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Friday, 25 April 2014 14:43

Traffic Fatality Reported in Caldwell County

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According to published reports, there has been a fatal traffic accident in Caldwell County.

A car ran off of Abington Road and went down a steep hillside.  The victim, whose name has not been released, died after being thrown from the car.  He was pinned underneath the vehicle.

The victim’s wife found the vehicle after the man didn’t return home last night (April 24).  She searched for about two hours last night and early this morning before spotting the car.

51-year-old Tony Herman Hudson of Playmore Beach Road in Morganton was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday on charges of obtaining property by false pretense and possession of stolen property. He was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $2,800, secured. No court date is currently listed.

Friday, 25 April 2014 14:32

Morganton Woman Faces Felony Meth Charge

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37-year-old Shannon Michelle Burkes of Ponderosa Road in Morganton was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (April 24) for felony possession of methamphetamine. She was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $10,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for May 15 in Lenoir.

22-year-old Ryleigh Elizabeth Waldrop of Tron Avenue in Valdese was arrested by Hickory Police early yesterday morning (April 24) on charges of felony possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was arrested after Officers were dispatched to the Springs Road area in reference to a stolen vehicle. An Officer saw the vehicle and attempted to stop it, leading to a brief chase down Interstate 40. The Highway Patrol stopped the vehicle around Zion Church Road. The driver jumped and ran.

Three passengers remained in the vehicle. Waldrop, who was in the front passenger seat, was taken into custody without incident on the drug charges. The other two passengers were not charged.

The driver has been identified and warrants have been issued for his arrest.

Waldrop was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,500 secured bond. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

Friday, 25 April 2014 12:19

SOURCE Symposium Coming Up at Lenoir-Rhyne

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Lenoir-Rhyne University will hold its sixth-annual Symposium on University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) on April 29 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.  A Welcome Reception will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Belk Centrum lobby.

The event will feature presentations based on research conducted by Lenoir-Rhyne students covering diverse topics such as the link between ADHD and premature birth to Native Americans and the U.S. criminal justice system; from lung function in swimmers and runners to quality of life in nursing homes.  Students from all disciplines, from the arts to health sciences to mathematics, take part in SOURCE.

Classes will be canceled during the symposium so students and faculty can attend the presentations.  The public is also invited to attend.

Mount Zion Baptist Church in Hudson will celebrate 125 years with a Homecoming event starting at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 4. The special speaker at the event will be the Rev. Glenn Walker.

The church is located at 1787 Cajah Mountain Road. For more information, call 828-396-1241.

The N.C. Department of Transportation will close ramps along U.S. 321 in Gaston County early next week as crews continue making progress on a $7.7 million resurfacing project.

On Monday (April 28), crews will close the ramps at Grier Beam Boulevard at 8 a.m. for milling and paving. On Tuesday, the project will progress to the ramps at N.C. 279. Those ramps will be closed to traffic beginning at 9 a.m.

The U.S. 321 resurfacing project, once completed, will provide a smoother ride for motorists and will help fortify that stretch of heavily traveled road against increased traffic volume. Work on the project began in late February and is slated for completion in July.

For additional information, contact Eric W. Conner, NCDOT assistant resident engineer, at 704-730-2192.

20-year-old Ezekial Abraham Stamey of Quarry Road in Granite Falls was arrested by Granite Falls Police yesterday (April 24) on a charge of felony statutory rape or sex offense when the defendant is more than four years older but less than six years older than the victim.

Stamey was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond. He will appear in Superior Court on July 14 in Lenoir.

The City of Morganton will shut off water service temporarily next week to customers living in the Amherst Road area in Morganton and Drexel. Contractors will move a water line located at the Amherst Road Bridge, just east of the Morganton city limits.

The work is currently scheduled for Tuesday, April 29, weather permitting. The water service shut off will start at 8 a.m. and continue until contractors relocate the water line. The water line relocation is a result of the NCDOT's plans to replace the Amherst Road Bridge.

Water customers in the City of Morganton and the Town of Drexel will be affected. Residents on Amherst Road from Kirksey Drive in Morganton to Seitz Road in Drexel; customers on North Drexel Road in Drexel from Amherst Road to Butler Hill Road; and customers on Seitz Road in Drexel from North Drexel Road to Bryant Road will experience an interruption in service. Residents who live off of those main roads will also be affected.

For more information, call Morganton’s Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276 or the Town of Drexel Public Works Department at 828-437-7421.

44-year-old Jeffery Dwayne Anders of Windy Hill Road in Lincolnton has been charged with second-degree murder.

He was arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (April 24) after an argument with his brother, 41-year-old Rickey Dwayne Anders of Broad River Lane in Lincolnton, escalated into gunfire. The shooting occurred at a residence on Broad River Lane at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Rickey Anders died as a result of a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Jeffery Anders was confined in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $750,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today.

An investigation is ongoing.

The killing is the first murder in Lincoln County in 2014.