Thursday, 12 January 2017 11:16

Hotel Job Fair Set for Monday in Statesville

A job fair will be held Monday (January 16) at Comfort Inn & Suites in Statesville. The event will take place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday in the hotel’s third floor banquet room. The job fair is hosted by Comfort Inn & Suites and the Hilton Garden Inn in Statesville.

Open positions include guest service agents, night auditor, executive housekeeper, housekeepers, house person, servers, bartenders, line cooks, shuttle drivers and maintenance.

Comfort Inn & Suites is located at 1214 Greenland Drive in Statesville. Those attending should bring multiple copies of their résumés.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 17:59

Broken Water Line Causes Sinkhole in Morganton

The City of Morganton Water Services Department reports that workers discovered an eight-inch fire service water line that ruptured and was leaking large amounts of water earlier today (Wednesday, January 11). Workers responded after a local resident called in and reported a sinkhole on the Skelly, Inc., property on East Meeting Street. Crews were working to shut off the line as of Wednesday afternoon.

The city expressed its appreciation to all residents and businesses who took steps to conserve water following an earlier request from the city.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 17:50

Publix to Open in Hickory on February 8

The new Publix supermarket in Hickory will hold its grand opening on Wednesday, February 8, beginning at 7 a.m. Publix is located at Lake Hickory Crossings, 36 29th Avenue N.E.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 14:43

Homicide Under Investigation in Iredell County

The Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide at 577 Shiloh Road in Statesville.

Yesterday (January 10), Iredell County Deputies were dispatched to what was originally reported as a 9-1-1 hang up at that address.  When Deputies arrived, a man later identified as 80-year-old Hugh Lee Moose was seen through a window with obvious injuries.  Deputies entered the home where they found Mr. Moose, deceased.
Based on his injuries and other evidence immediately visible, Mr. Moose’s death is believed to be a homicide.  Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators are pursuing leads and exploring possible motives as they attempt to identify possible suspects and potential witnesses.  The investigation is ongoing.

Detectives are attempting to identify a man seen between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on foot in the area.  He is described as a white male, about 5’10 tall, between 25 and 35 years of age.  He was wearing light brown Carhartt-style overalls with a dark colored backpack.  The man was last seen on a side road off of Shiloh Road.

Anyone with information regarding the case should call the Sheriff’s Homicide Hotline at 704-928-9804.  Callers may remain anonymous.

36-year-old Thaddus Lamar Davis of Forest Ridge Drive in Hickory, 33-year-old Michael Alvin Punch of Lazenby Street in Newton and 41-year-old Silver Elise Jones, with no listed address, were all arrested yesterday (January 10) by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force (made up of Sheriff’s Officers and Offices with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security).

Davis and Punch were each charged with one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance. Davis was also charged with felony possession of possession of a firearm by a felon. Jones was arrested on outstanding warrants for one count of failure to appear on a misdemeanor first-degree trespassing charge and two counts of failure to appear for misdemeanor shoplifting or concealment of goods.

Events leading to the arrests began as Investigators responding to an anonymous tip went to a residence where they saw a suspicious vehicle in the area. They identified a female passenger as Silver Jones, who was mentioned in the anonymous tip. Investigators knew that Jones had outstanding warrants for her arrest.

A traffic stop was conducted, during which methamphetamine was found. Investigators learned that the driver, Thaddus Davis, lived at the residence mentioned in the anonymous tip.

Investigators conducted a consent search of the residence, leading to the discovery of more meth and a 9mm handgun. The meth seized had a total weight of 40 grams.

All three suspects were taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Davis set at $30,000, secured. Punch was given a $15,000 secured bond, while Jones was held under a $2,000 secured bond. Davis and Punch were both due in court today. Jones has a District Court coming up on February 6.

The investigation is ongoing. Additional arrests may be forthcoming.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 10:47

Hickory Man Arrested on Felony Fugitive Warrant

30-year-old Evan McClain Mavant Burks of Main Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 8:10 last night (January 10) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce on a warrant issued in April of 2015.

Burks was wanted by the Sheriff’s Office in Clayton County, Georgia where he was on probation for an aggravated battery conviction in June of 2013. According to Police reports, Burks failed to report for an administrative hearing and was wanted for failure to pay, as ordered. The fugitive warrant was issued in March of 2015.

He was taken into custody without incident at his residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $170,000 secured bond on the fugitive warrant, plus a $200 bond on the marijuana charge. Burks was scheduled to make a first appearance in court yesterday with additional District Court appearances scheduled for February 9 & 13 in Newton.

45-year-old Thaddeus Lee McKinney of 1st Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 5:30 p.m. yesterday (January 10) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and habitual larceny.

He was arrested after he was observed allegedly concealing hats under his clothing at the Belk store in Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall. McKinney was stopped past the last point of sale and escorted to the store’s Loss Prevention Office. Three Under Armour hats and three Nike hats were recovered. The hats were valued at about $150.

McKinney had previously been banned from the store in February of last year.

McKinney was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 11:07

Most Schools Delayed on Wednesday

Most area schools are operating on a delayed schedule tomorrow, Wednesday, January 11.

Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba county schools are all operating on a two-hour delay. Hickory Public Schools are on a three-hour delay Wednesday.

Newton-Conover City Schools are operating on a regular schedule.

33-year-old Maria Leslie Randall has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one count of felony identity theft.

On November 21 of last year, the Sheriff’s Office took a report in which a male victim was notified by LifeLock that someone had attempted to open a credit card in his name on November 3. The suspect, Maria Randall, had access to the victim’s personal identifying information through her employer. Throughout the investigation, evidence was discovered confirming that Randall was responsible for the identity theft.

Randall was arrested on January 5 and given a $1,500 secured bond. Her next appearance in Iredell Co. District Court was set for May 19.

27-year-old Rusty Dwayne Johnson of Deerwood Trail in Vale was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:30 last night on one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. He was also arrested on outstanding warrants for felony larceny of a motor vehicle and two misdemeanor counts of larceny, plus single misdemeanor counts of second-degree trespassing and failure to appear, as well as another count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

He was arrested after Police responded to a civil disturbance at the Salvation Army in Hickory. Officers identified Johnson, who initially gave them an alias. Johnson then attempted to flee on foot, but was apprehended on 8th Street Drive S.E. after a brief foot chase.

Police learned Johnson’s true identity as he was processed and found the outstanding warrants for his arrest at that time.

Following his arrest, Johnson was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $28,400 secured bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for January 13 & 27 and February 2 & 15.

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