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Monday, 10 November 2014 10:34

Hickory Man Accused of Biting Officer; More

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44-year-old Craig Jarvis Patterson of 12th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:30 Saturday afternoon on one felony count of assault on a law enforcement officer inflicting serious injury. He was also charged with misdemeanor larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. Patterson was also arrested on a felony failure to appear warrant for felony possession of cocaine and he was charged on an outstanding warrant for felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

He was taken into custody on the 700 block of “F” Avenue S.E. in Hickory when Police approached a vehicle there and asked the driver and passenger if they lived at a nearby residence. The passenger, Craig Jarvis Patterson, said “yes,” then exited the vehicle and fled, on foot. Officers fought with Patterson and deployed a taser on the suspect, who then bit an Officer on the right arm. The Officer’s injuries were not severe.

The larceny charge against Patterson came in connection to the theft of meat products from a Food Lion grocery store. A warrant was taken out earlier the same day. The driver, 25-year-old Aaron Paul Mingus of 21st Street S.E. in Hickory, was charged with misdemeanor possession of stolen property in connection to the same incident.

The stolen vehicle charge against Patterson was the result of the theft of a Chevy Cavalier from a Cupboard Express store at about 12:30 on the afternoon of October 29.

Both suspects were taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Patterson set at $55,450, secured, while Mingus was given a $1,500 secured bond. Mingus has since been released. Patterson has a District Court date on November 12 and a Superior Court appearance scheduled for November 14. Both men also have a District Court date set for December 16.

Monday, 10 November 2014 10:21

Sunday Morning Mobile Home Fire May be Arson

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Hickory Police are investigating a fire that occurred at a trailer on the 1600 block of 7th Avenue S.W. early Sunday morning. Neighbors reported the fire at 1:15 a.m. Sunday. One neighbor told Police she thought she heard two explosions.

No was living at the trailer, which was being remodeled. The property owner is a 48-year-old Conover man. Damages were estimated at $20,000.

Police say they collected evidence suggesting that an accelerant might have been used.

The investigation is ongoing.

Monday, 10 November 2014 10:16

Alexander Sheriff Seeks Help Locating Stolen Truck

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The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office is asking citizens to be on the lookout for a stolen vehicle. On November 6, the Sheriff’s Office received a report regarding a stolen 1978 GMC Grand Sierra truck. The truck was stolen from the area of Sigmon Drum Road in Bethlehem.

The four-wheel drive truck has N.C. license tag number SWY 7882. It has a maroon body with a white cab and an extra-large, black front bumper.

Anyone with information regarding the truck should call the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office at 828-632-2911.

Monday, 10 November 2014 07:02

Valdese Man Suspected in 45 Vehicle Break-Ins

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28-year-old Robert Wayne “Robbie” Thomas of Cook Road in Valdese has been arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers on Grand Jury indictments for breaking & entering a residence and breaking & entering a motor vehicle. He was also charged as an habitual felon.

At about 4:30 p.m. last Thursday (November 6), Thomas was arrested at a residence off of Shoupes Grove Church Road in Hildebran. Detectives had been attempting to locate Thomas in reference to numerous vehicle break-ins that occurred in the central and eastern areas of Burke County. Detectives believe Thomas is responsible for at least 45 vehicle break-ins over the last several months.

Following his arrest, Thomas was given a $40,000 secured bond with an appearance in District Court set for December 1 in Morganton.

Monday, 10 November 2014 06:57

Hickory Family Displaced by Fire

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At 6:52 Saturday night (November 8), Hickory Firefighters responded to a structure fire at 619 12th Street S.W. Upon arrival three minutes later, Firefighters found smoke and fire coming from the mobile home. The family was safely outside the burning residence.

Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder truck, one rescue truck and two command units. The fire was reported under control in less than ten minutes.

Catawba County E.M.S., Hickory Rescue and the Hickory Police Department responded to the scene and assisted with the incident. No injuries were reported and damages to the building were considered major.

The Red Cross is helping the occupants, who were displaced.

Fire Investigators say the fire was caused by a child playing with a lighter.

Monday, 10 November 2014 06:52

Morganton Man Convicted of Habitual B&E

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24-year-old Bradley Scott Griggs of Old N.C. 18 in Morganton was convicted last week in Burke County Superior Court after he pleaded guilty to four counts of habitual breaking & entering. Griggs was sentenced to no less than eight years and no more than 13.5 years in prison. Each count had a sentence of 24 to 41 months, which will run consecutively.

Griggs was indicted by the Burke County Sheriff’s Office on numerous breaking & entering charges. He was arrested on June 24 and has remained in custody since his arrest.

Monday, 10 November 2014 06:47

Two Earthquakes Reported Saturday

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According to the U.S. Geological Survey, two minor earthquakes were reported this past weekend in the North Carolina mountains and in east Tennessee.

The first occurred Saturday (November 8) in an area about six miles north of Grimsley, Tennessee in Fentress County. It measured 2.5 on the Richter scale.

Later, at about 8:30 Saturday night, a second earthquake was centered about seven miles north of Mars Hill and 22 miles north of Asheville. It was measured at 2.4 on the Richter scale.

No damages were reported.

Friday, 07 November 2014 17:14

Morganton City Hall to Close for Veterans Day

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Morganton City Hall will be closed Tuesday, November 11 in honor of Veterans Day.

Garbage collection will be affected. The Monday route will be collected Monday. Garbage will not be collected Tuesday. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday routes will be collected on a one-day delay.

“The Wizard of Oz,” a family musical produced by Hickory High School, is scheduled to open on Friday, November 14 at 7 p.m. with additional performances on Saturday, November 15 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 16 at 2 p.m. Performances will be held at the SALT Block Auditorium, next to the Catawba Science Center. Tickets are $6 at the door.

The cast features students and faculty from Hickory High School and the musical is co-directed by Donna Wiles and Molly Bass. Dr. Steven Clark is conducting the student orchestra with Jackson Sigmon on bass, Santiago Vasquez-Loredo on violin and Sebastian Bertrand on piano. Wiles will perform on the keyboard.

Leading cast members include: Grace Bollinger as Dorothy, Madeline Finley as Glinda the Good Witch, Morgan Honeycutt as the Wicked Witch, Dylan Tashjian as the Scarecrow, Joshua Killian as the Tin Man, Sincere Anderson as the Lion and Kevin Portillo as the Wizard. Alicia Ramirez serves as the Stage Manager. Approximately 30 cast members will perform in the musical.

Hickory High School teachers will make cameo appearances in various roles, including the Lollipop Guild and the Lullaby League. In addition, during the tornado scene, the tornado will be played by the Hickory High School Tornado (the school's mascot).

The show will run approximately 90 minutes with one brief intermission. Tickets may be purchased in advance by contacting Donna Wiles at 828-322-2855.

Friday, 07 November 2014 17:01

National Donor Sabbath Set for November 14-16

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Join Carolina Donor Services in recognizing National Donor Sabbath this November 14 – 16, a time for people of all faiths to honor those who have made organ, eye and tissue donations. Each year during this time of holidays and family celebrations, donation and transplantation organizations work closely with communities of faith to bring the message of donation to congregations across the country and encourage all to register as donors.

With nearly 125,000 individuals on the national transplant waiting list, registering as a donor can provide hope to those waiting for the gift of life and potentially save lives in the future. Individuals can register as donors at DonateLifeNC.org/Register.

For more information about how to register as a donor or how to promote the message of donation, visit CarolinaDonorServices.org or call 800-200-2672.