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35-year-old Jason Duane Colley of Charlotte Street in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before ten o’clock last night (July 16) on one felony count of possession of a schedule I controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each of simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested for allegedly possessing one dosage unit of Ecstasy and six dosage units of Alprazolam. In addition, Colley was charged with a felony probation violation.

He was taken into custody without incident at a laundromat on 12th Avenue N.E. and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton with a Superior Court date on the probation violation scheduled for July 20.

22-year-old Keasha Lynn Coleman was arrested Thursday (July 16) by authorities in Burke County. She’s charged on a true bill of indictment with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule III controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Coleman was being held in jail under $61,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for August 17. 

43-year-old Gregory Allen McDaniel was arrested today (July 17) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule III controlled substance. Following the arrest, McDaniel was placed in jail under $10,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Monday (July 20).

A man was killed after reportedly striking a guardrail in his truck in a wreck that occurred in Lincoln County near the Catawba County line this morning. According to a published report, Highway Patrol officials say the man was speeding in a pickup truck on U.S. 321 at mile marker 30 when he ran off the left side of the road. The driver reportedly overcorrected and ran off the right side of the road and collided with the guardrail. The report says the man was thrown from the truck and died at the scene. The victim has not been identified.

28-year-old Travis Xavier Thomas of NW Conley Place in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (July 16) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged on bills of indictment with being an habitual felon, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, and possession of a firearm by a felon. Following the arrest, Thomas was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $75,000 secured bond. He’s scheduled to appear in Superior Court August 31.

44-year-old Thomas Victor Rinehart of Lick Mountain Road in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (July 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny, and possession of stolen property. Rinehart was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $40,000 secured bond. He made his first court appearance Thursday (July 16).

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will meet this upcoming Monday (July 20) in regular session. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.

One of the items on the agenda deals with new jobs coming to Catawba County. The Board will consider formally approving an Economic Development Agreement between the County and Carolina Nonwovens LLC, which intends to construct, up-fit and/or equip a new 100,000 square foot facility in Maiden, and will invest a minimum of $13 million and create 62 new jobs over three years. 35 positions will move from Lincoln County.

Commissioners will also hold a public hearing on a request by Birdseye Renewable Energy to rezone 45 acres of an approximately 119 acre tract located at 2327 Mt. Olive Church Road from R-30 Residential to R-80-CD Conditional District specifically for a solar farm.

The Board will consider a budget ordinance and project agreement for a 2015 Urgent Repair Program Grant received by the County in the amount of $50,000 that will assist approximately eleven low-income households by providing energy efficiency improvements and minor structural repairs, and an agreement with the Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG) for management of the grant. The Board will also consider accepting a 2015-2016 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Commerce Fellows Grant in the amount of $27,476.01, with the appropriate project budget ordinance and an administrative contract with the WPCOG in the amount of $2,500.

The Board will present a Distinguished Public Service Award to Susan Lee, who is retiring as Director of the Catawba County Parenting Network. And the Board will consider declaring the badges and service weapons of recently retired Sheriff’s Deputies Robert Pruette and Bob Riley as surplus and present those items to the Deputies.

33-year-old Charles Dontay Farley of 6th Street SW in Catawba was arrested Thursday (July 16) by Maiden Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, maintain a place to keep controlled substance, simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Farley was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $11,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, July 17).

The Lenoir Police Department is investigating a scam that took place at a local business and they are seeking a pair of suspects in the incident. According to police reports, two men went to the customer service desk of the Food Lion grocery store on Wilkesboro Boulevard and told the clerk they needed change. By the time they left the business they had reportedly talked store employees out of close to $300.

Reports say the men used what is known as a short-changing scam, which is a way of confusing a store clerk into giving more change than the person is due. Reports say the men went to the customer service desk at approximately 5:30 p.m. last Sunday, July 12, and asked a clerk to exchange $5 and $10 bills for larger bills, then after that went to another register and asked another clerk for more change.

A Lenoir Police Department spokesperson is quoted in a published report saying “If (the suspects are) good at it and they exchange money fast enough, it can be very confusing for the cashier.”

In the incident Sunday, the two men got away with $298.99.

Food Lion employees reported the incident Monday afternoon when they discovered the count was off in their cash registers. The suspects are described as middle-aged African-American men, one with a lighter build and the other with a heavier build and glasses.

Two men matching the descriptions of the men in Food Lion pulled the same scam at a Chipotle restaurant in Boone, where one distracted employees while the other asked for change from the cashier. Lenoir Police are requesting anyone with information call Caldwell County Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300.

48-year-old Beauford Lee Lindsay of Miller Bridge Road in Connelly Springs was arrested today (Thursday, July 16) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Lindsay was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (July 17).