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Thursday, 19 March 2015 11:14

Hickory Fire Department Hires New Firefighters

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The following people have been hired as firefighters for the Hickory Fire Department.

Cory Bolick has been hired as a firefighter with the Hickory Fire Department. Prior to employment with the Hickory Fire Department, Bolick served as a firefighter and engineer with Newton Fire Department for 8 years. He is married to Stephanie and they have two children Tommy, 3 years old and Trinity “Piper” who is 1 year old.  

In addition, The Hickory Fire Department recently hired Travis McQuade.  Prior to employment with the Hickory Fire Department, McQuade served as a firefighter and engineer with Sherrill’s Ford Terrell Fire & Rescue. He is married to Cassandra and they have a daughter, Addison.  

The Hickory Fire Department also recently hired Matthew Quarles.  For 4 years, Quarles served as an engineer with St Stephens Fire Department. He is married to Rachel and they have a German shepherd named Captain.  

Johnathan Tolley was also hired as a firefighter with the Hickory Fire Department.  Before employment with the Hickory Fire Department, Tolley was a firefighter and EMT with the Linville Fire Department for 4 years. He is married to Brittany.    

Matt Wingate is another recent hire. For 5 years, he worked with the City of Newton Fire Department as a firefighter and engineer. He is married to Loretta and they have two daughters, Alexa and Cortney.

Thursday, 19 March 2015 10:32

Hudson Man Charged as Habitual Felon

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42-year-old Gregory Allen Smith of Manor Brook Lane in Hudson was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday on charges of possession of a firearm by a felon, simple possession of a schedule IV and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged as an habitual felon.

Smith was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $9,500 secured bond. He will appear in Superior Court on May 5 in Lenoir.

25-year-old Joe Clifford Tipps, Jr. of Pea Ridge Road in Lawndale was arrested by Hickory Police Monday (March 16) on one felony count of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling or moving vehicle and misdemeanor counts of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer, reckless driving and driving while license revoked. The firearms charges are from a warrant dated February 20, 2015, and the vehicular charges date back to last year.

Tipps was arrested after Officers on foot patrol on the 1100 block of 2nd Street Place S.E. detected the odor of marijuana. Officers identified the residence and applied for a search warrant. Before the search warrant was executed, Joe Tipps exited the residence and was arrested on the outstanding warrants.

In the course of the search, Officers found a glass jar containing marijuana residue and 0.1 grams of marijuana. No additional arrests were made.

Tipps was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $54,000 secured bond. District Court appearances were set for April 8 and April 16.

25-year-old Jesse Joe Potter was arrested Wednesday (March 18) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and possession of stolen goods. Following the arrest, Potter was jailed under $26,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Monday (March 23).

26-year-old Sheulong Vang was arrested Wednesday (March 18) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Vang was placed in jail in Morganton under $50,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Monday (March 23).

Thursday, 19 March 2015 06:08

Caldwell Man Arrested On Methamphetamine Charge

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31-year-old Timothy Wayne Bolick of Lick Mountain Road in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (March 18) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine and resisting a public officer. Following the arrest, Bolick was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, March 19).

27-year-old Eric Shawn Davis of Maywood Street in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (March 18) in Catawba County. He’s charged on warrants from Caldwell County with break or enter a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny. Following the arrest, Davis was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. His next court date is scheduled for April 20.

Burke County will spend in excess of $500,000 to purchase land in Hildebran for a senior center/library.

At their meeting earlier this week, the Burke County Board of Commissioners agreed to pay $515,000 for approximately four acres of property at the corner of South Center Street and Main Avenue West in Hildebran. The property is where the former Leland’s Planes and Trains was located, and, more recently, Henry River Way restaurant.

According to a published report, County Manager Bryan Steen says the property will be paid for in cash. The county started putting money aside starting with its 2013-14 fiscal budget to purchase property for the senior center/library in Hildebran. Steen says that account has $650,000 in it now, and the county will continue to set money aside in the account.

According to the report, Steen also said building a new senior center was a promise the county made to folks in Hildebran some years ago. The county would construct a building that would hold both the East Burke Senior Center and a library. The senior center currently has a location in the town of Hildebran building. The county library branch in Hildebran is across the street from town hall.

According to the published report, Steen said the senior center and library will have ground-level entries for both facilities. He said the county may decide next spring to hire an architect to do an initial design for the building and could ask for input from the senior center and the library system.

Thursday, 19 March 2015 05:19

Search Continues For Remains In Burke County

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No additional bones were found during a search in Burke County Wednesday, however tissue was found. The search resumed yesterday (Wednesday, March 18) at 10:30 a.m. after a skull and bones were found earlier in the week near Lake James. Wednesday's search was conducted by the Burke County Sheriff's Office with the assistance of Linville-Central Rescue Squad's K9 Team out of Avery County. Three cadaver dogs were used and eight missions were completed Wednesday. No additional bones were found but some tissue that appears to be skin was located in the pond where the finger was found Tuesday. The skin will be microscopically examined to determine if it is human.

The Burke County Sheriff's Office issued a news release with a recap of the search efforts. A skull was found on Monday (March 16) nine bones and one finger on Tuesday (March 17), and the tissue Wednesday.

Dr. Cheryl A. Johnson, a forensic anthropologist from Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, led a team of four who provided forensic expertise Wednesday. The Sheriff's Office is continuing the investigation into a missing person in Burke County. They hope to receive a preliminary forensic investigation to determine if the remains they have located match the person who is missing. The name of the missing person is being withheld until an identification is made.

Thursday, 19 March 2015 05:14

Rabies Case Confirmed In Hickory

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Catawba County recorded a case of rabies from a raccoon collected in NE Hickory on Monday (March 16). 

Hickory Animal Control officers were dispatched to a residence in the 1800 Block of 9th Ave NE, Hickory after receiving a call in reference to a sick raccoon on the property. Animal Control collected the raccoon as standard procedure, and, its remains were sent to the North Carolina Public Health Laboratory for rabies testing.

On March 18, The North Carolina Public Health Laboratory notified Catawba County that the raccoon tested positive for rabies. 

Hickory Police Department Animal Control reminds pet owners that rabies is still present in the local wild animal population and is a threat to pets and humans.   Some symptoms of rabies to look for in your domestic animals are: uncoordinated or unsteady walking, stumbling, paralysis, difficulty eating or inability to swallow, disorientation, difficulty breathing, slobbering, difficulty hearing, sensitivity to noise or visual stimulation, fear of water, or behavioral changes. If you notice any of these symptoms in your pet, please have them checked out by your local veterinarian.

The best way to protect domestic pets from rabies is to have them properly vaccinated for rabies. The Hickory Police Department sponsors reduced-cost rabies vaccination clinics at various times throughout the year. This is an opportunity to keep domestic pets up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations. The Catawba County animal shelter also offers year round vaccinations at a reduced cost. The Catawba County Humane Society is having a rabies clinic at the Catawba County Fairgrounds on Saturday Apr 25 from 12-3 pm with a cost of $7.00.