27-year-old Stephanie Jocelynn Oullette of Canova Forest Drive in Conover was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Oullette was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (June 19) under $4,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (June 25).
42-year-old Watina Ann Haynes of 5th Avenue SW in Taylorsville was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Haynes was jailed this morning (June 19) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $4,000 bond. A District Court date is set for next Monday (June 25).
51-year-old David Daniel Moore of East Maiden Road in Maiden was arrested Monday (June 18) by Conover Police Officers. He's charged on a Grand Jury Indictment with statutory sexual offense with a child by an adult. Moore was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A Superior Court date was scheduled today (June 19).
The Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Office has announced that no charges will be filed in connection to a shooting that left a teenager dead last Monday (June 11). After thoroughly reviewing the evidence in the shooting death of 17-year-old Jeremy Law and meeting with the Officers who investigated the case, the State has decided not pursue charges. The State has determined that the shooting was accidental.
The shooting happened just before 1 a.m. on the eleventh at a home on Will Wilson Lane in Taylorsville. Officers arrived at the residence, where the teenager was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim and another teen were reportedly playing with a handgun when the gun went off.
Jeremy Law had graduated with Honors from Alexander Central High School just two days earlier.
41-year-old Demetrish Thompson of Roswell, Georgia was arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (June 17) on charges of felony possession with intent to sell or deliver MDMA and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Events leading to the arrest began as a Deputy responded to check on a possible broken down vehicle on Interstate-40 East, near exit 154. When the Deputy arrived, he saw a female vomiting out from the vehicle’s passenger side. As the Deputy went to see if the woman needed medical assistance, he noticed the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.
After speaking to the driver, Demetrish Thompson, a search of the vehicle was conducted, leading to the discovery of 5.2 grams of Ecstasy, both crushed and in pill form.
Thompson was arrested and placed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center under an $8,000 secured bond. He is currently on federal probation for other major charges. Thompson’s federal probation Officer was contacted. Additional charges are anticipated. No court date is currently listed.
The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for 24-year-old Michael Joseph Morin. Mr. Morin is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.
Mr. Morin is a white male. He is 5' 11” tall and weighs 203 pounds. He has brown medium-length hair and has brown eyes. Mr. Morin was last seen at 407 North College Street in Morganton (the Northwood Group Home). He was wearing a black tank top with black basketball shorts
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Michael Joseph Morin should call the Morganton Department of Public Safety at 828-437-1211.
24-year-old Rebekah Larae Arney of County Home Dairy Road in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:30 Friday night (June 15) on two felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
She was arrested when Hickory Police arrived at the Cubbard Express on 16th Street N.E. to perform a health check. During the incident, Officers learned that the subject’s vehicle had been reported stolen out of Burke County.
The subject initially provided Officers with a false name. Her correct name was obtained and Rebekah Larae Arney was taken into custody without incident. An additional outstanding warrant issued in Burke County on May 28 for possession of a stolen motor vehicle was also served.
Arney was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow (June 19) in Newton with a Superior Court date coming up on July 30 in Morganton.
25-year-old Lee Marquis Wilson of 14th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (June 16) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed weapon, discharging a firearm in the city limits and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested when Patrol Officers on the 900 block of South Center Street heard shots fired. They saw suspects on the 800 block of the same street leaving in two different vehicles.
One vehicle was stopped on 10th Avenue S.E., off of Highway 127 south. During the stop, Police found a Taurus .357 Magnum handgun under the passenger seat, which was occupied by Lee Marquis Wilson. In the course of the arrest Officers found 2.3 grams of crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and $608 in currency.
Wilson was taken into custody without incident at about 4 a.m. Saturday. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow (June 19) in Newton.
45-year-old Fredi Lorenzana-Chev Alonso of BB Lane in Hiddenite was arrested Sunday (June 17) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, interfering with emergency communication, and assault with a deadly weapon with a minor present.
On Sunday shortly after 12:30 a.m., a call came into Alexander County Communications in reference to a stabbing on BB Lane in the Hiddenite Community. Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers responded to the residence, where they found a woman bleeding from her hand. The investigation showed that she had been struck with a machete.
The victim was treated and released from an area hospital. The suspect, Alonso, who is the victim's husband, was ordered by officers to show his hands and step outside the residence. Alonso was taken into custody without incident, and transported to the Alexander County Detention Center.
He is currently being held without bond. A first appearance in Alexander County District Court is scheduled for next Monday (June 25).
30-year-old Skyler Lee Obrien of Hurricane Hill Road in Granite Falls was arrested Friday (June 15) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with felony probation violation. Obrien was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $40,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for July 23.
37-year-old Jeremy Micheal Crawford of Holly Springs Road in Granite Falls was arrested Saturday (June 16) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance. Crawford was given a custody release, a Superior Court appearance was scheduled today (June 18).
46-year-old Milton Gregory Horton of Oxford School Road in Claremont was arrested Friday (June 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony common law robbery.
The arrest is in connection to an incident May 28 in which 83-year-old Erika Mclean of Granite Falls, went to the Granite Falls Recreation Center to walk. When she returned to her vehicle a man took her keys from her hand and pushed her to the ground. He then stole her vehicle. Mrs. Mclean was injured during the incident and was treated at the scene by Caldwell County EMS.
Horton was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (June 20).
Public Meeting Scheduled To Receive Citizen's Input On Road Projects In Catawba And Surrounding CountiesWritten by Rob Eastwood
A public meeting has been scheduled by the North Carolina Department of Transportation next week for citizens to provide input on proposed road projects in Division 12, which includes Alexander, Catawba, Lincoln and Iredell Counties. Citizens will be asked for input regarding projects that should be top priorities in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which is a 10-year plan that identifies funding for projects and schedules them for construction.
The N.C. Department of Transportation combines data and local input to determine which projects will get built, using a formula established in the Strategic Transportation Investments (STI) law to focus funding on projects that will reduce congestion, improve safety and promote economic growth.
NCDOT Division 12 which covers Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln counties, will host the informal public meeting next Monday, June 25, at the Maiden Town Hall, 19 North Main Avenue in Maiden, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Citizens are invited to stop in and provide input on how the division plans to rank its project priorities. Please note that these meetings are not for maintenance projects, such as patching potholes, resurfacing roads or improving ditches.
During a public comment period that runs from June 4 through July 9, NCDOT is collecting feedback from citizens who express their views at public meetings across the state, online, by phone or in writing. After the comment period ends on July 9, NCDOT will combine the data scores and local input to produce the total project scores. A draft list of the top-scoring Regional Impact projects is scheduled for release in August. A similar process for local input will take place in the fall for local Division Needs projects.
Hickory City Council meets in regular session Tuesday evening (June 19).
Among the items on Tuesday's agenda, under reaffirmation and ratification of second readings City Council will vote on the Fiscal Year 2018-2019 recommended budget. The budget was approved unanimously on first reading at the June 5 meeting. The budget totals $103,801,956, the property tax rate remains the same for the coming year, while utility rates increase 2.1% in accordance with the Consumer Price Index, and the monthly sanitation rate increases $2, from $20.50 to $22.50.
Tuesday's consent agenda includes the acceptance of the 2018 Urgent Repair Program Grant from the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency in the amount of $50,000 and the approval of the Assistance and Procurement Policies. In addition, the approval to issue a permit for a fireworks display at Hickory Motor Speedway is on the consent agenda. That display would take place Saturday, July 7.
There are two public hearings on Tuesday's agenda. One to receive comments on the Community Development Block Grant 2018 Annual Action Plan, and the other for the consideration of an amendment to the ordinance for the membersip provisions of the Hickory Youth Council. Council will also vote on appointments to several boards and committees. There is a closed session scheduled to approve previous minutes and to discuss potential economic development.
Tuesday's Hickory City Council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building, 76 North Center Street in Hickory.