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Thursday, 23 April 2015 10:12

Woman Reports Theft of $65K in Jewelry

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A 57-year-old woman has filed a police report regarding the theft of jewelry from a safe deposit box at a local bank. The victim estimates the value of the stolen items at $65,000.

The woman said she placed the jewelry in the box in March of 2014. She next checked the box a year later and found the items -- including gold necklaces, bracelets and earrings – missing. The victim told Police she approached bank staff in an effort to go through proper channels.

She filed the police report yesterday (April 22) on the advice of her attorney.

Hickory Police are investigating.

23-year-old Olivia Ann Randolph was arrested Wednesday (April 22) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Randolph was placed in jail under $1,200 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, April 23).

26-year-old Izaak Benton Watkins was arrested Wednesday (April 23) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony larceny of a firearm. Following the arrest, Watkins was placed in jail under no bond on the charge filed Wednesday. Bond on previous charges filed against him was set at $61,500 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled for May 4.

35-year-old Matthew Robert Outlaw was arrested Wednesday (April 23) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony non-forced breaking and entering. Following the arrest, Outlaw was placed in jail under $20,000 secured bond. A first court appearance is scheduled for Friday (April 24) in Morganton.

33-year-old Kristen Lichele Isbell of NE Lower Creek Drive in Lenoir, 55-year-old Bessie Leona Hicks of NW Maple Place in Lenoir, 38-year-old Edward Lee Allison of Crowell Street in Concord, 20-year-old Larry Darnell Gavin Jr. of 2nd Street Place SE in Hickory, 26-year-old Carlos Renard Cornwell Jr. of Mount Pleasant Road in Sherrills Ford, and 28-year-old Thomas Allan Jones Jr. of 2nd Street Place in Hickory were all arrested Wednesday (April 22) by Lenoir Police Officers.

All six suspects are charged with trafficking in cocaine. They were all detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center, bond for five of the six suspects was set at $250,000 secured. Allison’s bond was set at $100,000 secured. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (Thursday, April 23) in Lenoir.

As many as 60 new jobs could be coming to Hickory as a result of a new furniture manufacturer locating in the city. During their meeting this week, Hickory City Council unanimously approved the application for a Vacant Building Revitalization and Demolition Grant for 890 F Ave Dr. SE LLC. According to a published report, that entity is an ownership group that will lease the former Thomasville Furniture Plant to a furniture manufacturer.

According to the report, Assistant City Manager Andrea Surratt said “It is a manufacturer not currently in Hickory.” Surratt also said that the manufacturer is from California. The report states that

the manufacturer would have “40 to 60” employees at the new site.

The grant application was for $6,000 to help repair a structural crack on the front of the building as well as plumbing repairs.

According to the report, a nondisclosure agreement is not allowing many details regarding the ownership group or the eventual tenant of the plant to be revealed. In addition, a timeframe regarding the announcement from the manufacturer was not known, nor was it known when operations would begin at the site.

According to the report, Surratt said the future tenant has signed a two-year lease for the building. The grant application, which is still awaiting second reading by Council, requires completion of any renovations paid for with grant funds to be completed in 24 months after approval.

Thursday, 23 April 2015 04:50

Newton Man Faces Multiple Charges Filed Wednesday

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42-year-old Christopher Andrew Godfrey of Viewpoint Road in Newton was arrested Wednesday (April 22) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Godfrey is also charged with breaking and/or entering a motor vehicle, misdemeanor larceny, injury to personal property, and assault on a female. Following the arrest, Godfrey was incarcerated at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $18,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (April 24).

47-year-old James Walter Dunn of 23rd Street NW in Hickory was arrested by Long View Police Officers. He’s charged with one count of assault with serious bodily injury. Following the arrest, Dunn was detained this morning (Thursday, April 23) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (April 24).

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 14:43

H.P.S. Seeks Public Input on Superintendent Search

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The Hickory Public Schools Board of Education is seeking direct input from interested members of the community to help shape the search process and assist in defining the qualities and characteristics of the next Hickory Public Schools (HPS) superintendent.

The board invites parents and community members to participate in a short community survey that can be accessed and completed online by clicking the survey link on the main HPS webpage: www.hickoryschools.net or through the Hickory Public Schools Facebook page. The community survey link will also be posted on individual school websites and individual school Facebook pages. Paper copies of the surveys will be available at the HPS administrative services building (432 4th Avenue S.W. in Hickory), in the front office at each school site and at all regular HPS Board of Education meetings.

All surveys must be completed by Tuesday, May 19. Results will be presented at the May 26 school board meeting.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 13:55

Casar Man Accused of Stealing from Former Employer

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37-year-old Brian Kelly Brackett of Casar Lawndale Road in Casar has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on two felony counts each of larceny and possession of stolen goods.

Brackett is accused of taking $1,100 and $2,000 in cash from a truck at Mitchem Farms on Hallman Mill Road in Vale on two separate occasions. On April 2, the business owner told Officers he was having a problem with money being stolen from his vehicle. The victim also reported in March that someone had stolen refrigerators, a water heater and a truck from the farm.

Following his arrest, Brackett, a former Mitchem Farms employee, was taken before a Lincoln County Magistrate where he was given a $5,000 unsecured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (April 22).

The investigation into the theft of the truck and appliances is continuing.