The N.C. Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert Friday Night (November 4) for a missing endangered man, 65-year-old Bill Boone.
Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for Bill Boone, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment. He is a white male, 6'6", 185 pounds, with short black hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a ball cap with a red flanner shirt, blue jeans, and New Balance tennis shoes. Boone was last seen on NW Wilson Street at Carolina Oaks in Lenoir. He may have been heading towards 110 Ashe Street in Rhodhiss.
Anyone with information about Bill Boone should call the Lenoir Police Department at 828-757-2100.
The Hickory Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire early this morning (Friday, November 4).
At approximately 2:09 a.m. Hickory firefighters were dispatched to a fire at 2102 24th Street NE Lot #18, which is in the St. Stephens Mobile Home Park. Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder, one rescue truck, and two command units.
Upon arrival, firefighters found the occupant outside of the home and a mattress on fire in the bedroom. After ensuring everyone had evacuated, firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire and clear the smoke out of the mobile home.
No injuries were reported and fire damages were confined to the bedroom and were considered minor. However due to the smoke damage, the Red Cross responded to the scene and will be helping the occupant, who was displaced as a result of the fire.
Fire investigators determined the fire was started by improper use of a candle that was too close to combustibles.
The Catawba County fire Marshalls office is investigating a mobile home fire in Claremont. At around 4:30 p.m. yesterday Catawba and Claremont fire departments responded to the scene, along with the Catawba rescue squad.
The fire departments were able to contain the fire within in 10 minutes but the home was a total loss. The property was abandoned, so no one was inside at the time of the fire, and no firefighters were injured at the scene.
The Hickory Police Department is investigating a Friday morning (November 4) traffic accident that resulted in a fatality. One of the drivers was killed in the wreck that occurred near 9th Avenue NE and 10th Street NE.
The accident reportedly involved two vehicles. The Hickory Police Department did not have any further information. The name of the person killed has not yet been released.
Failure to report a new address as a sex offender and admission of habitual felon status led to an active prison sentence for a Morganton man during Burke County Superior Court on Thursday (November 3).
33-year-old McGarrett Eugene McManus was given a prison term of five to seven years in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, after entering his guilty plea.
McManus’ sentence was enhanced by his habitual felon status, which includes prior felony convictions for larceny of a motor vehicle in Catawba County (2001), breaking or entering a motor vehicle in Catawba County (2003) and indecent liberties with a child in Lincoln County (2015).
Following his 2015 conviction for indecent liberties with a child in Lincoln County, the defendant was required to register as a sex offender. During a regular check, an officer went by McManus’ residence and found it to be empty. When the officer contacted the property owner, he was told that McManus had not been living there for about a week.
Further investigation revealed that McManus went to California, and he was arrested there a week later. Isaac Propst investigated the case for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. Frank Webster and Michelle Lippert handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
28-year-old Jonathon Paul Fender of 23rd Street Circle NE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (November 3) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony fail to notify change of address for a sex offender.
Hickory Police responded to a disturbance call Thursday at an address on 23rd Street Circle NE. The suspect was in an argument and while officers were there they were notified by telecommunicators that Fender had failed to register as a sex offender. He was required to register in Oregon, and had not since October of 2013.
Fender posted $3,000 secured bond, he was scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Newton today (Friday, November 4).
26-year-old Garfield Kenney Wilson of South Center Street in Hickory was arrested Thursday (November 3) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony probation violaton, and misdemeanor counts of simple assault, assault and battery, and assault on a female.
On October 27 Hickory Police responded to a residence on 16th Street NE in reference to an assault. A female victim said her ex-boyfriend entered the home and attacked her and a man who was also inside the residence. Warrants were taken out on Wilson at that time. Catawba County EMS responded to the scene but the victims were not transported.
Wilson's bond was set at $5,600. A District Court date is scheduled for next Monday (November 7).
30-year-old Rumualdo Ricardo Hernandez of Pope Place in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (November 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine. Hernandez was confined at the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (November 7).
46-year-old Darrell Eric Corpening of NW Scroggs Street in Lenoir was arrested Thursday by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with two counts of breaking and entering. In addition, Corpening is charged with five counts of resisting a public officer, two counts apiece of larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods, and single counts of assault on a female, breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, and habitual felon. Corpening was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $168,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
23-year-old Joshua Steven Greer of Brook Street in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (November 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny by employee and obtaining property by false pretense. Greer was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners meets in regular session Monday morning (November 7). The meeting time and location have been changed to 7:30 a.m. at the Catawba County Government Center in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room. The changes were made so that the board could conduct a strategic planning work session prior to the regular agenda.
During the regular meeting Monday, an award will be presented to Barbara Beatty for 20 years of service as a County Commissioner. In addition, the board will hear presentations regarding the ncData Campus AT&T Fiber Ready Award, Hospice and Palliative Care Month, Excellence in Financial Reporting and Popular Annual Financial Reporting Awards, and Recognition of Mini-Course Graduates.
33-year-old Timothy Wayne Bolick of Lick Mountain Drive in Hudson was arrested Thursday (November 3) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of schedule IV controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule IV controlled substance. Bolick is also charged with failure to appear. Following the arrest, Bolick was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $6,450 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for Thursday.
Unemployment rates dropped across the Greater Hickory Metro and across much of the state, according to the latest information released this week by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division. The statistics reflect jobless rates for the month of September.
Catawba County's unemployment rate is 4.6 percent, down from 4.9 percent in August. Alexander County has a jobless rate of 4.1 percent, down from 4.5 percent in the last report. Burke County is showing an unemployment rate of 4.8 percent for September, down from 5.1 percent in August. Caldwell County's jobless rate stands at 5 percent even, down from 5.3 percent.
The Unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area, or MSA, is currently 4.7 percent. That's down from 5 percent even in August. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied for the 7th lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs in North Carolina.
The statewide unemployment rate is 4.8 percent, down from 5 percent even. Unemployment rates decreased in 95 of North Carolina's 100 counties in September, increased in two, and remained unchanged in three. Scotland County has the state's highest jobless rate at 8.5 percent, while Buncombe County has the lowest at 3.6 percent.
A woman was hit by a train in Morganton on Thursday (November 3). According to published reports, 56-year-old Leigh Singley, was struck by a train while walking on the tracks in the vicinity of South Green and Beech Streets. Authorities said the Morganton woman was hit by a train heading eastbound.
The incident occurred shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday. After being struck, Singley was transported to Carolinas Healthcare System in Morganton with injuries that were believed to be life-threatening. She was later airlifted to Charlotte. Singley was last reported to be in critical condition.
The investigation into the incident is continuing by the Morganton Department of Public Safety and Norfolk Southern.