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Tuesday, 19 May 2015 05:46

Lenoir Man Arrested On Heroin Charge

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21-year-old Logan Eugene Whisnant of SW Walt Arney Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (May 18) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of heroin and felony larceny. Following the arrest, Whisnant was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, May 19).

30-year-old Brandon Keith Dunning of West C Street in Newton was arrested Monday (May 18) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, breaking and or entering, larceny after breaking and entering, misdemeanor probation violation, possessing counterfeiting tools, felony probation violation, and misdemeanor probation violation out of county. Following the arrest, Dunning was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $128,000 bond. He’s scheduled to make District and Superior Court appearances Wednesday (May 20).

Catawba County Commissioners met Monday night at the 1924 Courthouse in Newton.

The Board adopted an updated Catawba County Parks Master Plan after hearing a report. These are recommended updates to the County’s 2007 Parks Master Plan, which was created in consultation with the County’s Parks Advisory Committee with input from the community through five public forums and a survey. The Plan provides a guideline for future development, subject to available resources. The mission of Catawba County Parks is to preserve Catawba County’s unique and diverse natural heritage through education and conservation while providing quality passive recreation and wellness opportunities.

In other action Monday, the Board approved a proposed Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Plan for the Catawba County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC). The Plan includes the JCPC-recommended proposed funding plan. The JCPC is an organization established by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety’s Division of Juvenile Justice. It exists to identify risks of youth in the community; prevent crime among at-risk youth; review court data; and identify needed programs to provide intervention and prevention. Funding is allocated by the State, distributed to the County and then to programs. Membership is determined mostly by the North Carolina General Statute that established the JCPC. Representatives on the Council are those involved with youth.

Also Monday, the Catawba County Board of Commissioners awarded a bid for construction of a retaining dike at the County Biofuels Facility to Moss-Marlow Building Co., Inc. of Hickory in the amount of $103,850; approval of a construction administration agreement with McGill Associates in the amount of $9,800; and approval of a budget revision to appropriate funding from the Solid Waste Enterprise Fund in the amount of $124,035, which includes 10% contingency for the construction improvements, specifically the retaining dike at the Biodiesel Facility.

Coming up for commissioners, they'll hold budget hearings with departments Tuesday, May 26 and Thursday, May 28. Then at their next meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, June 1, they'll adopt the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year Budget.

A four-year-old child had to be airlifted to a Charlotte hospital after being bitten by a dog at a Catawba County home. According to a published report, the incident happened Monday afternoon in the back yard of a home on North McLin Creek Road in Conover. Police say three people, two adults and the four-year-old, were bitten by a family dog, which is reported to be a breed of shepherd.

According to the report, the child, who police said was bitten around the neck area, was initially transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center before being airlifted to Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte. The extent of the injuries has not been released, but officials believe the child will be okay.

In the report it says the dog is up-to-date with its vaccines, but was still taken to the animal shelter where it was placed under quarantine. It was not known at this time what will happen to the dog. No names have been released. As of Tuesday morning no charges had been filed.

A teenager was rescued after falling while he was hiking in Burke County on Monday (May 18). According to a published report, it took emergency workers two hours to rescue the 15-year-old who fell near Table Rock Mountain.

According to the report, the teenager was a part of a 50-student group from Florida. They had gotten off the trail when the teen fell. Rescuers used ropes to get the boy out of the woods safely.

According to the report, he had head injuries, but is expected to be okay.

40-year-old Melinda Faye Smith of Wesley Chapel Road in Newton was arrested Monday (May 18) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of cocaine, and driving while impaired. Following the arrest, Smith was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $6,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (May 20).

The City of Hickory Public Housing Authority will receive $250,000 to purchase security cameras at the Blue Ridge Heights and Ridgecrest apartment complexes to improve security and monitoring.

The funds were awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development to help fight crime and drug activities on public housing properties. The funding announced today (May 18) is part of $6 million awarded nationwide to help secure public housing.

Elsewhere in North Carolina, the Rocky Mount Housing Authority was awarded $218,386.

55-year-old Tommy Lynn Morris of 17th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early yesterday morning (May 17) on felony counts of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering, as well as one misdemeanor count of possession of stolen goods or property.

He was arrested after Police received a report of someone in an apartment at the West Hickory Senior apartment complex on the 300 block of 17 Street S.W. The apartment was empty as its previous occupant is deceased. The family confirmed that no one should have been in the apartment.

Officers found a window broken out by a brick and located Morris nearby with a bag of food that had been removed from the apartment. He was taken into custody without incident at about 1:35 a.m.

Morris was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $6,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today.

24-year-old Ryan Marc White of 34th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (May 16) on one felony count each of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of cocaine.

He was taken into custody without incident in the area of 8th Street N.E. and 9th Avenue N.E. Following his arrest, White was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (May 18).

The Hickory Police Department will host a “Coffee with a Cop” event beginning at 8 a.m. on June 13 at Dunkin Donuts on 2nd Street N.E.

The event provides the public with an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Hickory’s neighborhoods. “Coffee with a Cop” allows community members to come together with Officers in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee.

“Coffee with a Cop” is a national initiative supported by the United States Dept. of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

For more information, contact Lt. Philip Demas at 828-261-2677 or pdemas@hickorync.gov.