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31-year-old Ben A. Ostiguy of 17th Street S.W. was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:40 Friday afternoon (July 25) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense. He was also charged as an habitual felon.

The charges come in connection to an incident on April 14 of this year in which Hickory Police were called to assist authorities from Iredell County. The case involved a computer that was stolen from a 39-year-old Statesville women. The computer was pawned at Hickory Pawn & Gun. It was recovered the following day.

After his arrest, Ostiguy was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. He will appear in District Court on August 1.

32-year-old Justin Mikeal Freeman of MacArthur Lane in Hudson and 22-year-old Tessa Olivia Hart of Pine Lane in Taylorsville were both arrested Saturday (July 26) by Hudson Police for felony possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Hart was also charged with maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.

They were both taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond for each set at $50,000, secured. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for today (January 28) in Lenoir.

The Patrick Beaver Memorial Library and the Ridgeview Branch Library will be closed Friday, August 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for annual staff training. The libraries will re-open for regular hours at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 16.

The Patrick Beaver Library is located at 375 3rd Street N.E. and the Ridgeview Branch Library is at 706 1st Street S.W., both in Hickory.

Public comments will be accepted for Catawba County's Work First Electing County Plan from August 11 through August 15.  The plan is for the period October 2016 through September 2019.

All North Carolina counties have flexibility in developing services and programs to train and enable Work First families to move from welfare dependency to economic self-sufficiency.  A few counties are "Electing Counties," meaning they have additional flexibility to establish the fundamental eligibility requirements for the provision of cash assistance for their citizens.  Electing Counties also have greater control over their state allocation of Work First funds.

On July 21, the Catawba County Commissioners voted that the county would continue to be an Electing County.  At that time, the commissioners appointed a planning committee to oversee the project.  Following public review, the plan will go to the County Commissioners for final approval before being sent to the state.  The deadline for submission to the state is September 30.

The plan is comprised of input from planning committee members, agency staff and from county consumers and citizens.  It will be posted at www.catawbacounty.nc/dss.  Citizens may also review the plan at Catawba County Social Services, 3030 11th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory, behind Catawba Valley Medical Center.  

For more information, contact Karen Heffner, Work First supervisor, at 828-695-5625 or karen@catawbacountync.gov.

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt opened its doors at 3050 Highway 127 South in Mountain View on June 6.

To celebrate the launch of their new store, owners and local residents Darrell and Tina Whitfield have planned a grand opening for Saturday, August 2 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Customers in attendance will be able to buy one, get one free frozen yogurt and play miniature golf all day for $1.

The store will host a “Hole In One” competition. Customers will win a $5 gift card if they make a “Hole In One” on the 18th hole of the store’s miniature golf course. Family-friendly entertainment will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., including a face painter and balloon artist.

The Whitfields have lived in the Mountain View Community for the past 22 years.

27-year-old Zachary Keith Price of Longfield Street in Claremont has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on warrants out of Catawba County for felony larceny. Warrants were also issued in Iredell County for possession of stolen property.

On July 23, Deputies responded to reports of a larceny at a residence on the 300 block of Old Mocksville Road. The victim multiple items were stolen from the residence. The victim said that Zachary Price had stayed at his house on July 22. After Price left the next day, the victim noticed over $1,000 in property was missing from his house.

As Deputies were taking the report from the victim, Price called the victim on the victim’s cell phone and said he was at a neighbor’s house. Deputies went to that residence where they found Price and took him into custody.

Deputies located and recovered the victim’s stolen property, which was in Price’s possession. After working with Catawba County Detectives, other property was recovered from larcenies there.

After his arrest, Price was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in Superior Court last Friday (July 25) in Newton.

The investigation is ongoing and further charges are expected.

Monday, 28 July 2014 11:17

Meth Lab Found in Lincolnton

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Lincolnton Police went to an address on South Poplar Street in Lincolnton at about 1:50 last Thursday afternoon (July 24) in response to a call regarding a possible portable methamphetamine laboratory found on the property.

Officers located the small meth lab at an outside location on the property. Narcotics Detectives responded to assist the patrol Officers. The lab was determined to be a small portable lab utilizing the “one pot method.” The lab was documented, photographed and seized for evidence.

Also responding to the scene were the Lincolnton Fire Department, Lincoln County E.M.S., the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation.

The investigation is ongoing. Arrests in this case are probable.

35-year-old Garcia Dontae Finger of North Main Avenue in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4 a.m. yesterday (July 27) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

He was arrested after Police received an anonymous call regarding the sale of drugs at the intersection of 9th Avenue Place S.W. and 2nd Street Place S.W. Officers on foot saw one man run away from the scene. They approached another man, Garcia Finger, and asked for permission to search. Finger then ran with Police in pursuit.

As Officers prepared to employ a Taser, they saw Finger throw an object, which was recovered and determined to be a baggie containing 0.2 grams of crack cocaine. Finger was apprehended without the use of the Taser. A search of his person turned up a crack pipe.

Finger was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

Monday, 28 July 2014 07:46

Granite Falls Man Wins Big in NCEL

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Jonathan Osborne, a small business owner from Granite Falls, is a $1 million winner in the N.C. Education Lottery’s “The Color of Money” game.  

Osborne purchased his winning $10 ticket Friday afternoon (July 25) at the Jack B Quick service station on Falls Avenue in Granite Falls. He plans to use his winnings to invest, save for his children’s college education and take a family trip to Disney World.

Million-dollar winners have the option of claiming it in $50,000 payments as a 20-year annuity or a one-time lump sum of $600,000. Osborne took the cash payment and received a check for $415,203 after state and federal taxes were withheld.

The N.C. Department of Commerce, Office of Urban Development has announced that the City of Morganton is one of 20 communities across the state that have achieved accreditation from the National Main Street Center for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center.

The Morganton Main Street program has spent more than 30 years working to maintain a vibrant and energized downtown. The program has generated more than $60 million dollars of public and private investment into downtown.

According to Liz Parham, director of the N.C. Office of Urban Development, local Main Street programs across the state work to bring jobs and businesses to their downtowns. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street programs that have demonstrated exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street Four Point Approach, which includes Organization, Promotion, Design and Economic Restructuring.

Other North Carolina Main Street programs that earned accreditation for their 2013 performance are Hickory, Lincolnton, Brevard, Burlington, Clayton, Concord, Elizabeth City, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Goldsboro, Kings Mountain, Marion, Monroe, New Bern, Spruce Pine, Statesville, Wake Forest, Waynesville, and Wilson.