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32-year-old Maurice Lavone Chambers of SW British Woods Drive in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (June 25) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver cocaine, possession of cocaine, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license revoked, possession of an open container/consuming alcohol in the passenger area, two counts of resisting a public officer, and operate a vehicle with no insurance. Following the arrest, Chambers was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. He made a first appearance in District Court Thursday.

19-year-old Jason Markantony Towers of Mooresville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and larceny of a firearm. He was also charged on an outstanding fugitive warrant.

At about 11 yesterday, Deputy Sergeant C.T. Smith and Deputy E. A. Johnson responded to a break-in in progress near Mooresville’s Templeton Road area. As the Deputies were responding, they received information regarding a suspicious person in the same area.

When Officers arrived, they were notified by victim and other witnesses that suspect was armed with a pistol. Deputies then went to the residence to which witnesses saw the suspect flee. There, they took Jason Towers into custody without incident.

Detective Sergeant W.G. Hayes responded to the scene and spoke with victim and other witnesses. Towers reportedly confessed to the break-in and to the theft of items, including a handgun, from the victims’ residence.

In the course of the investigation, Deputies found that Towers had a warrant from another state. Towers was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center was a $28,000 secured bond. He’ll make a first appearance in District Court Monday (June 29).

23-year-old Katie Michelle Melton of West Stagecoach Trail in Lawndale was arrested by Hickory Police at about three o’clock this morning (June 26) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

She was arrested after Police responded to the Days Inn on Fairgrove Church Road where a female was sleeping in a car in the parking lot. Officer checked the vehicle registration and found that the rental car had been reported stolen by Economy Car Rental.

Melton was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for Monday (June 29) in Newton.

30-year-old Toneeka Shontae Oats of Calico Road in Lenoir and 28-year-old Latasha Marie Henderson of Arrowood Drive in Lenoir were both arrested Thursday (June 25) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. They’re each charged with three counts of felony break or enter a motor vehicle, two counts of misdemeanor larceny, three counts of felony possession of stolen goods or property, and one count of felony larceny. Following the arrest, both suspects were incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $75,000 secured bond.

Friday, 26 June 2015 04:59

Hickory Man Charged With Heroin Offenses

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52-year-old John Michael Wall of 19th Avenue NW in Hickory was arrested Thursday (June 25) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony larceny, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin, possession of heroin, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Wall was incarcerated at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $80,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (June 29).

37-year-old Dennis Shawn Williams of Thompson Street in Newton was arrested Thursday (June 25) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with four counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin, driving while license revoked, reckless driving to endanger, and flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. Following the arrest, Williams was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $51,000 bond. A District Court date is set for Monday (June 29).

A man who was reported to be missing Thursday (June 25) has been found and is reported to be safe.

The N.C. Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert Thursday for 81-year-old Styne Clinton Chambers of Lake Lure. A news release was issued early this morning canceling the Silver Alert.

According to the Lake Lure Police Department, Mr. Chambers was found and is said to be okay.

Hickory’s Assistant City Manager Andrea Surratt was recognized by the North Carolina City and County Manager’s Association (NCCMA) as the Assistant Manager of the Year. She was honored at the annual conference in Wilmington, North Carolina on Saturday, June 20.

The NCCMA recognizes outstanding contributions to the local government management profession through this awards program. This is a great opportunity for professionals in local governments to receive recognition for the excellent performance and leadership in their profession.

Surratt’s career includes working in planning and development, as well as town and city management since 1991.

Surratt has had experience implementing strategic planning processes that have been established by elected and appointed officials on topics such as: council priorities, visioning, budget planning, transportation planning, economic development for overall city and downtown revitalizations, land use planning and city-initiated annexations. She has managed capital improvement projects for new public facilities, including the public structure in Downtown Hickory, called The Sails on the Square. The purpose of the structure was to provide a home for the farmer’s market, as well as an event venue for the community, both of which are very successful, largely in part to Surratt’s vision and input in, not only the development of the structure, but, also, because of her guidance on event planning and the strategy to create a welcoming community area for the City of Hickory.

Surratt has also led citizen involvement initiatives, such as the City of Hickory’s Inspiring Spaces program, as well as Small Area Plans, Comprehensive Plans, and a Citizens Local Government 101 program, while in her previous positions. The Inspiring Spaces plan addressed streetscapes, urban design, parking and associated landscaping, bike and pedestrian linkages, greenways, site furnishings, public art, way-finding, and gateways. It was a city-wide planning process that provided a framework for prioritizing improvements to the public infrastructure and properties that will improve and promote Hickory as a welcoming and vibrant destination, as well as a thriving place to work, live and play. The work that Surratt did on the Inspiring Spaces plans were instrumental in moving a $40 million bond referendum forward for the City. Andrea continues to be highly involved in the coordination and strategic planning with the Bond Implementation Commission and will continue to be throughout the entire process.

Friday, 26 June 2015 04:12

Two Wanted Men Sought In Caldwell County

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The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office is seeking a pair of suspects wanted in connection with various crimes. They are requesting the public’s help in finding these two men.

45-year-old Darrell "Eric" Corpening is wanted for Felony Breaking and Entering, Larceny, Possession of Stolen Property, and Trespassing. Corpening is described as a black male who is 6'4. No further description is provided. The news release says he frequents the uptown Lenoir area, specifically Scroggs Street. He may also be in the Wilson's Creek area.

In addition, the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office is looking for 42-year-old Jody Quint Greene. He is wanted for Felony Breaking and Entering, Larceny, Possession of Stolen Property. Greene is described as a white male, 42 yrs old, 6'1, 240 pounds. The news release says Greene frequents the Blackberry area and Dudley Shoals area of Caldwell County.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Darrell "Eric" Corpening or Jody Quint Greene you are asked to call the Lenoir/Caldwell County Crime Stoppers Line at 758-8300.

A news release issued by the Morganton Department of Public Safety reminds citizens to protect themselves from identity theft and offers tips to help do this.

Guard your personal information. Protect your Social Security number. Don’t carry your Social Security card in your wallet.

Give your Social Security Number (SSN) only when absolutely necessary. Ask why a SSN is needed, who has access to it, and how it will be kept confidential. Don’t print your SSN or driver’s license number on your checks.

Destroy documents you don't need. Shred outdated records including bank statements, credit applications, health insurance forms, prescription labels and paperwork, physician statements, etc., along with any receipts that show your credit card number.

Sign up for alerts to learn about shred-a-thons in your area, or check our list of events.

Safely dispose of old electronics. Make sure you have removed all of the personal information your old computer holds before you sell, donate or recycle it. For best results, use a wipe utility program that overwrites everything on the hard drive.

Transfer phone books, contact lists, etc. to your new phone, and then wipe your old phone completely clean. Consult the owner's manual, the manufacturer's recommendations, and your service provider for tips on how to remove all of your old data, histories, photos, etc.

Monitor your finances. Limit the number of credit cards you carry. Watch for missing bills and review your monthly statements carefully. Contact your creditors if a bill doesn’t arrive when expected or includes charges you don’t recognize. Review your health care bills and paperwork carefully for signs of medical identity theft. Contact your health plan if a document includes charges you don't recognize. Also, it's recommended you use direct deposit for payroll, social security or other federal benefit checks. To sign up for automatic deposit of Social Security checks and other federal benefit payments, call (800) 333-1795 or visit Go Direct. Keep copies of credit cards (front and back) in a safe place in case a card is lost or stolen. Review your Social Security Earnings and Benefits Statement for errors in your yearly salary. To order a statement, call (800) 772-1213. “Opt out” of sharing your nonpublic personal information or credit report information with other businesses.

Remember, it is important to never give personal information to telemarketers who call you on the phone.