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31-year-old Quantez Antonio Gaither of McKay Road in Newton and 32-year-old Gracie Nicole Simon of 5th Avenue N.E. in Hickory were both arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:30 last night (March 25). Gaither was charged with one felony count each of trafficking heroin or opium, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Simon faces one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana.

They were arrested when Officers on foot patrol at the Red Roof Inn on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory detected the odor of marijuana coming from a room. During a subsequent search of the room, packages containing 57.3 grams of marijuana and 3.1 grams of marijuana were found. Also found on Gaither's person were 59 Hydrocodone tablets and $335 in U.S. currency.

Gaither was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $60,000 secured bond. Simon was released on a $100 secured bond. Gaither will appear in District Court tomorrow, while Simon is due in court on April 23, both in Hickory.

Thursday, 26 March 2015 11:01

More Details in Hickory Assault Arrest

More details have been released in the arrest of 28-year-old Lance Jerome Pugh of 12th Avenue S.E. in Hickory. He was arrested shortly after eight o’clock yesterday morning (March 25) on one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon, first reported yesterday on WHKY.

He was arrested after Hickory Police responded to reports of a stabbing victim at Catawba Valley Medical Center. The suspect, Lance Pugh, was the victim’s boyfriend. The victim suffered a stab wound to her arm. Officers found Pugh at his residence and took him into custody.

Pugh remains in jail at the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court tomorrow in Newton.

More details have been released in the arrest of 42-year-old Michael Lee Swaim of Millers Creek in Wilkes County. He was He was arrested by Hickory Police early Tuesday morning (March 24) on charges of larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, two counts of driving while license revoked, two counts of expired registration card or tag and resisting a public officer. Also arrested was 40-year-old Tammy Lynn Wagoner of Brook Hollow Road in Boone. She was charged with one misdemeanor and one felony probation violation.

They were arrested when Officers performing a property check at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory saw a vehicle in the parking lot that had been stolen in Boone. They confirmed the theft with the reporting agency and found that there were outstanding warrants for the subject who had been driving the vehicle. That person was Michael Swaim.

They confirmed the room Swaim was staying in and took him and Wagoner into custody without incicent. The warrants for Swaim’s arrest originated in Watauga, Forsyth, Caldwell and Catawba counties, while the warrants for Wagoner were issued in Wilkes County.

Swaim remains in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. He has court dates on April 14, 15 & 28; May 15 and August 25. Wagoner was jailed under a $75,000 secured bond. She has since been released. A court date for Wagoner was set for April 6 in Wilkesboro.

34-year-old Jeremiah Lane Hightower of Gant Street, 26-year-old Corey Alan Hamby of Watermill Road and 26-year-old Wesley Clayton Rhom, Jr. of Bollinger Loop, all from Morganton, have all been arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers in connection to a series of robberies at the Country Crossroads convenience store on U.S. Highway 64 in Morganton. Warrants have also been served for 36-year-old James Ralph Boyd of Ridge Court in Morganton, but he has not yet been arrested. All four suspects were charged with felony counts of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen property, as well as one count of injury to real property.

Events leading to their arrests began on November 22, 2014 when Country Crossroads was broken into and several cartons of cigarettes were stolen. Video footage obtained from that break-in showed the suspects gaining entry by throwing a large rock through the front glass door. The case was assigned to the Burke County Criminal Investigations Division.

The convenience store was robbed a second time on November 24 and again on December 4. Video footage showed similarities, leading Investigators to believe all three incidents were related and possibly committed by the same suspects. Throughout the course of the investigations, probable cause was established and arrest warrants were issued for all four suspects, who are each awaiting indictments.

Bond amounts vary for each suspect. Hightower has a District Court date set for April 14. The only court dates currently listed for Hamby are for vehicular offenses and Rhom is currently scheduled to appear on a misdemeanor shoplifting violation.

During the 35th Annual Main Street Conference in Morganton, Betty Mahoney was named as Hickory’s Main Street Champion. She was recognized by Secretary of Commerce John E. Skvarla and Assistant Secretary Dr. Patricia Mitchell.

Betty Mahoney served two three-year terms on the Hickory Downtown Development Association Board of Directors. She is an active member of the Promotions Committee, guiding events like the Downtown Hickory Art Crawls. She attends meetings and planning sessions and develops marketing strategies for downtown Hickory. Ms. Mahoney also attends the annual N.C. Main Street conferences.

Ms. Mahoney is the owner of Bisque n’ Beads. She began as an employee in 2002 and became sole proprietor by 2007. She reaches out into the community to promote her specialty business by doing projects in day care centers and schools, with a goal of bringing families downtown. Her business has hosted in-store events and kept its doors open after 5 p.m.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 11:08

Road Closing Scheduled in Mooresville

The N.C. Department of Transportation will temporarily close a portion of N.C. Highway 3 in Mooresville beginning Monday, March 30, for road repairs.

The road will be closed between North Main Street and South Church Street while crews make pavement repairs. The road is expected to reopen by Tuesday, March 31, at 5:30 p.m., weather permitting.

A detour will direct motorists to take N.C. 3 to East Statesville Avenue; then take N.C. 115 to N.C. 150 and back to N.C. 3.

For real-time travel information at any time, call 5-1-1, visit the Traveler Services section of the NCDOT website or follow NCDOT on Twitter. NCDOT Mobile is also available for mobile devices. Visit m.ncdot.gov from a mobile browser.

Organizers of the recently re-formed Viewmont Business Association (VBA) are seeking additional members. The VBA’s goal is to make Viewmont a destination place for shoppers and others living in the greater Hickory area. All of the 200 plus businesses in Viewmont are eligible to join.

The group’s mission statement consists of two directives:

1)  To promote businesses in the Viewmont community through common marketing and by maintaining a physically attractive and safe shopping environment.

2)  To encourage business-to-business networking in the pursuit directive number one.

Absent since the mid-1990s, the group met in January to adopt bylaws and elect a board of directors.

The next General Membership VBA Business Meeting will be on Tuesday, May 26 at the Corinth Reformed Church in the Mitchell House. A social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

The group currently consists of 24 founding company members: Bistro 127, Hen & Chicken Papers, Adrienne’s, Morphis Law, Koin Kar Wash, Hickory Moose Lodge, Fourk, Outdoor Supply, Razzberries, Viewmont Pharmacy, Rock N Road Bicycles, Hops & Grapes, Muscle Docs, Wine & Design, Bumblebee Interiors, Café Gouda, Select Tech, Pampered, Wild Birds Unlimited, Corinth Reformed Church, Rink & Robinson, McDonalds, Head Over Heels and Health Hut.

The VBA Board of Directors consists of VBA President, Bobby Bush (Hops & Grapes); VBA Vice-President, Henry Morphis (Morphis Law); Secretary, Carolyn Sinclair (Adrienne’s); Treasurer, Donna Price (Bumblebees); Marketing, Erica Hester Boustead (Fourk); Logistics, Matt Miller (Bistro 127/Bootleggers); and Events co-directors Janelle Gibbs (Razzberries) and Nichole Dailey (First Citizens Bank).

For more information, visit www.hickorync.gov/viewmont or contact Henry Morphis at admin@morphislaw.com.

N.C. Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz will be back in Morganton tomorrow (March 25) to discuss the Historic Tax Credit program.

When the Historic Tax Credit program was initiated, it had a sunset date of December 31, 2014. The North Carolina General Assembly chose to let the program expire, but both Secretary Kluttz and Gov. Pat McCrory are supporters of the program and would like to see it renewed.

Tomorrow, Secretary Kluttz will visit Morganton City Hall, Alpine Mill (the old Drexel Plant #7) and Broughton Hospital’s Avery Building. Morganton Mayor Mel Cohen and other local leaders will be on hand for the Secretary’s visit.

Panera Bread will open a new bakery and cafe in Hickory. The new location is at 2260 U.S. Highway 70 S.E., near the Hickory Furniture Mart. The new Panera Bread will feature a drive-thru window.

A ribbon cutting is planned for 10 a.m. on Monday, March 30. The public is invited.

33-year-old Joshua Landon Walker of Sides Avenue in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police early yesterday morning on two felony counts of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested after an Officer on foot patrol at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory saw a vehicle with a meth pipe inside. As the Officer examined the vehicle, an occupant of a hotel room remotely locked the vehicle doors.

The Officers approached the subject and identified him as Joshua Walker. Walker had an outstanding warrant issued by Long View Police for possession of methamphetamine.

A subsequent search of Walker’s person and his vehicle turned up 1 ml. of meth and a meth pipe. He was taken into custody without incident at about 1:30 a.m.

Walker was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday with his next court date coming up on April 9.