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Friday, 06 February 2015 11:26

More Details Released in Two Hickory Drug Arrests

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More details have been released in the arrests of 40-year-old Terry Lee McConneaughey of Ann Street in Gastonia and 28-year-old Cathy Jo Wiseman of Stonewood Drive in Spruce Pine. They were both arrested by Hickory Police early yesterday morning (February 5) on drug charges. As reported yesterday on WHKY, McConneaughey was charged with one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver schedule II & schedule VI controlled substances, as well as misdemeanor counts for possession of a schedule III controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Wiseman was charged with one felony count of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.

They were arrested when Officers on foot patrol at the Red Roof Inn, just off of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E., detected the odor of marijuana coming from a room at the hotel. Police made contact with the room’s six occupants. The room was rented in Cathy Jo Wiseman’s name.

A search of the room turned up four grams of crack cocaine, 43 grams of marijuana, four Vicodin pills and digital scales. McConneaughey took responsibility for the drugs. He was found to have $116 in cash on his person.

The other four persons present were not charged.

Following their arrests, both suspects were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for McConneaughey set at $15,000, secured, while Wiseman was given a $4,000 secured bond. They have since been released. First appearances in District Court were scheduled today in Newton.

Friday, 06 February 2015 11:07

Boone Man Charged with Sex Offenses

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63-year-old James Randall Hoover of Briarwood Lane in Boone has been arrested by Watauga Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of second-degree sex offense, sexual battery, indecent exposure and false imprisonment.

On February 4, the Sheriff’s Office received a report regarding a possible sexual assault that had occurred in the Meat Camp community. Sheriff’s Officers responded, talked to the victim and filed a report. The Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Unit conducted an investigation into the incident, leading to the charges against Hoover.

Hoover was placed in the Watauga Co. Detention Center under a $175,500 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for March 19.

Friday, 06 February 2015 10:53

Hickory Man Indicted in Connection to 2013 Assault

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23-year-old Jeremy Kyle Goodrich of 14th Street Place N.E. in Hickory was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police shortly after midnight today (February 6) on a charge of robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons. He was detained by authorities in Alexander County and turned over to Hickory Police.

He was arrested in connection to an incident in November of 2013 when Police received reports of a reckless driver. Officers spotted the vehicle at the Cupboard Express store on 16th Street N.E. They spoke to the driver, who told them he was attempting to flee from two men who had assaulted him.

The victim said he went to visit an acquaintance, Jeremy Goodrich, who had invited the victim to see his new residence. Upon arrival, Goodrich and another man allegedly forced the victim to the ground at knifepoint and stole the victim’s shoes and an unspecified amount of cash.

Goodrich was initially arrested and charged in 2013. Following his arrest today, Goodrich was jailed under a $15,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

22-year-old Tracey Allen Deaver of Dudley, N.C., pleaded guilty to two counts of malicious conduct by a prisoner during the Monday (February 2) session of Burke County Superior Court. While an inmate at Foothills Correctional Institute, Deaver threw urine on a guard. The Honorable Carla Archie, Superior Court Judge from Charlotte, sentenced Deaver to 13-25 months of active prison time.

Deaver will serve that at the expiration of a sentence of up to 18 years of prison time he currently is serving for October 2011 convictions of statutory rape and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. Captain Bo Goodson of the North Carolina Department of Corrections investigated the case, and Chris Back was the prosecutor for the District Attorney’s Office.

Friday, 06 February 2015 10:09

TEDx Hickory Coming To SALT Block In March

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The fourth edition of TEDxHickory is coming to the SALT Block Auditorium on Saturday, March 21, 2015. A group of local volunteers have banded together to bring this year’s TEDx event to Hickory, which will be a combination of live speakers and TED Talk videos. The independently organized event is licensed by TED and designed to create deep discussion and connection in a small group. The theme of TEDxHickory 2015 is “Spark!”, where speakers will talk about innovative ideas and possibilities based on their own personal experience, research or thoughts. The event will be held from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, with presenters speaking for no more than 18 minutes each. There will be breaks between sessions for discussions on the topics presented.

Tickets for TEDxHickory can be purchased for $25.00 from the event’s web site (www.TEDxHickory.com). This price covers attendance for the full day, lunch and snacks. Event tee-shirts will be available for purchase. Space is limited, so those interested are encouraged to buy their ticket soon. There will also be a reception immediately after the event for all attendees and speakers in the adjoining Hickory Museum of Art.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com.

A Special Meeting of the Hickory City Council will be held on Sunday, February 8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council, City management and department heads will be leaving for Raleigh on Sunday. The meeting will resume on Monday, (February 10) and council will make several stops around Raleigh throughout the day. City Council will continue the meeting on Tuesday (February 10) and make several more stops during the day.

The purpose of this Special Meeting is to hold the Annual Council-Staff Planning Session. City Council will be attending “The Institute for Emerging Issues: 30th Annual Emerging Issues Forum: Innovation Reconstructed.” Discussions will include a presentation of Hickory Young Professionals survey results, a presentation of Neuse River Trail, transportation update, discussion with the Western Piedmont Council of Government’s (WPCOG) John Marshall, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Representatives, NC House Representatives Adams and Setzer, NC Senator Wells, budget discussion, and a walking tour of mixed use development with public parking deck. For additional information please contact the City Manager’s Office at (828) 323-7412.

85-year-old Fulton Walton Byrum has been found. The Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office told WHKY Mr. Byrum was found safe in Yadkinville and his family was notified.

A statement released by the Sheriff’s Office states that they were able to track Mr. Byrum yesterday (February 5) as he purchased gas at several locations in central North Carolina. Law enforcement agencies in close proximity to those locations were alerted. Mr. Byrum was ultimately found by Yadkinville Police as he sat in his vehicle on the side of the road with the vehicle’s flashers on.

Mr. Byrum was reported missing on Tuesday (February 3) after he got lost on his way to meet a friend on Lake Wylie Road. Yesterday (February 5), information was released by the N.C. Center for Missing Persons stating that Mr. Byrum’s vehicle may have been spotted in the Garysburg area, near exit 174 on Interstate 95. Garysburg is in eastern N.C., near the Virginia state line.

Previously, Mr. Byrum had called his family at about 8:30 Tuesday night to let them know he was lost. That call pinged off a cell phone tower on West Shopton Road in Charlotte

Shortly after midnight today (February 6), the N.C. Center for Missing Persons cancelled the Silver Alert that had been issued yesterday.

Bryan Steen, Chairman of Burke Development, Inc. (BDI) announces the hiring of Alan D. Wood as President and CEO of the organization. Wood, an 11-year economic development veteran, was offered the position after an extensive search. In a news release from BDI, Steen said, "Alan brings significant economic development experience and a 'can do attitude' to the job. We look forward to working with him to assist existing industry growth, as well as the recruitment of new industries to Burke County for the benefit of our citizens."

Wood will join BDI on March 9, after completing his commitment as Director of Economic Development in Stokes County, where he led their development efforts for the past six years. Prior to that, he was Senior Development Director in Caldwell County. Wood is quoted in the news release saying "I don't believe that economic development is 'one size fits all. Each community has specific assets that make it unique. It is the job of our office to work with our board, local businesses and the elected officials across the county to develop the best strategy to create wealth and jobs in Burke County, and then execute that plan."

Wood has developed a reputation for being creative in his strategies for promoting local communities. He has worked on numerous projects, large and small, most notably the effort that recruited a Google Data Center to Caldwell County. John Cantrell, who served on the search committee said in the news release, "We're getting a person with a background in banking, manufacturing and economic development, which is a great background in my opinion,"

Burke Development, Inc. (BDI) is a nonprofit organization supported by private and public funding that is charged with accelerating economic growth in Burke County. BDI works with industry leaders, site selection consultants, government agencies and other entities to facilitate expansion strategies for existing businesses and recruit target industries to Burke County. For more information about BDI visit www.BurkeDevInc.com.

Friday, 06 February 2015 06:22

Man Sentenced To Prison Time In Burglary Case

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31-year-old Ryan William Shambre of Morganton pleaded guilty of conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary and felony possession of stolen goods on Tuesday (February 3) in Burke County Superior Court. Shambre planned the burglary that David Bryan Dockery committed on May 19, 2013. He had been a friend of the victims and knew where they kept their money and medication. Dockery was also sentenced in connection with the case this week.

Judge Archie sentenced Shambre to an active sentence of 26-44 months, and he was placed in the custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections. Lt. Jody Price and Lt. David Kiser of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case, which was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Frank Webster.

28-year-old James Thomas Willis of Valley Field Road in Hickory was arrested this morning (Friday, February 6) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and simple possession of controlled substance. Following the arrest, Willis was detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A first court appearance was scheduled for today.