The Newton Fire Department is conducting annual fire hydrant maintenance and testing in the southwest quadrant of the city today (Monday, April 17).
The southwest quadrant of the city includes areas south of A Street and west of Main Avenue. Maintenance and testing will continue for several weeks. Citizens residing in the area may experience a discoloration of their water due to minerals inside underground water lines being disturbed. If water discoloration is experienced, allowing water to run from any faucet for several minutes should eliminate the discoloration.
Fire hydrant testing is crucial to locating fire hydrants that are inoperable or need repair. In addition, the North Carolina Department of Insurance requires annual fire hydrant testing for the purposes of grading municipal water systems, which determines municipal insurance ratings.
The city of Newton apologizes for any inconvenience residents encounter during the testing period. Any questions or concerns should be directed to Newton Fire Department at 828-695-4314.
34-year-old Brian Lee Tate was arrested Sunday (April 16) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony non-forced breaking and entering. Tate also faces counts of larceny, damage to personal property, and probation violation. He was placed in jail under $46,000 bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, April 17).
28-year-old Natasha Elizabeth Setzer of Buff & Allen Road in Hickory was arrested Friday (April 14) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Setzer was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $40,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, April 17).
24-year-old Kaden Von-Drehle Bishop of Corbin Lane in Hickory was arrested Friday (April 14) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bishop was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, April 17).
Hickory City Council will meet in regular session Tuesday night (April 18).
Under reaffirmation and ratification of second readings, council will vote on the approval and acceptance of the North Carolina Department of Transportation Project Agreement for the Pedestrian Signal Upgrade in the amount of $402,500. In addition, council will vote on the Community Relations Council's Spring 2017 Grant Recommendations, along with a budget revision. All items were approved unanimously on first reading.
Council will also vote on the consent agenda, which includes the acceptance of a grant award from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Division of Aviation, in the amount of $225,000. The funds would be used for the development or update of an Airport Layout Plan/Master Plan and for preliminary engineering for the extension of Runway 624 at Hickory Regional Airport.
Under new business, councilwill hear a departmental report on the acceptance of the bids and award of the contract to Eastern Structures, LLC in the amount of one-million, 258-thousand, 867 dollars, 94 cents. The funding would be used for the Falling Creek Road Bridge replacement project contingent on NCDOT's final approval to award.
Tuesday's Hickory City Council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building, 76 North Center Street in Hickory.
Caldwell County Sheriff Alan Jones is warning the public to be aware of counterfeit money that has been passed at multiple places of business over the past month. These counterfeits stand out for the following reasons:
What appears to be bright pink Chinese writing on both sides of the bill.
In the top corner of the bill there is a double-dashed line across the corner.
These bills do not have any of the security features that a normal bill would have. An easy security measure to look for is the holographic ink.
A real note will have the denomination in the bottom right corner and also the eagle in the middle bottom of the front.
These bills are printed the correct color however it is flat and does not have any holographic ink shine to it.
These notes will also fail the pen test when marked with a counterfeit pen.
The Sheriff’s Office has received reports of two bills being passed at two locations in the County. Additionally, reports of bills being passed has occurred in the city of Lenoir and town of Granite Falls. Contact those police departments for more information. If you come in contact with the bill try to keep the bill without putting yourself in danger. Make note of the time, date and location that you received the bill. Make notes of the description of the person who passed the bill.
Then call the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office at 828-758-2324 and make a report. Once a deputy arrives hand the counterfeit bill over along with the information that you have collected.
Any questions about these notes can be directed to Detective Chris Everhart at 828-759-1521 or Lt. Aaron Barlowe at 828-759-1520.
34-year-old Jason Travis Shook of Naked Creek Road in Conover was arrested Friday (April 14) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Shook was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, April 17).
22-year-old Brock Mackie Towery, who is listed as a homeless man from Hickory, was arrested Saturday (April 15) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with possession of cocaine. Towery was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (April 17).
Drivers using Highway 127 in Hickory have had a smoother ride this weekend thanks to work being completed on a sinkhole. The work was finished Thursday night (April 13) and 127 has been re-opened after a portion was closed for more than two weeks. The sinkhole opened up just north of the Earl G. Moser Fire Station on March 28.
35-year-old Bridget Lee Wilson of 4th Street SE in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Officers. She's charged with possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, and simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance. Wilson was detained this morning (Sunday, April 16) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court date is scheduled for Monday (April 17).
A short portion of N.C. Highway 90 north of Collettsville is temporarily closed due to a small rockslide.
Transportation Department officials noticed this morning (April 13) that one large rock, about the size of large SUV, and several smaller rocks fell from an adjacent slope. A crew from the Caldwell County maintenance team immediately closed the area to traffic.
The road will be closed throughout the day today while crews removed the boulder with a track hoe and clean the area. Secondary plans, which may extend the work into Friday (April 14), are in place to break the rock into smaller pieces with heavy equipment.
The best route around the slide utilizes Adako Road, the unpaved Brown Mountain Beach Road, to N.C. 90, Anthony Creek Road and Globe Road near Boone. Cell phone reception is unlikely in the area, rendering map apps useless.
Transportation officials remind motorists to obey all posted signs, slow down in work zones and be aware of their surroundings, including other drivers.
For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow the NCDOT on Twitter.
At 10:10 this morning (April 13), a student from Lake Norman High School was found unresponsive at the school. The victim was first found by another student, who notified school officials.
The school’s Resource Officer radioed for help. School Administrators worked to remove the student from a makeshift noose. The staff, including the school’s nurse and the Resource Officer, provided CPR and first aid for the unresponsive student.
The student has been transferred to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte for additional treatment. The student’s identity has not been released. No other students were injured.
Sheriff’s Investigators are working to process the scene. Additional Sheriff’s Office personnel will remain on the scene at the school for the remainder of the day. The school is operating on a normal schedule.
Hickory Police are investigating a bank robbery that occurred this morning (April 13) at the BB&T in Mountain View. The bank is located at 2727 Highway 127 South. Officers responded to the robbery at approximately 10:30 a.m.
During the incident, a male subject entered the bank and proceeded directly to the counter where he displayed a note and demanded money. After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect exited the business and fled on foot.
The man was said to be in his mid-50s. He is a black male with a dark complexion. He is about 5’5” to 5’7” tall with a thin build. The suspect was wearing a gray turtleneck, dark jeans, metal or white-rimmed sunglasses and a white or light gray flat-billed hat.
Anyone with information regarding the robbery should contact Hickory Police Investigator Carlos DeLosSantos at 828-328-5551, 828-261-2621 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
37-year-old David Ray Carswell of U.S. 321 in Granite Falls and 50-year-old Tommy Ray Buchanan of Park Lane Drive in Morganton were arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. They're both charged with two misdemeanor counts of larceny of motor fuel. Carswell had additional outstanding warrants for failure to appear and a grand jury indictment.
On March 20, 2017, the owner of North 40 Nursery filed a report with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office in reference to a larceny that occurred at the nursery which is located on John’s River Road. Detectives from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division (CID) began an investigation.
After conducting several interviews, probable cause was developed to make an arrest of the two suspects Carswell and Buchanan. Carswell’s total bond was set at $76,000.00 secured. Buchanan's bond was set at $1,000 secured. Both suspects have District Court dates April 25 on the misdemeanor larceny charges. Carswell has several additional upcoming court dates listed.
54-year-old John Michael Wall was arrested by Hickory Police at eleven o’clock yesterday morning (April 12) on one felony count of failure to appear.
Wall was arrested in connection to an incident on April 9. Officers responded to Wall’s residence to serve a warrant on the suspect. That warrant was issued on April 5. During the arrest & booking process, Wall exhibited signs of a potential drug overdose. E.M.S. was called. Wall was taken to the emergency room and admitted to Frye Regional Medical Center. The warrant was served yesterday after Wall was released from the hospital.
Following his arrest, Wall was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with no bond amount listed. He has since been released. Wall will appear in Superior Court on May 15 on a number of felony charges for trafficking in opium or heroin and other drug offenses, possession of stolen goods, attempting to obtain property by false pretenses, breaking & entering and larceny. He has also been charged as an habitual felon.
17-year-old Malik Sha’ron Sturgis of West Bell Street and 18-year-old Laquita Taye Holmes of Charles Street, both from Statesville, have been charged by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers in connection to a residential break-in and a vehicle break-in. Holmes turned herself in and was charged with obtaining property by false pretense. Sturgis remains at large. He was charged with breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering, breaking & entering a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny.
On March 23, a victim reported a break-in to his residence and his vehicle on Serene Meadows Trail in Statesville. The victim was out of town for work on March 21 when the incident occurred. He said electronics were stolen from the home and a battery was stolen from his vehicle. The victim was able to track down serial numbers for the stolen video game consoles. Detectives learned that the property was sold to a local pawnshop. The property was recovered and returned to the victim.
Laquita Taye Holmes was identified as the person who pawned the stolen property. Detectives then identified Malik Sha’ron Sturgis as the person who broke in and stole the items. Sturgis reportedly had Holmes pawn the property in exchange for a share of the money.
After Holmes’ arrest, she was given a $2,500 secured bond. She will next appear in District Court on April 21.
Anyone with information regarding Sturgis’ whereabouts should call the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180 or Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340.
25-year-old Gary Jean Woodard Jr. of Mountain City, Tennessee, was arrested Wednesday (April 12) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and carrying a concealed weapon. Woodard was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, April 13).
25-year-old Christapher David Jamie Dula of Duff Drive in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (April 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance, and three counts of failure to appear on various traffic violations. Dula was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $39,000 secured bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (Thursday, April 13) and April 20.
57-year-old Deborah Yvonne Fagan of 10th Avenue Court NE and 54-year-old Carroll Lee Fagan of 38th Avenue NW, both from Hickory, were each arrested Wednesday (April 12) on charges filed by the Department of Motor Vehicles. They're each charged with more than 80 counts. The charges include multiple counts of failure to deliver title, improper use of dealer permit or tag, embezzlement of state property, obtaining property by false pretense and dealer plate violation. They're also charged with felony conversion.
Deborah Fagan was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $220,000 bond, Carroll Fagan's bond was set at $365,000. Both suspects were scheduled to make first court appearances today (Thursday, April 13).
The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office is looking for 48-year-old Elliott Kyle Smith of Shearers Road in Mooresville in reference to multiple golf course break-ins in Iredell County. Multiple felony breaking and entering warrants have been issued against Smith by the Iredell County Sherriff’s Office for those crimes.
Smith is believed to be driving a blue 2009 Ford Focus, with the North Carolina tag number BFE-8238. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Elliot Kyle Smith is asked to contact the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at (704) 878-3180 or contact Crime Stoppers number at (704) 662-1340.