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Tuesday, 01 November 2016 09:10

Arrest Made In Alexander County Stabbing

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An arrest has been made in connection to a stabbing that occurred in Alexander County. 29-year-old Brandon Scott Hicks was arrested by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers and charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and violation of a domestic violence order.

On Sunday (October 30), at approximately 2 a.m., 911 received a hang up call from a residence on Thinking Tree Lane off of Perry Fox lane in the Wittenburg community. Officers responded to the residence of Scott Allen Mello where they found a domestic dispute underway. Officers found Scott Mello with a stab wound to his left bicep.

Mr. Mello was transported by Alexander EMS to Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory where he was treated and released. Hicks was placed under 48 hour hold on the domestic violence order violation along with a $10,000 secured bond for the assault charge. There was an outstanding domestic violence order against Hicks previously taken out by his mother Yulanda Hicks.

Hicks is scheduled to appear in District Court on both charges November 21.

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 08:54

Award Presented To WPCOG For Newton Strategic Plan

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The Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG) in partnership with the City of Newton received a 2016 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for the Newton Strategic Growth Plan.

The Innovation Award was presented to the Community and Regional Planning Department of the Western Piedmont Council of Governments. The City of Newton requested technical assistance from the Council of Governments in developing a Strategic Growth Plan to guide the City in the coming years. City leaders and staff believed Newton needed a clear vision of how to capitalize on its central location as the county seat of Catawba County and to clarify ways to attract new residential and commercial development to the City.

The purpose of the action items in the Newton Strategic Growth Plan is to bring economic development to the City and to improve the quality of life of City residents. Newton City Council approved the Newton Strategic Growth Plan in July 2015. Since adoption, the City has already taken action on several items presented in the Plan.

The National Association of Development Organizations is a Washington, DC-based association that promotes programs and policies that strengthen local governments, communities, and economies through regional cooperation, program delivery, and comprehensive strategies. The association’s Innovation Awards program recognizes regional development organizations and their partners for improving the economic and community competitiveness of our nation’s regions and local communities.

Award-winning projects were honored during NADO’s 2016 Annual Training Conference, held October 15-18 in San Antonio, Texas.  The 2016 class of award recipients consists of 96 projects spanning 28 states.

17-year-old Carlton Javius Moneo Fuller was arrested Monday (October 31) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony forced breaking and entering and first degree forced burglary. Fuller was placed in jail under $100,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for December 12 in Morganton.

The theft of more than $18,000 in property from a storage facility is under investigation by the Hickory Police Department. Sometime between May 1 and October 27 of this year a storage unit on 23rd Avenue NE was broken into.

Several items were stolen from the unit, including cabinets, tools, electronic equipment, golf clubs, furniture, clothing, and a kayak. The estimated value of the property stolen is $18,075. No suspects are known at this time, Hickory Police are continuing to investigate.

16-year-old Mikall Lee Piercy was arrested Monday (October 31) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He was charged with felony larceny after breaking and entering. Following the arrest, Piercy was placed in jail in Morganton under $20,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (November 2).

Catawba County is hosting a one-day residential household hazardous waste collection event Saturday, November 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Winkler Park (home of L.P. Frans stadium), located at 2500 Clement Blvd. NW in Hickory. The event is open to Catawba County residents only and is free of charge.

Types of residential household hazardous waste accepted at the event include the following: Household cleaners such as drain openers, toilet bowl cleaners, oven cleaners, disinfectants, and pine cleaners. Paint products such as latex and oil-based paints, solvents, thinners, shellacs, varnishes, wood preservatives, and sealers. Automotive products such as lead-acid batteries, used motor oil, antifreeze, brake fluid, and auto starter fluid. Pesticides and insecticides such as poisons and aerosols. Other chemical-based products such as acids, bases, kerosene, household batteries, photographic chemicals, pool chemicals, gas cylinders and mercury thermometers. Electronics such as computer monitors and intact televisions, laptops, floppy drives, hard drives, ink/toner cartridges, modems, cell phones, answering machines, CD players, tape players, calculators, copiers, duplicators, microwaves, electronic typewriters, pagers, radios, remote controls, scanners, stereos, and VCRs.

Plastic bag recycling will also be provided at the event courtesy of Keep Catawba County Beautiful in celebration of America Recycles Day. The first 200 people who bring plastic bags to be recycled will receive a reusable bag.

For safety reasons, the event will not accept tires, radioactive waste, biologically active or infectious waste, unknown gases or chemicals, dioxin-related waste, explosives, household garbage, or TVs with internal parts removed. Prescription and over-the-counter medications also will not be accepted at this event; however, they are accepted at the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies year-round through the Operation Pillstoppers program.

To assist with electronics recycling and disposal, the county contracts with electronics recycling companies who are certified to ensure proper handling and security of the electronic waste collected. All data and data-bearing devised on electronic equipment will be destroyed, but the County cannot guarantee the non-disclosure of any information left on equipment. Additionally, please note that other vendors who may be set up outside the event are not associated with the event or Catawba County.

The one-day event is sponsored by Catawba County Utilities & Engineering and is co-sponsored by the City of Hickory, Keep Catawba County Beautiful and the North Carolina State Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. For more information, please contact Catawba County Utilities and Engineering at (828) 465-8217.

The Viewmont Business Association (VBA) will hold its Business Meeting at Fourk Restaurant, 1410 4th Street Drive, NW, Hickory, next Wednesday, November 9.

All Viewmont area business owners and managers, whether VBA members or not, are invited to attend this informative meeting.  The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. with 30 minutes of networking, followed by a structured meeting, beginning at 6 p.m. This is the last general meeting of this year and nominations will be taken for 2017 VBA officers, which will be voted on at the January 2017 meeting.

The VBA promotes businesses in the Viewmont Community.  All Viewmont Community businesses – restaurants, banks, churches, service providers, offices, retail stores and others – are eligible to join.   

VBA dues are $50 per year and applications will be accepted at the meeting.  Contact for more information.

The VBA is one of the recognized business associations in the City of Hickory.  

43-year-old Sabrina Suzanne Starnes was arrested Monday (October 31) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony forced breaking and entering. Following the arrest, Starnes was placed in jail in Morganton under $40,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, November 1).

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 05:34

Multiple Drug Charges Filed Against Hickory Man

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34-year-old Terry Justin Rowe of Highway 70 East in Hickory was arrested Friday (October 28) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, and misdemeanor counts of possession of schedule VI controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Rowe's bond was set at $2,000 secured. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for yesterday (Monday, October 31).

31-year-old Brandon Edward Miller of Fairwood Drive in Hudson was arrested Friday (October 28) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense, and three counts of failure to appear. Miller was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $35,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in Superior Court on Monday (October 31).

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