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Thursday, 12 July 2018 13:17

Sixth Case of Rabies Reported in Catawba County

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Catawba County has confirmed a sixth case of rabies in the county this year. On July 8, Catawba Co. Animal Services responded to a call from a Newton resident who saw three horses, two miniature ponies and two donkeys that were exposed to a skunk in the pastures where they were confined on his property.

The skunk was sent to the North Carolina Public Health Laboratory in Raleigh, which notified Catawba County on July 11 that the skunk tested positive for rabies. Animal Services is confirming the vaccination status of the animals and advising the resident on appropriate follow-up care, as needed.

Animal Services reminds pet owners that rabies is still present in the local wild animal population and is a threat to pets and humans year-round. Signs that an animal may be infected with rabies include loss of appetite, irritability, unusual aggression, lack of fear, restlessness, dilated pupils, seizures, trembling and unsteadiness, difficulty swallowing and drooling or foaming at the mouth.

The best way to protect pets from rabies is to have them properly vaccinated for rabies. For more information, call Catawba Co. Animal Services at 828-464-7686.

A pair of Interstate 40 bridges in Burke County will be replaced thanks to a contract awarded by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. NCDOT recently awarded a $12.4 million contract to Dane Construction Inc., of Mooresville to replace the bridges on I-40 that cross Mineral Springs Mountain Road at exit 112 in Burke County.

Approximately 49,000 vehicles travel that stretch of I-40 per day, according to a traffic count in 2016. The bridges, built in 1958, no longer meet the current design standards for the volume of traffic. The new bridges will meet current design standards for lane widths and shoulder width and accommodate expected future capacity needs.

Work may begin as early as July 30 on these bridges. The contract calls for work to be completed by March 30, 2021. Construction will be conducted at night as necessary to limit backups and to reduce the impact on travelers. This was one of 25 road and bridge contracts recently awarded by the NCDOT. Per state law they went to the lowest qualified bidder for each project. The contracts are worth nearly $630 million.

Additional charges have been filed against an Alexander County man charged with shooting at firefighters. 54-year-old Michael Douglas Porter of Icard Ridge Road in Taylorsville was arrested Tuesday (July 10) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He was initially charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon on emergency personnel. On Wednesday (July 11), the Sheriff's Office charged Porter with two counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

On Tuesday at approximately 5:30 p.m., Alexander County Communications received a grass fire call outside a residence on Icard Ridge Road in the Bethlehem Community. The Bethlehem Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the fire. Upon arrival, the firemen heard a loud pop and later learned that a man who lived across the street had discharged a firearm in their direction.

The firemen told the occupant of the property to go back into his residence, and retreated to the fire truck, where they radioed for law enforcement backup. Deputies from the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office responded to the backup request, and they located the suspect.

Porter was transported to the Alexander County Detention Center, where he was initially placed under a $20,000 secured bond. His bond has since been increased to $100,000 secured. A first appearance in District Court is scheduled for next Monday (July 16).

Thursday, 12 July 2018 08:24

Business Break-in Suspect Sought

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The Iredell County Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance in identifying a suspect in a business break-in. On Tuesday July 3, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a breaking and entering to BP at 1422 West Memorial Highway in Harmony.

According to the incident report the suspect (pictured) used a pry tool to gain entry into the business shortly after 2 a.m. The suspect then used the pry tool to attempt to gain entry into the cash register, but was unsuccessful and took the cash drawer. The suspect then fled the store on foot to a waiting car that was parked nearby. The vehicle is described as a burgundy four door sedan.

If you have information, contact the Iredell/Statesville Crime Stoppers at (704) 662-1340. You can also contact Detective Sergeant Getz with the Iredell County Sheriff's Office at (704) 878-3180.

29-year-old Jessie James Shull of Love Road in Claremont was arrested Wednesday (July 11) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with three counts of felony probation violation and one count of misdemeanor probation violation. Shull was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $40,000 bond. Superior and District Court appearances are scheduled for next Monday (July 16).

Thursday, 12 July 2018 08:09

Drug Charges Filed Against Conover Woman

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27-year-old Amber Marie Lewis of Lyle Haven Drive in Conover was arrested Wednesday (July 11) by Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. She's charged with felony possession of cocaine, possession of controlled substance on prison or jail premises, and possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine. Lewis was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $11,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (July 12).

37-year-old Steven Chad Lawrence of 5th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:25 last night (July 10) on one felony count of attempting to obtain property by false pretense and one misdemeanor count of defrauding an innkeeper.

He was arrested after Officers responded to Kickback Jack’s on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard in reference to a white male subject leaving the restaurant without paying his bill. The suspect left after attempting to use a fraudulent credit card that was declined. Police found the suspect, Steven Chad Lawrence, just north of the restaurant where he was taken into custody without incident.

Lawrence was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $1,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

54-year-old Michael Douglas Porter of Icard Ridge Road in Taylorsville was arrested Tuesday (July 10) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon on emergency personnel.

On Tuesday at approximately 5:30 p.m., Alexander County Communications received a grass fire call outside a residence on Icard Ridge Road in the Bethlehem Community. The Bethlehem Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the fire. Upon arrival, the firemen heard a loud pop and later learned that a man who lived across the street had discharged a firearm in their direction.

The firemen told the occupant of the property to go back into his residence, and retreated to the fire truck, where they radioed for law enforcement backup. Deputies from the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office responded to the backup request, and they located the suspect.

Porter was transported to the Alexander County Detention Center, where he was placed under a $20,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court is scheduled for July 16. The investigation is continuing.

58-year-old Cathy Heisserer Grady of 33rd Street N.E. in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (July 11) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

She was arrested after Officers conducted a traffic stop conducted in a parking lot on the 200 block of South Center Street. Police found a small amount of crack cocaine in the vehicle.

Grady was taken into custody without incident. She was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released under a $5,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018 15:13

Hickory Man Arrested on Crack Cocaine Charge

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56-year-old George Mitchell Rhinehardt, Jr. of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:20 last night (July 10) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance. He was taken into custody without incident at the Sunny Valley housing complex after Police found 0.4 grams of crack cocaine on Rhinehardt’s person.

Rhinehardt was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released just after midnight under a $5,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

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