35-year-old Thomas Paul James of 11th Street Place SE in Conover was arrested Wednesday (December 12) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and obtaining property by false pretense. James was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $40,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled today (December 13).
Catawba County Schools are on a three-hour delay Thursday, December 13. C.C.S. staff is on a two-hour delay. QUEST will open at 9 a.m.
Hickory Public Schools and Caldwell County Schools are on a three-hour delay Thursday with limited bus routes in Caldwell County.
Alexander Co. Schools are also on a three-hour delay Thursday. Teachers should report at 10 a.m.
Burke County Schools are on a three-hour delay for Thursday for students and staff.
27-year-old Sarah Marie Worth of Todd Street N.W. in Lenoir and 18-year-old Robert Joshua Miller, Jr. of Sain Road in Hickory were both arrested yesterday (December 11) by Hickory Police. Worth was charged with felony failure to appear, preparation to break & enter a motor vehicle by possession and misdemeanor resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. Miller faces felony charges for larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen vehicle.
They were arrested in connection to a stolen vehicle call at an address on 15th Street S.E. During the investigation, the vehicle was recovered at the Budget Inn Express on Highway 70 S.W. The suspects were identified and arrested at the hotel. The failure to appear warrant for Worth's arrest was issued on November 27 in Burke County.
Both suspects were taken into custody without incident between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. yesterday and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond for Worth was set at $7,000, secured, while Miller was given a $5,000 secured bond. Miller, who was scheduled to appear in District Court yesterday, has since been released. Worth has a Superior Court date coming up on January 7 in Morganton, with a District Court date in Newton set for January 16.
42-year-old Marlena Roberta Mary Fielder of Kings Mountain, N.C. was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 11 o'clock last night (December 11) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Fielder was wanted for a probation violation in Chatham County, Georgia.
She was taken into custody without incident at a convenience store on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. Fielder was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $75,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
In 2019, Catawba County is putting together a community health assessment (CHA), coordinated by the Public Health department and LiveWell Catawba, the nonprofit organization dedicated to building a culture of wellness throughout Catawba County. These groups are seeking input from citizens, they'd like to find out what impacts your health? What does health look like where you live, work, play, and worship? What has been your experience with health care? What would make it better or easier?
To get this information, the Library is hosting these community listening sessions at all seven branches in the coming weeks and months. At each one, comments will be recorded, compiled, and included in the 2019 CHA. This information will give the county the important details it needs to see how its initiatives are working and what might need to be changed or implemented going forward.
Light refreshments will be served, and citizens will have the chance to help guide the conversation and work out solutions that can make a difference. Upcoming sessions are scheduled for next Tuesday (December 18) from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Conover Branch Library and next Thursday (December 20) at the Claremont Branch Library. More sessions will be scheduled in January.
27-year-old Nicholas Lee Thornburg of Berry Road in Icard was arrested Tuesday (December 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Thornburg was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (December 13).
28-year-old Nathan Eugene Townsend of Frank Townsend Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (December 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony financial card fraud. Townsend is also charged with driving while license revoked. Following the arrest, the suspect was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,500 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for January 14.
27-year-old Summer Lea Hatcher of Grace View Place in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (December 11) on charges filed in Catawba and Caldwell County. She's charged in Catawba County with two counts of misdemeanor larceny and in Caldwell County with one count of misdemeanor larceny.
On December 4, a homeowner in Catawba County reported that a package that had been delivered to their residence and left by the front door was stolen. The victim obtained images from their home security system. On the video, a Ford Explorer was seen backing into the driveway. A woman exited the vehicle, carrying a red box. The suspect swapped the red empty box for the package that was delivered to the residence earlier in the day.
Hatcher was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center in Lenoir under a total secured bond of $1,500. She remained in jail as of earlier today (December 12). A District Court appearance is scheduled for January 16 in Catawba County and for January 22 in Caldwell County.
In a news release the Catawba County Sheriff's Office thanked the Granite Falls Police Department and Caldwell County Sheriff's Office for their assistance in making this arrest.
43-year-old Gilian Ruth Zimmer of Sweet Briar Lane in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (December 11) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Zimmer was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. No upcoming court dates were listed.
30-year-old Andrew Benson Jennings, Jr. of Dallas Street in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (December 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony breaking and entering. Jennings was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for January 14.
32-year-old Janifer Hope Leonard and 36-year-old Scott Brandon Wyatt, both of Traphill, in Wilkes County, were arrested Tuesday (December 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. Leonard is charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Wyatt was charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Leonard was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. Wyatt’s bond was set at $15,000 secured. Leonard has a District Court appearance January 7, Wyatt’s District Court date is tomorrow (December 13).
The Newton Police Department is seeking the assistance of the public in locating the whereabouts of Gary L. Johnson. Mr. Johnson was last seen at his residence in Newton on November 30, 2018. It is unknown what Mr. Johnson may be driving or riding, he has only been known to use a bicycle as his means of transportation.
It is unknown what Mr. Johnson is wearing. If you have any information as to the whereabouts of Mr. Johnson, please call the Newton Police Department at 828-465-7430.
40-year-old Laura Marie Caldwell of 6th Street NW in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (December 11) by Newton Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance on prison or jail premises, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. She's also charged with simple possession of schedule II, III, and IV controlled substance. Caldwell was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (December 12).
Weather announcements for Wednesday, December 12
Hickory Public Schools Closed, optional teacher workday, report on a three hour delay
Catawba County Schools Closed, optional teacher workday
Newton-Conover City Schools Closed, optional teacher workday
Alexander County Schools Closed, optional teacher workday, report at 10 a.m.
Burke County Schools Closed, optional teacher workday
Caldwell County Schools Closed, optional planning day for staff
Catawba Valley Community College closed, all campuses and activities
Western Piedmont Community College closed for students and employees, day and evening classes
The Caldwell Campus of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute will operate on a two-hour delay, the Watauga Campus will open at 9 a.m.