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There was a fire at Valley Creek Apartments on 7th Avenue SW in Hickory this morning (Thursday, July 23).

According to a published report, firefighters were called out to the blaze at 8:47 a.m. The report says three fire engines, a ladder, rescue company and a total of 25 fire personnel responded to the scene and had the fire under control by 9:24 a.m. The Hickory Police Department and two Catawba County EMS units responded as well.

There were no injuries in the blaze, a damage estimate has not been released by officials. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire.

40-year-old George Steven Johnson was arrested Wednesday (July 22) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony breaking and entering and larceny from an automobile, along with a misdemeanor count of communicating threats. Johnson was jailed under $23,000 secured bond, a Superior Court appearance is scheduled for August 31.

Burke County Sheriff's Deputies, Sgt. Rick Hasson and Sgt. Mike Church, members of the N.C. Secretary of State Trademark Task Force, participated with other members on Wednesday, July 15th in an enforcement sweep of the sales venues surrounding the Bank of America Stadium in downtown Charlotte. A double header soccer event drew large crowds and numerous individuals were engaged in selling soccer related items over a multi block area.

The project began at 3:30 p.m. and continued until 7:00 p.m. During this enforcement project 17 trademark violations were detected. The primary violation involved counterfeit soccer shirts bearing the Mexico team crest which is trademarked and currently protected by Adidas. None of the violators were charged and all cases resulted in a voluntary surrender of the illegal items.

1,675 soccer related items bearing counterfeit trademarks were seized. The total manufacturers suggested retail price of the items amounted to $137,030. The law enforcement agencies supporting this project were, in addition to the Burke County Sheriff's Office, the Catawba County Sheriff's Office, the Kannapolis Police Department, the Tarboro Police Department, and Homeland Security Investigations in Charlotte.

Burke County Commissioners took another step this week in the process involving the construction of a new justice center, courthouse, and jail. On Tuesday commissioners approved a resolution giving authorization to apply for up to a $30 million loan from the federal government. The money received would be used to build a justice center, courthouse, and jail on Government Drive in Morganton, to construct a library and senior center in Hildebran, and to renovate the current county courthouse.

In a published report, Burke County Manager Bryan Steen said the approval of the resolution by commissioners is one of the earliest steps in the process of applying for the loan. It says in the report that applying for a federal loan involves the gathering and submitting of paperwork and reviews. The report also says the jail portion of the justice center would require a special review of the plans and materials to be used.

Steen also said that the design process has to progress further before an accurate cost estimate can be determined for a total loan amount. Schematic design work is reportedly underway. Knowing the actual cost is likely several months away. The estimated costs at this time are $20 million for the justice center, $3 million for the library and senior center, and $1.5 million for the courthouse renovations.

As we reported previously on WHKY, commissioners first considered building a jail behind the current courthouse in downtown Morganton, however Bouchelle Street would have to be closed behind the courthouse to accommodate the jail. Morganton City Council voted to not call for a public hearing to close the street, forcing commissioners to look for a different location.

49-year-old Ronald Dean Henson of 27th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (July 22) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony solicit by computer. Following the arrest, Henson was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, July 23).

Thursday, 23 July 2015 05:16

Granite Falls Man Charged With Meth Possession

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30-year-old Jason Melvin Williams of Sigmon Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (July 22) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, and misdemeanor simple possession of controlled substance. Following the arrest, Williams was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, July 23).

Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a break-in and theft from the Lincoln County School’s Maintenance Compound at 127 Bethel Church Road in Lincolnton.

Deputies responded to that location Tuesday (July 21) after a report the fence enclosure had been cut in front of the bus garage and a maintenance work van had been broken into. The employee didn’t notice the van had been broken into until he arrived at one of the schools to do some repair work. The sliding door lock on the van had been punched out to gain entry.

Stolen in the break-in were several power and hand tools valued at approximately $3,000. The tools are engraved with the number “7027”.

During the investigation deputies learned that a pickup truck had also been stolen from the lot. An Attempt to-Locate was broadcast by the Lincoln County Communications Center and a short time later Gaston County officers notified Lincoln County that the vehicle had been located in the 5200 block of Dallas-High Shoals Highway. Detective Sgt. Matt Lykins and Detective Kelly Paris processed the truck and returned it to Lincoln County.

Anyone with information about the break-in and theft is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 11:59

Hickory Man Arrested on Armed Robbery Charges

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30-year-old Kyle Brandon Moore of 10th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:20 yesterday afternoon (July 21) on two felony counts of robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons and one misdemeanor count of larceny. The warrants for his arrest were issued by Long View Police on June 23.

Moore was taken into custody without incident at an apartment complex on 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $150,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

A vehicle containing human remains was recovered from an area body of water.

On Tuesday (July 21) Investigators with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations along with the assistance of the North Catawba Fire and Rescue conducted a vehicle recovery operation at the Lake Rhodhiss Boat Access on Waterworks Road. Investigators with the assistance of the North Catawba Fire and Rescue Dive Team were able to retrieve a Green 1968 Pontiac Catalina from approximately 30 feet of water. The 1968 Pontiac Catalina matches the car belonging to an individual that was reported missing to the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office on February 19, 1972.

Investigators processed the car at the scene and found human remains in the vehicle. The remains will be transferred to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy and identification. Investigators and Dive Team Members utilizing advances in sonar technology were able to revisit leads developed in the Missing Person case from 1972 to locate the vehicle which lead to the discovery. There are no signs of foul play at this point in the investigation.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 10:31

Hickory Man Indicted on Felony Cocaine Charge

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22-year-old Trent Warren Temple of Johnson Bridge Road in Hickory was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police early this morning (July 22) for possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The indictment comes in connection to an incident on April 15 when Police received information regarding a possible drug violation at Bourbon Street Alley on Main Avenue S.W. in Hickory. Officers responded to the club, where the suspect was located and identified as Trent Temple. According to Police, 6.1 grams of cocaine and $890 in cash were found on his person.

Temple was taken into custody without incident at about 1:30 this morning. He was processed at Hickory Police headquarters and then released under a $28,000 secured bond. He will appear in Superior Court this Friday (July 24) in Newton.