Archive - Nov 10, 2011 - News Article
Police are looking for suspects who stole more than $5,000 in equipment from a storage shed at Wilsonâs Airport on Tuesday.
According to the Catawba County Sheriffâs Office, unknown suspects stole motors, engines, wheels and other equipment from the Wilsonâs Airport at 5284 Pittstown Road in Hickory.
Authorities say the items were probably stolen overnight and are still investigating. The items belonged to Claude Farris Wilson, 81, of Hickory.
Some of the items include:
* $1,000 â 60 horse power electric motor
* $500 â starter engine for a crawler tractor
During his lifetime, public servant P.J. Stanley touched the lives of many Claremont and Catawba County residents.
The governor of North Carolina honored that service this week.
The office of Gov. Bev Perdue issued Stanleyâs family the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award during a ceremony at Claremont Police Department.
It is the highest award that the governor can issue a citizen of the state.
Billy Hoke worked at Warlong Glove in April 1943.
In the two years that followed, the teenage Hoke left his hometown of Conover to visit several U.S. states and walk all over Europe.
Along the way he dodged German torpedoes, avoided enemy gunfire and lost part of his left leg after stepping on a snow-covered ground explosive. He did it all as a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard during World War II.
âI was in the 109th infantry, 28th division,â Hoke said this week during an interview with The O-N-E about his military service. âI walked everywhere I went.
A new state law intending to punish criminals who run from police may also place an extra burden on counties.
Lawmakers approved N.C. House Bill 427 this summer. The âRun and Youâre Doneâ law, which goes into effect Dec. 1, forces police to seize any vehicle involved in a felonious speeding-to-elude-arrest incident.
According to the law, those vehicles are then handed over to sheriffs â placing more cars, paperwork and up-front costs on county resources that are already slim.
The Observer News Enterprise proudly salutes our veterans, including World War II veteran John Caldwell of Newton. Read his account of the Omaha Beach in the Thursday print and online editions of The Observer News Enterprise. Also be sure to see the calendar events slated for Veteranâs Day observances in the county.