According to published reports, a pilot descending on a grass airstrip at the Taylorsville Airport landed on a man who was mowing the runway. The airport is located on Airport Road, just off of N.C. Highway 90.
74-year-old John Rufty of Taylorsville was taken by ambulance from the crash site at one end of the landing field to a helicopter at the other end where he was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. One of Rufty’s hands was severed and was taken to the hospital with him. Reports suggest that Rufty’s injuries are not life threatening.
Rufty reportedly keeps a hangar at the airport and helps maintain the landing field.
The plane flipped over, but the pilot was not hurt. The pilot was reportedly blameless in connection to the crash.
High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police are asking for the public’s assistance.
Sometime between the hours of 5:30 p.m. on April 1 and 5:30 p.m. on April 2, a wallet was reportedly stolen from a vehicle parked on Tulip Tree Lane in Boone. A fraudulent transaction was then attempted in Greensboro using the victim’s credit card.
Photos of the suspect and his vehicle are shown here.
Anyone with information regarding the crime should call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 / 828-737-0125 or the Boone Police Department at 828-268-6900. All information will be kept confidential.
The Hickory Parks & Recreation Department seasonally changes the hours of operation for all city-owned parks. Effective May 1, the new park hours will be from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The change allows all parks to close approximately a half hour after sundown.
The change applies to the following parks:
- Civitan Park - 460 17th Avenue, N.E.
- Cliff Teague Park - 1125 2nd Street, S.E.
- Glenn C. Hilton, Jr. Memorial Park - 2000 6th Street, N.W.
- Henry Fork River Regional Recreation Park - 5655 Sweet Bay Lane.
- Hickory Optimist Park - 751 2nd Street Drive, N.W.
- Jaycee Park - 1515 12th Street Drive, N.W.
- Geitner/Rotary Park - 2035 12th Street Drive, N.W.
- Kiwanis Park - 805 6th Street, S.E.
- Southside Heights Park - 1400 2nd Street, S.W.
- Stanford Park - 1451 8th Street Drive, N.E.
- Taft Broome Park - 735 3rd Street, S.W.
- West Hickory Park - 830 16th Street, S.W.
- Winkler Park - 2500 Clement Blvd, N.W.
Two eLeaders from Oakwood Elementary School presented to the Board of Education during a recent work session at the Hickory Public Schools administrative offices.
Gina Sain, a second-grade teacher and Beth Shoffner, a media coordinator, highlighted the use of technology in today’s classroom. Sain focused on research methods through the use of iPads. Through the Oakwood media center, Shoffner uses various technology tools to teach lessons about the history and geography of the United States.
Ryan McCreary, Oakwood principal, joined Sain and Shoffner for their presentation, along with Terri Hall, an HPS technology specialist who coordinates the eLeader Academy for Hickory Public Schools.
The HPS eLeader Academy, now in its second year, offers a training opportunity for teacher leaders to learn more about effective technology integration.
According to published reports, Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers were involved in a standoff with a man Sunday morning (April 27) after they went to serve an involuntary commitment.
The subject was in a residence with two other people. They refused to come out and Deputies were told that the subject was armed. A Burke County Sheriff’s Office negotiator arrived on the scene shortly before noon.
At approximately 2:15 p.m., one of the occupants brought out two guns, which were seized by Officers. Negotiations continued. A SWAT Team was deployed after the subject did not honor multiple promises to come out of the residence peacefully.
The SWAT team entered the residence at 4:40 p.m. and took all three occupants into custody without further incident. The involuntary commitment was served.
An investigation is being conducted to determine if criminal charges will be filed. No names have been released.
44-year-old Teresa Lynn Rubenstahl of Appletree Court in Vale was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police yesterday (April 24) for possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
The indictment stems from an incident in July of 2013 when Officers approached a home and smelled marijuana coming from inside. Rubenstahl was one of the occupants in the home. She was charged for allegedly possessing cocaine.
After her arrest yesterday Rubenstahl was given a $10,000 unsecured bond and later released. She was scheduled to appear in a Catawba County courtroom today.
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.
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.