30-year-old Michael Christopher Weaver of East Poplar Street in Conover was arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (February 1) on one felony count of first-degree forcible rape.
At about 3 p.m. on Sunday (January 31), Catawba County Sheriff’s Investigators contacted the Burke County Sheriff’s Office regarding a sexual assault investigation. Catawba County Investigators had been dispatched to a local hospital in Catawba County in reference to a patient with signs of severe sexual trauma.
Early in the investigation, Investigators established evidence indicating that the sexual assault might have occurred in Burke County. At that point, Burke County Sheriff’s Investigators were called to assist with the investigation.
Officers located the suspect, Michael Christopher Weaver. Investigators from both counties worked together and questioned Weaver, who denied harming the victim. As the investigation progressed, Investigators determined that the sexual assault likely occurred at Lowman’s Motel in Hildebran. Investigators searched the motel room and located several key items of evidence.
A warrant was issued yesterday and Weaver was taken into custody at the motel without further incident. He was placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $250,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (February 2).
20-year-old Cortney Michelle Cartwright of 8th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before three o’clock Friday afternoon (January 29) on one felony count of unlawfully obtaining a financial card.
She was charged in connection to the theft of a credit card at Dunkin’ Donuts, where Cartwright was an employee. The victim reported that they inadvertently left their credit card at the drive-thru window on the 28th. Cartwright then allegedly used the credit card at two locations in Newton.
She was taken into custody without incident at Dunkin’ Donuts. Cartwright was processed and then released under a $1,500 unsecured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday (February 1) with another court date coming up on February 22.
29-year-old Marilyn Clark Seawell of Section House Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 12:15 a.m. Saturday (January 30) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.
She was arrested in connection to an incident at the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market on Highway 70 S.W. where Seawell was in custody for attempting to shoplift some food items. She was charged at that time with shoplifting and second-degree trespass.
Investigators later checked with the District Attorney’s Office and found the outstanding felony warrants. Seawell was taken into custody Saturday without incident at an apartment on 12th Avenue S.E. in Hickory.
She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,500 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for February 22 in Newton.
29-year-old Melvin Bryant Ellis Jr. of NW Arlington Circle in Lenoir was arrested Monday (February 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. In addition, Ellis is charged with resisting a public officer. Following the arrest, Ellis was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $200,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled for today (Tuesday, February 2).
35-year-old Melinda Dawn Herman of Cajahs Mountain Road in Hudson was arrested Monday (February 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny. Following the arrest, Herman was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, February 2).
24-year-old Adrienne Dawn Pennell and 23-year-old Jordan Leigh Williams, both of Highway 150 West in Lincolnton, were arrested yesterday (February 1) and charged with prostitution and aiding & abetting prostitution. Williams was also charged with simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance, simple possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.
Lincoln County Narcotics Officers conducted an undercover operation targeting prostitution after multiple complaints and tips came in from the public. The investigation lasted over two months. Pennell and Williams were arrested at a residence where Detectives say the two were performing sexual acts in exchange for money.
Information gathered during the investigation enabled Detectives to make contact with the suspects. Detectives say the two women agreed to have sex with an Undercover Detective in exchange for money.
Drugs and drug paraphernalia were also seized at the residence. A small amount of marijuana, pain pills, several bongs and glass pipes were confiscated. Detectives also seized ledgers in which the suspects allegedly kept their clients’ names and phone numbers.
Following their arrests, Pennell was given a $2,000 secured bond, while bond for Williams was set at $3,000, secured. No court dates are currently listed.
22-year-old Taveus Rahsaan Rankins of Sir George Circle in Statesville was arrested by Hickory Police early yesterday morning (February 1) on one felony count of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen property and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
Rankins was arrested after Police responded to a report of suspicious persons on Highland Avenue N.E. in Hickory. As Officers arrived, two subjects fled in a vehicle. Another vehicle left behind at the scene had been reported stolen out of Statesville.
Police pursued the vehicle, which was also stolen from Statesville, and eventually took Rankins into custody on the McDonald Parkway, near I-40. The second subject remains at large. No information regarding that subject’s identity is available.
Rankins was arrested at about 5:45 a.m. Monday and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $12,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today.
26-year-old Nadja Brittany Rhinehardt of 2nd Street Place S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:30 yesterday morning (February 1) on one felony count of common law robbery.
She was arrested in connection to an incident on January 31 at the A&W Mini-Mart on North Center Street. Rhinehardt allegedly struck a male victim as she attempted to take a jacket and other items from him. Rhinehardt had reportedly been in a relationship with the victim.
Rhinehardt was taken into custody the next day without incident at her residence. She was processed at Hickory Police headquarters and released about an hour later under a $15,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
For the twenty-seventh consecutive year, Catawba County’s Budget Office has been recognized by its peers for producing a budget document which is easy to read and understand.
The County Budget Office has won the 2015 Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). This award recognized the County’s Fiscal Year 2015-16 budget. Staff from the Budget Office were formally recognized by the Catawba County Board of Commissioners at its meeting on Monday (February 1).
Only 1400 local governments across the United States received the award this year. The Government Finance Officers Association is a non-profit professional association serving more than 17,000 government finance professionals throughout North America.
The award is presented to governmental units which, according to the GFOA, "reflect the commitment of the governing body and staff to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting." In order to receive the award, Catawba County’s Budget Office had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well a government's budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide, and a communications device. Budget documents must be rated "proficient" in all four of these categories to receive the award.
Catawba County's annual budget is created through a year-long planning process involving department heads, the Budget Staff, County Manager Tom Lundy and the Board of Commissioners.
34-year-old Tiffany Pennell Lackey of Clarks Chapel Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (February 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and felony breaking and or entering. In addition, Lackey was charged on a bill of indictment with uttering a forged instrument. Lackey was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $205,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, February 2).