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27-year-old Linda Kay Slone was arrested Monday (February 22) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony forced breaking and entering. Slone was placed in jail in Morganton where bond was set at $59,000 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, February 23).

35-year-old Richard Eugene Hall of EP Boyd Drive in Marion was arrested Saturday (February 20) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense and misdemeanor larceny. Following the arrest, Hall was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $7,500 secured bond. His first District Court appearance was scheduled for yesterday (Monday, February 22), his next appearance, also scheduled for District Court, is April 12.

An open house and ribbon cutting for a new substation of the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office serving the Sherrills Ford-Terrell community will be held this Saturday (February 27).

The Sheriff’s Office substation, in the building that formerly housed a branch of the Catawba County Library, is located at 8456 Sherrills Ford Road, in Sherrills Ford. The open house will be held from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m., with the official ribbon cutting scheduled for 10 a.m. Blood pressure checks will be provided throughout the morning and demonstrations in the new method for performing CPR will be given.

Renovations to the former Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library were made in 2015 by Travis Construction and Drywall of Conover at a cost of $24,000. Their work created two detective offices, two interview rooms; an office for two Lake Patrol officers; a separate office for two road patrol deputies; a room reserved for other possible future uses by the County; renovated bathrooms that meet ADA requirements, renovations to sidewalks; and a resurfacing of the parking lot.

In addition to the ribbon cutting and open house, other activities are scheduled for the February 27 open house, including: Blood pressure checks provided by staff of Catawba Valley Medical Center, Demonstrations of the newest approved method for hands-on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) by Melanie Sigmon of Catawba County EMS, whose work to create this training program led to her being named Catawba County Employee of the Year for 2015, and Refreshments provided by Hopewell United Methodist Church

Those who wish are also invited to bring donations for the Christian Food Pantry of Sherrills Ford.

For more information on the new Sheriff’s Office substation in the Sherrills Ford-Terrell community or the February 27 ribbon cutting, you may contact Captain Joel Fish at 828-465-8345 or jfish@catawbacountync.gov.

More new jobs are being created in Caldwell County.

According to a news release from the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission (EDC), Bakers Waste Equipment has been awarded a $411,375 grant from the North Carolina Department of Commerce to make improvements to its existing facility and expand operations at its location off Norwood Street in Lenoir. A manufacturer of industrial waste containers and compactors, Bakers Waste Equipment plans to add 42 full-time jobs as part of the Building Re-use grant. The overall investment for the upgrades has been estimated at approximately $2.5 million.Bakers Waste Equipment President and Owner Ric Raines said the grant will allow the company to fully utilize its more than 300,000-square-foot building that formerly housed a Broyhill Furniture plant.

Bakers Waste Equipment purchased the site in the latter part of 2012 and made improvements to the building in order to begin production at the beginning of 2014. The company previously had two locations in Burke County and another one in Catawba County. According to the news release, the move to Caldwell County has allowed Bakers Waste Equipment to increase its capacity and its workforce.

Bakers Waste Equipment has been in operation for 35 years, and The current owner, Ric Raines, has owned the company for the past 15 years. Along with the waste container operation, Bakers Waste Equipment has focused on increasing its territorial footprint for its large compactors and personal “Smarter Trash” systems.

The expansion is projected to be completed this fall. The company plans to attend the 12th Caldwell is Hiring event that is scheduled for Thursday, April 14 from 8:30 a.m. until noon at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir.

As part of the grant agreement, Caldwell County will provide required matching funds, primarily through its local jobs incentive program.

25-year-old Rodney Dale Reese Jr. of Lee Parsons Road in Granite Falls was arrested last Friday (February 19) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine in Catawba County, and misdemeanor probation violation in Caldwell County. Reese was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled in Catawba County this Friday (February 26). He's also scheduled to make District and Superior Court appearances in Caldwell County this Thursday (February 25) and next Monday (February 29).

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 05:07

Break-in Related Charges Filed Against Newton Man

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23-year-old Cory Todd Talbert of Caleb Setzer Road in Newton was arrested Monday (February 22) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with single felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny, two counts of possession of burglary tools, and one count of injury to real property. Talbert was placed in the Catawba County Detention Center under $30,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, February 23).

56-year-old J.B. Alexander Ervin, Jr. of 1st Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:45 Saturday afternoon (February 20) for a felony probation violation and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

His arrest came about when Police responded to the reported theft of a bicycle on December 12 of last year. The reporting party initially gave Officers a false name, resulting in the resisting charge. A routine records check turned up the outstanding warrant for a probation violation, dating back to July of 2014.

Ervin was taken into custody without further incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $22,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for today (February 22) with another court date on the resisting charge coming up on March 15.

Monday, 22 February 2016 13:52

Lincolnton Man Arrested after Fleeing from Police

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49-year-old Curtis Nixon, Jr. of Buck Oak Road in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincolnton Police on charges of fleeing to elude arrest, failure to stop for a blue light or siren, assault on a female, a domestic violence protection order violation, larceny and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

On Saturday morning (February 20), shortly after midnight, Officer Derek Thom of the Lincolnton Police Department was on patrol in an area where New Bold Street comes to a dead end. Officer Thom saw a suspicious vehicle parked near the dead end, away from houses in the area.

As Officer Thom approached the vehicle in his marked police car, the driver quickly attempted to pull away. The Officer pursued with blue lights and siren activated, but the suspect vehicle didn’t stop. After a series of turns, the vehicle crashed into a wooded area near a parking lot off of Timken Drive. The driver jumped and ran. Officer Thom and Officer Thomas Hall pursued on foot and apprehended the suspect a short time later.

The driver, Curtis Nixon, Jr. was taken into custody. The domestic violence-related charges were the result of outstanding warrants. Nixon was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $3,000 secured bond with no bond for the domestic violence-related charges. He will appear in court on March 18.

26-year-old Donald Michael Carter of Bonji Drive in Conover was arrested today (Monday, February 22) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with third degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Following the arrest, Carter was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for Tuesday (February 23).

56-year-old Danny Blackburn of 7th Avenue S.E. and 38-year-old Harold Lamont Mutz of 3rd Street Place S.W., both from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police over the weekend in connection to a shoplifting incident at the Belk store in Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall. Blackburn was charged with felony habitual larceny, while Mutz faces charges for misdmeanor larceny and a parole violation.

They were arrested after Police responded to the Belk store Saturday afternoon (February 20) where an employee watched Blackburn and Mutz as they concealed three Columbia jackets, valued at $210, and passed the last point of sale without paying. Loss Prevention stopped Blackburn and took him to the office, but Mutz allegedly displayed a knife before getting into a passenger car and fleeing the scene.

A warrant for Mutz’s arrest was issued. He was taken into custody without further incident at about 1:10 a.m. the next day at a residence on 1st Street S.E. in Hickory. A Magistrate found no probable cause to charge Mutz in connection to the knife.

Both subjects were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Blackburn set at $10,000, secured, while Mutz was held without bond for the parole violation with bond on the larceny charge set at $1,500, secured. Blackburn was due in court today (February 22), while Mutz has a court date on April 6.