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The Catawba County Board of Commissioners meets Monday (February 19) in regular session. Among the items on the agenda, there are two public hearings scheduled. One of the hearings is being held to receive comments regarding proposed road names for two unnamed streets. In addition a public hearing will be held to discuss a rezoning request. The proposal is for a rezoning from R-30 Residential to Highway Commercial.

Items on Monday's consent agenda include a request for two Environmental Health Specialist Positions, and preferred alternates for the jail expansion.

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 at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.

Friday, 16 February 2018 12:06

Bomb Threat at Foard Found to be False

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Earlier today (February 16), Fred T. Foard High School administration was notified of a bomb threat. The Catawba Co. Sheriff's Office was notified and safety protocols were immediately enacted by school administration.

After an investigation conducted by the Sheriff's Office, the threat was determined to be false. All students and staff are safe. School has resumed on a normal schedule.

Anyone with information regarding the threat should contact the Catawba Co. Sheriff's Office at 828-464-5241.

Friday, 16 February 2018 10:17

Hickory Man Arrested on Felony Marijuana Charges

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22-year-old Brandon Marquis McDowell of North Center Street in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:15 yesterday afternoon (February 15) on one felony count each of possession of a stolen firearm, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of a schedule VI controlled substance.

McDowell was taken into custody without incident at an apartment on Highway 127 North in Hickory. According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, he was in possession of 209.9 grams of marijuana (about 7.5 ounces) of marijuana at the time of his arrest. McDowell was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $30,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

Morganton City Council will hold a special meeting next Friday (February 23) beginning at 8:00 a.m. for the purpose of conducting an annual workshop and to consider and take action, if necessary, regarding any item that may be properly brought before the City Council. The meeting will be held at the Morganton Community House at 120 North King Street in Morganton. During the meeting, council will consider the approval of a Recreation Site Plan for Phase III of the Catawba River Soccer Complex.

36-year-old Brady Scott Mitchell of Jeremy Lane in Statesville was arrested this morning (February 16) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver heroin, and maintain a vehicle, dwelling or place to sell controlled substance.

Mitchell was arrested following a month long investigation into the sale of heroin. The probe concluded this morning with a search warrant being executed at 179 Jeremy Lane in eastern Iredell County. The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigation Unit received information from community members in reference to Mitchell allegedly selling heroin at that residence. Mitchell was reportedly recognized from previous mugshots.

According to a news release, in 2017, Iredell County Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives observed Mitchell selling and purchasing heroin at 179 Jeremy Lane. A search warrant was executed at the home and Mitchell was arrested and found to be in possession of heroin and a firearm. On Thursday (February 15) narcotics detectives along with members of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Team (SERT) conducted another search at that same address and again located heroin and other drug paraphernalia.

Mitchell was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $20,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (February 16).

29-year-old Cory Blake Kemmerlin was arrested Wednesday (February 14) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of schedule III controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Kemmerlin was arrested at 12:36 a.m. Wednesday and placed in jail in Lincolnton under $7,500 secured bond. No court date was listed.

26-year-old John Thao was arrested Thursday (February 15) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony and misdemeanor counts of failure to appear. Thao was arrested at 5:26 p.m. Thursday at an address on Vine Arden Road in Morganton. He was placed in jail under $103,000 secured bond. A court date is scheduled for March 19.

27-year-old Ashley Nicole Long was arrested Thursday (February 15) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense, possession of stolen goods, and failure to appear. Long was placed in jail in Morganton under $22,500 secured bond. A court appearance is set for Monday (February 19).

45-year-old Tonia Isenhour-Miles was arrested Thursday (February 15) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of non-forced breaking and entering and speeding to elude arrest. Isenhour-Miles was arrested at 4:20 p.m. Thursday and placed in jail in Morganton under $54,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Monday (February 19).

23-year-old Alexander Monroe Vernon of Hillcrest Street in Hudson was arrested Thursday (February 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count of financial card theft and six felony counts of financial card fraud. Vernon was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $2,500 secured bond. A District Court date is set for Monday (February 19).

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