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A customer at the Lowe's Home Improvement store in Denver was bitten yesterday by a four-and-a-half-foot copperhead snake.

According to various published reports, the victim was alert and conscious when Firefighters arrived.  He was transported to a hospital for treatment.  His identity has not been released and no update on his condition was available.

The victim was initially said to be an employee; however, that information has since been revised.

A news release posted on the East Lincoln Fire Department’s Facebook page encourages individuals to be mindful when shopping for gardening supplies and watch the trees and plants in the garden area at any store.

53-year-old Glenn Dale Coffey of Berkley Avenue in Lenoir was arrested Monday (May 16) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance. Coffey was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court Monday.

24-year-old Eric Brandon Tessiner of Wards Gap Road in Casar was arrested Sunday (May 15) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count of first degree kidnapping and one misdemeanor count of resist, delay and obstruct a public officer in Lincoln County. He was also served one misdemeanor count each of assault inflicting serious injury, assault on a female, communicating threats, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle from Catawba County and one felony count of probation violation from Cleveland County.

Last Friday (May 13) detectives say Tessiner held a Granite Falls woman against her will in a vehicle at a residence on  White Oak Farm Road in Cherryville. Police say he then threatened the victim with a knife as he drove away from the scene.

The victim was taken to a location off Cooksville Road in Catawba County where Tessiner attempted to assault her.  The victim fought back and was able to escape from the suspect. She hid from the suspect until daybreak and called for help after coming into contact with a nearby resident. She was not seriously injured in the incident.

On Sunday, deputies went to Tessiner’s residence armed with a number of warrants. The suspect saw the officers as they pulled into his driveway and he ran from the scene toward a wooded area. Following a foot chase officers were able to take Tessiner into custody following a brief struggle.

Tessiner was locked up in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under $98,000 secured bond and a no bond hold on the Catawba County charges. He's scheduled to appear in District Court in Lincoln County June 2.
     
     

69-year-old Larry Terry Rudisill of Barracuda Avenue in Statesville was arrested last Friday (May 13) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with court order violation.

on May 10, Deputy Craig Bess received a complaint that Rudisill had been frequently seen with a camera attached to his coat filming people at the Statesville Soccer Complex and Park on Simonton Road. Deputy Bess investigated the information he received and discovered Rudisill had pending charges of indecent liberties with a child and first degree sex offense with a child in Iredell County Superior Court.
 
A bond modification hearing was held in Iredell County Superior Court on May 9, and Rudisill’s bond had been modified to include the condition he was not allowed to be on any park premises with any type of recording device on his person.

Last Friday Deputy Bess received a telephone call from witnesses that Rudisill was at the Statesville Soccer Complex.  Deputies responded to the park, located Larry Rudisill, and observed he had a video recording device attached to the handle bars of his scooter.
   
Deputy Bess confirmed the violation of the court order and Rudisill was placed under arrest for violating his bond conditions. He was taken before the Magistrate and received no bond. Rudisill has one pending charge of felony first degree sex offense with a child, eight pending charges of felony indecent liberties with a child, and eight pending charges of felony dissemination of obscenity stemming from a 2014 Sheriff’s Office investigation. 

Tuesday, 17 May 2016 05:02

Hickory City Council To Meet Tonight

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Hickory City Council meets in regular session tonight (Tuesday, May 17). Among the items on tonight's agenda, under the reaffirmation and ratification of second readings the board will vote on a pair of measures. One is the acceptance of the North Carolina Deparment of Transportation Municipal Maintenance Agreements, the other is the approval of a supplemental agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation for the roundabouts on Sandy Ridge Road at 21st Avenue NE and 29th Avenue Drive NE.  

Under new business, Hickory City Council will discuss the  approval to purchase the Town of Long View Water Pump Station and Intake in the amount of $401,852.55. On March 10, 2014 City Council approved an agreement to purchase water with the Town of Long View. A condition of the contract included the lease of the town's water pump station and intake property. Long View has notified the City of Hickory Public Utilities Department of their desire to sell the property.

Under persons requesting to be heard, Mr. Billy Sudderth will speak to City Council regarding the Multipurpose Resource Center at Ridgeview.

Council will also go into closed session to discuss closed session minutes and potential litigation. tonight's Hickory City Council meeting gets underway at 7:00 in the Council Chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building at 76 North Center Street in Hickory.

A second suspect will be charged in connection with the robbery of a Granite Falls convenience store last week. Last Thursday (May 12) at approximately 3 a.m. Murphy's Express on Hickory Boulevard was robbed by two men. A firearm was used during the crime and money was taken from the register.

16-year-old Trystan Lee McClain of Hickory has already been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon in connection with the robbery. The Granite Falls Police Department has also obtained warrants on 17-year-old Ahmad Shakim Smith of Hickory for robbery with a dangerous weapon.

McClain and Smith were also charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon by Hickory Police in connection with the robbery of Walgreens on North Center Street. That crime occurred at approximately 3:45 a.m. the same day of the Murphy's Express robbery.

Both suspects were still being held at the Catawba County Detention Facility. McClain's bond is $100,000, Smith currently has a bond of $50,000. 

Investigators with the Granite Falls Police Department and the Hickory Police Department are still investigating both cases.

A Hickory man will serve at least six years in prison after pleading guilty to assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and admitting to his status as a habitual felon during Catawba County Superior Court on Monday, May 9.

35-year-old Abdo Carlis Byrd was issued an active prison sentence of six to eight years in the custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Eric C. Morgan, Superior Court Judge from Forsyth County. His sentence was enhanced by his habitual felon status.

Investigation by Hickory Police Department revealed that on April 9, 2013, Byrd struck 58-year-old Michael Williams of Hickory in the neck with a ceramic canister, resulting in a significant laceration,

Byrd fled the scene but was located a short time later and taken into custody by officers.

The defendant had prior felony convictions in Catawba County in July 2010, July 2007 and October 2003.

Anthony N. Horton investigated the case for Hickory Police Department. Sean McGinnis handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office with assistance from Melanie Earles.

Monday, 16 May 2016 17:27

Teen Missing from Lincoln County

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a runaway teen, 14-year-old Benjamin Lee Mack, II. He was last seen at his residence around 11:30 p.m. yesterday (May 15).

Benjamin Mack is described as a white male, 5’4” tall and weighing around 240 pounds. He has dark brown hair with the ends dyed blond. Mack has hazel eyes and a tattoo of a Roman numeral “II” on one of his knuckles. Both ears are also pierced.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Benjamin Lee Mack, II, should contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.

The investigating officer is Detective Kelly Paris.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held this afternoon (May 16) for the new N.C. Works Career Center in Conover. The new career center is located in a recently revitalized area in downtown Conover, 403 Conover Station S.E.

Among the speakers at today’s ceremony were the Western Piedmont Council of Governments’ (WPCOG) workforce development board director, Wendy Johnson; Taylorsville Mayor and WPCOG board chair George Holleman; the assistant secretary for the N.C. Division of Workforce Solutions, William Collins; and the N.C. Works Career Center manager, Felicia Setzer.

The ceremony was sponsored by the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce. After the ribbon cutting, light refreshments were served and an open house was held until 4 p.m.

31-year-old Clinton Collins Tipps of Pea Ridge Road in Lawndale was arrested by Hickory Police just before 9 p.m. yesterday (May 15) on a number of outstanding warrants. On warrants issued in September of last year, he was charged with felony breaking & entering and with two felony counts of larceny of a firearm. He was also charged with misdemeanor failure to appear on a charge of possession of marijuana between an ounce and an ounce and a half. In connection to yesterday’s arrest, Tipps was charged with misdemeanor resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. In addition, the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office charged Tipps with three counts of non-support of a child.

He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $60,950 secured bond, plus a $260 bond for failure to appear and another $1,500 for child support. Appearances in court were scheduled for today, May 19, June 2 and June 16.