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Caldwell Early College High School Principal Candis Hagaman has received the Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership. Ms. Hagaman is one of only eight in the nation to receive the award. She was honored in Washington D.C. Tuesday (November 11) at the 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools awards ceremony.

Ms.Hagaman had been the principal at Caldwell Early College High School since 2010. Last year, the school had a 100% graduation rate.

Principals nominated for the award are school leaders committed to fostering successful teaching and learning at their schools and who do “whatever it takes” to help their students meet high standards.

44-year-old Michael Darren Mehaffey of Herman Sipe Road in Conover has been arrested by Maiden Police on charges of possession of a firearm by felon, trafficking in opium or heroin and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

He was confined yesterday (November 12) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $75,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday (November 17) in the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.

The Commissioners will receive an update on the activities of the Catawba County Youth Council. The Board will also honor Commissioner Lynn Lail for her service to the community and to the Board of Commissioners as she prepares to retire after serving three terms on the Board.

The Board will consider granting the County Tax Administrator the authority to allow extensions for listing personal property on an individual basis, upon written request and for good cause shown. No extensions would be granted beyond April 15, 2015.

In addition, the Board will honor Shuford Elementary School teacher Angie Sigmon, who recently received the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award.

The Commissioners will also issue a proclamation declaring November 21-27 as Farm-City Week in Catawba County.

Thursday, 13 November 2014 10:33

Morganton Man Convicted of Habitual B&E

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49-year-old Phillip Carl Henson of Kinglet Drive in Morganton pleaded guilty to one count of habitual breaking & entering last week in Burke County Superior Court. Henson was sentenced to no less than 3.5 years and no more than five years in prison.

Henson was a suspect in several felony B&E cases throughout western Burke County. He also has charges pending in Jackson County, North Carolina. Henson was indicted on charges from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and was arrested on July 9.

Henson has remained in custody since his arrest.

Thursday, 13 November 2014 06:53

Two Teens Arrested on Drug Charges in Iredell County

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17-year-old Alton Lewis McBride III of Denver and 16-year-old Emily Marie Blackwelder of Troutman have been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers. McBride was charged with two counts of trafficking opium, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule IV controlled substance, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Blackwelder was charged with two counts of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance.

On Tuesday (November 11), Sgt. C.L. Stone of the Sheriff’s Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team stopped a 2001 Toyota Corolla on East Broad Street for a registration violation. While speaking with the driver, Emily Blackwelder, Sgt. Stone noticed the odor of burned marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. The Sergeant had Blackwelder exit the vehicle where she denied having anything illegal.

Sgt. J.V. Dyson assisted with a search. Alton McBride, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was found to be in possession of hydrocodone, alprazolam, clonazepam, a gummy substance believed to contain THC and drug paraphernalia. A bag in the passenger-side floorboard contained marijuana, candy believed to contain THC and drug paraphernalia. A total of 97 pills were seized.

McBride was arrested and taken to the Iredell County Detention Center under a $150,000 secured bond. Blackwelder was given a $2,500 secured bond. McBride is due in District Court on December 3. Blackwelder has a court date set for January 5.

The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to Caldwell Memorial Hospital’s Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine. The designation is based on the result of an onsite inspection survey that is part of the CAP process of accreditation. Dr. George L. Nichols, Jr., chief of pathology at Caldwell Memorial, was congratulated for the services provided by the department.

During the survey process, department records and quality measures for the previous two years were reviewed, alongside staff credentials, equipment & facilities and the department’s safety record.

Caldwell Memorial Hospital’s Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine is one of 7,000 CAP-accredited facilities around the world.

For more information, visit www.caldwellmemorial.org.

23-year-old Jacquan Louis Jones of N.W. Creekway Drive in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police at about 11 a.m. yesterday (November 11) on misdemeanor counts of attempted breaking & entering and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. He was also served with five outstanding orders for arrest. Three were true bills of indictment on felony charges of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods. One indictment was for felony breaking & entering and the last order for arrest was for failure to appear on the felony charges for breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods.

Events leading to Jones’ arrest unfolded yesterday as Lenoir Police responded to a call regarding a suspicious person walking around a residence at 630 Seehorn Street. While the Officers were en route, the caller said the suspect was behind the house attempting to break into the back door.

Officer Stella Coffey arrived on the scene and located Jacquan Jones. Jones attempted to flee from the scene but was apprehended by Officer Coffey.

After his arrest, Jones was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $330,000, secured. He’ll appear in District Court on the misdemeanor B&E and resisting charges on January 15 in Lenoir. Jones also has a Caldwell County Superior Court date scheduled for January 12 on the felony charges.

As part of National Memory Screening Day, free, confidential memory screenings will be offered at the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library on Tuesday, November 18. Screenings will be held from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. National Memory Screening Day is an annual initiative from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA).

Qualified healthcare professionals will administer the memory screenings and provide educational materials about memory concerns, brain health and caregiving. The face-to-face screenings consist of a series of questions and tasks and take five to 10 minutes to administer. Screeners emphasize that results are not a diagnosis. Individuals who score poorly and those who still have concerns are encouraged to pursue a full medical examination.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information, call 828-304-0500 ext. 7235. The Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 Street 3rd N.E. on the SALT Block.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 13:20

Eight Vandalism Cases Reported in N.W. Hickory

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Eight incidents of vandalism in northwest Hickory were reported to Hickory Police yesterday.

The incidents all occurred some time between 9 p.m. Monday (November 10) and 9:55 a.m. Tuesday morning. In seven cases, vehicles were damaged, with windows broken out in some instances. In the other incident, a mailbox was damaged. Nothing was taken from any of the damaged vehicles.

Single incidents occurred on 32nd Avenue, 30th Avenue Drive, 4th Avenue, 5th Street and 3rd Street, with three vehicles damaged at different residences on 1st Avenue, all in the city’s northwest quadrant.

Hickory Police are investigating.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 11:26

Two Accused of Stealing from Rugged Warehouse

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32-year-old Jennifer Ann Barlow of U.S. Highway 70 East in Hildebran and 23-year-old Shawn Tyler Love of Shoupes Church Road in Hickory were both arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:30 yesterday afternoon (November 11). Barlow was charged with felony larceny by anti-inventory device and damage to real property. Love faces a misdemeanor larceny charge.

They were arrested after Police responded to the Rugged Warehouse on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory after a Loss Prevention Officer there spotted the suspects concealing merchandise. Officers met Love as he exited the store with a cell phone case he had not paid for. They found Barlow inside the store with a bracelet concealed in her purse and a pair of shoes from which she had removed the anti-theft device.

Both suspects were arrested without incident. They were taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Barlow set at $1,000, secured, while Love was given a $500 secured bond. They have since been released. Barlow was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton while Love has a court date on January 20 in Hickory.