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38-year-old Troy David Asbury of East 26th Street in Newton was arrested Sunday (February 3) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. In addition, Asbury is charged with failure to appear on counts of possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and carrying a concealed weapon. Asbury was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled today (February 4) and February 15.

Monday, 04 February 2019 00:25

Lenoir Woman Charged On Felony Fugitive Warrant

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26-year-old Miranda Dawn Rose of Blowing Rock Boulevard in Lenoir was arrested Friday (February 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged on a felony fugitive warrant from another state. Rose is wanted in New York on unspecified charges. Following the arrest, Rose was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under no bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (February 4).

Sunday, 03 February 2019 23:47

Unemployment Rates Increase Across Hickory Metro

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Unemployment rates increased across the Hickory Metro area and across most of the state according to the latest report issued. The North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division released the report last week and it reflects the unemployment rates for December 2018.

Catawba County's jobless rate is 3.4 percent, up from 3.1 percent in the November report. Alexander County has an unemployment rate of 3.3 percent, up from 2.9. Burke County's jobless rate is 3.6 percent, up from 3.2 in the last report. Caldwell County has an unemployment rate of 4.1 percent, up from 3.6.

The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 3.6 percent, up from 3.2 in November. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied for the fifth lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs in North Carolina.

The statewide unemployment rate is 3.8 percent, up from 3.5 in November. Unemployment rates increased in 99 of North Carolina's 100 counties, and remained unchanged in one. Hyde County has the highest unemployment rate in the state at 8.6 percent while Buncombe County has the lowest at 3 percent. Compared to the same month last year, unemployment rates decreased in 99 counties and increased in one. All 15 metro areas experienced rate decreases over the year.

53-year-old Robert Paul Shafer of Jamestown Road in Morganton was arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of larceny of a financial transaction card, obtaining money by false pretense, and being a fugitive from justice from Henry County, Virginia. He’s also charged with three misdemeanor counts of failure to appear on counts of obtaining property by false pretense in Henry County, and single misdemeanor counts of larceny in Guilford County and contempt of court in Henry County. 

On January 23, 2019, Burke County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call from a residence on Mountain Breeze Drive in Morganton. The victim reported the larceny of a credit card that had been used to make large purchases over several days. The case was assigned to Burke County detectives who developed Robert Paul Shafer as the suspect.   

Shafer was located at his residence on Jamestown Road in Morganton, and arrested on an outstanding warrant for misdemeanor larceny from Guilford County. During an interview, Shaffer confessed to the Burke County investigator and was charged with felony financial card theft and felony obtaining property by false pretense.  Further investigation determined Shafer had outstanding warrants in Henry County, Virginia.  

Shafer was placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $10,000 secured bond on the Burke County warrant, a $1,000 secured bond on the Guilford County warrant, and is being held without bond on the fugitive warrant.

 He was scheduled to appear in court Friday (February 1).

42-year-old Jeremy Waid Thanavastien, 28-year-old Abigail Lousie Osborne and 27-year-old Shawnna Louise Moore, all from the same address on the Taylorsville Highway in Stony Point, have been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff's Officers on felony drug charges. Thanavastien was charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver heroin, maintaining a dwelling to sell a controlled substance and possession of heroin. Osborne faces one felony count of possession of heroin, while Moore was charged with felony maintaining a dwelling to sell a controlled substance.

Their arrests were the result of a month-long investigation into the sale of heroin in western Iredell County, near Stony Point. Residents in the area reported heavy traffic coming and going at all hours of the day and night. Narcotics Detectives conducted surveillance on the residence and gathered additional information. Undercover Detectives were soon able to make purchases of heroin.

Yesterday (January 31), Detectives and Patrol Deputies executed a search warrant at the residence, where they located three suspects inside the home. Heroin, scales, plastic baggies and $321 were found.

Thanavastien was jailed under a $75,000 secured bond. Osborne's bond was set at $2,000, secured, while Moore was given a $5,000 secured bond. Thanavastien will next appear in District Court on February 19. Osborne and Moore were both due in District Court today (February 1).

Thanavastien has a long criminal history that includes numerous drug charges, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, fleeing to elude arrest, assault with a deadly weapon, breaking & entering, among others. The other two suspects have criminal histories that include only misdemeanor charges.

Friday, 01 February 2019 05:50

Hickory Woman Arrested on Felony Drug Charge

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26-year-old Tristan Cequoria Smith of 2nd Street Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested early this morning (February 1) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Smith was taken into custody without incident at a townhome on 20th Street N.E. in Hickory. She was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released under a $3,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

Friday, 01 February 2019 05:26

Missing Iredell County Teen Found, Safe

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16-year-old Lizzy Coseth Lorenzana Chevez, who had been reported as a runaway, has been found and is safe. According to the Iredell Co. Sheriff's Office, Ms. Chevez has been returned to her family. She had last been seen on January 29 at her home on Fraley Road, near Statesville, and was reported missing the next morning.

The Sheriff's Office expressed its appreciation to everyone who helped in distributing the information regarding the missing person.

35-year-old Jonathon Lewis Hurst of 18th Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (February 1) on one felony count each of possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance with intent to manufacture, possession of a firearm by a felon and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.

Hurst was taken into custody without incident at about 1:30 a.m. today on the 2,100 block of 16th Street N.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $32,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

A suspect is being sought in connection with assaults that occurred this morning (February 1) in Catawba County. At 7:39 a.m. officers were dispatched to Crosstown Apartments off County Home Road. They found a woman outside the home with an injury, another resident of the household had also been assaulted.

The woman found outside the residence was transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center with potential life-threatening injuries. The suspect and victim are known to each other. There are also outstanding warrants out for the suspect from an assault that occurred yesterday in Alexander County.

The suspect ran from the scene on foot before Deputies arrival. Deputies are searching the area for De Andre Jerome Mack. He left the scene on foot in an unknown direction of travel. He could potentially be in a blue Honda Odyssey minivan.

Contact the Catawba County sheriffs office at 828-464-3112 with any information. Contact law-enforcement if you come into contact with the suspect. Do not approach the suspect he is considered armed and dangerous. Catawba County schools have been contacted and have issued safety measures as a cautionary measure. More information will be released as it is available.

Friday, 01 February 2019 00:17

Lenoir Woman Charged With Felony Assault

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41-year-old Donna Julianna Watson of Hill Street in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (January 31) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony assault inflicting serious injury. Watson was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center where bond was set at $8,500 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled Thursday.

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