9Round Fitness will celebrate the opening of their new location with a ribbon cutting and open house this Friday (May 19).  The ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m.  The facility is located at 2923 North Center Street, Suite B, in Hickory.

Catawba Chamber members and the general public are invited to attend.  There is no charge to attend the ribbon cutting and open house.

9Round offers a kickboxing-themed fitness program.  The program consists of a proprietary system of nine challenging workout stations developed by a world champion kickboxer.

For more information, contact Kevin Bailey at 828-855-0955 or kevin.bailey@9round.com.

37-year-old Thomas Allen Gipson of 16th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:50 last night (May 16) on one felony count of assault inflicting serious injury including strangulation.  He was also charged with three counts of misdemeanor larceny and one count of failure to appear on a larceny charge.

The assault charge comes in connection to an incident on April 12 of this year.  The victim was strangled and was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center for treatment.  At least some of the larceny charges originated in Gaston County.

Following his arrest yesterday, Gipson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $30,000, secured.  He’ll appear in District Court today on the assault charge.  Additional court dates were set for June 5 & 6, plus a July 21 appearance in Gaston County.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 11:26

Hickory Man Jailed on Felony Drug Charges

27-year-old Antonio Carnell White of 11th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after midnight yesterday (May 16) on one felony count each of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and possession of cocaine, plus misdemeanor counts of driving while license revoked and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.  Probation & Parole Officers also charged White with a felony probation violation.

He was arrested following a vehicle stop at the intersection of 1st Avenue S.W. and 4th Street S.W.  Officers found one gram of crack cocaine, 4.9 grams of cocaine and 13.6 grams of marijuana.  White attempted to flee on foot, but was taken into custody without further incident.

White is on probation as her serves a suspended sentence following a March 2015 conviction in Catawba County on felony drug charges involving schedule II and VI controlled substances.

He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $70,000 secured bond.  White was scheduled to make an appearance in District Court yesterday in Newton.  He’ll appear in court on the probation violation on May 22 with another court date on the other charges coming up on June 1.

Statesville Police are investigating a break-in and larceny at Michaels Gold Mine on North Center Street in Statesville. At about 1:50 Saturday morning (May 13), Officers responded to an alarm at the store. They found the front glass broken out and tire tracks in front of the window.

Video showed that the suspect drove a dark-colored passenger car, possibly a 2005-2008 Buick Lecerne, into the front glass. The suspect got out, ran in and grabbed jewelry from the display cases. The suspect was inside the store for less than a minute. He got back in the car and fled. Approximately $20,000 in merchandise was taken.

The suspect appeared to be a white male wearing a black & red jacket and a light-colored hat.

Anyone with information about the case should contact Statesville Police at 704-878-3406 or Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340. Callers can remain anonymous.

28-year-old Kelly Michelle Anderson of Link Drive in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning (May 14) on one felony count each of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

She was arrested after Hickory Police stopped a 2004 Volkswagon Jetta at an auto dealership on Catawba Valley Boulevard S.E.  Anderson was a passenger in the vehicle.  Officers reportedly found nine grams of meth and ten 2-mg Xanax pills.

Anderson was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was set for today (May 15) in Newton.

32-year-old Travis Lee McMurtrie of Mission Road in Hudson was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after seven o’clock last night on one felony count of failure to appear.

McMurtrie was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. He has since been released. No court date is currently listed.

23-year-old Dustin Lee Fortenberry of Forest City, N.C. was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 11 o’clock last night (May 14) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hickory Officers approached a suspicious 1996 Honda Accord last night in the parking lot at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W.  Fortenberry was a passenger in the front seat.  On his person and in the passenger area, Police found 1.7 grams of meth, 2.8 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  Two other people in the vehicle were not arrested.

Fortenberry was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

Just after three o’clock Thursday afternoon (May 11), Statesville Police responded to a reported shooting just off of westbound Interstate 40, near the I-77 interchange.  Statesville Police arrived to find Troopers with the N.C. State Highway Patrol and personnel with Iredell County E.M.S. on scene.  A 61-year-old man from Greensboro had already been declared deceased.

Investigators processed the scene, which was in a wooded area at the interchange.  Investigators also interviewed the decedent’s brother and a close friend of the decedent.  The decedent had been riding with his brother and the friend was following them.  They were all traveling from the Greensboro area.

Preliminary findings from the scene and from the interviews indicate that the victim died of a possible self-inflicted gunshot wound.  An autopsy was scheduled for today (May 15).

The decedent was recently the victim of a reported kidnapping, assault and robbery that allegedly took place last Monday morning (May 8) in Catawba County.  That case is currently under investigation by the Maiden Police Department, with assistance from the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office, the Statesville Police Department, the Hickory Police Department and the Greensboro Police Department.

The 50th Annual Newton-Conover Band Variety Show will be held tomorrow at the Newton-Conover Auditorium on the corner of West 6th Street and Ashe Avenue.  Two shows are planned; one at 2 p.m. and another at 7 p.m.

Performances will include song and dance numbers, a Dixieland band, vocal and instrumental solos, a colorguard solo, a percussion ensemble, the Newton-Conover Middle School Jazz Band and the Newton-Conover High School Jazz Band.

Admission is $10.  Tickets are available through eventbrite.com.  Doors will open a half our before each show.  Concessions will be available during intermission.

With Mayor Rudy Wright’s unexpected passing, City Council must appoint a mayor who will serve for the remainder of his unexpired term.  A new mayor will then be elected when the regularly scheduled mayoral election is held on November 7, 2017.

Currently, Mayor Pro-Tem Vernon Tarlton has assumed all roles and responsibilities of the Office of Mayor.  Section 2-58 of Hickory’s Code of Ordinances explains the transfer of power to the mayor pro-tem on a temporary basis in the absence of the elected mayor.  

North Carolina law details the protocol for the permanent vacancy of a municipal elected official, which requires City Council to make an appointment to fill the vacated seat.  The appointment is at City Council’s discretion and can be a current council member or can be anyone who meets the eligibility requirements to serve as Hickory’s mayor.  If a city council member is appointed to serve as mayor, the vacated council seat would also have to be appointed by City Council.  

City Council’s decision regarding the mayoral appointment will take place in open session.  A date for the decision has not yet been confirmed.

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