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The State will seek the death penalty in the double murder case against 62-year-old Warren Lee Raymond Sr., of Catawba. Prosecutors made the announcement of their intention to proceed with the case as a capital matter during Catawba County Superior Court on Monday (April 1).

Raymond is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the September 13, 2018, deaths of his wife, 55-year-old Barbara Jean Parker Raymond, and his son, 30-year-old Warren Lee Raymond Jr.

Events leading to Raymond's arrest began just before 5 p.m. September 13 when Catawba Police and Catawba County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call for service regarding a cardiac arrest at an address on N.C. Highway 10 East in Catawba. Raymond was found in the residence with two victims. Both victims were deceased when Officers arrived.

Raymond was taken into custody and questioned. The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation was called in to assist with the investigation. S.B.I. Agents charged Raymond with murder early the morning of September 14.

Raymond is being held at the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. His next District Court date is listed for July 8. The case remains under investigation by the Catawba Police Department and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

Catawba County Animal Services has confirmed the county’s third rabies case of 2019. Last Thursday (March 28), Animal Services responded to a call regarding an altercation involving two dogs and a fox in Claremont. The fox was sent to the North Carolina Public Health Laboratory in Raleigh, which notified Animal Services Monday (April 1) that the fox tested positive for rabies.

Because both dogs were current on their rabies vaccinations, Animal Services advised their owner to ensure they received booster vaccines following the incident. Per state vaccination guidelines, animals current on their rabies vaccine should receive a rabies booster within 96 hours of possible rabies exposure.

Signs that an animal may be infected with rabies include loss of appetite, irritability and unusual aggression, lack of fear and restlessness, dilated pupils, seizures, trembling and unsteadiness, difficulty swallowing, and drooling or foaming at the mouth. People who encounter an animal with any of these symptoms should avoid contact with the animal and report it to Catawba County Animal Services at (828) 464-7686. Pet owners who suspect their pet had contact with a rabid animal are also urged to call Animal Services.

Animal Services reminds pet owners that rabies is a threat to pets and humans year-round. The best way to protect pets is to have them properly vaccinated for rabies.

A former Catawba County Superior Court judge and Hickory attorney was arrested on sex offense charges in Buncombe County.

64-year-old Dan Green was arrested Sunday (March 31) by Asheville Police Officers. He's charged with felony statutory sex offense with a child, disseminating obscene material to a minor along with misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and providing alcohol to someone under the age of 21.

Green was arrested shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday. Published reports say he was apprehended at a hotel near the Biltmore House. Police were reportedly called to the lodging establishment when someone reported the sexual assault of a child.

Green was released on $75,000 bond. He has a District Court date in Buncombe County April 22.

43-year-old Christina Davis Jolly of Trophy Drive in Statesville was charged Friday (March 29) with violation of pre-trial release conditions, felony stalking, and felony intimidating a state witness.

The violation of pre-trial release conditions is related to Jolly's arrest in August of last year for statutory rape. The arrest is Jolly's second for violating pre-trial release conditions, with the first occurring in December 2018. Detectives learned that Jolly provided the victim with money on a financial card for several months after her initial arrest.

On February 7, a Detective learned of an incident involving the victim and Jolly. Jolly drove her vehicle past the victim several times so she could be seen by the victim as he walked home from school. Detectives obtained surveillance footage that showed Jolly’s vehicle in the area.

On March 20, Detectives learned that Jolly intercepted the victim as he walked home from school and spoke with him for several minutes. Residents in the area were interviewed, and Detectives also interviewed the victim. A doorbell camera captured footage of the victim and Jolly’s vehicle.

Jolly was taken into custody Friday and placed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center. She was given a $300,000 secured bond. Jolly has now been taken into custody three times for violations involving the same victim. A Superior Court date was scheduled today with a District Court date set for April 16.

43-year-old Carlos Kelly Lamont Johnson of Piedmont Drive in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (March 31) on one felony count of speeding to elude arrest, plus misdemeanor counts of driving while license revoked and reckless driving to endanger. Johnson was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $20,000, secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled for April 3.

35-year-old Brandon Wesley Eckard of Hickory was arrested by Granite Falls Police yesterday (March 31) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine, plus one misdemeanor count of resisting a public officer. Eckard was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $20,000 cash bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for April 3.

54-year-old Karen Marie Audet of Greensboro was arrested Saturday (March 30) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with felony count of possession of methamphetamine. Audet was also charged with single misdemeanor counts of simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting a public officer.

Following her arrest, Audet was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $21,500, secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled for April 3.

Monday, 01 April 2019 14:34

Lenoir Woman Faces Two Felony Drug Charges

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37-year-old Crystal Dawn Small of Brookshire Road in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police Saturday (March 30) on felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture a schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana. Following her arrest, Small was taken to Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $30,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for April 3.

Monday, 01 April 2019 14:30

Lenoir Man Faces Felony Meth Charge

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41-year-old Dusty Drake White of Hospital Avenue N.W. in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (March 30) by Granite Falls Police on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine. White was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center and has since been released under a $10,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (April 1) in Lenoir.

36-year-old Marcella Pringle, Jr. of 3rd Avenue Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 5 p.m. Friday (March 29) on one felony count of common law robbery and single misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and violating a domestic violence protective order (D.V.O.).

Pringle was arrested after Officers responded to Foothills Staffing on Tate Boulevard S.E. where a suspect had reportedly taken a checkbook from the business. The suspect was identified as Marcella Pringle. He was found crossing Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard near 3rd Avenue S.E.

Pringle was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $6,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton with another court date on the D.V.O. coming up on April 8.

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