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29-year-old Bruce Aaron Bradberry of Murrays Mill Road in Catawba was arrested Sunday (May 15) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Bradberry was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, May 16).

Monday, 16 May 2016 05:20

Newton Man Charged With Vehicle Break-in

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21-year-old Travis Hunter Edwards of Ann Avenue in Newton was arrested Saturday (May 14) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with a felony count of break or enter a motor vehicle, along with misdemeanor counts of attempt to break or enter a building and injury to real property. Edwards was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $9,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, May 16).

Monday, 16 May 2016 05:12

Caldwell County Commissioners Meet Tonight

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The Caldwell County Board of Commissioners meets this evening (Monday, May 16) in regular session.

The board will conduct a pair of public hearings at this evening's meeting. One is to receive comments on an amendment to the zoning ordinance regarding Solar Energy Systems. In addition, a public hearing will be held to receive comments on an amendment to section 40B of the Zoning Ordinance regarding the definition of a private club.

In addition during tonight's meeting, budget allocation requests will be presented for Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute and the Caldwell County Schools. Under items for decision, the board will vote on an offer to purchase property from the Caldwell County Schools.

Among items on the consent agenda is the cancellation of the June 20 meeting, and the approval of a fireworks display permit for Sawmills Veterans Park.

Tonight's Caldwell County Board of Commissioners meeting gets underway at 6 p.m. in the City/County Meeting Room at the Alden E. Starnes Administrative Building at 905 West Avenue NW in Lenoir.

39-year-old Todd Michael Morrell of Lyon Hill Lane in Huntersville has been arrested by Lincolnton Police on a charge of felony soliciting a minor for sexual activity by a computer & appearing at the meeting place.

The arrest was the result of a weeklong investigation in which an undercover Detective posed as a 14-year-old child on social media. The Detective interacted with Morrell and exchanged emails. Morrell solicited the Detective, who he believed to be a 14-year-old child, to meet for sexual activity.

Detectives set up a sting operation, and when Morrell arrived at the prearranged location, he was taken into custody without incident. Following the arrest, Detectives learned that Morrell had booked a local hotel room for the prearranged encounter. Detectives searched the room where they found evidence related to the case.

On Tuesday (May 10), Morrell was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $100,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled Wednesday, with his next court date coming up on June 2.

65-year-old Willie Junior Walker of Tammy Lane in Mooresville was arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Deputies on May 2 for two separate offenses involving charges of assault on a female and interfering with emergency communications. The incident took place on East Water Street in Statesville.

Walker was given a $15,500 bond. Due to the nature of the charges, he was given pretrial release conditions that prohibited him from having contact with the victim. The victim also applied for a Domestic Violence Protection Order and was granted a temporary Ex-Parte, stipulating that Walker was to have no contact with her. Officers served the order and told Walker he would be arrested if he contacted the victim.

Det. Sgt. Katie Harwell of the Special Victims Unit then learned that Walker had violated the Domestic Violence Protection order by calling the victim on May 2, after he had been served with the order. An additional warrant for Walker’s arrest was issued and he was taken into custody on May 6.

He was initially held without bond. Following a first appearance in court on May 9, Walker was given an additional bond of $30,000, bringing the total bond to $45,500. His next court dates were set for May 31 and June 6.                                            

23-year-old Timothy Dwayne Self, who is listed as a homeless man from Lincoln County, was arrested Thursday (May 12) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of failure to register as a sex offender and failure to report a change of address for a sex offender. He is also charged with misdemeanor parole violation. The charges are from warrants out of Catawba and Lincoln Counties.

Detective Mark Stamey learned that Self was staying at a residence in Lincoln County. The officer arrested Self on a warrant from Catawba County and another warrant from Lincoln County. The Catawba County warrant states that when Self was released from the North Carolina Department of Corrections he failed to register with that department within three days of his release. The Lincoln County warrant states Self was living in Lincoln County without notifying the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office as he is required to do under North Carolina law.

Self was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center without the privilege of bond on the parole violation charge. Bond on the other charges was set at $30,000 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, May 13).

30-year-old Shannon Lee Hodge was arrested Thursday by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with a felony count of common law robbery and misdemeanor counts of resist, delay, or obstruct a public officer and possession of schedule IV controlled substance. Hodge was placed in jail under $27,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (May 16).

Friday, 13 May 2016 09:15

Woman Faces Robbery, Accessory Charges

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46-year-old Melissa Dawn Torrence of Vantage Heights in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (May 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of common law robbery and accessory after the fact. Torrence was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $75,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first court appearance Thursday (May 12).

40-year-old Michael Aaron Knepp of Suttlemyre Lane in Hickory was arrested Thursday (May 12) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with six counts of felony probation violation. Knepp was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $75,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 25 in Lenoir.

33-year-old Justin Ryan Day of Ishmore Hill Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (May 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Day was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (May 16).