In an effort to help residents of the area learn how to better handle money, the Catawba County Library is presenting a program this week to provide information to assist local citizens. Figuring out IRAs, pensions, money markets, and other financial strategies can be difficult. And when you add in programs to help you with your children and grandchildren, the scenario becomes even more complicated.
The Library is welcoming finance professionals to present information that could help you make decisions about investments. They’ll provide good, basic information to help you determine how to move forward, and they’ll answer questions to help you feel more comfortable in your own process.
The Do It Yourself Investing session will communicate a variety of investment ideas and strategies that you’ll want to consider. A relevant one for this time of year is how to gift investments during the holidays so that you maximize the good that you can do. Another helpful topic is estate planning. Whether you’re in retirement or still working but thinking ahead, being aware of what you can do with your money can help direct how you balance and rebalance your portfolio.
The DIY investing class is for informational purposes only, and no sales or personal financial strategies will be offered. It takes place at 10:30 a.m. on Friday (December 7) at the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library.
34-year-old Carey James Caldwell, Jr. of Conley Place and 30-year-old Christy Owens Rodriguez of Rolling Hills Court, both from Lenoir, were arrested Saturday (December 1) by Lenoir Police Officers. Caldwell is charged with felony counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Rodriguez is charged with felony counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny of a motor vehicle, and conspiracy.
Both suspects were detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center. Caldwell's bond was set at $60,000 secured, Rodriguez received a $10,000 secured bond. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court Monday (December 3).
25-year-old Benjamin Noah McCann of Sunset Street in Newton was arrested Monday (December 3) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and larceny of a motor vehicle. McCann is also charged with fail to heed light or siren and injury to real property. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol additionally charged McCann with two counts of reckless driving to endanger and one count of driving while impaired.
Monday at approximately 9:45 a.m., Deputies from the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Conover Police Department spotted a vehicle that had been stolen from Conover. Catawba County Deputies pursued the vehicle through Catawba and Burke Counties with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office providing assistance.
The Driver of the stolen vehicle crashed in the 4300 block of Highway 10 West in Newton. The subject attempted to hide from Deputies after exiting the stolen vehicle but was quickly located without incident. The vehicle crash was investigated by the Highway Patrol, and that resulted in the charges filed by that agency.
McCann was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $36,500 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (December 4) and January 7.
30-year-old Brandon Chase Benham of River Trail Lane in Granite Falls was arrested last Friday (November 30) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Benham was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled Monday (December 3).
58-year-old Gregory Leonard Skrehot of South Ervin Avenue in Newton was arrested by Newton Police Saturday on a felony warrant from as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. The warrant was issued in Pennington County, South Dakota. Skrehot is wanted by Agents with the U.S. Marshals Service in Rapid City, South Dakota for the sale of amphetamine.
He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is listed as a “federal inmate serving”. Skrehot is being held without bond. No court date is currently listed.
43-year-old Larry Eugene Allen of 1st Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:20 Saturday night (December 1) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance. Officers found 0.3 grams of crack cocaine on Allen’s person as they questioned him for loitering on the 900 block of 1st Street S.W.
He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (December 3) in Newton.
40-year-old Tanyana Shuntay Linder of Drag Strip Road in Hudson was arrested at about 1:40 p.m. yesterday (December 2) by Hickory Police on one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon. She was taken into custody after Officers responded to a domestic assault at an address on 7th Avenue S.W. in Hickory.
Linder was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
23-year-old Cordesha Ranisha Cansler-Blackburn of West Pine Street in Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:25 Saturday night on one felony count of speeding to elude arrest with two aggravating factors, plus two misdemeanor counts of driving while license revoked and one misdemeanor count of reckless driving to endanger.
Cansler-Blackburn was arrested after police attempted to stop a 2005 Ford Focus on Highland Avenue N.E. at 21st Street N.E. The vehicle did not stop and was followed by a Hickory Police Officer. The Ford came to a stop at a residence on the 2,100 block of Kool Park Road N.E. The driver, Cordesha Ranisha Cansler-Blackburn, was taken into custody without further incident.
The suspect was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $11,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today (December 3) in Newton.
21-year-old Demetrius Damar Anderson of McIntosh Road and 22-year-old Damarius O'Brien Valentine of Old Plank Road, both from Stanley, were arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. Anderson is charged with one felony count each of robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Valentime is charged with one felony count of aiding and abetting an armed robbery.
Deputies were dispatched to a call on McIntosh Road on November 17, 2018 after a man reported he had been assaulted and money stolen from his wallet by several individuals. The victim suffered a head wound in the incident and was transported to the hospital for treatment.
After developing information and collecting evidence, Detective Jon Propst secured warrants charging two suspects in the case. On November 29, Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives and officers with the Lincolnton Police Department arrested Anderson at a residence on Hubbard Street in Lincolnton. Valentine was arrested November 30.
Anderson was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $40,000 secured bond. Valentine was jailed under a $10,000 secured bond. Anderson's next District Court date is December 20, Valentine has a District Court appearance scheduled for December 18.
Investigation into the assault and robbery is continuing and more arrests will be made. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Detective Jon Propst at 704-732-9050 or call Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
27-year-old Dylan Lee Furches of Elkin, N.C. was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:40 Saturday night (December 1) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of communicating threats, disorderly conduct and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
He was arrested after Police responded to a reported suspicious person at the Raceway convenience store on Highway 321 N.W. Officers located Furches on the scene and found one gram of methamphetamine on his person. He was taken into custody after resisting arrest.
Furches was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today (December 3) in Newton.
22-year-old Brittany Nichole Bean of North Summit Avenue in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police at noon Saturday (December 1) on one felony count each of robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Bean was wanted by the Lenoir Police Department. The warrants for her arrest were issued on November 26.
Bean was taken into custody without incident at a hotel on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today (December 3) in Lenoir.
The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles is reminding motorists that starting this month, emissions inspections will no longer be required in 26 additional counties, including three in the Hickory Metro.
In the fall, the Environmental Protection Agency approved a reduction in North Carolina counties required to perform yearly vehicle emissions tests. 78 of North Carolina's 100 counties no longer require annual vehicle emissions tests. 52 counties had not required vehicle emissions inspections since 2006.
The 26 additional counties that will no longer be required to conduct emissions tests include Catawba, Burke, and Caldwell. The approval was a result of the passage of Senate Bill 131 which is the Regulatory Reform Act of 2016-2017, by the General Assembly during the 2017 long session. Details of the plan can be found on the NCDEQ website.
By law, a motor vehicle must pass an annual safety inspection before it can be registered in North Carolina or the registration can be renewed. All North Carolina counties will still require the safety inspection. Emissions inspections will still be required in 22 North Carolina counties including Iredell and Lincoln Counties.
There are three options available to customers who reside in one of the 26 counties no longer requiring emissions inspections and who have failed emissions inspections prior to December 1. Those options include: Visit a local License and Theft Bureau office, call the DMV Customer Contact Center at 877-421-0020, or visit a License Plate Agency and present the vehicle inspection report from the inspection station
A list of counties required to perform yearly emissions inspections, as well as information on emissions and safety inspections, is available on the NCDMV website.
30-year-old Lee Miller, Jr. of Hickory Boulevard in Granite Falls was arrested Friday (November 30) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony second degree burglary. Miller was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (December 3).
24-year-old Samantha Lynn Suslik of Carthage, in Moore County NC, and 30-year-old Caleb Gene Rogers of Hudson, were arrested Saturday (December 1) by Lenoir Police Officers. They're each charged with possession of methamphetamine. Suslik was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond, bond for Rogers was set at $15,000 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled for both suspects today (December 3).