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Tuesday, 30 September 2014 14:38

Voter Registration Ends October 10

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The Catawba County Board of Elections reminds eligible voters in Catawba County that registration for the November 4 general elections will end on Friday, October 10.

Anyone registering in Catawba County must submit (or postmark) a registration to the Board of Elections Office by 5 p.m. on October 10. Recent changes in North Carolina law will result in some changes to election procedures this year. There will be no voter registration at one-stop voting locations, so anyone who wishes to vote in the November 4 election must be registered by October 10.

Absentee ballots will be allowed, but requests for an absentee ballot must now be made in writing on an official North Carolina Board of Elections Absentee Ballot Request Form, which may be found online at www.catawbacountync.gov/elections. Requests for absentee ballots must be made by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28.

One-stop voting will begin on Thursday, October 23. Five one-stop voting locations will be open at varying times and dates beginning at 8 a.m. on October 23 and ending at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 1.

New for this election is a one-stop site at Conover Station, 403 Conover Station in Conover. Other one-stop sites will include: the Newton Main Library at 115 West C Street in Newton; the Highland Recreation Center at 1451 8th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory; the Southwest (Mountain View) Branch Library at 2944 Highway 127 South; and Sherrills Ford Fire & Rescue headquarters at 4011 Slanting Bridge Road in Sherrills Ford.

Two precinct locations have been permanently moved. The voting location for Banoak Precinct 2 has permanently moved to Corinth Baptist Church at 7929 Highway 10 West in Vale and the location for Blackburn Precinct 3 has permanently moved to Blackburn Baptist Church at 5015 Highway 10 West in Vale.

On Election Day, voters must now vote at their assigned precinct or their vote will not count. In the past, voters were allowed under State law to cast votes at other precincts for the sake of convenience. Another change in North Carolina law requiring voters to show an ID card at the polls will not go into effect until 2016, but precinct workers will be required to ask voters if they have an ID card this year.

For more information on the 2014 primary or general elections, call the Catawba County Board of Elections office at 828-464-2424 or visit www.catawbacountync.gov/elections.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 14:23

Stolen Shotgun Recovered after 27 Years

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A shotgun stolen from a residence in eastern Lincoln County in 1987 has been recovered in Gaston County and returned to the owner.

The gun was stolen during a break-in that was discovered on June 24, 1987 at a home on Windsong Road in Denver. Firearms and other items were reported stolen. Although two possible suspects were identified, no arrests were made in the case.

The report was taken by then rookie Deputy David Carpenter, who is now Sheriff of Lincoln County. Carpenter had started his law enforcement career in April of 1987, just two months before the report was taken. The report included serial numbers from two firearms stolen in the break-in. The stolen firearms were entered in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database.

Detective Lt. Tim Johnson was notified that one of the shotguns, a Remington 1100, was located at a Gaston County Pawn shop. Detectives recovered the weapon on Friday (September 26).

Lt. Johnson credited the victim for providing a serial and model number for the shotgun and the Officer for filing a very complete report. The Lieutenant reminds the public to record serial numbers for any personal items they have in case of a theft or fire and for insurance purposes.

The victims, who still live in Denver, came by the Sheriff’s Office on today (September 30) to pick up the recovered firearm. They told Sheriff Carpenter they never expected to see the shotgun again and expressed their appreciation for its return.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 14:18

Marion Man Faces Felony Assault Charge

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48-year-old Monyon Edward Poteat of Copper Pot Drive in Marion has been charged by McDowell Co. Sheriff’s Detective Paul Alkire with felony assault by strangulation and misdemeanor assault on a female.

On August 11, Poteat allegedly hit the victim, a Marion woman, and choked her with a clothesline during a domestic dispute. Poteat was charged the same day, but has been on the run from Deputies ever since.

He was arrested early Monday morning (September 29). An appearance in District Court was set for October 13.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 12:14

United Way Fundraiser is Underway

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2014 marks the third year that Catawba County United Way has partnered with Benny Yount and Paramount Automotive Group to provide an incentive for their campaign. Donors in workplace campaigns at Fair Share level and above will have the opportunity to enter into a drawing to win a new car.

Beginning the week of September 22, for ten consecutive weeks, ten finalists will be drawn by Russell Isenhour, CPR. Each finalist’s employer will be notified to confirm eligibility. On December 10, the ten finalists will be invited to a campaign celebration at Paramount Automotive Group where one person will drive away in a new car.

The United Way's Director of Resource Development, Gerry Knox, reminds local companies that the earlier a company’s campaign is underway, the more chances employees will have to become finalists in the drawings as entries remain active for all ten weekly drawings. The United Way encourages organizations who are not currently conducting an employee campaign to do so.

In addition to Paramount Automotive, gifts used as campaign incentives have been received from Century Furniture, Vanguard Furniture, Hickory Business Furniture, CR Laine Furniture and Designmaster Furniture.

Carol Johnson, an employee at Shuford Elementary School, is the first finalist.

16-year-old Alan R. Grant of Shiloh Road in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Events leading to his arrest began on September 26 when the Resource Officer at the Monticello School was called to assist administration with a student who was suspected of having contraband hidden on his person. Staff said they saw puffs of smoke coming from Alan Grant's mouth. Grant denied having anything on his person.

A Deputy was called in to assist with a search. According to Police, Grant became very uncooperative and extremely combative during the search and had to be restrained. While attempting to restrain Grant, the student lunged forward and smashed one Officer’s finger between his shoulder and the doorframe. The Deputy felt something in Grant's pants pocket, which Grant said was nothing. The Deputy retrieved the top half of an E-cigarette that contained an unknown liquid substance. Officers are aware that students have used E-cigs to get high with liquid and wax forms of THC that can be smoked, nearly undetected. The other half of the E-cig had dropped down Grant's pants leg and was retrieved and placed in an evidence bag to be sent to the lab for testing.

Grant was arrested, but refused to get in the patrol car. Grant continued to resist as additional Officers were called to the scene, one of whom was kicked twice in the leg by Grant. Another Officer was kicked in the chest while attempting to place shackles on Grant’s legs.

Grant was ultimately placed in the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office jail under a $2,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on October 14.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 11:28

Lenoir Woman Given $10K Bond on Variety of Charges

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51-year-old Brenda Lee Horton of N.W. Arlington Circle in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (September 29) on charges of failure to appear, simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, larceny and two counts of second-degree trespass. She was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $10,000, secured. Horton will appear in District Court on October 16 and November 10, both in Lenoir.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 11:24

Sherrills Ford Man Jailed on Felony Meth Charge

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19-year-old Dustin Alexander Lineberger of Lineberger Road in Sherrills Ford has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers for felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. He was jailed yesterday (September 29) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $4,000, secured. Lineberger will appear in District Court tomorrow in Newton.

A portion of N.C. Highway 16 near Vashti Road in Alexander County, north of Taylorsville, was closed yesterday (September 29) as crews cleared an overturned tractor-trailer from the road.

Traffic was detoured until the road could be reopened at approximately 7 p.m. The NCDOT reports no delays on Highway 16 this morning.

For real-time travel information at any time, call 5-1-1, visit the NCDOT traffic website or follow the NCDOT on Twitter. NCDOT Mobile is also available by entering “m.ncdot.gov” into a smartphone browser.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 07:07

Carolina BalloonFest Set for October 17-19

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The 41st Annual Carolina BalloonFest will take place this year from October 17-19 at the Statesville Regional Airport. Over 50 hot air balloons and four unique special shapes will launch and decorate the skies of Iredell County. The traditional Balloon Glow, sponsored by the Black Automotive Group, will take place on Saturday evening, October 18.

Tethered balloon rides will be offered to create an abbreviated sensation of flight when elevated nearly 100 ft. above the ground. Weather permitting, hot air flights and tethered balloon rides will be available for purchase from participating pilots throughout the weekend.

Many pilots will participate in Sanctioned Competitions, sponsored by Energy United Propane. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, balloons will fly over the venue as pilots complete field tasks, such as marker drops and a pole ring toss. Pilots at Carolina BalloonFest compete for points to enhance their standings in the national Hot Air Competition Division. A new feature this year is the Pilot Meet & Greet, hosted by the Carolinas Balloon Association.

The event will feature live entertainment and an N.C. Wines & Craft Beer Tasting. Carolina BalloonFest will also benefit the American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay for Life in Statesville.

To learn more, visit CarolinaBalloonFest.com or


Monday, 29 September 2014 13:39

Claremont Man Indicted on Child Sex Offense Charges

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31-year-old Robert Lee Downs of Grizzle Point in Claremont was indicted last Thursday (September 25) on ten counts of felony indecent liberties with a child, six counts of first-degree sexual offense with a child and felony sexual offense with a child. Downs also faces charges for first-degree kidnapping and sexual battery.

The indictments come in connection to offenses that occurred in Long View between June 2009 and June 2014. The victim reportedly was between 13 & 15 years of age at the time. Long View Police are handling the investigation.

Downs has been confined in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility since he was initially charged in October 2013. He is being held under a $1,200,500 secured bond. Downs had a court date last Friday with his next appearance on the kidnapping and sexual battery charges set for November 3 in Morganton.