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33-year-old Jason Lynn Heavner of Valdese was convicted this week in Burke County Criminal Superior Court for felony second-degree burglary. He was also convicted as an habitual felon. Heavner was sentenced to no less than 74 months and no more than 101 months in the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction.

The crime occurred in August 2012 in Burke County and involved the burglary and theft of more than $800 worth of household items from a residence on Lowman Street.

Detective Don McLeod of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office handled the investigation and Assistant District Attorney Corey Sherrill prosecuted the case. The Honorable C. Thomas Edwards presided over the conviction.

Heavner will be transported to the Division of Adult Correction for processing.

37-year-old Travis Dale Carpenter of Race Track Street in Morganton was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (October 9) on charges of failure to appear, larceny and possession of stolen goods or property. Carpenter was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $3,000 secured. No court date is currently listed.

39-year-old Jonathan Wayne Loven of Silver Creek Road in Morganton was arrested yesterday (October 9) by Lenoir Police on felony charges of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle, as well as misdemeanor possession of stolen property. He also faces misdemeanor charges from Watauga County for larceny and second-degree trespass.

After his arrest, Loven was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $26,500, secured. He will appear in District Court Monday (October 13) in Lenoir and on November 18 in Boone.

28-year-old Daniel Lee Icenhour of Calvary Church Road in Lincolnton has been arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and aiding & abetting underage possession of alcohol.

The arrest was the result of an investigation into an assault that occurred on September 27 at an address on Westview Drive in Lincolnton. The victim suffered injuries to his head and internal injuries that required medical attention. The investigation also determined that there was a small party on the night of the assault in which underage drinking occurred.

Lincolnton Police Det. Robert “Trey” Hayes arrested Icenhour yesterday (October 9), with assistance from Lincolnton Police Officers Isaiah Matthews and Rick Hensley, along with Deputies from the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office.  

Following his arrest, Icenhour was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $30,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today (October 10).

Icenhour has previous convictions for felony breaking & entering a motor vehicle, larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of marijuana and several traffic-related offenses.

As part of Homecoming 2014, Lenoir-Rhyne University will host the annual Alumni Association Awards Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. today (Friday, October 10) at the Crowne Plaza in Hickory. Mike Hogewood, Class of ’76, will emcee the event. Award winners will also be recognized at Saturday’s homecoming football game.

Five Lenoir-Rhyne University alumni will be honored during the ceremony for their contributions to their professions, community and alma mater. The honorees include Perry Fewell ’85, Robert Mercatante ’88, Jearld Leonhardt ’69, Dr. Michael Ervin ’88 and Dr. Bradley Icard ’09.

Perry Fewell will receive the Clarence L. Pugh Distinguished Alumnus Award, the highest honor bestowed to an alumnus or alumna of the university. Fewell was a four-year letterman for the L.R. football team as is currently the defensive coordinator for the N.F.L.’s New York Giants.

Recipients of the Opal L. Moretz Alumni Service awards are recognized under three categories: Service to the Community, Service to the University and Service to the Alumni Association.

Rob Mercatante will receive the Service to the Community Award for his 25 years of service in Guatemala. Jearld Leonhardt will receive the Service to the University Award for his continued commitment to the betterment of Lenoir-Rhyne. He is currently in his seventh year as a Trustee of the University and is Chair of the Board of Trustees’ Finance & Investment Committee. The Service to the Alumni Association Award will be presented to Dr. Michael Ervin, a physician in Columbia, South Carolina, who began his service to the Alumni Board in 2004.  

The Rising Star Young Alumnus Award is being presented to Dr. Bradley Icard.

For more information about the awards ceremony, call 828-328-7108.

Friday, 10 October 2014 11:22

Beaver Library to Host Ten Local Authors

The Patrick Beaver Memorial Library will host a Local Author Fair on Saturday, October 18. The public is invited to drop in at any time between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to meet and speak with authors from the community, learn about their published works and purchase autographed copies of their books.

The Local Author Fair will feature ten authors. They are residents of Hickory or surrounding communities and their books represent a variety of genres. Books will be available that are suitable for all age groups.

The authors are Libby Bagby, Nancy Geiger, Loyd Hoke, Jr., Joyce Moyer Hostetter, Rebecca McRee, George Truett Moore, Matthew L. Smith, Kermit Turner, Kasey Whelton and Steve Yount.

There is no charge to attend. For more information, call 828-304-0500 ext. 7235. The Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 Street N.E. on the SALT Block.

21-year-old Desmun Charvon Wells of JT Posse Drive in Claremont was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police late last night (October 9) on one count each of assault on a government official, possession of drug paraphernalia, second-degree trespass and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

The indictment comes in connection to an incident on March 21 of this year when Officers saw Wells on Hickory Housing Authority property and knew that he had been banned from the property. As he was arrested on the trespassing charge, Wells allegedly resisted and kicked at the Officers. No significant injuries were reported. In the course of the arrest, a pipe was found on Wells’ person.

He was taken into custody yesterday and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where an appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for today in Newton. Bond was set at $10,000, secured.

Friday, 10 October 2014 11:06

Conover Man Faces Felony Drug Charges

34-year-old Jason Duane Colley of Charlotte Street in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:20 yesterday afternoon (October 9) on felony counts of possession of heroin and possession of a schedule II controlled substance, as well as misdemeanor counts of simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also served warrants for four counts of failure to appear and two probation violations.

He was arrested when Police were called to assist Catawba County E.M.S. and the Hickory Fire Department at the Shuford Mobile Home Park on 17th Street S.E. in Hickory. A white male was found there, unresponsive, slumped over the wheel of his vehicle. The man was identified as Jason Colley and the outstanding warrants for his arrest were located.

A search of the vehicle turned up a baggie containing 0.7 grams of methamphetamine, one gram of heroin and 6.5 alprazolam pills. Also found were syringes, spoons, glass pipes and a digital scale.

Colley was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $37,000 secured bond. He will appear in District Court Monday (October 13) in Newton.

Friday, 10 October 2014 07:06

No One Injured in Morganton Apartment Fire

Fire destroyed four units in an apartment complex at 121 Camellia Garden Street in Morganton Thursday. Firefighters responded at about 4 a.m. yesterday. Three of the four apartments were unoccupied. The resident of the fourth apartment was not injured.

The Burke County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of the fire, which started in one of the unoccupied units. Several area fire departments responded.

Friday, 10 October 2014 06:58

Oktoberfest Starts Today in Hickory

The 29th annual Oktoberfest begins at 5 p.m. today (Friday, October 10) and runs through the weekend in downtown Hickory. Live music begins at six o’clock this evening on four stages around Union Square. Edwin McCain is the headliner. He will perform on the main stage at 9:30 tomorrow night (Saturday, October 11).

The festival continues until 11 p.m. tonight. It runs from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. tomorrow and from noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Oktoberfest features a variety of food, a juried arts show, crafts of all kinds, a kids stage and amusement rides. There is no admission to any of the concerts.

WHKY is among the event’s sponsors and will be on hand throughout the weekend.

For more information, visit http://hickoryoctoberfest.com.