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50-year-old Jessie Carroll Shook of County Home Road, Conover, was arrested Thursday by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with discharge a weapon into an occupied dwelling or moving vehicle. Following the arrest, Shook was incarcerated at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $40,000 bond, a District Court appearance was scheduled for today.

Friday, 19 December 2014 06:36

Lenoir Man Charged With Multiple Assault Counts

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46-year-old Ronald Lee Ikard of North Fairview Drive, Lenoir was arrested Thursday by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with assault inflicting serious injury, assault by pointing a gun, and communicating threats. Ikard was detained at the Caldwell County Detention Center under $7,000 secured bond, a District Court appearance is scheduled for January 20.

Friday, 19 December 2014 06:33

Claremont Woman Charged With Drug Offenses

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35-year-old April Dawn Grace of Ring Tail Road, Claremont, was arrested Thursday by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a weapon of mass destruction. Grace was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $70,000 bond, a District Court appearance was set for today.

Friday, 19 December 2014 06:08

Maiden Man Charged With Meth Conspiracy Offense

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34-year-old Calvin Wayne Davis of South Highway 16, Maiden, was arrested Thursday by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with conspire to traffic methamphetamine. Following the arrest, Davis was detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today.

The work to expand the Catawba County Justice and Public Safety Center campus will enter into an important new phase at the start of 2015. As work begins to expand the Justice Center farther east toward Highway 321 Business in Newton, the access road that currently runs between the Justice Center and Government Center will be closed beginning on January 5, 2015. The existing bus stop in front of the Justice Center will be relocated to the side of the Sheriff’s Office on January 2, 2015.  

Once the access road is closed, citizens wishing to visit the Justice Center or Sheriff’s Office will need to enter the campus from Highway 321 over the next two years while the project continues because they will no longer be able to reach the Justice Center from Radio Station Road.  Citizens wishing to visit the Government Center or Jail and Magistrate’s Office will need to enter the campus from Radio Station Road.

On October 21, 2013, the Catawba County Board of Commissioners awarded base bids for the Justice Center/Public Safety Center expansion to Hickory Construction Company. A set of additional alternates was awarded to Hickory Construction on November 18, 2013, with the bid awards totaling $24,562,600. 

The expansion will result in three new courtrooms and space for court support functions; a new 911 Communications Center with ten consoles; a new Emergency Operations Center; expanded Clerk of Court space; offices for Emergency Services, District Attorney and Community Corrections; and the creation of “shell space” that can be used for any necessary future expansion to save costs should further expansion of the building be needed.

Funding for the project is coming from revenues from a ¼ cent sales tax increase approved by voters in 2007.  These funds, along with 911 funds, have been accumulating since 2007 to be used towards the project.

For more information about the expansion of the Justice Center/Government Center or the change in the campus traffic pattern, you may contact the Catawba County Public Information at 828-465-8464 or dave@catawbacountync.gov.

A manhunt was conducted in Catawba County Thursday after a convicted felon fled from authorities. The manhunt was suspended Thursday night and was expected to resume today. Thursday afternoon, authorities said Jeffery Tucker took off when U.S. Marshals attempted to serve a warrant for possession of a firearm. Records show Tucker is a convicted felon. Officials with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, ATF, U.S. Marshals and North Carolina Highway Patrol conducted the search for Tucker. Published reports say they focused the manhunt on a three-mile radius near Anderson Mountain Road.

Troopers set up checkpoints and were stopping drivers along Tower Road and Anderson Mountain Road. In addition, authorities advised residents to stay in their homes. Officials said just before 10:30 p.m. that they were suspending the search for the night, they said they did not have any active leads on Tucker's location. Tucker is described as a white male with long grayish-black hair. Records online list him as 48-years-old. Authorities are urging residents to report suspicious activity to 911 immediately.

The Statesville Police Department is requesting assistance to identify the suspect involved in a larceny at Lowes Home Improvement on North Pointe Boulevard.

At 7:30 p.m. on December 2, an unknown white male suspect removed a Husqvarna backpack leaf blower from inside the business and left the store without paying. A second suspect was waiting outside. Both subjects left the business parking lot in a dark colored vehicle.

The S.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division is currently investigating. Anyone with information should call 704-878-3515 or call Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340. Callers can remain anonymous and a cash reward is possible.

Thursday, 18 December 2014 15:28

Denver Teen Charged with Firing Shots into Residence

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19-year-old Dustin Aubrey Rogers of Golden Oak Lane in Denver, N.C. has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling and one misdemeanor count of injury to real property.

He was arrested in connection to an incident at about 6 a.m. on December 16 when Deputies responded to a residence on the 5500 block of King Wilkinson Road after the homeowner awoke and discovered that bullets had been fired through the front door and into an interior wall. The shots shattered a glass screen door, went through a wooden front door and into the drywall. Property damage was estimated at $1,250.

The resident told Deputies that his wife heard several shots fired earlier that morning at about 2 a.m. but didn’t think anything about it because she often hears shots fired in the area. During the investigation, Deputy James Little learned that the homeowner’s son and another person had been in an altercation earlier that might have led to the incident.

Deputy Little interviewed the suspect, Dustin Aubrey Rogers, at the Sheriff’s Office on December 16. Rogers said he went to the residence following the altercation to scare the homeowner’s son. He told the Deputy he thought he had fired four shots into the ground. A .22 caliber pistol and ammunition were seized from the suspect. The handgun contained six unfired rounds. Rogers said there had been 10 rounds prior to the incident.

Rogers was arrested and placed in the Lincoln County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on December 30.

32-year-old Jessica Jean Yeckley of Amity Hill Road in the Rowan County township of Cleveland, N.C. has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detectives on one misdemeanor count each of larceny and possession of stolen goods.

She was arrested after Detectives responded to the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office yesterday morning (December 17) after receiving a report that someone had entered the office and stolen a wallet belonging to Assistant District Attorney Kay Killian.

The Assistant D.A. told Officers that she had removed her wallet from her purse and stepped out of the office for about 30 minutes. When she returned, the wallet was missing.

Surveillance video showed a female entering the office and leaving a short time later. After reviewing the video, Jessica Yeckley was identified as the suspect. Yeckley was in the courthouse awaiting an appearance in court for misdemeanor breaking & entering a motor vehicle.

Detective Matt Lykins contacted the suspect, who admitted to taking the wallet, but said she did not use the credit cards or remove any of the cash from within. She said she took the wallet hoping to find money to pay for her child’s insurance, but then felt guilty for what she had done.

Yeckley agreed to meet Detective Lykins at the Sheriff’s Office where she returned the wallet and was charged. The Assistant D.A. said all her property was still in the wallet.

Yeckley was processed at the Lincoln County Detention Center and then released on a $5,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for January 9.

Thursday, 18 December 2014 11:30

Hickory Man Faces Felony Marijuana Charge

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21-year-old Torian Lamar Powell of 7th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before midnight last night (December 17) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana and one misdemeanor count of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance.

He was arrested after an Officer pulled up beside a vehicle at a traffic light on 1st Avenue S.W. and noticed the strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The Officer stopped the vehicle at Highway 127 and 3rd Avenue S.E.

The driver, Torian Powell, was the vehicle’s only occupant. He was searched, leading to the discovery of $5,817 in his left pants pocket and five grams of marijuana and another $51 in cash in his right pants pocket. In the vehicle’s trunk, Officers found an additional 29.5 grams of marijuana. In the glove box, they found another $499 in cash.

Powell was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He will make a first appearance in District Court tomorrow in Newton.

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