54-year-old Marty Lee Baker of Lick Mountain Drive in Hudson was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers Friday (November 17) for felony assault with a deadly weapon on a government official.  Following his arrest, Baker was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center.  Bond was set at $25,000, secured.  A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (November 20) in Lenoir.

Monday, 20 November 2017 06:51

Holiday Events Planned in Hudson

Several holiday events are coming up soon in the Town of Hudson.

The Hudson Christmas Tree Lighting will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 28, on Central Street Hudson (in front of the Hudson Town Hall and Police Department).  There will be entertainment, hayrides, warm snacks and a visit from Santa Claus.

The Hudson Christmas Arts & Craft Show (the 3rd Annual Christmas Show Festival) is slated for Saturday, December 2, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Hudson Uptown Building.  The event features food, arts & crafts and entertainment.

And the Hudson Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 2, at 2 p.m. in downtown Hudson.

Monday, 20 November 2017 06:49

Hickory City Council to Meet Tomorrow

Hickory City Council will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow (November 21) at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building, 76 North Center Street in Hickory.

The Council will hear several special presentations, including one honoring Hickory’s late Mayor, Rudy Wright.  There will also be a presentation on Catawba Valley Habitat for Humanity and the Rudy Wright Project.  Neighborhood College Graduation is also on the agenda, as well as an audit presentation from Kari Dunlap, a C.P.A. with Martin Starnes.      

Among the items up for a second reading are the approval of six Community Relations Council Fall grants totaling $7,205.20 and the approval of an amendment to the City Walk design contract in the amount of $252,000.

28-year-old David Lorenza Young II of Hickory was given an active prison term of six-to-eight years following his guilty plea to possession of a stolen firearm.  He was also sentenced as an habitual felon.  The Honorable Jeffrey P. Hunt, Superior Court Judge from Transylvania County, handed down the sentence during Burke County Superior Court on Tuesday, November 14.

The sentence was enhanced by Young’s prior felony convictions for possession of stolen goods in Burke County (September 2006), possession of heroin in Catawba County (October 2013) and larceny in Alexander County (November 2014).

Investigators with Burke County Sheriff’s Office received a tip in December 2016 that there might be illegal guns and drugs in the defendant’s residence.  After obtaining a search warrant, Investigators found a stolen .380 handgun and drugs at the residence.  They determined that Young was in possession of the firearm.

Caleb Mace led the investigation for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and Lance Sigmon handled the prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.

25-year-old Richard Kory Barton of Robins Drive in Lenoir and 17-year-old Jason Woodrow Schincke of Craig Street in Mount Holly have both been arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers on felony charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession of methamphetamine.

Wednesday (November 15), the Sheriff’s Office took a call regarding a stolen vehicle in the area of Highway 70 in Connelly Springs.  Deputies found the vehicle at the Knob Superette, where they initiated a traffic stop.  Richard Kory Barton and Jason Woodrow Schincke were arrested without incident at the scene.

Deputies then found a white, powdery substance in the vehicle.  The substance tested positive for methamphetamine.

Barton and Schincke were placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility with bond for each set at $9,000, secured.  They were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today (November 17) in Morganton.

44-year-old Rhonda Lee Little of Zeb Haynes Road in Maiden was arrested by Conover Police today (November 17) on charges of identity theft, driving while impaired, driving while license revoked, providing fictitious information to an officer and a misdemeanor probation violation.

Following her arrest, Little was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $6,000.  She will appear in District Court Monday (November 20) and again on February 21, both in Newton.

The City of Newton’s “Light Up the Town” celebration begins at 5 p.m. Sunday, November 26, on the 1924 Courthouse Square in downtown Newton.

Thousands of lights in the downtown area will be lit; Santa and his elves will pose for free photos with children in the Courthouse; several community groups will perform seasonal music; and other groups will offer concessions.

For more information about “Light Up the Town”, contact Shannon Johnson at sjohnson@newtonnc.gov or 828-695-4360.

Friday, 17 November 2017 08:56

Granite Falls Woman Wins Twice in NCEL

Michelle Shuffler of Granite Falls was a two-time winner in the North Carolina Education Lottery (NCEL).  One ticket was a $1-million winner and the other was good for $10,000.

Shuffler and her husband made a last-second decision to buy a ticket in the lottery’s Million Dollar Fever game Sunday night (November 12) at the Cubbard Express store on Beecher Anderson Road in Lenoir.  That ticket was worth $10,000.

Later that same night, they decided to try to beat the odds again.  They stopped at the Murphy Express on Hickory Boulevard in Granite Falls and bought another Million Dollar Fever ticket.  That ticket was good for $1-million.

The stores where the two winning tickets were purchased are just 22 miles apart.

Shuffler claimed both prizes Monday afternoon at lottery headquarters in Raleigh.  For the $1-million prize, she had the choice of taking an annuity that has 20 payments of $50,000 a year or a lump sum of $600,000.  She chose the annuity and received her first payment of $50,000.  After required state and federal tax withholdings, she took home $34,753.  Shuffler plans to use the money to save for retirement and add to her children’s college funds.

Ticket sales from the NCEL make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $600 million a year for the state.  For details on how lottery funds have been used in each of North Carolina’s 100 counties, click on the “For Education” section of the lottery’s website, www.nclottery.com.

30-year-old Jordan Nichole Robinson of Collettsville Road in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (November 16) on charges of driving while license revoked and possession of methamphetamine in a local confinement facility.  Robinson was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $11,000, secured.  No court date is currently listed.

28-year-old Cari Rene McFall of Kincaid Hill Road in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (November 16) on charges of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

She was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $50,000, secured.  District Court appearances were scheduled today in both Lenoir and Morganton.

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