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21-year-old Lindsay Nicole Cobb was arrested Sunday (April 12) by authorities in Burke County. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Cobb was jailed under $40,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, April 13) in Morganton.

30-year-old Johnny Joshuah Corpening was arrested Sunday (April 12) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, and driving while impaired. Following the arrest, Corpening was placed in jail under $11,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, April 13).

27-year-old Destiny Nicole Miller of Highway 268 in Lenoir was arrested Friday (April 10) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and possession of stolen property. Following the arrest, Miller was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Monday, April 13).

Good economic news for the Greater Hickory Metro Area and for much of the state according to the latest numbers released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division. The report was released last week and showed a decrease in the jobless rates in all of the Greater Hickory Metro counties. The figures released reflect the unemployment rates for February.

The unemployment rate in Catawba County dipped to 5.6 percent in February from 5.8 percent in January. In Alexander County unemployment fell to 4.8 percent, down from 5 percent even in the previous report. In Burke County the jobless rate went from 5.9 percent in January to 5.7 percent in February. The Caldwell County unemployment rate also dropped two-tenths of a percent, from 6.6 percent to 6.4 percent.

The Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area has an unemployment rate of 5.7 percent. That’s tied for tenth lowest out of 15 MSAs in the state. The unemployment rate across the Metropolitan Statistical area also dropped two-tenths of a percent, from 5.9 in the January report.

Statewide the unemployment rate also decreased by that familiar two-tenths of a percent. North Carolina’s unemployment rate went from 5.9 percent in January to 5.7 percent in February. Unemployment rates decreased in 89 of North Carolina’s 100 counties, increased in five, and remained unchanged in six. Graham County and Hyde County tied for the highest unemployment rate at 14.2 percent, and Orange County had the lowest at 4.2 percent.

16-year-old Jordan Luke Harwood of Providence Mill Road in Maiden was arrested Saturday (April 11) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction and possession of stolen goods. Following the arrest, Harwood was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $11,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (April 17).

30-year-old Timmie Ray Beam of Glimmering Sand Lane in Conover was arrested Saturday (April 11) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with fail to register as a sex offender, and felony probation violation. Following the arrest, Beam was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for April 20.

A fatal shooting in Lenoir involving a 15-year-old victim remains under investigation.

According to a news release issued Sunday by the Lenoir Police Department, on Friday, (April 10) at 11:19 p.m, Lenoir Police Officers responded to a 911 call from Atwood Drive in Lenoir reporting there was a shooting victim inside an apartment. Upon arrival, Officers found a gunshot victim inside Apartment C-9 at 307 Atwood Drive. The Lenoir Fire Department and Caldwell County EMS assessed the victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

The name of the victim has not been released, the news release just identifies him as a white male. Various published reports state the victim was a student at Hibriten High School. Investigation into this incident by the Lenoir Police Department Criminal Investigations Division and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations is continuing.

The news release from Lenoir Police says no further information is available for release at this time. Anyone with information about the case should call the Lenoir Police Department at 828-757-2100 or report anonymously to Lenoir/Caldwell County Crimestoppers at 828-758-8300.

As of this morning the name of the victim in a fatal head-on collision in Hickory Friday afternoon had not been released. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol did not have the information when contacted by WHKY.

The accident happened shortly after 1 p.m. Friday on Kool Park Road. According to Highway Patrol reports, a Lincoln Navigator was traveling south when it crossed the center line and collided with a 1995 Mack truck heading north. The Mack truck attempted to swerve to avoid the collision but was unable to prevent the crash. Both vehicles were sent into a ditch.

The driver of the Mack truck was not injured, the driver of the Navigator was killed. There were no passengers in either vehicle.

A two-year-old boy was airlifted to the hospital after being in a lawn mower accident over the weekend in Hildebran. According to a published report, officials are calling it a "tragic accident."

Fire officials said the Hildebran boy was on a riding lawn mower with a relative when the accident happened Sunday afternoon. The boy was reportedly let off of the mower and got his foot caught by the blade. According to the published report, the extent of the boy’s injuries have not been specified. The report does not specify what hospital the boy was airlifted to.

The U.S. Forest Service reported late Sunday (April 12) that trails and roads were closed for a wildfire burning near Linville Gorge. According to the Forest Service, the Blue Gravel wildfire is burning in a remote area east of Shortoff Mountain outside of the Linville Gorge Wilderness area on the Pisgah National Forest.

The size of the fire was estimated at 100 acres late yesterday. The Forest Service is assessing the fire to identify management actions. The wildfire, which started Saturday afternoon, was reported to be moving slowly. Precipitation in the forecast could aid firefighting efforts.

Due to the wildfire and to protect public safety the following roads and trails are temporarily closed to public use: Back Irish Creek Road (Forest Service Road 118), also known as the Blue Gravel Road, Shortoff Trail (TR 235), and Mountains to Sea Trail (TR 440) from the Pinnacles trailhead to the Table Rock Picnic Area.

Approximately 73 firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service, N.C. Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy and local fire departments were assigned to the fire Sunday. The wildfire is burning in an area where wildfires have frequently occurred, allowing the use of previously established containment lines. Those lines were successful in achieving containment in the past. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.