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The City of Newton’s annual “Light Up the Town” celebration will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, November 30 on the 1924 Courthouse Square in downtown Newton.

Organized by the Newton Festival & Events Committee, the event officially marks the beginning of the holiday season with the lighting of thousands of lights, followed by a variety of activities for everyone including tractor rides, a live nativity scene, pony rides and free hot cocoa.

Santa and his elves will arrive on the square at 5 p.m. They will pose for photos with children inside the courthouse, with this year’s pictures sponsored by Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet. Several choral groups will perform seasonal music and select downtown merchants will offer special treats for visitors. The Vertical Life group will offer face painting and balloon animals and the Elk’s Lodge will serve free hot cocoa.

For more information, contact Jessica Setzer, Festival & Events Chairperson, at 828-578-0127 or call the Newton Parks & Recreation Department at 828-695-4317. Additional information is also available at www.newtonnc.gov.

Thursday, 06 November 2014 11:00

Hickory Man Arrested for Crack Cocaine & Marijuana

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37-year-old Prenston Lamar Burch of 20th Avenue Drive N.E. was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (November 6) on one felony count each of possession of cocaine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Events leading to Burch’s arrest unfolded at about 10:15 last night when Police responded to an apartment on the 1800 block of 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in response to reports of drug violations at the apartment. Burch answered the door and Police immediately detected the odor of marijuana coming from within.

Officers obtained and executed a search warrant at the residence. The search turned up a pipe, two packages of marijuana with a total weight of 9.2 grams, a bottle with the residue of crack cocaine weighing 0.8 grams, a bag containing crack cocaine with a weight of 5.4 grams, burned marijuana weighing one gram and a grinder.

Burch, who was the only person present in the apartment, was taken into custody without incident. He was arrested at 1:36 this morning. Burch has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

Thursday, 06 November 2014 10:56

Armed Robbery Suspect's Identity Released

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20-year-old Treshun Xzavian Moore-Fields of Mt. Holly, N.C. has been identified as the suspect in two armed robberies that occurred about 30 minutes apart Tuesday (November 4) in Hickory, previously reported yesterday on WHKY.

The first robbery occurred in the parking lot at the Valley Hills Mall at approximately 5:40 p.m. when a tall, slender, black male with dreadlocks wearing a red hoodie approached an 18-year-old female victim. The suspect displayed a handgun and demanded money or property from the victim. The victim was forced to drive to an ATM to obtain money for suspect and was then released. She then contacted authorities.

The second robbery occurred at 6:10 p.m. in the parking lot at Office Max near the Hickory Corners shopping center, just off of Highway 70. The 28-year-old male victim was approached by a man matching the suspect description from the previous incident. The suspect demanded money and property from the victim. The victim refused and an argument ensued. The victim yelled for help and the suspect fled the scene in a silver, four-door passenger car.

An investigation led to the identification of Treshun Xzavian Moore-Fields as the suspect. Warrants have been issued for his arrest.  Police say the suspect may have returned to the Mt. Holly area.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the case or the whereabouts of Treshun Xzavian Moore-Fields should contact Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for Woodgrain Millwork, Inc. was held yesterday (Wednesday, November 5) at the company’s facility, 820 Complex Street S.W. in Lenoir.

The event – sponsored by the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission – featured Woodgrain Millwork Vice President Greg Easton, North Carolina House of Representatives Majority Leader and Caldwell County resident Edgar Starnes and numerous local officials.

In his remarks, Easton recalled the early beginnings of the company his grandfather started 60 years ago. He said the company chose the Lenoir site for expansion, citing location, natural resources and a trained workforce as leading factors.

Woodgrain Millwork has been working for the past two years to bring the 270,000-square-foot A-frame building back to life in Lenoir. The facility’s core focus is the manufacturing of wood moulding products that are sold by hardware and home improvement retailers worldwide. Woodgrain Millwork is the largest supplier of those products to Home Depot.

The Lenoir location currently has 90 employees, with plans to nearly double the workforce in the future. Based out of Fruitland, Idaho, Woodgrain Millwork has two other manufacturing sites for windows and doors in North Carolina.

For more information, contact Caldwell County EDC Executive Director Deborah Murray at 828-728-0768.

37-year-old Jeremiah Prince of Owens Mountain Avenue in Connelly Springs has been arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony breaking & entering and felony larceny after breaking & entering.

Prince is accused of stealing scrap metal in connection to multiple incidents. On Monday, October 27, an incident involving the theft of scrap metal was reported to the Sheriff’s Office. The victim identified several possible suspects, including Jeremiah Prince.

The next day, Prince was caught leaving the same property with a small amount of metal. An investigation revealed that Prince broke into an outbuilding and took scrap metal from within. After reviewing video surveillance footage, Officers determined that Prince had gone to the property on several occasions and removed metal. The total value of the materials taken was in excess of $8,000.

Following his arrest on October 28, Prince was taken to the Burke Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $4,000 secured bond. His next appearance in District Court was set for November 19 in Morganton.

Thursday, 06 November 2014 07:03

Hickory Christmas Parade Applications Due Tomorrow

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The City of Hickory’s Christmas Parade applications are due by 5 p.m. this Friday, November 7. To visit the city’s website, which includes all parade information and the application, click here.

Thursday, 06 November 2014 06:59

Hickory to Flush Water Distribution System Next Week

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The City of Hickory Public Utilities Department will perform normal maintenance flushing of the water distribution system throughout the northwest and northeast areas of the city from Monday, November 10, through Friday, November 14.

The procedure is intended to maintain water quality and system integrity.

For more information, contact the City of Hickory Public Utilities Department at 828-323-7427.

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 15:45

Hickory Man Busted on Felony Cocaine Charge

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30-year-old Gevon Marquise King of 2nd Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested at about three o’clock this morning (November 5) on one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine. He was taken into custody without incident at the Fast & Fresh store on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond was set at $30,000, secured. King has since been released. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

25-year-old Dennis Lee Crawford, Jr. of Wayside Place in Lenoir has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony breaking & entering and felony larceny after breaking & entering. Crawford was jailed today (November 5) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 14:39

Conover Woman Accused of Forging & Cashing Check

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34-year-old Javonda Shacura Boston of Rock Barn Road in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:20 yesterday morning (November 4) on one felony count of uttering a forged endorsement.

She was arrested after a Loss Prevention Officer at Wal-Mart noticed an irregular check that had been made out to an employee. Hickory Police went to the store and contacted the owner of the check, which was a business in Harrisburg, North Carolina, who confirmed that the check had been stolen.

Police believe the check was forged and cashed by a Wal-Mart employee, Javonda Boston. The check was written for approximately $1,300.

Boston was arrested at H.P.D. headquarters and later released under a $2,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Hickory.