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The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will meet at 7:00 tonight, (Monday, May 18) in the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton. The Commissioners will receive a presentation on the proposed update to the county’s 2007 Parks Master Plan, accompanied by a Planning Board recommendation to approve the update. The plan provides a guideline for future development, subject to available resources.  

The committee kept public comments in mind as they reviewed existing parks across the county and sites for potential future parks. The committee then updated existing plan. According to County Senior Planner Susan Ballbach, the plan incorporates significant community input. The plan was developed by county staff, in consultation with the county’s Parks Advisory Committee, over an 18-month period.

The Committee’s review included the existing parks: Baker’s Mountain, Riverbend and St. Stephens Park. The updated plan includes specific recommendations for improvements to the existing parks.

The proposed plan also recommends development of a regional park on Mountain Creek, a 589-acre site obtained by the County in 2010. In addition, it recommends smaller “historic parks” near the Catawba County Historical Association’s Bunker Hill Covered Bridge and Murray’s Mill.

The draft plan is currently available for review online at catawbacountync.gov/Parks. Questions may be directed to Ms. Ballbach at 828-465-8381 or sballbach@catawbacountync.gov.

48-year-old Tony Edward Fairbanks was arrested Friday (May 15) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Fairbanks was placed in jail under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday May 18).

21-year-old Rozanne Hunter Jones was arrested Sunday (May 17) by authorities in Burke County. She’s charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Jones was incarcerated under $6,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for June 15.

27-year-old Leon Christopher Brown of Rembert, South Carolina was arrested Sunday (May 17) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged on a fugitive warrant out of South Carolina. In addition, Brown is charged with common law robbery and shoplifting with concealment of goods. Following the arrest, Brown was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $27,500 secured bond.

25-year-old Jessica Marie Calloway of Old Morganton Road in Lenoir was arrested Friday (May 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers and Lenoir Police Officers. She’s charged with felony first degree burglary, felony possession of stolen goods or property, felony auto larceny, felony speeding to elude arrest, misdemeanor simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, and several traffic violations. Following the arrest, Calloway was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $95,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, May 18).

22-year-old Fernando Delgado-Penagos was arrested Saturday (May 16) by Newton Police Officers. He’s charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of stolen goods or property, assault with a deadly weapon, simple assault, and false imprisonment. Following the arrest, Delgado-Penagos was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $70,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, May 18).

25-year-old William Paul Love of Mount Pleasant Church Road in Sherrills Ford was arrested Sunday (May 17) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of methamphetamine, and resisting a public officer. Following the arrest, Love was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, May 18).

32-year-old James Edward Blumke of 33rd Street Court NE in Hickory was arrested Sunday (May 17) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with breaking and or entering building, resisting a public officer, assault and battery, misdemeanor larceny, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Blumke was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, May 18).

52-year-old John Michael Wall of 19th Avenue NW in Hickory was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin, and two counts of trafficking opium or heroin. Wall was previously arrested along with Justin Mikeal Freeman following a traffic stop. Initially, Wall was charged with felony possession of heroin although authorities indicated more charges could be filed. After the additional charges were filed, Wall was detained this morning (Monday, May 18) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.

A Home in Morganton sustained extensive damage in a fire Friday evening. According to a news release from the Morganton Department of Public Safety, the fire started in the basement of a house at 102 Mimosa Hills Drive, at approximately 5 p.m. Friday. The Morganton Department of Public Safety reports the fire spread from the basement upwards to the attic.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze within an hour. The people who were in the home when the fire started were evacuated without injury. Approximately 50 firefighters responded to the blaze.

Public Safety estimates the fire caused approximately $100,000 in damage to the structure and $25,000 to contents. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Responding agencies included Glen Alpine Fire Department, Oak Hill Fire Department, Triple Community Fire Department and Burke County EMS.