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Tuesday, 29 September 2015 14:32

Two Accidents Back Up Traffic on I-40 Today

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The N.C. State Highway Patrol responded to an accident on Interstate 40 at 9:12 this morning (September 29) in which a tractor-trailer carrying furniture ran into the median and hit a guardrail, spilling approximately 150 gallons of fuel into the roadway. Traffic was briefly shut down in both westbound lanes. By mid-afternoon, one lane remained closed as hazmat crews worked to clean up the spill.

The accident occurred near exit 103, between mile markers 103 and 104. No injuries were reported.

A short time later, as traffic backed up, a four-car, chain-reaction collision occurred near exit 106. At least one person suffered minor injuries in that crash. Both westbound lanes were again closed for a brief time.

Seven Iredell County teenagers have been charged with misdemeanor accessing computers without authorization. Those charged are 17-year-old Edmund Martin, Jr. of Freshwater Lane in Mooresville, 17-year-old Gregory Matthew Torney of Windy Knoll Lane in Mooresville, 18-year-old Jake Donnelley Leffew of Easton Drive in Mooresville, 16-year-old Grayson Noble Baker of West Maranta Road in Mooresville, 17-year-old Stephen Miller of Dedham Loop in Mooresville and two 14-year-old male juveniles from Mooresville.

On September 1, Officials with Iredell-Statesville Schools (ISS) reported to the Sheriff’s Office that they were the victims of an on-campus computer breach at Lake Norman High School in Mooresville. School Officials suspected that the suspects were students at the school.

The breach was quickly stopped by the ISS IT Department, which assisted with the investigation. A new password and security procedures were put in place.

Sheriff’s Detectives and school Officials immediately learned the identity of possible students involved in the breach. Protective action was immediately put into place to stop additional security breaches. The students were identified and interviewed by Detectives.

At least one student was able to manipulate his school-issued laptop to access and take advantage of the administrative password, thus gaining access to other student’s computers while on the school campus. That student shared information regarding the administrative password with other students, who also gained access through their school-issued laptops. The suspects were able to manipulate files on their computers and activate webcams on other students’ computers.

A statement from the Sheriff’s Office says it appears that no personal student data, testing materials or grades were affected, but the suspects did have the potential to gain access to that information if their activities had not been stopped quickly and security reestablished.

The students involved have been suspended from school and charged by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office. Juvenile petitions were filed on the two 14-year-old students and the other students were arrested on September 24 & 25. They were released into the their parents’ custody. Court dates were set for November 10.

Hickory Police are seeking assistance from the public in identifying a suspect in a theft at a school.

On, Tuesday, September 15 at approximately 8:11 a.m., Officers with the Hickory Police Department responded to Hickory Day School, located at 2535 21st Av NE, Hickory in reference to a larceny that occurred overnight.  

The suspect is a white male who was wearing a dark colored baseball hat, a dark colored jacket, a dark colored and white striped shirt and light colored plaid shorts. The suspect has a tattoo on the top of his left hand near his wrist joint as well as a tattoo on the underside of his right wrist.

If anyone recognizes the suspect, please contact the Hickory Police Department at (828) 328-5551 or Investigator K. Craig at (828) 261-2616 or kcraig@hickorync.gov.

23-year-old Emily Rose Snyder of Barringer Circle in Newton was arrested today (Tuesday, September 29) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and carrying a concealed gun. Snyder was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $213,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today and tomorrow (Wednesday, September 30).

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 11:10

Hickory Man Faces Felony Larceny Charge

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26-year-old Andrew Paxton Parlier of 34th Avenue Court N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:20 last night (September 28) on one felony count of larceny. He was taken into custody without incident at his residence and then jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for tomorrow in Newton. No further details are available.

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public's assistance in identifying a suspect caught on video during break-ins to Freedom and Patton High Schools. The video can be seen at the Burke County Sheriff's Office Facebook page. The person was caught on camera on nights that several breaking and entering incidents occurred at those two high schools.

Anyone with any information as to whom this person may be, is asked to contact the Burke County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Division at 828-438-5500 or contact Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333. You can also text 274637 with the keyword BURKETIPS then your tip. You can download the FREE TipSubmit App, pictures and videos can be submitted. Or you can go to www.tipsoft.com.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 10:34

Second Person Charged with Prescription Fraud

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50-year-old Crystal Dawn Scronce of Village Circle in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:30 a.m. yesterday (September 28) on one felony count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. Scronce is the wife of 48-year-old Ezekial Trevino, who was arrested last Thursday on the same charge.

Scronce is accused of picking up a prescription for Oxycodone at her late father’s doctor’s office on September 9. Her father passed away on September 6. According to Police, her husband later had the prescription filled at the CVS store on Highway 127 South. The Oxycodone was valued at $42.

An employee at the doctor’s office saw deceased man’s obituary and noticed the discrepancy. The employee then notified authorities.

Scronce turned herself in at H.P.D. headquarters where she was processed and released under a $1,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

34-year-old Erin Althea Scott of NW Corpening Place in Lenoir was arrested Monday (September 28) by Lenoir Police Officers. She’s charged with larceny, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, two counts of simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule IV controlled substance, simple possession of drug paraphernalia, and felony possession of schedule I controlled substance. Scott was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, September 29).

29-year-old Danielle Renee Hoosier was arrested Monday (September 28) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, felony probation violation, and nonsupport. She was placed in jail in Morganton under $116,000 secured bond. Superior Court dates are scheduled for November 9 and 16.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is seeking input from citizens about top-priority transportation projects. They’re looking for input on projects citizens think should be submitted to compete with other transportation improvements across the state for funding in the next the State Transportation Improvement Program. An open house, which is part of this process, is scheduled for this week in the division that includes Caldwell and Watauga Counties.

The Transportation Improvement Program is NCDOT’s 10-year transportation plan, and it is updated every two years. The N.C. Board of Transportation approved the current Program, for 2016 to 2025, in June.

In the coming weeks, each of the 14 NCDOT transportation divisions will submit its transportation priorities for funding, those divisions will be asking area residents for their input on those projects. Residents can also submit proposals for projects, which can be as large-scale as an interstate improvement or as small as a new turn lane or intersection improvement. Proposals can be for any mode of transportation, including public transit, bicycle/pedestrian, ferry, aviation and rail.

Maintenance projects such as patching potholes and resurfacing, however, undergo a separate priority ranking process. They are not a subject of these meetings.

During a 30-day public comment period from October 1 to November 2, each transportation division will host an open house to meet with local residents and obtain feedback regarding transportation priorities. Division 11, which includes Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yadkin counties, will host an open house this Thursday (October 1) from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Division 11 office, 801 Statesville Road in North Wilkesboro. Residents can drop in anytime during those hours to learn more about the projects the division proposes to submit for prioritization and provide feedback on them. The list of projects can be viewed here.

In addition, written comments can be submitted via email to NCDOT Division 11 Senior Planning Engineer Dean Ledbetter at dledbetter@ncdot.gov or by phone at 336-667-9111. All comments must be received by 5 p.m. on Nov. 2.

More information on the Transportation Improvement Plan along with other matters of interest to citizens can be found at NCDOT.gov.