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Thursday, 12 May 2016 10:17

Lions Club Freedom Ride Set for this Saturday

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The second annual Lion Prowl Freedom Ride will take place this Saturday, May 14.

Riders will depart from Blue Ridge Harley Davidson at 2002 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory with the first bike out 11 a.m. The ride will end at about 1 p.m. at Camp Dogwood on Camp Dogwood Drive in Sherrill’s Ford.

Registration will take place from 9:30 a.m. until 10:50 a.m. There is a $20 registration fee for drivers and a $10 fee for riders. Food is included with the cost of registration. Drivers will receive a t-shirt.

Those who don’t ride are invited to come to Camp Dogwood and purchase a plate of BBQ. Those attending are encouraged to bring a chair and sit by the shore of Lake Norman for live music, provided by Mercy Heart.

Proceeds go to support the N.C. Lions Club. The event is hosted by the Long View Lions Club.

For more information, contact Eric Killian at 828-455-4936 or visit the Long View Lions Club’s Facebook page.

Thursday, 12 May 2016 09:55

Catawba County Park Receives $100,000 Grant

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Nine organizations in North Carolina and South Carolina, will share $730,000 in new grants from the Duke Energy Foundation Water Resources Fund to improve local water quality. A Catawba County park will benefit from the funding.

Projects run the gamut, including providing additional public access along the Catawba River, protecting wetlands on the Waccamaw River, and permanently protecting land along rivers in Randolph and Stokes counties.

The Water Resources Fund is a $10 million, multiyear commitment from Duke Energy to help local nonprofits continue to protect and improve the environment, including waterways used year-round across the Carolinas and neighboring states.

In Catawba County, $100,000 has been granted for improvements at Riverbend Park/Lookout Shoals Lake. The money will be used to provide a handicapped-accessible river observation and fishing platform on Lookout Shoals Lake, with interpretive kiosks providing educational information about Oxford Dam, clean energy and good stewardship of our natural and cultural resources.

The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs vital to the health of its communities. Annually, the foundation funds more than $25 million in charitable grants, with a focus on education, environment, economic and workforce development, and community impact. For more information, visit www.duke-energy.com/foundation.

Goodwill’s Burke County Career Connections is holding an open house & ribbon cutting tomorrow (May 13). The ribbon cutting will take place at 7:45 a.m. at 118 Bost Road in Morganton. Western Piedmont Community College President Dr. Michael S. Helmick is scheduled to speak at the event.

Those attending will have the opportunity to learn about free services for job seekers, career-changers, employers, students, veterans and their families.

Goodwill also announced that they have hired Amy Crelin as a Career Connections Specialist. She can be reached at acrelin@goodwillnwnc.org.

For more information, call 828-433-4542 or visit goodwillnwnc.org.

Hickory Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred early this morning at the Walgreens store on North Center Street.

According to Hickory Police, at about 3:45 a.m. today, two suspects entered the store and displayed a handgun. The suspects obtained an undisclosed amount of money from the store. The suspects then exited the store and left the scene. It’s not clear if they fled on foot or in a vehicle.

No injuries were reported. No suspect description is available.

The investigation is ongoing.

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners Meeting scheduled for Monday (May 16) has been cancelled. The Board’s next regular meeting is now set for 9:30 a.m. on Monday, June 6. The Board will hold budget hearings with departments and agencies included in the proposed Fiscal Year 2016-17 County Budget all day (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) on Tuesday, May 31 and will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, both at the 1924 Courthouse in downtown Newton.

75-year-old James Nelson Carlton of Brandy Place in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (May 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with six felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and one misdemeanor count of communicating threats. Carlton was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Thursday, May 12).

33-year-old Heather Shae Jonas of Meadowbrook Court in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (May 11) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, shoplifting with concealment of goods, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Jonas was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, May 12).
    

Lenoir Caldwell Crimestoppers is asking for the public's assistance in finding a suspect wanted on a sex offense charge.

42-year-old Hubert Williams is being sought by authorities. He's wanted on a charge of taking indecent liberties with a child. Williams is a white male, 6'1", 160lbs. If you have any information regarding Williams whereabouts, call Detective Roger Crosby with the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office 759-1554. You can also call Lenoir Caldwell Crimestoppers at 828-758-8300.

Crimestoppers also issued a news release stating that Granite Falls Police Department Investigators have obtained additional video surveillance from a recent robbery. The footage is from area businesses, it captures the suspect's vehicle fleeing the scene of an armed robbery at the Market Basket convenience store in April. On April 26 at approximately 9:30 p.m. a suspect wearing a yellow hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans entered the store at 91 South Main Street. The suspect displayed a knife and demanded an undisclosed amount of money from the clerk.  

Anyone that can identify the suspect or the vehicle is asked to contact Detective Clint Ferguson with the Granite Falls Police Department at (828)396-3358, by email at ferguson@granitefallspolicenc.com, or contact Caldwell County Crimestoppers at 828-758-8300.

Long View Police report the arrest of a man in connection with the death of his wife. 61-year-old Ronald Clay Lane was arrested Wednesday (May 11) by Long View Police Officers and charged with murder.

According to Long View Police, Lane was arrested in connection to the death of a woman whose body was found at a home in a section of Long View located in Burke County.

Officers responded to a home on the 300 block of 39th Street SW at approximately 11:30 a.m. Wednesday (May 11) after a call about a possible homicide. When they arrived at the scene, they found 60-year-old Audrey Lane, the wife of the suspect, deceased.

Police are not yet releasing information regarding how the victim was killed. Lane is being held in jail in Morganton without bond. A bond hearing was scheduled for today in District Court.

A teenager has been charged in connection with an incident that resulted in a Catawba County high school being placed on lockdown. 16-year-old James Edmond Driver was arrested by Newton Police Officers Wednesday (May 11) and charged with Making a False Report Concerning Mass Violence on Educational Property.

Wednesday at 2:41 p.m. the Newton Police Department received a report of a former student threatening the use of a deadly weapon or a firearm at Newton-Conover High School.  Newton Police responded and discovered the school was in lockdown status. 

Officers immediately responded to the area of the potential threat in the building but did not locate anything suspicious.  The entire campus was searched for any potential threats prior to any students or staff members being released.  After the campus was thoroughly searched each classroom and office was systematically cleared.

Staff and students were checked prior to being escorted off campus to a secure pickup location. The school was searched again after all staff and students were evacuated prior to being turned over to Newton-Conover City Schools. Driver was taken into custofdy, questioned, and charged by Newton Police.

Driver's bond was set at $10,000 secured. He was not listed as an inmate in Catawba County as of this morning (Thursday, May 12).

Newton Police received assistance from the following agencies: The Newton Fire Department, Catawba County EMS, Newton-Conover Rescue, Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, Conover Police Department, North Carolina State Highway Patrol, ALE, State Bureau of Ivestigations, NC License and Theft and Gaston Police.