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Monday, 28 July 2014 11:17

Meth Lab Found in Lincolnton

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Lincolnton Police went to an address on South Poplar Street in Lincolnton at about 1:50 last Thursday afternoon (July 24) in response to a call regarding a possible portable methamphetamine laboratory found on the property.

Officers located the small meth lab at an outside location on the property. Narcotics Detectives responded to assist the patrol Officers. The lab was determined to be a small portable lab utilizing the “one pot method.” The lab was documented, photographed and seized for evidence.

Also responding to the scene were the Lincolnton Fire Department, Lincoln County E.M.S., the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation.

The investigation is ongoing. Arrests in this case are probable.

35-year-old Garcia Dontae Finger of North Main Avenue in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4 a.m. yesterday (July 27) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

He was arrested after Police received an anonymous call regarding the sale of drugs at the intersection of 9th Avenue Place S.W. and 2nd Street Place S.W. Officers on foot saw one man run away from the scene. They approached another man, Garcia Finger, and asked for permission to search. Finger then ran with Police in pursuit.

As Officers prepared to employ a Taser, they saw Finger throw an object, which was recovered and determined to be a baggie containing 0.2 grams of crack cocaine. Finger was apprehended without the use of the Taser. A search of his person turned up a crack pipe.

Finger was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

Monday, 28 July 2014 07:46

Granite Falls Man Wins Big in NCEL

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Jonathan Osborne, a small business owner from Granite Falls, is a $1 million winner in the N.C. Education Lottery’s “The Color of Money” game.  

Osborne purchased his winning $10 ticket Friday afternoon (July 25) at the Jack B Quick service station on Falls Avenue in Granite Falls. He plans to use his winnings to invest, save for his children’s college education and take a family trip to Disney World.

Million-dollar winners have the option of claiming it in $50,000 payments as a 20-year annuity or a one-time lump sum of $600,000. Osborne took the cash payment and received a check for $415,203 after state and federal taxes were withheld.

The N.C. Department of Commerce, Office of Urban Development has announced that the City of Morganton is one of 20 communities across the state that have achieved accreditation from the National Main Street Center for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center.

The Morganton Main Street program has spent more than 30 years working to maintain a vibrant and energized downtown. The program has generated more than $60 million dollars of public and private investment into downtown.

According to Liz Parham, director of the N.C. Office of Urban Development, local Main Street programs across the state work to bring jobs and businesses to their downtowns. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street programs that have demonstrated exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street Four Point Approach, which includes Organization, Promotion, Design and Economic Restructuring.

Other North Carolina Main Street programs that earned accreditation for their 2013 performance are Hickory, Lincolnton, Brevard, Burlington, Clayton, Concord, Elizabeth City, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Goldsboro, Kings Mountain, Marion, Monroe, New Bern, Spruce Pine, Statesville, Wake Forest, Waynesville, and Wilson.

27-year-old Jerry Duane Anderson of Beach Road in Hudson was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers Friday (July 25) on three counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and one count each of possession with intent to manufacture sell or deliver methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance and driving while license revoked.

He was jailed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $265,000 secured bond. Anderson was scheduled to appear in District Court today (July 28) in Lenoir.

Friday, 25 July 2014 10:07

Man dead, after Burke Co. Motel fire

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Hildebran, NC- A man is dead after a fire broke out at a motel in Burke County. 

The fire started just before 7 am at the Lowman’s Motor Court motel on U.S. Highway 70 in Hildebran.  Motel guest woke up to smoke and quickly attempted to put out the fire. 

Firefighters arrived at the motel shortly after and were able to pull a man from the room where the fire was coming from.  According to officials, he had no pulse, and was not breathing. Moments later, the man was rushed to the Frye Regional Medical Center where he later died.  The victim’s name has not been released. 

The cause of the fire has not been determined yet, and an investigation is underway. 

Friday, 25 July 2014 07:02

Statesville father arrested

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A Statesville father has been charged with shaking his 2 month old child.

Investigators said staff at Iredell Memorial Hospital called them on July 17th after a baby was brought in because of difficulty breathing - possible child abuse.  The child was later flown to Levine's Children's hospital.

After conferring with physicians at Levine’s and interviewing multiple family members, Iredell County Sheriff's officers charged 26 year old, Michael Dewayne Honaker with Felony Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury.

Honaker was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $300,000 bond. 

The child was originally listed in critical but stable condition, but has been upgraded to stable condition.  He does have serious injuries and is going to require lengthy medical treatment.  It is too early to determine what, if any, long term medical problems the child will have.

Crews in Statesville continue to make progress on the Interstate 40/77 interchange project. Weather permitting, two new ramps will open to morning traffic in the coming days.

The I-40 eastbound ramp to U.S. 21 in Statesville is scheduled to open Friday (July 25) some time before 6 a.m. The I-77 Northbound ramp to I-40 eastbound is scheduled to open Monday morning (July 28) at about the same time.

Portable message boards are currently in place to notify motorists of the anticipated openings.

The new ramps are part of the $89 million I-40/77 interchange project, designed to upgrade the existing interchange in Iredell County.

37-year-old Samuel Dichon Whitener of Marktrell Court in Claremont was arrested early this morning (July 24) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each of simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Whitener was taken into custody without incident at about 2:30 a.m. today at the Quality Suites hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory. He has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $6,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

33-year-old William Mitchell Lee Pope of Wortman Street in Connelly Springs was arrested yesterday (July 23) by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on felony charges of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine; possession of meth; maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance; trafficking in meth; and possession of a firearm by a felon, as well as misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Pope was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $220,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Lenoir.