Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday night (September 3). Minutes, Second Readings, and the Consent Agenda were all approved.
Public hearings were held and council approved a joint economic development agreement with One North Center, LLC to construct a $19 million mixed-use community development in Downtown Hickory, an amendment to Hickory’s Small Cell Wireless Ordinance, and the Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report.
Members were appointed to boards and commissions. Mayor Hank Guess presented Executive Director Jennie Connor with a Proclomation for United Way Day in Honor of the 75th Anniversary of United Way.
City Council commented on the recent accomplishments to the construction on Union Square as well as the upcoming Paint The Town Red event.
48-year-old Lynn Harrington Carroll III of 14th Street SE in Hickory was arrested last Friday (August 30) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretenses and misdemeanor possession of stolen property.
On August 26, Hickory Police responded to a break-in that occurred the previous day. During the investigation, Carroll was indentified as a suspect and was arrested in connection to the crime. He was apprehended Friday afternoon without incident at an address on Startown Road in Hickory.
Bond for Carroll was set at $2,000 secured. He was not listed as an inmate today (September 4). A District Court appearance was scheduled Tuesday (September 3).
39-year-old Richard Wayne Kieser of 17th Street NW in Hickory was arrested last Friday (August 30) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony larceny by servants and other employees.
On Friday, Hickory Police responded to Kohl's Department Store on Catawba Valley Boulevard SE in reference to a larceny by employee. The crime occurred between June 1 and August 30, 2019. Kieser was arrested without incident at the store.
Following the arrest, Kieser was brought to the Catawba County Detention Facility where bond was set at $5,000 unsecured. He was not listed as an inmate today (September 4). A District Court appearance was scheduled Tuesday (September 3).
33-year-old Derek Shea Enloe, Jr. of Idlewood Street SW in Lenoir and 32-year-old Cassandra Michelle Lukomski of Dickinson Road in Hickory were arrested last Friday (August 30) by Hickory Police Officers. They're both charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Enloe is additionally charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Friday, Hickory Police spotted a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot on 2nd Avenue SW. A traffic stop was conducted as the vehicle left the parking lot. During the stop police reportedly found 2.1 grams of methamphetamine, .6 grams of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. Enloe and Lukomski were then arrested.
Bond for Enloe was set at $6,000, secured. Lukomski's bond was set at $2,500 secured. They were not listed as inmates today (September 4). District Court appearances were scheduled Tuesday (September 3).
A bridge on Herman Road in Taylorsville will soon be replaced, thanks to a $560,000 contract the N.C. Department of Transportation recently awarded to R.E. Burns and Sons Co. Inc. of Statesville.
Both approaches to the bridge washed out during heavy storms in early June, forcing the closure just north of Summit Road. Drivers have been using a 4.3-mile detour route around the bridge, which carries an average of 610 vehicles per day.
Work on the replacement can start as soon as mid-September, with bridge work wrapping up in September 2020. Remaining vegetation and landscaping work would continue into March 2021.
36-year-old Andrell Cornelius Kincaid of Piney Road in Morganton was arrested Sunday (September 1) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor failure to appear.
On Sunday, Hickory Police responded to a lodging establishment on 13th Avenue Drive SE in reference to the removal of a person. During the incident, officers found .3 grams of methamphetamine, leading to Kincaid's arrest.
Kincaid was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $12,000 secured bond. District Court appearances were scheduled today (September 3) and September 18.
58-year-old Allen Louis Yates of 1st Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested Saturday (August 31) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Yates was also charged with misdemeanor injury to personal property.
On Saturday, Hickory Police responded to Chili's Restaurant on Highway 70 SE in reference to a break-in. During the investigation, Yates was found in the vicinity of the restaurant with items from the business and was arrested.
Yates was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $12,000 secured bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (September 3). District Court appearances were scheduled today and next Monday (September 9).
29-year-old Robert Lee Moseley of Carolina Avenue in Hickory was arrested Saturday (August 31) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Moseley was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center where bond was set at $2,500 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (September 4).
In celebration of two milestones for Hickory’s bond program, the City of Hickory invites the public to attend the official ground breaking ceremony for City Walk and a ribbon cutting for Union Square on Monday, September 23.
The ground breaking ceremony for City Walk will take place at 12 p.m. in front of St. Andrews Lutheran Church, near Lenoir-Rhyne University’s campus.
The 10-foot-wide City Walk multiuse path will run along Main Avenue for approximately 1.7 miles, starting at Seventh Avenue NE (in front of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church) and traveling through Downtown Hickory to Ninth Street NW (in front of Deluxe Printing Group).
The contractor for the City Walk project will be Hickory-based Neill Grading and Construction, Co., Inc. In preparation for construction, the City worked with Hickory Sand Company, Inc., Duke Energy, and other utility providers to replace water and sewer infrastructure and relocate utilities along the City Walk path. Completing this work in advance of construction reduces the time needed for Neil Grading and Construction to complete the project. The City Walk is expected to be finished before December 2020.
Immediately following the ground breaking for City Walk, attendees are invited to The Sails on the Square in Downtown Hickory for a ribbon cutting ceremony at 12:30 p.m. to celebrate the completion of renovations to Union Square.
A planned component of the City Walk project and overall bond program, the Union Square renovations included a complete overhaul of the main pedestrian plaza in the Central Business District, as well as streetscape improvements to the surrounding downtown block.
The new design maintains the historic feel of the Square, while modernizing aesthetics and enhancing the space with a distinguished promenade along Union Square storefronts, a central pathway bisecting two large lawn areas, and additional seating areas called garden rooms or parklets.
Union Square improvements also include new public restrooms, a multi-purpose shade structure, enhanced lighting, and a multi-tiered structure, nicknamed Cannon Hill, to showcase the historic cannon. The upgrades are intended to create spaces where visitors can comfortably enjoy solitary or group activities.
For more information about the City of Hickory’s bond program and updates on major City projects, please visit www.CraftingHickory.com.
27-year-old Syndi Michelle Collins of Berry Creek Circle in Granite Falls was arrested Saturday (August 31) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine along with two counts of possession of a drug paraphernalia. Collins was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is set for Wednesday (September 4).
26-year-old Christan Elizabeth McLean of Sagebrush Trail in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (September 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting a public officer, and driving while license revoked. McLean was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center where bond was set at $11,500 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled Wednesday (September 4).
32-year-old Emmitt Steven Loges of Liberty Lane in Taylorsville was arrested Friday (August 30) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny and possession of stolen property along with misdemeanor counts of resisting a public officer and profane or indecent language on a highway. Loges was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $27,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for October 16.
31-year-old Alan Wayne Yost of Hickory Boulevard in Lenoir was arrested Monday (September 2) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony assault on a government official and misdemeanor resist, delay, and obstruct a public officer. Yost was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center where bond was set at $75,000 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled Wednesday (September 4).
32-year-old Vernard Anthony Gregory of Bridlewood Lane in Charlotte was arrested last Wednesday (August 28) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with four felony counts apiece of identity theft and uttering a forged instrument.
According to a news release issued today (September 3), the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report in reference to multiple business checks which had been forged, and then cashed at multiple banks in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and Walkertown, North Carolina.
During the investigation, several witnesses were interviewed, and search warrants were obtained and served for bank records. Vernard Anthony Gregory was identified as the suspect in these incidents. The total amount of money taken was in excess of $3,000.
Gregory was arrested by members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. He was transported to the Mecklenburg County Detention Center where he was issued a $20,000 secured bond. His next District Court date is September 27.
The "Celebration of Nations 2019" is coming up this weekend at Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC). The Office of Multicultural Affairs at CVCC takes the opportunity annually to highlight the richness of the area's melting pot.
Amid the performers, booths, attractions, and food trucks set up on the campus’s front lawn along Highway 70 will be the Library to Go. The mobile vehicle will include an array of popular library resources – technology, books and videos for check-out, and free Internet access – but it will also feature a display of international books, a map highlighting our global origins, examples of native dress from various countries, and a special craft involving book pages and flags from around the world.
Other activities at the Celebration of Nations will include a photo booth, a piñata craft, Native American dream catchers, artwork, and a terrific assortment of dancers and musicians. The event always gets a great turnout, and it’s an opportunity for school students to enjoy a lesson that showcases the world around us in an exciting, experiential way. There will also be food available.
The festival takes place from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. on Saturday (September 7). It’s a free event and is supported by BB&T.
Catawba County has hired Peter M. Shonka to serve as the county’s Utilities & Engineering Director. He begins work with the county next Monday, September 9.
Shonka comes to Catawba County from the City of Savannah, Ga., where he has worked since 2000. He most recently served as Executive Director of Arena Development, managing all aspects of the $160 Million arena project in the city’s canal district. His prior roles with the city include Stormwater Management Director, City Engineer and Assistant City Manager.
As Utilities & Engineering Director for Catawba County, Shonka will provide long-term strategic and day-to-day operation management of the department and its service areas, which include Building Inspections, Building Plan Review, Code Compliance, Erosion Control, Solid Waste (landfill management and recycling), and Water and Sewer.
Shonka, a licensed professional engineer, obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University and a bachelor’s degree in Forest Management from Clemson University. He is relocating to Catawba County from Savannah with his wife, Linda. They have three grown children.
29-year-old Colt David Everhart of Everhart Court in Lenoir was arrested last Friday (August 30) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of armed robbery with a dangerous weapon and discharging a firearm into occupied property. Everhart was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center where bond was set at $100,000 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled for September 19.
A suspect added to the Iredell County most wanted list faces a break-in charge with intent to terrorize.
33-year-old Amiel Davidson is wanted by authorities in Iredell County on a charge of felony break or enter to terrorize, injure, or assault. The last known address for Davidson was 210 West Edison Drive in Statesville.
Authorities in Iredell County are continuing to seek information on the whereabouts of a pair of Catawba County residents. 39-year-old Kelli Ann Lyons is wanted for felony possession with intent to sell schedule III controlled substance. Lyons' last known address was 4027 Reid Circle in Sherrills Ford.
38-year-old Jason Bradley Blevin is wanted on a felony counts of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine. The last known address for Blevin is 8791 Arrow Street in Hickory.
You can see the entire list of wanted suspects with their photos at www.iredellsheriff.com. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call any tips into the Iredell County Sheriff's Office at their Statesville location, 704-878-3180, or the Mooresville office, 704-664-7500.
44-year-old William Thomas Thompkins of East 13th Street in Newton was arrested Friday (August 30) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of marijuana, simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance, simple possession of schedule III controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and felony probation violation. The Catawba County Sheriff's Office charged Thompkins with non-support of a child.
Following the arrest, Thompkins was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $26,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled today (September 3) and September 19.
22-year-old Devon Anthony Reed of Buffalo Shoals Road in Maiden was arrested Friday (August 30) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Reed was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (September 3).