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Monday, 16 February 2015 11:03

Woman Arrested In Burke On Felony Drug Charge

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42-year-old Felecia Elaine Hardin was arrested Sunday (February 15) by authorities in Burke County. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Hardin was jailed under $10,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for March 30.

The Caldwell County Animal Shelter at 829 Fairview Drive S.W. in Lenoir will not take in any animals from Wednesday, February 18, through Wednesday, March 4, while repairs are made to the shelter.

In keeping with state regulations, all floors and walls where animals are kept must be sealed in order to prevent disease. During the two weeks when the shelter is closed, kennel walls will be repainted in order to comply with the regulations.

Animals cannot be in the areas where painting is being done. Any animals currently in the affected areas will be sent out to rescues or adopted before the shelter shuts down for two weeks.

For more information, contact LouAnne Kincaid, Caldwell County Public Information Officer, at 828-759-7879.

29-year-old Andy James Smith of 37th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after midnight on Valentines Day. He was charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine and felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana. Smith was also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested when Police on foot patrol at the Deluxe Inn on Highway 70 S.W. saw a subject with a glass pipe, preparing to smoke meth in a room at the hotel. A search of the room turned up three meth pipes, digital scales, a marijuana pipe, 4.7 grams of marijuana, $501 in cash and 1.1 grams of meth.

Smith was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $16,800 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (February 16) in Newton.

30-year-old Christopher Michael Martin of Dry Dock Loop in Mooresville was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (February 14) on one felony count each of larceny, obtaining property by false pretense and possession of stolen property. The charges are based on warrants issued from Burke County on February 12. He was also charged with a felony probation violation on a warrant from the U.S. Marshals Service.

Martin was arrested after Officers on foot patrol at the Deluxe Inn on Highway 70 S.W. detected the odor of marijuana coming from a room at the hotel. Officers entered the room and found 0.7 grams of marijuana and some paraphernalia. Martin was cited for those offenses and taken into custody without incident on the outstanding warrants.

Following his arrest, Martin was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,500 secured bond on the charges from Burke County; however, he was put on hold without bond by the Marshals Service. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (February 16) in Morganton.

Monday, 16 February 2015 10:20

Man Arrested In Burke On Kidnapping Charge

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26-year-old Jabaris Rashawn Francis was arrested Sunday (February 15) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with kidnapping and communicating threats. Following the arrest, Francis was placed in jail where he is being held under $74,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, February 16).

Monday, 16 February 2015 09:40

Catawba Commissioners Scheduled To Meet Tonight

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The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will meet at 7:00 tonight, in the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton. The Board will hold a public hearing on a request to rezone 37.63 acres located at 2951 Highway 16 South from R-40 Residential to R-80-CD Conditional District for the purpose of a solar farm. The Board will also receive a report from Catawba County Health Director Doug Urland on the “State of the Community” from a Public Health perspective.

The Board will consider a request for a Right of Way Agreement with Duke Energy in order for Duke to provide electricity at the site of a firing range that will be built for use by the Sheriff’s Office. The range will be on property at the Blackburn Landfill that will not be needed for landfill operations for at least 40 years.

The Board will also receive a report on delinquent 2014 real estate property taxes and they’ll consider authorizing the Tax Collector to advertise the delinquent tax liens as prescribed by North Carolina General Statute. Finally, the Board will consider two updates to sections of the County Code and approval of a proposed Contractor Pre-qualification Policy, all of which would reflect changes in North Carolina law approved by the General Assembly.

Newton-Conover City Schools, Catawba County Schools and Hickory Public Schools have announced that they will dismiss two hours early today due to impending winter weather. It is expected that the area will receive some frozen precipitation today, possibly starting by the mid-to-late afternoon hours. A winter storm warning is in effect from noon today until 7 a.m. Tuesday. The forecast says snow likely today, mainly after 5 p.m. with daytime accumulations of 1-3 inches possible. Tonight the forecast is for snow, freezing rain, and sleet before 3 a.m. with the chance for another 1 to 3 inches of snow and sleet plus the chance for ice accumulation overnight.

49-year-old David Levi Crews of Boone was arrested Thursday (February 12) by Boone Police Officers. He’s charged with felonious assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill. Thursday at approximately 8:30 p.m. The Boone Police Department was notified of an assault that occurred in the wooded area between Deck Hill Road and Greenway Road. The investigation into the incident led to the arrest of Crews. The male victim of the assault remains hospitalized, and the investigation into the incident is continuing. Following the arrest, Crews was incarcerated under $250,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for March 19.

38-year-old Bradford Darnell Dobbins of Statesville was arrested Friday (February 13) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, felony possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and felony maintaining a vehicle or dwelling to keep controlled substance.

Sheriff Darren Campbell stated that the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division concluded a two month long Narcotics Investigation Friday with the arrest of Dobbins. Narcotics Detectives began receiving information about a person in the Belmont area of Statesville that was selling Hydroponic Marijuana to numerous people. The Narcotics Detectives began conducting surveillance in the area and eventually identified the suspect as Bradford Dobbins. After numerous hours of surveillance at multiple locations Narcotics Detectives were able to make several undercover purchases of Marijuana from Dobbins at his residence.

Based on these undercover transactions Narcotics Detectives was able to obtain a Search Warrant for Dobbins’ residence. Due to Bradford Dobbins’ extensive and violent criminal history, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office S.E.R.T. team was utilized to execute the search warrant at Dobbins’ residence along with Narcotics Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office and the Statesville Police Department. After the search warrant was executed, Narcotics Detectives seized over ninety grams of Hydroponic Marijuana, $600.00 US Currency, and a loaded semi-automatic 9mm handgun from inside the residence. The street value of the Marijuana seized is over $1,800.00.

According to a news release from the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, Dobbins has an extensive criminal history dating back the past fifteen years. He has been charged with numerous counts of Armed Robbery and Common Law Robbery. He was convicted of Common Law Robbery in 1997 and was sentenced to thirteen to sixteen months in the North Carolina Department of Corrections. Dobbins was also charged and convicted of Conspiracy to Possess with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine and Marijuana in 2006.Bradford Dobbins was sentenced to 180 months in the United States Federal Department of Corrections. Bradford Dobbins was released from Federal Prison in 2013 and is actively on Federal Probation.

Following Friday's arrest, Dobbins was incarcerated under $75,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, February 16).

Hydroponic Marijuana is a growing epidemic in Iredell County as well as all over the United States. Hydroponic Marijuana can be two to seven times more potent than traditional Marijuana due to higher levels of THC. A majority of the Hydroponic Marijuana comes from western states where the drug is legal such as California and Colorado. Hydroponic Marijuana is also very lucrative. It can be sold on the street for a greater value than regular grade Marijuana. A majority of Marijuana Traffickers from this area and from all over the United States purchase Hydroponic Marijuana from individuals who live in the states that Marijuana is legal and have it mailed to them in packages by UPS, Fed Ex, and the United States Postal Service. These criminals go to great links to conceal the packages and have them delivered to random addresses. The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office along with all other Law Enforcement Agencies continues to combat this ongoing problem.

Monday, 16 February 2015 05:50

Maiden Business Destroyed By Fire

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A Maiden business was destroyed by fire. According to a published report, Johnny On The Spot, a heating and air conditioning business, was destroyed in a Friday fire. The business is located on Cemetery Street. There were no injuries in the blaze, the owner left the business just before 1 p.m. Maiden firefighters responded just before 2 p.m. and had the fire contained by approximately 2:30. The report says it’s likely the fire started near the building’s heating unit.