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Monday, 10 November 2014 06:47

Two Earthquakes Reported Saturday

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According to the U.S. Geological Survey, two minor earthquakes were reported this past weekend in the North Carolina mountains and in east Tennessee.

The first occurred Saturday (November 8) in an area about six miles north of Grimsley, Tennessee in Fentress County. It measured 2.5 on the Richter scale.

Later, at about 8:30 Saturday night, a second earthquake was centered about seven miles north of Mars Hill and 22 miles north of Asheville. It was measured at 2.4 on the Richter scale.

No damages were reported.

Friday, 07 November 2014 17:14

Morganton City Hall to Close for Veterans Day

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Morganton City Hall will be closed Tuesday, November 11 in honor of Veterans Day.

Garbage collection will be affected. The Monday route will be collected Monday. Garbage will not be collected Tuesday. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday routes will be collected on a one-day delay.

“The Wizard of Oz,” a family musical produced by Hickory High School, is scheduled to open on Friday, November 14 at 7 p.m. with additional performances on Saturday, November 15 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 16 at 2 p.m. Performances will be held at the SALT Block Auditorium, next to the Catawba Science Center. Tickets are $6 at the door.

The cast features students and faculty from Hickory High School and the musical is co-directed by Donna Wiles and Molly Bass. Dr. Steven Clark is conducting the student orchestra with Jackson Sigmon on bass, Santiago Vasquez-Loredo on violin and Sebastian Bertrand on piano. Wiles will perform on the keyboard.

Leading cast members include: Grace Bollinger as Dorothy, Madeline Finley as Glinda the Good Witch, Morgan Honeycutt as the Wicked Witch, Dylan Tashjian as the Scarecrow, Joshua Killian as the Tin Man, Sincere Anderson as the Lion and Kevin Portillo as the Wizard. Alicia Ramirez serves as the Stage Manager. Approximately 30 cast members will perform in the musical.

Hickory High School teachers will make cameo appearances in various roles, including the Lollipop Guild and the Lullaby League. In addition, during the tornado scene, the tornado will be played by the Hickory High School Tornado (the school's mascot).

The show will run approximately 90 minutes with one brief intermission. Tickets may be purchased in advance by contacting Donna Wiles at 828-322-2855.

Friday, 07 November 2014 17:01

National Donor Sabbath Set for November 14-16

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Join Carolina Donor Services in recognizing National Donor Sabbath this November 14 – 16, a time for people of all faiths to honor those who have made organ, eye and tissue donations. Each year during this time of holidays and family celebrations, donation and transplantation organizations work closely with communities of faith to bring the message of donation to congregations across the country and encourage all to register as donors.

With nearly 125,000 individuals on the national transplant waiting list, registering as a donor can provide hope to those waiting for the gift of life and potentially save lives in the future. Individuals can register as donors at DonateLifeNC.org/Register.

For more information about how to register as a donor or how to promote the message of donation, visit CarolinaDonorServices.org or call 800-200-2672.

17-year-old Jesse Colton Grimes of Sugar Grove was arrested yesterday (November 6) by Boone Police on felony charges of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and felonious extortion.

The charges are the result of an investigation launched on October 14 when Boone Police received a report of extortion via sexting, which is the sending of sexually explicit messages or images by an electronic device. The case involved a minor and was initially reported to a Boone Police School Resource Officer. Working in conjunction with Watauga County Schools, Investigators found that Grimes was targeting children as young as 12.

During the investigation, forensic examination of digital devices revealed a predatory pattern of behavior by Grimes. The investigation now involves multiple law enforcement agencies in three states with numerous victims.

Following his arrest, Grimes was placed in the Watauga County Detention Center under a $325,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on December 18 in Boone.

Boone Police were assisted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, the Watauga County District Attorney’s Office, the Watauga County School System and various out of state law enforcement agencies.  

The Women’s Resource Center is offering a workshop entitled “What’s in your Boomerang? Breaking Barriers in Dysfunctional Relationships” on Tuesday, November 18.

The workshop will be facilitated by Sean Jarmen, a Licensed Professional Counselor and Master Certified Life Coach. Jarmen received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Emory & Henry College in Virginia and his Masters in Counseling from Clemson University.

The cost for the three-hour seminar is $25. The seminar is for women only. Seating is limited. Contact the Women’s Resource Center at 828-322-6333 to register.

The Women’s Resource Center is located at 125 3rd Street N.E. in Hickory.

Friday, 07 November 2014 12:01

Staten Island Man Busted for Pot in Hickory

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26-year-old Timothy Lau of Staten Island, New York was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2 a.m. today (November 7) on felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana between an ounce and an ounce and a half and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested when an Officer on foot patrol at the Red Roof Inn just off of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory smelled marijuana as he walked past a room in the hotel. The Officer knocked and a man opened the door. The Officer saw marijuana visible on a table in the room. Lau was on the bed. A search of the room yielded six grams of marijuana and a grinder.

A search warrant was obtained and executed on Lau’s vehicle, leading to the discovery of 26 grams of marijuana, a grinder and a digital scale. Lau was taken into custody without incident. The other man was not charged.

Lau was incarcerated in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

27-year-old Zakari David Glode and 25-year-old Jerry Wayne Kinzer, Jr., both of East Highway 10 in Conover, have been arrested by Lincolnton Police on charges of felony breaking & entering, felony larceny after breaking & entering, felony larceny of a motor vehicle and felony possession of stolen goods.

On Monday (November 3), Lincolnton Police responded to three different businesses on the 1100 block of South Aspen Street in Lincolnton where break-ins were reported. Officers learned that the suspects entered the businesses and took property, including an automobile and a large amount of loose change. Personnel at one of the businesses told Police that a former employee, Zakari David Glode, could be a suspect.

On the same date, in the early morning hours, Patrol Officers located Glode in a vehicle at the Kangaroo Express located on East Main Street after employees there told Police Glode was behaving in a strange and suspicious manner. Glode was found to have a large amount of loose change and a screwdriver in his possession. Employees at the store also said that Glode paid for his gas with a large amount of loose change.

Glode was subsequently arrested and charged with driving while license revoked. He was initially jailed under a $1,000 secured bond.

Det. Dwayne McAllister and Det. Robert “Trey” Hayes were assigned to investigate the B&E cases. The Detectives learned that Glode and Jerry Wayne Kinzer, Jr. worked together and committed the breaking & enterings. Arrest warrants were issued for both men.

The Detectives found the stolen motor vehicle in Connelly Springs, with assistance from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation also led to the recovery of several other stolen items. Lincoln County and Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers also assisted in the investigation and arrests.

Glode’s bond was increased to $20,000, secured, and Kinzer was given a $40,000 secured bond following his arrest. Glode’s next appearance in District Court was set for November 26. Kinzer had a first appearance yesterday (November 6) with no additional court dates listed at this time.

Glode has previous convictions for simple assault, littering and traffic offenses. Kinzer has previous convictions for possession of marijuana, injury to personal property and traffic offenses. At the time of their arrests, both men were out on bond with several felony breaking & entering, larceny and possession of stolen goods charges pending.

The investigation is ongoing and further charges are possible.

The NCWorks Career Center-Catawba and their workforce partners will hold an Honoring Heroes Job Fair on Thursday, November 13 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. The job fair will take place at CVCC's Corporate Development Center, 2664 Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. The facility is located between CVCC’s Main Campus and East Campus in the former Ryan's Steakhouse building.

The Honoring Heroes Job Fair will be open only to veterans, reservists and guardsmen. Attendees will need to present valid military ID or documentation (such as a DD-214) to gain access. Approximately 20 local employers from manufacturing, service, transportation, distribution, law enforcement and healthcare industries are scheduled to participate.

There will be agencies on-site to assist job seekers with employment and training needs, as well as issues facing veterans. The NCWorks Career Center-Catawba has staff dedicated to assisting veterans with their employment needs. Veterans and employers should call Thad Sparkman or Russ Vickers at 828-466-5535 for more information.

Friday, 07 November 2014 07:01

Maiden Man Indicted on Child Sex Offense Charges

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53-year-old Rickey Dale Waldrop of East Cliff Drive in Maiden has been served indictments by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of indecent liberties with a child, first-degree sexual offense, statutory rape or sex offense with a 13, 14 or 15 year old (two counts) and first-degree rape. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the offenses were committed against a relative. No further details were released.

Waldrop was jailed yesterday (November 6) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $750,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton.