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41-year-old James Howard Weise, Jr. of Sandalwood Court in Newton was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police shortly after eleven o’clock Sunday night (April 13) on one count of failure to return hired property.

Weise allegedly failed to return a rental vehicle to Mike Johnson’s Hickory Toyota in November of 2012. He and the 2012 Toyota Camry were found by authorities in Gatlinburg, Tennessee later that month.

Weise was taken into custody without incident at the Kangaroo Express on Highway 70 S.E. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond with an appearance in Superior Court set for April 25 in Newton.

According to published reports, the N.C. State Highway Patrol responded to an accident in Drexel at about 11:15 Monday morning. A telephone pole was snapped and a payphone was destroyed when they were hit by a purple Hyundai Sonata driven by Morgan Baker.

The Hyundai was traveling north on Drexel Road when the driver attempted to make a right turn onto U.S. 70 East. Baker accelerated through the turn in order to avoid a collision with a van that was attempting to turn left onto U.S. 70 East. Baker told Troopers she thought the van was going to sideswipe her. The Hyundai then ran off the right side of the road. When Baker attempted to apply the brakes, she inadvertently hit the accelerator and drove into the payphone and the pole.

The car came to a rest on top of the payphone in a gas station parking lot on Highway 70 E. with the telephone pole across the car’s hood.

Baker’s injuries were described as non-life-threatening. The vehicle was said to be a total loss. Damage to the pole, owned by CenturyLink, was estimated at $1,000. No one lost power as a result of the accident.

Baker was charged with failure to maintain lane control.

In addition to the Highway Patrol, Triple Community Fire & Rescue and Burke County Emergency Services responded to the crash scene.

Workers from CenturyLink and Wells & Seals Towing helped extract the Hyundai from beneath the pole.

Transportation Insight announced Friday (April 11) its intent to develop a new corporate campus near downtown Hickory to be completed by the end of 2015.

Transportation Insight is a globally recognized third-party logistics (3PL) provider. The company was founded in Hickory in 1999. Over the past 15 years, the supply chain management firm has assembled a series of corporate facilities in Hickory including offices near the First Baptist Church and CenturyLink.

The new Transportation Insight corporate campus will be located at the site of the historic Lyerly Full Fashioned Mill at the intersection of Highway 127 and 1st Avenue near downtown Hickory. Once complete, the new corporate campus will feature 70,000 square feet of office space. The development is being handled by affiliate OHM Holdings, Inc. for the benefit of Transportation Insight.

City Manager Mick Berry says Transportation Insight will maintain its workforce in Hickory and add jobs with a conservative commitment of over 200 total jobs. The city is helping the expansion by providing property tax relief for seven years, if the company hits is job and investment targets. 100% of new property taxes paid will be rebated up to $40,000 for seven years.

For more information about Transportation Insight, visit www.transportationinsight.com.

On March 6 of this year, the Market Basket convenience store on Grace Chapel Road in Granite Falls was robbed. A white male dressed in a gray sweatshirt and black pants with a bandanna over the bottom half of his face and a toboggan on his head walked into the store and pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money. The man fled on foot after the robbery.

Since the robbery, no leads have developed. The same suspect is believed to have committed a similar robbery in Catawba County two weeks later.

The Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Office has released a photo of a person of interest in the case. The man in the photo is wearing a flat bill Pittsburgh Pirates hat.

Anyone with information regarding the robbery or the identity of the person in the photo should call the Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Office at 828-759-1526 or Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300. Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward.

35-year-old Nathaniel Matthew Cox of Summer Way Drive in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (April 13) on charges of felony fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle; reckless driving to endanger; unsafe passing over a yellow line; failure to stop for a stop sign or flashing red light; driving while license revoked; fictitious or altered registration card or tag; chop shop activity with a vehicle I.D. number or part number changed; no liability insurance; possession of methamphetamine; failure to appear on a charge of resisting a public officer; failure to secure a passenger under 16; and two counts of failure to appear for non-support.

Cox was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $120,000 secured bond, plus a $1,000 cash bond on the non-support charges. No court dates are currently listed.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a person suspected of indecent exposure on February 18 at the Arby’s drive-thru on Highway 73 in Denver.

The individual placed an order at the drive-thru shortly before 6 p.m. and drove to the window to pick up the order. The white male paid for and was given the order. When the worker returned to give him change, he exposed himself to her and then drove away.

The man is described as a white male with a slender build, approximately 30 years old with a short haircut. At the time of the incident, he was wearing an orange t-shirt.

The suspect vehicle is believed to be a dark-colored black or blue Ford F-150 four-door pickup. The truck had a toolbox on the back. The driver reportedly leaves the tailgate down.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the suspect vehicle should contact the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office at 704-736-8864, the Lincoln Co. Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

32-year-old Ricardo Miguel Magallanes of Shoal Road in Lincolnton was arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detectives Friday (April 11) on two felony counts of first-degree sexual offense.

The Lincoln Co. Department of Social Services notified the Sheriff’s Office about the incidents, which allegedly occurred last week at the home of the 11-year-old female victim. Magallanes is a friend of the family. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected.

Magallanes is being held in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $250,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (April 14).

39-year-old Dawn Bumgarner Herman of Chester White Road in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:45 Saturday evening on charges of felony possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. She was also charged with four probation violations.

Herman was arrested after she called Police from the Wal-Mart store on Highway 70 S.E. in reference to a stolen vehicle. Herman told Police her vehicle was taken by people she met earlier in the day.

She was referred to the Magistrate’s office to take out an arrest warrant. In the meantime, a routine records check showed that Herman had outstanding warrants for HER arrest in Catawba County on a misdemeanor shoplifting charge and in Alexander County for probation violations dating back to 2009 and 2010.

A subsequent search of Herman’s purse turned up a bottle containing 0.6 grams of meth and a blue container with three straws and residue and three metal graters.

She was arrested without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $14,000 secured bond. A first appearance on the drug charges was set for today (April 14) in Hickory. Herman will appear in Superior Court on April 21 in Taylorsville and in Newton on the shoplifting charge on May 6.

The VFW will host a town hall meeting on Facebook at 3 p.m. on April 24 to discuss the VA claims process and veterans’ benefits, as well as how VFW Service Officers can assist with filing claims (a service VFW offers to veterans free of charge).

Subject matter experts, including VFW Service Officer Ron Cherry, will answer questions for one hour, providing accurate information and resources to all participants.

Any Facebook user can participate by visiting the VFW Facebook page at the time of the event. Users will simply present their question in the comments section of the VFW’s post announcing the town hall has begun.

It is possible that not all questions will be answered in the given time frame, so participants are encouraged to vote for the most important questions by giving them a “Like.”

Interested persons are also encouraged to “Like” the VFW’s Facebook page for more information about upcoming Facebook town halls.

17-year-old Andrade Mario Orozco of 13th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:30 Saturday night (April 12) on one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer and misdemeanor failure to stop for a siren.

He was arrested after a fight was reported at the Spring Carnival at Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall. Two off-duty Hickory Police Officers chased Orozco into the parking lot where he got into his vehicle and fled, striking one of the Officers in the process. The Officer was not seriously injured.

Orozco was stopped a short time later and taken into custody without further incident on Hileman Street, just off of Startown Road.

Two others were charged with misdemeanor offenses. A 16-year-old male was charged with resisting, but he was released after the Magistrate found no probable cause. A 20-year-old male was charged with resisting and disorderly conduct. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility and released on a $500 secured bond.

Orozco was also taken to the Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. He has since been released. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (April 14) in Hickory.