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January 19th

No leads in gunman investigation

January 19, 2012

Video footage from campus surveillance cameras offered authorities no new information Thursday as they continue to investigate a report of a gunman at Catawba Valley Community College.

Police said a female CVCC employee reported a middle-aged white man holding a handgun in an East Campus parking lot about 9:20 a.m. Wednesday. The employee said the man was wearing a backpack and had long, curly blonde hair.

CVCC locked down its east and main campuses Wednesday as law enforcement spent nearly four hours combing the college for the suspect.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Thursday, Jan. 19

January 19, 2012

Crisis was averted on the campus of Catawba Valley Community College, but a lockdown and evacuation of nearly 5,000 people from the school’s two campuses caused a lot of alarm in the Hickory Metro.

The O-N-E delivered news updates online throughout Wednesday’s security threat online at www.observernewsonline.com and on Twitter @TheONENews.

Get a wrap-up of the day’s details on the Thursday edition of The O-N-E.

January 18th

Grant to boost low-income housing

January 18, 2012

Catawba County commissioners agreed to a grant this week that will help pay for repairs to multiple low-income households.

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners agreed to the N.C. Housing Finance Agency Urgent Repair Program Grant in the amount of $37,500.

The grant will be used to provide energy-efficiency improvements and minor structural repairs to seven low-income households in the area, according to information from the county.

Each home will receive a maximum of $5,000 in repairs.

Police chase ends in arrest

January 18, 2012

Police arrested a Newton man Monday afternoon after he assaulted his girlfriend and led authorities on a chase through the county.

Rushie Lee Kennedy, 24, of 815 East 1st St. in Newton, was charged with fleeing to elude arrest and assault on a female after a domestic issue turned into a police chase Monday afternoon.

Police say Kennedy assaulted his girlfriend at the Catawba Pines Apartments in Newton at about 2:30 p.m. Monday and fled the scene in a silver Chevy Impala.

His girlfriend called the police, who caught up to Kennedy in Newton and attempted to stop him.  

Lockdown terrifies students

January 18, 2012

Francina Owens was sitting in her driver’s education class Wednesday morning when she heard a voice on a loudspeaker.

“Security code red. The campus is on lockdown. This is not a test,” the voice said.

Owens, a Maiden resident, was one of nearly 1,000 students on Catawba Valley Community College’s East Campus when an employee spotted what appeared to be a gunman in a parking lot in front of the school.

Both the east and main campuses at CVCC were on lockdown for nearly four hours as area SWAT teams searched buildings for the suspect.

Authorities never found the reported gunman.

N.C. 16 Business bridge repairs complete

January 18, 2012

Traffic is returning to normal on N.C. 16 Business near downtown Conover — for now.

This week, the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) completed repairs to the N.C. 16 Business bridge over U.S. 70. Meanwhile, work is expected to begin soon to replace an aging N.C. 16 bridge over Interstate 40.

Repairs to the bridge over U.S. 70 were the result of a truck scraping underneath and damaging the bridge, said Rodney Gantt, a bridge maintenance engineer who works in Catawba and Lincoln counties.

UPDATE: CVCC gunman not found

January 18, 2012

About 5,000 people were on lockdown at Catawba Valley Community College’s two campuses Wednesday after someone reported a gunman on school property.

Area SWAT teams intensively searched CVCC’s east and main campuses for nearly four hours after a school employee spotted what they thought was a man with a gun in the East Campus parking lot.

The supposed gunman was never located.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Wednesday, Jan 18

January 18, 2012

Conover firefighters found a man dead inside a burning vehicle Tuesday morning. Get all the current details in the Wednesday edition of The O-N-E, and visit www.observernewsonline.com for updated information as it becomes available.

The O-N-E was first to report Newton leaders’ vote to relax rules for temporary signs promoting special events for businesses and civic clubs. The decision was divided and one city planning commission member said “unlimited signs will lead to a trash-dump-looking city.”

See the Wednesday edition of The O-N-E for complete details.

January 17th

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

January 17, 2012

This photo of Newton Police Department parking enforcement officer Evaleene Fowler is The O-N-E news photo of the week.

Fowler, known by many in the community, was hit by a car Friday in downtown Newton. The 86-year-old officer was transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Visit observernewsonline.com every day for breaking news. Check Wednesdays for The O-N-E photo of the week. To submit news tips or weekly photo feature choices, email onenews@observernewsonline.com.

Dead body found inside burned SUV

January 17, 2012

After Conover Police found a dead body inside a crashed vehicle Tuesday morning, police investigators say they believe the driver suffered a medical condition that led to a fiery wreck off Reese Drive.

"It appears there was no foul play involved," Conover City Manager Donald Duncan said, adding that the wreck occurred about 9:45 a.m., according to Conover Police investigators. "A gentleman suffered from a medical condition while he was driving, went off the road, impacted a tree and ignited the fuel tank and was burned severely."

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