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A juvenile was hit by a Subaru station wagon at about 10:20 Friday night (June 13) near the Old Courthouse Square in downtown Morganton. The victim was with friends and was hit as he attempted to cross the street.

The victim was on the corner of East Union Street and South Green Street when he attempted to cross South Green Street in the crosswalk, going toward the Marquee Cinema. The juvenile entered the crosswalk, causing a red S.U.V. to brake hard to avoid contact. The juvenile stopped in front of the S.U.V. A Subaru wagon directly behind the S.U.V. moved to the right when the S.U.V. stopped in order to avoid a collision. As the Subaru wagon was almost parallel to the S.U.V., the juvenile began to run toward the movie theater and into the path of the Subaru. The Subaru hit the juvenile in leg.

Burke County E.M.S. transported the juvenile to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The traffic signal for the S.U.V. and Subaru wagon was green and the “do not cross” signal for pedestrians was displayed. No charges were filed.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 06:51

H.P.D. Welcomes Four New Officers

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On June 6, four new Officers were formally sworn in to the Hickory Police Department.

Nathaniel Earl Bechtol is a native of Ft. Myers, Florida and a graduate of Appalachian State University. He served in the U.S. Army where he received a number of awards. Officer Bechtol will work in H.P.D.’s Adam PACT. He has a wife and three children.

Mason Daniel Eastwood is a native of Morganton and a graduate of Appalachian State University. Officer Eastwood is an Eagle Scout. He will serve in H.P.D.’s David PACT.

Robert Eugene Helton is a native of Hildebran and a graduate of Appalachian State University. Helton served in the U.S. Army where he earned a number of awards. He will work in the Baker PACT. Officer Helton has a wife and daughter.

Chase Arthur Johnson is a native of West Texas and a graduate of Appalachian State University. He has served in the United States Marine Corps. Officer Johnson will serve in H.P.D.’s Charles PACT. He has a wife and daughter.

Monday, 16 June 2014 15:48

Lenoir Woman Faces Felony Meth Charge

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26-year-old Cassandra Yvonne Crowe of S.W. Delwood Drive in Lenoir was arrested by Hudson Police Friday (June 13) for felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug parpaphernalia. She was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $13,000, secured. Crowe will appear in District Court on July 3 in Lenoir.

Monday, 16 June 2014 15:39

Taylorsville Man Busted for Heroin

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29-year-old Ryan Scott Whitson of Cove Crest Drive in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police just before nine o’clock last night (June 15) for possession of heroin.

He was arrested after Police were dispatched to Wal-Mart to assist Catawba County E.M.S. with an unconscious subject. Whitson was in the back of the ambulance when E.M.S. saw a needle in his pocket. A search was conducted, leading to the discovery of 0.01 grams of heroin.

Whitson was transported to Frye Regional Medical for treatment. He was later incarcerated in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. Whitson was also charged by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office with failure to appear on a non-support charge for which he was given an additional $2,000 secured bond. Court dates were scheduled for June 23 and June 26.

Monday, 16 June 2014 15:31

Lenoir Man Faces Variety of Felony Charges

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20-year-old Logan Eugene Whisnant of Hickory Heights Circle in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers Friday (June 13) on charges of felony larceny, felony possession of stolen goods or property, felony breaking & entering. He was also served a bill of indictment on felony charges of obtaining property by false pretense and possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance.

Whisnant was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $35,000 secured bond. He will appear in District Court on July 3 and in Superior Court on the drug charges on July 14, both in Lenoir.

42-year-old Charles Lewis Abernethy, Jr. of 11th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested at about 4 p.m. yesterday on a charge of felony habitual shoplifting. 19-year-old Skylar Mercedes Allen of 2nd Street S.E. in Hickory was also charged with misdemeanor larceny.

They were arrested after Police received reports of a larceny at the Family Dollar store on Highway 70 S.W. Officers arrived and saw a black male and a white female on foot. Police stopped them in a nearby parking lot. A consent search was conducted, leading to the discovery of clothing and shoes, as well as DVDs on the ground near where the two were walking. The items were taken from Family Dollar, Shoe Show and Roses.

Abernethy was jailed under a $30,000 secured bond. Allen’s bond was set at $1,500. Abernethy has a court date on June 23 while Allen will appear in court on July 16.

27-year-old Gary Terail Thompson and 25-year-old Tierra Denai Harbison, both of 17th Street S.W. in Hickory, were arrested just before 11 o’clock last night on one felony count each of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Thompson was also charged with failure to appear for felony possession of cocaine.

They were implicated in an incident in which a 2004 Ford Expedition was stolen from Randy Marion Sav-A-Lot. Staff left the keys in the vehicle after moving it while grass on the property was mowed. The suspects were located when a resident called and reported a vehicle parked in her driveway while the suspects went to get gas.

Both suspects were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Thompson set at $16,660, secured, while Harbison was given a $7,000 secured bond. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court on June 23.

A ten-year-old Lincoln County boy is in stable condition following an accidental hanging incident at his home Sunday morning (June 15).

Deputies were dispatched to a residence on the 2800 block of Long Shoals Road in Lincolnton around 9:30 a.m. The boy had been outside his residence playing basketball when the juvenile’s grandmother saw him hanging from a basketball goal and called his father. The goal was only 61 inches off the ground

The boy’s father ran outside and cut the boy down from the netting and began CPR. The victim was airlifted from the scene to CMC-Lincoln then transferred to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

According to a press release from the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office, the boy was conscious and alert this morning (June 16).

In addition to the Sheriff’s Office, Firefighters from the Long Shoals Fire Department and Lincoln County E.M.S. responded to the scene.

20-year-old Montavious Lemar Mayfield and 23-year-old Ashton Markese Mayfield, both of 3rd Avenue Court S.W. in Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police at about two o’clock Friday afternoon (June 13) on felony charges of obtaining property by false pretense (five counts for Montavious Mayfield and one count for Ashton Mayfield) and possession of stolen goods or property (six counts for Montavious Mayfield and one count for Ashton Mayfield).

They were arrested after a couple returned home from vacation and found their kitchen door slightly open with glass broken. Multiple electronics and jewelry items were stolen. Investigators learned that some of the stolen jewelry was sold to a local gold dealer, which led to the identification and arrests of the Mayfields.

Both men were taken into custody without incident at the gold dealer’s shop. They were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Montavious Mayfield set at $35,000, secured, while Ashton Mayfield was given a $7,000 secured bond. They will make first appearances in District Court on June 23 in Newton.

The Jim Carr Memorial Professional of the Year Award was recently presented to Dave Rozelle of the Stone Design Center in Hickory. Rozelle is the firm’s sales manager and one its co-owners.

The award is presented annually by The Catawba County Action Professionals (CCAP). Rozelle has been a member of the group for more than three years and currently serves as treasurer/secretary.

The award was presented by CCAP president Pat Pritchard, who was last year’s winner. It is named in honor of the late Jim Carr, who worked in news and sales for WHKY for 43 years up until his death in May of 2012.

The CCAP is a non-compete leads group that meets once a week. For more information, call Pritchard at 828-612-9757.