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35-year-old Chad Daunta Bess of 34th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested Friday (August 5) by Hickory Police on three felony counts each of possession of marijuana with intent to sell or deliver, the sale of marijuana, delivery of marijuana, sale or delivery of a controlled substance within 300 feet of school property and maintaining a vehicle dwelling or place for a controlled substance. The warrants for his arrest were issued on July 19, 2016. The complainant listed on H.P.D.’s arrest report is a Maiden Police Officer.

Bess was taken into custody without incident at H.P.D. headquarters just after 9:30 Friday night. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $186,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (August 8) in Newton.

43-year-old James Arvil Shoun was arrested Saturday (August 6) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Following the arrest, Shoun was placed in jail in Morganton under $23,500 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Monday August 8).

32-year-old Chasity Dawn Thompson of Buckner, West Virginia was arrested Saturday (August 6) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule IV controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. In addition, Thompson was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a vehicle with no insurance, and expired or no inspection. Thompson was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $11,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, August 8).

A Sunday evening (August 7) fire in eastern Catawba County is currently under investigation. According to Sherills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue, firefighters responded to 8136 Summit Ridge Drive in Catawba shortly after 5:30 p.m. Sunday.  The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire.

In addition to Sherrills Ford-Terrell, several departments responded to the blaze, including Catawba, Bandys, Claremont, Mooresville, Oxford, Catfish, and Denver. Catawba County EMS and the Catawba County Fire Marshal also responded.

Firefighters were on the scene until approximately 10:30 p.m. There were no injuries as a result of the fire. The Fire Marshal's Office is continuing it's investigation.

The Hickory Fire Department will host its 6th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Friday, October 14, at Rock Barn Golf & Spa.  All proceeds from the event will benefit the Bikes for Tykes program. The tournament will kick-off on Friday, October 14, at Rock Barn Golf & Spa with lunch at noon and tee off at 1:30 p.m. Following the tournament, an awards and recognition ceremony will be held.

The "Bikes for Tykes" program is an effort to benefit needy children served by the Catawba County Christmas Bureau.  Bikes and toys are distributed through the Catawba County Christmas Bureau in December. Anyone wishing to volunteer, play or sponsor a hole, should contact David Mills at (828) 404-2474 or dmills@hickorync.gov. Registration is limited to the first 30 teams to sign up.

Monday, 08 August 2016 05:42

Meth Charge Filed Against Granite Falls Man

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52-year-old Steven Allen Poarch of Camelot Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Saturday (August 6) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Following the arrest, Poarch was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, August 8).

28-year-old Rodriguez Darius Griffith of View Court Park in Hickory was arrested Sunday (August 7) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with indecent liberties with a child and felony incest with a child. Griffith was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $125,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, August 8).

30-year-old Garry Dean Sanders was arrested Sunday (August 7) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony trafficking Methamphetamine.  

On Sunday at 12:54 a.m., the Morganton Department of Public Safety was conducting a license checking station at the intersection of Sanford Drive and Tate Street.  A purple Honda passenger car approached officers standing by waiting to check vehicles for drivers license and any other illegal activity.  The driver said his drivers license was revoked. The car had four occupants and was asked to pull onto Tate Street. The two back seat passengers were reportedly acting very strange and kept moving in the rear of the seat after several commands from officers to keep their hands visible.  

A K9 officers detected narcotics in the vehicle. Sanders admitted to officers that he had a needle in his pocket. An Officer conducted a search of Sanders that resulted in the discovery of three small baggies of a crystal-like substance that was determined to be methamphetamine. Sanders then stated that he had a pink book bag inside the vehicle but was taking it to someone else. Sanders was placed under arrest for possession of methamphetamine and a search of the vehicle was conducted. The search, which included the pink book bag, resulted in the discovery of over 300 small zip lock bags, 861 grams of methamphetamine (which is equivalent to 1.96 pounds), digital scales, and a moisture gauge.  

Sanders was placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $125,000 secured bond. He was not listed as an inmate as of this morning (Monday, August 8). The news release issued by Public Safety did not give any information regarding any charges against the other occupants of the vehicle. Sanders had a first court appearance scheduled for today.

46-year-old Tahara Lee Herman of Whitley Road in Morganton was arrested Friday (August 5) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, felony possession of a stolen firearm, and felony maintaining a dwelling for the use of methamphetamine.

On Friday at approximately 11 a.m., officers with the Morganton Department of Public Safety were called to a home at 100 Whitley Road to assist the Department of Social Services (DSS). They were responding to conduct a welfare check of a juvenile at that address. DSS had received information of illegal narcotics activity at the home. Upon arrival officers were unable to make contact with anyone in the residence, however there was indication that people were inside.

Burke County Narcotics Task Force Officers arrived to assist. Once there, officers obtained a search warrant for the residence. Officers entered the home and found the owner, Tahara Lee Herman, along with an eight-year-old child.

A search of the residence, resulted in the discovery of a felonious amount of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and drug residue. Also located at the residence was a firearm that was reported as stolen.

Herman was transported to the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility, where she was detained under a $16,000 Bond. She was not listed as an inmate as of this morning (Monday, August 8). She was scheduled to appear in court today, more charges may be filed as the investigation continues. The child was taken into the custody of Burke County Department of Social Services.

35-year-old Dustin Clay Gatton of Airport Road in Statesville, 24-year-old Jessica Evon Queen of Grier Farm Road in Statesville, 39-year-old Carma Cheryl Jurney of Vinewood Drive in Stony Point, 37-year-old Angela Michelle Harris of Rimmer Road in Statesville, and 22-year-old William Anthony Jolin of Grier Farm Road in Statesville were all arrested last Thusrsday (August 4) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Gatton is charged with possession of methamphetamine. Queen, Jurney, Harris, and Jolin are all charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Thursday, members of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigation Unit were called to assist North Carolina Probation and Parole investigate information about a possible methamphetamine lab at 157 Rimmer Road just north of Statesville.

While searching the location it was determined five individuals were staying at the home. During the search one individual was found to have methamphetamine in his pocket and a large quantity of meth was found in the residence which no one claimed ownership of. As a result of the search and subsequent investigation, the five suspects were arrested.

Bond for Gatton was set at $63,000 secured. Bond was set at $30,000 secured for Queen and Jolin, and $20,000 secured for Jurney and Harris. Gatton and Jolin have District Court appearances scheduled for Wednesday (August 10), Queen, Jurney, and Harris all have District Court dates August 22. 

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