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Monday, 20 February 2017 05:16

Hickory Man Indicted On Multiple Drug Charges

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30-year-old Eric Todd Driggers of Gold Creek Bay in Hickory was arrested Friday (February 17) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with three counts apiece of sale of methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell and deliver meth. Driggers was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $75,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, February 20).

Monday, 20 February 2017 05:15

Missing Teenager Located, Reported To Be Safe

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A missing Lincoln County teenager has been located and is safe. 18-year-old Tamara Louise Stansford of 3845 Oakwood Circle in Iron Station was last seen at her residence on February 10.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detective Justin Link made contact with Stansford on Friday (February 17) and she is reported to be safe.

A Caldwell County man was killed in a weekend shooting in Greensboro. According to the Greensboro Police Department, 33-year-old Westley Tyler Tugman of Lenoir was the victim in the incident, which occurred Saturday afternoon (February 18) just before 1:30.

The news release from the Greensboro P.D. says that it appears Mr. Tugman was confronted by his assailant in the parking lot of Four Season Town Centre, a local mall, in what appears to have been an attempted robbery. During the confrontation, the suspect fired a weapon and Mr. Tugman sustained a gunshot wound. After the assault, the suspect fled the scene. Mr. Tugman was transported to a local hospital, where he passed away.

Detectives are currently reviewing witness accounts of the incident, as well as surveillance footage from the area, and will issue a description of the suspect once compiled. Detectives are asking for anyone that may have witnessed the incident, but left the area prior to police arrival, to please call detectives or Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000.

On Thursday night (February 16) at 11:34, Hickory firefighters were dispatched to a reported fire alarm at Fiberline at 280 Performance Drive.  Initially firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder, one rescue truck, and one command unit. However once on the scene, additional units were called to assist.     

The first crew arrived to find fire in the exhaust system and the roof of the manufacturing facility. Firefighters also found the sprinkler system had activated and was working to contain the fire in the rest of the structure. Firefighters worked to extinguish the fire in the building and the ladder crew extinguished the fire on the roof.  

Due to the fire location, they also had to remove roofing materials to access the fire around the duct. No fire injuries were reported and fire damages were confined to the duct/exhaust system.   

47-year-old John Frank Martin of Morning Sun Drive in Mooresville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count each of manufacturing marijuana and possession of marijuana.

On February 8, Iredell Co. Narcotics Officers and Officers with the Sheriff’s Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team executed a search warrant at an address on Southway Lane in eastern Iredell County.  The search was conducted after Investigators received information from a concerned citizen about a possible marijuana growing operation in area of River Hill Road and Chestnut Grove Road.  A surveillance operation was established.  Investigators identified the Southway Lane residence as the grow house.

As Investigators entered the home, they detected the very strong odor of marijuana.  The search led to the discovery of 43 marijuana plants of various sizes, water pumps, fertilizer and indoor grow lights.  In another room, they found more than 100 pots used to grow marijuana, power inverters, insulation, piping and a marijuana processing machine.

John Frank Martin is the second suspect arrested on February 14 in connection to the grow operation.  He turned himself into Deputies and was taken to the Iredell County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond.  Martin will appear in District Court on May 3.

The Burke County Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7 in the County Board Room in the Burke County Services Building, 110 North Green Street in Morganton.  The Board will also hold a 3 p.m. pre-agenda meeting that could run longer than an hour.  

The purpose of the special meeting is to discuss the county’s draft animal ordinance.  Action is not anticipated.  The Sheriff's Office has the responsibility to enforce all North Carolina laws and Burke County ordinances that pertain to animals.

Citizens are welcome to attend; however, public comments will be not accepted at the March 7 special meeting.

26-year-old Jalisa Nicole Jones of Spring Lake Road, 28-year-old Thomeka Jernaiya Collins of Laberth Drive and 30-year-old Jessica Louise Mungo of High Meadow Lane, all from Charlotte, are each facing charges in Lincoln County in connection to a fraudulent prescription scheme.  All three were charged with felony conspiracy and attempting to obtain a controlled substance by forgery or fraud.  Jones was also charged with obtaining a controlled substance by forgery or fraud.  Jones is currently in custody.  Collins and Mungo remain at-large.

The incidents involving fraudulent prescriptions occurred on January 23 & 24 at different pharmacies in Denver, N.C.  Detectives say the women conspired to produce fake prescriptions using the names of Charlotte businesses and forged the prescribers’ signatures.  The prescriptions were for highly addictive opioid-based pills, including Oxycodone.  During one incident, the women were able to get away with 60 tablets.

Lincoln County Narcotics Detectives obtained surveillance video of the transactions and were able to identify the suspects.  Following an investigation, arrest warrants for the three women were issued yesterday (February 16).  Jones is currently in jail in Iredell County on similar but unrelated charges.  The other two women have not yet been taken into custody.  Jones will appear in an Iredell County courtroom on February 24.  No Lincoln County court date is currently listed.

Detectives say the investigation is ongoing and more charges may be forthcoming.  Anyone with information regarding the case or the whereabouts of Collins or Mungo should call the Drug Tip Line at 704-736-8606 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.   All callers may remain anonymous.  Each tip will be investigated. 

Friday, 17 February 2017 10:59

Catawba County Commissioners To Meet Monday Night

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The Catawba County Board of Commissioners meets Monday night in regular session. The board will consider appropriating $591,030 from General Capital Fund Balance and awarding the bid for VHR Simulcast Radio System upgrade to Wireless Communications. They'll also consider appropriating an additional $393,181 for the Oakwood Elementary renovation project, which will be funded by a future renovation project planned for Hickory High School. The board will also consider the transfer of remaining funds from the Longview Elementary School project.
 
In addition, the Board will consider awarding a construction contract and appropriating $24,675 from capital fund balance to add to funds already appropriated for the construction of a concrete reinforced observation platform at Riverbend Park; a supplemental appropriation of $48,000 to fully fund a $83,000 contract with North Star for the development of a Catawba County community brand platform, and consider ordering the County’s Tax Collector to advertise all unpaid real property taxes, as prescribed by North Carolina General Statutes.  

The Board will also consider adopting a resolution which will confirm previously approved County expenditures for Park 1764 may be used for the required match for grant funds applied for by the City of Hickory for this project and will receive reports from the County Manager on budget transfers he has authorized as well as an update on the County’s Strategic Planning process.

Monday's Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. in the Robert E. Hibbitts Meeting Room at the 1924 Courthouse, 30 North College Avenue in Newton.

Friday, 17 February 2017 10:57

Runaway Teen Sought By Authorities

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Lincoln County teen that was last seen at her home a week ago. 18-year-old Tamara Louise Stansford of 3845 Oakwood Circle in Iron Station was last seen at her residence on February 10. 

Relatives say Stansford could possibly be in Charlotte. She is described as a black female, 5 feet- 2 inches tall and weighing approximately 175 pounds.  She has brown eyes and brown hair with red dye highlights. Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.

Friday, 17 February 2017 10:10

Hog River Man Charged with Stealing from Employer

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26-year-old Jeremy Harrison Blackwell of Boundary Street in Hog River, N.C. has been arrested by Hickory Police on one felony count of larceny by servants or other employees.

Blackwell is a former employee of Unifour Fire & Safety on Tate Boulevard in Hickory. According to Police, Blackwell was separated from the company and failed to turn in various items that belonged to his employer.

Blackwell was taken into custody without incident at about 2:40 yesterday afternoon (February 16) at Unifour Fire & Safety. He was processed and released under a $1,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

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