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57-year-old Larry Charles Pruitt of 12th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:40 yesterday afternoon (June 22) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance. He is accused of possessing 0.2 grams of crack cocaine.

Pruitt was taken into custody without incident on the 1500 block of Fairgrove Church Road. He has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $8,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for June 29 in Newton.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015 09:46

191 Jobs Coming to Hickory

Blue Bloodhound, LP is establishing operations in Catawba County and plans to create 191 new jobs over the next three years. The company plans to invest $400,000 in the city of Hickory over the same period.

Blue Bloodhound has developed proprietary software designed to assist truck drivers with maintaining safety records, to remind them of renewal deadlines and to locate job opportunities for Class A and Class B drivers.

Salaries will vary by job, but available positions will include customer service representatives, accounting and marketing personnel. The average annual salary of the new jobs will be $46,368. The average for Catawba County is $36,770.

The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $305,600. In addition, the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority has awarded the City of Hickory a Building Reuse Program grant in the amount of $259,400 to support the reuse of the historic Moretz Mills building, located at 74 8th Street. Blue Bloodhound will lease the second floor space that has been vacant for three years.

26-year-old Mark Emmanuel Olivos-Martinez of Langden Gate Drive in Charlotte was arrested on June 4 by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives on one felony count each of statutory rape and taking indecent liberties with a minor.

The charges stem from a report received on May 23 regarding an alleged statutory rape. An investigation showed that on May 21, the defendant took a 13-year-old female away from her home in order to have sex. The suspect had been communicating with the victim electronically.

Olivos-Martinez was taken into custody in Anson County and then released on a $50,000 secured bond with a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court set for June 19.

When Olivos-Martinez appeared for his court date Friday, Detective Dan Renn served two additional warrants for felony second-degree kidnapping and misdemeanor dissemination to minors under the age of 18. A bond hearing was held and a District Court Judge raised the suspect’s bond to $100,000, secured. Olivos-Martinez remains in the Lincoln County Detention Center with his next court date scheduled for July 14.

21-year-old David Warren Shortridge of Main Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning on felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and careless & reckless driving, as well as misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while impaired.

Events leading to his arrest began at 1:04 a.m. when Police arrived to check on the health of a driver slumped over the steering wheel while his 2010 Nissan Versa was in the roadway at 4th Street S.W. and 1st Avenue S.W. As Officers attempted to speak to the driver, David Shortridge, he sped away, leading Officers on a brief chase that ended when the vehicle crashed on 1st Avenue S.W. at 14th Street S.W.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident. Shortridge was not injured.

He was taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at 8,500, secured. He will appear in District Court on June 29 in Hickory.

35-year-old Amanda Nicole Fugitt of Rocky Ridge Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:20 yesterday afternoon (June 21) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

She was arrested after Police and E.M.S. personnel responded to the Quality Suites hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory where a woman was reported to be suffering from a possible overdose. Responders found the woman, Amanda Fugitt, conscious and able to communicate. She refused medical treatment.

A search of Fugitt’s room was conducted, leading to the discovery of 0.5 grams of crystal meth.

She was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $9,750 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today.

59-year-old Charles Franklin Cardwell of Pleasant Acre Drive in Mocksville was arrested Friday (June 19) on one felony count each of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, soliciting a child by computer, dissemination of obscenity and indecent liberties with a child.

His arrest was the result of a joint investigation involving the Boone Police Department, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Davie County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce.

Events leading to Cardwell’s arrest unfolded as a Boone Police Detective posed as a 14-year-old girl and responded to a personal ad on a popular web site. The ad requested that “young” girls (“the younger, the better”) should respond. Detectives identified Cardwell as the person who placed the ad.

Cardwell communicated with the undercover Detective, who he believed to be a 14-year-old girl, for some time and he requested a rendezvous in Boone. When the suspect arrived at the pre-arranged meeting place, he was approached by a Boone Police Detective and a Special Agent with S.B.I. Cardwell was arrested and his vehicle was searched. Detectives seized evidence from the vehicle that they believe showed Cardwell’s intentions.

Cardwell was jailed under a $200,000 secured bond. He will appear in court tomorrow (June 23).

The Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area in Alexander County has been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents.

The Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area (also known as Rocky Face Park) was recognized in the “Parks & Recreation” awards category. Rocky Face Park received one of 35 awards across North Carolina and one of only five in the state in the “Parks & Recreation” category.

Prior to becoming a county park, the property was a rock quarry in 1920s and 1940s, which was then abandoned and left to become a site for illegal dumping and graffiti. In 1982, the mountain was purchased by The Felburn Foundation, but the organization did not have the resources to make improvements. By 2002, Rocky Face was a focus of the Carolina Land & Lakes Resource Conservation & Development District (RC&D), which took control of the property in 2003 and instituted cleanup efforts.

Alexander County government partnered with the RC&D, and in 2011 accepted ownership of the property. The county then applied for a North Carolina Parks & Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) Grant to improve the site. In 2010, the county was awarded a $477,000 PARTF grant and park construction began. The park officially opened in May 2012.

Park amenities currently include 58 rock-climbing routes, 1/3-mile ADA walking track, a picnic shelter, restrooms, a park office, five miles of hiking trails, primitive campsites, geocaches and more.

The county is currently in the process of administering a second PARTF grant that will provide a community meeting room, an adventure playground, additional picnic areas and improvements to a wetland area. Since the park opened three years ago, more than 41,000 visits have been logged.

Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area is located at 3451 Rocky Face Church Road in Hiddenite. For more information, visit www.rockyfacepark.com or call 828-632-1093.

34-year-old Robert Lee Robinson of Pine Mountain Road in Creston, N.C. and 22-year-old Alisha Dawn Hedrick of Bolick Road in Claremont were both arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:40 last night on a variety of charges. Robinson was arrested on outstanding felony warrants issued in December of last year by the Claremont Police Dept. for breaking & entering, larceny and possession of stolen goods. He was also charged yesterday with simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance. Hedrick was charged with felony possession of heroin and possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.

They were arrested when Officers on foot patrol at the Sunny Valley apartment complex on 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory saw Hedrick exit an apartment. The Officers knew Hedrick didn’t live there. They spoke to Hedrick and conducted a search, which led to the discovery of 0.4 grams of marijuana and 0.1 grams of black tar heroin in her purse.

Officers then searched the apartment Hedrick had exited from and found 0.3 grams of marijuana. A routine records check led to the discovery of the warrants against Robinson.

Both subjects were taken into custody without incident. Robinson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $24,000 secured bond. Hedrick was released under a $5,000 secured bond. They were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today in Newton.

39-year-old Shannon Nichole Stowe of Lynn Avenue in Hildebran was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police shortly before 6 p.m. last night (June 18). She’s charged on a bill of indictment with possession of controlled substance on prison or jail premises and possession of methamphetamine. At the time of her arrest, she was also charged with simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance. Also arrested about 25 minutes later was 47-year-old Mari Jo Rudisill of Pyramid Road in Hickory. She was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance.

The two women were taken into custody without incident at the same residence on 15th Street S.E. in Hickory. They were both jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility with bond for Stowe set at $17,000, secured. Rudisill was given a $6,500 secured bond. Both will appear in court today; Stowe in Superior Court and Rudisill in District Court. Stowe also has a District Court date on July 15.

Thursday, 18 June 2015 13:33

Hickory Library System Names New Director

Sarah Greene has been hired as Library Director for the City of Hickory. She will replace current Director Louise Humphrey, who will retire on June 30. Ms. Greene was chosen from 41 applicants.

Ms. Greene has been Library Director for the Caldwell County Public Library since 2009. Prior to that, she served as Youth Services & Technology Librarian in the same system for five years. She has previous experience at the Anne Arundel County Library in Maryland and at Athens Technical College in Georgia.

Greene grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in French & Economics at the University of Tennessee at Martin and a Master in Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Ms. Greene holds numerous certifications and is a member of the North Carolina Public Library Directors Association where she served as the representative for all county library systems in 2014. In Caldwell County, she served on the Boards of Directors of Smart Start, Communities in Schools, the Education Foundation and the Arts Council.  

Sarah Greene lives in Hickory and will begin her new position on July 13.