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29-year-old Jeffrey Todd Crouse was arrested this morning (Wednesday, May 24) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Crouse was arrested at an address on South Industrial Park Road. He was placed in jail under $13,000 secured bond, a court date was scheduled for today.

Investigators with the Statesville Police Department, conducting an ongoing investigation into the operation of illegal sweepstakes style gaming machine locations, executed simultaneous search warrants on Monday evening (May 22) at three locations. All three locations operate under the name “Pure Fire.” The addresses are 112 Signal Hill Drive, 3442 East Broad Street, and 1470 West Front Street.

As a result of the searches at all three locations, Investigators worked late into the night and seized in excess of 120 electronic gaming machines and computers along with U.S. currency. The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending against the owners/operators of the establishments.

Sweepstakes style games are illegal to maintain and operate in the State of North Carolina.

A suspect charged with multiple drug offenses has reportedly been arrested in connection to a poppy field discovered in Catawba County. 37-year-old Cody Xiong of C Avenue in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (May 23) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with manufacturing schedule II controlled substance and trafficking opium or heroin.

Published reports say Xiong's arrest is connected to the discovery of a large opium poppy field on Poultry Lane near Claremont. The reports said undercover officers with the Catawba County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant for the field Tuesday morning.  

Poppy plants are grown to create opium, which is used to make drugs such as heroin. It is against the law to grow poppy plants in North Carolina. The published reports say that authorities estimate that the plants found in Catawba County are worth half a billion dollars.

Xiong was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $45,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (May 24).

53-year-old Jeffrey Brent Church of Pinewood Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (May 23) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with trafficking in methamphetamine. Church was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (May 25).

41-year-old Cornelius Montreal Peeler of Langston Drive in Shelby was arrested by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with larceny of a motor vehicle. Peeler was detained this morning (Wednesday, May 24) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.

According to multiple published reports, a large opium poppy field was found on Poultry Lane near Claremont. The reports say undercover officers with the Catawba County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant for the field this morning (Tuesday, May 23).  

Poppy plants are grown to create opium, which is used to make drugs such as heroin. It is against the law to grow poppy plants in North Carolina. The published reports say that officers estimate that the plants found in Catawba County are worth half a billion dollars.

WHKY will have more details as the Sheriff's Office releases them.

Just before 10:15 this morning (May 23), Statesville Police responded to a reported home invasion that took place at a mobile home on Park Drive in Statesville.  Officers found an adult male stabbing victim and a female victim across the street at a neighbor’s residence where they went to seek help.

Investigators learned that two suspects kicked open the mobile home’s front door and then kicked open the 43-year-old male victim’s bedroom door.  A struggle ensued in the bedroom and the male victim was stabbed.  The 55-year-old female victim said one of the suspects forced open her bedroom door and dragged her from the bedroom.

Both suspects fled from the mobile home park on foot, headed east, possibly into a wooded area.  The suspects were described as two black males with dark clothing.  They had their hoodies pulled up and may have been wearing bandanas.  One of the suspects may have been armed with a handgun.

The male victim was initially taken to Iredell Memorial Hospital.  He was later transferred, in stable condition, to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem for further treatment.  The female victim was not injured.  The victim’s names have not been released.

The investigation is in its early stages.  Police cannot say at this time if the incident is connected to another home invasion last week at an 81-year-old male victim’s residence on Stockton Street.

Anyone with information should contact Statesville Police at 704-878-3406 or Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340.  Callers can remain anonymous.

On May 19, the Caldwell County Health Department was one of 15 health departments that were awarded reaccredidation status by the North Carolina Local Health Department.

According to Accreditation Administrator Amy Belflower Thomas, the reaccredited agencies “demonstrate a strong commitment to continuously work to improve the quality of services provided to their respective communities”.

North Carolina is the first state in the country to mandate accreditation for its local health departments.  The purpose of the accreditation program is to assure a basic level of capacity and services in each of the local health departments across the state.

In December of last year, the Caldwell County Health Department provided evidence to a site-visit team to show proficiency in 147 benchmarks.  They also participated in an on-site visit on March 9 & 10 of this year.  The team evaluated the evidence provided and determined that Caldwell County Health Department showed competency in 145 of the 147 benchmarks.

For more information, contact Anna Martin with the Caldwell County Health Department at amartin@caldwellcountync.org or 828-426-8506.

31-year-old Heather Michelle Nalley Setzer was arrested Monday (May 22) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with four counts of financial card fraud, three counts of unlawfully obtaining a credit card, and one count of obtaining property by false pretense. All of the charges are felonies.  

According to a news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, on March 16, 2017 Buford and Debra Nalley filed a report with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office that their daughter, Heather Setzer, had opened several financial cards using her parent’s personal information.

The parents provided Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective Richard Calhoun with supporting documentation for most of the accounts in question. During the investigation video surveillance was obtained from Walmart and Dollar General in Lincolnton that showed Setzer using one of the fraudulent credit cards.

Fifth Third Bank and Chase Financial provided Detective Calhoun with an internet IP address used to open the fraudulent accounts and found that address registered to Charter Communications. A search warrant was served at Charter which turned up the address registered to Setzer of Union Church Road in Lincolnton. The total amount for all of the fraudulent charges combined was $37,698.51.

The news release says Setzer confessed to the charges and was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, May 23).

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 10:46

Hickory Man Accused of Stealing Used Tires

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41-year-old John Matthew Ward of 20th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 5:50 Sunday morning (May 21) on one felony count of breaking & entering a trailer or aircraft and one misdemeanor count of larceny.

He was arrested after Hickory Police responded to a breaking & entering call at the Sears store in Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall.  The suspect, identified as John Ward, was taking used tires from a trailer that belonged to the business.  Ward was taken into custody without incident on the scene.

He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $16,000 secured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday (May 22) with Ward’s next court date coming up on June 12.

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