21-year-old Jahshalyn Sydnee Sanders of Carl Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (February 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance. Sanders was released on $5,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (February 14).
The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held it's annual Shareholders & Investors Luncheon Wednesday (February 13) at the Hickory Metro Convention Center. 520 people attended the event.
Kimberly George of Alex Lee Industries was the winner of the Chamber's Duke Energy Citizenship & Service Award. In addition, four stories were presented featuring various members of the community.
Principal Brian Hefner, Zindy Wilfong, Jon Carter, and Morgan King did a presentation regarding opportunities at Maiden Middle School. Dustin Roache spoke of his experiences with Hickory Mechanical and as a graduate of CVCC Construction Careers Academy. A presentation was also made by Jake Toney, a former apprentice at Sarstedt Incorporated and a student at Western Carolina University.
In addition, WHKY First Talk Host Hal Row did a question and answer session with Patrick and Aimee Broos in a "Making Living Better" segment similar to that program that airs on WHKY Radio.
Three people were sent to the hospital as a result of a motor vehicle crash in Lenoir. On Wednesday (February 13) at 9:03 a.m. the Lenoir Police Department responded to the intersection of Hibriten Drive and McLean Drive Extension.
According to Lenoir Police reports, 84-year-old Joseph Henry Wilson of Lenoir was driving his 2018 GMC pickup on Hibriten Drive. Wilson turned left at the McLean Drive Extension intersection to continue on Hibriten Drive and collided with a 1988 Oldsmobile driven by 67-year-old Kenneth Raymond Brown of Lenoir.
Brown was flown by helicopter to Carolina’s Medical Center in Charlotte with life threatening injuries. As of the last update, Brown was listed in critical condition. Wilson was transported to Caldwell UNC Healthcare where he was treated and released. A passenger, Martha Craig, was traveling with Brown, and was also transported to Caldwell UNC Healthcare with non-life threatening injuries. Craig was listed as being in stable condition.
The Lenoir Police Department is continuing their investigation into the crash.
32-year-old Nathan Keith Chaney of 30th Street Place NE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (February 13) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, Chaney is charged with failure to appear on a count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Chaney was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $6,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled today (February 14) and a District Court appearance is scheduled for February 27.
19-year-old Cynthia Diane Chavis of Laboratory Road in Lincolnton was arrested by Maiden Police Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine, larceny of a motor vehicle, felony larceny, and two counts of possession of stolen goods. Chavis was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (February 14) under $28,000 bond. District Court dates are scheduled for Friday (February 15) and March 20.
The Newton Fire Department will conduct a controlled burn on Northwest Boulevard this upcoming Saturday (February 16). Controlled burns are training exercises that allow firefighters to hone their skills for real emergencies. Several firefighting agencies from throughout the area have been invited to participate.
Beginning around 9 a.m. Saturday, firefighters will begin setting fires in a vacant house at 2616 Northwest Boulevard The fires will be extinguished and relit throughout the day. The exercise is expected to end during the afternoon. During the controlled burn, smoke will be visible throughout the area. Smoke will likely remain visible through the evening.
The controlled burn will be held at the future site of James River Equipment, a full-service equipment and tractor dealership scheduled to open this spring. The site was formerly occupied by Slimline Industries. If you have any questions, please contact the Newton Fire Department at 828-695-4314.
An investigation is being conducted into a fatal accident this morning (February 13) in Hickory. The crash involved a passenger car and a police vehicle and a Hickory man was killed in the wreck.
Shortly after 1:00 a.m. today, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the crash on McDonald Parkway at the intersection of 12th Ave Drive NE, also known as Spencer Road. The collision involved a passenger car and a Catawba County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle.
A 2003 Honda Civic was traveling west on 12th Ave Drive NE. The deputy was traveling north on McDonald Parkway in a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe. The vehicles collided in the intersection. The Honda ran off the roadway and collided with a fence. The patrol vehicle came to rest on McDonald Parkway.
The Honda was operated by 27-year-old Hernan Cortez of Hickory. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The deputy was transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center with minor injuries and has since been released. There were no other passengers.
The Highway Patrol's Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene, they were assisting with the investigation. The intersection was expected to be closed until approximately 9:00 a.m., a detour was set up by officers.
A portion of McDonald Parkway in Hickory has been closed as a result of an accident early this morning (February 13). The North Carolina State Highway Patrol reports the section closed is near Spencer Road and it is closed in both directions. Reports say the accident occurred at around 1:00 this morning and was a fatal crash. Authorities say they are hoping the road will be reopened by 9 a.m.
41-year-old Sue Ann Chambers of Landmark Lane in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (February 12) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine along with misdemeanor counts of shoplifting, injury to personal property, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond for Chambers was set at $11,500 secured. No court date was listed.
25-year-old Johnathan Allen Kersey of Collettsville Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (February 12) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and speeding to elude arrest along with a misdemeanor count of driving while license revoked.
According to published reports, Kersey is charged in connection to a chase that started after an officer attempted to pull a vehicle over. The pursuit reportedly ended when the car hit a home on Setzer's Creek Road. The impact of the crash reportedly caused the roof to collapse. There were no serious injuries as a result of the crash. The suspects attempted to flee on foot but were caught.
Kersey was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (February 13).