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19-year-old Ethan Scott Kirby and 21-year-old Justin James Bordeaux, both of Hillcrest Avenue in Rhodhiss, were arrested Monday (January 12) by Hudson Police. They were each charged with felony second-degree burglary. Kirby was also charged with misdemeanor unauthorized use of a motor vehicle on a warrant from Burke County.

Kirby and Bordeaux were both taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond for Kirby set at $51,500, secured, while Bordeaux was given a $50,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled Tuesday (January 13) in Lenoir.

With the possibility of a wintry mix and freezing rain in the forecast for tomorrow (Wednesday, January 14), Catawba County Schools has announced that they will operate on a two-hour delay tomorrow. Hickory Public Schools and Newton-Conover Schools have also announced a two-hour delay tomorrow for students and staff.

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available on whky.com and broadcast on 1290AM WHKY.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 14:30

Two Face Felony Drug Charges in Morganton

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30-year-old Harrell Bruce Powell of Smawley Street and 46-year-old Sherri Yvonne King of Carl Freeman Avenue, both from Morganton, have been arrested by Officers with the Morganton Dept. of Public Safety. Both suspects were charged with trafficking heroin or opiates, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Powell was also charged with possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and driving while license revoked. King faces an additional charge for possession of a schedule I controlled substance.

They were arrested yesterday (January 12), when an Officer conducted a vehicle stop near exit 100 off I-40 for a registration violation. In the course of the stop, several different controlled substances were located in the vehicle, including marijuana, heroin, methamphetamine and several different medications. Powell was the driver and King was a passenger.

Powell and King were both taken into custody and jailed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility with bond for Powell set at $55,000, secured, while King was given a $42,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for today in Morganton.

52-year-old Charlie Vance Rawlinson of Ansonia Court in Winston-Salem was arrested at about 7:30 Saturday evening (January 10) by Hickory Police on one felony count of habitual larceny or shoplifting.

Events leading to his arrest began about an hour earlier when a black male entered the El Paso restaurant on North Center Street in Hickory, went into the restaurant office and took cash from the office. The man fled as an employee chased him, on foot.

Officers arrived and canvassed the area. The found the suspect, Charlie Rawlinson, on foot outside the Lowe’s Home Improvement store on 2nd Street S.E. He was in possession of a screwdriver and cash.

Rawlinson was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $4,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday (January 12) in Newton.

Rawlinson has a history of criminal convictions, including two previous convictions as an habitual felon in October 2007 in Iredell County and November 1989 in Forsyth County. He also has also multiple convictions beginning in 1978 for breaking & entering, larceny, common law robbery and forgery in Iredell, Cleveland, Forsyth and Guilford counties.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 13:40

AMBER Alerts Will Appear on Facebook

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The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons, which issues AMBER Alerts in the state, has announced a new partnership with Facebook to help find missing children. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has joined with Facebook to send AMBER Alerts to the social network’s community. Facebook’s distribution system will send AMBER Alerts to user’s news feeds.

Facebook authorities say that for most people, the alerts will be rare because they will only go to people within the designated search area. If a Facebook user does get an alert, it means there is an active search for an abducted child going on in that area. The alert will provide the critical information needed to potentially help reunite a child with his or her family.

The AMBER Alert system, which started in the United States in 1996, issues media alerts when a law enforcement agency determines that a child was abducted and is in imminent danger. AMBER stands for America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response and was named for Amber Hagerman, a nine-year-old abducted and murdered in Arlington, Texas.

Lt. Jeff Gordon, director of the N.C. Center for Missing Persons says that getting detailed information to the public quickly dramatically improves the chances of finding an abducted child. When the community is able to report sightings of the child, the suspect or the suspect vehicle (especially in the first few hours), law enforcement is better able to find and recover the child safely.

The City of Morganton moved up 10 spots on the "Safest Places In North Carolina" list compiled by Movoto Real Estate, an online real estate company that does city-based research. In 2014, Morganton ranked #28 on Movoto's list. This year Morganton moved up the ranks to #18. Elsewhere in the region, Boone came in at #13 and Newton was ranked #20.

Movoto used the 2013 FBI Uniform Crime Report and examined North Carolina's crime in the following areas: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts and vehicle thefts. The company sorted those reports into four categories: murders, violent crimes, property crimes and total crimes, and then calculated the number of crimes per capita in each of the 68 places in North Carolina with populations of 10,000 people or more.

From there, Movoto ranked each place with a score from 1 to 68 according in the above criteria and then weighted the rankings so that murders, violent crimes and property crimes each made up 30 percent of the overall score, while the total number of crimes made up just 10 percent.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 13:23

Conover Man Busted for Crack Cocaine

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40-year-old Kelsey Jerrold Stinson of 8th Avenue S.W. in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning (January 11) on felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.

He was arrested when an Officer on 1st Street S.W. heard a vehicle with a loud exhaust. The Officer then saw the silver Nissan 350Z traveling north on South Center Street with a left headlight out. A traffic stop was conducted at about 12:40 a.m. on the 200 block of South Center Street.

As the result of previous information regarding drug activity at a nearby residence, a K-9 Unit was called to the scene. Stinson gave Police permission to search the vehicle, leading to the discovery under the driver’s seat of a pill bottle containing 7.4 grams of crack cocaine. $321 in cash was also found.

Stinson was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday (January 12) in Newton.

Jeri and Tom Hartshorn, the new owners of Whitfield's Flowers & More, are holding an open house and ribbon cutting today to celebrate the opening of Whitfield's new location.

The open house will run from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. today (January 13) with the official ribbon cutting set for 3 p.m. Whitfield's Flowers & More is located at 840 2nd Street N.E. (Highway 127 North) in Viewmont.

Chamber members and the public are invited to attend. Representatives from the Chamber of Commerce and elected officials will be on hand to offer congratulatory remarks.

31-year-old Alisha Diane Harrison of Miller Bridge Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police late last night (January 12) on a warrant out of Burke County for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance. The warrant for her arrest was issued on October 8 of last year.

Harrison was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,000 secured bond. She has since been released. An appearance in District Court was set for February 16 in Morganton.