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32-year-old Corey Dixon of August Street in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (October 13) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

He was arrested after Police responded to the Kangaroo Express store on Highway 70 S.E. to assist the Highway Patrol. A man there told a Trooper he was, “scared for his life.” The man said he had been in a trailer where a group of men broke in and assaulted him and were still following him. Police found no evidence to support the man’s story.

Meanwhile, Officers ran the tag number and found the vehicle was stolen out of Maryland. The man initially gave Officers a false name, but he was later identified as Corey Dixon.

Dixon was taken into custody without further incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

35-year-old James Wallace Jernigan III of River Road in Hickory was arrested shortly after 11 o’clock Friday night (October 10) on one felony count of fleeing to elude arrest and misdemeanor counts of driving while license revoked and careless & reckless driving.

Events leading to Jernigan’s arrest unfolded as Police attempted to conduct a vehicle stop on the 600 block of 4th Street S.W. when they saw a 2003 Ford Explorer with a cardboard tag that read, “stolen tag.” Officers activated their blue lights and siren, but the Ford accelerated and ran several stop signs and stoplights.

Officers gave pursuit as the chase continued into Burke County, with assistance from the Burke Co. Sheriff’s Office and the N.C. State Highway Patrol. The Ford was brought to a stop in a parking lot at 2320 Icard School Road in Rhodhiss. Jernigan got out of the vehicle and led Officers on a brief foot chase before he was found lying in a field and taken into custody.

A passenger in the vehicle was cited for allowing the vehicle to be driven with no insurance.

Jernigan was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (October 13) in Newton.

Maestro John Gordon Ross, the Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestra and Morganton-based pianist Greg Knight have been selected for national broadcast on “Performance Today.”

Nearly a year ago, the symphony presented its 49th Masterworks II concert, entitled “Fun & Romance,” featuring guest artist Gregory Knight on piano. The concert featured works by Dvorak, Rachmaninoff & Hanson. It was held at the P.E. Monroe Auditorium on the Lenoir-Rhyne University campus.

That performance will be broadcast on “Performance Today,” a production of American Public Media, airing on public radio stations across the country. The concert will also be broadcast on “Carolina Live,” a regional radio program featuring recordings of live classical performances from across the Carolinas.

The Hickory Woman’s Club recently presented two Catawba Valley Community College students with scholarships through the CVCC Foundation, Inc.

Molly A. Peeler of Hickory is studying latent evidence in the college’s Criminal Justice Department. A 2011 graduate of St. Stephens High School, she is treasurer of the Computer Information Security Systems Club and Membership Vice President of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. She is also president of the Criminal Justice Club. Peeler plans to transfer to Champlain College to earn a bachelor’s degree and work for the F.B.I.

Courtney D. Horne of Hickory is completing prerequisite courses in anticipation of applying to CVCC’s radiography program. The single mother of two daughters, Horne decided to return to college to set an example for her children. She volunteers with her church and works part time.

The mission of the CVCC Foundation, Inc. is to foster and promote the growth, progress and welfare of CVCC. For more information on giving, contact Teresa Biggs, executive director of the CVCC Foundation, Inc. at 828-327-7000 ext. 4288 or tbiggs@cvcc.edu.

Monday, 13 October 2014 13:57

Taylorsville Man Faces Rape Charge

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50-year-old Jeffery Neil Thomas of Taylorsville has been arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one count of second-degree rape. The incident allegedly occurred in the Stony Point area earlier last week. Thomas was given a $150,000 secured bond with a first appearance in District Court set for today (October 13) in Taylorsville.

Monday, 13 October 2014 07:41

Hickory Man Faces Felony Assault Charge

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20-year-old Stephen Joseph Johnson, Jr. of 25th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:30 last night (October 12) on one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

He is charged in connection to an incident that occurred at about 5:10 p.m. on Friday (October 10) in which he allegedly shot a juvenile male victim with a pellet gun. Johnson allegedly shot the victim in the hand as the victim was passing by on a bicycle. The victim was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center for treatment of his injury.

Johnson was arrested without incident at his residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

Monday, 13 October 2014 07:08

Dudley Shoals Man Busted on Felony Pot Charge

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25-year-old Logan Nathaniel Brown of Campground Road of Dudley Shoals was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Office I.C.E. Agents Friday (October 10) for felony possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana.

The investigation leading to Brown’s arrest began in July when I.C.E. Agents received information that Brown was having large amounts of marijuana shipped to him via U.P.S. from California.

In September of this year, a package arrived through U.P.S. from California addressed to Brown’s mother, who lives next door. Agents utilized a K-9 to sniff the package. After the dog alerted, Agents applied for and received a search warrant to open the package. Inside was a sealed bucket containing approximately ten pounds of marijuana.

Agents conducted a controlled delivery of the marijuana to Brown. After delivery, Agents approached both Brown and his mother and recovered the marijuana, which they found in a closet in Brown’s mother’s residence. She will likely face charges at a later date.

The marijuana has a street value of $32,000, according to North Carolina State Guidelines. Agents also seized $2,791 in cash and a 1998 Chevrolet Blazer.

Brown was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (October 13) in Lenoir.

The 12th annual Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn begins today (October 13) at Rock Barn Golf & Spa. Gates open at 7 a.m.

A Greenside Chat entitled “Inside the Ropes” is scheduled for noon. PGA Champions Tour rules official Joe Terry and David Eger, a former PGA TOUR rules official and current Champions Tour player, will lead the discussion offering a glimpse into the life of a professional golfer. “Inside the Ropes” will be held in the Blue Ridge Ballroom in the clubhouse at Rock Barn Golf & Spa. For more information, call the tournament office at 828-459-4000.

At 2 p.m., it’s the Greater Hickory High School Classic presented by Frye Regional Medical Center on the Front side of the Jackson Course. Both boys and girls will play in the 2 p.m. tournament rather than in two separate tournaments as previously planned.

There is no admission fee today.

Listen to WHKY for updates throughout the week.

Monday, 13 October 2014 07:00

Silver Alert Issued for Missing Hickory Man

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The N.C. Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert yesterday (October 12) for a missing endangered man, 38-year-old Rodney Earl Macon.  Mr. Macon is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

Mr. Macon is a black male.  He is 5' 8” tall and weighs 130 pounds.  He has short black hair and brown eyes.  Mr. Macon has a tattoo of a dog on his right arm.  He was last seen wearing a navy blue, long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans and blue tennis shoes.

Mr. Macon was last seen at 1037 3rd Street S.E. in Hickory and was traveling south from the residence, on foot.  He may have been walking to Oktoberfest in downtown Hickory.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Rodney Earl Macon should call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551.

Monday, 13 October 2014 06:56

Newton Man Faces Felony Sex Offense Charges

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20-year-old Jose David Rodriguez-Basquez of West “F” Street in Newton has been arrested by Newton Police on four counts of first-degree sex offense with a child and two counts of indecent liberties with child.  He was jailed last Thursday (October 9) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $200,000 secured bond with an appearance in Superior Court set for December 1 in Newton.