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21-year-old Jonathan Dylan Reeder of Boone was arrested by Boone Police Officers. He’s charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle, exceeding the posted speed limit, and driving left of center.

The arrest came after the Boone Police Department completed the investigation into the January 22, 2015, motor vehicle crash that claimed the life of ASU student Jacob Dylan Whitaker on Highway 105.

Reeder was given a $2000 unsecured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for June 18.

48-year-old Timothy Guy Parton was arrested today (Wednesday, May 20) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with solicitation of a child by computer to commit an unlawful sex act. Following the arrest, Parton was placed in jail under $5,000 bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (May 21).

32-year-old Dustin Patrick Rhodes of Kendell Place in Hudson was arrested Tuesday (May 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods or property, and obtaining property by false pretense. Following the arrest, Rhodes was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (May 21).

37-year-old Larry Terrill Jenkins of Faye Lowman Drive in Connelly Springs was arrested Tuesday (May 19) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged on warrants from 2013 with selling cocaine and possession of a firearm by a felon. Following the arrest, Jenkins was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. He was scheduled to make a first court appearance Tuesday.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 04:50

Hickory Man Charged With Strangulation

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51-year-old Ronald Lee White of F Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested this morning (Wednesday, May 20) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with assault by strangulation, and interfere with emergency communication. Following the arrest, White was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility without bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.

A new Electric Vehicle Charging Station has been installed by the City of Hickory on the west end of Union Square. Over the next five years, virtually every automobile manufacturer plans to introduce a plug-in hybrid or battery electric vehicle. The City of Hickory has supplied a charging station infrastructure to help support this industry change.

The City of Hickory received a grant to provide citizens and travelers with capabilities to charge their Electric Vehicles (EV), free of charge, at Union Square. As use grows then a fee for charging time could be added in the future. Motorists may visit Downtown Hickory and connect to the EV Charging Unit, which is located on the west end of Union Square. While their EV is charging, they may spend the time dining and shopping in Downtown Hickory.

Parking spaces on either side of the charging unit will allow two EV’s to charge at the same time. No parking spaces were lost for the installation of the charging station and the spaces on each side of the charging station may be use by regular fuel vehicles if they are available as the EV charging is an accessary use of these two parking spaces. These two fall under the same 3 hour parking limit just as all spaces on Union Square.

The DuraStation's design offers Level II charging, which is capable of reducing charge time from 12 to 18 hours to 4 to 8 hours, with service needs of 208-240VAC at 40A, assuming a 24kWh battery and a full-cycle charge. The DuraStation is designed to accommodate future changes and technological advances.

A Claremont man will spend at least eight years in prison after entering guilty pleas for multiple breaking and entering charges and attaining habitual felon status during Burke County Superior Court Monday (May 18). Thirty-five-year-old Benjamin Charles Lagunas was sentenced to serve eight to 12 years in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Tanya T. Wallace, Superior Court Judge from Richmond County.

Lagunas pleaded guilty to breaking and entering, breaking and entering a motor vehicle and a boat as well as failure to appear for a missed court date on April 2015. His sentence was enhanced because of his habitual felon status. The defendant broke into an outbuilding and stole a chainsaw on Feb. 20, 2013, and later broke into a Jeep and took wheels. He also broke into a boat the same day. All three incidents occurred at different locations.

A co-defendant scrapped the wheels and later told investigators of Lagunas’ involvement. The stolen chainsaw was located in his vehicle. The case was investigated by Jared Ball of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Frank Webster.

Lagunas has been convicted of and imprisoned for similar offenses in Alexander, Catawba and Haywood counties dating back to 1996. He is scheduled to appear in Catawba County Superior Court June 1.

27-year-old Christopher James Medeiros of Barber Loop in Mooresville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony assault on a government official, malicious conduct by a prisoner, misdemeanor speeding to elude arrest, failure to stop for blue lights and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

At about 1:30 Sunday afternoon (May 17), the Sheriff’s Office responded to a disturbance call on Barber Loop. Deputy R.B. Xerri responded and spoke to the reporting party. The suspect had threatened to shoot a resident at the caller’s home.

While the Deputy was on scene the suspect drove by the caller’s house at a high rate of speed. Deputy Xerri got into his patrol car in attempt to stop the suspect. The suspect fled the area, striking a garbage can and a mailbox as the Deputy pursued. The suspect turned on to a dead end road. The suspect then resisted arrest and squared off with Deputy Xerri to fight. The suspect struck the Deputy with a closed fist in the face.

Christopher James Medeiros was then taken into custody with the assistance of several area residents. The suspect repeatedly spit on the Deputy and attempted to grab his duty belt.

Medeiros was transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was given a $5,000 secured bond. He was given an additional $1,000 bond for charges from the State Highway Patrol for driving while impaired and driving while license revoked. Court dates were scheduled for June 3 and June 18.

The South Fork Volunteer Fire Department in Lincoln County has been awarded a grant from the North Carolina Department of Insurance, Office of State Fire Marshal in the amount of $55,500 for the purchase of a breathing air compressor system. The grant is a 50-50 match, with the state paying $27,750 and the fire department paying $27,750.

The breathing air compressor system will give the department the ability to refill air bottles used for firefighting and rescue incidents with safe, clean air. The system replaces a mobile air truck that was 31 years old and was placed out of service last year due to safety and mechanical concerns.

The annual state grants are intended to provide funding for needed equipment to volunteer departments with limited budgets.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 14:44

Hickory Woman Faces Felony Cocaine Charge

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37-year-old Elsie Leona Farris of Cemetery Loop in Hickory was arrested at about 1:30 yesterday afternoon (May 18) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of shoplifting. She was taken into custody without incident at the Wal-Mart store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for tomorrow in Newton.