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42-year-old Mitchell Todd Bowman of Collettsville Road in Lenoir was arrested today (Wednesday, May 4) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with breaking and entering and felony larceny. Bowman was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (May 5).

21-year-old Dustin Alexander Vines of Pope Lane in Lenoir and 24-year-old Katie Michelle Melton of West Stage Coach Trail in Lawndale were both arrested Tuesday (May 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. They're both charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Following their arrests, both suspects were locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. They're both scheduled to appear in District Court Thursday (May 5).

Hickory City Council met in regular session last night (Tuesday, May 3). During the public comment period, several people shared their concerns about North Carolina's controversial House Bill 2. Mayor Rudy Wright encouraged all citizens who have an opinion about HB2 to share their thoughts with their state legislators.

Minutes and second readings were approved unanimously by council. City Planner Dave Leonetti presented information about the Community Development Block Grant 2016 Annual Action Plan. During a public hearing on the plan, four people spoke in favor of the proposal. Council voted unanimously to approve the action plan.

Zack King with Catawba County Health Department presented information about the community health assessment. Mayor Wright recognized the passing of community activist Larry Pope and remembered his faithfulness in Council meeting attendance. He also recognized the passing of noted local journalist Charles Deal.

33-year-old Rory Marshall Clark was arrested this morning (Wednesday, May 4) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Clark was placed in jail in Morganton under $3,000 bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today.

A Caldwell County woman will spend at least 6-1/2 years in prison after entering a guilty plea Tuesday afternoon (May 3) in connection with the stabbing death of woman in Lenoir early last year.

According to published reports, Ashley Allison Stewart of Lenoir pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in Caldwell County Superior Court Tuesday. The guilty plea is in connection with the stabbing death of 39-year-old Hope Marie Story Webb on February 1, 2015. Stewart was sentenced to 80 to 108 months in prison.

Stewart was initially arrested February 11 of last year on a charge of second-degree murder. The incident occurred at Creekway Apartments early the morning of February 1. The victim was found deceased in the parking lot of the apartment complex.

38-year-old Jason Mckinley Powell of Lancaster Drive in Claremont was arrested Tuesday (May 3) by Claremont Police Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of uttering a forged instrument and one felony count of forgery of an instrument. Powell was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, May 4).

Wednesday, 04 May 2016 04:58

Wanted Suspect Arrested In Burke County

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One of Burke County's Most Wanted suspects was arrested Tuesday (May 3). 50-year-old Cletus Delon Stamey was arrested and charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and probation violation.

Stamey had been on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List since January 22 of this year. He was wanted for probation violations in Burke and McDowell Counties. Following his arrest Tuesday, Stamey was placed in jail in Morganton under $20,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court May 17 and Superior Court June 13.

The Burke County Sheriff's Office is continuing to seek several suspects currently on the Most Wanted List. You can see the entire list at www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the Most Wanted List, call the Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500 or e-mail admin@burkesheriff.org. You can also submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crimestoppers.

28-year-old Justin Lynn Brandon of 13th Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (May 3) for a felony out-of-county probation violation. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Brandon was taken into custody without incident at the Days Inn on Fairgrove Church Road. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $16,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for May 9 in Newton with a District Court date coming up on June 8.

64-year-old Leverne Williams of 8th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before eight o’clock last night on one felony count of habitual larceny.

Williams was charged in connection to an incident on February 27 of this year at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. Williams was initially arrested for shoplifting after he was seen in the parking lot, removing miscellaneous grocery items from his jacket and putting them into his vehicle. The items included hot dogs, bologna, hot sauce, beer and sausage.

Further investigation revealed that Williams had two prior felony larceny convictions and four misdemeanor larceny convictions, resulting in his arrest yesterday for habitual larceny.

Williams was processed and released about two hours after his arrest on a written promise to appear in court. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (May 3) in Newton.

Friends of Hickory will celebrate the groundbreaking of a new park in Downtown Hickory on Wednesday, May 11 at noon.

The park, located just west of Union Square on the corner of Third Street and Main Avenue NW, is the culmination of over two years of planning and fundraising by the non-profit group.

Friends of Hickory board members collaborated with representatives from Lowes Foods, CommScope, and Corning, as well as additional donors, to symbolically transform the present overflow parking lot into a new community gathering space.

The park, which is the first project to be developed along the City’s new Citywalk, will offer a cosmopolitan mix of both old and new, with modernized Danish “unstructured” play equipment, outdoor seating, and a splash pad modeled after the Catawba River Valley that pays homage to the area’s geography and history. It will feature pottery by local artist, Kim Ellington, and mosaic tile from regional artist, Leslie Scott. A music section, toddler area, and bicycle repair stand are also planned.

Funding options for the park are still available through Mosaic benches and laser-engraved bricks, as well as some naming opportunities. Park completion is expected in August 2016.

For more information about the Friends of Hickory, please see their website at www.FriendsofHickory.com.