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Crews in Statesville continue to make progress on the Interstate 40/77 interchange project. Weather permitting, two new ramps will open to morning traffic in the coming days.

The I-40 eastbound ramp to U.S. 21 in Statesville is scheduled to open Friday (July 25) some time before 6 a.m. The I-77 Northbound ramp to I-40 eastbound is scheduled to open Monday morning (July 28) at about the same time.

Portable message boards are currently in place to notify motorists of the anticipated openings.

The new ramps are part of the $89 million I-40/77 interchange project, designed to upgrade the existing interchange in Iredell County.

37-year-old Samuel Dichon Whitener of Marktrell Court in Claremont was arrested early this morning (July 24) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each of simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Whitener was taken into custody without incident at about 2:30 a.m. today at the Quality Suites hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory. He has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $6,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

33-year-old William Mitchell Lee Pope of Wortman Street in Connelly Springs was arrested yesterday (July 23) by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on felony charges of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine; possession of meth; maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance; trafficking in meth; and possession of a firearm by a felon, as well as misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Pope was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $220,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Lenoir.

26-year-old Jarred Grant Bryant and 23-year-old Kristi Rene Holsclaw, both from Rudisil Drive in Morganton, were served felony indictments yesterday (July 23) by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers and Lenoir Police. They are each charged with felony counts of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods or property.

Bryant and Holsclaw were both confined in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond for each set at $10,000, secured. They will both appear in Superior Court on September 8 in Lenoir.

Thursday, 24 July 2014 13:54

Silver Alert Issued for Caldwell County Man

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The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered man, 58-year-old Kenneth Ray Danner, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

Mr. Danner is missing from 4012 Calico Road in Lenoir. He is a white male; 5' 11" tall, weighing 183 pounds. He has short brown hair and blue eyes. Mr. Danner was last seen wearing khaki shorts, white tennis shoes, a white T-shirt and a blue baseball cap.

There is no information available regarding a vehicle or possible destination.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Kenneth Ray Danner should call Officer Raby at the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office at 828-758-2324.

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39-year-old Joshua Aaron Freeman of Forest Hill Court in Granite Falls was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (July 23) on charges of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine; felony possession of meth; felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance; felony trafficking in meth; felony possession of a firearm by a felon; and felony possession of a controlled substance on prison or jail premises.

Freeman was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $250,000 secured bond.  He was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Lenoir.

Thursday, 24 July 2014 11:23

20/20 to Perform at Hickory Alive! August 1

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The local band 20/20 will perform at Hickory Alive! in downtown Hickory at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, August 1.

The group is known for its covers of Eric Church, the Black Keys, Coldplay, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Jimmy Buffett, Van Morrison, the Beatles, the Monkees, the Who, Queen, Kings of Leon and others.

20/20 has performed at local venues across the Unifour and they performed with former Beach Boys and Frankie Valli guitarist & vocalist Adrian Baker in 2010. The band made it through three rounds of "America's Got Talent" in 2011 and they opened for original Beach Boy member David Marks in May 2014.

Formed in 2008, the group consists of four eye doctors, a near-sighted singer and a cable engineer.

Lees-McRae will host a grand opening for the May School of Nursing & Health Sciences on Wednesday, October 8. Designed by McMillian Pazdan Smith, the 18,000 square foot facility will be the cornerstone of the College’s expanded nursing & health science programs. The grand opening will feature extensive tours of the building and will be free and open to the public.

According to President Barry M. Buxton, all construction, technology and furnishings have been paid for by donations from trustees, alumni and friends of the College, including a generous lead donation from the May family. No operational funds were used.

The proposed pre-licensure nursing program has already generated approximately 30 pre-nursing students for fall 2014. The nursing curriculum will begin in fall 2015, pending approval from the North Carolina Board of Nursing.

The May School will house learning labs and simulation capabilities for the existing athletic training program, the emergency medical services & management (EMSM) program and the proposed pre-licensure BSN nursing program.

This new facility will house two nursing simulation labs, an athletic training lab, learning labs, offices, two conference rooms and a replicated efficiency apartment. In addition, the May School will feature a full-size ambulance simulator consisting of the back half of an ambulance, known as an ambulance box.

The EMSM program will be one of only 12 baccalaureate degree programs in the nation and it will be the second program implemented in North Carolina.

For more information about the May School of Nursing & Health Sciences at Lees-McRae College, contact Lees-McRae’s Director of Nursing Dr. Laura Fero at ferol@lmc.edu. For more information about Lees-McRae, visit www.lmc.edu or call 800-280-4562.

34-year-old James Ashley Sweet of Taylorsville was arrested at about 9 p.m. Tuesday (July 22) by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers and Taylorsville Police on four counts of breaking & entering and larceny, as well as three counts of breaking & entering into a motor vehicle, misdemeanor larceny and larceny of a motor vehicle.

Also arrested was 32-year-old Jessica Marie Benedict of Taylorsville. She was charged with possession of stolen property and possession of a schedule IV controlled substance.

The arrests come in connection to break-ins at several homes in the Wittenburg Community. Two homes on Hefner Lane were reportedly broken into on July 22. At about 6:30 p.m. on the same day, a chicken litter truck was stolen from a chicken farm on Alspaugh Dam Road in Taylorsville. The truck was found near the intersection of Church Road and Liledoun Church Road.

An Alexander County K-9 unit was called to the location, leading Officers to Sweet, who was found hiding in a barn off of Sipe Road.

Sweet was placed in the Alexander Co. Detention Center under a $175,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday (July 23) in Taylorsville with another court date set for Monday (July 28). Benedict was given a $2,500 secured bond with a court date coming up on August 18.

The investigation is continuing with additional charges expected. Sweet was out on bond on larceny and child support charges at the time of his arrest.

35-year-old Kevin Jamal Haqq of Stove Drive in Newton has been charged with murder in connection to a homicide that occurred at about two o’clock this morning (July 24) in the front yard outside of Haqq’s residence.

Haqq is accused of stabbing and killing 20-year-old Jason Margarita of Little Mountain Road. Mr. Margarita died en route to Catawba Valley Medical Center. The murder weapon was a knife of unspecified description.

The two men were involved in an altercation when the incident occurred. The nature of the dispute is unclear at this time. According to Catawba Co. Sheriff Coy Reid, Haqq gave several different accounts of the incident, claiming self-defense in at least one version of events.

Haqq has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility without bond. He will make a first appearance in District Court tomorrow in Newton.