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27-year-old Adrian Durrand Johnson, Jr. of 5th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 6:15 p.m. yesterday (April 12) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

He was arrested when an Officer traveling south on the 500 block of 3rd Street S.W. saw a northbound 2004 Ford Explorer driven by Johnson. The Officer knew Johnson’s license was suspended, so he initiated a traffic stop at the Ridgeview Plaza parking lot. The driver pulled over on 3rd Avenue S.E., just east of South Center Street.

A search was conducted, leading to the discovery of 3.8 grams of crack cocaine, 3.9 grams of marijuana and one Oxycodone pill.  The vehicle was impounded.

Johnson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

36-year-old Yvette Denise Saxton of 4th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (April 12) on a long list of felony drug charges. Those include six counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, four counts for the sale or delivery of a schedule II controlled substance, three counts for the sale or delivery of cocaine, one count for the delivery of cocaine and one count of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine. The warrants for her arrest were issued in September 2015, January 2016 and February 2016.

Saxton was taken into custody without incident at about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at a convenience store on South Center Street. She was confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $50,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

46-year-old Deven Kirby Deal of North Center Street in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before noon yesterday (April 12) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance. Deal was taken into custody without incident at her residence. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $120,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

Catawba County is planning three special roadside cleanup events for Spring Litter Sweep Weeks, which runs from April 16-30. Two Litter Sweep events have been set for Saturday, April 16 and one will be held on Saturday, April 23.

The City of Newton is organizing an event this upcoming Saturday, April 16 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Those interested in being involved in that cleanup should go to Westside Jaycee Park between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. to pick up supplies. They will move out into the city to pick up litter in teams until 12:30 p.m. For more information or to register a team for the Newton event, call Angie Harris-Ramseur at 828-695-4288.

A cleanup of the Riverbend Park area, off Highway 16 at the Catawba-Alexander County line, will be held on Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Anyone interested in that cleanup should meet in the Riverbend Park parking lot at 10 a.m. and be sure to bring gloves. For more information, contact Lori Owenby at 828-256-9157.

On Saturday, April 23, the City of Conover will hold a cleanup from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon. Anyone interested in the Conover cleanup effort should pick up supplies at the Conover Station Community Patio Room between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. Lunch will be served after clean up the Conover Station Community Patio Room. For more information or to register teams for the Conover event, call Joy Heller at 828-464-1191.

Groups or individuals who wish to organize their own cleanup efforts at any time during the year should contact North Carolina Department of Transportation office at 828-466-5519.
For more information on the upcoming Catawba County’s Litter Sweep Weeks activities, April 16-30, you may call the Department of Utilities and Engineering at 465-8217 or email amandak@catawbacountync.gov.

The City of Morganton Finance Department was recently awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for the City’s comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The City’s CAFR report contains a complete and audited set of financial statements for the last fiscal year.

“The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management,” the GFOA release said.

“I am very pleased that the City of Morganton has again received this award,” said Finance Director Karen Duncan. “The Certificate of Achievement from the GFOA is a welcome recognition of the hard work and dedication of our Finance staff. I’m very thankful for the leadership and strong commitment to responsible fiscal management demonstrated by our City Manager Sally Sandy and the City Council.”

The City of Morganton’s latest CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago, IL, and Washington, D.C.

27-year-old David Malachi Harris was arrested Tuesday (April 12) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of forced breaking and entering and larceny. Harris was placed in jail in Morganton under $50,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, April 13).

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 09:31

One Person Killed In Head on Collision

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The Statesville Police Department is investigating a fatal accident that occurred this morning on Garner Bagnal Boulevard.

According to various published reports, one person was killed and another person was seriously injured in a head-on crash involving two pickup trucks on Garner Bagnal Boulevard near Wall Street.

The Statesville Police Department is investigating the crash, which occurred at approximately 6 a.m. The accident closed Garner Bagnal Boulevard between Wall and Opal streets for more than two hours.

A third vehicle, a van, sustained minor damages in the crash and reports say that driver was not injured. No other details were available.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 09:23

Caldwell County Man Indicted On Forgery Charges

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45-year-old Johnny Daryl Mooney of Brixton Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (April 12) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with three counts of felony forgery of an instrument. In addition, Mooney is charged with three felony counts of uttering a forged instrument, and one misdemeanor count of failure to appear. Mooney was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $34,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for May 2. District Court appearances are set for May 5 and May 9.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 09:17

Meth Charge Lodged Against Lenoir Man

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51-year-old William Ervin Patrick of Sharon Avenue in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (April 12) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Patrick was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court Thursday (April 14).

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 06:42

Multiple Drug Charges Filed Against Lenoir Man

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27-year-old Jason Chantel Gibbs of Calico Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (April 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance along with misdemeanor counts of possession of schedule IV controlled substance and assault on a female. Gibbs was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $22,500 secured bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for April 14 and May 16.