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40-year-old Jason Shea Ali of Sequoyah Circle in Morganton was arrested Sunday (October 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Ali was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday (October 3).

Monday, 02 October 2017 05:44

Hickory Man Charged With Stolen Vehicle Offense

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21-year-old Dalton Blake Smith of 38th Avenue Lane in Hickory was arrested Friday (September 29) by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession of stolen goods. Smith is also charged with driving while license revoked. Following the arrest, he was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A District Court date was set for today (October 2) and a Superior Court appearance is scheduled for December 4.

54-year-old Jeffery Scott Lunsford of 28th Street Court NE in Hickory was arrested Friday (September 29) on charges filed by two agencies. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine by the Conover Police Department. Lunsford is charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule IV controlled substance and misdemeanor larceny by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office. He was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,750 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (October 2) and November 6.

32-year-old Robert Wayne Whitener of 19th Street SW in Hickory was arrested Friday (September 29) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and maintain a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance. Whitener was also charged by Probation and Parole with a felony probation violation. He was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. District and Superior Court appearances were scheduled for today (October 2).

Hickory City Council meets in regular session Tuesday night (October 3).

Under reaffirmation and ratification of second readings, council will consider eight items. Among the items are two measures requesting the acceptance of temporary construction and permanent easement for the installation of utilities infrastructure. In addition, an item requesting the consideration of a rezoning petition for property on Short Road, Startown Road, and a parcel south of Startown Road. All items listed under second readings were approved unanimously on first reading.

Under new business tomorrow night council will hold a public hearing to hear comments on a proposed "No Wake Zone" at the Lake Hickory Marina located on Limbaugh Lane. A presentation will be given by Planning Director Brian Frazier. In addition under new business, an item authorizing staff to apply for TIGER Grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The funds are for projects that connect to the already funded City Walk Pedestrian Greenway.

The full agenda for Tuesday's Hickory City Council meeting can be viewed at www.hickorync.gov. Tomorrow's meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building at 76 North Center Street in Hickory.

Monday, 02 October 2017 05:02

Lenoir Man Arrested On Meth Charge

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41-year-old Dion Miguel Parsons of Dixon Hill Place in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (October 1) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Parsons was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (October 2).

36-year-old Antonio Lashay Mitchell, aka "Debo", of Northwood Place in Lenoir was arrested Friday (September 29) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and maintain a dwelling to keep or store a controlled substance.  

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office Ice Unit began investigating Mitchell during the last month for suspicion of selling large quantities of marijuana. According to a news release, after making several undercover buys from Mitchell at his residence, a search warrant was issued. Agents searched the residence and found more than a pound of marijuana in the home, drug paraphernalia, and a small amount of cash. Agents seized over one-and-one-half pounds of marijuana during the investigation, the drugs have a street value of $5,984.

Mitchell was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court in Lenoir today (October 2).

An arrest has been made in a Catawba County murder case. 23-year-old Jeffery Douglas Brittain of Anderson Mountain Road in Maiden was arrested early this morning (October 1) at his residence by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office. He's charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of 19-year-old Justin Tyler Smith. 

The incident occurred Thursday night (September 28). The victim was reportedly shot to death while in a home on Ball Park Road, which is off Optimist Drive, near Buffalo Shoals Road, south of Newton. Reports say Smith was found sitting in a chair inside the home and a bullet hole was found in a window located above an air conditioner. Police reports say the incident occurred as a result of a dispute over a girl.  

Brittain was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (October 2).

Saturday, 30 September 2017 08:21

Fatal Shooting In Catawba County Under Investigation

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The Catawba County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal shooting that occurred late Thursday night (September 28) in eastern Catawba County. According to published reports, 19-year-old Justin Tyler Smith was shot to death while in a home on Ball Park Road, which is off Optimist Drive, near Buffalo Shoals Road, south of Newton. Reports say Smith was found sitting in a chair inside the home and a bullet hole was found in a window located above an air conditioner.

The victim was found after a person reportedly went to the home to cut the grass and noticed something was wrong. The Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate this case. You can check this website for the latest on this case, we will update the story when new information is released.

Friday, 29 September 2017 13:54

Scam Being Conducted In NC Targets Grandparents

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According to the North Carolina Department of Justice (NCDOJ), a scam is being conducted in which the scammer pretends to be a grandchild in distress. Authorities have seen a significant up-tick in these scams lately in North Carolina. Just last week, the Attorney General’s Office has received a half-dozen reports of the scam.

In a current variation, callers claimed they were leaving a funeral with friends when their car was involved in an accident. After being arrested for DUI or possession of drugs, they need money to post bail. Then another person takes the phone claiming to be an attorney or law officer. They instruct the frightened grandparent on how to send the needed funds, usually via Wal Mart or Sam’s Club gift cards or by sending cash via UPS or Fed Ex.

In three instances this month, grandparents fell victim to the scam, losing a total of $44,900. This year, 32 victims have lost more than $184,000. Learn more about the grandparent scam and then spread the word, so the seniors you love can avoid being victimized by these heartless crooks.

If you think you or someone you know might have been scammed or contacted by a scammer, report it to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or filing a complaint online at www.ncdoj.gov.

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