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.
There was a memorial service for Hickory Mayor, Rudy Wright this morning in downtown Hickory at Sails on the Square. There was a large crowd in attendance, including Officers, City Council members, and the Wright Family.
Reverend Whit Malone of First Presbyterian Church gave opening comments and spoke at other times during the ceremony. Rudy's sister Becky Stevenson shared stories of Rudy's childhood. The Reverend David E. Roberts of Morning Star First Baptist Church presented scripture readings. First Presbyterian Associate Pastor Heather Wood Davis offered the Prayer of Thanksgiving and the Lords Prayer.
Mandy Pitts Hildebrand and John Link shared stories about Rudy Wright as well. Music was provided by Secondhand Still and Betty Ikerd. After the service on the square, the family received friends at First Presbyterian Church. The family walked through downtown to the church following the service.
Rudy Wright was found deceased last Thursday afternoon (May 11) at his home. He had served as Hickory's Mayor since 2001.
At the request of the Lenoir Police Department , the N.C. Center for Missing Persons has cancelled the Silver Alert for Rodney Earl Macon. Macon had been reported missing just before 9 p.m. Sunday (May 14).
The Lenoir Police Department reports that Macon was found safe and was not harmed during the time he was missing. He has been returned home.
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.
25-year-old Kegan Ryan Walker of East First Street in Cherryville was arrested Friday (May 12) by Gaston County Sheriff's Officers. One of the warrants was filed by the Lincolnton Police Department. That warrant from Lincolnton charges Walker with felony obtaining property by false pretense. He's charged in Gaston County with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny.
The Lincolnton warrant was the result of a criminal investigation into Walker allegedly pawning stolen property at a local pawn shop. The owner of the pawn shop contacted the Lincolnton Police Department after being contacted by authorities in Gaston County. Stolen property had also been pawned at a business in that county.
The stolen property was seized and will be returned to the initial victim in Gaston County. No bond information was given for Walker, he's scheduled to appear in District Court Wednesday (May 17).
27-year-old Cari Rene Mcfall was arrested Friday (May 12) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with two felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana paraphernalia and possession of stolen goods. Mcfall was placed in jail under $66,500 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled for today (May 15).
37-year-old Milton Wesley Setzer of Ken Dar Lane in Hudson was arrested Saturday (May 13) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny and obtaining property by false pretense. Setzer was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 24.
A missing eastern Lincoln County teenager has been located and returned home. According to a news release issued this morning (Monday, May 15) Sheriff’s deputies located 16-year-old Evan Addison Rhodes at around 2:30 a.m. today near the intersection of Highway 150 East and Lee Moore Road. No additional details were provided.
42-year-old Gary Lawson Greer of Blue Creek Road in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (May 14) on charges filed by the Lenoir Police Department and Caldwell County Sheriff's Office. He's charged by Lenoir Police with trafficking in methamphetamine. The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office charged Greer with resist, delay, and obstruct a public officer, speeding to elude arrest, driving while license revoked, and fail to stop for a blue light and siren. Greer was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $85,000 secured bond. He has District Court dates scheduled for today (May 15), July 13, and July 20.
Hickory City Council meets in regular session Tuesday night (May 16).
On Tuesday's agenda under reaffirmation and ratification of second readings, Council will vote on the approval of the Microenterprise Grant Agreement with Atreeom, LLC. Council will also vote on a budget revision. Both items passed unanimously on first reading.
Among the items on Tuesday's consent agenda is a request for Council to call for a public hearing for consideration of the City Manager's Fiscal Year 2017-2018 recommended budget. The public hearing would be scheduled for the June 6th City Council meeting.
Under new business tomorrow night, Hickory City Council will hold a public hearing to discuss the consideration of a vacant building revitalization grant performance agreement. The agreement would be with MDI Management, LLC in the amount of $20,000 for rehabilitation to the building located at 521 Main Avenue SW. Council will also consider several appointments to boards and commissions.
Tuesday's Hickory City Council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building at 76 North Center Street in Hickory.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing high school student. 16-year-old Evan Addison Rhodes was reported missing Sunday (May 14).
Rhodes was last seen in the area of Sam’s Mart in Denver around 3:30 a.m. Sunday. He was wearing a red shirt and black pants with a white stripe down the leg. Rhodes is described as 5 feet – 5 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Evan Addison Rhodes is asked the contact the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.
The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered man, 41-year-old Rodney Earl Macon. He was last seen in Lenoir. The alert was issued Sunday night (May 14) shortly before 9:00.
Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for Rodney Earl Macon, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.
Macon is described as a black male, 5'9", 130 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen at 935 Blowing Rock Boulevard in Lenoir. His possible destination was an adult day care, with the address not provided.
Anyone with information about Rodney Earl Macon should call the Lenoir Police Department at 828-757-2100.
Falling Creek Bridge in Hickory is currently closed to traffic due to a failure in the middle of the bridge. A detour route is set for 29th Avenue NE.
Public Services and Engineering staff have reviewed the bridge and determined that it should remain closed while a repair is made. The bridge will likely reopen later this week.
The bridge is scheduled for replacement beginning this summer. Staff is planning a repair to allow reopening of the bridge until after the school year is complete and the contractor is ready to start work. Safety of the traveling public is the City’s ultimate concern with the repairs.
City staff have coordinated with Emergency Services to reroute Fire, Police and Emergency Medical Services. They are also working to coordinate with the school system for rerouting for the first half of this week.
The City will provide an update once the bridge has reopened.
The services for Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright have been scheduled, according to the Bass-Smith Funeral Home website, they will be held Monday (May 15).
A celebration of Mayor Wright's life will be held on Union Square in Hickory under the sails on Monday at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Dr. Whit Malone officiating.
The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the fellowship hall at First Presbyterian Church in Hickory.
Rudy Wright was found deceased in his home Thursday afternoon (May 11) at approximately 2:40 p.m. He was 69-years-old. Rudy Wright had been serving the City as Mayor since 2001.
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.
Granite Falls Police are currently on the scene of an accident involving a tractor-trailer on Highway 321 southbound, near the Captain’s Galley restaurant. As of 2:45 this afternoon (May 12), southbound lanes are reportedly blocked. A witness on the scene told WHKY that the truck was carrying landscaping materials.
It’s not clear if anyone was injured in the crash or if any other vehicles were involved.
No further details are available.
A statement regarding the passing of Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright has been released. The family issued the statement this afternoon (Friday, May 12). It reads:
"Rudy Wright passed away on May 11th. Rudy was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many; in these initial hours and days of celebrating his life, we, his family, deeply appreciate all of the kind words and stories from so many that he touched. We would like to thank the first responders to the scene, the community of Hickory, and everyone who has extended their love and support to our family, especially Rudy's wife of 49 years, Donna. He was a man of intelligence and passion, as evidenced by his years as a successful businessman, entrepreneur, and public servant. Rudy loved every minute of his 16 years as mayor of Hickory, NC. He loved being a part of community events, meetings, ribbon cuttings, and anything else that helped to make the community of Hickory a better place to live."
"We are deeply saddened at his loss, and will miss his stories, his laugh, his stubbornness, and unique character that can never be replaced. Mental illness and depression affect so many regardless of one's position in the community, or the size of one's smile. If you, or someone you know may be considering suicide, please seek professional help. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention or the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Hickory. More details about a public memorial to follow."
The body of Rudy Wright was found in his home at approximately 2:40 p.m. on Thursday. He had served as Mayor of Hickory since 2001.
35-year-old Melissa Jo Rector of Lindsey Lane in Conover was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers today (Friday, May 12) and charged with three counts of attempted murder and one count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.
At approximately 3 a.m. today, a verbal altercation occurred Rector and another woman, Jamie Michelle Sigmon of Conover. The dispute occurred at a residence on Lindsey Lane in Conover. During the altercation, Sigmon contacted a friend to give her a ride from the Lindsey Lane address to an unknown location. The friend, Wendy Michelle Rumage of Conover, picked up Sigmon and was driving her and a third party, Mark Corriher Wood of Conover, on Springs Road near Food Lion. At that point, Rector pulled up along the driver's side of Rumage's vehicle where she allegedly fired multiple rounds into the occupied vehicle.
Wood was struck by one of the rounds. He was taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center where he was treated and released. Rector was taken into custody and charged at approximately 11 a.m. today.
Rector was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $375,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for Monday (May 15) in Newton.