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A delegation from the City of Hickory is in Washington, D.C. today as the city prepares to file its application for a TIGER Discretionary Grant (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery).  The group from Hickory includes Mayor Rudy Wright, Councilman Hank Guess, Councilman David Zagaroli, Interim City Manager Andrea Surratt and Staff Liaison Yaidee Fox.

The city is seeking a $13.5-million grant, an amount that would cover approximately one-third of the city’s $40-million bond projects.  Those bond projects include the Citywalk, Riverwalk, Streetscapes & Gateways and Park 1764.  This year’s application will mark the city’s third attempt to win a TIGER Grant.

The Hickory delegation has had the chance to meet briefly with U.S. Senator Thom Tillis and U.S. Representative Virginia Foxx, and has also met with staff members from the offices of U.S. Senator Richard Burr and U.S. Representative Patrick McHenry.  They have also met with the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, seeking feedback on last year’s application.

The city’s grant application will be filed near the end of May or early June.  Grants will be awarded in late July or early August of this year.

A Morganton man will spend at least 11 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to first-degree sex offense with a child during Burke County Superior Court on Tuesday (March 21).

46-year-old Marty Baird Peters was given an active prison sentence of 11-20 years by the Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, following entry of his guilty plea. Peters will serve his sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.

The offense involved a then 11-year-old female victim who reported to a school student resource officer that in January 2016 Peters had her watch pornographic movies with him and later used a sexual gratification device to touch her private area.

The Burke County Department of Social Services was contacted and made an assessment of the home, discovering pornographic materials that Peters said were his. He said he was the only person with access to them.

During a forensic interview conducted by Selena Moretz of the Gingerbread House Child Advocacy Center, the victim gave an identical narrative of the events that took place that she disclosed to the resource officer.

The defendant admitted to watching pornography with the victim and affirmed use of the device to touch her private area.

Det. Isaac Propst was lead investigator for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, and he was assisted by Moretz. Michelle Lippert prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.

Thursday, 23 March 2017 12:52

Meth Possession Charge Filed Against Hudson Woman

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46-year-old Jeannie Phillips Burns of D.R. Prestwood Mobile Home Park Drive in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (March 22) by Hudson Police Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Following the arrest, Burns was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.

35-year-old Christopher Alan Townsend of Majestic View Place in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (March 22) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny. Following the arrest, Townsend was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for May 1.

Thursday, 23 March 2017 10:43

Information Sought In November Hit & Run Case

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The Hickory Police Department is seeking public assistance in the investigation of a pedestrian who was struck during a hit and run that occurred on Monday, November 28, 2016 at approximately 8:00 p.m. in the 200 Block of 12th Ave NE between Viewmont Baptist Church and the Cubbard Express Exxon Convenience Store across Hwy 127 from Dunkin Donuts.  

The victim, 28-year-old Joshua Edward Holden of Hickory, was located on the ground with severe injuries believed to be sustained from being struck by a vehicle. Holden was transported to Frye Regional Medical Center and then later to Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem. He remains in critical condition.

The Hickory Police Department is continuing this investigation and asks anyone who may have witnessed this incident, has information or was in contact with Holden on November 28th to contact Inv. J. Patterson at 828-261-2626 or

33-year-old Donald Allen Parlier of South Main Street in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (March 22) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, probation violation, and five counts of failure to appear. Parlier was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $27,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, March 23) and a Superior Court date is scheduled for April 24.

Thursday, 23 March 2017 10:18

Hickory Man Faces Felony Crack Cocaine Charge

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28-year-old Dominique Terrell Stinson of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:45 yesterday afternoon (March 22) on one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. He’s accused of possessing two grams of crack cocaine.

Stinson was taken into custody on the 100 block of 9th Avenue S.E. and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $27,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

31-year-old Michael Anthony Pizza has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers and charged with five counts as an adult offender committing a sexual offense with a child and five counts of indecent liberties with a child.

Events leading to his arrest began on January 22 of this year when a report was filed regarding a child who was assaulted by an acquaintance.  The case was assigned to Detective Patrick Dixson of the Special Victim’s Unit and the child was interviewed at the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center.  Several additional witnesses were identified and interviewed.

As a result of the investigation, Michael Anthony Pizza was arrested and taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was processed and given a $1,000,000 secured bond.  He’ll appear in District Court on April 10.

Pizza has a criminal history including assault with a deadly weapon, first-degree trespass, injury to personal property, assault on a female and violation of a domestic violence protective order.

28-year-old Joshua James Hampton of Rock Barn Road NE in Conover was arrested Wednesday (March 22) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen firearm and probation violation. Hampton was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $180,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, March 23).

Thursday, 23 March 2017 05:55

Statesville Residents Charged In Break-ins

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27-year-old Justin Robert Campbell and 24-year-old Morgan Noel Monroe, both of the same Gypsy Drive, Statesville address, were both arrested last Saturday (March 18) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Both suspects are charged with
felony counts of breaking and entering, and two counts of Larceny after Breaking and Entering. Campbell is also charged with one count of Possession of Firearm by Felon.

On February 21, 2017, Justin Campbell and his girlfriend, Morgan Monroe, allegedly entered a residence on Lucas Lane in Statesville thinking that no one was home. The homeowner surprised the couple who then tried to offer house and yard work for hire. While the suspects were in the home, $160 was removed from a pocketbook.

The couple then allegedly returned on March 9, when the homeowner was not there. The couple broke a window to gain access to the home and removed U.S. currency, two rifles, and a revolver. Campbell then made multiple attempts to sell the firearms.

Campbell received a $10,000 secured bond and Monroe's bond was set at $5,000 secured. Both suspects are scheduled to appear in District Court April 10. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be forthcoming.

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