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Excavation continues at the construction site for the new I-85 weigh station in Gaston County. Crews will temporarily shut down a portion of the interstate Sunday (October 26) to perform a brief blasting operation.

The blast will be very similar to the four previous blasts that occurred in late August, early September and last weekend at the site near Bessemer City. The blast will go off at 10 a.m. and should last only a few seconds. Citizens in the area during the blast will likely hear a brief, low rumble, similar to thunder.

A portion of I-85 will be closed down briefly before, during and after the blast to ensure debris from the blast doesn't cause any damage. Crews will begin closing down I-85 near the construction site about 30 minutes before the blast.

The project is scheduled for completion in November 2016.

21-year-old Bradley O’Neil Caldwell, Jr. of 26th Avenue in Hickory was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday for misdemeanor larceny, shoplifting with concealment of goods and possession of stolen goods or property. He was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $2,500, secured. A District Court date in Lenoir was scheduled for November 20.

Caldwell also faces multiple drug charges in Burke County with an October 27 Superior Court date coming up in Morganton and he has been charged with breaking & entering, larceny and financial card fraud in Catawba County. Court dates in Newton were set for October 27 and November 19.

31-year-old Michael Shannon Lankford of Dellwood Road in Waynesville was arrested by Probation & Parole Officers in Caldwell County for two felony probation violations. Lankford is on probation as he serves a 30-month suspended sentence following a July 2013 felony larceny conviction in Buncombe County. Following his arrest yesterday, Lankford was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond. He is scheduled to appear in Superior Court on November 3 in Lenoir.

37-year-old Derrick Aaron Owens of Hiddenite was arrested by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers on two counts of felony breaking & entering into a residence and two counts of felony larceny after breaking & entering. He was placed under a $3,000 secured bond. Owens’ first District Court appearance was October 20 in Taylorsville. He will be back in court on November 3.

Thursday, 23 October 2014 13:45

Three Charged with Felony B&E and Larceny

17-year-old Jacob Dillon Thomas of Barnes Lane in Stony Point, 17-year-old William Harold Sherrick of Jay Stafford Lane in Taylorsville and 19-year-old Malcolm Malik Stewart of 7th Street S.W. in Taylorsville have all been arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers on three felony counts each of breaking & entering and larceny.

On Tuesday (October 21), an alert citizen saw a black Ford F-150 leaving an unoccupied residence. The citizen called 9-1-1 and gave a description of the vehicle and a license tag number. The caller saw the truck turn onto Jay Stafford Lane and reported that the vehicle contained several items that could have been stolen from the residence.

A Detective who was nearby located the truck and saw metal items in the bed of the truck, including metal roofing. Officers confirmed that metal roofing at the unoccupied residence was the same style and color as the materials in the suspect vehicle.

Jacob Thomas was the owner of the truck. A fourth teen in the vehicle was not charged. Investigators determined that she was picked up from Alexander Central and was not involved in the crime.

All three suspects were arrested and placed in the Alexander County Detention Center with bond for each set at $30,000, secured. All three teens remain in jail awaiting a first appearance in District Court on Monday (October 27).

The felony charges filed against the suspects can carry a maximum sentence of ten years each.

Two teams of Catawba County employees were presented with the County’s 2014 Team Awards during the county’s annual Awards Night on October 21. One team led an effort to encourage tobacco-free government campuses across the county and the second team brought specialized training to adults working with youth on the warning signs of a youth in crisis or in need of mental health services.

A panel of judges in the government field, all independent of Catawba County, selected the two teams as winners for 2014.

The Tobacco Free Policy Team was led by Amy A. McCauley, Community Outreach Manager, Public Health. Team members include: Dewey Harris, Assistant County Manager; Doug Urland, Health Director, Public Health; Carleen Crawford, Tobacco Free Living Coordinator, Community Transformation Grant Region 4 & Cabarrus Health Alliance; Donald Duncan, Manager, City of Conover; Doug Barrick, Manager, City of Claremont; Todd Clark, Manager, City of Newton; Joel Mashburn, Manager, Town of Catawba; Marshall Eckard, Manager, Town of Brookford; and Mack McLeod, Director, City of Hickory Parks & Recreation.

Family NET Clinical Director Janine M. Szymanski led the Youth Mental Health First Aid team. Team members include: Debra Katz, Clinical Supervisor, Family NET; and Mary Morrison, Business Manager, Family NET.

Thursday, 23 October 2014 11:12

ECCCM to Hold 2nd Annual Fall Gala

The Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry will hold its 2nd annual Fall Gala at the Catawba Country Club on November 15 from 6 p.m. until.

The evening will begin with a social hour, a silent auction and a dinner. GMZ jazz will provide a variety of music for the evening and a demonstration and group lesson from the All American Dance Company will open the dance floor.

Tickets are $75 per person or $150 per couple. Proceeds will benefit the ECCCM’s crisis services offered to the community.

Tickets can be purchased from any ECCCM Board member, online at www.ecccm.org/fall-gala or by calling the ECCCM office at 828-465-1702. For more information, contact Guynell Sears at executiveassistant@ecccm.org.

23-year-old Joshua Stephen Moriarity of 20th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10 a.m. yesterday (October 22) on one felony count of failure to register as a sex offender and one misdemeanor count of second-degree trespass.

The failure to register warrant was issued on July 15. Police found Moriarity at the Silver Springs Terrace apartment complex on North Center Street, where he had previously been banned.

Moriarity is on the Sex Offender Registry in New York for     second-degree sexual abuse - sexual contact with a person less than 14 years old. He was convicted in March 2013.

After his arrest yesterday, Moriarity was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,500 secured bond. He will appear in District Court on October 27 in Newton.

Governor Pat McCrory will make three appearances in western North Carolina today.

The Governor will be at the Burke County Community & Business Leaders Meet & Greet at one o’clock this afternoon. The event will take place at Abele's Restaurant on South Sterling Street in Morganton.

At 3 p.m., Gov. McCrory will appear at the dedication of the Universal Advanced Manufacturing Center at McDowell Technical Community College on College Drive in Marion.

At seven o’clock this evening, he’ll attend the N.C. Metro Mayors Coalition at The Bull & Beggar on Paynes Way in Asheville.

None of those events are open to the general public.

The City of Hickory’s Parks & Recreation Department will host the 3rd Annual Bark Bash at Stanford Park’s picnic shelter on Saturday, November 1, from 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. The family-friendly event will benefit the Humane Society of Catawba County.

The Bark Bash features contests and presentations by Hickory’s K9 Officers and the Catawba Valley Obedience Club. Contest registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with the events set to begin at 10 a.m.

The Humane Society of Catawba County (HSCC) invites all participants to join in the “Mutt Mosey,” a dog walk to benefit the homeless pets at the Humane Society. The $20 registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. All dogs participating in the “Mutt Mosey” will receive a treat bag.

For more information, contact Recreation Programmer Sherry Morgan at 828-328-3997 or email smorgan@hickorync.gov. For more on the “Mutt Mosey” dog walk, contact Beth Hatley at the 828-464-8878 ext. 205 or email beth@catawbahumane.org.