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Just before six o’clock this morning (July 15), Boone Police responded to a report of a 44-year-old man who was threatening to jump from a fourth floor window at 1050 Highway 105 in Boone.

Just before 12:45 this afternoon, Boone Police negotiators were able to talk the man into surrendering. He was served with involuntary commitment papers and transported for an evaluation.

The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, the Boone Fire Department and Watauga Medics assisted during the incident.

The man’s name will not be released.  

A meeting scheduled today (July 15) in Conover will kick off a 30-day public comment period regarding the state’s implementation of its Strategic Transportation Investments law (STI). The STI will overhaul the way the state funds transportation improvements. The law is intended to allow the N.C. Dept. of Transportation to make more efficient use of its existing revenues to fund more investments that improve the state’s transportation infrastructure, create jobs and help boost the economy.

Today’s informal meeting will be held at the Conover Station, 403 Conover Station S.E., from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Citizens are invited to stop in during that time to share their thoughts on projects going through the STI process.

Citizens who cannot attend today’s meeting may call the N.C.D.O.T. at 704-480-9020. For more information, visit www.ncdot.gov/StrategicTransportationInvestments/PublicMeetings.html.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014 11:33

Two Area Residents Score Big in N.C.E.L.

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A pair of seven-figure lottery winners in the N.C. Education Lottery were among the largest of the week as seven prizes of $100,000 or more were awarded since Wednesday, July 2. The biggest winners are both from Raleigh, but two area residents also did well.

Christopher Erskine, from the Caldwell County community of Patterson, won $150,000 with his scratch-off ticket. Erskine, a landscaping maintenance worker, says he’ll use the money to finish his home renovations. He has been saving and working on the house for the past eight years. Erskine purchased his winning ticket at the Cubbard Express store on Beecher Anderson Road in Lenoir.

Tyler Roten, a magistrate from Wilkesboro, won $100,000 playing the Mega Bucks game. She bought her $5 ticket at the P&J Express on U.S. 421 West in Wilkesboro.

79-year-old Mary Goble Helton of Dodge City Place in Hudson was arrested yesterday (July 14) on one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. She was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $5,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Lenoir.

27-year-old Tealisa Danielle Troutman of Rutile Street in Conover and 28-year-old Elaine Vang of Perfection Avenue in Belmont were both arrested by Hickory Police at about 2 a.m. today (July 15) on one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each of possession of drug paraphernalia. Vang was also charged with felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.

The two were taken into custody without incident at the Red Roof Inn, just off of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. They were both placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for each set at $50,000, secured. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for July 16 in Newton.

27-year-old Amos Daniel Crawford of 4th Street S.W. in Hickory was served a bill of indictment by Hickory Police early yesterday morning (July 14) on one felony count each of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and larceny.

The indictment comes in connection to an incident on September 9 of last year when a Taylorsville woman went into the McDonalds restaurant on North Center Street in Hickory, leaving her two sons, ages 15 & 11, in the car. A man later identified as Amos Crawford reached into the vehicle and took an iPad he saw on the vehicle’s center console. The children were not threatened or harmed.

The older boy was able to provide Police with a description of the suspect and the license tag number from his vehicle. Police stopped the vehicle a short time later and arrested Crawford.

After his arrest yesterday, Crawford was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court was set for July 18 in Newton.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014 10:40

Ridgeview Cultural Review Set for August 2

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Visual and performing artists from the Hickory area will perform in the Ridgeview Cultural Revue at 7 p.m. on August 2 in the S.A.L.T. Block Auditorium, 243 3rd Avenue N.E. in Hickory. The program is presented by the Ridgeview Cultural Committee in partnership with the Ridgeview Branch Library.

The participants are artists who grew up in the Hickory community before making their mark in the professional community across the United States, abroad and in the Hickory area. Local artists will also perform.

This year’s artists include: flautist Lewis Collins of Baltimore; keyboardist Richard Shade of New York; and classical & opera singer Linda Childs of New York. They are all from Hickory. Comedian & master of ceremonies, Henry Henry of Maiden and other dancers and singers from the Hickory area will also perform.

Admission is $10 for advance tickets and $15 at the door. Tickets may be purchased from members of the Ridgeview Cultural Committee, H&H Barbershop and at the Ridgeview Public Library.

For more information, contact Al Henry at 828-238-9676 or Billy Sudderth at 828-308-4669.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014 07:12

Runoff Election Today for DA; Clerk of Court

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Voting is underway in the runoff elections for District Attorney in the 25th prosecutorial district. Incumbent James “Jay” Gaither, Jr. and challenger David Learner are competing for the Republican nomination. There is no Democratic candidate on the ballot in the November election. Learner won the primary election on May 6 by over eight percent, but fell just short of the 40% needed to clinch the win at that time.

Kim Richards Sigmon and Tammy Huffman West are also on the ballot today for the Republican nomination in the race for Catawba County Clerk of Court.

The polls are open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. today (July 15).

Listen to 1290 WHKY this evening for election returns, sponsored by Allegra Print Marketing & Mail.

Newton Police say the investigation into the death of Maggie Daniels continues as investigators are following up on tips and leads. Investigators are continuing with initial interviews and conducting secondary interviews to clarify information gathered from the initial interviews.

Investigators are also searching social media, financial and telephone records for additional information. They continue to submit items to the state crime lab for analysis.

Ms. Daniels was a teacher, coach and counselor with Newton-Conover City Schools, most recently serving as a counselor at Discovery High School. Her body was found in her apartment on June 28. Newton Police announced two days later that the investigation into her death is a homicide investigation.

Investigators will continue to follow up on all tips and leads as they are reported. Anyone with information regarding the case should contact the Newton Police Department at 828-465-7430.

Exodus Homes’ "Everything Free" Community Outreach event scheduled for July 26 has been moved. It will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Ridgeview Recreation Center, 700 1st Street S.W. in Hickory, not at the Brown Penn Recreation Center, as originally announced.

For more information, contact the Rev. Susan Smith Walker at revsusanwalker@gmail.com or 828-962-8196.