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38-year-old Christopher William Vicente of 3rd Street Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just after 4:30 yesterday afternoon (June 19) on a felony warrant as a fugitive from justice awaiting extradition to another state and a misdemeanor warrant out of Cleveland County for failure to comply.

He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond. He’ll appear in a Catawba County courtroom on the fugitive warrant on June 27 and an appearance on a misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charge was scheduled for July 22 in Shelby.

36-year-old Katherine Garnet Bruno of Springs Road in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police just before nine o’clock last night (June 19) for four probation violations. Two are felonies and two are misdemeanors.

Bruno is currently serving 18-month and 12-month suspended sentences for separate convictions in January 2014 for misdemeanor larceny and driving while license revoked, as well as a 20-month suspended sentence for an April 2014 conviction on felony counts of breaking & entering and larceny. All of those convictions were in Catawba County.

Bruno has been jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $80,000 secured bond. She will appear in Superior Court Monday (June 23) in Newton.

Four Catawba County programs have been named winners of a 2014 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award.

The winning programs include a Public Health Farmers Market designed to offer fresh fruits and vegetables and improve community health; a computer access terminal that allows citizens at Hickory city hall access to Permit Center staff in Newton; a program that streamlined the process for finding permanent placements for children in foster care, resulting in less trauma for the child and faster decisions; and a Commercial Recycling Program that is one of many initiatives that helped Catawba County attain the number one ranking in the state in recycling, per person, in two of the last three years.

The NACo Achievement Awards program, now in its 43rd year, gives national recognition to significant and innovative programs that improve county organization, management and service delivery. Catawba County has won 199 awards over the history of the NACo program and has been honored during each of its 43 years.

Catawba County’s NACo Awards will be presented to county officials during the association’s annual conference in New Orleans in July. Employees involved in the four programs will be recognized at an upcoming Board of Commissioners meeting and at the annual County Awards Night dinner in October.

34-year-old Melissa Dawn Creason of Rowan County has been arrested by Statesville Police on 16 felony warrants for obtaining property by false pretenses and five felony counts of embezzlement of state property by an official.

On April 10, Iredell-Statesville School officials notified Statesville Police of suspected criminal activity involving the school district’s former Public Information Officer, Melissa Dawn Creason. Statesville Police, in conjunction the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), launched a criminal investigation.

Creason was accused of misappropriating travel funds and stealing school system property. Officials with Iredell-Statesville Schools provided critical assistance to Investigators. At the completion of the investigation, Investigators consulted with the Iredell County District Attorney’s Office, leading to the issuance of warrants for Creason’s arrest yesterday (Thursday, June 19).

Creason turned herself in at the Statesville Police Department Thursday afternoon. She was given a $30,000 secured bond. She’ll make a first appearance in court on Monday, June 23.

On June 10, the Unifour Foundation Inc. Endowment presented a $2,500 grant to the Catawba Valley Community College Small Business Center. The grant will support CVCC's Shark Tank program in 2015.

The program promotes entrepreneurship by providing an opportunity for CVCC students, Small Business Center clients and high school students to pitch their business idea to a panel of judges with an opportunity to receive scholarship awards and cash prizes.

CVCC's Shark Tank recently completed its fourth competition with over 50 participants. For the first time, the competition included participation from local high schools with teams from Hickory High School and Challenger High School making presentations.

The Unifour Foundation Inc. Endowment is one of 51 endowments that make up the Catawba Valley Community Foundation. During its most recent cycle, the Unifour Foundation Inc. Endowment awarded over $200,000 in grants to 36 individual organizations. During the Foundation's existence it has awarded 434 grants for over $3 million to more than 100 organizations.

A couple led officers in Catawba County on a 20-mile chase Yesterday afternoon. According to published reports, Catawba County Sheriff’s Deputies pursued the couple through traffic, yards, and a wheat field that ended up catching fire. According to reports, the truck used by the suspects was stolen Tuesday, just south of Hickory. A camera caught the incident on tape and showed the pickup truck speeding around other drivers along Highway 127 while trying to dodge deputies. At one point the truck turned into a wheat field where deputies believe sparks set two different fires. The truck was later found abandoned about two miles away down a dead-end dirt road. The suspects fled the scene and a search was conducted that lasted for several hours. Investigators were able to identify the couple., however their names have not been released.

Thursday, 19 June 2014 06:51

Silver Alert Cancelled

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A silver alert issued yesterday morning for a 73 year old Mooresville man has been cancelled. Robert Allen Donaldson, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment, disappeared from a home on Scanlon Road. According to published reports he was found safe yesterday evening.

Thursday, 19 June 2014 06:44

Drowning in Granite Falls

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A 10 year old boy drowned yesterday evening in the back yard of a home on Miller Court in the Granada Farms area of Granite Falls.  The boy had a seizure and then drowned.  According to the Caldwell County medical examiner, the victim had a history of seizures, and that may have been a contributing factor to the drowning.  Officials are calling it an accidental drowning.  The boy's name has not been released.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014 15:11

Lenoir Man Indicted on Felony Cocaine Charges

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35-year-old Julius Damon Dabner of N.W. Calvary Place in Lenoir was served felony indictments yesterday (June 17) by Lenoir Police on two counts each of possession with intent to sell or distribute cocaine and the sale & delivery of cocaine. He was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond. Dabner will appear in Superior Court on July 14 in Lenoir.

27-year-old Dusty Allen Cowick of Idlewood Drive in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:30 last night (June 17) on one felony count each of larceny and possession of stolen goods or property.

Events leading to his arrest began about 45 minutes earlier as a 19-year-old male victim from Wilmington was unloading a van at a Sunhouse convenience store in Hickory when he noticed a gray backpack was missing. The backpack contained an Apple laptop computer, headphones and cash.

The victim saw a cab in the parking lot and spoke to the driver. The driver said two white males had been in his cab, one carrying a gray backpack.

Police interviewed the cabdriver and backtracked his route, leading them to Dusty Cowick and the stolen backpack. The contents, valued at nearly $2,000, were recovered.

Cowick was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $8,000 secured bond. He will make a first appearance in District Court on June 23 in Newton.