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Thursday, 02 October 2014 07:00

Artists' Reception at Taste Full Beans Tonight

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Hickory artists Marie Taylor, Thelma Kirby, Loretta Ivey, Jan Bodnar, Amanda Dobbins and Charles Kimso will have work for sale at Taste Full Beans throughout the month of October. A reception for the artists will be held tonight (October 2) from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The public is welcome. Refreshments will be served and the artists will be present to talk about their work.

Taste Full Beans is located at 29 2nd Street N.W. in downtown Hickory. For more information, call 828-325-0108.

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 15:40

Lenoir Man Charged with Indecent Exposure

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20-year-old Collin Stewart Hudson of Fairview Drive in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (September 30) on charges of communicating threats and indecent exposure. He was given a custody release. No court date is currently listed.

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 15:19

Hickory Man Indicted Following June 2014 Meth Arrest

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35-year-old James Wallace Jernigan III of River Road in Hickory was served a felony indictment at about 5:15 p.m. yesterday (September 30) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jernigan was initially arrested in June of this year following a traffic stop and subsequent search. The search allegedly turned up methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Jernigan was taken into custody yesterday by authorities in Alexander County and turned over to Hickory Police. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,500 secured bond. A Superior Court date in Newton was set for November 3.

According to a statement released today (October 1) by North Carolina’s State Board of Elections (S.B.E.), the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting in advance of the General Election in November. A divided panel ordered the lower court to enjoin enforcement of new election procedures that eliminated same-day registration and required that a voter cast his or her ballot in the properly assigned precinct. Judge Diana Gribbon Motz dissented.

S.B.E. Executive Director Kim Westbrook Strach expressed concern that changes so close to the election might contribute to voter confusion. Strach said more than four million voter guides have gone to the public with information contrary to today’s decision.  

An appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is expected as soon as tomorrow. Voters are encouraged to stay informed for further developments. A portion of the law dealing with voter I.D. is not set to take effect until 2016.  

A copy of the Fourth Circuit opinion is available online. Election Day is November 4.

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 14:28

McDowell County School Bus Accident Injures Nine

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A McDowell County Public school bus traveling west on Sugarhill Road was involved in an accident at about 7:30 this morning (October 1).

The school bus was driven by 39-year-old Kim Wood of Marion and was transporting 28 students to the West Marion Elementary School. A 1998 Buick driven by 40-year-old Randall K. Webb of Nebo was traveling east on Sugarhill Road when it crossed left of the centerline and hit the school bus, head-on, in the westbound lane. After impact, the school bus ran onto the westbound shoulder and hit a ditch.

Webb and eight children from the school bus were transported to McDowell Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Webb was the Buick’s only occupant. He was charged with DWI and driving left of center.

53-year-old Richard Charles Compton of Seedhouse Road in Statesville was arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday for indecent liberties with a child.

On Sunday September 14, the Sheriff’s Special Victims Unit received reports of a sexual assault involving two children. The case was assigned to Detective Sergeant Amy Dyson, who witnessed interviews with the victims at the Dove House Child Advocacy Center. Sgt. Dyson then met with the victims' parents and other witnesses.

Sgt. Dyson spoke to the suspect, Richard Charles Compton, and obtained three felony warrants for his arrest. Compton was booked into the Iredell County Detention Center yesterday (September 30). He is being held under a $100,000 secured bond.

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:49

Hickory Man Faces Felony Cocaine Charge

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24-year-old Antonio Carnell White of 2nd Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about nine o’clock last night (September 30) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and misdemeanor counts of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer and second-degree trespass.

He was arrested when Police saw White walking on the 1000 block of Highway 127 South and knew he was wanted for non-support. A consent search was conducted, leading to the discovery of 0.6 grams of crack cocaine. White briefly fled on foot, but was stopped on the 1100 block of 2nd Street Place S.E., on Hickory Housing Authority property.

After his arrest, White was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he was also charged on the child support warrant, which dates back to 2009. Bond was set at $72,000, secured, plus $160 for non-support. He was scheduled to appear in court today and tomorrow.

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 11:17

Hickory Man Still Missing

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Hickory Police are still attempting to locate 32-year-old William Pierre Mayfield, who was reported missing by his family on September 24.

Mr. Mayfield was last seen on Sunday, September 21, at approximately 1 a.m. leaving the Total Convenience Market Shell gas station at 327 Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Mayfield arrived and left the store as the passenger in what appeared to be small, silver, late-model four-door vehicle. The driver appeared to be a black male wearing a white shirt. Police say the vehicle may be the same vehicle and person Mayfield was seen leaving his residence with on the 200 block of 1st Street S.E. approximately two hours before.

Police believe Pierre Mayfield attended a party at a house on the 900 block of South Center Street just before or just after leaving the Total Convenience Market.

William Pierre Mayfield goes by Pierre Mayfield. He is a black male with a light complexion and a completely bald head. Mr. Mayfield is 5’8” tall, weighing approximately 135 pounds.

He was last seen wearing a red & black ball cap with a white logo on the front and a red bill; a long red t-shirt shirt with a white and black logo on the chest, dark colored jeans and black shoes.

Police would like to speak with anyone who can identify the person Mayfield was with or the vehicle they were in at the Total Convenience Market or anyone who was at the store on Sunday, September 21 between 12:45 a.m. and 1 a.m. Police would also like to speak to anyone who attended the party on the 900 block of South Center Street.

Anyone with any information about Pierre Mayfield should contact the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551.  

70-year-old Jerry Dean Wallace of the West Memorial Highway in Union Grove has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on four felony counts of indecent liberties with a child.

On September 17, a report was filed with the Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit regarding a child who was allegedly sexually assaulted on different occasions from 2008 until 2014. The case was assigned to Det. Sgt. Brian Fink of the Special Victims Unit. Sgt. Fink met with the victim and her mother and also witnessed the child’s interview at the Dove House Child Advocacy Center.

The suspect was located, but declined to make a statement. Sgt. Fink located other witnesses in another county. Those witnesses were interviewed by another agency.

Based on the information gathered, four felony warrants were issued for Wallace’s arrest. He was taken into custody yesterday (September 30) and placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bond. Wallace is scheduled to appear in District Court tomorrow (October 2).

According to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office, Wallace is a minister at the Light In the Darkness Church in Union Grove, N.C. The investigation is ongoing. Further charges may be forthcoming.

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 06:58

Hickory Sets Schedule for Leaf Collection

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The City of Hickory’s loose-leaf collection service will begin on November 10 and will continue until January 16, 2015. The city’s public service crews collected more than 7.5 million pounds of leaves during the 2013-2014 leaf season.

Each of the city’s collection areas will have two pickups. Time allotted in each area is based on the number of mature trees and the size of each collection area. The service is dependent on weather and citizens are asked to be patient and understand that pick up could be delayed due to weather.

Citizens are reminded that the city collects leaves and yard waste all year long if the material is placed in clear plastic bags or 32-gallon containers marked Yard Waste. Those materials are picked up on the citizen’s regular garbage collection day.

Collection in the Northwest “A” quadrant will take place from November 10 – 14 and December 15 – 19. The quadrant is defined by the city limits on the west, North Center Street on the east, north of Southern Railroad and south of 12th Avenue N.W. (Geitner Road), 6th Street N.W. and 16th Avenue N.W.

In the Northwest “B” quadrant, collection will take place from November 17 – 21 and December 22 – 26. The boundaries for Northwest “B” are all city limits north of 12th Avenue N.W. (Geitner Road) 6th Street N.W., 16th Avenue N.W. and west of North Center Street.

Collection in the Southeast and Southwest will take place from November 24 – 28 and December 29 – January 2. The Northeast is scheduled for December 1 – December 12 and January 5 – 16.

Tips to make leaf collection run smoother throughout the city:

  • Rake all leaves to the curb by the first collection day.
  • Keep leaves away from storm drains and out of the street to help prevent flooding and accidents during rain, snow and ice events.
  • Never park a vehicle on a leaf pile. A hot exhaust system could catch the leaves on fire.
  • Do not mix leaves with junk, trash, rocks or brush (sticks), which could damage equipment, delay collection and potentially cause injury.
  • Leaves in clear plastic bags or leaves in an easily handled open container, like a 32 gallon container marked Yard Waste, are collected weekly on regular garbage days. Bagged leaves and yard waste must be placed in clear plastic bags so crews can distinguish those bags from junk.
  • Use extreme caution when operating motor vehicles in the vicinity of leaf collection crews.

Anyone with questions regarding leaf collection in Hickory should call 828-323-7500.