interviewing witnesses, neighbors, and reviewing security videos from multiple locations, the suspect was identified as Chad Anderson Newton.
Newton agreed to surrender himself to deputies at the Burke County Magistrate’s Office where he was served with charges and placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (December 6).
More counts have been filed against the Caldwell County teacher charged with indecent liberties. His bond was also increased. 29-year-old Justin William Biggs of Kincaid Hill Drive in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (December 5) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's now charged with five felony counts of indecent liberties with a child, he was initially charged with three counts.
On November 9, 2017, the Lenoir Police Department began an investigation into reports of physical assault by a teacher at William Lenoir Middle School. After a several week investigation, the case was heard by the Grand Jury in Caldwell County on Monday (December 4). Indictments were returned by the Grand Jury against Biggs.
Following his arrest, Biggs was initially detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bond. That bond has since been increased to $250,000 secured. Biggs is scheduled to appear in Superior Court January 8. Anyone with information relating to this incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300 or the Lenoir Police Department at 828-757-2100.
45-year-old Jerry Edward Killian Jr. of Granite Falls, will serve five to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to possession with intent to sell/deliver methamphetamine and possession of firearm by felon during Caldwell County Superior Court on Monday (December 4).
The defendant also admitted his habitual felon status, which enhanced the active sentence he was given by the Honorable Gregory R. Hayes, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County. Killian will serve the prison term in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
Killian’s sentence was enhanced by prior felony convictions for obtaining property by false pretense (May 2014), possession of stolen goods (February 2012) and breaking/entering a motor vehicle (September 2005), all in Burke County.
In December 2016, narcotics officers with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office arranged a purchase of methamphetamine from the defendant. When Killian arrived at the established meeting place, he was placed under arrest. A search of the vehicle he was driving turned up a coat with a clear plastic baggie containing methamphetamine and a 9-millimeter handgun in the pockets.
J.T. Reynolds was the lead investigator for the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, and Assistant District Attorney Nancy Lee prosecuted the case for the State.
31-year-old Jimmy Daniel Raybon of Connelly Springs will spend at least 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted first-degree murder and possession of firearm by a convicted felon during Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday (December 5).
The Honorable Julia Lynn Gullett, Superior Court Judge from Iredell County, sentenced Raybon to a prison term of 13 to 17 years. He will serve that sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
Officers from Hickory Police Department responded in May 2016 to a report of shots fired at a convenience store on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard in Hickory. Three people were in a car sitting at the gas pumps that were approached by the defendant. After a brief verbal exchange between Raybon and the driver, the defendant pulled out a shotgun and fired a round into the driver’s side window of the vehicle.
Raybon previously was convicted of common law robbery in Alexander County in June 2008, leading to the charge of possession of a firearm by felon. The Hickory Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division handled the case. Assistant District Attorney Kyle Smith prosecuted the matter on behalf of the State.
32-year-old Keith Roger Boughton, Jr. of Glen Hollow Court N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after nine o’clock last night (December 4) on one felony count of possession of marijuana.
According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, at the time of his arrest, Boughton was in possession of 78.1 grams of marijuana in three baggies and a cigarette box.
Boughton was taken into custody without incident on the 800 block of 6th Street N.E. He was processed and released under a $2,500 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled tomorrow in Newton.
36-year-old Romel Barta McDonald of 3rd Avenue Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:30 yesterday afternoon (December 4) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny.
On December 2, Hickory Police responded to a break-in at the Raceway convenience store on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. Two days later, the suspect was identified and arrested.
McDonald was taken into custody without incident at a business on 1st Avenue S.E. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.