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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, www.hickorync.gov.

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.

51-year-old Ralph Garland Prestwood of Zacks Fork Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (October 27) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Prestwood was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for November 15.

25-year-old Kasey Marie West of Northbrook III School Road in Vale was arrested Thursday (October 27) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged on bills of indictment with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. West was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (October 31).

47-year-old Shirley Amanda Moore of 15th Street Place NE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (October 27) by Conover Police Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of schedule IV controlled substances, simple possession of schedule VI controlled substances, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while impaired, driving while license revoked, and reckless driving with wanton disregard. Moore was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $9,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, October 28).

A Lincoln County man is charged with multiple sex offenses following an arrest Thursday (October 27).  44-year-old
Thomas William Caddoo of Andrew Franklin Drive in Denver turned himself in to Detective Kelsey Harrington at the Lincoln County magistrate’s office. He's charged with three felony counts of indecent liberties with a child.

The Lincoln County Department of Social Services notified the Sheriff’s Office about alleged incidents that occurred and charges were filed following an investigation by Detective Harrington. The incidents occurred in the Fall of 2015 and the suspect and the victim are related. Multiple published reports say Caddoo was an Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 707 in Denver. The reports say the incidents did not involve any scouts but he has been prohibited from being involved in any future programs.

Caddoo was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Friday, October 28).

Thursday, 27 October 2016 17:33

Reward Offered for Vehicle Stolen from Cosmo Motors

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A 2014 Subaru has been stolen from Cosmo Motors at 545 12th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory. The car is a black Subaru Impreza WRX STI. It was taken at about 3:15 yesterday (October 26). The vehicle has Cosmo Motors tags on it. Information leading to the arrest of the suspect and the recovery of the vehicle could result in a $2,000 reward.

Anyone with information should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

Thursday, 27 October 2016 14:52

Drug Roundup in Iredell County

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Yesterday (October 26), Iredell County Narcotics Officers and other Deputies spread out across Iredell County in the early morning hours in an effort to arrest over 20 wanted drug suspects. The majority of the suspects are wanted on various prescription drug charges.

Statistics published by the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services’ Injury & Violence Prevention Branch show that prescription opioid pain medications are responsible for more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined. If the current trend continues, unintentional poisoning deaths (overdoses) will surpass motor vehicle deaths as the leading cause of injury death in North Carolina by 2017. The vast majority of these deaths are caused by methadone, oxycodone, hydrocodone and other opioid-based medications.

Those charged are:

29-year-old Norman Andrew Batz of Barbary Drive in Statesville, on charges of possession of up to half an ounce of marijuana and possession drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $ 2,500, secured.

25-year-old Kayla Dawn Caudill of the Turnersburg Highway in Statesville, charged on outstanding warrants for felony possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance and felony sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance.

30-year-old Billy Ray Eagle, Jr. of Sweetwater Drive in Statesville, charged with felony counts of trafficking in opium or heroin. He was given a $300,000 secured bond.

28-year-old Ryan Michael Forcier of Foxcroft Lane in Statesville, charged with two felony counts of trafficking in opium or heroin, felony possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance and felony sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance. Bond was set at $20,000, secured.

22-year-old Julius Cordell French of Zircon Road in Statesville, charged with outstanding warrants for felony possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and felony sale & delivery of a schedule VI controlled substance.

19-year-old Austin Lee Hector of Prince Street in Hickory, on outstanding warrants for felony possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and felony sale & delivery of a schedule VI controlled substance.

33-year-old Kayla Busbey Hilton of Virgil Hodges Lane in Jonesville, for conspiracy to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance, conspiracy to sell & deliver a schedule III controlled substance, possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance and sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance. Bond was set at $50,000, secured.

53-year-old Timmy Lee Hudnall of Babson Lane in Statesville, charged with three felony counts each of possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule III controlled substance and sale & delivery of a schedule III controlled substance. He was given a $50,000 secured bond.

22-year-old Christine Elizabeth Lankford of Windy Knoll Lane in Mooresville, charged with outstanding warrants for four felony counts of trafficking in opium or heroin.

39-year-old Tracy Marie Lynch of Lockhart Farm Road in Statesville, charged with outstanding warrants for two felony counts of trafficking of opium or heroin.

44-year-old Melissa Rhea Malone of River Hill Road in Statesville, charged with nine felony counts of trafficking in heroin or opium. She was given a $500,000 secured bond.

26-year-old Kenneth Guy Miller Jr. of King Street in Statesville, charged with outstanding warrants for two felony counts each of possession with intent to sell & deliver cocaine the sale & delivery of cocaine.

53-year-old Jody Wiley Mullins of Fink Road in Statesville, charged with felony possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance and felony sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance. Bond was set at $25,000, secured.

23-year-old Danielle Corrine Redfield of Longview Road in Statesville, charged with outstanding warrants for two felony counts each of possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance and sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance.

28-year-old Randall Todd Poole of 4th Street in Statesville, charged with outstanding warrants for two felony counts each of possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance and sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance.

26-year-old Jonathan Bruce Shires of River Hill Road in Statesville, charged with outstanding warrants for felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule III controlled substance. Shires may be armed and should be considered dangerous.

42-year-old Lisa Ann Spencer of Pigeon Lane in Olin was charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule IV controlled substance and felony sale or delivery of a schedule IV controlled substance. She was given a $15,000 secured bond.

59-year-old Terry Lee Waller of Virgil Hodges Lane in Jonesville, charged with conspiracy to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance, conspiracy to sell & deliver a schedule III controlled substance, plus two felony counts each of possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule III controlled substance and sale & delivery of a schedule III controlled substance. He was also arrested by the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office on outstanding child support warrants. Bond on the Iredell County charges was set at $20,000, secured.

45-year-old Gregory Devon Wilson of Stillmeadow Lane in Troutman, charged with two felony counts each of possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance and sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance. He was given a $50,000 secured bond.

25-year-old Rebecca Lynn Hayworth of Branchwood Road in Statesville, charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Bond was set at $10,000, secured.

68-year-old Mary Goodson Redden of Chantilly Lane in Statesville, charged with six felony counts of trafficking opioids or heroin. Redden was given a $10,000 secured bond.

56-year-old Patricia Barnes Keene of Ashleybrook Lane in Statesville, charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule IV controlled substance and felony sale & delivery of a schedule IV controlled substance. Bond was set at $16,200, secured.

19-year-old Christina Jean Norman of Somers School Road in Hamptonville, charged with outstanding warrants for felony possession of methamphetamine.

Thursday, 27 October 2016 11:26

Sex Offense Charges Lodged Against Statesville Man

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39-year-old Carl William Lee Schoneman Jr. of Mount Olive Road in Statesville was arrested Monday (October 24) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with statuory sex offense with a child and indecent liberties with a child.

According to a news release issued today (Thursday, October 27), on September 22, a report was filed by Iredell County Department of Social Services involving the sexual assault of a female child under the age of 16. The suspect, Carl William Lee Schoneman, Jr., was a family member of the victim.  

The investigation was assigned to Detective Sgt. Lowrance of the Special Victims Unit. The victim was interviewed at the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center in Iredell County. During the interview the victim disclosed that the suspect had sexually assaulted her during the summer of 2016.

After interviewing several witnesses and collecting evidence in the case, Detective Sgt. Lowrance was able to obtain warrants on Schoneman. Following his arrest, he was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $250,000 secured bond. He made his first court appearance Tuesday (October 25). His next District Court date is November 15.

37-year-old Alvin Jack Johnson and 34-year-old Jennifer Hayes Johnson, both of Sun Valley Trail, 43-year-old Charles Danny Brown of Gastonia Highway, and 29-year-old Angela Rene Martin of Spring East Road, all from Lincolnton, and 28-year-old Haley Kristin Gantt of West Highway 27 in Vale, were all arrested Wednesday (October 26) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers.

Alvin Johnson is charged with two felony counts each of Sell/Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance and Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance. He was also charged with one felony count each of Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to Sell Schedule II Controlled Substance, Conspiracy to Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance, and Obtaining Property by False Pretenses.

Jennifer Johnson is charged with one felony count each of Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to Sell Schedule II Controlled Substance, and Conspiracy to Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance.  

Brown is  charged with two felony counts each of Sell/Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance and Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance. Martin was charged with one misdemeanor count of Resisting a Public Officer. Gantt is charged with one felony count of Possession of Methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

On Wednesday the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit charged three of the suspects for selling methamphetamine to undercover detectives. Two other suspects were arrested on unrelated charges which stemmed from those investigations.

According to detectives, three of the subjects became targets in an ongoing investigation into methamphetamine sales in the southern and eastern part of Lincoln County. Detectives say most of the transactions occurred in parking lots of businesses near Salem Church Rd. and Gastonia Hwy. and in various locations in Denver near Highways 16 and 73.

Detectives say the investigation took place over a six month period of time. Warrants were issued for the three people on October 12 and detectives looked for them at various locations but were unable to locate the individuals until Wednesday.
Acting on tips, narcotics detectives went to a residence near the 600 block of Springs East Rd. to look for two of the wanted subjects. On arrival detectives encountered two people who lived at the residence.  

One subject came up to the residence after detectives arrived, breathing heavily. When questioned, the subject said she had been walking up the road. Later detectives learned the subject had run to a residence next door to alert the two wanted subjects that detectives were on scene.

Detectives went next door and located two of the wanted individuals hiding in an outbuilding and they were both taken into custody. The subject who tipped them off about the presence of law enforcement was also arrested.

The other subject wanted for selling methamphetamine was located at a trailer on Jess Monroe Dr. in Catawba County. Catawba County deputies assisted narcotics officers in locating him and took him into custody without incident.

A fifth person was also charged on drug charges Wednesday after detectives found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in an apartment she lived in near the 4500 block of W. Hwy 27 in Vale. Detectives went to the location looking for one of the wanted subjects they believed was staying there.

Alvin Johnson was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $40,000 secured bond. Jennifer Johnson was jailed under a $20,000 secured bond. Brown was given a $30,000 secured bond in Catawba County and transferred to Lincoln County. Martin received a $2,500 secured bond. Gantt received a $3000 secured bond. All five suspects were scheduled to appear in District Court today (Thursday, October 27).    


   

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