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28-year-old Jonathan Edward Barlow was arrested Wednesday (December 3) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony hit and run. Following the arrest, Barlow was placed in jail in Morganton under no bond. No court date was listed for the hit and run charge, he’s scheduled to appear in District Court on a traffic infraction on December 15.

Thursday, 03 December 2015 10:58

Hickory Woman Faces Felony Heroin Charge

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29-year-old Yvonne Nicole Engle of 13th Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before noon yesterday on one felony count of possession of heroin and one misdemeanor count of failure to appear. The drug charge comes from a warrant issued by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office, while the misdemeanor charge is from Iredell County.

Engle was taken into custody without incident at her residence. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $9,500 secured bond. A District Court date was set for today in Newton, with another court date coming up on January 4 in Iredell County.

Thursday, 03 December 2015 09:30

Alexander County School Receives $25,000 Grant

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Hiddenite Elementary School in Alexander County was recently named one of four public schools across the U.S. to receive a $25,000 grant from Lowe’s and its Charitable and Educational Foundation. According to the Taylorsville Times, the winning schools were announced after more than 4,000 students wrote Letters to Lowe’s as part of a campaign celebrating ten years of the company’s Toolbox for Education grants program.

The Times report says Lowe’s selected ten finalists from student letters from across the country and then invited the public to vote for the four schools they felt most needed improvements.

For ten years, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education has awarded grants that have benefited more than six-million K thru 12 public school students. Every spring and fall, teachers and school administrators across the country are awarded grants from Lowe’s towards projects including refurbishments and safety improvements.

According to the Times, Hiddenite Elementary fourth grader Callie Logan recently wrote to Lowe’s about the school's need for a playground refurbishment. In the letter, Logan described cracked slides, the need for handicap accessible equipment, and benches for kids to rest on, as some of the reasons her school should receive the grant.

A special assembly was held last month to announce the award to the students and staff at Hiddenite Elementary. Schools interested in applying for future Toolbox for Education grants can find more information on toolboxforeducation.com. The next spring grants cycle opens on December 18.

Thursday, 03 December 2015 07:09

Two Wastewater Spills Reported In Newton

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The city of Newton experienced two wastewater spills during heavy rains on Wednesday (December 2). A spill at 1432 West N.C. 10 was estimated at 1,400 gallons. A spill at 1442 West N.C. 10 was estimated at 2,634 gallons. Both spills reached Hildebran Creek. The spills had no negative impact on the environment.

The Division of Water Resources was notified and is reviewing the matter. For more information, contact Dennis Falder, Assistant Public Works and Utilities Director, at 828-695-4298.

Consumers who plan to skip the crowds by shopping online this holiday season must take steps to protect their money and personal information. Attorney General Roy Cooper issued that warning in a news release issued by the North Carolina Department of Justice.

Cooper says in the news release that “Online shoppers may save time and avoid crowds, but they aren’t immune to scams. Use caution when you shop online, and guard your money and your personal information no matter how you shop during the holidays.”

Cooper offered the following tips to help holiday shoppers protect themselves from cyber-criminals and bad business deals.

Shop sites you know and trust, compare prices yourself, read the return policy carefully, know how to contact the company if there’s a problem, check site security before you enter any payment information, consider paying by credit card. If your order doesn’t arrive or isn’t what you expected, you can dispute it with your credit card company. Federal law also limits your liability to $50 if your credit card number gets stolen. Also, be wary of pop ups at the end of an online purchase that offer you money off your next purchase. These can wind up signing you up for discount clubs, travel memberships or other services you don’t really want, with fees appearing later on your credit card or bank statement. Another tip offered is to be sure to ask when your order will arrive. And of course, protect your identity. Guard your Social Security, driver’s license and bank account numbers when you shop online. Only share financial information via secure sites, never by email. Don’t respond to unsolicited emails or telemarketing calls that ask for your personal information.

To check out a company or file a consumer complaint, call the Attorney General’s Office at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM toll-free within North Carolina. Consumers can also file complaints online and get more holiday shopping tips at www.ncdoj.gov.

Thursday, 03 December 2015 06:06

60 Suspects Arrested In Day One Of Major Drug Roundup

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Numerous suspects being sought in a major drug roundup were arrested on Wednesday. Yesterday the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force initiated the largest drug roundup in the county’s history. “Operation 110%” began at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. There are warrants for 110 suspects who face various drug charges. The goal is to have all 110 individuals arrested and charged by Christmas. Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid informed WHKY late Wednesday that 60 of those suspects were apprehended in day one of the operation. More than 100 homes were visited by officers yesterday.

The suspects being sought face a combined total of 475 felony charges. Various types of controlled substances are involved, including methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana. 28 officers were involved in Wednesday’s portion of the roundup. The operation began after a six month investigation by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force, which includes the Sheriff’s Office and Maiden Police Department. During the investigation, undercover officers purchased meth, heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana, and prescription pills.

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to seek several suspects currently on the Most Wanted List.

A recently added name to the list is 25-year-old Lacey Wayne Teague Jr. He’s wanted for felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Teague’s last known address was on Tom Smith Avenue in Connelly Springs.

30-year-old Samuel Zane Billings remains on the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Most Wanted List. Billings is wanted for felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods or property. Billings last known address was on Mount Olive Church Road in Morganton.

39-year-old Tong Xeng Yang Moua is still being sought by authorities in Burke County. He’s wanted for felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver meth, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule VI controlled substance. Moua’s last known address was on Old Blue Ridge Lane in Connelly Springs.

You can see the entire list of most wanted suspects at www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of any of Burke County’s Most Wanted call the Sheriff’s Office at (828) 438-5500 or e-mail admin@burkesheriff.org. To make an anonymous tip contact Morganton-Burke Crimestoppers.

39-year-old Lillie Mae Kincaid of Scroggs Street in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (December 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of attempted breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen property. Kincaid was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, December 3).

36-year-old James William Greene of Huffman Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (December 2) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with felony breaking and entering. Following the arrest, Greene was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, December 3).

31-year-old Kristen Denise Childers of Starmount Lane in Taylorsville was arrested Wednesday (December 2) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with two felony counts of possession of schedule I controlled substance, and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Childers was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,300 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, December 3).