Hickory City Council meets in regular session Tuesday night (March 6).
Under special presentations on Tuesday's agenda, there will be a proclamation for the 40th anniversary of the Hickory Choral Society. In addition, council will hear board and commission work plan presentations, there are 13 such presentations listed on the agenda.
Under reaffirmation and ratification of second readings, there are three items listed. Council will vote on the approval of a five year master contract with Talbert, Bright & Ellington Incorporated for professional engineering and planning services along with a work authorization with that company regarding a grant in the amount of just under $80,000. All items listed under second readings were approved unanimously on first reading.
Among the items on the consent agenda, the approval of the North Carolina Department of Transportation Utility Construction agreement in the amount of $544,741.25 for the construction and relocation of water and sanitary sewer infrastructure related to the Sweetwater Road Extension. Another item listed on the consent agenda is the approval to close the Patrick Beaver and Ridgeview Branch Libraries on May 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for staff training.
Under new business there are no public hearings on the agenda. Council will hear presentations on the City Walk recommendations and on opioid litigation. Hickory City Council's meeting gets underway Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building at 76 North Center Street in Hickory.
49-year-old Susan Michelle Saltsman of Leitchfield, Kentucky, was arrested Saturday (March 3) by Maiden Police Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Saltsman was confined at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (March 5).
27-year-old Sydney Dakota Ouellette of Eastwood Park Drive SE in Lenoir was arrested Friday (March 2) by Granite Falls Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of larceny and possession of stolen property. Ouellette was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $12,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (March 5).
31-year-old Jessica Warren Lingerfelt of Calico Road in Lenoir was arrested Friday (March 2) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor larceny. Lingerfelt was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $26,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (March 5).
One person was reportedly injured following an accident in which a tractor-trailer overturned on Interstate 40. According to published reports, the incident occurred between in the westbound lanes between mile markers 141 and 142 in Catawba Sunday afternoon.
Reports say the truck's tire blew out and the driver went off the road. The driver then reportedly came back on the road as he tried to correct it, went off the road again and hit an embankment, resulting in the truck overturning.
The tractor-trailer was carrying cardboard boxes that spilled on the road when it turned on its side. The lanes were closed for several hours for cleanup. The driver was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. His name had not been released.
A late day fire damaged a home in Hickory last Friday (March 2). At 5:41 p.m. Friday, Hickory firefighters were dispatched to 1330 2nd Ave NW. Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder, one rescue truck, and a command unit.
Upon arrival at 5:44 p.m., firefighters reported a light amount of smoke coming from the duplex. Concerned that people may be in the structure, firefighters conducted a search of the apartment and then quickly extinguished the fire.
The fire was confined to the stove. No injuries were reported and damages were considered minor. The fire was ruled accidental and caused by combustible items too close to the stove.
18-year-old Jeremy David-Walker Langston of Flat Rock Lane in Statesville was arrested Thursday (March 1) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a weapon on school grounds. On Thursday the West Iredell High School resource officer, an Iredell County Sheriff's Deputy, was asked by school administration members to assist them in searching a vehicle which was on campus.
The reason for searching the vehicle was, Jeremy David-Walker Langston, was being investigated by the school for possessing a vaporizer on campus and material used in a vaporizer on campus, which are violations of the schools Code of Conduct. When his vehicle was searched by school officials, they located a loaded pistol in a holster in the center console of the vehicle.
When the gun was located they immediately notified the school resource officer. The weapon was seized and secured by the Deputy. Langston was taken to the principal’s office where he was interviewed about the gun. At no time was the gun in the school or was there any threat or statement to use the weapon made by Langston.
Bond for Langston was set at 25,000 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (March 2).
22-year-old Dillon Shane Uzzell of Stove Drive in Newton was arrested Wednesday (February 28) on charges filed by Probation and Parole and Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged by Probation and Parole with felony probation violation. The Catawba County Sheriff's Office charged Uzzell with misdemeanor counts of false imprisonment and assault on a female. Uzzell was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $12,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for March 2 and a District Court date is set for March 27.
23-year-old Bradley Dale Morgan was arrested Thursday (March 1) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of a weapon by a felon. Morgan was arrested at 12:17 a.m. Thursday and placed in jail in Morganton under $5,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for April 10.
Plans are in place for work to be done on a major highway in the Hickory Metro. With participation from Burke County residents and community officials, the N.C. Department of Transportation has selected plans for three interchanges on Interstate 40 in Burke County.
Transportation officials made the selections following a public meeting, a three-week period for citizens to comment, and discussions with local officials. The selections were made after a cost analysis was completed, the impacts to local property evaluated, and environmental concerns addressed.
Each of the interchanges — Jamestown Road at Exit 100, Drexel Road at Exit 107 and Carolina Street at Exit 111 — will be reconfigured to improve safety of motorists as well as improve traffic flow to and from I-40 as well as the nearby roads.
Transportation officials are currently in the early stages of designing detailed construction plans for the projects. Right of way acquisition for each interchange should begin this summer or fall. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2020 and be completed in the fall of 2022
The Jamestown Road interchange will include moving the bridge to the west, building a roundabout south of I-40 for Jamestown Road and Hushpuppy Avenue, building a roundabout north of I-40 for Jamestown Road and Reep Drive and extending all ramps. This project will cost approximately $15.3 million. This design was selected from two alternatives.
The Drexel Road interchange will including moving the bridge to the east, building a roundabout south of I-40 for Drexel Road and Tom Deal Avenue, realigning the intersection of Drexel Road and Summers Road, realigning Summers Road, realigning Flat Gap Road and extending all ramps. This project will cost approximately $25.8 million. This design was selected from three alternatives.
The Carolina Street interchange will include moving the bridge west, rebuilding sidewalk on the bridge, a roundabout south of I-40 for the eastbound ramps connecting with Carolina Street at Flat Gap Road, plus a roundabout north of I-40 for the westbound ramps at Carolina Street plus another roundabout for connecting Carolina Street, Abees Grove Church Road and Mourglea Avenue. This project will cost approximately $28.1 million. This design was selected from three alternatives.
Traffic control plans will be refined closer to the start of construction. Each of the projects are designed to have limited impact to traffic during construction with the existing bridges and ramps remaining open with limited exceptions.
For specific information on each of these projects, go to ncdot.gov.
29-year-old Joshua Paul Yount of 27th Street NW in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (February 28) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony speed to elude arrest. Yount was arrested on 2nd Avenue SW in Hickory at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. He was released on $10,000 secured bond, a District Court date was scheduled for yesterday (March 1) in Newton.
39-year-old Sean Marc Vandinter of Highway 70A East in Hildebran was arrested Thursday (March 1) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a grand jury indictment with possession of methamphetamine. Vandinter was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,500 bond. A Superior Court date was scheduled today (March 2).
39-year-old Steven Daniel Sparks of Zacks Fork Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (March 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and fictitious or altered title, registration card or tag. Sparks was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court Thursday.
27-year-old Brandon Michael Beatty of North Main Avenue in Newton was arrested Thursday (March 1) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three felony counts of manufacture, sell, deliver, or possess controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, and single felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin, maintain a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, and habitual felon. Beatty was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $126,500 bond. District and Superior Court appearances are scheduled for next Monday (March 5).
35-year-old Charlene Ann Dockery of Trout Pond Road in Claremont was arrested Wednesday (February 28) by Hickory Police Officers. She's charged with two felony counts of failure to appear on a felony and one misdemeanor count of failure to appear on a misdemeanor. Dockery was arrested without incident at an address on Highway 70 SE in Hickory at around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. She was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $123,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for April 2.
51-year-old Anthony Oscar Reddick of Old Cartway Lane in Troutman was arrested Tuesday (February 27) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine, along with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, resist a public officer, driving while license revoked, and he's charged on a misdemeanor probation violation warrant for being an absconder.
On Tuesday, members of the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team (ACE) conducted a motor vehicle violation checkpoint at the intersection of Weathers Creek Road and Houston Road near Troutman. While conducting the checkpoint, the suspect in case, Anthony Oscar Reddick approached officers. Reddick was asked for his operator’s license. Through searching data systems it was discovered Riddick’s license was suspended. Deputies searched the suspect’s vehicle.
Reddick was found to be in possession of “crack” cocaine and drug paraphernalia. While deputies attempted to take him into custody, Reddick resisted them and ran into a nearby wooded area. He was found by officers hiding in thick brush. Reddick refused to comply with the deputies commands and continued to try to escape. Deputies deployed a Taser but, Reddick continued to try and flee. Reddick was once again told to lay on the ground and refused to comply with verbal commands. Reddick fought with an officer and was taken into custody.
After Reddick was taken into custody both he and the officer were seen by medical personnel due to potential injuries. It was later determined that the officer suffered a broken hand as a result of the struggle.
Bond for Reddick was set at $20,000 secured. District Court dates are scheduled for March 7 and March 21.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing man. 50-year-old William Ervin Rice Jr. of Hillcrest Drive in Lincolnton was last seen on February 21 when he was dropped off for work at the Timken Company by a family member.
Mr. Rice is described as a black male, 5'5", approximately 190 pounds. He has black hair, light brown skin and brown eyes. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.
We have more information on an arrest we first reported on WHKY yesterday. 32-year-old Diamond Sharell Lipscomb was arrested Tuesday (February 27) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking cocaine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance.
On Tuesday Morganton Public Safety Officers attempted to locate Diamond Lipscomb at his residence, 202 State Road in Morganton, to serve an outstanding warrant for trafficking cocaine. When officers approached Lipscomb a short foot pursuit occurred. Lipscomb was taken into custody and found to be in possession of four grams of a schedule II substance.
Lipscomb had a first District Court appearance yesterday (February 28) in Morganton. He was released on a $170,000 secured bond.
43-year-old Larry Shane Lackey of Brookwood Place in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (February 27) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and breaking and entering to a building.
On February 25, William Hoyle of Hoyle Construction reported his business had been broken into and several items were stolen including a Ford Superduty Truck. On Tuesday, Hoyle was traveling Hwy 18 North toward Lenoir when he saw his stolen work truck traveling in the opposite direction. Authorities were notified and responded to 2306 Putnam Road Lot 9 where the truck was located.
Investigators with Morganton Public Safety and the Burke County Sheriff’s Office recovered the stolen vehicle and work tools valued at over $55,000. Authorities identified Larry Shane Lackey as the driver. Following his arrest, Lackey was confined to the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $65,000 secured bond. A District Court date is March 21.
An out building fire is under investigation in Hickory. Shortly after 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (February 28), Hickory firefighters were dispatched to 269 2nd Avenue SW. Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder, one rescue truck, and a command unit.
Upon arrival firefighters reported a building behind a vacant house was fully involved in fire. They worked to extinguish the fire and keep it from spreading. No injuries were reported and the out building was completely destroyed.
Fire investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire, which is under investigation.