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34-year-old William Junior Sisk of 34th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just after one o’clock this morning (June 6) on one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

He was charged after the victim, a 45-year-old man from Sulphur Springs Road in Hickory, told Police he had gone to the Propst Mobile Home Park at about eight o’clock last night, looking for a friend. The victim, the man he was looking for and Sisk are all employed by the same company, H&H Roofing, which is also on Sulphur Springs Road.

The victim said he had just pulled up at the mobile home park when Sisk came out from behind a van and hit the victim in the head with a socket wrench. The victim was able to drive away and return to his home. His sister then took him to Frye Regional Medical Center where he was treated for fractured bones in his face. At last report, he remained in the hospital.

Police were called to the hospital about 30 minutes after the assault. The motive for the assault is unclear, though a Hickory Police spokesperson said the two men were involved in an altercation about a year ago.

Sisk was taken into custody without incident at his residence several hours after the incident was reported. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for Monday (June 9) in Newton.

The Hiddenite Center, a non-profit arts organization in Alexander County, is celebrating the 100th birthday of the Historic James Paul Lucas Mansion, which houses the center’s offices, gallery, museum and collections. The Lucas Mansion is also home to the Alexander County Visitor Center.

A birthday celebration will be held on Thursday, June 26 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the Lucas Mansion Gallery. The mansion is located at 316 Hiddenite Church Road in Hiddenite.

The Lucas Mansion is the only National Register of Historic Places site in Alexander County. It was originally built as a two-story Victorian home in 1900. Diamond and gem importer/exporter James Paul Lucas, known as “Diamond Jim,” purchased the home and then set out to expand the structure significantly. Lucas cut the house in half horizontally and raised the original second floor on car jacks in order to expand the home to three stories.

The June 26 celebration will include a special exhibition of newly discovered Lucas artifacts and photos along with a gallery talk that tells the story of the house and "Diamond Jim" Lucas. The free community celebration will also feature light refreshments and birthday cake.

The gallery talk will be led by Director of Education & Gallery Curator Allison Houchins, Architect Chuck Goode and prominent local historians.

To learn more about Hiddenite Center, visit www.hiddenitecenter.com, email info@hiddenitecenter.com or search for Friends of the Hiddenite Center on Facebook.

McDowell County Sheriff’s Deputies are looking for a man who reportedly shot a teenager outside the boy’s home in Old Fort Wednesday night (June 4).

At 11:52 p.m. Wednesday, Deputies responded to a residence on Boulder Rock Drive where they found a 13-year-old male victim suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper left arm. The teen was at home with his 14-year-old brother. Their parents were at work.

The victim told Investigators he heard a noise outside, grabbed a gun and went to examine the situation. The victim said he was met by a tall, skinny black man who walked awkwardly. The man reportedly shot Hughes in the arm and fled on foot through the woods toward Moffitt Hill Road.

The teen was taken to Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville where he was treated for his injury and released.

Capt. Shanon Smith advises residents of the area to continue with their normal business, but to be observant and cautious and call the Sheriff’s Office if they see anything suspicious.

Anyone with information concerning the incident should call the McDowell Co. Sheriff’s Office at 828-652-4000 or 828-652-2235; or call McDowell County Crime Stoppers at 828-65-CRIME. Crime Stoppers callers may remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward.

The North Carolina second primary election will be held on Tuesday, July 15. In Caldwell County, polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The only race on the ballot in Caldwell County will be a Republican run off for District Attorney in the 25th prosecutorial district. Candidates are David Learner and the incumbent, James (Jay) Gaither, Jr. Voters who are registered Republican or Unaffiliated may vote in the second primary.

In Caldwell County, One Stop or Early Voting for the second primary election will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 3 and on Monday through Friday, July 7 – 11. One-Stop Voting will also be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 12. One-Stop voting will be closed on Friday and Saturday, July 4 & 5 for the holiday.

The only Caldwell County voting site for One Stop or Early Voting for the second primary will be at the county’s Administrative Offices in the County/City Chambers, housed in the Alden Starnes Building at 905 West Avenue N.W. in Lenoir.

On July 15, Primary Election day, voters should go to their regular precinct for voting.

In addition, filing to run for two upcoming vacant seats on the Soil & Water Conservation Board will begin at noon on Monday, June 9 and end at noon on Monday, July 7. The two seats are currently held by Dennis Benfield and Edward Spivey.

Filing for four upcoming vacant seats on the Caldwell County School Board will begin at noon, Monday, July 14 and end at noon, Monday, August 11. The School Board seats are currently held by Dottie Darsie, Helen Hall, Dyane Knight and Joe Sims.

For more information or request an absentee ballot, contact the Caldwell County Board of Election at 828-757-1326.

Friday, 06 June 2014 07:05

Maiden Man Convicted on Felony Meth Charge

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28-year-old Brandon Kyle Hensley of Maiden was convicted of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine yesterday in Catawba Co. Criminal Superior Court. Hensley was sentenced to no less than 55 months and no more than 78 months in the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction.

The crime occurred in April 2013 in Maiden. The investigation was the result of a theft from a retail store in which the suspects used Hensley’s car. A Maiden Police investigation into the theft led to the execution of a search warrant at Hensley’s residence on Old Park Road in Maiden. The search led to the discovery of the remnants of a clandestine meth lab.

Lt. Jamey Fletcher of the Maiden Police Department handled the investigation and Assistant District Attorney Kyle Smith prosecuted the case. The Honorable Eric Levinson presided over the conviction.

Hensley will be transported to the Division of Adult Correction in Raleigh for processing.

43-year-old Stephanie Teresa Carver of Newton was convicted yesterday (June 5) in Catawba Co. Criminal Superior Court of felony trafficking in opiates by transportation. Carver was sentenced to no less than 70 months and no more than 93 months in the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction. She was also ordered to pay a $50,000 fine.

The crime occurred in August 2013 in Catawba County. The defendant was a passenger on a motorcycle that was stopped at a license checkpoint conducted by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. During the vehicle stop, Officers discovered Carver had an outstanding warrant for her arrest. She was taken into custody, and, as she was being processed, Officers found two bags of controlled substances on Carver’s person. The substances were alprazolam and a dihydrocodeinone-opium derivative.

Trooper M. Adams of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol handled the investigation and Assistant District Attorney Kyle Smith prosecuted the case. The Honorable Eric Levinson presided over the conviction.

Carver will be transported to the Division of Adult Correction in Raleigh for processing.

33-year-old Christopher John Courchesne of 17th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested at about 3:45 yesterday afternoon (June5) by Hickory Police on felony charges of first-degree sexual assault on a victim under the age of 13 and indecent liberties with a child.

He was taken into custody without incident at his residence on a warrant from New Hanover County.

Courchesne has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $75,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for June 12 in Wilmington.

28-year-old Devon Lamar Heggs of Statesville was arrested by Statesville Police yesterday (June 4) for violation of pre-trial release conditions that followed his arrest on previous domestic violence charges.

In an effort to hold offenders more accountable to their pre-trial release conditions, particularly in cases of domestic violence, Iredell County Officers and Judicial Officials have recently implemented protocols for executing warrantless arrests of offenders who violate those conditions. Violators are subject to immediate arrest, significantly increased bonds and additional charges. Heggs’ arrest is the first made in Statesville under the state’s new laws.

Following his initial arrest, Heggs was released from jail on March 5. Since then, Statesville Police Domestic Violence Specialist Attrie Wooten developed probable cause to believe that Heggs violated his conditions for release on several occasions. On Wednesday, Wooten and other Officers arrested Heggs during a random compliance check.

After Wednesday’s arrest, he was incarcerated in the Iredell County Jail under a $300,000 secured bond. Additional domestic-related charges were also filed for offenses allegedly committed following his release, including three counts of assault on a female, two counts of strangulation, resisting arrest and breaking & entering. For those charges, Heggs received an additional $100,000 secured bond. Court dates were set for June 30 and July 22.

33-year-old Jennifer Irene Brown of Airport Road in Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:20 Tuesday afternoon on one felony count of fraudulent rental of a motor vehicle.

Management at Enterprise Rent-A-Car on Highway 321 N.W. in Hickory told Police that Brown rented a Chrysler 200 that should have been returned on April 17. Brown extended the rental to May 22, but stopped making payments on May 15. The rental company was unable to locate Brown or the vehicle.

On Tuesday, Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers spotted the vehicle at a Citgo station just off of Highway 16 in Maiden. The Magistrate issued a warrant for Brown’s arrest and she was taken into custody and handed over to Hickory Police at the intersection of Fairgrove Church Road and Highway 70 S.E.

Brown was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. She has since been released and was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday (June 4) in Newton.

Family Builders of Catawba Valley invites those interested in fostering or adopting a child to attend the resource family information meeting from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday (June 10). The meeting will be held at the Family Services Center, 3050 11th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory (behind the Catawba Valley Medical Center).

There is currently an urgent need for foster parents and therapeutic foster parents, especially those who can accept sibling groups.

Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month to help raise awareness of the great need for foster homes for Catawba County’s waiting children. Those attending the meetings are invited to ask questions and learn more about ways they can help Catawba County children in foster care.

Resource families include family foster homes, therapeutic foster homes and adoptive homes. Specific information about becoming a resource family will be available at the meeting. Guests will also learn about required training for resource families and hear stories about the rewards of helping children in foster care.

For more information about the meeting or to schedule an individual appointment to discuss becoming a resource family, contact Sharon Hamby at Family Builders of Catawba Valley at 828-695-4553 or email shamby@catawbacountync.gov.

For information on all services offered by Family Builders of Catawba Valley, visit www.catawbacountync.gov/dss/FamilyBuilders/FamilyBuilders.asp.