25-year-old Korey David Dunning of Horseshoe Bend Road in Vale was arrested Thursday (January 24) by Claremont Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce. Following the arrest, Dunning was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 25).
28-year-old Thomas Wesley Bollinger of Cobbs Place in Connelly Springs was arrested by Long View Police Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with assault with serious bodily injury. In addition, Bollinger is charged with misdemeanor probation violation. He was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (January 25) under $15,000 bond. A District Court date is set for February 20 and a Superior Court appearance is scheduled for March 11.
21-year-old Marcus Wilcox Simmons of Peak Place in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (January 24) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with felony probation violation. Following the arrest, Simmons was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $7,500 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled for January 30, a Superior Court date is March 11.
Authorities are reportedly investigating an early-morning fire today (January 24) at District Attorney Scott Reilly's residence in Conover. Agents with the Catawba Co. Fire Marshal’s Office, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives are among those investigating the fire.
Though only in the early stages of the investigation, authorities say the fire appears to be accidental. No further information is currently available.
Mr. Reilly is the District Attorney for North Carolina’s 36th Prosecutorial District, which includes Catawba, Burke and Caldwell counties.
According to published reports, 18-year-old Myles Davis, a student at East Burke High School, was killed in an accident on U.S. Highway 70 early this morning (January 24). The N.C. State Highway Patrol says Davis over-corrected after running off the road, causing his vehicle to crash into a power pole.
Counselors will be on-site at East Burke for as long as needed.
35-year-old Andrew Claude Stahl of Peachtree Lane in Granite Falls was arrested today (January 24) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Stahl is also charged with six counts of failure to appear on highway violations. Following the arrest, Stahl was detained in the Catawba County Detention Center under $78,500 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled today, February 4, and February 11.
40-year-old Thalmus Jaton Linder of Haywood Street in Asheville and 50-year-old Joelyn Dushea Armstrong of Charlie Little Road in Claremont have both been arrested by Hickory Police. Linder was charged with one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon, plus misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and carrying a concealed weapon. Armstrong faces one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. According to H.P.D.'s arrest reports, at the time of their arrests, Linder was in possession of a handgun and 1.8 grams of marijuana, while Armstrong was in possession of 0.7 grams of crack cocaine.
Both suspects were taken into custody without incident at about 8:35 last night (January 23) at an address on 10th Avenue S.E. in Hickory. They were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Linder set at $11,000, secured, while Armstrong was given a $1,500 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled today in Newton.
33-year-old Kisha Dianne Boggs of Claremont, 30-year-old Gary Dustin Letterman of Newton, and 35-year-old Jamie Dale Call of Hiddenite, were all arrested by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny.
The suspects are charged in connection to the break-in and larceny at a residence in the Liberty Church Road area in December 2018. Some of the stolen property has been recovered by Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office.
Boggs was placed in jail under a $36,000 Bond, Letterman's bond was set at $25,000 and Call was jailed under a $15,000 bond. A first appearance in Alexander County District Court is set for next Monday (January 28). The investigation is continuing.
42-year-old Bradley Lanier Caldwell of Van Eaton Street in Elkin was arrested Wednesday (January 23). He's charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of methamphetamine. Caldwell was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 24).
34-year-old Jennifer Walker Blake of Tin Mine Road in Lincolnton was arrested Wednesday (January 23) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Blake was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Wednesday (January 30).
22-year-old Daniel Austin Rhoney of Journeys Pass in Newton was arrested Wednesday (January 23) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Rhoney was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 24).
A portion of a Hickory road will be closed until at least early month so that water and sewer work can be done. Hickory Sand Company will continue installing a new water main along Main Avenue NW, as part of the City Walk water and sewer replacement project. Construction has resulted in the closure of Main Avenue NW, from 5th Street NW to 3rd Street NW. The closure began Wednesday (January 23).
Work in this area is estimated to be completed by February 1, but is dependent upon weather conditions. Detour routes are established and clearly marked. During this time, the eastbound lane of Main Avenue NW will remain open to provide access to the Hickory Elks Lodge and the large City parking lot adjacent to Lowes Foods City Park. Additionally, the Lowes Foods City Park parking lot can be accessed from 1st Avenue NW.
Main Avenue NW, from 9th Street NW to 5th Street NW, has been closed for this project since late December and will remain closed until early next week, possibly later, depending upon weather. If you have any questions, please contact the City of Hickory Public Utilities Department at (828) 323-7427.
46-year-old Kellie Lail Stallings and 52-year-old Darren Keith Correll, both of the same Norwood Street, Lenoir address, were both arrested Tuesday (January 22) on charges filed by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers and Lenoir Police Officers. Stallings is charged by the Sheriff's Office with felony possession of counterfeit instrument, currency, or check and failure to appear on a count of felony identity theft. Correll is charged by the Sheriff's Office and Lenoir Police with two felony counts apiece of obtaining property by false pretense, possession of counterfeit instrument, currency, or check, and uttering a forged instrument. He's also charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Both suspects were brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center. Bond for Stallings was set at $100,000 secured bond, Correll was given a $31,000 secured bond. Stallings was scheduled to appear in District Court today (January 24) and Superior Court March 4. Correll was scheduled to appear in District Court Wednesday (January 23).
At their January 14 and January 15 City Council meetings, Claremont and Hickory City Councils, respectively, approved a contract for the sale of wastewater treatment services for flow into the Hickory-Catawba Wastewater Treatment Facility.
The City of Claremont approached the City of Hickory in 2009, with the desire to employ the services of the City of Hickory Public Utilities Department to operate, maintain, and manage two wastewater treatment facilities and five collection system lift stations, and provide Operator in Responsible Charge credentials for distribution and collection systems. Claremont and Hickory have continued this working relationship for many years.
As the City of Claremont has continued to grow and develop, it requested to employ the treatment services of the Hickory-Catawba Wastewater Treatment Facility (H-CWWTF) to provide modern, cost effective treatment services to the City of Claremont for the long term. City leaders for Hickory and Claremont have been working toward this agreement for years.
“The City of Hickory has a longstanding partnership with the City of Claremont. This new agreement further solidifies that relationship between our two municipalities. We look forward to continuing to work together,” said Hickory City Manager Warren Wood.
“This has proven to be a wonderful relationship for both the City of Hickory and the City of Claremont in the provision of utility services to customers. This relationship and contract are examples of forward-thinking governments that plan regionally for the benefit of all,” added Hickory Public Services Director Kevin Greer, P.E.
“The City of Claremont has been blessed with excellent economic development in the past, based on our City Council’s wishes and hard work in planning ahead. This agreement is yet another example of their desire to ensure that Claremont can remain a strong economic driver in Catawba County well into the future. We appreciate the City of Hickory’s willingness to continue and expand this beneficial partnership,” said Claremont City Manager Jason Brown.
For more information about the City of Hickory, visit www.HickoryNC.gov. For more information about the City of Claremont, visit www.CityofClaremont.org.