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City of Morganton Water Resources workmen planned to shut off water service to a section of West Park Drive today (February 27) at about 5:15 p.m. to repair a six-inch water line break. About 18 homes will be affected and water service will be off for at least five hours. Water service will be off on West Park Drive from Walton Road to the end of West Park Drive.

Friday, 27 February 2015 14:33

Accident Reported in N.E. Hickory

A two-vehicle accident was reported on 8th St Drive N.E. in Hickory this afternoon, near the Highland Recreation Center. Few details were available, but the accident happened at approximately 2 p.m. It involved two passenger cars.

At least one person was seen on a stretcher at the accident scene receiving treatment from first responders. Hickory Police, the Hickory Fire Department and Catawba County E.M.S. were all on the scene.

Traffic was routed through the Highland Rec Center’s parking lot.

No further details are available.

32-year-old Carnito Cannail Glaspy of 11th Street in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a charge of failure by a sex offender to notify authorities of a change of online identifier.

On February 23, a Deputy with the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Special Victim’s Unit charged Glaspy with using a false name on social media. Registered sex offenders in North Carolina are required to notify authorities of any online identifier the offender uses or intends to use. An online identifier is defined as an e-mail address, instant message screen name, user ID, chat or other Internet communication name.

While attempting to verify Glaspy’s registered address, the Deputy discovered that Glaspy was using the online identifier, “Daniel Glaspy.”

Glaspy is on the Sex Offender Registry as the result of a 2002 conviction in Catawba County for indecent liberties with a minor. The offense occurred in 2000 when the victim was 13 and Glaspy was 17.

Following his arrest Monday, Glaspy was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $5,000 bond. He has a District Court appearance scheduled for March 17.

37-year-old Kernal-Lee Joseph Long of 27th Street N.E. in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7 p.m. yesterday (February 26) on one felony count of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance.

He was arrested after Police saw a vehicle turn left from 5th Street S.W. onto 7th Avenue Place S.W. at a high rate of speed. The vehicle pulled into the parking lot at the Budget Inn and stopped. Two people got out.

Police approached the two and searched Kernal-Lee Long, resulting in the discovery of a 2 mg Alprazolam pill and a baggie containing 3.3 grams of marijuana. He was taken into custody without incident. The female subject was not charged.

Long was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $500 secured bond. He has since been released. Long will appear in District Court on April 8 in Hickory.

Friday, 27 February 2015 12:05

Hickory Duplex Fire Believed to be Arson

Just before nine o’clock last night (February 26), Hickory Firefighters responded to a structure fire at 1513 23rd Avenue Court N.E. in Hickory.  Firefighters responded with three engines, two ladder trucks, one rescue truck and two command units.

Upon arrival, Firefighters reported fire and smoke coming from one side of the duplex apartment building.  No one was home in the side of the duplex where the fire occurred.  The resident is listed on Police reports as a 60-year-old male.  The occupants of the other apartment had exited the structure and were safe.

Firefighters worked to extinguish and contain the fire.  No injuries were reported at the scene of the fire; however, Hickory Police say while they were on the scene, they received a call from a local hospital regarding a male subject in the emergency room suffering from severe burns.  Police believe he may have been burned in the apartment fire.  The burn victim is not a resident of the duplex.  No further information has been released regarding his condition or his identity.

Police say neighbors reported hearing a dispute at the residence prior to the fire.  A search warrant for the residence was issued and executed, but the results of that search have not been released.  The search was completed shortly after 3 a.m. today.

The Red Cross was contacted to assist residents with temporary living arrangements.  

Fire Investigators have determined that the fire was intentionally set.  The incident remains under investigation.  Anyone with information regarding the fire should contact Hickory Police at 828-328-5551 or the Hickory Fire Department’s Division of Fire & Life Safety at 828-323-7522.

More details have been released in the arrest Wednesday (February 25) of 26-year-old Brandon Lashan Lineberger of Pine Avenue in Cherryville. He was initially charged with felony breaking & entering, as reported that same day on WHKY.

Lineberger is the suspect in a February 23 break-in in Claremont that resulted in the death of 47-year-old Vernon Bobby Dixon, who was shot and killed by the homeowner during the incident. Lineberger was taken into custody without incident at his home shortly after eleven o’clock Wednesday morning.

He also faces three additional counts of breaking & entering, two counts each of attempted larceny and injury to personal property, and one count each of larceny after breaking & entering, possession of stolen goods or property and attempted breaking & entering. Those charges are from Burke County.

Lineberger has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $60,000 secured bond. He will appear in District Court today (February 27) with another court date coming up on March 2, both in Newton.

According to Catawba Co. Sheriff Coy Reid, Lineberger will not be charged in connection to Dixon’s death. The homeowner will not face any charges.

The snowstorm that swept through the area Wednesday night and Thursday morning continues to affect the area’s school systems.

On Friday, February 27, Burke County schools will operate on a three-hour delay. Caldwell County Schools will be closed Friday for students and staff. Caldwell’s WrapAround Program will also be closed. Catawba County Schools will be closed with an optional teacher workday. Hickory Public Schools will operate on a three-hour delay for students and staff. Newton-Conover City Schools will also be on a three-hour delay for students. Staff should report when they can safely do so.

Alexander County Schools were already scheduled to have a teacher workday. Staff should report at 10 a.m.

Lenoir-Rhyne University is on a two-hour delay Friday. CVCC will open at 11 a.m. Friday.  Caldwell Community College's Hudson and Watauga campuses are on a regular schedule. Western Piedmont Community College is also on a regular schedule.

At about 1:45 yesterday afternoon (February 25), a Trooper with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper traveling northbound on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard near Interstate 40 attempted to make a left turn from L-R Boulevard onto the I-40 westbound access ramp. As he did so, the Trooper failed to yield the right-of-way and pulled into the path of a 1995 Honda Accord that was traveling south. There were no injuries as a result of the collision. No further details are available.

Thursday, 26 February 2015 13:57

Second Dog Attack Victim Released from Hospital

The six-year-old boy attacked by dogs on North Gaither Avenue in Newton Sunday (February 22) has been released from the Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte. According to Major Tim Hayes with Newton Police Department, the boy’s condition has improved. He is back at home with his family. The 10-year-old boy who was injured in the same incident was treated and released from Catawba Valley Medical Center Sunday night, as reported previously on WHKY.

At last report, the dogs were being held at the Catawba County Animal Shelter. Investigators confirmed that the dogs are up to date on their vaccinations.

The investigation is ongoing.

22-year-old Tevin Jerome Davis of Lansing Circle in Mooresville was arrested yesterday (February 25) by Hickory Police on warrants out of Iredell County for felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and discharging a firearm into occupied property. The warrants for his arrest were issued Monday (February 23). Davis was taken into custody at about 10:30 a.m. at the Frye Creek Apartments on 2nd Avenue N.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $14,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for March 6 in Mooresville.

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