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Friday, 11 April 2014 11:04

Two Jailed on Multiple Outstanding Warrants

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24-year-old David Loransa Young II of Deer Track in Connelly Springs and 36-year-old Crystal Leah Bollinger of 4th Street S.E. in Hickory were both arrested by Hickory Police just before 2 p.m. yesterday (April 10) on one felony count each for possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Young was also charged with two felony probation violations and misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce. Bollinger faces an additional charge for failure to appear on a misdemeanor.

Officers were advised that a person wanted in Alexander County was at the Citgo station on Highway 70 S.E. Police spotted the vehicle, a red 1995 Toyota Corolla, in front of the store. There were three warrants for Young, who was a passenger in the vehicle, and one for Bollinger, who was driving.

A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of 3.2 grams of methamphetamine, half a gram of marijuana, and paraphernalia including scales, a grinder and straws.

The vehicle was impounded and both subjects were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Young set at $73,000, secured, while Bollinger was given a $7,500 secured bond. Young has Catawba Co. District Court dates today, May 14 and May 15. He’ll appear in an Alexander County courtroom on Monday (April 14) and in Burke Co. Superior Court on May 12. Bollinger will also appear in District Court today and on May 30 on a worthless check charge, both in Newton.

26-year-old Joshua Lynn McCreary of Little River Estates in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:30 Wednesday morning (April 9) on one felony count of larceny of a motor vehicle and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to appear.

He was arrested after an Officer performing a property check at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. noticed a male and a female going in and out and back and forth from a hotel room to a vehicle in the parking lot.

McCreary didn’t have I.D., but did give the Officer his name. As the Officer checked for outstanding warrants, McCreary went into the bathroom. An outstanding warrant for failure to appear on charges of driving while license revoked, attempted B&E and resisting an officer was found.

When McCreary exited the bathroom, a syringe was located on top of the shower doorframe. A search of the room then turned up two pipes, another syringe and a spoon with residue. A digital scale and various tools were found in the vehicle, as well as a shaved Honda key under the floor mat.

Officers also learned that McCreary had an outstanding indictment out of Burke County for larceny of a motor vehicle.

The female initially seen with McCreary and another female in the room were not charged.

McCreary was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $120,000 secured bond. He will appear in Superior Court in Morganton on May 12 and in Catawba Co. District Court on May 7, 14 & 21 and on June 4.

Friday, 11 April 2014 06:58

Tea Party Rally in Morganton Set for Tomorrow

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A Tax Day T.E.A. Party rally will be held tomorrow (April 12) at noon on the Old Burke County Courthouse lawn in Morganton. The public is invited.

Candidates Mark Harris, Stacey Buff, Tony Moses and others running for office are expected to attend. Those attending may bring signs and chairs. An open-mike time is planned, allowing attendees to voice their opinions.

Tea will be provided by Abele’s Restaurant.

25-year-old Joshua Dean Kirby of Windsong Circle in Hudson was arrested by Hudson Police yesterday (April 10) on a charge of misdemeanor possession of a weapon on school grounds.

He was arrested after Police responded to the Hudson Middle School on Pine Mountain Road after receiving a report of a man armed with a pistol on campus. Witnesses told Police that a white male retrieved a black-handled pistol from his vehicle, put it in his pocket and lingered near the bus parking lot.

Officers identified and located the suspect, Joshua Kirby. They learned that the object in question was not a pistol, but was, in fact, a black-handled knife he wore in a sheath.

Officers interviewed Kirby and learned that he had accompanied another subject to the school for a scheduled meeting with the principal. While waiting for the meeting to conclude, Kirby went back to his vehicle and retrieved his hunting knife that he had previously taken off his belt before going into the school.

Kirby will appear in District Court on June 9 in Lenoir.

Residents of Newton are invited to register for the Citizens Police Academy. The program will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for seven consecutive Tuesdays beginning April 29 and ending June 10. Registration is required by Monday, April 14 to participate.

The academy gives citizens the opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn what’s involved in the day-to-day routine of a police officer. Participants will have the chance learn about the Police Department’s services and its operations.

The free academy is limited to 20 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendance at all sessions is not required, but is encouraged.

All sessions will take place at the Police training complex at 2427 North Ashe Avenue. Upon completion of the course, students may ride along with an Officer for a total of eight hours.

For more information or to register, contact Capt. Michael Sullivan at 828-695-4292 or 828-465-7430.

20-year-old Stephenson Eugene Clark of 17th Street S.W. in Hickory has been arrested by Hickory Police on multiple warrants out of Alexander and Caldwell counties.  In Alexander County, he is charged with felony counts of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.  He has been indicted in Caldwell County on charges of felony breaking a entering a motor vehicle and misdemeanor counts of larceny and possession of stolen goods or property.  The warrants in Alexander County were issued earlier this month and the Caldwell County indictments date back to March 17.

Clark was taken into custody at about 4:45 yesterday afternoon (April 9) after a brief foot chase on 14th Avenue S.W. in Hickory.  He was charged by Hickory Police with resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Clark has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $165,000 secured bond.  He will appear in court on April 21 in Taylorsville; on May 5 in Lenoir; and on May 8 in Hickory.

37-year-old Jonathan Ray Randles of 10th Street S.W. in Hickory has been arrested by Officers with the Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Office I.C.E. Unit.  He was charged with one felony count each of trafficking cocaine by possession and trafficking cocaine by transportation.

While conducting a separate investigation, Narcotics Agents learned that Randles was planning to deliver a large quantity of crack cocaine to the Granite Falls area.  Agents narrowed the location down and began conducting surveillance.  Randles was spotted on Pinewood Road and stopped by a uniformed Officer working with the I.C.E. Unit.  

A bag containing over 28 grams of crack cocaine was seized and Randles was taken into custody without incident.  The cocaine has a street value of $5,620, according to North Carolina state guidelines.

Randles has been incarcerated in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond.  He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court in Lenoir today (April 10).

The Granite Falls Police Department aided in the investigation.

Governor Pat McCrory has proposed reinvesting $16.8 million in savings generated by community colleges into additional funding for the state’s 58 community colleges to train workers in high-demand fields such as health sciences, engineering, construction, manufacturing, transportation, chemical and biotechnology.

The governor made the announcement at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory this morning. He was joined by Dr. Scott Ralls, North Carolina Community College System president and CVCC president Dr. Garrett Hinshaw.

Under the governor’s “Closing the Skills Gap” initiative, each community college will decide how it will invest the money. Options might include updating equipment or providing salary supplements to faculty. The decisions

will be based on the needs of the communities and the employers they serve.

The occupations targeted by the community colleges provide local employment opportunities and are in growing industries that pay higher wages.

Thursday, 10 April 2014 11:28

Renovations at L.P. Frans Stadium Near Completion

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Major renovations to Hickory’s L.P. Frans Stadium that began in 2013 were scheduled for completion by today (April 10), in time for the Hickory Crawdads home opener. The front offices and Crawdads Café will be completed in early May.

The stadium is 22 years old and has previously been subject to minor updates, but the current, major renovations are intended to ensure that minor league baseball will remain in Hickory for years to come.

The renovations include new stadium field lights, new stadium seating, a VIP section, a new picnic deck, three party patio areas, new stadium signage, newly renovated suites, improvements to the front entrance with new concrete & landscaping, upgrades to existing sculptures, improvements to team offices, improvements to the Crawdads Café and a newly resealed parking lot.

The stadium renovations are part of the Inspiring Spaces program that is part of Hickory’s economic development and overall citywide improvement plan. Plans to renovate were a joint effort involving the city, the team, and the ownership group, Hickory Baseball.

Hickory is one of 160 cities nationwide and one of nine in North Carolina that have minor league baseball.

Thursday, 10 April 2014 11:01

Reception Planned for New Chief of MDPS

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Morganton residents are invited to a reception and celebration in honor of Chief Ronnie Rector, the new Director of the Morganton Department of Public Safety.

The reception will held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. next Wednesday, April 16, in the Morganton Community House at 120 North King Street in Morganton.

Light refreshments will be provided.