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Friday, 10 October 2014 07:06

No One Injured in Morganton Apartment Fire

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Fire destroyed four units in an apartment complex at 121 Camellia Garden Street in Morganton Thursday. Firefighters responded at about 4 a.m. yesterday. Three of the four apartments were unoccupied. The resident of the fourth apartment was not injured.

The Burke County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of the fire, which started in one of the unoccupied units. Several area fire departments responded.

Friday, 10 October 2014 06:58

Oktoberfest Starts Today in Hickory

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The 29th annual Oktoberfest begins at 5 p.m. today (Friday, October 10) and runs through the weekend in downtown Hickory. Live music begins at six o’clock this evening on four stages around Union Square. Edwin McCain is the headliner. He will perform on the main stage at 9:30 tomorrow night (Saturday, October 11).

The festival continues until 11 p.m. tonight. It runs from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. tomorrow and from noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Oktoberfest features a variety of food, a juried arts show, crafts of all kinds, a kids stage and amusement rides. There is no admission to any of the concerts.

WHKY is among the event’s sponsors and will be on hand throughout the weekend.

For more information, visit http://hickoryoctoberfest.com.

A woman in Hickory reportedly killed herself today after a stand off with local law enforcement. Few details are available, but neighbors say the woman was a nurse who recently lost her job.

Authorities responded after the woman’s neighbor called and told them the woman had barricaded herself inside the residence on 15th Avenue S.E. in Hickory, threatening to kill herself and others.

Approximately 40 patrol cars and S.W.A.T. trucks were on the scene this afternoon. The woman fired several shots at Police with a semi-automatic pistol and said she would shoot them if they didn’t leave.

The S.W.A.T. unit went into the house about an hour after the shots were fired. Officers say every door in the home was barricaded. Once inside the house, they found the woman dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The woman’s identity has not been released. There are no reports of additional injuries at this time.

28-year-old Donald Lee Beaver of Tradewinds Court in Mooresville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers for violating a pre-trial release agreement.

While out conducting follow-up investigations on several domestic violence cases, Det. Sgt. Katie Harwell of the Sheriff’s Special Victims Unit went to a residence on Winding Arbor Road. No one was home. In an effort to locate the victim, Sgt. Harwell went to 148 Rowan Road in Cleveland. When Sgt. Harwell knocked on the door, Donald Lee Beaver answered. He then pointed to the female Sgt. Harwell was attempting to locate.

Sgt. Harwell spoke with the victim and was able to confirm through the Clerk of Courts Office that Beaver was in violation of active pretrial release conditions.

Beaver was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. Beaver was originally arrested on September 22 of this year for assault on a female and resisting a public officer. His original bond was $500, secured. An appearance in District Court was set for November 10.

         

Thursday, 09 October 2014 13:38

Boone Teen Accused of Stealing Hammock from Employer

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19-year-old Kathleen Beatrice Ferrell of Boone was arrested by Boone Police last Friday (October 3) on one count of felony larceny by employee.

Ferrell allegedly stole a Mayan hammock from her place of employment, The Happy Place. She is accused of listing the hammock for sale on App State Classifieds, a Facebook page dedicated to private sales.

Ferrell was given a $10,000 secured bond pending a November 18 appearance in Watauga County District Court.

46-year-old Mickey Gene Mellon of Boyles Road in Lawndale has been convicted in Lincoln County Superior Court on charges of attempted discharging a firearm into occupied property and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was sentenced yesterday (October 8) to 27 to 42 months in the North Carolina prison system.

On September 28 of last year, Deputies were dispatched to a shots fired call on Hull’s Grove Church Road. The caller told Officers someone in a gold-colored minivan was firing shots at a green Jeep Cherokee as they traveled on Hulls Grove Church Road. Deputies later found the Jeep wrecked on Zonnie Schronce Road. No one was in the Jeep.

Detective Jon Propst learned the vehicle had been occupied by two women, one of whom was described as Mellon’s girlfriend. Investigators searched Mellon’s Cleveland County home where they located a handgun used in the incident.

Thursday, 09 October 2014 11:34

WPCOG Presents Scam Jam on Nov. 4

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The Western Piedmont Council of Governments’ Area Agency on Aging will present Scam Jam & More 2014, in partnership with the Catawba Coalition on Aging. The event is set for November 4 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 52 16th Avenue N.W. in Hickory.

Scam Jam & More is a collection of educational presentations designed to familiarize consumers with the kinds of scams and fraud in today’s society, such as consumer fraud, identity theft and telemarketing fraud. Guest speakers include representatives from the N.C. Attorney General’s Office, the N.C. Secretary of State, the N.C. Senior Medicare Patrol and The Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office.

Those attending will be able to visit with health & safety vendors in the lobby and obtain information from area Fire, Police and Health departments.

A Shred-It truck will also be on-site. Participants can protect themselves from identity theft by bringing pre-approved credit card offers, old bills and other documents that include personal information to be shredded. It is not necessary to remove staples and paper clips.

A schedule of events is as follows…

8 a.m. to 10 a.m. – flu shot clinic (bring Medicare ID card)

8 a.m. to 10 a.m. – Shred-It truck on site

8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. – registration, refreshments & vendors in the lobby

9:30 a.m. to 12 noon – Scam Jam & More program

Pre-registration is required and can be made by contacting the Scam Jam & More registration office at 828-485-4213 before October 25.

Thursday, 09 October 2014 11:09

Three Busted for Meth in Caldwell County

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29-year-old Christopher Dale Church of Paul Drive in Hudson, along with 27-year-old Margo Jane Williams and 27-year-old Justin Patrick Preston, both of the Sleepy Hollow Mobile Home Park in Lenoir, were all arrested on drug charges by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (October 8).

Church was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine and manufacturing methamphetamine. Williams and Preston were each charged with possession of meth and simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. In addition, Preston faces charges for failure to appear and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. All three subjects were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, four counts for Church and one count each for Williams and Preston.

They were taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond for Church set at $100,000, secured, while Williams was given a $25,000 secured bond. A motion was filed to revoke bond for Preston. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for today in Lenoir.

44-year-old James Maurice Wilson of Lee Allen Drive in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police at four o’clock yesterday afternoon (October 8) on one felony count of habitual larceny or shoplifting.

Wilson was most recently arrested for misdemeanor shoplifting at the Rugged Warehouse on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory on October 6. He was detained with hats, pants and socks on his person. The warrant for habitual shoplifting was issued yesterday.

Wilson has been in custody in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility since his arrest Monday with bond set at $5,000, secured. An appearance in court was scheduled for October 13.

19-year-old Larry Gene Smith of 20th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5 p.m. yesterday (October 8) on felony charges of breaking & entering a place of worship, larceny after breaking & entering, obtaining property by false pretense and possession of stolen goods.

The charges stem from an investigation into a break-in at the Harvest Community Church on 29th Avenue Drive N.E. Investigators were led to Smith after items reported stolen turned up at two area pawnshops.

An arrest warrant was issued. Smith was found at his residence, where he gave Police consent to search. During the search, additional items believed to have been stolen from the church were recovered, as well as some items taken from Salon Universal on 16th Street N.E. in Hickory. A break-in occurred at the salon on October 7.

Smith was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.

Investigators say Smith may be linked to additional cases and may have had an accomplice. Anyone with information about the possible accomplice or any information regarding the B&E and larceny cases should contact Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.