Planning workshops for the City of Hickory's Southside Brownfields Area-Wide Plan Project start today (Tuesday, August 23) and run through Thursday (August 25).
In 2015, the City of Hickory was awarded a $200,000 Brownfields Area-wide Planning Grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Only 20 communities throughout the United States were awarded this funding and Hickory was the only city in North Carolina to receive the award. Brownfields are vacant and under-utilized commercial and industrial properties whose re-use is hindered by real or perceived environmental contamination. The grant is being used for a planning study that will focus on the South Center/Highway 127 South and Highway 70 SW corridor areas.
The city's consultant team, AMEC Foster Wheeler, and Planning staff have begun to conduct a market and redevelopment study, which will focus on several properties including the former Joan Fabrics site, Midland Plaza, the former PET dairy plant, various vacant gas stations, and other idle commercial and industrial sites in the project area. The public is being invited to give feedback about preferred uses that will be shared with private developers interested to remediate and redevelop these properties for the greater good of the surrounding neighborhoods.
The City invites citizens to provide comments, suggestions, or concerns regarding the Green Park, Ridgeview, and West Hickory neighborhoods during workshop sessions held at the Ridgeview Recreation Center at 115 7th Avenue SW today through Thursday. The kick-off and input session was scheduled for 6 p.m. today. You can drop in at any time to share ideas between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday. There will be a presentation on Thursday at 6 p.m. to review redevelopment alternatives. Please see the linked flyer for further details or contact Hickory’s Planning Department at (828) 323-7422.
29-year-old Justin Isaiah Raby of Springlake Mobile Home Park in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (August 22) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny and failure to appear on a count of misdemeanor probation violation. Raby was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. No court date is listed.
26-year-old Joshua Trent Seay was arrested Monday (August 22) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony first-degree forced burglary. Seay was placed in jail in Morganton under $75,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (August 24).
This year’s iCare Tour will feature a look at non-profit organizations in Catawba County that serve the needs of citizens in the areas of education, food, housing, mental health, family enrichment and health.
This event will last from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4. It is open to any county resident who is interested in learning more about these organizations and how they can get involved in helping others in the community. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. A suggested $5 donation will be accepted at the door of the event, but an advance reservation is required to reserve your seat.
Stops on this year’s iCare Tour will include Adult Life Programs, Hospice, Greater Hickory CCM, Sipe’s Orchard Home, Hickory Soup Kitchen, ReSource Warehouse & Gallery, and Camp Dogwood. At each stop, there will be speakers from other agencies, including Council on Adolescents, Hickory Museum of Art, Classroom Connections, Connections Clubhouse, and the Humane Society. Tour attendees will also leave with a guidebook that includes information on dozens of other non-profits in the community.
The tour will begin at Camp Dogwood in Sherrills Ford at 8:30 a.m. Buses will depart no later than 9 a.m. and return by 4 p.m.
To reserve your place on the iCare Tour, email tour coordinator Amanda Freeland at email@example.com. The iCare Tour is organized by Congregations and Community, Catawba County Social Services, and Housing Visions: A Continuum of Care.
44-year-old Bobby Lee Keener of Dixon Lane in Conover was arrested Monday (August 22) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Keener was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $28,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, August 23).
18-year-old Jason Daniel Raines of NE Crestline Place in Lenoir was arrested Monday (August 22) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine along with misdemeanor counts of simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, resisting a public officer, and second degree trespassing. Raines was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $11,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, August 23).
38-year-old William Lee Spencer Jr. of Bumgarner Road in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (August 22) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking opium or heroin, possession of cocaine, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place to keep controlled substance. Spencer was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $250,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Tuesday, August 23).
30-year-old Jerry Antwon Young of 1st Street SE in Hickory was arrested Monday (August 22) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with manufacture, sell, deliver, or possess a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a park, two counts apiece of the sale of cocaine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver cocaine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, and sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance. Young was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $12,500 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, August 23).
One suspect has been arrested and another was being sought in connection with a theft at a business. According to the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, on Sunday, July 17, Progressive Power Equipment at 5233 Wilkesboro Highway in Statesville had multiple lawn mowers stolen from the fenced in area in front of the business.
Photographs of the suspects and suspect vehicle, along with additional information, were posted on Facebook and in the media with a request from the public for assistance. The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received numerous calls and letters from the public with information assisting in the identification of the suspects, 44-year-old Johnny Ray Sheets of Mocksville and 22-year-old Lonnie Joseph Pruitt of Hamptonville.
Last Wednesday (August 17), detectives from the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of detectives from the Davie County Sheriff’s Office followed up on information regarding the location of the stolen lawn mowers. All of the stolen lawn mowers from the incident, with a total value of more than $14,000 were recovered in Davie County.
Johnny Ray Sheets was arrested last Wednesday and charged with first-degree trespassing and felony larceny. Sheets received a $5,000 bond. He was scheduled to make a first court appearance last Thursday, his next appearance is scheduled for September 7 in District Court.
There are outstanding warrants for Lonnie Joseph Pruitt for the charges of First Degree Trespass and Felony Larceny. If anyone knows the whereabouts of Pruitt they are asked to contact the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340.
There were no injuries and several pets were saved from a house fire Monday afternoon in Catawba County. According to published reports, five fire departments from Catawba, Lincoln and Iredell counties responded to the fire at a house on East Maiden Road just south of Maiden.
The published reports say the owner and her husband were inside the residence when the fire started, it is believed it ignited in the kitchen. Reports say that nine dogs and a bird were saved by the family.
The Red Cross is assisting the family.
The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce and others throughout the community are mourning the death of Terri Ferraguto, VP of Shareholder Relations. Ms. Ferraguto passed away peacefully Sunday evening after a battle with cancer.
Ms. Ferraguto was a member of the Chamber since October 2012. She is survived by her husband, Dick, and her son, Austin, as well as many friends and loved ones.
Arrangements had not been announced as of Monday afternoon.
42-year-old Carl Henry Duncan, Jr. of 17th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested on a true bill of indictment by Hickory Police at about 7:40 last night (August 21) on two felony counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. The complainant listed on H.P.D.’s arrest report is the Catawba County Clerk of Court.
Duncan was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton.
42-year-old Robbie Dean Sronce of Bess Chapel Church Road in Cherryville was arrested Tuesday, August 9 by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny, and possession of stolen goods.
According to a news release issued today (Monday, August 22) by Lincolnton Police, on August 9 at approximately 6 p.m., officers responded to a breaking and entering report on Louise Avenue. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the victim who told them that someone had broken into their residence and taken various work tools.
While at the residence investigating the breaking and entering, the officers along with the victim, observed a white male subject running toward a neighboring house carrying some of the stolen property. Officers located the man and all of the stolen goods at the neighboring house. The property was recovered and returned to the owner.
The suspect was identified as Robbie Dean Sronce and was taken into custody without incident. The value of the stolen property was in excess of $1,400. Sronce was detained in the Lincoln County Jail under $5,000 secured bond. No upcoming court dates are currently listed.
This morning (Monday, August 22), shortly after 11:00, Statesville Police Officers responded to a report of a shooting at a residence at the corner of 5th Street at Raleigh Ave. Upon arrival, officers discovered that a woman at the scene had sustained a gunshot wound. She was transported by EMS to a local hospital.
Statesville PD Criminal Investigators responded to the scene to conduct the investigation. While on the scene, it was reported that another victim, a male, had shown up at Iredell Memorial Hospital, also suffering from a gunshot wound. The conditions of the victims were not available.
The investigation into the shootings is continuing. Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact Statesville Police at 704-878-3406 or Iredell Crimestoppers at 704-662-1340. Callers can remain anonymous.
63-year-old Daniel Ussery of 6th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:20 Friday afternoon (August 19) on one felony count each of breaking and entering and habitual larceny.
Ussery had previously been arrested in connection to an incident at the Belk store in Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall on February 28 of this year. The reporting party told Police they saw Ussery conceal a wallet and go beyond the last point of sale without paying.
According to Hickory Police, Ussery has four previous convictions for larceny. He was served a true bill of indictment Friday at a convenience store on North Center Street where he was taken into custody without incident. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today (August 22) in Newton
28-year-old Jeremy Scott Murray of Carolina Mills Circle in Lincolnton was arrested Wednesday, August 10 by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged with felony assault by strangulation, assault with a deadly weapon, domestic assault on a female, and injury to personal property.
According to a news release issued today by the Lincolnton Police Department, on August 10, officers with the Lincolnton Police Department responded to a domestic disturbance to a residence on Georgetown Road. Upon arrival, officers found a female victim with noticeable injuries. The victim reported her boyfriend, who just fled the scene, assaulted her by choking her and by putting a knife to her throat. Additionally, the victim reported that the boyfriend had damaged several items of her clothing during the assault. The victim’s injuries were documented and the boyfriend was identified as Jeremy Scott Murray.
Officers found Murray a short time later. He was taken into custody without incident. Two knives were found on him and seized as a result of the arrest. Murray was initially jailed under no bond, during his first appearance in District Court, he was issued a secured bond of $2,000. His next appearance is scheduled for August 29 in District Court.
35-year-old Chad Daunta Bess of 34th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (August 20) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
He was arrested when Officers who were attempting to serve a warrant at a residence on 34th Street Drive N.E. heard what they believed to be gunfire. After further investigation, Officers determined that the sound was a vehicle backfire; however, they did locate Bess in the vicinity, holding a handgun.
Bess, who had a previous felony drug conviction in Catawba County in 1998, was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today on the firearms charge and a number of felony drug charges. He also has a September 19 court date on additional firearms and drug charges.
28-year-old Robert Joshua Copeland of 35th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about three o’clock Friday afternoon (August 19) on one felony count each of forgery of bank notes and uttering a forged instrument, plus a misdemeanor probation violation and misdemeanor failure to appear on a drug paraphernalia charge. He was also charged by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office on a surrender by surety for possession of stolen goods, driving while license revoked not impaired, possession or display of an altered, fictitious or revoked driver’s license and possession of heroin.
He was arrested in connection to an incident on August 6. The general manager at Cookout Burgers on North Center Street in Hickory reported that someone passed a counterfeit $100 bill at the restaurant. The manager was able to give a vehicle description, which led to the identification of Robert Joshua Copeland as the suspect. Warrants for his arrest were issued on the same date.
Copeland was taken into custody at his residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $58,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (August 22) in Newton. Additional court dates are coming up on September 8, September 21 and October 28.
28-year-old Samuel Leonard Benge was arrested Sunday (August 21) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony forced first-degree burglary. Benge was placed in jail in Morganton under $75,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in court today (Monday, August 22).
26-year-old Lauren Nicole Sherrill and 23-year-old Lamar James Breedlove, both of the same 10th Street SW Hickory address, were both arrested Friday (August 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. Sherrill is charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Breedlove is charged with auto larceny and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Both suspects were placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond, they were both scheduled to appear in District Court in Lenoir today (Monday, August 22).