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31-year-old Kenneth Edward Worley of Nellie Street in Valdese was arrested by the N.C. State Highway Patrol in Caldwell County on one count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Following his arrest, Worley was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $7,500 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.

44-year-old Dean Anthony Price of 21st Avenue N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after one o’clock yesterday afternoon on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense and one felony count of larceny by servant or other employee.

He was arrested in connection to an incident that occurred in February of this year and was first reported to Police on May 12. The owner of Sun City Cycles in Viewmont said a man came into the store to have his motorcycle repaired and was given a quote by Price, who was the store manager at the time. Price took the customer’s credit card and scanned it, using a square reader on his personal cell phone. The customer received a receipt via email.

When the customer came back in the next day to pick up his motorcycle, he was told that he had not paid for the service. The customer said that he had and produced the receipt, which showed Price as the person receiving payment. The business owner told Police that Price was not authorized to use his personal phone or the square reader.

According to Police, no other similar incidents were discovered at the store.

Price was taken into custody without incident yesterday at his residence. He was processed and then released under a $2,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (July 6) in Newton.

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The Catawba County Elections Office has announced that the filing period for candidates seeking a town or city municipal office seat in all eight municipalities across the county began today(Monday, July 6). The filing period ends Friday, July 17 at 12 Noon. The General Election will be held on November 3, 2015.

Seats on the various municipal councils that will be open are as follows. In the Town of Brookford, there are two seats open on the Board of Aldermen for four-year terms. In the Town Of Catawba, there will be an election for Mayor which is a four-year term, and two seats on Town Council, also four-year terms. In the City of Claremont there are three seats open on City Council for four-year terms.

In the City of Conover there are three seats open on City Council for four-year terms. In the Town of Long View there will be voting for seats on the Board of Alderman for Ward 1, 3, and 4 Aldermen for four-year terms, and for a two-year unexpired term in Ward 2. In the Town of Maiden there will be an election for Mayor serving a two-year term, and three seats on Town Council. In Maiden the the top two candidates with the highest number of votes will serve four-year terms and the candidate getting the third highest number of votes will serve a two-year term.

In the City of Newton voters will cast ballots for Mayor who will serve a four-year term, and three seats on City Council serving a four-year term. In the City of Hickory, Ward 1, Ward 2 and Ward 3 Aldermen seats are up for election for four-year terms.

The filing fee is $12 for City of Hickory seats and $5 for all other municipality seats. Interested candidates should file at the Catawba County Board of Elections Office in the Government Center at 100-A Southwest Blvd in Newton (off Highway 321 Business). Due to current construction at the Justice Center, those interested in visiting the Elections Office should enter the campus via Radio Station Road.

Staff will be available from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to assist with the candidate filing form and the required campaign committee forms. Candidates must be 21 years old and be a registered voter in the municipality (and ward) for which they are filing.

For more information on filing for the municipal elections, you may call the Catawba County Board of Elections office at 828-464-2424 or visit www.catawbacountync.gov/elections.

41-year-old Ted Dean Melton of Artist Lane in Statesville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with 49 counts of various sex offenses. The charges include statutory rape/sex offense, indecent liberties with a child, and sexual offense with a child.

On June 19, 2015 Melton was arrested on Child Pornography charges. Since that arrest, more complaints were lodged with the Sheriff’s Office. Detective Sgt. J. Lowrance of the Special Victim’s Unit who led the initial investigation was assigned the new cases. The victims were interviewed at the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center.

Due to evidence gained in those interviews and speaking with witnesses, Melton was arrested and charged with the 49 additional counts. Melton remains in the Iredell County Detention Center under $1,900,000 secured bond. The investigation is still on-going.

Monday, 06 July 2015 13:19

Man Accused of Stealing Steaks from Wal-Mart

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39-year-old Lewis Jerome Mack, who is listed on Police reports as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested at about 5 p.m. yesterday (July 5) on one felony count of habitual larceny and one misdemeanor count of larceny.

He was arrested in connection to an incident at about 8 a.m. Saturday morning (July 4) in which Mack allegedly stole five steaks valued at $72.72 from the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market on Highway 70 S.W. An employee saw Mack go behind the store where he was confronted and brought back inside. The steaks were recovered. Mack fled the scene after he was allowed to step outside to smoke.

The next day, an Officer spotted Mack on Center Street and recognized him based on a description and clothing description from the Wal-Mart incident. The Officer confronted Mack, who reportedly confessed to stealing the steaks the previous day.

He was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

Monday, 06 July 2015 13:16

Hickory Man Faces Felony Drug Charges

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44-year-old Juan Bultron-Rodriguez of 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested early Saturday morning (July 4) on one felony count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of cocaine, as well as one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.

Events leading to his arrest began as Officers on foot patrol at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. saw a vehicle enter the parking lot and circle around. Officers initially didn’t see a tag on the vehicle, but as it came closer, they noticed a temporary tag with no expiration date.

Officers then observed numerous traffic infractions as they followed the vehicle. They pulled the vehicle over at the McDonald’s restaurant on South Center Street where the three occupants told Police they had been looking for a friend at the Budget Inn.

The three occupants in the vehicle said they had gone to the hotel to look for a friend. Officers asked for and were given consent to search the vehicle, leading to the discovery of 0.3 grams of marijuana, 1.3 grams of methampetamine and 0.1 grams of powder cocaine.

The other two occupants of the vehicle, a 31-year-old Morganton man and a 22-year-old Hickory woman (the driver), were not charged, though additional charges may be forthcoming.

Bultron-Rodriguez was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $12,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (July 6) in Newton.

Burke County officials will likely have a decision to make regarding the courthouse on South Green Street in Morganton. According to a published report, as the plans progress for a justice center on Government Drive, officials will likely have to weigh their options when it comes to the current courthouse.

According to the report, a new justice center will mean moving court bailiffs, judges and assistants, the magistrate’s office, clerk of courts and district attorney’s office employees, along with downtown jail employees, to the proposed new site on Government Drive. The report says the Burke County Register of Deeds office would remain where it is, according to Burke County Manager Bryan Steen. That would free up the current 30,000-square-foot courthouse that could be used to consolidate county offices.

The report says Steen said the county would consider consolidating staff at the Avery Street administration building and those from the general services building on Green Street into the current courthouse. That would save on utility, insurance and maintenance costs. The courthouse also would likely be a more convenient location for the public, he said.

Steen said if the county can save money and improve services, then it’s something officials would want to seriously consider.

Earlier, county officials said there is a possibility of moving school system administration offices to the courthouse to free up space at the county building on Parker Road. Steen said this week the county will have to consider how to allocate the space at the current courthouse. He said the county hasn’t done a formal study on how to utilize the courthouse space.

38-year-old Jason Robert Carl Crump of Rattlesnake Lane in Lenoir was arrested Friday (July 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with statutory rape when there is a six year or more age difference. Following the arrest, Crump was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $500,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, July 6).

20-year-old Bobbie Marie Gosnell of Cape Hickory Cutoff Road in Hickory was arrested Friday (July 3) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with three counts of trafficking in methamphetamine. Following the arrest, Gosnell was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, July 6).

32-year-old Jose Angel Martinez of 20th Avenue Drive NE in Hickory was arrested Friday (July 3) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with three counts of sex offense in a parental role. Following the arrest, Martinez was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, July 6).

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