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74-year-old Clifford Ernest Lindsey of North Main Avenue in Maiden was arrested Tuesday (April 14) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with three felony counts of selling or delivering a controlled substance within less than 1,000 feet of a school, three counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule IV controlled substance, two counts of sell or deliver a schedule IV controlled substance, three counts of maintaining a place to keep controlled substances, one count of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, one count of sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance, one count of delivering schedule II controlled substance, and one count of manufacturing marijuana.

Police reports say that Linsdey sold drugs to undercover officers. He was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $140,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, April 15).

Hickory Public Library recently completed draft #4 of its new strategic plan, based on information provided over the last several months by the public, staff, Steering Committee, and many diverse groups in the community. It’s time now to seek input on this latest phase in the process. First, everyone is encouraged to go to the library’s website, www.hickorync.gov/library, click on the link to a survey, and share opinions about how we’re doing thus far. Second, a public focus group is scheduled on Monday, April 27 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the large meeting room at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library to allow people to comment on any aspect of the proposed plan. Consultant Dr. Anthony Chow will facilitate the discussion.

A news release from the library system asks citizens to celebrate National Library Week by letting them know how you think your public library can best serve the needs of the community for the next three years. Take a few minutes to complete the online survey, and plan to come to the public focus group April 27. Call the library at 828-304-0500 ext. 7276 if you’d like more information.

The strategic planning process is made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

Hickory Public Library, a department of the City of Hickory, includes Patrick Beaver Memorial Library located at 375 3rd Street NE and Ridgeview Branch Library at 701 1st Street SW.

The City of Morganton Main Street Department been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center®. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street® programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street Four Point Approach®.

“We congratulate this year’s nationally accredited Main Street programs for their outstanding accomplishment in meeting the National Main Street Center’s 10 Standards of Performance,” says Patrice Frey, President and CEO of the National Main Street Center. “As the National Main Street Center celebrates its 35th Anniversary, it is also important to celebrate the achievements of the local Main Street programs across the country, some of whom have been around since the beginning. These local programs work hard every day to make their communities great places to work, live, play and visit while still preserving their historic character.”

Morganton was designated as an N.C. Main Street Community in 1982, and during the last 30-plus years, the program has generated more than $60 million dollars of public and private investment into downtown.

“We have accomplished some really progressive and innovative things to improve downtown Morganton,” Main Street Department Director Sharon Jablonski said. “It really takes a team effort from a lot of committed people in the private and public sector to build a community like ours, and Morganton has been blessed with those kinds of people.”

Some notable achievements of the Morganton Main Street Department include continued building improvements and beautification in the district, the recruitment of Marquee Cinemas, a seven-screen movie theater, into downtown, and the success of the Historic Morganton Festival, which draws tens of thousands of visitors into Morganton every September.

Some of the more recent accomplishments that Jablonski is proud of include providing grants to local businesses and property owners via the Main Street Solutions Fund Grant Program, the receipt a few years ago of an NC Golden LEAF grant that was used to help rejuvenate the local tourism office and attract visitors into Morganton and Burke County, and the City’s Wayfinding program.

The Main Street Department’s performance is evaluated each year by the N.C. Main Street Center, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet the ten performance standards. These standards set the benchmarks for measuring an individual Main Street program’s application of the Main Street Four Point Approach® to commercial district revitalization. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.

Established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980, the National Main Street Center helps communities of all sizes revitalize their older and historic commercial districts. Working in more than 2,000 downtowns and urban neighborhoods over the last 35 years, the Main Street program has leveraged more than $61.7 billion in new public and private investment. Participating communities have created 528,557 net new jobs and 120,510 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 251,838 buildings, leveraging an average of $26.52 in new investment for every dollar spent on their Main Street district revitalization efforts.

The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information about someone stealing goats in the county. The Sheriff’s Office received a call Tuesday (April 14) regarding the theft of goats in the area of 6507 Hwy 16 South. The victim reported sometime overnight unknown suspect(s) cut a fence and made entry into the pasture and stole two Nubian Milk goats. The first goat is described as red with a white patch on its right side. The other goat was described as white in color. Neither goat had horns. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Alexander County Crime Stoppers at 828-632-8555. A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for this crime.

In observance of Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, the Council on Adolescents of Catawba County, Inc., has launched its 5th annual “Preventing Distracted Driving Video Contest,” in partnership with the Catawba County Youth Council, the Catawba County Community Child Protection & Fatality Prevention Team and other community partners. A red carpet event will be held Monday, April 20, at 6 p.m. Some activities will begin an hour earlier.

To bring greater awareness to the issue of accidents caused by distracted driving, all high school students from Catawba County have been invited to participate by making 60 second videos that address the dangers of driving distracted. All submitted videos can be viewed at facebook.com/DistractedDrivingVideoContest. Voting is open to the community until the April 20 event begins.

The winning team will get a limo ride to lunch at Olive Garden. In addition, other teams will have a chance to win more than $1,000 (including some cash prizes) for themselves and their schools.

For more information, visit www.coacatawba.org or visit the facebook page.

23-year-old Stephani Dawn Rood of Jason Place S.W. in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after midnight today (April 14). She was charged with felony larceny.

Rood and her boyfriend were staying at the home of a 35-year-old Hickory man on 10th Avenue N.E. The man said Rood took $2,100 dollars from his jeans pocket in order to make bond for the boyfriend, who had recently been arrested.

She was taken into custody without incident at the Honey-Pik Food store on North Center Street at about 12:30 a.m. today. Following her arrest, Rood was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $2,500, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for May 21 in Hickory.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 11:42

One Man Busted for Drugs; Another as Fugitive

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36-year-old Thalmus Jaton Linder of Stadium Drive in Newton and 48-year-old Joseph Tyrone Dillard of 17th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory were both arrested by Hickory Police Monday (April 13). Linder was charged with felony possession of cocaine, possession of a schedule I controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Dillard was arrested on a felony warrant as fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Dillard was also charged with felony speeding to elude arrest and misdemeanor careless & reckless driving.

They were arrested after Police initiated a traffic stop on 4th Street S.W. The 2003 Pontiac Grand Am, driven by Dillard, initially failed to stop, resulting in a brief pursuit. Linder was found to be in possession of 1.1 grams of crack cocaine and 0.6 grams of MDMA (or, Ecstasy). The vehicle was impounded.

Both subjects were taken into custody without further incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Linder was set at $22,000, secured, while Dillard was given a $29,000 secured bond. Both men will appear in District Court tomorrow (April 15).

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 11:37

Catawba Man Indicted on Crack Cocaine Charge

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38-year-old Prenston Lamar Burch of Old Catawba Road in Catawba was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police at about 12:45 yesterday afternoon (April 13) on one count of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine.

The indictment stems from an arrest on November 5 of last year when Police responded to a drug complaint at an apartment on 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory. An Officer knocked on the apartment door, which was opened by Burch. The Officer immediately smelled the strong odor of marijuana. Burch said the smell came from a friend who had dropped by and smoked some marijuana before leaving the apartment.

Burch refused to allow the Officer inside. Police then secured the apartment and applied for a search warrant. Upon execution of the warrant, Officers found drug paraphernalia, a bottle with residue, 6.2 grams of crack cocaine and 10.2 grams of marijuana. No one else was charged.

Following his arrest yesterday, Burch was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He will appear in District Court on April 17 in Newton.

25-year-old Jeremy Neal McDougal of Wheatfield Court in Lincolnton was arrested Monday (April 13) by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with one count each of felony Larceny of a Firearm and Possession of Stolen Goods.

According to a news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, McDougal was assisting another man with repair to a residence in the 200 block of Old Barn Road in Iron Station when the theft allegedly occurred. The resident reported to deputies on February 4 that she just noticed someone had stolen a small Sentry fire safe containing cash and collectible coins. She also reported that six of 12 long guns in a gun safe had also been stolen.

As the investigation continued Detective Kelly Paris discovered that McDougal had pawned some collectible coins at the Boger City Pawn Shop on East Main Street in Lincolnton on November 21, 2014. During an interview with Detective Paris Monday the suspect confessed to taking the firearms and coins. He was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, April 13).

Detective Paris will also seek indictments for Obtaining Property under False Pretenses.

29-year-old Funchee Matthew Moua of Freedom Drive in Albemarle was arrested today (Tuesday, April 14) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, and conspiracy to traffic meth. Following the arrest, Moua was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (April 17).