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47-year-old Charles Shea Ellis of 25th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (March 4) by Maiden Police Officers. He’s charged with four counts of trafficking opium or heroin, one count of conspire to traffic opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, sell schedule II controlled substance, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Ellis was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (March 6).

Thursday, 05 March 2015 05:38

Hickory Man Charged With Sex Offense

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58-year-old Charles Alfred Vandresser of Vandresser Point in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (March 4) by authorities in Catawba County. He’s charged with felony solicitation of statutory sex offense with a person 13,14, or 15 years of age. Following Wednesday’s arrest, Vandresser was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $75,000 bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Friday (March 6). 

The Burke County Board of Commissioners this week directed County staff to move forward in getting proposals for a health clinic that would treat employees, retirees and dependents. A workshop was held Tuesday by commissioners to gather information on a possible clinic. According to a published report, commissioners were informed that the county is self-insured. That means county employees who have insurance through the county pay a co-pay when they go to the doctor and then the county pays the remainder of the bill, the same as any medical insurance provider.

According to the report, a health clinic for Burke County employees could help cut the cost the county has to pay for insurance. The more employees, retirees and dependents who use the clinic, the more money the county could save. The clinic would provide a lower-cost option for employees to get medical care. County officials say in the report that the incentive for employees to use the clinic is that they would not be responsible for a co-pay.

The clinic would offer things such as treatment of common illnesses such as flu and allergies. Along with issues such as sprained ankles and back problems. The clinic would also offer annual physical exams and health screenings. The proposed clinic, which would be open 20 hours a week, would not replace medical care for chronic or more serious health conditions. The report says that the county does not want to compete with other medical providers.

Commissioners were informed that other counties in the state have saved money by providing similar health clinics for employees. Those counties include Caldwell and Henderson. It is estimated that Burke County would also save money by having the clinic.

According to the published report, while the concept received overall support from commissioners, Maynard Taylor did voice concerns about the necessity of the clinic. The report says that Taylor said the majority of county residents would not benefit from the clinic.

30-year-old Robert Shawn Tipps of Rhoney School Road in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (March 4) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, Tipps is charged by Probation and Parole with two felony counts of probation violation in connection with cases from 2011. Following the arrest, Tipps was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Friday (March 6).

Wednesday, 04 March 2015 14:39

Hickory Man Jailed on Felony Marijuana Charge

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27-year-old Shonniel Gary Vinson Blackburn of 3rd Street Place S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:15 last night (March 3) on one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of second-degree trespass.

He was arrested when Officers on foot patrol at Terrace Fields on 2nd Street Place S.E. saw Blackburn, who they knew had been banned from Hickory Housing Authority property. As he was being arrested on the trespassing charge, a search was conducted, leading to the discovery of 34.9 grams of marijuana and $196 in cash.

Blackburn was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,300, secured. He was scheduled to make an appearance in District Court on March 25 in Hickory.

Wednesday, 04 March 2015 14:09

Conover Man Indicted on Sept. 2014 Firearms Charge

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39-year-old Jerry Gerard Parson of Bush Drive in Conover was served a True Bill of Indictment by Hickory Police at about 3 p.m. yesterday (March 3) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

He was indicted in connection to an incident on September 14 of last year in which shots were fired at the Mallard Cove development on the 2200 block of 6th Street N.W. A male victim told Police he had been assaulted with a firearm. The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Parson faces additional felony charges for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, as well as one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was processed yesterday at H.P.D. headquarters and then released on a written promise to appear. Superior Court dates were set for March 6 and April 6, both in Newton.

The Caldwell County Animal Shelter at 829 Fairview Drive S.W. in Lenoir has extended the timeframe it will be closed due to repairs. The animal shelter will reopen on Monday, March

9, as repairs have taken longer than expected. The shelter had been scheduled to reopen today (March 4).

In order to comply with state regulations, all floors and walls where animals are kept must be sealed in order to prevent the spread of disease. During the closure, kennel walls are being repainted.

Animals cannot be in the areas where painting in taking place. Animals that were in these areas have been sent out to rescues or they have been adopted.

For more information, contact Anna Martin, Health Education Supervisor, at 828-426-8506.

28-year-old Philip Joseph Harrison of Miller Bridge Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11 o’clock last night (March 3) on one felony count each of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and carrying a concealed gun.

He was taken into custody at a convenience store on 16th Street N.E. (Springs Road) and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,450 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

Wednesday, 04 March 2015 11:13

Drug Charge Filed In Burke County

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39-year-old Crystal Kay Jones was arrested Tuesday (March 4) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with possession with intent to manufacture schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Jones was placed in jail under $5,000 secured bond. A first court appearance was scheduled for today.

Wednesday, 04 March 2015 10:55

Lake Hickory Rotary Names Rotarian of the Year

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The Rotary Club of Lake Hickory has presented its “Rotarian of the Year” award to John Leach. Leach received the award from club President Ernie Sills at the club’s annual dinner & dance held on Saturday, February 21.

John Leach was born and educated in England. Mr. Leach moved to Hickory in 1978 along with his wife, Eileen, and two children, Chris and Jacqui. He came to work for General Electric and, in 1984, left to help start Hi-Tech Fuses, Inc., a company that designed and manufactured high-voltage electric fuses sold in the United States and all over the world.

As a member of the club since 2007, Mr. Leach has exemplified Rotary’s “Service above Self” motto by directing the club’s administration committee, taking part in the fellowship committee and in managing the club’s bylaws. He currently serves on the club’s Board of Directors.