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Monday, 13 November 2017 11:25

Hickory Man Jailed on Felony Meth Charge

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46-year-old Paul Edward Ikard of 17th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:45 yesterday afternoon (November 12) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.  

He was arrested as Hickory Police were assisting Probation & Parole Officers.  On Ikard’s person, Police found 1.3 grams of meth and six dosage units of 6 Oxycodone.

The suspect was taken into custody without incident at his residence.  He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured.  A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

35-year-old Brandy Nicole Earp of Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:25 Friday night (November 10) on one felony count of larceny of a motor vehicle and misdemeanor counts of misdemeanor larceny and failure to appear.

The failure to appear charge comes in connection to a shoplifting incident on August 6 at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E.  The motor vehicle theft warrant was issued last month in Wilkes County and the misdemeanor larceny charge comes from Buncombe County on a warrant issued earlier this month.

Earp was taken into custody without incident at an address on Highway 70 S.W.  She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,250 secured bond.  She’ll appear in a Buncombe County courtroom on December 13, with a court date in Newton on January 9 and another in Wilkes County on January 31.

A road closure and water shut off are planned for a section of Morganton. Contractors plan to close a section of Collett Street and all of North Anderson Street in Morganton Tuesday (November 14) for work related to the water pipeline repairs in the area. The roads will be closed after 8:00 am and will reopen when work is complete. The road will be available for local traffic only, other drivers should seek an alternate route. The water shut-off will affect approximately 50 customers along Collett Street, North Anderson, Garden Place and Hawthorne Lane. Water will be turned off after 8:00 am until work is complete.

Monday, 13 November 2017 08:27

Viewmont Business Association To Meet This Week

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The Viewmont Business Association (VBA) will hold its Business Meeting at Bumblebee Interiors, 2945 N Center St on Wednesday, November 15. 

All Viewmont area business owners and managers, whether VBA members or not, are invited to attend. The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. with 30 minutes of networking, followed by a structured meeting, beginning at 6 p.m. The speaker for the evening will be Nathaniel Holmes from the Catawba Valley Community College Small Business Center. He will speak on Social Media for Businesses.

The VBA promotes businesses in the Viewmont Community. All Viewmont Community businesses – restaurants, banks, churches, service providers, offices, retail stores and others – are eligible to join. VBA dues are $50 per year and applications will be accepted at the meeting.  Contact Donna Price, VBA President, at or (828) 431-2233 for more information.

The VBA is one of the recognized business associations in the City of Hickory.

53-year-old Timothy Jay Kotowski of Langdon Road in Sherrills Ford was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with assault by pointing a gun, false imprisonment, assault on a female, and communicating threats. Kotowski was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (November 13) under no bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for January 10.

A fire this morning (November 13) at a Catawba County church is considered suspicious. At least eight fire departments from three counties responded to the fire early this morning. Firefighters were called to Providence Baptist Church on Providence Road in Vale, at approximately 2 a.m. When they arrived they found heavy flames and smoke coming from the church.

No injuries have been reported but investigators consider the fire suspicious after finding “anti-gay” vandalism behind the church. Authorities in Catawba County are investigating the fire. A prayer service will be held at the church tonight. WHKY's Fentress Fountain will have a conversation with the Pastor of the church on tonight's WHKY-TV News at 5:30 & 10:00.

Monday, 13 November 2017 05:42

Meth Possession Charge Lodged Against Hudson Man

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27-year-old Jimmy Allen Nelson of Wheeling Mobile Home Park in Hudson was arrested Friday (November 10) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving while license revoked. Following the arrest, Nelson was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (November 13).

25-year-old Samuel Antonio Patterson of Warrior Road in Lenoir was arrested Friday (November 10) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver crack cocaine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for a controlled substance. In addition, Patterson is charged with assault on a female and six counts of failure to appear.

Following the arrest, Patterson was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $175,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for November 28 and a Superior Court date is set for January 8.

Monday, 13 November 2017 05:11

Wanted Suspects Sought In Iredell County

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The Iredell County Sheriff's Office is continuing to seek suspects on it's most wanted list.

34-year-old June Howard Gravely III is wanted on charges of felony assault by strangulation and misdemeanor assault on a female. Gravely's last known address was 109 Jackie Lane in Union Grove.

31-year-old Buck Issac Lucas is wanted by authorities in Iredell County on charges of felony breaking and entering and larceny. The last known address for Lucas was 129 Saddle Road in Mooresville.

43-year-old Andrae Knox remains on the Iredell County most wanted list. He's wanted for a charge of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine. The last known address for Knox was 117 Desiree Drive in Statesville.

You can see the entire list of wanted suspects at the Iredell County Sheriff's Office website, If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list call the Iredell County Sheriff's Office at the Statesville location, 704-878-3180, or the Mooresville office at 704-664-7500.

Monday, 13 November 2017 04:56

New Observation Deck Opened At Riverbend Park

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A dedication ceremony was held at Riverbend Park last Thursday (November 9) to commemorate the official opening of a new observation platform, which was constructed with the help of a $100,000 grant from Duke Energy’s Water Resources Fund.

The ceremony featured remarks from Catawba County Commissioner Barbara Beatty, Duke Energy Community Relations Manager Robin Nicholson, Duke Energy Director of Public Safety and Recreation Strategy Services John Crutchfield, Catawba County Parks Advisory Committee Chair Paul Beatty, Jr., and Catawba County Planning and Parks Director Jacky Eubanks.

The new, ADA-accessible platform extends out over Lookout Shoals Lake and provides views of the Catawba River and the Oxford Hydro Dam. Its concrete construction was designed to help stabilize the shoreline and withstand flood conditions unique to the Oxford Hydro Dam. The platform replaces Riverbend’s previous wooden observation deck, which was lost during the June 6, 2013 flood.

Due to its proximity to the Oxford Hydro Dam, the platform features educational kiosks with historical, statistical, and environmental facts about the dam, hydroelectric energy, and the dam’s role in both flood and drought control in Catawba County.

Located at 6700 Highway 16 North in Conover, Riverbend Park is the largest public passive recreation facility in the Catawba County area with 689 total acres and 5,200 feet of shoreline. Riverbend Park is known for trails that can accommodate hikers and mountain bikers, a two-acre fenced dog park, kayak and canoe access to the Catawba River, a three-quarter-acre pond for fishing, a 1,000-square foot meeting facility, exceptional bird watching, and a diverse natural habitat. On average, Riverbend Park serves more than 94,000 patrons a year and provides the only public access to upper Lookout Shoals Lake. For more information, visit

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