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17-year-old Javario Quansell Prunty of Blue Sky Court SE in Newton was arrested Sunday (March 15) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with assault inflicting serious injury, breaking and or entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and two counts of second degree trespass. Following the arrest, Prunty was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A court appearance is scheduled for April 20. 

17-year-old John David Fluhr of Ole Country Lane in Claremont was arrested Sunday (March 15) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, break or enter a motor vehicle, and larceny of a firearm. Following the arrest, Fluhr was detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $23,000 bond. A first court appearance was scheduled for today.

The City of Morganton Main Street Department is hosting the N.C. Main Street Conference this Wednesday through Friday, March 18-20. The conference is drawing record attendance by community leaders from across the state who want to visit Morganton and see how the city's Main Street Department has worked to turn downtown into one of the most vibrant districts in the state.

Morganton hosted the N.C. Main Street Conference seven years ago, and set an attendance record then, and city officials believe this year's event will likely set another record. So far, more than 500 people have registered for the conference including mayors, council members, city managers, planners, finance directors and other leaders from towns across the state.

In a news release, a spokesperson for the city says that she believes attendance is up for the conference because people want to visit Morganton, look around, and learn how Morganton has worked to maintain and improve the downtown district during the last three decades. Morganton was designated as an N.C. Main Street Community in 1982, and since then the Main Street Department has been working to apply the four-point approach of organization, design, promotion and economic restructuring to our downtown. The goal is and has always been to bring business, employment and economic activity into the downtown district while maintaining the character and charm of Morganton.

Mel Cohen, now Mayor, began his service to the city of Morganton as the part-time Main Street Coordinator, and he organized the first Historic Morganton Festival. After serving as the Main Street Coordinator, Cohen decided to run for local office, and he was elected as Mayor in 1985. Cohen has been a staunch supporter of the Main Street program and downtown Morganton ever since, as have the City Councilmen who have served throughout the years.

The N.C. Secretary of Commerce, Assistant Secretary of Commerce along with other officials including elected leaders plan to attend the conference. You can Find out more about the N.C. Main Street Conference at www.ncmainstreetcenter.com.

A suspect is being sought in connection with a shooting in a grocery store parking lot in Caldwell County. On Sunday (March 15) at 6:58 a.m, Lenoir Police Officers responded to a 911 call from Food Lion on Wilkesboro Boulevard reporting a shooting in the parking lot. Upon arrival, Officers found the listed victim lying in the parking lot suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to various parts of the body. The suspect, later identified as William “Bill” Edgar Mudd, Jr., had fled the scene prior to Officers’ arrival.

The victim was transported to Caldwell UNC Healthcare by Caldwell County EMS and then flown to Carolina’s Medical Center in Charlotte. As of 1:30 PM this date, he was reported to be in surgery. Investigation into this incident by the Lenoir Police Department Criminal Investigations Division has determined that the suspect was known to the victim. The motive for the assault cannot be discussed at this time. The victim is a Market Manager at Food Lion and was reporting to work when the incident occurred. However, there is no indication that the incident was related to Food Lion in any way other than location.

As of late Sunday afternoon, the suspect in this incident had not been located – he is considered armed and dangerous. The Lenoir Police Department holds an outstanding Warrant for Arrest on the charge of Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury. The suspect was last seen immediately after the shooting driving southeast on Taylorsville Road in a white 2011 Ford F-150 Crewcab Pickup with NC license plate EJ4110. The pickup has black wheels, a Washington Redskins tag on the front, and UNC Tarheels decals on the tailgate.

Investigation into this matter is continuing – no further information is available for release at this time. Anyone with information about the case should call the Lenoir Police Department at 828-757-2100 or report anonymously to Lenoir/Caldwell County Crimestoppers at 828-758-8300.

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect in several motor vehicle break-ins that occurred in eastern Burke County. The images shown here were captured by security video at a nearby store.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect should contact Detective Sgt. John Huffman at 828-438-5500.

40-year-old Antonio Torres Ibarra of Statesville was arrested on March 9 by Investigators with the Statesville Police Department on two counts of first-degree sexual offense with a child under the age of 13. Yesterday (March 12), additional charges were filed against Ibarra for first-degree kidnapping, indecent liberties with a child and delivering a controlled substance to a minor less than 13 years of age.

On March 9, Statesville Police responded to Iredell Memorial Hospital in reference to a reported sexual offense involving a child under the age of 13. Investigators with the Criminal Investigation Division also responded and an investigation began. The incident was alleged to have occurred the previous night.

The child was subsequently interviewed at the Dove House Child Advocacy Center, in which a disclosure of sexual abuse was made against the victim’s mother’s ex-boyfriend, Antonio Ibarra. After further investigation into the incident, the latest charges were filed.

Ibarra turned himself in to authorities yesterday. He was given a $350,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today.

34-year-old Freddie Ray Soots of Mollie Road in Whiteville was arrested today (Friday, March 13) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with failure to appear on a charge of robbery with a dangerous weapon. Following the arrest, Soots was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $500,000 bond. A court appearance is scheduled for April 27.

Friday, 13 March 2015 11:43

More Details Released in Arrest of Conover Man

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More details have been released in the arrest of 22-year-old Ty’Shon Lamonte Chisholm of Cranford Drive in Conover, first reported yesterday (March 12) by WHKY. He was arrested by Hickory Police early Thursday morning on one felony count each of possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a schedule I controlled substance, as well as one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. He was also arrested on an outstanding warrant from January 2014 for possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Events leading to his arrest unfolded as Officers on foot patrol on the 400 block of 2nd Street Place S.W. saw a vehicle approach and then stop near the Officers. They recognized one of the vehicle’s occupants as Ty’Shon Chisholm, who they knew to be wanted on the outstanding warrant.

Officers asked Chisholm to step out of the vehicle. As he was placed under arrest, Chisholm pulled free and ran. After a brief foot pursuit, the suspect was detained in front of 230 3rd Avenue Court S.W. During the chase, Chisholm dropped a Smith & Wesson .38-caliber handgun, which was recovered. Along with the handgun, Officers found a magazine containing six rounds and one round in the chamber. A search of Chisholm’s person turned up one dosage unit of Ecstasy.

Chisholm remains in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held under a $40,000 secured bond. Appearances in District Court and Superior Court were set for today in Newton.

Friday, 13 March 2015 10:55

New Restaurant to Open in Hickory

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A new restaurant is opening Monday (March 16) in Hickory. Neon Noodle will open in the Second Street Square complex at 958 Second Street N.E. (home of Panera Bread and Salsarita’s).

Owner Khuong Nguyen says Neon Noodle will feature a unique atmosphere, combining modern with traditional Asian cuisine. Many of the noodles and tofu products are made in-house, and all dishes feature fresh, high-quality ingredients.

Neon Noodle will give all Veterans, Police, Firefighters, first responders, teachers, hospital staff and church staff a 10% discount. If individuals do not take the discount, the proceeds will be donated to the Levine's Children Hospital.

30-year-old Timmie Ray Beam of Glimmering Sand Lane in Conover was arrested today (Friday, March 13) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with fail to register as a sex offender and felony probation violation. Following the arrest, Beam was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Monday (March 16).