A candlelight vigil was held Wednesday night (August 20) in memory of three Burke County residents who were murdered earlier this month. 21-year-old Freddie Thompson, 54-year-old Barbara Johnson and 75-year-old Zakiya El Bey were all found dead at Thompson and Johnson’s residence on West Concord Street early on the morning of August 10.
Friends and family of the victims gathered on the lawn of the old Burke County Courthouse to celebrate and remember the lives of the deceased.
56-year-old Donald Eric Kincaid has been identified as the suspect in the case. Authorities say the three were killed as the result of an apparent domestic dispute.
32-year-old Joseph Edward Morin of Lawton, Michigan was served a felony indictment yesterday (August 20) by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers for manufacturing methamphetamine, conspiring to traffick in meth and possession or distribution of meth precursors. Morin has been jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $100,000, secured. He will appear in Superior Court tomorrow in Newton.
The McDowell Co. Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a person or persons of interest in the theft of 95 gallons of gas that was stolen from three trucks at the Riverside Food Mart on U.S. 70 West.
An employee at Rector Distributing of Rutherfordton reported Monday (August 18) that someone stole the gas from three Little Debbie work trucks that he left parked at the convenience store between noon on Friday, August 15 and 5 a.m. on Monday. The fuel was valued at $100 and damage to the three trucks’ gas tanks was estimated at $1,500.
McDowell Co. Detective Andy Manis said he believes the suspect vehicle is either a GMC Jimmy or a Chevrolet Blazer.
Anyone with information concerning the vehicle or the suspects should call Detective Manis at 828-652-2237 or call McDowell County Crime Stoppers at 828-65-CRIME (828-652-7463). Crime Stoppers callers may remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward.
Earlier this year, the Alexander County Economic Development Corporation's Board of Directors approved $5,000 for a website creation grant program. The EDC contracted with two local web design firms to create a website for $500. A total of five applications were received, all of which were approved by the board. Each applicant received a copy of the web design companies' proposal that best suited their needs. Of the five applicants, only two websites have been created, thus far. They are for Mizo's Family Restaurant and Wayne Wooten. Wooten's website was separated into two domains for his hay sales as well as his consultation skills.
According to published reports, a home invasion occurred this morning (August 20) on Old North Road in Caldwell County.
An unknown subject or subjects reportedly forced their way into the house and held one victim at gunpoint. A number of items were reported stolen. A female resident of the home ran to a neighbor’s house to get help shortly after the incident.
As of 3:25 this afternoon, the Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Office was still working to determine if the incident was, in fact, a true home invasion. It’s not clear how many suspects may have been involved.
No one was injured.
The investigation is ongoing.
44-year-old William Christopher Richardson of Primer Road in Granite Falls was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, injury to personal property, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, speeding to elude arrest, resisting a public officer and expired or fictitious registration. He was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. Appearances in District Court were set for tomorrow and for September 16, both in Lenoir.
Recent graduates of Catawba Valley Community College’s Surgical Technology diploma program achieved a 100% pass rate on National Certification from the National Board of Surgical Technology & Surgical Assisting in Littleton, Colorado.
The national certification is a comprehensive exam covering the entire year of education at CVCC. It is required by all graduates of accredited surgical technology programs.
The graduating class is made up of Brett Burkhart, Elissha Price, Bonnie Mayberry, Paige Dellinger, Amy Squibb, Jessica McAlister, Jennifer Alcantara and Tiffany Vadeboncouer.
CVCC Surgical Technology graduates also recently won second place in the statewide Scrub Bowl held at Sandhills Community College.
Surgical technologists assist in the care of patients in the operating room and function as part of a surgical team. Working directly with surgeons, the graduates must understand sterile techniques, sterilization & disinfection, instrumentation, mechanical equipment and surgery procedure supplies. Many graduates are employed in operating rooms or in same-day surgery settings. They may also be employed in dialysis units, physician’s offices, labor & delivery units, central sterile processing departments or emergency rooms.
North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper will be the guest speaker for this year’s Century Club dinner. The dinner is an annual fundraiser held by the Catawba County Democratic Party.
This year’s Century Club Dinner will take place on Sunday, August 24, starting with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner following at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Crowne Plaza Ballroom, 1385 Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard in Hickory. Tickets start at $100 per person.
Roy Cooper has previously been elected to both the North Carolina House of Representatives and the North Carolina Senate, where he served from 1991 to 2000. In 2000, Cooper was elected as the state’s Attorney General.
For more information about the Catawba County Democratic Party, call 828-322-5100 or visit catawbacountydemocrats.com.
The LINC Ministry (Linked in New Creative Ministries) will bring Nashville artist Jon Scott of the band Phoenix Drive to Hickory for a free outdoor concert on August 24 at 6 p.m. at Church of the Master UCC, 2230 29th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory. Scott’s music has been described as a unique blend of country and soul music, mixed with his message of love and hope for the world.
A hamburger and hot dog supper will be served at 5 p.m. The concert and dinner are free, but a free-will offering will be appreciated. The public is invited to attend. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. In case of rain, the concert will be held inside the church.
LINC is an outreach association of six small churches working together to accomplish mission work they could not do as single congregations. The group operates the Gift & Thrift Store in Newton with profits from the store used to respond to a variety of community needs.
For more information about LINC or the Jon Scott concert, contact the Rev. Don Flick at email@example.com or 828-495-8400.
60-year-old Kenneth Dewey Nicholson of Trinity Road in Statesville was arrested yesterday (August 19) on a charge of felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
His arrest stems from a recent multi-county registered sex offender verification and compliance check known as “Operation Double Deuce.” Nicholson’s residence was searched by Lt. William Hamby of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Special Victims Unit, along with Agents from the U.S. Marshal’s Office. Several firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition were found in a closet. The guns were seized and processed as evidence.
Nicholson is a registered sex offender and has also been labeled as a recidivist offender. His first conviction was for indecent liberties with a child in 1995 and his second conviction was for sexual battery, which occurred in 2009 in Caldwell County. Following his second conviction, Nicholson was placed on the satellite-based monitoring program.
Following his arrest yesterday, Nicholson was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under an unspecified secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today.
The case will be reviewed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms to see if Federal charges may be brought against Nicholson.