Archive - Aug 2010 - News Article
Thieves made off with more than $6,000 of property taken from a home in Conover.
The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two or more unknown suspects who allegedly broke into a home in the 400 block of Fairgrove Church Road, said Chief Deputy Coy Reid.
More than 20 items were stolen from the residence, including a laptop computer, a weed eater, a shotgun, office supplies and tools.
An early morning drive Wednesday ended with a car crashing into a Conover business.
Tiffany Robinson, 23, of Hickory, was driving west at 1:25 a.m. on U.S. 70-A West when her accelerator got stuck, causing her to lose control of her vehicle, said Conover Police Capt. Eric Loftin.
Robinson’s 2002 Ford Explorer crashed into Conware Company Logistics, which is in the 1500 block of U.S. 70-A West.
The car ran into the office area of the building and caused about $5,000 of damage to the structure, according to the police report.
Itâ€™s hot outside, and so are animal adoptions at the Humane Society of Catawba County.
More animals were adopted from the HSCC from January to August than were adopted during the entire year in 2009.
â€śAdoptions are double what they normally have been. We donâ€™t know why that is,â€ť said Jane Bowers, HSCC interim executive director. â€śWe donâ€™t question it. Weâ€™re just glad itâ€™s happening.â€ť
The more animals that are adopted, then the more animals the HSCC can take into the shelter.
â€śWe are a no-kill shelter, so until we do adoptions, we canâ€™t fill it with other animals,â€ť Bowers said.
All Catawba departments were asked to cut 30 percent of their budget in light of the town’s financial problems.
Interim Town Manager Eric Davis asked department heads to revisit their respective budgets and highlight expenditures that can be eliminated.
“It’s not anything definitive yet,” said Catawba Mayor Vance Readling. “But they just need to find possible ways they can cut their budgets.”
Readling said Council’s next move will be to address the department heads’ possible cuts and vote to make those cuts.
Catawba County law enforcement officials are saying ‘no’ to gang activity with a new program targeting seasoned street-crime offenders.
The Catawba County Gang Initiative, funded by the N.C. Governor’s Crime Commission, is a joint effort by Catawba County’s nine law enforcement agencies, including the Brookford, Catawba, Claremont, Conover, Hickory, Long View, Maiden and Newton police departments and the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office to combat street crimes and gang activity.
A Catawba Valley Community College paramedic student was killed Monday night in McGrady.
Richard “Allen” Matheson, 19, of McGrady, was riding in his friend’s Chevy TrailBlazer about 10 p.m. Monday on Mountain Valley Church Road in McGrady. The driver, Adam Burke, 19, went off the road’s shoulder, overcorrected and crossed the center line.
The TrailBlazer collided with a Ford Expedition traveling in the opposite direction. The Expedition struck the TrailBlazer near the front passenger seat, which is where Matheson was sitting.
School is in session this week for Tuttle Elementary second graders.
The school offered a week-long enrichment program to help students relearn skills and habits they were taught in first grade.
“It’s a head start for second grade,” said Meredith Huret, a second-grade teacher at Tuttle Elementary and enrichment program coordinator.
First-grade teachers recommend students for the program who need extra help on academic coursework before starting second grade.
After work on Newton's Heritage Trail Greenway stalled in May, city leaders recently bridged a $107,200 funding gap for the five-year project. Then on Thursday, city and state crews installed a different sort of bridge that puts the city one step closer to finishing the trail.
"We lack about 600 feet in the center of the Phase II," Newton City Manager Todd Clark explained about what remains unfinished after Thursday's bridge installation.
Newton-Conover City Schools and the Newton Police Department devised a new traffic pattern for South Newton Elementary School for morning and afternoon drop-off and pick-up.
“It’s more of a safety issue than anything,” said Newton Police Chief Don Brown. “We want to keep students and their parents safe.”
A man charged in the murder of a Conover couple could face the death penalty if convicted of the crime.
Frederick Hedgepeth, 25, pleaded not guilty in Rowan County Superior County on Wednesday to the June murders of Jerry and Jody Bullin.
Prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty against Hedgepeth.
Hedgepeth is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon. He allegedly shot the Bullins to death June 2 after making arrangements with the couple to buy a car from them.