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Thursday, 16 July 2015 10:06

Vale Man Arrested on Three Outstanding Warrants

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28-year-old Octavis Laza Williams of Hope Road in Vale was served an order for arrest by Hickory Police last night for two felony probation violations and one misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. The warrants were issued on July 8 and June 20.

Williams was taken into custody without incident on the 1100 block of Old Lenoir Road in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $26,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for July 20 in Newton.

Thursday, 16 July 2015 10:02

Missing Man found Safe in Newton

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A Silver Alert issued for a missing endangered man from Catawba County has been canceled. 81-year-old Bobby Eugene Bolick has been found and is safe.

Mr. Bolick had last been seen on Nathaniel Street in Newton. He was found by Newton Police at about 8:20 last night (July 15) on 15th Street in Newton. Officers located his vehicle in the People’s Bank parking lot.

The Silver Alert was canceled at about seven o’clock this morning.

No further details are available.

Thursday, 16 July 2015 05:43

Caldwell County Man Charged With Meth Offenses

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31-year-old Eugene Liston Broach of Oaktree Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (July 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of manufacture methamphetamine and maintain a dwelling to keep or store a controlled substance.

According to a news release, the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office Ice Unit arrested Broach. The investigation was conducted in conjunction with the Lenoir Police Department and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.  

According to the news release, a search warrant was obtained and the residence was searched without incident. As a result of the search, Agents found a “one pot” type meth lab, precursor chemicals, and other various materials used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Agents also located a small amount of finished methamphetamine product. Agents learned that Broach is originally from Columbia, SC and had recently relocated to this area.              

Broach was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court in Lenoir today (Thursday, July 16).

Thursday, 16 July 2015 05:13

Heroin Charge Filed Against Hickory Woman

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33-year-old Viviana Barbara Eller of 17th Street SE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (July 15) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Eller was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $24,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (July 17).

Officials in the Town of Rhodhiss finally have funding needed to do the much needed work to repair the town’s water and sewer systems. According to a published report, Town Manager Art Delaney said Wednesday that construction on the $3 million project will begin no later than next spring. Two state grants are paying for it. Delaney said in the report that town officials still have to do the engineering report, and then they'll start the work. He said town leaders are hoping to get the work underway in the fall. Commissioners signed contracts related to the grants Tuesday.

The report says the water and sewer systems in Rhodhiss have been deteriorating. The water lines have been leaking and this causes drinking water to seep into the ground, which results in the town to pay for more water than residents use. Leaky sewer lines cause groundwater to get into the system, resulting in an extra cost to the town for sewage treatment. In addition, pump stations are flooded during heavy rains.

The published report says construction will include 35 manhole repairs as well as meter upgrades and line replacements. Last year, town commissioners voted to raise water and sewer fees by 30 percent because the town was being forced to spend too much of its savings to cover the extra costs for water and sewer beyond what residents actually use. An added bonus is, as part of grant stipulations, job openings that need to be filled in order to do the project will be offered to residents of Rhodhiss, if they are qualified to do the work.

The published report also says that Commissioner Joe Kirby, whose term expires in November, announced Tuesday he would not run for re-election. This apparently caught the other commissioners by surprise. Delaney asked for him to reconsider, saying that the current board in Rhodhiss is strong and there needs to be stability because of the water and sewer construction projects.

Thursday, 16 July 2015 04:52

Conover Man Indicted On Multiple Charges

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35-year-old Scotty Emmanuel Dellinger of Emmanuel Church Road in Conover was arrested Wednesday (July 15) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged on bills of indictment with communicating threats and habitual misdemeanor assault. Dellinger is also charged with assault on a female. Following the arrest, Dellinger was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $36,000 bond. A Superior Court date is set for Friday (July 17).

26-year-old Bobbie Danielle Jenkins of South Gaither Avenue in Newton was arrested by Newton Police Officers. She’s charged with possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, second-degree trespassing, resisting a public officer, and simple assault. Jenkins was detained this morning (Thursday, July 16) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $9,500 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (July 17).

The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered man from Catawba County. Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for Bobby Eugene Bolick, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

Bolick is described as an 81-year-old white male, 6 feet, 150 pounds with short silver hair, and blue eyes. He was wearing an orange shirt and blue jeans. Bolick was last seen at a location on Nathaniel Street in Newton. His vehicle is described as a burgundy 2002 Ford Explorer with a North Carolina License Tag reading CLY7387. He may be heading towards Holden Beach.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Bobby Eugene Bolick should call the Catawba County Sheriffs Office at 828-464-3112 or call 911.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 11:54

More Details in Caldwell County Heroin Arrest

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More details have been released in the arrest of 31-year-old Amber Nicole McNeely of Countryside Drive in Granite Falls. As reported yesterday (July 14) on WHKY, McNeely was arrested Monday (July 13) and charged with two counts of felonious trafficking in heroin.

During an undercover investigation, Caldwell County I.C.E. Agents, working in partnership with Boone Police Department, the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and the Blowing Rock Police Department, caught McNeely in Lenoir after she had re-supplied from her source in Boone. McNeely and her residence were on I.C.E. Agents’ radar as the result of drug-related complaints.

As a result of the operation, over 20 grams of “black tar” heroin was confiscated. The drugs have a street value of $12,060, according to North Carolina State Drug Guidelines. Also seized was $2,391 in cash. Additional charges are anticipated.  

McNeely was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday in Lenoir.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are continuing to investigate the theft of batteries from AT & T hubs in eastern Lincoln County.

Detective Frank Runyon is investigating the theft of batteries from AT & T locations in the 8500 block of Unity Church Road and the 200 block of Club Drive. On Tuesday (July 14) AT & T employees reported the incidents which are believed to have occurred last Saturday (July 11).

At the Unity Church Road site the cables had been cut and four batteries stolen creating low power and slow internet speed. On Club Drive 20 batteries were taken from four different boxes. The employee there told officers he believes the person responsible is familiar with the boxes and knows how to turn off the door alarms after opening the boxes. He also said it takes a special tool to open the boxes. All doors were shut and locked when the employee arrived on the scene. In each break-in the boxes transmitted a low battery alarm. Earlier this year, three other hubs in eastern Lincoln County were the target of thieves.

On April 28 a representative of AT&T reported two hubs had been broken into. One was located at 4193 NC 73 Highway and the other at 6641 King Wilkinson Road. Thieves were after batteries at these locations. 16 batteries were stolen from the hub on King Wilkinson Road and eight batteries were stolen from the hub on Highway 73. The batteries were valued at approximately $2,500.

A third A T and T hub was broken into during the early morning hours of April 30. The hub located at 3841 NC 73 Highway transmitted a low battery alarm at 12:02 a.m. When the employee arrived at the hub it was still secure but eight batteries valued at approximately $500 had been stolen.

34-year-old Brandon Jackson Kirby of Ash Street in Lowell was arrested in June and charged by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detective David Brooks with one felony count of larceny and one misdemeanor count each of first-degree trespassing and injury to real property.

On or about May 3 of this year, Kirby allegedly entered the Verizon Wireless cell tower site on County Line Trail in western Lincoln County and removed HVAC coils valued at $10,000. Additional charges against Kirby were possible.

Anyone with information about the incidents or anyone having an unusual amount of batteries about the size of lawn mower batteries is asked the call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. If your Crime Stoppers tips lead to an arrest you could receive a reward of up to $1,000.