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April 18th, 2011

Storms damage more than 800 N.C. homes

April 18, 2011

RALEIGH — Officials say at least 800 homes in North Carolina were destroyed or damaged by the vicious storm system that killed at least 21 people in the state.

North Carolina public safety spokeswoman Julia Jarema said Monday morning that storms destroyed about 130 homes while damaging another 700. The numbers are preliminary, and teams are to spend much of this week assessing damage across the eastern half of the state. Jarema says officials do not have any dollar estimates on the cost of the damage.

April 15th

Newton tank gets new coat

April 15, 2011

Newton's skyline is changing, and this week's addition of a steel crown to the city's familiar downtown water tank was just the beginning.
On Friday, the 63-year-old landmark was shrouded in a cloak of secrecy as renovations improve the appearance and stability of the towering structure. Behind a fluttering, rust-colored cloth, roaring sounds emanate and fill downtown Newton. When the project is complete, the tank still won't hold water, but it will be a valuable revenue stream for the city.

House budget creates dark days for schools

April 15, 2011

A dark cloud covered Catawba County school systems this week as the N.C. House passed is education budget with a cut 3.8 percent higher than anticipated.

"It's a little worse than what we heard," said Glenn Barger, Catawba County Schools superintendent. "I appreciate the fact that they did save teachers in this version."

Teacher positions seem to be about the only line item saved in the House's budget, according to Barger and Newton-Conover City Schools Superintendent Dr. Barry Redmond.

HPD investigator convicted with DWI, appeals

April 15, 2011

A Hickory Police investigator is appealing his DWI conviction, after a single-car wreck in December.

Officer Robert Joseph Falowski, 42, of Claremont, was convicted Thursday on a level five driving while impaired charge in Hickory District Court. Falowski's attorney, Gene Sigmon, filed an appeal in the ruling, which is on its way to the District Attorney's Office for a date in superior court.

Freefall, justice create awareness

April 15, 2011

Brittany Inskeep has always wanted to skydive. In fact, it's on her bucket list.

On April 30, Inskeep will check off the skydiving adventure from her list as she takes the plunge to raise money for the Rape Crisis Center.

"It's an awesome way to raise awareness about sexual violence," said Inskeep, a victim's advocate at the Rape Crisis Center.

Victim robbed after helping men

April 15, 2011

Two Hickory men were arrested Thursday after robbing a man at gunpoint after the victim assisted the men with car repair.
Travis Lee Webb, of Hickory, told Hickory Police he stopped to help Geno Marquis Jordan, 23, of Hickory, and Sherrod Jaquis Weaver, 19, of Hickory, with a purple Chevrolet Caprice in the area of Third Avenue Southwest.
According to Hickory Police, Webb said the suspects were going to sell him an amp, so he followed the men to a house in the 200 block of 10th Avenue Southeast at about 11:45 a.m. Thursday.

Weather threat impacts Newton plans

April 15, 2011

Inclement weather forecast for Newton on Saturday forced the city to postpone and cancel events planned for the weekend.
The city's Arbor Day celebration, originally planned for Saturday morning, has been postponed until Monday at 1 p.m. The event will be at Jacobs Fork Park off N.C. 10.
Likewise, the threat of inclement weather and significant rainfall prompted the city to cancel its annual "Big Sweep" citywide clean-up, originally planned for Saturday. No rain date for the "Big Sweep" is set.

Second arrest made in robbery

April 15, 2011

The second man in a week-old Shell station armed robbery was arrested Wednesday.
Justin Daniel Tobias, 21, of Charlotte, was arrested Wednesday morning at his girlfriend's Hickory home. Tobias was identified as the second suspect in Hickory Police's investigation.
The first arrested suspect, De'andra Ventredous Killebrew, 20, of Charlotte, turned himself into the Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police Department on April 8.
Killebrew and Tobias allegedly entered the Total Convenience Market on U.S. 70 SW in Hickory at 8:30 a.m. April 7, according to the Hickory Police Department.

April 14th

Police catch suspects

April 14, 2011

Hickory Police stopped a purple Chevrolet Caprice after an alleged armed robbery at 11:45 a.m. Thursday.
The car was occupied by two males that were arrested after a traffic stop at about noon on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard for allegedly robbing a residence in the 200 block of 10th Avenue Southeast in Hickory.
Hickory Police Sgt. R. George said the suspects were somewhat cooperative during the arrest, and evidence was found in the car.
Hickory Police are investigating.

Suspect wanted in robbery

April 14, 2011

Police are searching for a suspect that allegedly stole money from a convenience store while purchasing an item.
At 5:42 a.m. Wednesday, a while male attempted to buy a drink and biscuit from the Little Market Basket, on N.C. 16 North in Conover. The man didn't have enough money to purchase the drink and biscuit, so he put one item back and gave the clerk money for the other.
The clerk said when the cash register opened to complete the sale, the man stuck his hand in the register and grabbed $36 from the drawer, according to an incident report.

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