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38-year-old Kirk Hunter Blinson of NE Tanglewood Drive in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (September 26) by Hudson Police Officers. He’s charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Following the arrest, Blinson was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, September 28).

A pickup truck crashed into Clark Creek along U.S. Highway 321 northbound Saturday afternoon in Lincoln County. Traffic was shut down in the northbound lanes as a result of the accident.

According to WSOC, the crash happened at approximately 2:45 p.m. at the Clark Creek Bridge. Reports say emergency crews used a fire truck to rescue the driver.

The driver, whose name has not been released, was released from the hospital Saturday. Officials have not said what caused the wreck. The WSOC report says that troopers believe the driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel.

The Alexander County Sheriff's Office reports a pair of arrests in separate cases.

Last Monday (September 21), Investigators with the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office charged 35-year-old Jill Robbins Keys of Lenoir with Felony Larceny by Employee. Keys was initially arrested by the Lenoir Police Department. The suspect was employed with Bethlehem Animal Hospital and was charged for allegedly stealing Tramadol and cash from the hospital. Following the arrest, Keys was placed in jail under $7,500 secured bond. Her first court appearance was scheduled for District Court today (Monday, September 28).

In a separate case, the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office filed multiple charges against 38-year-old Christopher Lee Goforth of Statesville, who was initially arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Goforth is charged in Alexander County with two counts of breaking and entering, two counts of larceny after breaking and entering and three counts of larceny. Goforth was arrested after a traffic stop made by Iredell County Sheriff’s Office on September 11. A joint investigation by the Iredell and Alexander County Sheriff’s Offices revealed Goforth’s involvement in larcenies both of those counties. Goforth is being held in the Iredell County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in Alexander County District Court today (Monday, September 28).

Monday, 28 September 2015 05:09

New Playground Being Built At Catawba Meadows Park

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A new playground is being built at Catawba Meadows Park in Morganton, it's being built by the same company that constructed the popular Zip Line attraction at the park. Beanstalk Builders designed the new Beanstalk Adventure Playground. The company started building the new structure two weeks ago. The playground should be completed by late fall.

The playground consists of raised-slope walkways, slides, lookout posts, suspended cargo nets, various rope bridges, and plenty of play area, and it’s ADA accessible. The playground will be free to the public when open.

The new playground is funded by the Morganton Recreation Foundation Inc., the Morganton Service League, and the City of Morganton. The total cost of the new playground is $385,000; the Morganton Recreation Foundation Inc. contributed $260,000, the Morganton Service League donated $50,000, and the City of Morganton funded $75,000.

The Morganton Recreation Foundation Inc. (MRC) was founded in 1947. MRC is a private group with the mission to build recreational facilities in Morganton. In its history, MRC has funded the Collett Street Recreation Center, the Mountain View Recreation Center, the Morganton Aquatics Center, Shuey Park, The Beanstalk Journey Zip Line, the showers at Catawba Meadows Park, the recent renovations at the Collett Street Pool, and the new elevator at the Collett Street Recreation Center.

The Morganton Service League (MSL) was founded in 1968 and is committed to promoting volunteerism, and improving the community. MSL organized the first Help Our Parks (H.O.P.) Race in the early 2000s to help fund improvements to what would become Martha’s Park. MSL has also donated funds for playground equipment at Freedom Park and the Catawba River Soccer Complex. The next H.O.P. Race is schedule for October 10 a week from this upcoming Saturday. Find out more at www.hoprace.com.

The new Beanstalk Adventure Playground will be located beside the current adventure playground near the restrooms and picnic shelters at Catawba Meadows Park.

The primary fund raiser for the North Carolina School For the Deaf in Morganton is coming up. The 11th Annual NCSD Foundation Bears Classic Golf Tournament is scheduled for this Friday (October 2), at Silver Creek Plantation Golf Course in Morganton.

The format is four-person team scramble, registration is from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. The fee is $75 per player, lunch and dinner is provided along with welcome gifts and a silent auction. The tournament proceeds provide scholarships for college bound students and enhance the educational environment at NCSD through field trips, special events, and life skills programs. For information go to www.ncsdfoundation.org or //www.bearsclassictourney@ncsdfoundation.org/">www.bearsclassictourney@ncsdfoundation.org.

Friday, 25 September 2015 14:39

Morganton Man Accused of Stealing Shoes from Kohl's

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33-year-old Aaron Cornelius Corpening, Jr. of 3rd Street in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police just before noon yesterday (September 24) on one felony count of larceny by defeating an anti-shoplifting device.

He was arrested after an employee at the Kohl’s store on Catawba Valley Boulevard saw the suspect take a pair of shoes into a dressing room and then exit the dressing room wearing the shoes. Corpening was detained as he exited the store, still wearing the shoes he had not paid for. He allegedly put his old shoes in the box that had contained the new shoes.

Hickory Police were called to the store where they placed Corpening under arrest. The suspect was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $8,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

Friday, 25 September 2015 13:39

Hickory Man Charged with Prescription Fraud

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48-year-old Ezekial Trevino of Village Circle in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 7:30 last night (September 24) on one felony count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. Trevino is a driver for the City of Hickory’s Public Services Department.

According to Police, Trevino filled a prescription for Oxycodone at the CVS store on Highway 127 South. He picked up the prescription on September 9. The prescription was made out to his father-in-law, who passed away on September 6.

An employee at the deceased man’s doctor’s office saw the obituary and noticed the discrepancy. That employee notified authorities, who took Trevino into custody without incident at his residence.

The Oxycodone was valued at $42.

Trevino was processed and released under a $1,000 unsecured bond. He was scheduled to appear in court today in Newton.

Friday, 25 September 2015 13:36

Sex Offender Jailed for Being on School Grounds

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59-year-old Randy Dean Cribb of East King Street in Boone has been arrested by Boone Police and charged with a felonious violation of the sex offender registry law by being with 300 feet of a school.

At about 4 p.m. yesterday (September 24), Boone Police responded to a report of people trespassing on Hardin Park Elementary School property. A school employee found a campsite between the school and the New Market Shopping Center.

Officers went to the campsite, where they encountered Randy Cribb. A subsequent investigation revealed that Cribb is a convicted sex offender. He is on the sex offender registry as the result of a 1974 second-degree rape conviction in Davidson County.

Following his arrest, Cribb was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate where he was given a $15,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on November 23 in Boone.

33-year-old Christopher Dale Reavis, who was wanted by the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office in connection to a domestic assault, has been taken into custody. The assault, which happened Wednesday (September 23) in the presence of two small children, involved a gun. Reavis faces charges for assault with a deadly weapon with a minor present, second-degree kidnapping, assault by pointing a gun and communicating threats.

Arrested along with Reavis were 34-year-old Kendall Bolton McLean of 15th Street S.E. in Hickory and 34-year-old Robert Lee Wiles, Jr. of Millersville Road in Taylorsville. They were both charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, possess of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, simple possession a schedule VI controlled substance, simple possession a schedule II controlled substance and simple possession a schedule IV controlled substance.

The suspects were taken into custody shortly after three o’clock this morning (September 25) at the Days Inn on Fairgrove Church Road S.E. in Hickory. According to a Hickory Police spokesperson, methamphetamine, pills, marijuana, paraphernalia and handguns were found in the hotel room.

Reavis was turned over to Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He was jailed under a $51,000 bond. The other two suspects have been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for McLean set at $13,275, secured, while Wiles was given a $24,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed for Reavis. McLean and Wiles were both scheduled to appear in court today in Newton.

Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman expressed his appreciation to the Hickory Police Department for their assistance.

A fourth accident occurred late yesterday afternoon on Interstate 40 near Claremont in connection to an overturned tractor-trailer that snarled traffic throughout the day. Three subsequent accidents happened as a result of congestion caused while crews worked to clear the overturned tractor-trailer from the scene.

The second accident of the day was a minor fender bender involving an SUV and a work van; however, a motorcycle later slammed into a white sedan, pushing it into another tractor-trailer and ejecting the motorcycle driver, who went over the white sedan and landed beneath the 18-wheeler. The motorcycle driver was killed.

The final accident occurred at about 5 p.m. and involved four vehicles. A small child suffered what were described as minor injuries.

The tractor-trailer driver in the initial accident sustained only minor injuries. No one was hurt in the second crash.

No further details are available.