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Wednesday, 18 March 2015 10:42

Hickory Man Faces Felony Assault Charge; More

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37-year-old David Jason Boughman of 5th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:15 Tuesday morning (March 17) on one felony count of assault on a government official and misdemeanor counts of assault on a female, communicating threats and common law false imprisonment. He was also served a grand jury indictment for malicious conduct by a prisoner. In addition, the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office charged Boughman with non-support of a child.

He was charged in connection to an incident on November 12, 2014 when Police responded to a reported domestic dispute at Boughman’s residence. Boughman allegedly displayed a knife during the incident, and he jumped through a window, requiring medical attention. He was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center where he allegedly kicked an Officer.

Boughman has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. He will appear in Superior Court on March 20 in Newton.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 06:30

HIC Grant Recipients Announced

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The Hickory International Council (HIC) announced its two $500 grant recipients. The HIC offers grants to community organizations that provide programs supportive of the goals, purposes, and projects of the HIC. Grant proposals should indicate how the project or program aids in the development of a more global or internationally supportive and tolerant community. The mission of the Hickory International Council is to act, among other things, to promote goodwill, mutual understanding, cooperation, and respect among citizens, internationally. The brochure of the HIC states on its front page: “Sharing the world with our community through events and learning experiences for all ages.”

“The grant programs impacts the community as a whole, and not only a specific entity or culture,” said Hani Nassar, HIC Chair. “The result is a better community understanding and appreciation of the world around us, as well as a desire to learn more about the small world we live in.”

The first $500 grant was given to Revae Bostwick for the project, “Through the Eyes of the World.” This project would include taking groups of Newton-Conover students from the elementary, middle, and high school level to the Hickory Museum of Art in September where photographic artwork depicting persons from various cultures will be on display.

All fourth and fifth grade students in the Newton-Conover elementary schools, middle school, and high school students, taking art classes, will be able to visit the exhibit in September and participate in the contest. This project is designed to allow students to observe, interpret, and create art, while gaining cultural awareness.

The second $500 HIC grant recipient is Brian Smith. His project will result in a published book called Does it Rain in Guatemala? It will be a book for children and will cover the beginning of the charity, Ella’s Umbrellas. Ella Caroline Smith was adopted from Guatemala and came to live in the Catawba Valley when she was five and a half months old. She has always known she’s adopted and when she was seven, she asked the question, “Does it rain in Guatemala?” From there, she found a way to collect and send umbrellas to be passed out on the streets of Guatemala to families who need them. She has collected and sent almost 500 umbrellas to Guatemala in just over two years.

For more information or questions on the HIC grants, contact Hani Nassar, HIC Chair, at hmnassar@gmail.com, or (828) 326-0256.

29-year-old Aaron James Hathcock and 33-year-old Paul William Kennell were both arrested Tuesday (March 17) by authorities in Burke County. They’re each charged with felony breaking and entering to a motor vehicle. Following their arrests, both suspects were placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond apiece. They’re both scheduled to appear in District Court on April 7.

39-year-old Shanna Lynn Bullin of Starnes Street in Connelly Springs was arrested Tuesday (March 17) by Long View Police Officers. She’s charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Bullin was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, March 18).

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 05:43

Fire Causes Extensive Damage To Home In Newton

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A fire that caused extensive damage to a home in Newton is currently under investigation by the Catawba County Fire Marshal’s Office. The Tuesday afternoon (March 17) fire burned a home at 1870 Aprils Way. A published report says more than 60 percent of the home’s roof was destroyed in the fire.

The Newton Fire Department received multiple calls about the fire at approximately 1 p.m. Tuesday. Reports say one resident was home at the time, but that person was able to escape unharmed. No firefighters sustained injuries while fighting the blaze.

According to the published report, the resident ran out of the left side of the home to a neighbor’s home. The left side of the house was consumed in flames by the time the woman arrived at the neighbor’s residence.

The cause of the fire is unknown. The Fire Marshal’s Office is currently investigating in an attempt to determine a cause. It is known that Tuesday’s windy conditions contributed to the severity of Tuesday’s fire.

19-year-old Rodney Shane Townsend of Sunk Mountain Lane in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (March 17) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking and or entering, larceny, and possession of stolen goods or property. Following the arrest, Townsend was detained at the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (March 19).

The investigation is continuing into the discovery of a skull and eight bones in Burke County. According to published reports, the human skull and bones were found near Lake James. Authorities say hunters and their dogs discovered the skull on property near the lake belonging to Duke Energy.

Crews spent much of the day Tuesday searching for more possible remains near the lake. The reports say the skull was found about 100 yards from the lake's spillway. Reports also say crews found eight other bones believed to be human near the same area. They are being sent to a medical examiner to determine whether they are human.

The State Bureau of Investigation is assisting Burke County authorities. Officials are working to determine the gender and age of the person the skull belonged to.

A prescribed burn is scheduled for today. The U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct one of two prescribed burns in the Grandfather Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest. Based on weather conditions and resource availability the agency plans to burn either 560 acres in Avery County or 1240 acres in Caldwell and Avery Counties. The smaller Rock House Creek Burn is north of Roseboro in Avery County. The larger Wilson Ridge Burn is north of Edgemont in Caldwell and Avery Counties.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 14:20

Newton Woman Accused of Biting Officer

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29-year-old Tamara Charisama Kennedy of Dixie Park Avenue in Newton was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police just before 6 p.m. yesterday (March 16) on one felony count of assault on a law enforcement officer and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

The indictment comes in connection to a July 2014 incident in which Police responded to a civil disturbance on the 400 block of 2nd Street Place S.E. Officers arrived to find a large crowd gathered in the roadway. As Officers attempted to separate the parties involved, Kennedy screamed at Police. When she was told that she would be arrested for resisting, Kennedy allegedly bit one Officer.

Following her arrest yesterday, Kennedy was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $60,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for March 20 in Newton.

71-year-old Alvis Clatis Coon of Helen Avenue in Bessemer City has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of trafficking in opiates by transportation, sale and possession and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance.

After identifying Coon as a possible supplier of prescription drugs in Lincoln County, Investigators were able to introduce an Undercover Officer to him. The Officer learned that Coon had been bringing large amounts of pills into the county.

On March 14, Investigators set up a buy & bust operation and seized approximately 200 prescription hydrocodone pain pills, $2,000 in cash and a 2007 Kia Optima belonging to the suspect.

Agents in Catawba County are also investigating an active case involving Coon.

Following his arrest, Coon was processed at the Lincoln County Detention Center and later released on a $100,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in a Lincoln County courtroom on April 6.