April 15th, 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.
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.
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.
Former Maiden and Bunker Hill football coach Tom Brown will enter his fourth hall of fame on Saturday, when he is inducted into the North Carolina High School Athletic Associaton (NCHSAA) Hall of Fame.
Brown, who is considered by many as one of the greatest high school coaches in North Carolinaâ€™s history, adds the NCHSAA Hall of Fame honor to his inductions into the Lenoir-Rhyne, Catawba County Sports and North Carolina Athletic Directorâ€™s Association Halls of Fame.
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.
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.
Gail Hoyle Scronce, 64, of Newton, passed away Thursday, April 14, 2011, at Pallatiative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Scronce family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
Harold Eugene Braswell Jr., 43, of Maiden, passed away Thursday, April 14, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 16, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Fairview Baptist Church in Lincolnton with the Rev. Dwayne Pearson officiating.
Community members are putting their best feet forward to help support ALFA to improve the lives of those infected with AIDS.
Saturday marks the second annual Hike for Hope, sponsored by Advancing Life Fighting AIDS, at the Catawba River Greenway in Morganton.
â€śThe Greenway was an ideal setting in 2010,â€ť said Rodney Tucker, ALFA executive director. â€śThe riverside location and mid-spring weather really furthered the atmosphere of hope. Weâ€™re excited to bring people back this year to Burke County, which is one of ALFAâ€™s largest service areas.â€ť
A Conover manâ€™s lifelong dedication to the agriculture industry through leadership and participation led to state award.
Ira Cline, of Conover, was awarded the Hall of Fame award by the North Carolina Vegetable Growersâ€™ Association for his continued work, innovation and leadership to the vegetable industry.
Dick Tunnell, chairman of the board for the NCVGA, presented the award to Cline in December at the Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
â€śWhen you get an award in front of all the people youâ€™ve known for years, itâ€™s humbling,â€ť said Cline.
The Lincoln County Sheriffâ€™s Office SWAT team raided a residence on the Buffalo Shoals Road Thursday morning.
Lincoln County Sheriffâ€™s Sgt, Steven Grinnell received information that James Andrew Woods Jr. was wanted on a number of charges and was at the residence at 843 Buffalo Shoals Road in Lincolnton. Grinnell confirmed the information and contacted the SWAT team leader.