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Burke County officials will likely have a decision to make regarding the courthouse on South Green Street in Morganton. According to a published report, as the plans progress for a justice center on Government Drive, officials will likely have to weigh their options when it comes to the current courthouse.

According to the report, a new justice center will mean moving court bailiffs, judges and assistants, the magistrate’s office, clerk of courts and district attorney’s office employees, along with downtown jail employees, to the proposed new site on Government Drive. The report says the Burke County Register of Deeds office would remain where it is, according to Burke County Manager Bryan Steen. That would free up the current 30,000-square-foot courthouse that could be used to consolidate county offices.

The report says Steen said the county would consider consolidating staff at the Avery Street administration building and those from the general services building on Green Street into the current courthouse. That would save on utility, insurance and maintenance costs. The courthouse also would likely be a more convenient location for the public, he said.

Steen said if the county can save money and improve services, then it’s something officials would want to seriously consider.

Earlier, county officials said there is a possibility of moving school system administration offices to the courthouse to free up space at the county building on Parker Road. Steen said this week the county will have to consider how to allocate the space at the current courthouse. He said the county hasn’t done a formal study on how to utilize the courthouse space.

38-year-old Jason Robert Carl Crump of Rattlesnake Lane in Lenoir was arrested Friday (July 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with statutory rape when there is a six year or more age difference. Following the arrest, Crump was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $500,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, July 6).

20-year-old Bobbie Marie Gosnell of Cape Hickory Cutoff Road in Hickory was arrested Friday (July 3) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with three counts of trafficking in methamphetamine. Following the arrest, Gosnell was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, July 6).

32-year-old Jose Angel Martinez of 20th Avenue Drive NE in Hickory was arrested Friday (July 3) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with three counts of sex offense in a parental role. Following the arrest, Martinez was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, July 6).

A man is charged in connection with a holiday weekend boating accident that claimed a high school student's life. According to a published report, 17-year-old Sheyenne Marshall was killed in the accident on Lake Norman in Mooresville Saturday (July 5).

Officials say Marshall was on a kneeboard when a pontoon boat hit her from behind and ran over her. Marshall was a student at Cox Mill High School. She was reportedly wearing a life jacket at the time of the accident.

According to the published report, officials say the boat driver, 49-year-old Keith Owen Cerven, had been drinking. Cerven was arrested and charged with driving a motor boat or vessel while impaired. More charges could be filed after the district attorney investigates the case. Cerven has a District Court appearance scheduled for August 25.

Monday, 06 July 2015 04:20

Man Charged With Shooting At Son

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69-year-old Donald Eugene Minor of Statesville was arrested Saturday (July 4) by Statesville Police Officers. He's charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to kill and Shooting into an Occupied Vehicle.

On Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Statesville Police responded to a reported disturbance in the 600 block of Diamond Street in Statesville. When officers arrived on the scene they made contact with the suspect, Donald Eugene Minor. Minor told the officers that he had been involved in an altercation with his 42-year-old son earlier. While officers were on scene, the son returned in his vehicle which had two bullet holes in the front windshield. The son had minor injuries to his hand from the broken glass in the vehicle. Statesville P.D. Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and conducted an investigation into the incident.

Investigators determined that during the altercation, Minor went into his residence to retrieve a firearm and his son got into his vehicle and began backing out of the driveway. As the vehicle was backing down the driveway, Minor came out of his residence and fired two bullets into the front windshield of the vehicle. The son fled the scene until the arrival of police officers.

Following his arrest, Minor was detained in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Monday, July 6).

Thursday, 02 July 2015 13:57

Hickory Man Faces Felony Larceny Charge

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45-year-old Robert Christopher Noe of 1st Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:50 last night (July 1) on one felony count of larceny.

He was charged in connection to a larceny at a residence on the 1100 block of 15th Street Drive N.E. A large amount of jewelry was taken. The jewelry was last accounted for on May 19. Noe had been staying on the property. Noe was arrested after he allegedly attempted to sell some of the stolen jewelry to various persons.

He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for Monday (July 6) in Newton.

The Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group (CW-DMAG) announced today (Thursday, July 2) that dry weather conditions and warm temperatures have placed the Catawba-Wateree River Basin in Stage 0 of the Low Inflow Protocol (LIP). Stage 0 is a drought watch stage that alerts the CW-DMAG members to monitor conditions more closely.

Ed Bruce with Duke Energy and the coordinator of the advisory group said There are no required actions by the community at this stage, but water and energy conservation are always encouraged, especially with the summer season underway.

Below normal rainfall and above-average temperatures have dropped two of the three LIP drought indicators (triggers) to Stage 0. Water storage in the 11-reservoir Catawba-Wateree Hydroelectric Project has declined and streamflows that feed the reservoirs are below normal. In addition, the U.S. Drought Monitor trigger indicates most of the Basin is experiencing drought conditions.

The Low Inflow Protocol is the regional drought management plan major water users in the region employ to share responsibility and set priorities to conserve the limited water supply during drought conditions. Stage 0 is the first of five drought stages outlined in the LIP and is a drought watch stage.

The CW-DMAG will monitor the early warning signs and work together to protect the water supply and other uses of the Catawba-Wateree River. The CW-DMAG stresses that wise water and energy use and voluntary conservation are always beneficial.

The Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group (CW-DMAG) was established in 2006 to monitor drought status and to recommend coordinated actions for the CW-DMAG members. CW-DMAG members include the area’s public water suppliers and several large industrial users withdrawing water from the Basin, North Carolina and South Carolina resource agencies, the US Geological Survey and other federal agencies and Duke Energy. The CW-DMAG and the LIP are outcomes of Duke Energy’s relicensing process for the Catawba-Wateree Hydroelectric Project. The LIP will become part of Duke Energy’s New License which is expected to be issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) later this year. The CW-DMAG meets at least monthly when conditions reach Stage 0 or greater of the LIP.

Thursday, 02 July 2015 11:41

Traffic to be Re-Routed in Newton Next Week

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The Newton Public Works & Utilities Department, along with Iron Mountain Construction Company Inc., will install a manhole near the intersection of North Ashe Avenue and West 1st Street beginning the morning of Monday, July 6.

City crews will reroute traffic until the work is completed. The work is expected to take one to two weeks.

In a statement released this morning (July 2), the city expressed its appreciation for the public’s patience and cooperation as improvements are made. Anyone with questions should call the Public Works & Utilities Department at 828-695-4310.

32-year-old Dontavious Bry Lineberger of Somerset Drive in Catawba was arrested this morning (July 2) by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers. He is charged with two counts of trafficking in cocaine and one count of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.

He was arrested after the Catawba County Special Tactics & Response (STAR) team executed a search warrant at Lineberger’s residence. The residence was secured without incident and the scene was turned over to the Investigators with the Catawba County Drug Task Force and the Hickory Police Department. The task force is made up of Narcotics Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office, the Maiden Police Department and Homeland Security.

Seized during the execution of the search warrant were two handguns, two long guns, $317 in cash and 5.4 ounces of crack cocaine, along with multiple sets of digital scales.

Lineberger was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $30,000 secured bond. He will make a first appearance in District Court Monday (July 6) in Newton.

Authorities have received a number of tips recently on their drug tip line in reference to continuous sales of controlled substances in the Old Catawba Road area. During the past several months, Agents have identified multiple large-scale drug traffickers and residences that are used primarily for the sale and storage of controlled substances.

Since May of this year, Agents have seized nearly seven ounces of crack cocaine, over $16,000 in U.S. Currency and more than ten handguns from two homes within a quarter mile of each other.