The Hickory Woman’s Club recently presented two Catawba Valley Community College students with scholarships through the CVCC Foundation, Inc.
Molly A. Peeler of Hickory is studying latent evidence in the college’s Criminal Justice Department. A 2011 graduate of St. Stephens High School, she is treasurer of the Computer Information Security Systems Club and Membership Vice President of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. She is also president of the Criminal Justice Club. Peeler plans to transfer to Champlain College to earn a bachelor’s degree and work for the F.B.I.
Courtney D. Horne of Hickory is completing prerequisite courses in anticipation of applying to CVCC’s radiography program. The single mother of two daughters, Horne decided to return to college to set an example for her children. She volunteers with her church and works part time.
The mission of the CVCC Foundation, Inc. is to foster and promote the growth, progress and welfare of CVCC. For more information on giving, contact Teresa Biggs, executive director of the CVCC Foundation, Inc. at 828-327-7000 ext. 4288 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
50-year-old Jeffery Neil Thomas of Taylorsville has been arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one count of second-degree rape. The incident allegedly occurred in the Stony Point area earlier last week. Thomas was given a $150,000 secured bond with a first appearance in District Court set for today (October 13) in Taylorsville.
20-year-old Stephen Joseph Johnson, Jr. of 25th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:30 last night (October 12) on one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.
He is charged in connection to an incident that occurred at about 5:10 p.m. on Friday (October 10) in which he allegedly shot a juvenile male victim with a pellet gun. Johnson allegedly shot the victim in the hand as the victim was passing by on a bicycle. The victim was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center for treatment of his injury.
Johnson was arrested without incident at his residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.
25-year-old Logan Nathaniel Brown of Campground Road of Dudley Shoals was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Office I.C.E. Agents Friday (October 10) for felony possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana.
The investigation leading to Brown’s arrest began in July when I.C.E. Agents received information that Brown was having large amounts of marijuana shipped to him via U.P.S. from California.
In September of this year, a package arrived through U.P.S. from California addressed to Brown’s mother, who lives next door. Agents utilized a K-9 to sniff the package. After the dog alerted, Agents applied for and received a search warrant to open the package. Inside was a sealed bucket containing approximately ten pounds of marijuana.
Agents conducted a controlled delivery of the marijuana to Brown. After delivery, Agents approached both Brown and his mother and recovered the marijuana, which they found in a closet in Brown’s mother’s residence. She will likely face charges at a later date.
The marijuana has a street value of $32,000, according to North Carolina State Guidelines. Agents also seized $2,791 in cash and a 1998 Chevrolet Blazer.
Brown was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (October 13) in Lenoir.
The 12th annual Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn begins today (October 13) at Rock Barn Golf & Spa. Gates open at 7 a.m.
A Greenside Chat entitled “Inside the Ropes” is scheduled for noon. PGA Champions Tour rules official Joe Terry and David Eger, a former PGA TOUR rules official and current Champions Tour player, will lead the discussion offering a glimpse into the life of a professional golfer. “Inside the Ropes” will be held in the Blue Ridge Ballroom in the clubhouse at Rock Barn Golf & Spa. For more information, call the tournament office at 828-459-4000.
At 2 p.m., it’s the Greater Hickory High School Classic presented by Frye Regional Medical Center on the Front side of the Jackson Course. Both boys and girls will play in the 2 p.m. tournament rather than in two separate tournaments as previously planned.
There is no admission fee today.
Listen to WHKY for updates throughout the week.
The N.C. Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert yesterday (October 12) for a missing endangered man, 38-year-old Rodney Earl Macon. Mr. Macon is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.
Mr. Macon is a black male. He is 5' 8” tall and weighs 130 pounds. He has short black hair and brown eyes. Mr. Macon has a tattoo of a dog on his right arm. He was last seen wearing a navy blue, long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans and blue tennis shoes.
Mr. Macon was last seen at 1037 3rd Street S.E. in Hickory and was traveling south from the residence, on foot. He may have been walking to Oktoberfest in downtown Hickory.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Rodney Earl Macon should call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551.
20-year-old Jose David Rodriguez-Basquez of West “F” Street in Newton has been arrested by Newton Police on four counts of first-degree sex offense with a child and two counts of indecent liberties with child. He was jailed last Thursday (October 9) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $200,000 secured bond with an appearance in Superior Court set for December 1 in Newton.
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.