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The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will receive an informational presentation on the proposed Village at Sherrills Ford planned development, which would bring the “village center” concept to the Sherrills Ford-Terrell community on approximately 200 acres located in and around Highway 150 and Slanting Bridge Road with sections for residential dwellings and space for retail, office, medical and other uses, when the Board meets at 9:30 a.m. today (Monday, April 6) at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.

The Board will also consider adopting a Unifour Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan, which identifies local policies and actions for reducing risk and future losses from natural hazards such as floods, severe storms, wildfires and winter weather.The Board will receive a report on the “State of the County” from a Public Health perspective from Health Director Doug Urland. The Board will consider a resolution to declare 39 acres of County-owned property at 4251 Slanting Bridge Road as surplus, and an offer in the amount of $300,000 from The Village at Sherrills Ford, LLC to purchase the property, subject to the upset bid process. The Board will also consider accepting an offer for the purchase of County-ownedproperty at 108 29th Avenue NE and 120 29th Avenue NE, Hickory, for the benefit of Catawba Valley Medical Center.

The Board will consider approving the hiring of a relative of Sheriff Coy Reid by the Sheriff’s Office, as required by State law. The Board will consider approving a joint resolution which provides that all law enforcement officers with territorial jurisdiction as to any part of Lake Norman or its shoreline area have the authority of peace officers in enforcing the lawsover all of Lake Norman and its shoreline area, after it was discovered that a required joint resolution had not been adopted by Catawba, Lincoln, Iredell and Mecklenburg Counties. And the Board will consider declaring a 2010 Ambulance and Stryker Stretcher as surplus property and donating those items to the Hickory Rescue Squad.

The Board will recognize recently retired Sheriff’s Captain Alton Price with the traditional presentation of his badge and service weapon. The Board will hear a presentation on an effort to have Catawba County certified as a “Work Ready Community” so educational institutions, businesses and agencies fully understand the exact skills needed so that the county and its citizens are ready for new jobs. And the Board will issue proclamations for County Government Month, Public Health Month, National Library Week and National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.

Monday, 06 April 2015 05:29

Maiden Man Charged With Multiple Meth Offenses

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35-year-old Evan Manley Owenby of South Highway 16 in Maiden was arrested Sunday (April 5) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with the sale of methamphetamine, deliver methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine, and possession of methamphetamine. Following the arrest, Owenby was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A first court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, April 6).

Two people survived after a propane torch exploded in a Hickory man’s car Saturday. The vehicle owner and a friend were inside the car when the incident happened. According to published reports, Andrew Hendrick said the propane torch was in his trunk for plumbing work when it exploded on Catawba Valley Boulevard. Hendrick said he and his friend were able to get out of the Pontiac Grand Prix safely, but it was destroyed. The Hickory Fire Department is investigating the incident.

22-year-old Ivan Lara Santacruz of 24th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested at about 5:20 Sunday afternoon (April 5) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.

He was arrested after Officers on March 25 responded to the 2100 block of 24th Street N.E. in response to a reported residential break-in. The victim realized that a number of items were missing, including headphones, four hats, jewelry and a camera.

No additional information is available.

Santacruz was taken into custody without incident at his residence and detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $14,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (April 6) in Newton.

27-year-old Amanda Ashley Hinkle of Oxford Bluff in Denver was arrested Saturday (April 4) by Newton Police Officers. She’s charged with five counts of financial card theft, six counts of possession of stolen goods, and larceny of a motor vehicle. Following the arrest, Hinkle was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday (April 7).

Sunday, 05 April 2015 07:03

Claremont Resident Charged With Arson

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19-year-old Jordan Max Hunt of Chevy Drive in Claremont was arrested Sunday (April 5) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with one count of first-degree arson. Following the arrest, Hunt was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $75,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (April 6).

Saturday, 04 April 2015 11:58

Drug Trafficking Charges Filed Against Newton Man

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32-year-old Robert William Stephen Romska of Startown Road in Newton was arrested Thursday (April 2) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with two counts of trafficking opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, driving while license revoked, and alter or remove gun serial numbers. Following the arrest, Romska was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $150,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (April 6).

22-year-old Justin James Bordeaux of Burns Road in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (April 2) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with injury to personal property, violation of electronic house arrest, and larceny of firearms. Following the arrest, Bordeaux was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $405,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is set for April 30.

Saturday, 04 April 2015 11:41

Hickory Woman Arrested On Meth Charge

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28-year-old Shawnta Love Kirby of 37th Street SW in Hickory was arrested Friday (April 3) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Kirby was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $21,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (April 6).

35-year-old Amanda Nicole Fugitt of 22nd Street NW in Hickory was arrested Friday (April 3) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with financial card fraud, identity theft, and misdemeanor larceny. Following the arrest, Fugitt was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $6,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for April 6.