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A 27-year-old Lenoir man was shot during an assault between 8:10 and 8:30 last night (April 7) at the Horseshoe apartment complex on the 400 block of 2nd Street Place S.W. in Hickory.

Hickory Police responded to a “shots fired” report at the complex where they found the victim, suffering from a gunshot wound to the hip. The assault reportedly occurred outside the apartment building.

The victim was transported to Frye Regional Medical Center for treatment of a non-life-threatening injury. He was later released.

Police have obtained information regarding a suspect. Their investigation is ongoing.

Wednesday, 08 April 2015 10:21

Hickory Man Faces Felony Drug Charges

43-year-old Michael Dean Campbell of 10th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested early this morning (April 8) for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

He was arrested after Hickory Police conducted a traffic stop for failure to signal. When Police activated their blue lights, an occupant of the vehicle threw two plastic bags from the passenger window. Michael Campbell was the passenger and a white male from Hickory was the driver.

Officers recovered the baggies, which contained 0.3 grams of amphetamine and 0.2 grams of crack cocaine. Campbell was taken into custody without incident at about 17 minutes past midnight. The driver was not charged.

Campbell was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

23-year-old Michael Wesley Young, Jr. of Seitz Road in Morganton was arrested by Hudson Police yesterday (April 6) on charges of larceny and possession of stolen goods. He also faces misdemeanor larceny charges in Rutherford and Burke counties.

Following his arrest, Young was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $4,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was set for April 20 in Lenoir.

The Alexander County Sheriff Department’s K9, Mick, has received a ballistic vest thanks to a nonprofit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. and an anonymous donor who contributed $950.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity in East Taunton, Massachusetts. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1,317 law enforcement dogs in 49 states with protective vests since 2009 at a cost of over $1.2 million dollars.

For more information, call 508-824-6978 or visit www.vik9s.org.

The N.C. Department of Transportation will close a portion of Colt Thornburg Road in Gaston County beginning Monday, April 13, while crews replace the bridge with a culvert.

The bridge over Coley Creek was built in 1961 and is considered functionally obsolete and structurally deficient. The bridge is safe, but it was built to outdated design standards and isn't equipped to meet current and future traffic demands.

A signed detour will direct motorists to Cloninger Road, then to Ratchford Road and then from Philadelphia Church Road back to Colt Thornburg Road. The road is expected to reopen to traffic in August.

The project is the second of five bridge replacements covered by a $1.7 million contract. The contract includes the replacement of bridges with culverts in Alexander, Cleveland, Catawba, Gaston and Iredell counties.

All five bridges will be replaced by late 2016.

Bruce Wolf of Troutman won a $182,393 jackpot in the North Carolina Education Lottery’s Cash 5 drawing Sunday. He purchased his winning ticket at the Perth Mini Mart on Perth Road in Troutman.

Wolf, who retired after 30 years as information services director for a computer company, said he’d use some of his $126,307 in after-tax winnings to help others.

Tuesday, 07 April 2015 10:21

Hickory Hops Set for April 25

Hickory Hops will take place on April 25 this year. The 13th annual outdoor beer festival is organized by the Hickory Downtown Development Association and hosted by the Olde Hickory Brewery. The festival will be staged near Union Square in downtown Hickory.

Hickory Hops will begin at 1 p.m., rain or shine, and will feature live music presented by the Baby Black Orchestra and a special guest. Food will be available at many downtown restaurants during the festival. Brewers will have t-shirts, pint glasses, mugs and a variety of other merchandise for sale.

Most of the 54 participants are from North Carolina, including Olde Hickory, Highland, Natty Greene's and RJ Rockers. The festival will introduce six new N.C. breweries this year.

The Carolinas Championship of Beer will make its 10th appearance at the festival. About 350 beers, spanning 124 different styles, will be analyzed by a panel of judges and brewers. Gold, silver and bronze medals in each category will be presented to winning brewers at a private brewers' dinner held the evening before the festival.

Tickets are available on-line at www.hickoryhops.com and at the Olde Hickory Station or the Olde Hickory Tap Room, both in downtown Hickory, or at Amos Howards on Highway 70 West. Tickets may also be purchased at the gate on the day of the event.

27-year-old Vanessa Denise Bravo of George Henry Drive in Hickory was arrested early Sunday morning (April 5) on one felony count of possession of a schedule I controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and child abuse.

She was arrested after Hickory Police responded to the Wilco-Hess convenience store on Highway 127 South in Mountain View. A caller reported a vehicle that had pulled in and out of the parking lot multiple times throughout the day. When Police arrived, they were told that the vehicle’s female driver had been in the restroom for about 20 minutes. A nine-year-old boy was asleep in the vehicle’s passenger seat.

After several minutes, the suspect, Vanessa Bravo, came out of the restroom. A search of her person was conducted, leading to the discovery of 0.6 grams of heroin and syringes.

Bravo was taken into custody without incident. The child was placed in the custody of relatives. Bravo was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (April 6) in Newton.

53-year-old David Ralph Reames and 29-year-old Justen Roy Bradey, both of Taylorsville, have both been arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers in connection to an assault that left a Taylorsville man in critical condition. Both men were charged with assault inflicting serious bodily injury. Bradey was also charged with assault by strangulation.

Events leading to their arrests began at about 11:30 Friday night (April 3) when Sheriff’s Officers, with assistance from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, responded to a reported domestic dispute on Lori Lane. Officers found 24-year-old John Lewis Minor unresponsive.

Officers began CPR until EMS arrived and transported Minor to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. He remains in the intensive care unit where he is listed in critical condition. Persons arrested in connection with the case include

Reames and Bradey were taken into custody. Reames was held under a $60,000 secured bond, while bond for Bradey was set at $75,000, secured. Both men were scheduled to make first appearances in Alexander County District Court today (April 6).

The case remains under investigation.

27-year-old Andrew Marquese Izard of 15th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (April 4) on one felony count each of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, as well as misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license revoked.

He was arrested after Officers on patrol on the 200 block of 1st Avenue N.W. at the downtown Hickory parking deck saw Izard backing his vehicle into a parking space. The Officers knew Izard’s license had been suspended.

A search was conducted, leading to the discovery of 49.2 grams of marijuana behind the rear tire. Also found in the vehicle were 1.6 grams of crack cocaine, a digital scale and $852 in cash.

Izard was taken into custody without incident at about 12:25 a.m. Saturday and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (April 6) in Newton.