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Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge is hosting two free community health talks on September 25 and October 2, both at 6 p.m. Both events will be held in the Lake James Conference Room at the Morganton location.

On September 25, residents are invited to learn about the second leading cause of death in men, prostate cancer, and the successful treatment options available. Richard Rose, MD, and Brian Bauer, MD, with Blue Ridge Urology; Greg Jones, MD, with Blue Ridge Cancer Center; and Karolyn Huffman, RD, with the Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge Dietary Department, will discuss screenings, diagnosis, treatment options and current trends in prostate cancer.

On October 2, women are invited to learn about the importance of caring for themselves. David Kirk, MD, with the Women’s Health Group; Kevin Leonard, MD, with Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge Radiology Department; Alan Jacks, MD, and Wenimar Salvador, MD, with the Blue Ridge Cancer Center, will discuss symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options for diseases like breast cancer.

The seminars are free and light refreshments will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, call 828-580-5690.

54-year-old Joe Cofield of 3rd Avenue Court S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning on three felony counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one felony count each for possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested as Police went to Cofield’s residence to serve felony indictments on previous charges of possession with intent to sell crack cocaine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. As Officers served the papers, Cofield asked for his shirt and keys from within the residence. As Officers went to find those items, they saw ammunition, digital scales and a straw.

Police then obtained consent to search the residence, leading to the discovery of a Armi Tanfoglio Giuseppe GT 27 .25 caliber handgun, a .22 caliber Ruger handgun and a Marlin model 60 .22 caliber rifle. They also found additional ammo and snorting straws, as well as two dosage units of clonazepam and two rocks of crack cocaine weighing 0.4 grams.

Cofield was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $60,000 secured bond. He has since been released. Appearances in District Court and Superior Court were set for today, both in Newton.

24-year-old Monte Chase Conner of 13th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (September 21) on one felony count of assault inflicting serious injury.

Events leading to Conner’s arrest began at about 9:15 the previous night when Police were called to a field across from the Trinity Village apartment complex on 21st Street N.E. The caller reported that a cousin, 26-year-old Shantwon Wright of Conover, had been involved in an altercation and needed assistance.

Police found the victim suffering from serious injuries to his head and face that appeared to be the result of a beating. Mr. Wright was taken to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem where he was reported to be in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. Hospital personnel confirmed that Mr. Wright had been shot in the face, in addition to injuries sustained in the beating.

Conner was arrested at about 4 a.m. Sunday morning at his residence. In addition, Police are searching for an unspecified number of known suspects in connection to the case.

Conner was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (September 22) in Newton.

On Friday afternoon (September 19), students at Oakwood Elementary School and the cross-country teams at Hickory High School heard a presentation from Scott Rigsby.

Rigsby, who lost both of his legs in an accident, visited the schools to share his story of overcoming adversity. A two-time Hawaiian IronMan finisher, Rigsby shared with the students that his focus in life is to inspire and help others.

Sponsored by Frye Regional Medical Center, the Unifour Pain Treatment Center and Fleet Feet Sports, Rigsby was scheduled to join the “Do the UnThinkable 5K Run/Walk” on Saturday, (September 20).

For more information, visit www.scottrigsbyfoundation.org.

Monday, 22 September 2014 06:59

Taylorsville Man Faces Felony Arson Charge

37-year-old Shannon Lynn Austin of Taylorsville has been arrested by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers on charges of felony arson, attempted breaking & entering, damage to property and resisting a public officer.

On Friday, September 12, the Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a structure fire on Gil Childers Road. Officers determined the fire was set in a barn at 423 Gil Childers Road. An investigation led to Austin’s arrest.

He was placed in the Alexander County Jail under a $20,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for September 29.

The Caldwell County Board of Commissioners will meet in regular session at six o’clock this evening (September 22) in the City/County Meeting Room at the Alden E. Starnes Administration Building, 905 West Avenue N.W. in downtown Lenoir.

Among the items on the agenda, the Board will hear reports on the Yokefellow Ministries, the state of Caldwell County Schools, Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute and the August 2014 Key Indicators.

There are also three items for decision, including the release of ten-year delinquent property taxes & 2008 motor vehicle taxes; a request from the Department of Social Services for four new temporary full-time positions; and the Work First Electing County Plan.

A consent agenda also includes one proposed budget amendment.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 06:51

Program to Honor Four Women of American History

Tomorrow a program in Newton will honor 4 women who made history.  On September 18th at 10:30 am Abernathy Laurels will host "This Old Hat, Patriots of Liberty". 

The program features a one woman musical where four women of American history will be portrayed.  Betsy Ross, Deborah Sampson, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Ameilia Earhart's stories will come to life during this presentation. 

The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, or to make a reservation to attend the event, call Robert Hartsell at 828-465-8519.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 06:42

Lenoir Man Accused of Stabbing

A Lenoir man is in jail after he was accused of stabbing another man in the chest.

20 year old Bobby Lee Holsclaw, was mentioned on the WHKY News Crime Report yesterday.  He was charged with one count of felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.  He is being held under a $250000 bond. 

Lenoir police say they responded to a reported stabbing on Monday afternoon when they found the victim Roger Evans lying on the ground. 

Evans told Police that Holsclaw stabbed him, and that Holsclaw fled the scene shortly after.  Evans was taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, and he is in stable condition.

Police arrested Holsclaw later that evening about one mile away from the crime scene. 

 

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 08:43

3 Departments Investigate Valdese Shooting

A shooting incident in Valdese is under investigation. Valdese Police, Drexel Police, and the Burke County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting incident at AutoZone on Main Street in Valdese.

Witnesses told Valdese officers arriving on the scene that the suspects had fled the scene in a burgundy truck and the victim left the scene on foot. A Valdese Officer and Burke County Sheriff’s Deputy located the suspect vehicle on I-40, about a half mile past exit 112. The officers then conducted a felony vehicle stop.

Jeff Ballard and Bradley Ballard were detained for questioning. During a search of the suspect vehicle three firearms, a knife, and slapjack were confiscated. The victim, Jeremy Green, had fled the scene on foot and after searching the area Officers could not find Green.  

All hospitals in that area were placed on alert to contact the police department if Greene looked for treatment at their facility.

Witnesses told police they believe the victim did receive a head injury from a physical altercation with the suspects, before the gun went off.

According to family members, Green was hit three times and he is currently at the Carolinas Medical Center, and he is in critical condition.

This investigation is ongoing and charges are pending in this matter.

The following is the direct statement that WHKY-TV received yesterday afternoon from the Boone Chief of Police, Dana Crawford regarding the death of Anna Smith.

 

“We are all terribly saddened at this discovery. Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Ms. Smith. I want to assure the Smith Family and the Boone community that we have begun and will continue to conduct a thorough investigation to find the answers that we all want to know. We have much to do in this case and must look at all possibilities; therefore, we cannot prematurely arrive at any conclusions. Obviously, in a death investigation there are many facts that would not be prudent to release. In fact, releasing sensitive information could hinder an investigation and potentially damage a criminal case if this case were to turn in that direction. I am greatly concerned about the state of anxiety that the citizens of Boone and the students and faculty find themselves in, and I want to address these concerns to the degree possible.

We intend to work this case as any death investigation. At this point we do not have direct information that there is foul play. In fact, there are factors to indicate that Ms. Smith was intent on harming herself. I know this is difficult for family and friends to hear, but these are facts. This is not the time that I would have preferred to release this information; however, it has been referenced that Ms. Smith had been experiencing some emotional difficulties in prior press releases from ASU and even from the family. It is important to note that a letter was found with the body of Anna Smith. To protect the integrity of the investigation we are not prepared to discuss the content of the letter that appears to have been authored by Ms. Smith. We intend to request a forensic analysis of the letter.

Today an autopsy is being conducted by a forensic pathologist and we fully expect that the preliminary findings will shed some light on what happened to Ms. Smith. Other aspects of the autopsy examination will take additional time to analyze. This investigation is in the beginning stages and we will be open and transparent, but please understand that we cannot release information that will jeopardize the case.   

Based upon reports that we have heard from community members and media sources, it is obvious to me and my staff that many, if not most, people in the community are under the impression that this case is a homicide. We do not have any information leading us in that direction. The reason that I am reluctantly releasing this information is because I do not want to give the impression that we are not investigating all possibilities- we are. We will pursue the facts, wherever they may lead, to determine what happened to Anna Smith.

We are not investigating this case alone. We will be working with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office, the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, and the ASU Police Department. In addition, we will be consulting the Federal Bureau of Investigation. We will all work together to determine how this happened. We continue to receive information and encourage any citizen with information to contact the Boone Police Department.”

The 911 call can be found on the Boone Police website townofboone.net.

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