The City of Morganton plans to start resurfacing several local streets next week. The City has hired Maymead Materials to pave sections of Stonebridge Drive and Bethel Road, Brick Street, Alwran Street, and North Anderson Street. The roads will be closed during paving. Stonebridge will be paved first and the road will be closed starting next Wednesday, October 25, between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The City will send out updates on closings of the other roads when they are scheduled to be paved.
54-year-old Anthony Tyler Howell of NW Stonewall Street in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (October 19) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering to a place of worship and obtaining property by false pretense. Howell was given a custody release. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (October 23) in Lenoir.
41-year-old Jason Scott Calloway was arrested Thursday (October 19) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of burglary tools and misdemeanor larceny. Calloway was placed in jail in Morganton under $12,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (October 23).
26-year-old Michael Meng Vue of Cessna Lane in Conover was arrested Thursday (October 19) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and maintaining a place to keep controlled substance along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Meng was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (October 23).
32-year-old James Edward Caldwell of Connelly Springs and 32-year-old Deanna Danielle Caldwell of Granite Falls were arrested Wednesday (October 18) by Newton Police Officers. James Caldwell is charged with two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Deanna Caldwell is charged with felony possession of methamphetamine.
Wednesday, shortly before 8 p.m., patrol officers with Newton Police Department conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Crestway Drive & Hamilton Street. The driver of the vehicle had a suspended driver’s license. Upon approach by officers, the driver of the vehicle, James Edward Caldwell, gave officers a fictitious name of Christopher Lynn Caldwell. The name given was known to be fictitious so officers asked the driver to exit the vehicle for further investigation. Officers asked Caldwell why he gave a fictitious name. He then admitted that he did not have a valid driver’s license.
A female passenger in the vehicle, Deanna Danielle Caldwell, was also questioned and asked to step out of the vehicle to verify her identification. During the time officers were conducting their investigation, a special agent of the NC Alcohol Law Enforcement division arrived with his K-9 officer, who detected narcotics in the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle officers discovered what appeared to be a salt shaker in the driver’s side door containing a white crystal like substance that did not appear to be salt. The item was tested and gave a positive indication for methamphetamine. No drugs were found on James Caldwell.
A female officer arrived on the scene for the search of Deanna Caldwell. Prior to the search, she admitted to having a plastic bag in her possession containing what she described as salt. She told officers that James Caldwell asked her to hold it because police would think it was drugs if discovered. The plastic bag was removed and tested giving a positive indication for methamphetamine too.
Bond for James Caldwell was set at $75,000, Deanna Caldwell's bond was set at $2,500. They both have District Court appearances scheduled for next Monday (October 23).
35-year-old Jessica Lynn Parker of Yount Road in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:25 p.m. yesterday on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance. The warrant for her arrest was issued on October 2. Parker was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department. She was processed and released after posting a $2,500 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for October 23 in Newton.
34-year-old Javon Dooley of Radio Road in Statesville was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce, resisting a public officer and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged with a misdemeanor parole violation. Dooley had been listed as an absconder for parole.
The original incident and arrest occurred on October 11 of last year. At that time, Officers on foot patrol on the 800 block of 2nd Street S.W. saw Dooley in a parking lot. Police found 1.5 grams of marijuana, a Rossi revolver and ammunition.
Dooley was served a true bill of indictment at an address on South Center Street in Hickory at 1:10 a.m. today. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $126,500, secured. He was scheduled to make an appearance in Superior Court on October 23 with a District Court date on January 11 of next year.
38-year-old Brian Duane Martz of Pepper Lane in Hudson was arrested today (October 19) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine and sale and delivery of schedule II controlled substance. Martz was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond, a District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (October 23).
Early voting for the November 7 general election is underway, today (October 19) was the first day that voters could cast their ballot at one-stop locations.
In Catawba County, voters can cast their ballots early at the Newton Main Library at 115 West C Street in Newton, or at the Highland Recreation Center at 1451 8th Street Drive NE in Hickory. In Burke County, early voting will be held at the Board of Elections, Burke County Senior Center, Glen Alpine Town Hall, Rutherford College Town Hall, and the Hildebran Library/Senior Center.
In Caldwell County one-stop voting is being held at the City/County Meeting Room at the Caldwell County Offices in Lenoir, and at the Shuford Recreation Center in Granite Falls. There are no seats up for election this year in Alexander County.
In all area counties, you can vote weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and on Saturday November 4 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. There will be no early voting the weekends of October 21-22 and 28-29.
27-year-old Brad William Clark of Pennton Avenue in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police at about 9:30 yesterday morning (October 18) on felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule I controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, manufacturing a schedule I controlled substance, manufacturing marijuana and possession of a stolen firearm.
He was arrested when Lenoir Narcotics Officers and Officers with L.P.D.’s Criminal Investigations Division served a search warrant at Clark’s residence. During the search, Detectives found 151.1 grams of meth, 35.3 grams of marijuana, 1.7 grams of mushrooms and 17 Xanax pills. Also found and seized were three pistols and an AK-47 assault rifle. One of the pistols had been reported stolen from Bedford County, Virginia. According to North Carolina State Guidelines, the drugs are valued at $22,945.
Following his arrest, Clark was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Facility under a $350,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Lenoir.
Additional charges may be forthcoming.
18-year-old Erik Ivan Rodriguez of English Oak Drive in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers and charged with felony indecent liberties with a child.
Detective Dan Renn charged Rodriguez in connection to an incident that occurred between September 1 and October 9 of this year. The parents of a 13-year-old female filed a report with the Sheriff’s Office on October 9.
The victim and suspect met and began talking on the social media app “Snapchat” and eventually met in person at the victim’s residence.
Rodriguez was arrested yesterday (October 18) and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond. A first appearance in Lincoln County District Court was scheduled today.
The Western Piedmont Symphony has announced four finalists, one of whom will be chosen as the symphony’s new conductor. The current conductor, Maestro John Gordon Ross, will retire at the end of the current season after 27 years behind the baton. Each of the finalists will conduct one Masterworks Concert during the 2018-2019 season.
The four finalists are as follows:
Matthew Troy has led orchestras across the country, including at least two in North Carolina. He is currently the Music Director of the Piedmont Wind Symphony and Education Conductor for the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. He will conduct the first 2018 Masterworks Concert on October 6, 2018.
Arthur Post was Music Director for Canada's Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra from 2010-2017. He has conducted a number of distinguished ensembles including at least one in North Carolina. He will lead the Western Piedmont Symphony for a Masterworks Concert on November 3, 2018.
Bruce Kiesling currently conducts the University Orchestra and Opera at the University of California Santa Cruz. He has conducted at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, among others. His previous positions include resident conductor of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. He’ll conduct a Masterworks Concert on February 2, 2019.
Mélisse Brunet is one of the six conductors selected from 161 applicants for the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera and she regularly guest conducts five French professional orchestras. Currently, Brunet is the Director of Orchestral Activities at Appalachian State. She will conduct the fourth Masterworks Concert on March 3, 2019.
The Western Piedmont Symphony’s new Music Director & Conductor will be selected following the March 3, 2019 concert.
39-year-old Holly Renee Saulman was arrested this morning (October 19) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. Arrest records also show that Saulman is facing two counts of common law robbery. She was placed in jail in Morganton under $25,000 total secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Friday (October 20).
25-year-old Dustin Tevin Horton of NW Conley Place in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (October 18) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Horton was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (October 19).