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Tuesday, 09 September 2014 11:33

Local Design Firm to Support Fight Against ALS

Carrie Carmar, President of Our House Designs, is hosting a luncheon and Ice Bucket Challenge in honor of Ryan Ward. Ryan Ward has had ALS since 2009 when he was diagnosed at age 31 and faces ever-mounting medical bills.

The owner, all employees and family members will take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Our House Designs will make a donation in Ryan’s honor to the ALS Association of North Carolina’s Catfish Hunter Chapter.

The event will take place on Thursday, September 11 at Our House Designs at 6429 Hildebran Shelby Road in Long View. Call 828-326-6100 for more information.

Donations to help defray Ryan Ward’s medical expenses may be mailed to Wanda Ward at 30 Steel Bridge Loop or to Robin Banks at 1308 1st Avenue N.W., both in Hickory with a 28601 zip code.

Yesterday (Monday, September 8) Statesville Police were notified of a break-in that took place earlier that morning at Carolina BBQ on Salisbury Road in Statesville.

When employees arrived at work Monday morning, they discovered that someone had broken into the business through the back door. The initial investigation revealed that the suspect cut the wires to the alarm system and then used a blunt object to force open a rear door. Once inside, the suspect pried open the door to the business office, cut the lock off the safe and removed two bags of money from inside.

Anyone with information concerning the break-in should contact the Statesville Police Criminal Investigations Division at 704-878-3515 or Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340. Callers can remain anonymous and a cash reward is possible.

Tuesday, 09 September 2014 11:03

Statesville Police Seek B&E Suspect

Last Wednesday (September 3), Statesville Police responded to a residential burglary on the 500 block of North Bost Street in Statesville. Officers spoke with the victim and learned that a suspect entered the residence through a window on the morning of the third and stole 25 pairs of Jordan-brand basketball shoes and two handguns.

This morning (September 9), Investigators obtained footage of the suspect. The images show the suspect outside and inside the residence.

Anyone with information concerning the identity of the suspect should contact the Statesville Police Criminal Investigations Division at 704-878-3515 or Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340. Callers can remain anonymous and a cash reward is possible.

The state will seek the death penalty if 34-year-old Sharman Howard Odom is convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Maggie Daniels.

Ms. Daniels, a 31-year-old counselor at Discovery High School, was killed on June 27 of this year. Her body was found in her apartment bedroom the following morning. The nature of the death investigation was changed to a homicide on June 30. Ms. Daniels lived in the Windsor Apartment complex on West 17th Street in Newton where Odom was her neighbor.

A motion was filed on August 19 for a Rule 24 Conference to determine if the state would be allowed to seek the death penalty. The Rule 24 Conference was held Monday (September 8) in Newton. Prosecutors cited aggravating factors in the case that will allow them to argue for death as a sentence. The hearing makes the state’s intentions clear in open court with the defendant present. By declaring the matter to be a capital case, a judge can allow a second attorney to be appointed to aid in the defense.

Odom will next appear in court on October 6 when he will likely be arraigned on indictments accusing him of murder, sexual assault and kidnapping.

18-year-old Anna Marie Smith has been classified as a missing and possibly endangered person.

Investigators with the Appalachian State University Police Department, the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation and other agencies are continuing to search for Ms. Smith, who has been missing since Tuesday, September 2. Investigators continue to utilize interviews, forensic examination of records, surveillance video and any other available means in an attempt to locate the missing teen. A search conducted by Police in Boone Saturday in several wooded areas on campus was unsuccessful.

Ms. Smith has short red or blonde hair and blue eyes. She is 5’9” tall with a slender build. She has nose piercings, a black & white sunflower tattoo on her upper right chest near her collarbone and Latin lettering over her lower left ribs.

She may be carrying a bright blue LL Bean backpack that contained a blue ENO hammock. Ms. Smith was last seen in her dorm room wearing a red or orange top and black leggings and she typically carries a red purse.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Anna Marie Smith should contact University Police at 828-262-2150.

The front parking lot at Morganton City Hall will be closed for three weeks starting next Tuesday, September 16 while contractors repaint the water tank located in front of the main entrance to City Hall.

After evaluating options and receiving quotes for painting, the Morganton City Council gave the go ahead in August to repaint the tank. The tank does not contain any water and is not part of the City's water system, but it is considered a landmark in the city. The tank will be cleaned and painted and the Morganton Trading Company logo will be painted on two sides.

Utility Service Company, the contractor, will close off the parking lot at 7 a.m. next Tuesday. The front parking lot and front entrance to City Hall will be closed to protect the public and provide a safe work zone. The work is expected to take about three weeks to complete and the front parking area will remain closed during that time. The lot should be back open by October 6, barring any delays.

Parking will be available along East Union Street and in the parking lot behind City Hall, accessible from Avery Avenue and Lenoir Street. The public should utilize the rear entrance to City Hall, adjacent to the courtyard and fountain. For utility payments, the drive-thru will remain open for the duration of the project, but customers must bring their bill to pay via the drive through.

The project will cost $50,367. Funds for the repair will initially come from the tank maintenance funds and be reimbursed with revenues from the cellular antenna attachment to be installed on the tank.

For more information, call the Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.

24-year-old Ashley Nichole Long of Lyle Haven Drive in Conover was arrested Friday (September 5) by Granite Falls Police on charges of misdemeanor larceny and possession of stolen goods or property. She was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $40,000, secured. Long will appear in District Court on November 13 in Lenoir.

26-year-old Timothy Raydean Nelson II of Colt Court in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers Friday (September 5) on charges of simple assault, injury to real property, safe-cracking, larceny of a firearm, felony larceny, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of stolen goods or property and obtaining property by false pretense (two counts).

Nelson was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $22,500 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (September 8) in Lenoir.

Phostell’s Barber Shop & Beauty Salon celebrated its re-grand opening in downtown Newton with a ribbon cutting ceremony last Wednesday (September 3). Owner William “Phostell” Rice, barber Ryson Reed and family have re-vamped and re-decorated the barbershop’s front room. Newton Mayor Anne P. Stedman was among those on-hand for the ribbon cutting. The improvements come on the heels of the façade work that was done by Newton’s Downtown Development Association.

Ryson Reed and Olivia Stanek have relocated here from Ohio. Reed has been in North Carolina about five months and has been barbering at Phostell’s since July.

William Rice has operated Phostell’s at the Main Avenue location for over 17 years. He owns the building, which houses the barbershop and a beauty salon.

The barbershop is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Startown Elementary School was placed on lockdown shortly after 12:40 this afternoon in response to a report of two men walking along Startown Road carrying long guns.

Newton Police and Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers responded to the area, but didn’t find anyone.  The area has been cleared.  Some law enforcement personnel remained on the scene this afternoon to provide security.

Sheriff Coy Reid pointed out that dove-hunting season started last week and said it’s possible the two men may have been hunters.