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Wednesday, 16 September 2015 05:23

Sixth Case Of Rabies In 2015 Recorded In Catawba County

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Catawba County’s sixth confirmed case of rabies in 2015 has been recorded after an altercation between a dog and a raccoon near Maiden.

On Saturday (September 13), Catawba County Animal Services received a call from a residence south of Maiden. The owner of the dog told officers he was working outside with his dog lying nearby when he heard the dog cry out and turned to see a raccoon biting the dog on the lip. The dog and the raccoon fought briefly before the dog’s owner shot and killed the raccoon.

The remains of the raccoon were sent to the North Carolina Public Health Laboratory in Raleigh. Catawba County Animal Services was notified Tuesday (September 15) that the raccoon tested positive for rabies.

The dog is current on its rabies vaccination. Animal Services officials advised the dog owner to take the dog to a veterinarian for a rabies booster shot.

Animal Services reminds pet owners that rabies is still present in the local wild animal population and is a threat to pets and humans, year-round. The best way to protect your pets from rabies is to have them properly vaccinated for rabies.

The Humane Society of Catawba County’s Newton Office also provides one year rabies vaccinations to pet owners year round, Monday through Friday between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., at the shelter at 201 Government Services Drive, Newton, NC 28658, off Radio Station Road for a fee of $7 per vaccination.

For more information on rabies or rabies vaccinations, you may call Catawba County Animal Services at 828-464-7686.

30-year-old James Leon Creasy Jr. of Ontario Court in Hudson was arrested Tuesday (September 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony sale of methamphetamine.

According to the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office, Creasy was arrested by Ice Unit Officers for selling methamphetamine to an undercover officer. A news release says Creasy had been part of an undercover drug investigation led by the Ice Unit for the last several months. Ice Agents believe Creasy was part of a small ring of methamphetamine distributors in the area.

Creasy was arrested at his residence without incident. He was served with the arrest warrant and incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. He has a first appearance in District Court in Lenoir Thursday (September 17). The investigation is continuing and drug related Indictments are expected to be presented to the Grand Jury on this case in the near future.

The Sheriff's Office requests that citizens who have any information concerning illegal drug activity in Caldwell County, please contact the ICE Unit at 828-757-1178.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 05:02

Man Charged In Connection With Stolen Pontoon Boat

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36-year-old Jason Matthew Libera of Eastside Avenue in Nebo was arrested last Friday (September 11) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of stolen goods or property.

On Tuesday, August 18, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office received a larceny report listing a $15,000 pontoon boat missing from the property of 1780 LLC. located on Lake James in western Burke County. After several weeks of investigating. the Sheriff’s Office received a tip as to the location of the stolen pontoon boat. Special Operations along with the assistance of Burke County Criminal Investigations Division positively identified and located the stolen boat at a home in Burke County and were able to return the boat to its owner.

During the recovery of the stolen property enough evidence was gathered leading to a Felony Warrant for Arrest issued against Jason Matthew Libera. Last Friday, when Libera was leaving his home he was taken into custody without incident. Libera was placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $15,000 secured bond. His next District Court appearance on the stolen goods charge is October 5.

The Caldwell County Veterans Service Office will be closed Tuesday, September 22 through Friday, September 25 while the staff attends a training conference. The Veterans Service Office will reopen for regular business on Monday, September 28 at 8 a.m.

Those in need of claims assistance during the closure may contact the Veterans Administration (VA) at 800-827-1000.

For more information regarding the closing, contact Kathy Hutchings at 828-757-1345. More general information can be found at the VA website at www.va.gov.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 14:12

Lincolnton Man is Big Winner in NCEL

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Tyrone Heller of Lincolnton has won a $1 million prize in the N.C. Education Lottery’s new Ultimate Millions game. Heller bought his lucky $30 ticket at the Country Corner Foodmart on N.C. 150 East in Lincolnton, where he works.

A $1 million prize in the game can be claimed in 20 annuity payments of $50,000 or a one-time payment of $600,000. Heller chose the lump sum, worth $415,509 after required withholdings.

Heller plans to use his winnings to buy a house and save for his daughter’s college fund.

As of this morning (September 15), all four top prizes of $10 million remain to be claimed in the Ultimate Millions game.

Ticket sales made it possible for the lottery to raise more than half a billion dollars for the state last year. For details on how lottery funds have been used in any county, click on the “Where the Money Goes” tab on the lottery’s website.

32-year-old Richard Todd Frady was arrested Monday (September 14) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Frady was placed in jail in Morganton under $25,000 secured bond. No court date is listed.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 10:09

Suspects Flee After Crashing Borrowed SUV

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Hickory Police are investigating a hit & run accident that occurred at about 6 p.m. yesterday. Two men in a red 2005 Chevrolet SUV reportedly fled the scene on foot after the vehicle rolled over and landed upright on 12th Avenue S.E. in Hickory’s Sweetwater area. A Greenway bus-stop sign and a speed limit sign were damaged in the single-vehicle accident.

The registered owner of the vehicle said the SUV is often used by various family members. She told Police she believes she knows who was last to drive the vehicle. Officers are currently attempting to locate and interview that person.

Anyone with information regarding the accident should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 06:26

Hickory City Council To Hold Special Meeting

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A Special Meeting of the Hickory City Council will be held on Wednesday (September 16) at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building at 76 North Center Street.

The purpose of this Special Meeting is for City Council to discuss Hickory Public Housing Authority.

39-year-old Jamie Lee Barnwell of Blue Dove Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (September 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking and or entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods or property. He’s also charged with two counts of resist, delay, and obstructing an officer. Barnwell was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $55,000 secured bond A District Court date is set for Thursday (September 17).

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 05:44

Catawba County Library Honored With Innovation Award

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The Catawba County Library was recognized with a 2015 Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) Excellence in Innovation Award for its Community Garden Program, which converted a vacant parking lot into a community garden.

A primary objective of the Community Garden Program is to provide fresh produce for meal production and distribution to local food assistance programs. The harvested produce is donated to The Corner Table in Newton to provide nutritious meals. With feeding the hungry as a goal, the community garden has proved to be a project that encourages participation across generational and socio-economic barriers, providing opportunities for learning and educational activity for all ages.

In collaboration with the Catawba County Cooperative Extension, the library has hosted gardening days and workshops that have a goal of promoting a healthy, knowledgeable and engaged community. Boy Scout Troop 303 from Maiden worked with the library by filling raised beds, spreading mulch, planting and watering vegetables. Girl Scouts planted vegetables and flowers and learned the difference between seedlings and seeds. All of these children learned about planting vegetables, increased their physical activity and felt pride in growing food to help feed people at the soup kitchen.

The library executed a successful Citizenvestor crowd-funding campaign funded by individuals and the Friends of the Library. The project has garnered several small grants and corporate donations of time and money.

The LGFCU Excellence in Innovation Awards program provides a total of $10,000 in rewards to county employees who develop successful programs that help counties improve services to citizens. For more information on the program: April Green, Youth Services Manager, (828) 465-8668 or agreen@catawbacountync.gov.