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29-year-old Trea Beth Nicole Rosenberger of Circle Street in Granite Falls was arrested by Granite Falls Police Friday (August 1) on two counts of misdemeanor larceny and one count each of possession of stolen goods or property and first-degree trespass.

After her arrest, Rosenberger was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $6,000, secured. She currently has District Court dates in Lenoir scheduled for August 14, September 11, October 16 and November 13.

A section of South Chestnut Street in Morganton will be closed this morning (August 4) while city contractors repair a piece of sewer line.

South Chestnut Street will be closed between East Meeting and East Concord streets starting at 8 a.m. and should be open by 4 p.m., weather permitting. Residents who live on Kenmore Street can access Kenmore via Church Street.

For more information, call 828-438-5276.

The Pedal Shack at 10 East First Street celebrated its re-location to Newton with a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 31. According to owner Steven Fish, the new location offers twice the amount of space as the former location in Maiden. The store continues to offer a variety of bicycles, accessories and bike services.

For more information about The Pedal Shack, visit www.thepedalshack.net or call 828-469-6150.

34-year-old Sharman Howard Odom of 100 West 17th Street in Newton has been arrested and charged with murder. He is accused of killing 31-year-old Margaret Elizabeth “Maggie” Daniels.

Odom was taken into custody in Winston-Salem Saturday afternoon (August 2) after a warrant for his arrest was issued the previous day. Newton Police will hold a press conference regarding the case at 2 p.m. today (August 4).

Newton Police say physical evidence obtained during the course of the investigation and analyzed by the North Carolina State Crime Lab led to Odom’s arrest. Interviews and other corroborating evidence supported the arrest. Odom lived in the same apartment complex as Ms. Daniels. His apartment had been searched previously by law enforcement.

Ms. Daniels was a teacher, coach and counselor with Newton-Conover City Schools, most recently serving as a counselor at Discovery High School. Her body was found in her apartment at the Windsor Apartment Complex off north Main Street in Newton on June 28.

Odom has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond. He will make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

35-year-old Joshua James Swanson of N.C. Highway 16 South in Maiden is wanted by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office on charges of possession of methamphetamine and manufacturing meth.

Officers with the Sheriff’s Narcotics Division executed a search warrant at Swanson’s home yesterday (July 31) as the result of an ongoing drug investigation. Investigators collected information on Swanson for an extended period of time in reference to the manufacture of methamphetamine at the residence.

Investigators and Agents with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation located, documented and seized meth and precursors used in the manufacture of meth. As a result of the investigation, warrants for Swanson’s arrest were issued yesterday.

As of this afternoon (August 1), Swanson is still at large. The investigation is ongoing as authorities seek to identify and arrest any other individuals who assisted Swanson in the manufacture of meth or who have assisted in supplying the necessary precursors.  

This investigation comes just eight days after Narcotics Officers conducted Operation Seven/Eleven, which identified 11 different people involved in the manufacture of meth.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Joshua James Swanson should call the Catawba Co. Communications Center at 828-464-3112.  

Friday, 01 August 2014 13:02

Man Held on $300K Bond on Drug Charges

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52-year-old Anthony Lyron Saunders was arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday on felony charges of trafficking in opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule III controlled substance, sale or delivery of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule IV controlled substance.

Saunders has been jailed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $300,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today.

High Country Crime Stoppers and the Watauga County Sheriff's Office are seeking the public’s assistance in solving a July 29 break-in at New River Building Supply.

The incident occurred at 4:19 a.m. when an unknown white male entered the business, located at 3148 N.C. Highway 105 South in Boone, by breaking a window and entering a warehouse door. The suspect removed various items from the store, including flashlights, drills, a saw and food items.

Anyone with information regarding the break-in should call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 / 828-737-0125 or the Watauga County Sheriff's Office at 828-264-3761.

High Country Crime Stoppers pays rewards for information leading to an arrest, the recovery of stolen property, the seizure of drugs or the location of wanted persons.

The regular Granite Falls Town Council meeting scheduled for Monday, August 4 at 6 p.m. has been cancelled. The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 18 at 6 p.m. in the Town Council Chamber at 4 South Main Street.

For more information, call Granite Falls Town Clerk Paula M. Kirby at 828-396-3131.

31-year-old Dwayne Bercell “New York” Sledge, Jr. of Ross Street in Lincolnton was arrested by Lincolnton Police early this morning (August 1) on a charge of indecent liberties with a child.

He was charged after a report was filed with the Lincolnton Police Department on July 21 alleging that Sledge had inappropriately touched a juvenile.  The case was investigated by the Lincolnton Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, with assistance from the Lincoln Co. Child Advocacy Center. The warrant for his arrest was issued yesterday.

Sledge has an extensive criminal history that includes convictions for sale & delivery of marijuana, sale & delivery of crack cocaine, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, obtaining property by false pretense, resisting a public officer and carrying a concealed weapon.

Sledge was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $20,500 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Lincolnton.

Anyone with information about the case should call Lincolnton Police Sgt. Jason Munday at 704-736-8900 or Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. Callers may remain anonymous and could receive of up to $1,000.

28-year-old Samuel David Cook, Jr. of Ironwood Court in Granite Falls was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony breaking & entering, felony larceny after breaking & entering and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Cook was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $100,000, secured. He will appear in District Court Monday (August 4) in Lenoir.

Cook is also facing charges in Catawba County on multiple counts of forgery and obtaining property by false pretense. An appearance in Superior Court in Newton has been scheduled for September 2.