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Tuesday, 22 September 2015 14:39

Silver Alert Issued for Nebo Woman

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The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered woman, 35-year-old Rebecca Ann Upton of Nebo. Ms. Upton is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

Ms. Upton is a white female. She is 5' 6", weighing 185 pounds. She has medium length blond hair and green eyes.

Ms. Upton was last seen at 1267 Pinnacle Church Road in Nebo

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Rebecca Ann Upton should contact Det. Paul Alkire with the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office at 828-652-2235.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 13:39

Elderly Woman Crashes into Building in Boone

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Boone Police are investigating an incident yesterday (September 21) in which a car ran into a building. At about 1:34 Monday afternoon, Officers responded to the Appalachian Antique Mall on West King Street. 80-year-old Betty Phillips Jones of Boone was reportedly attempting to park her vehicle when she inadvertently hit the accelerator. The Toyota sedan crossed the sidewalk and ran into the building.

No injuries were reported. Damages to the structure, vehicle and parking meter were estimated at $13,000.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 13:33

Lenoir Man Accused of Trafficking Heroin

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25-year-old Jonmykal Aaron Chester of Blowing Rock Boulevard in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (September 21) by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one count of felonious trafficking in heroin by possession.

During an undercover investigation, Agents with the Sheriff’s I.C.E. Unit arrested Chester in sting operation after catching him with four grams of heroin that he intended to sell. After the arrest, Agents went to Chester’s residence where a search led to the discovery of an additional 18 grams of “black tar” heroin, digital scales and drug paraphernalia. The heroin has an estimated street value of over $13,000.

Additional suspects have been identified. More arrests are anticipated.

Chester was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (September 22) in Lenoir. If convicted, Chester is facing a mandatory minimum of 90 months in prison.  

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 11:00

Hickory Man Arrested on Felony Cocaine Charge

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47-year-old Michael Allen Squire of 28th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (September 22) on one felony count of possession of cocaine.

Squire was taken into custody without incident at 12:59 a.m. on the 1200 block of Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $1,500, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 10:28

Three from Vale Arrested on Felony Meth Charges

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45-year-old Kenneth Dale Chapman of Wellman Road, 36-year-old Brent Justin Day of Old Shelby Road and 38-year-old Jennifer Denise Vanhorn of Rhoney Farm Road, all from Vale, were arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (September 22). They were each charged with one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Vanhorn was also charged with failure to appear on one count of second-degree trespass.

A fourth suspect faces a misdemeanor marijuana charge.

The three were taken into custody without incident at about 1:20 a.m. today at the Red Roof Inn, just off Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. They were all jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Chapman set at $15,000, secured, while Day and Vanhorn were each given a $10,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were set for tomorrow in Newton.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 10:19

Burke County Sheriff Seeks Public's Help

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The Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is seeking the public’s assistance in locating two subjects who were photographed at a convenience store near Valdese.

The subjects were driving a white Ford Escape.

Anyone with any information should contact The Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5506 or Burke County Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 06:21

Catawba County Resource Expo Scheduled For October

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The Catawba County Resource Expo is scheduled for Saturday, October 3 at Newton-Conover High School. During the event there will be free health screenings, demonstrations and referrals, an opportunity to connect with community resources, prizes and giveaways, live entertainment, and more. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on the Catawba County Resource Expo e-mail resourceexpo@catawbacountync.gov.

33-year-old Amanda Webb Killian of 7th Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested Monday (September 21) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, felony probation violation out of county, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance, and possession of controlled substance on prison or jail premises. Following the arrest, Killian was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $35,000 bond. Her next appearance will be in Superior Court October 8.

Four suspects have been arrested and charged in connection with a reported drug delivery to the Alexander County Fairgrounds.

According to a news release from the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, last Thursday (September 17) officers were notified of a drug delivery at the Fairgrounds in Taylorsville. Officers investigated and determined that four subjects were involved in the drug delivery. The delivery to the Fairgrounds involved an employee of the traveling carnival that was being held there. The news release says a quantity of marijuana was seized at the fairgrounds. All four of the suspects arrested were employees of the traveling carnival.

22-year-old Gary Montreal Jones of Nashville, North Carolina was charged with one count of possession of marijuana, one count of resisting public officer, and one count possession of marijuana paraphernalia. All charges against Jones are misdemeanors. His bond was set at $7,500 secured.

19-year-old Brandon Charles Ellis of Durham was charged with one count of felony sell/deliver marijuana, three counts resisting public officer, and two counts of assault on government officer. His bond was set at $30,000.

22-year-old Dustin Keith Ellis of Chapel Hill was charged with one count of felony sell/deliver marijuana. His bond was set at $20,000 secured.

22-year-old Michael Wayne Faircloth of Hillsboro was charged with one count of felony sell/deliver marijuana. His bond was set at $20,000 secured.

All four were scheduled to make first court appearances Monday (September 21) in Alexander County District Court.

Catawba County Manager J. Thomas Lundy, who has served with the County since 1972 and has been County Manager since 1979, announced his plans to retire during the Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday (September 21) in Newton. Lundy said he will retire effective August 1, 2016, which would provide the notice requested by the Board to recruit and transition to a new County Manager.

Lundy said to the board “For forty-three years, I have had the privilege and honor of being a Catawba County employee. This county has afforded me the opportunity to grow, learn and manage as I made a contribution to this community, as well as to my profession. I am thankful for that opportunity." ”

Born to Methodist missionaries, Lundy grew up in Singapore and the Philippines. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia, double majoring in Political Science and Business and Economics; holds a Masters of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and is a graduate of the Senior Executives Program from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

The Board of Commissioners will begin discussing plans to advertise for and recruit the next County Manager in the near future. Lundy said that he would be available to assist with the transition, if needed, if his successor is named prior to August 1, 2016, or continue to serve for thirty days beyond that date if needed.

In other activity at last night's Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting, the Board held a public hearing to receive citizen comments and approved a request to rezone approximately 63 acres from R-30 Residential to Planned Development-Conditional District (PD-CD) for a mixed density residential development. On May 4, 2015, the Board accepted an offer to purchase a 42 acre tract owned by Catawba County located at 4251 Slanting Bridge Road based on contingencies. The Village at Sherrills Ford, LLC desired to purchase the 42 acre tract, combine it with an adjacent 21 acre tract, and rezone both to allow for a mixed - residential housing development called Blackstone Bay.

The Board also approved the County entering into a lease agreement with Cellco Partnership (doing business as Verizon Wireless) for the purpose of approving structural upgrades to the communications tower located behind the Justice Center and leasing antenna space on the tower, property for an equipment building and an easement for utilities.