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47-year-old Jason Scott Webb of Point Circle in Belmont was arrested last Wednesday (October 26) by North Carolina Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with felony and misdemeanor counts of probation violation and misdemeanor communicating threats.

According to a news release issued Friday (October 28), Webb was arrested in Gaston County for allegedly communicating threats to Lincolnton Police Department Detective Brent Heavner last Monday (October 24) via social media and the internet.  
This is the second time Webb has been charged for making threats towards Detective Heavner. The first time took place in March of 2016 when Webb was charged with communicating threats, cyberstalking, and harassing phone calls. Webb plead guilty to communicating threats as a result of these charges on May 10.   

Webb was initially charged with felony solicitation of a child by a computer for an unlawful sex act, felony solicitation of a child by a computer for an unlawful sex act and appearing to meet child, and felony deliver marijuana from an investigation that took place in the Spring of 2015. In that case, Detective Heavner conducted an undercover operation posing as a child on various social media sites in which Webb contacted Detective Heavner, who was posing as the child, and made arrangements to meet the child for sex and to provide marijuana to the child.  Upon appearing at the scene, Webb was arrested.  

At the time of that arrest, Webb was employed by the Gaston County School System as a high school teacher and athletic coach.  

Webb was placed in the Gaston County Jail with no bond on the probation violations and an additional $5,000 secured bond on the communicating threats. His Next Lincoln County District Court date is November 17.

Governor Pat McCrory Announced the awarding of $105,000 in Grant Funding for 13 Historic Preservation Projects in the state, including one in Burke County.

The Historic Preservation Fund is a federal matching grant program administered jointly by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, and the state Historic Preservation Office. Each fall, the HPO announces the availability of competitive HPF grants to the 48 local governments in North Carolina that are designated as CLGs by the National Park Service.

Locally, more than $11,000 has been awarded for a Roof Repair at Quaker Meadows Plantation in Morganton. Working through the City of Morganton, the Historic Burke Foundation was awarded a federal Historic Preservation Fund grant of $11,100 to repair the cedar shingle roof on the McDowell House at Quaker Meadows.

Constructed in 1812 by Captain Charles McDowell, Jr., the McDowell House is believed to be the oldest surviving brick house in Burke County. The house was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and is a designated local landmark. The Historic Burke Foundation, Inc. will provide $3,514 in matching funds for the project.

Monday, 31 October 2016 04:12

Sheriff's Deputy Accidentally Shoots Daughter

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An off-duty Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy who was showing her service weapon to guests at her residence accidentally fired the gun striking her 11 year old daughter.

38-year-old Misty Michelle Flowers, who works as a deputy at the Lincoln County Courthouse, was showing the weapon to friends at her home on Loop Road when the gun fired and went through a wall striking the 11 year old girl in the next room.

The first deputy arrived on the scene at 11:23 p.m. Saturday and began administering first aid when a second deputy arrived and transported the child to CHS-Lincoln. She was then airlifted to CHS Main in Charlotte where she underwent surgery. The child was last reported to be in stable condition.

Flowers, who previously worked for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, has been with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office since August of 2015. The incident is under investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation. 

The Caldwell County Board of Elections will hold a Special Called Meeting at 9 a.m. on Monday (October 31). The meeting will be held in the Third Floor Training Room of the Caldwell County Health and Human Services Building, at 2345 Morganton Blvd. SW in Lenoir. The meeting was scheduled at the request of citizens wishing to discuss an incident that occurred at an Early Voting Site on Saturday, October 22. No additional details are given.

Attendees should take the elevator or the stairs to the third floor of the building and the Training Room is down the hallway, third door on the right. For more information about the upcoming meeting, contact LouAnne Kincaid, Caldwell County Public Information Officer at 828-759-7879.                 

A man who was hoping to run for county commissioner has been charged with a felony for allegedly committing a crime while pursuing that goal.

45-year-old James David Hatfield of Spring Meadow Lane in Statesville was arrested Tuesday (October 25) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony obstruction of justice.

The charge is in connection with an investigation into forged signatures on numerous petitions that were turned into the Iredell County Board of Elections by the suspect, who was attempting to be placed on the ballot as a candidate for county commissioner. The investigation included the Sheriff's Office, the District Attorney's Office, the Board of Elections, and a forensic examiner. The conclusion of the probe was that there were forged signatures on the petition.

Hatfield's bond was set at $5,000 unsecured. He is scheduled to appear in District Court November 23.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has reportedly made two decisions regarding the bridge on Falls Avenue over Old Millpond in Granite Falls. According to the Caldwell Journal website, the first decision is that temporary repairs will be made to the bridge. In addition, officials have made a long-range decision to replace the bridge. For now, the bridge will be closed until repairs are completed in 2017. The Caldwell Journal report says the bridge carried an average of 5,700 people a day during 2014.

The report says a different team of transportation engineers is beginning the process to develop and design a new bridge that could be in place in three to five years.

Officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation closed the bridge on October 5 for safety concerns when one of the spans began to sag 8-10 inches. Inspections revealed that three of four piles on that span were damaged. They can be repaired while a new bridge is designed, developed and built.

46-year-old Craig Jarvis Patterson of 12th Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested Thursday (October 27) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with failure to appear on counts of felony assault inflicting physical injury, habitual felon, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting a public officer. Patterson is also charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Following the arrest, Patterson was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $37,500 bond. Superior Court appearances are scheduled for November 28 and January 23.

18-year-old Andrew Michael Cook was arrested Thursday (October 27) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture schedule VI controlled substance. Cook was placed in jail in Morganton under $7,500 secured bond, he was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Friday, October 28).

Friday, 28 October 2016 07:08

City of Hickory Hires New Bond Project Manager

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The City of Hickory recently named engineer Kyle Butler to fill the Bond Project Manager position, which directs, manages, supervises, and coordinates the activities and operations of the of City Bond Program along with the City Manager’s office.

Butler, who began working with the city on October 17, is a Professional Engineer, licensed in North Carolina and Louisiana, and has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University.  Prior to accepting the project manager position, Butler was employed by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.   Additionally, he has worked with the City of Durham as their Public Works Project Manager, maintaining project and construction budgets and schedules related to the City of Durham’s downtown streetscape program.

The Citywalk, Riverwalk, and Streetscapes and Gateways, are each lengthy construction projects, which are complex and require a great deal of oversight and coordination with multiple firms and government agencies. Butler will manage each aspect of implementing and scheduling the design and construction processes to complete the bond projects.

Friday, 28 October 2016 05:51

Hickory Park Hours Changing Next Week

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The Hickory Parks and Recreation Department seasonally changes the hours of operation for all City owned parks. Effective next Tuesday (November 1) the new park hours will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. This coincides with all parks closing a half hour after sundown. You are asked to plan your outings accordingly.

About 15 minutes before the parks close, staff will make announcements of the closing.  At the closing time, the park gates will be closed and locked.  If someone’s vehicle remains in the park after closing, the only way to leave the park is to contact the Hickory Police Department at (828) 328-5551 to come and unlock the gate.

The Parks and Recreation Department’s goal is to have everyone leaving the parks at the designated times that are seasonally set and posted at the parks and on the City’s website,

This applies to the following parks, Civitan Park on 17th Avenue NE, Cliff Teague Park on 2nd Street, SE, Glenn C. Hilton, Jr. Memorial Park on 6th Street NW, Henry Fork River Regional Recreation Park on Sweet Bay Lane, Hickory Optimist Park on 2nd Street Drive NW, Jaycee Park on 12th Street Drive NW, Geitner–Rotary Park on 12th Street Drive NW, Kiwanis Park on 6th Street SE, Southside Heights Park on 2nd Street SW, Stanford Park on 8TH Street Drive NE, Taft Broome Park on 3rd Street SW,
West Hickory Park on 16th Street SW, and Winkler Park on Clement Blvd NW.

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