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The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a pair of contracts worth $7.2 million to replace 11 bridges in Caldwell and Wilkes counties. The projects are part of the state bridge program that targets structures in need of rehabilitation or replacement.

The 2015 budget signed by Governor McCrory included funding to replace 540 bridges across the state. Infrastructure improvements such as bridge replacements are part of Governor McCrory’s 25-year transportation vision to better connect North Carolinians to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation.

A $4.4 million contract with Mountain Creek Contractors in Catawba calls for the replacement of six bridges in Wilkes County and one in Caldwell County.

The bridge to be replaced in Caldwell County is on Old Johns River Road and crosses Elijah Estes Mill Creek. Three bridges in Wilkes County are on Longbottom Road and cross Dungeon Creek each time. Two bridges cross Little Creek on Casey’s Branch Road, and one crosses West Palm Roaring River on Shumate Mountain Road.

The other contract was awarded R.E. Burns & Sons Company of Statesville at a cost of $2.8 million. It will replace one bridge in Caldwell County and three in Wilkes County.

The bridge in Caldwell County runs on Georgetown Road over Zacks Fork Creek. One bridge in Wilkes County crosses Tucker Hole Creek on Congo Road, while the two others cross Moravian Creek on Lowe Creek Road, and cross Cub Creek on Meadows Road.

Both contracts allow work to start as early as June 27 and could take until November of 2018 to wrap up. The contractors will have to schedule around the state trout moratorium, which doesn’t allow work to be done within 25 feet of a watershed holding naturally reproducing trout between April 15 and October 15. You can get more information on these projects at www.ncdot.gov.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 05:33

Break-in Charge Filed Against Maiden Woman

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50-year-old Janell Maxine Cline of Old Park Road in Maiden was arrested Tuesday (June 21) by Conover Police Officers. She's charged with felony breaking and entering. Cline was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court date is set for next Monday (June 27).

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 05:26

Vehicle Theft Charge Filed Against Hickory Man

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23-year-old Devon Montre Connor of 10th Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (June 21) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen automobile. Connor was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (June 27).

The Burke County Sheriff's Office is continuing to seek suspects on it's Most Wanted List. There are multiple suspects on the list who have been wanted for close to two years.

39-year-old Tong Xeng Yang Moua is wanted by the Burke County Sheriff's Office for felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule VI controlled substance. Moua's last known address was 2650 Old Blue Ridge Lane in Connelly Springs. He's been on the Most Wanted List since August 14, 2014.

43-year-old Eric Sherard Jones is wanted by the Burke County Sheriff's Office for felony failure to report a new address as a sex offender. Jones' last known address was 2464 U.S. 70 in Morganton. He's been on the Most Wanted List since August 4, 2014.

You can see the entire Most Wanted List at the Burke County Sheriff's Office website, www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list, call the Burke County Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500, or you can e-mail admin@burkesheriff.org. You can also submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers.

36-year-old Sean Alan Mozer of 34th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1 a.m. today (June 21) on one felony count each of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and larceny of a motor vehicle, plus one misdemeanor count of larceny.

He was arrested after Officers on patrol at the Walgreens store on North Center Street ran the license tag number on a ’94 Chevrolet Prizm and found that it had been reported stolen in Iredell County. When the Chevy’s occupants returned to the vehicle, Officers identified the driver as Sean Mozer. He was accompanied by a female passenger, who was not charged.

Warrants for Mozer’s arrest had been issued in Iredell County for the larceny of vehicle and misdemeanor larceny charges.

Mozer was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

Lenoir-Rhyne University will hold a memorial service open to the public tomorrow (June 22) to honor and remember the 49 people who lost their lives in the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida on Sunday, June 12. The service will be held in the Grace Chapel beginning at 6:30 p.m. and will be led by Pastor Kim Moss.

The service will also remember the nine people who lost their lives last year on June 17 at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Two of the victims, the Rev. Clementa Pinkney (also a State Senator) and the Rev. Dr. Daniel Simmons, Sr., were graduates of Lenoir-Rhyne's School of Theology, the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, S.C.

Participating with Pastor Moss at Wednesday’s service will be the Rev. Andrew Weisner, campus pastor at Lenoir-Rhyne, Emma Sellers, Lenoir-Rhyne's director of multicultural affairs, and other area clergy and community leaders.

39-year-old Jonathan Shawn Nixon of Phelps Road in Vale was arrested by Probation & Parole Officers in Catawba County last Friday (June 17) to serve a “Quick Dip” sentence. A “Quick Dip” is an arrangement in which a subject can serve his or her sentence in short increments during the period of probation. He was also charged by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state, and he was charged on an outstanding child support warrant.

Nixon was wanted in Elkhart County, Indiana for a probation violation in connection to a burglary charge. The warrant for his arrest was issued in October of 2015.

Nixon was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond. He was scheduled to appear in court on the fugitive warrant today (June 21) with another court date on the child support charge coming up on June 30.

38-year-old Jason McKinley Powell and 31-year-old Vanessa Deann Powell, both of Lancaster Drive in Claremont, were arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:20 last night (June 20). They were each charged with felony counts of larceny after breaking & entering and obtaining property by false pretense. Jason Powell was also charged with felony breaking & entering.

They were arrested in connection to an incident in February in which the suspects allegedly attempted to take a T.V. from the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. without paying. Loss Prevention Officers reported three previous occasions where the couple had removed merchandise from the shelves without paying and attempted to return the items for a refund. Those occurred in December 2015 and twice in January of this year.

Both had previously been banned from the store: Jason Powell in March 2014 and Vanessa Powell in April 2014.

Following the incident in February, a prosecution summary was submitted to the District Attorney’s office, resulting in the issuance of warrants on June 16 and the couple’s arrest yesterday. The two were taken into custody without incident at their residence.

Both were processed at H.P.D. Jason Powell was then released after posting a $10,000 unsecured bond, while Vanessa Powell was released under a $5,000 unsecured bond. They were scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.

31-year-old Tori Lamonte Grissom of Sunburst Lane in Charlotte was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:45 p.m. yesterday (June 20) on two counts of discharging a firearm into occupied property.

He was charged in connection to an incident at 1:41 a.m. on June 18 at the National Guard Armory in the area of 8th Street Drive N.E. and 13th Avenue N.E. Police responding to a shots fired call arrived to find three subjects, all Guardsmen, in the parking lot. At the time, there was no sign of a disturbance and no evidence was found.

Later that afternoon, one of the three subjects came into H.P.D. headquarters to file a report, alleging that one of the men, Tori Grissom, had fired into a vehicle behind the Armory. A warrant was issued for discharging a firearm within the city limits. Grissom was arrested on that charge shortly after 10 p.m. on the 18th.

Later, Officers learned that three people were in the vehicle at the time Grissom fired at it. Felony warrants were issued for discharging a firearm into occupied property.

Grissom turned himself in yesterday at H.P.D. headquarters and was jailed under a $15,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

Two people were killed in a single-vehicle accident last night (Monday, June 20) after the driver crashed his vehicle into a tree on Hartland Road in Gamewell.

25-year old Zack Vest died instantly as a result of the crash. His son, five-year old Zane Vest, was also in the vehicle. He passed away today after being airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte last night.

Zack Vest was driving a white Toyota pick-up truck. Vest was a graduate of West Caldwell High School, class of 2009.

No further details are currently available.