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Friday, 12 December 2014 06:53

Statesville Police Seek Missing Juvenile

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Statesville Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a missing juvenile, 15-year-old Abril Mayte Hernandez Romero.

Ms. Romero is an Hispanic female. She is five feet tall with reddish-brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen at Hardee’s at 255 North Center Street in Statesville at about 4 p.m. on Monday, December 8.

The Statesville Police Criminal Investigations Division is currently investigating the situation. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Abril Mayte Hernandez Romero is asked to call Statesville Police Investigator Charles Kurfees at 704-878-3406.

Rhodhiss residents may have their water and sewer rates raised another 30 percent if they do not receive grant funding that was awarded in July.

The town of Rhodhiss was awarded two community development block grants to pay for more than $2 million worth of repairs to the town’s water system and sewer system. Without the grant funding, the town cannot afford to make the repairs.

Town manager Art Delaney says the town can afford routine maintenance; however, if a pump were to break then the town would be in trouble.

Paperwork for the two grants is done, but because of a hold up between the N.C. Department of Commerce and the Department of Environment & Natural Resources, the town has been unable to receive the money.

At the last town meeting, Delaney encouraged all residents to voice their opinions to their state representatives if the grant money doesn’t arrive soon.

The City of Hickory has stepped in to help the town of Rhodhiss in the last few months.

Rhodhiss is currently being monitored by the state, but town Officials have been assured that there will be no state takeover.

Thursday, 11 December 2014 14:19

Lenoir Man Accused of Selling Prescription Pills

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46-year-old Lewis Edward McCandless of Lovette Lane in Lenoir has been arrested on felony charges of trafficking in opiates by sale and trafficking in opiates by delivery.

The arrest yesterday (December 10) was the result of an investigation conducted by Narcotics Agents with the Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Office I.C.E. Unit and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Lewis Edward McCandless, a Pennsylvania native living in Caldwell County, was suspected of selling his prescription Oxycodone pills.

Agents monitored McCandless as he left his physician’s office and took his prescription for 120 10 mg Oxycodone pills to a local pharmacy. After filling the prescription, McCandless took the pills and met with “a cooperating witness” where he allegedly sold 100 of the pills to the witness. The pills have a street value of $1,200, according to N.C. state guidelines.

McCandless was arrested after he was confronted and interviewed by Narcotics Agents. The suspect’s physician has been notified of the arrest.    

McCandless was incarcerated in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $15,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court in Lenoir today.

Thursday, 11 December 2014 14:03

Home Destroyed by Fire in Claremont; No Injuries

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A home on Acreland Drive in Claremont was destroyed by fire yesterday (December 10).

Neighbors smelled smoke around noon and immediately called 9-1-1 after they noticed the home next door was on fire.  


No one was home at the time of the fire except for the family’s two dogs. The property owner left the dogs outside before the leaving the home. Firefighters arrived and found the dogs unharmed by the fire.


According to Oxford Fire Dept. Lt. Kevin McMahan, the house was a total loss. It took Firefighters about 30 minutes to contain the fire. According to published reports, the majority of the flames came from the second floor of the home.


Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire.

35-year-old Heather Marie Harrelson of 25th Avenue N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after six o’clock yesterday evening (December 10) on one felony count of breaking & entering a building. The warrant for Harrelson’s arrest was issued last month in Caldwell County, where she also faces one felony count of larceny after breaking & entering.

Following her arrest yesterday, Harrelson was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was set for January 12 in Lenoir.

Thursday, 11 December 2014 13:21

CVCC's Small Business Seminars Begin January 13

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Catawba Valley Community College’s Small Business Center is presenting the “Step Up, Start Up” program, a series of seminars designed to help individuals interested in starting a business understand the pros and cons of business ownership. The program consists of six seminars that will be presented on Tuesday evenings from January 13 through February 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at CVCC’s Corporate Development Center. Participants can register for the entire series or individual sessions. There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required.

The first session of the program is “You, Inc.,” on January 13. It is designed to help participants understand the roles and responsibilities of business ownership and compare them to their work experience, life goals, current & future financial needs and their tolerance for risk.

Additional sessions include: “From Idea to Opportunity" on January 20; “Creating the Images, Crafting the Message" on January 27; “Reaching Customer Targets" on February 3; “Keeping $ Score $" on February 10; and “Roadmap to Success" on February 17.

The Small Business Center Network is funded by a grant from the North Carolina state government. To register, call the Small Business Center at 828-327-7000 ext. 4117 or register on-line at the Small Business Center website, http://sbc.cvcc.edu.

21-year-old Stevie Marie Bolick of 7th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested at about 12:30 yesterday afternoon by Hickory Police on one felony count each of breaking & entering a building and larceny after breaking & entering, as well as misdemeanor counts of communicating threats and simple assault & battery. She was arrested at her residence on warrants out of Alexander County.

Bolick was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $6,500 secured bond. She will appear in District Court in Taylorsville on the felony charges on December 15 and on the misdemeanor charges on January 20.

43-year-old Gloria Powell Hildebran of Morganton was arrested by Investigators with the Boone Police Department on December 5. She was charged with three counts of felony embezzlement. She is accused of embezzling from her previous employer, R.H.A. Health Services. On October 15 of this year, the company reported the illegal use of funds by Hildebran.

Following her arrest, Hildebran was given a $10,000 secured bond. She will appear in District Court on January 22 in Boone.

The N.C. State Highway Patrol has confirmed a single fatality as the result of an accident on Highway 18 between Gamewell and Chesterfield this morning. The victim’s name has not been released.

The accident has closed Highway 18 just inside the Caldwell County line at Playmore Beach Road. As of 11 a.m. today, the highway was closed in both directions. Authorities suggest Hartland Road as an alternate route.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol remains on the scene of the wreck.

No further details are available at this time.

26-year-old Corey Alan Hamby of Gates Avenue in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:30 yesterday afternoon (December 10) on one felony count each of larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana.

He was taken into custody without incident at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Hamby was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $27,000, secured. He will appear in District Court tomorrow (December 12) in Hickory.