The snowstorm that swept through the area Wednesday night and Thursday morning continues to affect the area’s school systems.
On Friday, February 27, Burke County schools will operate on a three-hour delay. Caldwell County Schools will be closed Friday for students and staff. Caldwell’s WrapAround Program will also be closed. Catawba County Schools will be closed with an optional teacher workday. Hickory Public Schools will operate on a three-hour delay for students and staff. Newton-Conover City Schools will also be on a three-hour delay for students. Staff should report when they can safely do so.
Alexander County Schools were already scheduled to have a teacher workday. Staff should report at 10 a.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne University is on a two-hour delay Friday. CVCC will open at 11 a.m. Friday. Caldwell Community College's Hudson and Watauga campuses are on a regular schedule. Western Piedmont Community College is also on a regular schedule.
At about 1:45 yesterday afternoon (February 25), a Trooper with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper traveling northbound on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard near Interstate 40 attempted to make a left turn from L-R Boulevard onto the I-40 westbound access ramp. As he did so, the Trooper failed to yield the right-of-way and pulled into the path of a 1995 Honda Accord that was traveling south. There were no injuries as a result of the collision. No further details are available.
The six-year-old boy attacked by dogs on North Gaither Avenue in Newton Sunday (February 22) has been released from the Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte. According to Major Tim Hayes with Newton Police Department, the boy’s condition has improved. He is back at home with his family. The 10-year-old boy who was injured in the same incident was treated and released from Catawba Valley Medical Center Sunday night, as reported previously on WHKY.
At last report, the dogs were being held at the Catawba County Animal Shelter. Investigators confirmed that the dogs are up to date on their vaccinations.
The investigation is ongoing.
22-year-old Tevin Jerome Davis of Lansing Circle in Mooresville was arrested yesterday (February 25) by Hickory Police on warrants out of Iredell County for felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and discharging a firearm into occupied property. The warrants for his arrest were issued Monday (February 23). Davis was taken into custody at about 10:30 a.m. at the Frye Creek Apartments on 2nd Avenue N.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $14,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for March 6 in Mooresville.
38-year-old Kristi Dawn Bolick of 21st Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:15 yesterday morning (February 25) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was taken into custody without incident at the Probation & Parole offices on 26th Street S.E. in Hickory. Following her arrest, Bolick was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for March 2 in Newton.
As of yesterday afternoon (February 25), the eight-year-old male victim who was hit by a Catawba County school bus Monday (February 23) remained at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. According to a release from the Maiden Police Department, the boy has regained consciousness and his condition is improving.
The incident occurred just before 7 a.m. Monday on the 500 block of East Main Street in the town of Maiden. As the bus slowed with amber warning lights flashing, the child ran into Main Street’s eastbound lane where he was struck by an eastbound passenger vehicle. Witness statements and school bus mounted video confirmed that neither the red “stop” lights nor the “stop arm” had been activated prior to the collision.
The driver of the passenger vehicle was not injured.
Maiden Police are continuing to investigate the incident. Police have not released the names of those involved.
A Winter Weather Warning is in effect until 7 a.m. Thursday (February 26).
Catawba County Schools, Hickory Public Schools and Newton-Conover City Schools will all be closed Thursday for students and staff.
Alexander County Schools, Burke County Schools, Caldwell County Schools are also closed.
All day and evening classes at CVCC cancelled for Thursday, a decision on Friday will be made by 6 a.m. Friday
All day and evening classes at the Caldwell campus of CCC & TI are cancelled today, the Watauga campus is on a regular schedule
Western Piedmont Community College is closed Thursday
All day classes at Lenoir-Rhyne University are cancelled, the University will open at 11 a.m.
With heavy snow expected tonight and a state of emergency declared in North Carolina, AAA of the Carolinas reminds motorists to stay off the roadways, whenever possible.
For those who must travel, AAA Carolinas offers these tips...
- See and be seen: clean ALL snow and ice from entire vehicle.
- Always wear a seatbelt.
- Fill up on windshield washer fluid: salt brine and sand from treated roadways can build up on windshields. Use a windshield washer fluid with a low freezing point to help keep ice and snow from sticking to the glass.
- Keep a safe distance: allow more space between vehicles.
- Brake slowly: if a vehicle begins to skid, ease off the brake or gas and try to regain traction. Always look and steer in the desired direction of travel.
- Avoid passing plows unless necessary.
- Avoid driving in packs: allow an escape route while driving.
- Use major routes that have been cleared or salted, whenever possible.
- Don't use cruise control.
- Keep headlights on.
- Avoid distractions, such as cell phones or loud music. Focus on driving.
- If stuck in the snow, remain in the vehicle for shelter.
- Approach bridges and overpasses with caution. They freeze because they are exposed to air on all of their surfaces.
EMERGENCY TRAVEL KIT SUGGESTIONS
- Carry a kit equipped for winter weather. Kit should include:
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Cell phone and car charger
- First aid kit
- Non-perishable snacks for both human and pet passengers
- Bag of brine salt or cat litter
- Snow shovel
- Extra hats, gloves, scarves, socks
- Ice scraper with brush
- Jumper cables
- Warning devices (flares or triangles)
- Three tea light candles (six hours of light)
- Box of waterproof matches
- Hand warmers
- Emergency whistle
During winter weather conditions, AAA's emergency road service may be slower than usual or limited to circumstances where someone is in imminent danger. Drivers are advised to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.
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16-year-old Darren Kisean Izard of 17th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about eight o’clock last night (February 24) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance.
He was arrested as Officers on foot patrol at the Terrance Hills Apartment complex on 11th Avenue Drive S.E. smelled marijuana. A black male approached the Officers and was identified as Darren Izard. A search of Izard’s person turned up 9.6 grams of marijuana and $87 in cash.
Izard was arrested without incident and released into his mother’s custody under a $3,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
49-year-old Eyilade Alexander Sogbesan has been arrested in Mooresville on a felony warrant on a felony fugitive warrant from California for absconding as a sex offender.
Events leading to the arrest began when Sogbesan was stopped in Arizona for a traffic violation a few weeks ago. The suspect provided a false name to authorities there. During a search of the suspect’s car, a receipt was located. The receipt indicated the suspect had shipped a package from California to an address in Mooresville, on the edge of Rowan County. When questioned about the package, the suspect admitted he had shipped a quantity of marijuana. The package was intercepted and the marijuana was seized.
The suspect was released before authorities realized Sogbesan had given a false name. Through information forwarded to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, an investigation into the matter revealed the suspect’s true identity. After reviewing several databases, Investigators learned that Sogbesan was a fugitive out of California, wanted for absconding from probation as a sex offender. He was said to be armed and dangerous.
After conducting surveillance, Detectives identified a residence on Shinnville Road in Mooresville where the suspect was living. Officers with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Narcotics Investigation Unit, along with members of the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant yesterday morning (February 24) at the residence where the suspect was located and taken into custody. Drugs and paraphernalia were also found. In addition, Officers seized numerous documents including checks, credit cards, gift cards and several drivers’ licenses bearing the suspect’s photo and different names.
Sogbesan was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center where he was held under a $1 million secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today.
The investigation is ongoing. Additional charges are expected.