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The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on a request by RB Solar LLC, to rezone approximately 54 acres of a 127 acre tract, located at 3682 North Oxford Street in the St. Stephens/Oxford Small Area Planning District, from R-30 Residential to R-80-CD Conditional District for a solar farm, when the Board meets at 7 p.m. on Monday (August 17) in the David L. Stewart Meeting Room of the Catawba County Agricultural Resources Center at 1175 South Brady Avenue in Newton. The meeting is not being held at it's normal location due to Soldier's Reunion Activities taking place around the 1924 Courthouse.  

The Board will also consider a request to appropriate existing fund balance to Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire-Rescue in the amount of $60,130. If approved, the department would use these funds to replace rescue equipment. And the Board will consider a resolution supporting the Stepping Up Initiative being led by the National Association of Counties (NACo), which calls for a national effort to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in county jails. The Board will consider a customized resolution that outlines Catawba County’s exiting long history of programs designed to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in the County jail facility.

Friday, 14 August 2015 12:28

Missing Teen Found And Returned Home

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A 17 year old female reported missing on Thursday (August 13), has been located and returned home. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detective Kelly Paris said Marlee Griffith was returned to her residence. Griffith has run away from home several times in the past couple of months. The Lincoln County Department of Social Services has been notified.

29-year-old Matthew Edward Mullins of 34th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before noon yesterday (August 13) on one felony count each of possession of a stolen firearm and possession of methamphetamine.

He was arrested without incident at H.P.D. headquarters and released about an hour later under a $5,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

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38-year-old Kelvin Lynn Bradley of Elizabethton, Tennessee was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after noon yesterday (August 13) on a warrant issued in May of this year from Caldwell County for failure by a registered sex offender to report a change of address.

He is listed on the N.C. Sex Offender Registry as the result of a 1999 out-of-state conviction for aiding & abetting. Bradley’s most recent registered address was on Fred Bentley Road in Granite Falls.

Bradley was taken into custody at the Deluxe Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was set for August 31 in Lenoir.

33-year-old Robert Alan Hunter of 7th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 6:30 last night on several outstanding warrants. He was charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon, misdemeanor injury to personal property and failure to appear on a charge of second-degree trespassing. Hunter also faces two felony probation violations and one count of interfering with an electronic monitoring device.

Police responded to complaints of drug activity at an apartment on 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory. Officers entered the apartment when Hunter came downstairs. Police allegedly found drug paraphernalia on his person; however, a Magistrate did not find probable cause and no charges were filed for the paraphernalia.

Hunter was arrested on the outstanding warrants and taken into custody without incident. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $50,500, secured. Appearances in Superior Court were scheduled for August 17 & 21, with District Court dates coming up on September 15 & 16.

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in attempting to locate Andora Hedrick. Andora was last seen in the eastern part of Iredell County Thursday morning at approximately 10:40.

Andora is listed as a missing endangered person with a physical disability. Andora was last seen seen in a white KIA.

If you have any information or may know where Andora is you are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180 or dial 911.

Friday, 14 August 2015 06:06

Suspects Sought In Business Break-in

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Investigators are seeking assistance in locating suspects in a break-in to a Statesville business.

On Thursday (August 13) 2015 at 3:51 a.m., two unknown suspects broke into Boost Mobile located at 709 Sullivan Road. The suspects broke out the front window of the business and removed a safe, containing an unknown amount of cash, along with cell phones. The suspects in the photos included with this story are wearing masks and left the area in a white, late model, two door vehicle.

The SPD Criminal Investigations Division is currently investigating the incident and anyone with information concerning the identity of the suspect can contact the Investigations Division at 704-878-3515, or Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340. Callers can remain anonymous and a cash reward is possible.

41-year-old Beth Edith Beamer of Powder Loop In Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (August 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged on a felony fugitive warrant from another state. The warrant is from South Carolina for unspecified charges. Following the arrest, Beamer was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center without bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (August 17).

38-year-old Kenneth Daniel Farr who is listed as a homeless person from Hudson, was arrested Thursday (August 13) by Long View Police Officers. He’s charged with breaking and or entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Following the arrest, Farr was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, August 14).

A Stony Point teenager has been charged with arson in connection with a house fire last week. According to information released by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, 16-year-old Alyssa Hope Jude of Fence Post Lane in Stony Point has been charged with felony first-degree arson.

Deputies were called to 148 Fence Post Lane last Saturday afternoon (August 8) due to a house fire that appeared to have been intentionally set. Deputies arrived on the scene and spoke to members of the Stony Point Fire Department and Fire Marshal David Souther. The firefighters and Fire Marshal told officers the fire started in the area of a linen closet in the master bedroom. The fire caused extensive damage to the attic area of the home and burnt entirely through the side and back wall near the master bathroom.

Evidence was collected and interviews were conducted and investigators came to the conclusion that the fire was intentionally set. The investigation revealed that residents of the home had argued over missing money and a cell phone Saturday morning. Detectives also determined that at the time the fire was set, two men who were in the home sleeping were able to get out of the residence safely. A news release says that the investigation revealed that a partially smoked cigarette was thrown into a plastic trash can with the intention of smoking up the home. Jude reportedly told officers that she was very upset at the other people who lived in the home due to the fact that they accused her of stealing the missing items.

Jude was arrested and bond was set at $10,000 secured. She made her first court appearance Monday (August 10), her next date in Iredell County District Court is August 24.