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47-year-old Christopher Andrew Godfrey of Viewpoint Road in Newton was arrested by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine along with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting a public officer, and possession of stolen goods. Godfrey was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (July 22) under $6,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today.

The Catawba County Library is hosting the Catawba County Sheriff's Office for the Ident-a-Kid program once again this month. The program was held last month and there was an overwhelming response. Families will have two opportunities to get free identification for their children.

Child ID cards provide crucial details about youngsters and can streamline any necessary responses from law enforcement. Catawba County residency is not required for participation, and the service is available for children of all ages. The next program will be held at the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library between 2 and 4 p.m. Tuesday (July 23). An additional session will take place at 4 p.m. next Monday, July 29 at the Main Library in Newton.

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office reports that a person died after jumping off a pontoon boat to go swimming in Lake Norman Sunday afternoon (July 21). According to published reports, the body of the deceased individual was recovered after first responders from surrounding counties and municipalities arrived to assist the Iredell Sheriff's Office.

The body was found in an area of the lake which was described as being 59-feet-deep. According to the Sheriff's Office, the person jumped from the boat shortly after 2:00 p.m. Sunday and was part of a group of 12. No additional information had been released.

29-year-old Anthony Joseph Saunders of Hawkins Drive and 29-year-old Jodi Elizabeth Sturgill of Propst Road, both from Morganton, were arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, with that substance being methamphetamine.

According to information released Friday (July 19), on July 8, 2019, officers with the Drexel Police Department were dispatched to O’Reilly Auto Parts at Hwy 70 and Drexel Road, in reference to a suspicious male and female loitering around store. Officers arrived and made contact with the two suspects, Saunders and Sturgill, who were in a pickup truck.

Upon further investigation, officers found substances they suspected were drugs and called narcotics detectives with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office for assistance. The suspects were arrested and charged. They were detained in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $3,000 secured bond apiece. Neither suspect was listed as an inmate in Burke County as of today (July 22). They're both scheduled to appear in District Court in Morganton July 31.

22-year-old Alice Gibson of Highway 18 South in Connelly Springs was arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and possession of controlled substance in prison or jail premises. In addition, Gibson is charged with possession of alprazolam.

According to information released Friday (July 19) by the Burke County Sheriff's Office, on July 9, 2019, deputies were patrolling the Shady Grove Road area of Connelly Springs when they spotted a Subaru Outback traveling towards Highway 70 without headlights on. Officers stopped the vehicle, the passenger in the vehicle was identified as Alice Gibson.

Officers thought they saw a controlled substance in Gibson's possession. They investigated and determined that she was in possession of a schedule IV controlled substance identified as alprazolam. She was arrested, then deputies found a substance in her possession that field tested positive for meth.

Gibson was taken to the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility where additional controlled substances were reportedly found in her possession, leading to the charge of possessing a controlled substance on jail premises. Bond was set at $30,000 secured. She was no longer listed as an inmate in Burke County, a District Court date is set for July 31.

The robbery of a convenience store in Newton at gunpoint earlier today (July 19) is under investigation. Shortly before 1 a.m. today, the Newton Police Department responded to the Circle K convenience store at 334 East 20th Street, in reference to an armed robbery.

Upon arrival, officers were advised that a black male, 5’10 – 6’0, approached the clerk outside the store and presented a handgun demanding the clerk give him money from the cash register. The clerk was escorted inside the store by the suspect. The clerk walked behind the counter to the cash register as the suspect continued pointing a gun at him. The clerk opened the register and gave the suspect money.

The suspect then fled the store on foot in a western direction. Officers searched the area but were unable to find a the man. There were no injuries during the robbery. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Division of the Newton Police Department at 828-465-7430.

46-year-old Richard David Miller, Jr. of Hudson Chapel Road in Catawba was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (July 19) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of drug paraphernalia. He was taken into custody without incident at 1:30 a.m. today on the 800 block of South Center Street. Miller was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $4,500, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

47-year-old Louis John Pivonka, Jr. of Falls Street in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police at 12:25 p.m. yesterday on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Pivonka is wanted by the U.S. Marshal's Service for a probation violation. He was taken into custody at a Hickory Public Utilities building on 9th Avenue N.E. Pivonka was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility without bond on hold for the U.S. Marshal's Service. No court date is currently listed.

29-year-old Alvin Lorance Hames of Cameo Lane in Lenoir and 27-year-old Brandon Alan Ervin of Meadowlane Drive in Granite Falls were arrested today (July 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. Hames is charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and marijuana, and maintain a dwelling to keep or store controlled substances. Ervin is charged with possession of methamphetamine.

Early this morning, Narcotic Agents and SWAT with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office along with Narcotic Agents with the Lenoir Police Department executed a drug search warrant located at a residence on Cameo Lane in Lenoir. The search warrant was issued following several reported undercover controlled purchases of illegal drugs from the suspect, Alvin Lorance Hames. Ervin was also present at the residence and was reportedly found to be in possession of approximately one gram of methamphetamine.

Agents conducted a search and found 10.92 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 192 grams of marijuana, assorted items of drug paraphernalia, and a .22 long rifle. The street value of all the drugs seized during the investigation is $4242, according to North Carolina State Drug Guidelines.

Both suspects were incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center, Hames under $150,000 secured bond and Ervin under $25,000 secured bond. They're both scheduled to appear in District Court in Lenoir Monday (July 22).

A duplex fire in Hickory resulted in the deaths of two dogs. Shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday (July 19), Hickory firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire at 104 12th Street NW. Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder, one rescue truck, and two command units. Catawba County EMS also responded to the incident.

Upon arrival at 9:46 p.m., firefighters reported smoke and flames coming from the duplex. They checked the building to ensure all occupants were outside and then worked to extinguish the fire. Two dogs died in the fire, no other injuries were reported. Fire damages were considered to be major.

Fire investigators determined the fire cause to be unintentional and caused by an electrical failure in the dishwasher.

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