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Tuesday, 03 February 2015 13:16

Man Arrested On Assault And Strangulation Charges

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23-year-old Dakota Allen Pearson was arrested today (Tuesday, February 3) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with assault inflicting serious bodily injury and assault by strangulation. Following the arrest, Pearson was jailed under $20,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for May 6.

A new grocery store is coming to Hickory. The Food Matters Market will open in early 2015 in the old Ace Hardware building on Highway 127 North. The new market is looking for quality, local food and artisan products to sell in the store, including meats, produce, cheese, baked goods, jams, soaps and other value-added products.

Representatives from the store will give a presentation open to any interested producers regarding the new store and the process for becoming a supplier. The presentation will be held on February 11 from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Catawba County Cooperative Extension Center, 1175 South Brady Avenue in Newton. Topics covered will include desired products, food safety, insurance requirements, delivery process, in-store farm promotion opportunities and more.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Kellyn Montgomery with the Catawba County Cooperative Extension at 828-465-8243 or kellyn_montgomery@ncsu.edu.

Tuesday, 03 February 2015 11:18

Man Arrested In Burke On Drug Manufacturing Charge

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51-year-old Dwayne Wilkie Farris was arrested today (Tuesday, February 3) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony manufacture schedule six controlled substance. Following the arrest, Farris was jailed under $10,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for March 16.

40-year-old Willie Charles Davis was arrested Monday (February 2) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony non forced breaking and entering. Following the arrest, Davis was placed in jail where he was being held under $67,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for February 10.

Tuesday, 03 February 2015 09:38

Captain Of Hickory Fire Department Retires

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After 31 years of service, Captain Farrell Duplain has retired from the Hickory Fire Department. Duplain began his employment with the City of Hickory on June 18, 1984 when he was hired as a firefighter. During his career, he was promoted to several positions including Fire Apparatus Driver, Aircraft Crash Fire Rescue, and Captain, which he held until his retirement. As well as training required by the Hickory Fire Department, Duplain is certified as an Emergency Medical Technician and has completed the Technician level hazardous materials course in the late 80’s and was on the Hickory Fire Hazardous Materials Team. He is also state certified as a Firefighter level II and in 1998; he was certified as a Level II Fire Service Instructor through the North Carolina Fire & Rescue Commission. 

Through the North Carolina Code Officials Board, Duplain is also certified as a Level I fire inspector. During his career he participated heavily in the firefighters union of which he held the positions of vice president and president. He also held the position of district vice president of the Professional Firefighters and Paramedics of North Carolina for a term. During his retirement, he will be enjoying restoring his TR 7’s and his turn of the century house. Farrell resides in Morganton with his family. Farrell commented that he has enjoyed working for the City of Hickory and serving the citizens of Hickory.

Tuesday, 03 February 2015 06:03

Fire Destroys Barn In Burke County

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A fire that destroyed a barn in Burke County Monday afternoon is currently under investigation. The fire leveled a barn on Nursery Road off of Abee Farm Street. The fire spread into an adjacent wooded area. According to a published report, the Burke County Fire Marshal’s Office says there were no injuries, but some chickens near the barn were killed by the fire.

The report says the barn, which was located at 4775 Nursery Road, was owned by Ricky Moses. The fire started just before 3 p.m. Monday. Several area fire departments responded to the blaze but the fire was fully involved by the time responders arrived. The high winds Monday caused the fire to quickly spread into the woods.

In addition to the Fire Marshal’s Office, the N.C. Forest Service, West End, Brendletown, and Salem fire departments and Burke County EMS responded to the fire. The fire is currently being investigated, however the published reports says that Fire Marshal Mike Long said the cause appeared to be accidental.

The death penalty will not be sought in a Catawba County case involving the death of a seven-month-old child. It was announced on Monday (February 2) that the District Attorney’s Office will not seek the death penalty in the first-degree murder case of 23-year-old Tyler Leroy Eugene Linebarger of Conover. He was indicted on January 5 by the grand jury on a murder charge in connection with the New Year’s Day death of Chekeem Jamar Hickman Jr. Arrest warrants say the victim had multiple internal injuries, bruises and broken ribs before dying at the hospital.

The Morganton Department of Public Safety is warning citizens about fraudulent checks that are circulating in the city. According to a news release issued by Public Safety, they say there has been a rash of fraudulent payroll checks being cashed at several different stores in Morganton.

The news release says the checks are fake and the offenders have fake identification matching the payee name on the checks. Public Safety encourages store owners and employees to start calling the banks to verify if the checks are valid or not. They say if the incident occurs on a weekend and the banks are closed, do not cash the check if you are not familiar with the customer who is attempting to get it cashed.

Public Safety also encourages the owners and clerks to start making photo copies of the identification they are given by the customer trying to cash a check. The stores who cash the fake checks are ultimately responsible for the funds and will not be reimbursed by most banks. In the news release it also says Public Safety further encourages stores to start checking identification when customers are using credit or debit cards. Identity theft and stolen credit card cases continue to increase.

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners met Monday and received a report from County Emergency Services Director Bryan Blanton entitled “State of the Community-An Emergency Services Perspective.” The divisions discussed by Blanton in the presentation were Animal Services, E-911 Communications, Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, Fire-Rescue, and Veterans Services. Blanton discussed the accomplishments of each division in 2014.

In the Animal Services report Blanton said 1,008 animals have been adopted or rescued since the new shelter opened in June of last year. In the E-911 Communications report, Blanton said 218,329 calls were dispatched in 2014. In the Emergency Management report Blanton went over the continued progress of the Unifour Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan. In the Emergency Medical Services report Blanton said there were 25,000 responses and 18,000 patients transported. In the Fire-Rescue and Veterans Services reports Blanton discussed what both of those divisions do on an annual basis.

Among the conclusions reached in the report were that EMS call volume and response times continue to increase in Catawba County, and the county continues to have difficulty recruiting and retaining volunteers.

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners next meeting is Monday February 16 at the 1924 Courthouse in Newton.

Pending City Council approval, Patrick Beaver Memorial Library and Ridgeview Branch Library will be closed for four hours each the mornings of Friday, February 6 and Friday, February 20, to allow all staff to participate in Hickory Public Library’s strategic planning process. The libraries will re-open at 1:00 pm on both days. Hickory City Council meets tonight and will vote on the measure.