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32-year-old Aimee Nicole Ford was arrested Wednesday (February 25) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony forced breaking and entering. Following the arrest, Ford was placed in jail under $45,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (March 2).

Thursday, 26 February 2015 10:03

Boy Hit by School Bus Improving; Remains Hospitalized

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As of yesterday afternoon (February 25), the eight-year-old male victim who was hit by a Catawba County school bus Monday (February 23) remained at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. According to a release from the Maiden Police Department, the boy has regained consciousness and his condition is improving.

The incident occurred just before 7 a.m. Monday on the 500 block of East Main Street in the town of Maiden. As the bus slowed with amber warning lights flashing, the child ran into Main Street’s eastbound lane where he was struck by an eastbound passenger vehicle. Witness statements and school bus mounted video confirmed that neither the red “stop” lights nor the “stop arm” had been activated prior to the collision.

The driver of the passenger vehicle was not injured.

Maiden Police are continuing to investigate the incident. Police have not released the names of those involved.

Thursday, 26 February 2015 10:03

Lenoir Woman Charged With Violating Probation

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30-year-old Amanda Cherelle Kaylor of Broadway Street in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (February 25) by Probation and Parole Officers. She’s charged with two counts of probation violation. Following the arrest, Kaylor was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (March 2). 

21-year-old Sarah Rebbecca Harrington of Oakdale Street in Gastonia was arrested Wednesday (February 25) by Hudson Police Officers. She’s charged with felony safecracking, felony larceny, and misdemeanor injury to personal property. Following the arrest, Harrington was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, February 26).

Residents of the Greater Hickory Metro Area are waking up to a winter wonderland this morning. Snow fell throughout the night, leaving anywhere from 4 to 6 inches on the ground across the area, with some higher totals at higher elevations. Roads were slick this morning across the region and authorities were warning residents to exercise extreme caution and give themselves plenty of time if they need to be on the roads this morning. If you can avoid driving, do so.

The storm has resulted in all of the area’s school systems being closed. Hickory Public Schools, Catawba County Schools, Newton-Conover City Schools, Alexander County, Burke County, and Caldwell County are all closed today. All day and evening classes at CVCC cancelled for today, a decision on Friday will be made by 6 a.m. tomorrow. All day and evening classes at the Caldwell campus of CCC & TI are cancelled today, the Watauga campus has now cancelled classes for today. Western Piedmont Community College is closed Thursday. All day classes at Lenoir-Rhyne University are cancelled, the University will open at 11 a.m.

Catawba County Government Offices will open at 11 a.m. The Open House for the Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice has been cancelled, the event has not yet been rescheduled.The Salt Block Foundation Arts & Science Center in Hickory is closed today. City of Newton Offices will open at 11 a.m. today.

N.C. Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz will visit Morganton Wednesday March 25, 2015, as part of a Historic Tax Credit Tour. Kluttz, Morganton Mayor Mel Cohen, and other local leaders will tour local buildings that were developed using the states Historic Tax Credit program and properties that could benefit from the program including the Broughton Hospital property.

Stops will include City Hall/Morganton Trading Company, a project developed using the tax credits, as well as Drexel Plant #7 (Alpine Mills) which was able to take advantage of the tax credits before they expired. Kluttz will also tour Broughton Hospital to explore the potential use of historic tax credits on the redevelopment of the campus once the new Broughton Hospital is complete.

"The Historic Tax Credits brought jobs and economic development to rural towns and big cities across North Carolina,” Secretary Kluttz said.  "The rebirth of one abandoned downtown building has a ripple effect throughout a community and often sparks a renaissance of development in nearby structures. In addition, these historic buildings and mills are an emotional tie to our heritage and exemplify what makes North Carolina unique. These credits are critical for North Carolina's economic recovery. "

UNC School of Government Development Finance Initiative (DFI) staff will also participate in the tour. DFI has been contracted by the state to develop a study on potential reuse of the Broughton Hospital campus.

The state Historic Tax Credits program provided an income tax credit to people and companies that rehabilitated historic structures in the state. Since 1998, the state has provided a 20% credit for renovating income-producing properties such as rental properties, and a 30% credit for non-income producing properties such as private homes.

Since 1998, more than 2,400 historic tax credit projects have been completed statewide, in 90 out of 100 North Carolina counties and in both rural and urban areas, bringing more than $1.6 billion of private investment into North Carolina communities.  That investment has boosted local economies and created jobs, while preserving communities’ historic cores and our state’s priceless historic character.

The North Carolina General Assembly pass legislation to end North Carolina’s historic tax credit program on December 31, 2014. Find out more about the state Historic Tax Credit program here: http://www.hpo.ncdcr.gov/tchome.htm

Find out more about the UNC School of Government Development Finance Initiative here: http://www.sog.unc.edu/node/2200

33-year-old Julie Ann Hilton and 42-year-old Benjamin Shane Hilton, both of the same Abington Road, Lenoir address, were arrested Wednesday (February 25) by Lenoir Police Officers. They’re each charged with felony counts of larceny of a firearm and possession of stolen goods or property. The husband and wife are also each charged with multiple counts of fail to appear in court to answer to various charges. Following their arrests, both suspects were detained at the Caldwell County Detention Center. Julie Hilton’s bond was set at $20,000 secured, Benjamin Hilton’s bond was set at $15,800 secured. Both suspects are scheduled to appear in Superior Court on May 4.

24-year-old Antonio Carnell White of 2nd Street Place Southeast in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (February 25) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with failure to appear on counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana. Following the arrest, White was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $54,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (February 27).

A Winter Weather Warning is in effect until 7 a.m. Thursday (February 26).

Catawba County Schools, Hickory Public Schools and Newton-Conover City Schools will all be closed Thursday for students and staff.

Alexander County Schools, Burke County Schools, Caldwell County Schools are also closed.

All day and evening classes at CVCC cancelled for Thursday, a decision on Friday will be made by 6 a.m. Friday
All day and evening classes at the Caldwell campus of CCC & TI are cancelled today, the Watauga campus is on a regular schedule
Western Piedmont Community College is closed Thursday
All day classes at Lenoir-Rhyne University are cancelled, the University will open at 11 a.m.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 14:49

Snowy Weather Suggestions from AAA Carolinas

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With heavy snow expected tonight and a state of emergency declared in North Carolina, AAA of the Carolinas reminds motorists to stay off the roadways, whenever possible.

For those who must travel, AAA Carolinas offers these tips...

  • See and be seen: clean ALL snow and ice from entire vehicle.
  • Always wear a seatbelt.
  • Fill up on windshield washer fluid: salt brine and sand from treated roadways can build up on windshields. Use a windshield washer fluid with a low freezing point to help keep ice and snow from sticking to the glass.
  • Keep a safe distance: allow more space between vehicles.
  • Brake slowly: if a vehicle begins to skid, ease off the brake or gas and try to regain traction. Always look and steer in the desired direction of travel.
  • Avoid passing plows unless necessary.
  • Avoid driving in packs: allow an escape route while driving.
  • Use major routes that have been cleared or salted, whenever possible.
  • Don't use cruise control.
  • Keep headlights on.
  • Avoid distractions, such as cell phones or loud music. Focus on driving.
  • If stuck in the snow, remain in the vehicle for shelter.
  • Approach bridges and overpasses with caution. They freeze because they are exposed to air on all of their surfaces.

EMERGENCY TRAVEL KIT SUGGESTIONS

  • Carry a kit equipped for winter weather. Kit should include:
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Cell phone and car charger
  • First aid kit
  • Non-perishable snacks for both human and pet passengers
  • Medications
  • Bag of brine salt or cat litter
  • Snow shovel
  • Blankets
  • Extra hats, gloves, scarves, socks
  • Ice scraper with brush
  • Jumper cables
  • Warning devices (flares or triangles)
  • Three tea light candles (six hours of light)
  • Box of waterproof matches
  • Hand warmers
  • Emergency whistle

During winter weather conditions, AAA's emergency road service may be slower than usual or limited to circumstances where someone is in imminent danger. Drivers are advised to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.

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