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Friday, 24 October 2014 11:38

Hazardous Waste Collection Set for November 1

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Catawba County's next one-day household hazardous waste collection will be held at L.P. Frans Stadium, 2500 Clement Boulevard off Highway 321 in northwest Hickory, on Saturday, November 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Household products such as paints, cleansers, solvents, antifreeze, batteries, used motor oils, computer equipment, radios, mobile phones, TVs, VCRs, calculators, copiers and plastic bags are among the items that will be properly disposed of or recycled.

Those products should not be thrown away, poured out on the ground or buried. They are hazardous and could easily contaminate ground water.

Paints and electronic wastes are also now taken at the Blackburn Landfill at 4017 Rocky Ford Road in Newton Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The County has contracted with Ecoflo to handle the collection of household hazardous waste and eCycleSecure to collect electronic waste. eCycleSecure will destroy data and data bearing devices. However, Catawba County cannot guarantee the non-disclosure of any information left on equipment.

For more information, contact the Catawba County Department of Utilities & Engineering at 828-465-8217.

44-year-old Jose Jesus Silva Villasenor of Shell Street in Lincolnton was arrested by Lincolnton Police Wednesday (October 22) for felony indecent liberties with a child.

Officer Travis Jones responded Wednesday to a residence in Lincolnton in reference to an indecent liberties call. Officer Jones spoke to a juvenile victim and the victim’s mother. The juvenile was reportedly victimized by inappropriate sexual actions from a male friend of the family. As the result of the investigation, Jose Jesus Silva Villasenor was developed as a suspect in the case.

Villasenor was arrested and placed in the Lincoln County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond. He will appear in District Court on November 6.

This case is still under investigation. Additional charges are probable.

Friday, 24 October 2014 10:47

Lincolnton Woman Faces Felony Meth Charges

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36-year-old Christy Michelle King of Beaumont Lane in Lincolnton was arrested at her residence yesterday (October 23) by Lincolnton Police Officer Rick Hensley and Det. Dwayne McAllister. She was charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine and the sale or delivery of meth. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted in the arrest.

King’s arrest was the result of a two-month investigation involving the sale and distribution of methamphetamine in Lincolnton. The investigation began as the result of citizens’ complaints and information provided to the Lincolnton Police Department. The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible.

After her arrest, King was placed in the Lincoln County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today.

King has previous convictions for resisting a public officer, criminal contempt, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, larceny and several traffic related offenses.

Friday, 24 October 2014 06:58

Public's Help Sought in Alexander County B&Es

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The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance from the public regarding multiple break-ins.

Just after noon yesterday (October 23) the 9-1-1 Center received a call about a breaking & entering that had just occurred in the area of 5145 U.S. Highway 64-90 West. Officers responded and found that a glass door had been broken out of a residence. A short time later, 9-1-1 received additional calls from the Ellendale area regarding break-ins there.

Officers have obtained some information regarding a suspect. That person is described as a white male with a medium build. He is 30-35 years old, wearing a black toboggan and white gloves. The suspect vehicle is described as a black sedan, possibly a Chevrolet Impala or a Nissan Maxima.

Anyone with information regarding the vehicle or the suspect should contact Alexander County Crime Stoppers at 828-632-8555 or the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office 828-632-1111.

Friday, 24 October 2014 06:54

Taylorsville Man Charged with Indecent Liberties

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38-year-old Michael Dale Crouch of Taylorsville has been arrested by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers on a charge of felony indecent liberties with a child. The arrest is the result of an ongoing investigation involving an eight-year-old victim. Crouch, who lived in a home with his father, allegedly held "sleepovers" with children in a shed behind the residence.

The suspect was taken into custody on October 17. Bond for Crouch was set at $15,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court on October 20. Crouch will next appear in an Alexander County courtroom on November 3.

More charges are possible as the investigation continues.

Excavation continues at the construction site for the new I-85 weigh station in Gaston County. Crews will temporarily shut down a portion of the interstate Sunday (October 26) to perform a brief blasting operation.

The blast will be very similar to the four previous blasts that occurred in late August, early September and last weekend at the site near Bessemer City. The blast will go off at 10 a.m. and should last only a few seconds. Citizens in the area during the blast will likely hear a brief, low rumble, similar to thunder.

A portion of I-85 will be closed down briefly before, during and after the blast to ensure debris from the blast doesn't cause any damage. Crews will begin closing down I-85 near the construction site about 30 minutes before the blast.

The project is scheduled for completion in November 2016.

21-year-old Bradley O’Neil Caldwell, Jr. of 26th Avenue in Hickory was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday for misdemeanor larceny, shoplifting with concealment of goods and possession of stolen goods or property. He was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $2,500, secured. A District Court date in Lenoir was scheduled for November 20.

Caldwell also faces multiple drug charges in Burke County with an October 27 Superior Court date coming up in Morganton and he has been charged with breaking & entering, larceny and financial card fraud in Catawba County. Court dates in Newton were set for October 27 and November 19.

31-year-old Michael Shannon Lankford of Dellwood Road in Waynesville was arrested by Probation & Parole Officers in Caldwell County for two felony probation violations. Lankford is on probation as he serves a 30-month suspended sentence following a July 2013 felony larceny conviction in Buncombe County. Following his arrest yesterday, Lankford was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond. He is scheduled to appear in Superior Court on November 3 in Lenoir.

Thursday, 23 October 2014 13:49

Hiddenite Man Faces Felony B&E and Larceny Charges

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37-year-old Derrick Aaron Owens of Hiddenite was arrested by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers on two counts of felony breaking & entering into a residence and two counts of felony larceny after breaking & entering. He was placed under a $3,000 secured bond. Owens’ first District Court appearance was October 20 in Taylorsville. He will be back in court on November 3.

Thursday, 23 October 2014 13:45

Three Charged with Felony B&E and Larceny

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17-year-old Jacob Dillon Thomas of Barnes Lane in Stony Point, 17-year-old William Harold Sherrick of Jay Stafford Lane in Taylorsville and 19-year-old Malcolm Malik Stewart of 7th Street S.W. in Taylorsville have all been arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers on three felony counts each of breaking & entering and larceny.

On Tuesday (October 21), an alert citizen saw a black Ford F-150 leaving an unoccupied residence. The citizen called 9-1-1 and gave a description of the vehicle and a license tag number. The caller saw the truck turn onto Jay Stafford Lane and reported that the vehicle contained several items that could have been stolen from the residence.

A Detective who was nearby located the truck and saw metal items in the bed of the truck, including metal roofing. Officers confirmed that metal roofing at the unoccupied residence was the same style and color as the materials in the suspect vehicle.

Jacob Thomas was the owner of the truck. A fourth teen in the vehicle was not charged. Investigators determined that she was picked up from Alexander Central and was not involved in the crime.

All three suspects were arrested and placed in the Alexander County Detention Center with bond for each set at $30,000, secured. All three teens remain in jail awaiting a first appearance in District Court on Monday (October 27).

The felony charges filed against the suspects can carry a maximum sentence of ten years each.