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Monday, 05 June 2017 09:36

Suspect Sought In Stabbing

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A suspect is being sought in an Alexander County stabbing incident.

On Sunday (June 4) shortly after 10 p.m., Alexander County 911 was notified of a possible stabbing at a residence located on Highway 90 East in Stony Point. Officers arrived on the scene and found 66-year-old Steven Anderson of Stony Point with multiple stab wounds. Investigators from the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the residence. Investigation revealed that Mr. Anderson’s residence had been broken into.

According to a news release from the Sheriff's Office, the male suspect went into the residence, confronted Mr. Anderson, and demanded money. The man then stabbed Mr. Anderson. The suspect left the residence with an undisclosed amount of money using an unknown mode of travel. Investigators believe that the victim and suspect were acquaintances.

The suspect has been identified as 26-year-old Shawn Donnell Whren Jr. of Statesville. There are outstanding warrants on the subject for robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with intent to kill or inflict serious injury, and first degree burglary. The suspect is known to frequent Iredell County.

Anyone who knows anything about the suspect’s whereabouts, please contact Alexander County Crimestoppers at (828) 632-8555. The suspect may still be armed.

Monday, 05 June 2017 06:02

Burke County Receives 300K Grant From EPA

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Burke County received a $300,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to assist with the assessment and cleanup of brownfield sites. The funds will focus on the urban corridor including Morganton, Glen Alpine, Drexel, Valdese, Rutherford College and Hildebran.

"This was a collaborative effort to bring federal dollars into Burke County to start down the path to revive local industrial sites for future use and employment of our citizens," said Bryan Steen, Burke County Manager. "The grant was a long process that took a lot of hours of staff time and coordination with other groups. I'm glad the application was successful and funded."

The EPA's Brownfields Program provides grants and technical assistance to communities to assess, clean up and reuse contaminated properties. The funds can be used to determine the extent of site contamination, remove environmental uncertainties and clean up contaminated properties where needed.

According to the EPA, studies have shown that residential property values near brownfields sites that are cleaned up increased between 5 and 15.2%. Burke Development, Inc. (BDI) and many of the County's municipalities assisted with the grant application. They have identified several sites where the funds could be used, including former furniture plants.

"These funds will help us redevelop vacant and unused properties, which is a key piece of BDI's plan of work," said President and CEO Alan Wood. "This is another important step toward having more marketable industrial sites in our community, which is vital if we're going to retain existing companies that want to grow or attract new businesses to our community."

Cardno, a professional infrastructure and environmental services company, and Electricities, a membership organization including public power communities, also assisted BDI and Burke County with the grant application.

Hickory's new Mayor will be sworn in during the Hickory City Council meeting tomorrow night (Tuesday, June 6).

Jeff Cline will take the oath of office at the beginning of tomorrow night's session. Cline was appointed to replace Rudy Wright on May 16. Wright passed away on May 11 after having served as Mayor since 2001. Cline, who is a Hickory native, is currently a Senior Vice President for BB&T Insurance Services. He is a former City Councilman and has been an active community member, serving on various boards over the years.

In addition Tuesday night, under new business, Hickory City Council will hold a public hearing on the City Manager's Fiscal Year 2017-2018 recommended budget. Also under new business, council will consider a rezoning petition for property located at 1329 Zion Church Road. The property contains 1.518 acres.

Under reaffirmation and ratification of second readings council will consider a vacant building revitalization grant performance agreement with MDI Management LLC in the amount of $20,000 for rehabilitation to the building located at 521 Main Avenue SW. The first reading vote for this and all other items listed under second readings passed unanimously on first reading.

Tuesday night's Hickory City Council meeting gets underway at 7:00 in Council Chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building at 76 North Center Street in Hickory.

Monday, 05 June 2017 05:38

Lenoir Man Charged With Meth Possession

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31-year-old Garry Dean Sanders Jr. of SW Jason Place in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (June 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor larceny by changing price tag. Sanders was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for July 24.

40-year-old Shannon Neil Childs, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested Saturday (June 3) by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. In addition, Childs is charged with two counts of indecent exposure, and single counts of simple assault, injury to personal property, resisting a public officer, and a count of parole violation filed by Probation and Parole. Childs was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (June 5) and July 12.

48-year-old Regina Diane Cannon of Cannon Drive and 46-year-old Amy Brown Thomas of Cross Street, both from Granite Falls, were both arrested Friday (June 2) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. Both women are charged with posession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine. Cannon is also charged with maintaining a dwelling or place to keep controlled substance. Both suspects were jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center. Cannon's bond was set at $100,000 secured, Thomas was detained under a $75,000 secured bond. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (June 5).

Monday, 05 June 2017 05:01

Assault Charges Filed Against Hickory Man

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27-year-old Eric Andrew Collins of 16th Avenue Place in Hickory was arrested Saturday (June 3) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with felony assault by strangulation, two counts of assault on a government official, resisting a public officer, communicating threats, and interfering with emergency communication. Collins was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. District Court dates were scheduled for today (June 5) and July 19.

Falling Creek Bridge in Hickory will be closed to traffic, beginning Monday, June 12, due to scheduled replacement of the bridge. The detour route around the construction includes Falling Creek Road, 29th Avenue NE, and NC 127. A consulting engineering firm, specializing in bridge evaluations and working for the City and the North Carolina Department of Transportation, has reviewed the bridge and determined that a replacement is necessary to maintain the safety of the traveling public.

The replacement may take up to year for completion. City staff have coordinated with Emergency Services to reroute Fire, Police and Emergency Medical Services while the bridge is being replaced.

A Catawba County jury found a Hickory man guilty of indecent exposure at the conclusion of a three-day trial last Thursday (June 1).

46-year-old Neil Wayne Hoyle was sentenced to an active prison term of 10 to 21 months in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Jeffrey P. Hunt, Superior Court Judge from Transylvania County, following the jury’s verdict. The 12-member panel needed about an hour of deliberation to find the defendant guilty.

Hoyle previously had been convicted of rape in Sedgwick County, Kansas, in March 1996 and served a prison sentence of 77 to 86 months. Upon moving to North Carolina, Hoyle was convicted in December 2014 in Catawba County of failure to report his new address as a sex offender.

The defendant has attained habitual felon status as a result of the conviction, and any future offenses could lead to an enhanced sentence if he is found guilty.

The offense occurred while Hoyle was on probation, thus the possibility of a revocation of his probationary sentence for failure to follow sex offender registration laws. Judge Hunt revoked Hoyle’s bond on his probation violation, of which he is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Hoyle stopped his vehicle at a Hickory residence on March 16, 2016, as a mother and her 4-year-old son were outside. The woman was trying to take groceries from her vehicle into the home while the little boy played. The defendant told her the home looked like it needed some remodeling and asked if he could give her his card. As she approached and took the card, she saw that Hoyle had exposed himself. She took her son inside the home and called law enforcement.

Capt. Brian Adams investigated the case for Hickory Police Department, and Michael Van Buren handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.

Friday, 02 June 2017 17:34

Iredell County Fight Leads to Two Arrests

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51-year-old Michael “Mo” Dwayne England of Triplett Road and 46-year-old Thomas Henry Freeland of Rowan Road, both from Cleveland, N.C., have been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers.  England was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and injury to personal property.  Freeland faces charges for assault inflicting serious injury and a probation violation.

At 4:45 p.m. Saturday (May 27), Deputies and E.M.S. personnel responded to a reported stabbing at aan address on Rowan Road.  Deputies found Thomas Freeland suffering from multiple stab wounds inflicted with a BBQ fork.  Michael England had facial injuries.  The injuries were consistent with statements made by both men and by other witnesses.  

The incident began when England reportedly threw a brick into the windshield of Freeland’s parked Cadillac.  When Freeland approached England, threats were exchanged and both men agreed to meet in the roadway in front of the Rowan Road address to settle their dispute physically.  After the fight broke out, England brandished a BBQ fork and began stabbing Freeland.   

Both men were taken to Iredell Memorial Hospital.  After they were medically cleared, Freeland and England were arrested and taken to the Iredell County Detention Center.

England received a $7,500 secured bond, while Freeland was given a $10,000 secured bond.  Both men will appear in District Court on June 13.

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