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Wednesday, 25 March 2015 11:08

Road Closing Scheduled in Mooresville

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The N.C. Department of Transportation will temporarily close a portion of N.C. Highway 3 in Mooresville beginning Monday, March 30, for road repairs.

The road will be closed between North Main Street and South Church Street while crews make pavement repairs. The road is expected to reopen by Tuesday, March 31, at 5:30 p.m., weather permitting.

A detour will direct motorists to take N.C. 3 to East Statesville Avenue; then take N.C. 115 to N.C. 150 and back to N.C. 3.

For real-time travel information at any time, call 5-1-1, visit the Traveler Services section of the NCDOT website or follow NCDOT on Twitter. NCDOT Mobile is also available for mobile devices. Visit m.ncdot.gov from a mobile browser.

25-year-old Anastaisia Daisy Lake was arrested Tuesday (March 24) by authorities in Burke County. She’s charged with felony probation violation. Following the arrest, Lake was placed in jail where she is being held under $27,500 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for May 18.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 06:07

Felonious Restraint Charge Filed In Burke County

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46-year-old David Leroy Roberts was arrested Tuesday (March 24) by authorities in Burke County. Roberts was arrested in Valdese and charged with felonious restraint. Following the arrest, Roberts was placed in jail under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, March 25).

47-year-old Jerry Wayne Benfield of North Davis Avenue in Newton was arrested Tuesday (March 24) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with assault with a deadly weapon. Following the arrest, Benfield was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for April 13.

33-year-old Andrew Ray Jonas of Kate White Road in Taylorsville was arrested Tuesday (March 24) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony larceny, possession of a stolen automobile, felony hit and run fail to stop with personal injury, felony possession of schedule IV controlled substance, two counts of habitual felon, and drive left of center. Jonas was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (March 27).

58-year-old Katherine Johnson Sutherland of River Bend Road in Claremont was arrested Tuesday (March 24) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with trafficking opium or heroin, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance, and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. Following the arrest, Sutherland was detained at the Catawba County Detention Center under $15,000 bond. A court date is scheduled for Friday (March 27).


The woman charged with felony hit and run in connection with the incident in Catawba County Tuesday morning (March 24) in which a jogger was hit and injured was scheduled to make a District Court appearance today (Wednesday, March 25). 47-year-old Jeanne McCrackin Cook of Satterwhite Circle in Granite Falls is charged with hitting Bob Whitman while he was jogging on Zion Church Road near Brookstone Drive. Whitman suffered critical injuries and was being treated at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

The incident happened at approximately 7 a.m. Tuesday. Cook told officers she thought she’d hit a dog. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating. The impact reportedly sent Whitman off the road and into a mailbox. Whitman is a father of nine. Cook’s vehicle was found later in the morning at a nearby church in the Mountain View community.

No additional prison time following a guilty plea entered by a Newton man currently serving a sentence in the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections for robbery with a dangerous weapon in Burke County. The man pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection with the drowning death of his stepson during Catawba County Superior Court.

The Honorable Hugh B. Lewis, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, sentenced 26-year-old Dustin Wayne Sanders to serve 19-32 months concurrently with a sentence of 4-6 years he already is serving for the Burke County robbery that took place at Walmart in Morganton in March 2014. When sentences run concurrently, defendants serve all the sentences at the same time

Sanders’ wife, 31-year-old Kelli Elizabeth Ledford, also of Newton, is facing involuntary manslaughter and felony child abuse charges related to the May 24, 2014, drowning death of her 4-year-old son at Lake Lookout. Her case is scheduled for trial in Catawba County on May 18, 2015.

Ledford also was given 12-24 months of active prison time earlier this month after pleading guilty to accessory after the fact to the robbery at Walmart in Burke County. Det. Kerry Penley of the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case, which was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Kyle Smith.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 16:56

Viewmont Business Association Seeks New Members

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Organizers of the recently re-formed Viewmont Business Association (VBA) are seeking additional members. The VBA’s goal is to make Viewmont a destination place for shoppers and others living in the greater Hickory area. All of the 200 plus businesses in Viewmont are eligible to join.

The group’s mission statement consists of two directives:

1)  To promote businesses in the Viewmont community through common marketing and by maintaining a physically attractive and safe shopping environment.

2)  To encourage business-to-business networking in the pursuit directive number one.

Absent since the mid-1990s, the group met in January to adopt bylaws and elect a board of directors.

The next General Membership VBA Business Meeting will be on Tuesday, May 26 at the Corinth Reformed Church in the Mitchell House. A social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

The group currently consists of 24 founding company members: Bistro 127, Hen & Chicken Papers, Adrienne’s, Morphis Law, Koin Kar Wash, Hickory Moose Lodge, Fourk, Outdoor Supply, Razzberries, Viewmont Pharmacy, Rock N Road Bicycles, Hops & Grapes, Muscle Docs, Wine & Design, Bumblebee Interiors, Café Gouda, Select Tech, Pampered, Wild Birds Unlimited, Corinth Reformed Church, Rink & Robinson, McDonalds, Head Over Heels and Health Hut.

The VBA Board of Directors consists of VBA President, Bobby Bush (Hops & Grapes); VBA Vice-President, Henry Morphis (Morphis Law); Secretary, Carolyn Sinclair (Adrienne’s); Treasurer, Donna Price (Bumblebees); Marketing, Erica Hester Boustead (Fourk); Logistics, Matt Miller (Bistro 127/Bootleggers); and Events co-directors Janelle Gibbs (Razzberries) and Nichole Dailey (First Citizens Bank).

For more information, visit www.hickorync.gov/viewmont or contact Henry Morphis at admin@morphislaw.com.

N.C. Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz will be back in Morganton tomorrow (March 25) to discuss the Historic Tax Credit program.

When the Historic Tax Credit program was initiated, it had a sunset date of December 31, 2014. The North Carolina General Assembly chose to let the program expire, but both Secretary Kluttz and Gov. Pat McCrory are supporters of the program and would like to see it renewed.

Tomorrow, Secretary Kluttz will visit Morganton City Hall, Alpine Mill (the old Drexel Plant #7) and Broughton Hospital’s Avery Building. Morganton Mayor Mel Cohen and other local leaders will be on hand for the Secretary’s visit.