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31-year-old Erin Marie Propst of Two Oaks Place in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police at 3:20 yesterday afternoon (January 28) on several outstanding warrants from Lincoln, Catawba and Caldwell counties. On warrants from December 8, 2015, she was charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. She also faces one felony count of identity theft and misdemeanor counts of providing a fictitious name or false address on a license application and hit & run with property damage on warrants dated January 20, as well as a misdemeanor larceny charge on a warrant from January 19.

Propst was arrested without incident at a residence on 2nd Avenue S.W. in the Long View. As she was processed at Hickory Police headquarters, a Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Deputy served a warrant for child support. Propst was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a total bond of $19,350. A District Court date in Lincolnton was set for February 16. She also has Caldwell County court dates on February 11 and March 24, plus a Catawba County appearance on March 17.

51-year-old Milton Joel Moody of Dandelion Trail in Taylorsville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He was initially charged with Assault by Strangulation and Violation of a Domestic Violence Protection Order.

According to a news release issued today (Friday, January 29) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers, Moody was given pretrial release conditions ordering him to not have contact with the victim. Moody was initially given a bond of $15,000. He was released from the Iredell County Detention Center after a court hearing with orders that he stay at Wilkes County Adult Care pending his trial.

According to the news releae, Moody then began assaulting residents within the adult care center. Wilkes County authorities charged him with those assaults. This information was obtained by the Iredell County District Attorney’s Office and passed along to Det. Sgt. Katie Harwell of the Special Victims Unit, since she had been investigating the case involving Moody.

Det. Harwell then discovered that Moody had been having contact with the victim related to the earlier pretrial release.
Det. Harwell found Moody on January 12 while he was in Iredell County and took him before the magistrate for violating his Pretrial Release Conditions.

Moody was given a bond of $50,000 for the Violation of the court order and his bond of $15,000 was reinstated giving him a bond of $65,000. His next appearance is scheduled for Superior Court February 15.

18-year-old Christopher Bradley Coffey of Abington Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (January 27) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with felony breaking and entering. Coffey was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. He’s scheduled to appear in District Court Monday (February 1).

25-year-old Arthur Joshua Houser of Lewis Road, 31-year-old Laura Kathryn Drew Smith of Madison Street, and 20-year-old Jessica Brittany Lane of Rosehill Drive, all from Lincolnton, were arrested Tuesday (January 26) by Lincolnton Police Officers.

Houser was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of schedule II controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Smith was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Lane was served with an order for arrest for second degree trespassing.   

On Tuesday at approximately 10:30 a.m., detectives with the Lincolnton Police Department Criminal Investigations and Narcotics Division and patrol officers with the Lincolnton Police Department attempted to serve outstanding felony narcotics warrants on Houser and Smith at 401 North Grove Street in Lincolnton. The warrants were for felony possession of methamphetamine.  

Houser and Smith were found at the address and were taken into custody without incident. While making the arrests, officers located additional narcotics to include 14 grams of methamphetamine, a small amount of the prescription medication suboxone, a small amount of marijuana, and several items of drug paraphernalia.
Additionally, officers found several other people on the property. One of the individuals at the residence was identified as Jessica Brittany Lane, who had an outstanding warrant for arrest for second degree trespassing. Lane was also taken into custody without incident.
This investigation and subsequent arrests were the result of complaints from various members of the community in reference to 401 North Grove Street concerning possible criminal and narcotics activity. The investigation has been active for almost six months and is continuing, more arrests are expected.

Houser was placed in the Lincoln County Jail with a $10,000 secured bond, he made a first District Court appearance on Wednesday (January 27). Smith was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under $15,000 secured bond, she also made her first District Court appearance on Wednesday. Lane was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under $500 secured bond, she's scheduled to appear in court next Tuesday (February 2).

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners meets Monday morning (February 1). Among the items on Monday's agenda, the Board will consider a resolution and purchase agreement regarding the sale of Catawba County Home Health to Kindred Incorporated. The Board will also consider an increase in the reimbursement for costs incurred by County employees for meals while traveling on County business, which has not been increased since 2008. The increase to be considered is $2 per meal due to rising costs.

Commissioners will consider an amendment to a 2014 Urgent Repair Program Project Budget Ordinance to appropriate interest earned on funds originally appropriated for the project. The Board will also issue a proclamation for the community-wide Big Read event occurring from February 23rd through April 2016, to encourage reading by all citizens through the reading, discussing and celebrating of this year’s chosen book, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.  

Also on Monday, Commissioners will present two awards from the North Carolina Public Library Director’s Association received by the County Library system, and the 2015 Distinguished Budget Presentation Award to the County Budget staff. That staff has won the award for 27 straight years for producing a budget document judged easy to read and understand.

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting gets underway at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.

As work continues on upgrades to the I-40/77 interchange in Statesville, crews will close a portion of U.S. 21 starting tonight (Friday, January 29) while girders are placed for the new I-40 overpass bridge.

U.S. 21 will be closed under I-40 tonight from 8:00 until 9 a.m. Saturday (January 30), and then again Saturday night starting at 8:00 until 9 a.m. Sunday (January 31). U.S. 21 will also be closed at this location Sunday starting at 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. on Monday (February 1). The closure is needed to allow crews to set bridge girders, which are support beams.

Detours will be in place for motorists using U.S. 21. Traffic on the north side of I-40 will be detoured to I-40 West, N.C. 115 to I-40 East, and then back to U.S. 21.Traffic on the south side of I-40 will be detoured to I-40 East, I-77 North, then around the loop ramp to I-40 West and back to U.S. 21.

For real-time travel information, call 511, visit the Traveler Services section of NCDOT.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

The water service advisory issued for City of Newton water customers on Wednesday (January 27) after a water main break has ended. Newton’s water customers no longer need to boil water before human consumption.

Water customers who experience air in their water lines or discoloration of water are asked to allow taps to run for several minutes to flush out any air or discoloration.

For more information, contact Newton Public Information Officer Alex Frick at 828-695-4266 or africk@newtonnc.gov.

28-year-old William Thomas Ray Miller of 6th Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested shortly after two o’clock yesterday afternoon (January 27) on one felony count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and failure to appear. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of assault on a female, simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. The assault charge was based on a warrant from August of last year. Also arrested was 44-year-old Randolph Christopher Brown of Liberty Church Road in Rhodhiss. Brown was charged with D.W.I., an open container violation, driving while license revoked and displaying a fictitious or altered registration card or tag.

Events leading to their arrests unfolded just before midnight Tuesday (January 26) when Police spotted a vehicle parked in a handicapped space without a proper permit at the Sun House store on 2nd Avenue N.W. in Hickory. Officers ran the license tag and learned that it came back to a different vehicle.

After the vehicle pulled out of the parking lot, a traffic stop was conducted on 17th Street N.W. Brown was the driver. Miller, a passenger in the vehicle, got out and attempted to flee on foot, but was quickly detained. Brown was arrested on the scene, just after midnight.

A search turned up 0.7 grams of methamphetamine and 16 Alprazolam pills. In addition, Miller swallowed two other prescription medications, a total of nine pills, and was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. He was placed under arrest when he was released from the hospital.

Both men were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Miller set at $32,500, secured, while Brown was given a $1,500 secured bond. Brown has since been released. Miller was scheduled to appear in District Court today with another District Court date on the assault charge coming up on March 2. He also has a Superior Court date on February 15. Brown will appear in District Court on February 9.

Thursday, 28 January 2016 14:08

Water Service Restored in Newton

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The city of Newton completed repairs on a broken water main Wednesday afternoon (January 27), restoring water service to the city’s 6,500 water customers. Even though water service is restored, the city and the N.C. Division of Water Resources advises Newton’s water customers to use bottled water or boil all water used for human consumption (including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation).

The 12-inch primary trunk water main broke early Wednesday morning. In order to repair the break, crews had to turn off water service to the entire system. Repairs were completed around 1 p.m. yesterday and water pressure was slowly raised throughout the system.

Anytime a water system experiences a period of low or no pressure, the potential increases for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water supply. Vigorous boiling for one minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water. Testing was expected to be complete by late this afternoon (January 28).

For more information, contact Public Information Officer Alex Frick at 828-695-4266 or africk@newtonnc.gov.

A portion of Highway 321 near the Caldwell County/Watauga County line was closed today (January 28) due to a rockslide in the area. The rockslide occurred just north of Cedar Rock, about a half mile south of the Green Park Inn. According to the N.C. Department of Transportation, the highway re-opened for traffic in both directions around 2:30 this afternoon.

Highway 321 North was closed at Cheeks Crossroads, at the intersection of Highway 321 and State Highway 268. Highway 321 South was closed at The Rock Road, near the turnoff to The Blowing Rock and the Green Park Inn.

The rockslide was reportedly a result of work being done on the expansion of 321 in that area. The debris has been cleared from the roadway and a geologist on-site has determined that the roadway is stable.