Teresa Biggs, executive director of the CVCC Foundation, Inc., recently announced that a scholarship given annually by the Shuford Federal Credit Union is being renamed the SCU Bruce A. Blackburn Scholarship. The scholarship honors Blackburn’s service as chairman of the Shuford Credit Union board of directors and his passion for investment in education.
During a Christmas gathering of staff and board members earlier this month, Mr. Blackburn was presented a clock plaque officially changing the name of the scholarship.
The Hickory Fire Department recently hired Justin Sigman as a Fire Mechanic. Prior to employment with the department, Justin worked at the Mack Dealership for three years. He has several years experience working on vehicles, including heavy-duty trucks and diesel performance equipment.
In 2011, Sigman graduated with an Associate Degree in Diesel Technician Training from Lincoln College of Technology in Nashville, Tennessee. Sigman has also completed the Mack Master’s program through Mack trucks. He has earned the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence certification.
Sigman will be working in the Fire Maintenance Facility located on Sweetwater Road behind Fire Station #5.
Sigman is engaged to Erin Michaud.
35-year-old Michael Paul Desaint-Hyppolyte of Holly Court in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (December 21) by Hickory Police Officers. He was charged with misdemeanor larceny, felony larceny by defeating an anti-theft device and misdemeanor resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
He was arrested after Police took a call from Loss Prevention Officers at the Kohl’s store on Catawba Valley Boulevard in Hickory. Loss Prevention saw a man scratching the security tape off of packages containing men’s fragrances.
H.P.D. arrived and confronted the man, later identified as Michael Paul Desaint-Hyppolyte, at the doorway as he exited the store. The suspect briefly fled on foot, but fell in the parking lot as was brought back inside to the Loss Prevention office. A cell phone charger, two watches, three bottles of fragrance and two pairs of shoes were found in the suspect’s possession. The stolen items were valued at $389.
Following his arrest, Desaint-Hyppolyte was first taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center where he received treatment for minor injuries that occurred when he fell. He was then placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $6,000 bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for January 5.
40-year-old Misty Nicole Rohr of Laurel Street in Hudson was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:30 last night on one felony count of possession of cocaine. She was also charged on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
She was arrested when Police on foot patrol at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory saw a vehicle pull into the parking lot. A white female driver got out of the vehicle and went to room 136 while a black male passenger remained in the vehicle.
As Police were speaking to the passenger, the woman came back out of the hotel room. Officers then spoke to her and ran a routine records check, leading to the discovery of the outstanding misdemeanor warrant, which originated in Caldwell County. A subsequent search led to the discovery of a crack rock in Rohr’s coat pocket. The crack rock weighed 0.1 grams.
No other illegal items were found on the passenger’s person or in the vehicle. The man was not charged.
Rohr was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,500 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (December 22) in Newton.
40-year-old Danny Lee Hensley of Matthew Miller Road in Vale has been arrested by Lincolnton Police on charges of second-degree rape, kidnapping, sex offense in a parental role and first-degree sex offense with a child.
Events leading to his arrest unfolded on December 14 when Lincolnton Police took a report regarding child molestation. An ongoing investigation led to the charges against Hensley. Additional charges are possible.
Hensley was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $500,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make an appearance in District Court today (December 22) in Lincolnton.
Cisneros Genaro Morales was arrested December 1 by U.S. Marshals in Bexar County, Texas on a warrant issued in Statesville for attempted first-degree murder. He also faces charges for domestic violence.
His arrest comes in connection to a shooting that occurred on the evening of September 25 at Iredell Fiber on Fanjoy Road in Statesville. Officers arrived to find that the victim, Guadalupe
Tornez Casiano Morales, had been shot multiple times by her husband, Cisneros Genaro Morales.
The victim was outside at her vehicle on her meal break when the incident took place. The victim was able to run to the door of the business and get inside. The suspect fled the scene on foot. The victim was transported to a hospital for treatment of her injuries.
Morales was brought back to Statesville Friday (December 19) and turned over to the Statesville Police Department. He has been confined in the Iredell County Jail with bond set at $200,000, secured, on the attempted murder charge; however, he is being held without bond on the domestic violence charges. No court dates are currently listed.
36-year-old Heather Michelle Shufford of 13th Avenue Southwest, Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Officers Saturday (December 20). She's charged with three counts of possession of marijuana, three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of schedule four controlled substance, driving while license revoked, and reckless driving to endanger. Following the arrest, Shufford was detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $37,000 bond, a District Court appearance is scheduled for February 4.
55-year-old Maggie Canipe Smith of Stafford Street, Conover was arrested Sunday (December 22) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. Smith is charged with assault on a law officer, resisting arrest, and two counts of simple assault. Following the arrest, Smith was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $4,000 bond. A court appearance is scheduled for January 26.
35-year-old Michael Paul Desaint-Hyppolyte of Holly Court, Lenoir, was arrested Sunday (December 21) by Hickory Police Officers. The charges filed are larceny, larceny by defeating an anti-theft device, and resisting a public officer. Following the arrest, Desaint-Hyppolyte was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $6,000 bond, a court appearance is scheduled for January 5.
The search is continuing for a man being sought by authorities in Catawba County. Last Thursday afternoon, authorities said Jeffery Tucker took off when U.S. Marshals attempted to serve a warrant for possession of a firearm. Records show Tucker is a convicted felon. Officials with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, ATF, U.S. Marshals and North Carolina Highway Patrol conducted the search for Tucker. The manhunt was focused on a three-mile radius near Anderson Mountain Road. Troopers set up checkpoints and were stopping drivers along Tower Road and Anderson Mountain Road. In addition, authorities residents to stay in their homes. Tucker is described as a white male with long grayish-black hair. Records online list him as 48-years-old. Authorities are urging residents report suspicious activity to 911 immediately.