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43-year-old Joseph Berry Zenoski of Arden Gate Drive in Iron Station was arrested by Hickory Police at 2:45 yesterday afternoon (June 4) on one felony count of breaking & entering a motor vehicle.

He was arrested after a customer waiting for service at Discount Tire on Highway 70 S.E. saw a man get into his unlocked vehicle where it was parked in the parking lot. The man, later identified as Joseph Zenoski, was still in the vehicle when Police arrived. According to Police, Zenoski appeared to be intoxicated.

He was taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

Friday, 05 June 2015 10:55

Hickory Man Accused of Stealing Perfume

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44-year-old James Antonio Anthony of 1st Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (June 5) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny.

Anthony was arrested after Officers responded to an alarm at the Pinecrest retirement community on 23rd Avenue Place N.E. in Hickory. Police arrived at about 1:30 a.m. where they found Anthony still in the residence. In his pockets were three bottles of perfume, valued at $100. Officers found a broken doorframe where Anthony entered the residence, which had last been reported secure at seven o’clock the previous evening.

Anthony was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.

42-year-old Randy Shay Bruner of Riverview Lane in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:30 last night (June 4) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting delaying or obstructing a public officer, driving while license revoked and speeding more than 15 m.p.h. above the posted speed limit. He was also charged with a misdemeanor probation violation on a warrant dated May 1.

He was arrested after an Officer saw a 2001 Honda Civic traveling at a high rate of speed. The Officer attempted to catch up with the vehicle as it traveled along Highway 70 and eventually came to a stop at a dead end on 7th Avenue S.W. in Hickory.

After a brief foot chase, Bruner was taken into custody in an area behind the Randy Marion auto dealership on Highway 70 S.W. 0.5 grams of a substance believed to be crystal meth and 0.3 grams of marijuana were found in close proximity to Bruner. Drug paraphernalia was found in the car.

Bruner was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility without bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

An undercover investigation in to the sale and distribution of powder cocaine in the Southern End of Iredell County has identified Al Tiran Ashford of 551 Blendwood Road in Charlotte as a suspect.

As a result of undercover purchases of cocaine totaling 38 grams worth $9500 which were made from the suspect by narcotics detectives, Ashford has been charged with the following crimes: Three Felony Counts of Trafficking Cocaine, One Felony Count of Sell and Deliver Cocaine, One Felony Count of Possession with Intent to Sell Cocaine and One count of Resisting a Public Officer.

Al Tiran Ashford has extensive criminal history of violent crimes and weapons offenses. He is currently on Federal Probation.

If anyone has information of where Al Tiran Ashford can be located please call 911 or 704-878-3100, this individual should be considered armed and dangerous.

Friday, 05 June 2015 04:35

Meth Charges Filed Against Hickory Woman

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49-year-old Judy Curtis Greene of 54th Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (June 4) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Greene was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $31,250 bond. She was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today (Friday, June 5).

Unemployment rates dropped across the Greater Hickory Metro and across much of the state according to the latest report from the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor & Economic Analysis Division. The report shows the unemployment rates for April.

Catawba County’s jobless rate dipped to 5.2 percent from 5.3 percent in the last report. Alexander County’s unemployment rate fell to 4.6 percent from 4.7 percent in March. Burke County’s jobless percentage is at 5.3 percent, down from 5.5 in March. Caldwell County saw it’s unemployment rate fall to 5.9 percent, from 6.1 percent in the last report.

The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area also dropped in April. That rate is currently at 5.3 percent, down from 5.5 percent in March. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied for the sixth highest unemployment rate among 15 Metropolitan Statistical Areas in the state.

Statewide, the unemployment rate dropped to 5.2 percent from 5.4 percent in the last report. Unemployment rates dropped in 89 of North Carolina’s 100 counties, increased in six, and remained unchanged in five. The state’s highest unemployment rate is in Graham County, where the jobless percentage is 12.8. Orange and Buncombe Counties are tied for the state’s lowest rate at 3.9 percent.

Morganton Assistant City Manager Scott Hildebran has accepted an offer to become Lenoir’s new city manager. Hildebran will take over the helm in Lenoir on July 13. Although he wasn’t looking for a new position, Hildebran said he just couldn’t pass on the opportunity to work as a city manager in the Unifour.

“Over the past two years, I have had the honor and privilege of working with a talented, loyal and caring team of city employees and dedicated elected officials here in Morganton,” Hildebran said. “The City has an outstanding group of hardworking professionals. As such, I have found it extremely gratifying to serve together with them in providing public services which improve the quality of life for those who work, visit, and live in Morganton.”

Hildebran’s last day working for the City of Morganton will be July 10. Hildebran has served in local government since 1989. He’s worked in Dunn, Beaufort, and the City of Greensboro. Before coming to Morganton, he served for 10 years as the Town Manager of Blowing Rock. He replaces Lane Bailey, who left the position of Lenoir City Manager earlier this year to take that same position in Salisbury.

Morganton City Manager Sally Sandy said that she is sad to see Hildebran go, but she understands why Lenoir “stole” him away.

“Scott has been a wonderful assistant city manager,” Sandy said. “He is a dedicated professional and a first-class person. He brought a lot of valuable experience to the management team here in Morganton, and I know he will be a valuable asset to the City of Lenoir.”

Sandy said she’ll start the process to find a new assistant city manager for Morganton soon.

Friday, 05 June 2015 03:59

Missing Teenager Found Safe

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A teenager who had been missing since Wednesday afternoon has been located and is safe. Detective Greg Hager of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office identified the girl as Vanessa Marie Pelayo who is 15-years-old. A news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office thanked all media outlets for their help in this case.

53-year-old Terry Lee Talbert of Cool Springs Lane in Iron Station has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Deputies one felony count of taking indecent liberties with a minor.

The incident allegedly occurred in 2009 at Talbert’s residence. It was reported to the Sheriff’s Office in February of this year. The victim, who was 11 years old at the time, was known to the suspect. The investigation is continuing and more charges are expected. Detective Sally Dellinger is the investigating officer.

Talbert was released on a $9,500 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (June 4).

34-year-old Daphne Nicole Miller of Amhurst Road in Morganton was arrested yesterday (June 3) by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, driving while license revoked and fictitious or altered title or registration card.

Following her arrest, Miller was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $12,500, secured. She was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Lenoir.