CoMPAS Cable in Morganton will be installing conduit in the alley behind Yianni's restaurant today and the work may interfere with foot traffic and several parking spots in the lot. CoMPAS is installing the conduit to provide services to several businesses on the block. The work will take about six to eight hours, barring any unforeseen issues. Bill Harkins, CoMPAS General Manager said "We've notified all the businesses on the block, and they are all aware. We'll start at 8:00 am and we may have to block some parking spots while completing the work."
25-year-old Jessica Leeann Moody was arrested by authorities in Burke County Monday (January 19). She’s charged with felony possession of schedule two controlled substance. Following the arrest, Moody was placed in jail under $15,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for February 10.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing to receive citizen comments on the development of Community Development Block Grant Infrastructure and Economic Development applications for grant funds over a three year cycle that must benefit low and moderate-income persons and address critical public infrastructure needs, when the Board meets at 7:00 tonight at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton. The meeting was moved to today due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday Monday.
The Board will receive a general update on the programs of Catawba County Social Services and consider revising twelve budget outcomes agreed to by the Social Services Board due to circumstances beyond the department’s control, including State and Federal policy changes. The Board will receive an update on the Public Health Farmers Market, which completed a second successful year in the fall of 2014, bringing fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables to an increasing number of WIC clients. The Board will consider a request made to the North Carolina Department of Transportation to remove 650 feet of GW Carson Road from the State road maintenance system, which would not adversely impact any adjacent property owners or deny any property owner access.
The Board will consider an amendment to an Urgent Repair Project Budget to appropriate interest earned from grant funds. The Board will consider the designation of Map Review Officers for the County and it's municipalities, to add new Map Review Officers for Catawba County and the City of Claremont and remove one Map Review Officer for the City of Newton who has left that position, and will consider two tax refund requests.
The Board will present a Distinguished Public Service Award to Ray Von Caldwell to recognize and thank him for 44 years of service on the Catawba County Planning Board as he retires from the Board. And it will recognize citizens who participated in “Catawba County University” in December 2014, a two night course during which the group learned about the work of the Board of Commissioners; the County’s organization and details about many County departments.
Firefighters from several area departments responded to a large house fire south of Hickory Monday. The Propst Crossroads Fire Department and five other departments were called to the 5800 block of Walnut Grove Road off Highway 127 near Mountain View. They were called to the scene shortly before 12 noon and reports say firefighters found flames and smoke coming from the building. The homeowner was not home when the fire started, no injuries are reported in the blaze. There was no word as of early this morning on how the fire started.
36-year-old Christopher Eugene Shook of Fave Place in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (January 18) by Lenoir Police on a charge of felony larceny. Following his arrest, Shook was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $12,000, secured. No court date is currently listed.
On January 15, Detectives from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit & Criminal Investigative Unit, assisted by the N.C. S.B.I. Clandestine Laboratory Response Team, executed a search warrant at a residence on Smith Henson Road in Sugar Grove. The search took place near the area of a murder that occurred last Thursday (January 14) and resulted in four arrests.
During a search of the residence and surrounding property, Detectives located numerous items that had previously been used in the production of methamphetamine. The items included Drano crystals (sodium hydroxide), nail polish remover (acetone), instant cold packs (ammonium nitrate) and drain cleaner (sulfuric acid). Also found were remnants of the same types of items, including discarded and partially burned Hydrogen Chloride (HCL) gas generators, 20 ounce bottles containing ammonium nitrate and pieces of lithium from batteries (which are known as “one pot” meth labs) and packages of pseudoephedrine products.
The hazardous waste was disposed of in accordance with state and federal law the S.B.I.
The investigation is still underway. Charges are expected.
26-year-old Lucas Duran Sanders and 27-year-old Jeni Leigh Lemaire of Clay Apartment Court in Lenoir were arrested by Agents with the Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Office I.C.E. Unit Thursday (January 15). They were both charged with one felony count each for manufacturing methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling to keep or store a controlled substance.
The two were arrested for cooking methamphetamine at their apartment in Lenoir. The lab was the first investigated by the Sheriff’s I.C.E. Unit this year.
The investigation began as the result of a complaint filed by a social worker from the Department of Social Services. The social worker was conducting an inspection with Jeni Leigh Lemaire at the suspects’ residence when the social worker became concerned about items she saw that were consistent with drug use.
The Sheriff’s Office was called in to investigate. Officers conducted a consent search, leading to the discovery of drug paraphernalia and materials used to manufacture meth. Officers then secured the residence while an Agent with the I.C.E. Unit applied for a search warrant. A Special Agent with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation also responded and assisted with the investigation.
Agents executed the search warrant and found precursor chemicals used to manufacture meth, along with three “one pot” meth labs. Lemaire was taken into custody and interviewed at the Sheriff’s Office. Sanders was found later Friday evening at a residence in Lenoir. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Sheriff’s Office where he was interviewed and processed.
Both suspects were jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center with bond for each set at $100,000, secured. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for tomorrow (January 20) in Lenoir.
Sheriff Alan Jones commended the social worker for following up on her suspicions and getting law enforcement involved.
62-year-old Carl Edgar Shook of Taylorsville pleaded guilty as charged to solicitation of a child by computer to commit an unlawful sex act. The guilty plea was entered last Wednesday (January 14) in Burke County Superior Court. Shook was given a sentence of one to two years, suspended for five years, by the Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Morganton. Shook will be required to register as a sex offender.
The event that led to Mr. Shook’s guilty plea stemmed from an Internet operation by the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. A detective posed as 14-year-old girl on the Internet, and the defendant solicited “her” for sex then drove to Burke County to meet “her” on Aug. 7, 2014.
Burke County Sheriff’s Office Detective Isaac Propst investigated the case, which was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Frank Webster.
31-year-old Christopher Gene Crawford of North Main Street Parallel in Granite Falls was arrested Saturday (January 17) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He’s charged with larceny of a motor vehicle and driving while license revoked. Following the arrest, Crawford was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $124,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (January 26).
26-year-old Kendra Leigh McQuinn of Bashfull Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Saturday (January 17) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods or property. Following the arrest, McQuinn was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday (January 20).