Registration is now open for the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. The Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter invites residents of Catawba County and the surrounding area to participate.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Hickory will take place on Saturday, October 26 at L.P. Frans Stadium, 2500 Clement Boulevard N.W. Check-in will begin at 9 a.m. with the Walk set to start at 10:30 a.m. This year’s goal for the Hickory Walk is $75,000.

Participants will complete a two-mile walk and will learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment, and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association. A tribute ceremony is planned to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

The Alzheimer’s Association - Western Carolina Chapter hosts 13 walks across central and western North Carolina. To sign up as a walker or Team Captain or to learn more about becoming a sponsor or volunteer, visit or call 800-272-3900.

42-year-old Christopher Thomas Carpenter of Kayla's Ridge Road in Connelly Springs has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff's Officers for assault on a female, communicating threats, and assault with a deadly weapon. Carpenter was jailed Friday (April 26) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,500 bond. He'll appear in District Court on May 6 in Newton.

The Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public's help in identifying the suspects who broke into several vehicles in the area of Pin Oak Lane, Esquire Lane, and Ponderosa Circle near Mooresville.

On Wednesday, April 24, Deputies responded to the area where several unlocked vehicles had been broken into between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. Several of the residences had video cameras that captured at least four unidentified subjects going into unlocked cars in driveways. One camera captured what is believed to be the suspect vehicle, a white sedan.

Anyone with information regarding the break-ins should call Iredell/Statesville Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340 or contact Detective Patrick Irwin at 704-878-3180.

21-year-old Damion Michael Horton of South College Avenue in Newton has been arrested by Probation & Parole Officers in Catawba County for failure to appear on breaking & entering and larceny charges. Horton was jailed yesterday (April 28) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $50,000. He will appear in Superior Court on June 27 in Newton.

Two Brothers Utilities will begin work at the intersection of West Catawba and North King Streets in Morganton this week starting today (April 29) to make water and sewer line improvements. As a result, some city streets will be closed at different times. Citizens who live in the area where the work is being performed will be allowed access to their homes.

Traffic patterns on North Green Street, Catawba Street, Collett Street, College Street, Bouchelle Street, Fleming Place, and North King Street will be affected in the upcoming weeks as crews complete the work. When the project begins to affect North Green Street, a North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) detour will be installed to redirect street and sidewalk traffic in the area.

The city will post updates on the timing of the street closures as the project progresses at and on the city's Facebook page.

21-year-old Tydre Obrian Dumornay of 29th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory has been arrested on two counts each of failure to appear on charges of felony possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia, plus one count of failure to appear on an injury to personal property charge. Dumornay was confined yesterday (April 28) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facilty with bond set at $62,500. He'll appear in District Court on May 20 and in Superior Court on June 3, both in Newton.

The Burke County Board of Commissioners and county staff invite the public to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening for the new White Creek Covered Bridge on the Fonta Flora State Trail. The event will take place, rain or shine, at 10 a.m. on May 24. Parking is available at the Lake James Linville Access Area on Highway 126. Call 828-764-9354 to RSVP.

26-year-old James Edward Staley of Morganton has been arrested by Officers with the Morganton Dept. of Public Safety on one felony count of breaking & entering a motor vehicle.

At about 8:45 Tuesday night (April 23), Officers were dispatched to a vehicle break-in in progress at a landscaping supply store on Carbon City Road. Officers were told that a male subject was inside a vehicle at the business.

The suspect fled the area when confronted by the owner. He was described as a male with a dark colored hoodie and a dark backpack. The suspect reportedly went behind several businesses at the Mimosa Shopping Center.

Upon arrival, Officers located a subject matching the description walking behind a gym in the area. The man, James Staley, was confirmed to be the suspect from the vehicle break-in.

Staley was arrested and placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility. He was given a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled Wednesday (April 24) in Morganton with his next court date coming up on May 17.

40-year-old Brandie Renee Walker, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police this morning (April 26) on felony counts of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering, and larceny of a motor vehicle. Walker was incarcerated in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $30,000 bond. She'll make a first appearance in District Court Monday (April 29) in Newton.

32-year-old Shannon Michelle Cook of River Road in Hickory was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff's Officers this morning (April 26) for injury to real property, injury to personal property, breaking & entering, and assault with a deadly weapon. Cook was confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $1,500, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for May 6.

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