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45-year-old Larry Dean Snyder of Olde Ridge Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (September 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, and failure to appear on a charge of driving while license revoked.

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office Ice Unit made another arrest in a methamphetamine laboratory investigation conducted earlier in the week on Joshua Hall, Amanda Tillman, and Joseph Berry of 2924 Barlowe Place in Lenoir. Larry Dean Snyder was arrested at his home yesterday without incident and charged with one count of felonious manufacture methamphetamine. Sheriff’s Office Ice Agents identified him as someone who had recently purchased Sudafed for Hall and Tillman in order to cook methamphetamine. This act, known on the street as “smurfing”, is common when meth cooks are not able to buy their own Sudafed.  Instead, they incorporate someone else to do it for them which is usually done in exchange for drugs or money.  

Sudafed contains the much needed ingredient ephedrine, which is used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine process.  It can be easily purchased but with restrictions. During the investigation, Agents identified Snyder listed in NPLEX (National Precursor Log Exchange) as someone who had recently made several purchases of Sudafed. Agents were able to confirm through their investigation he purchased the Sudafed in the company of the other suspects. Snyder had multiple outstanding warrants for arrest and was also charged with Obtaining Property by False Pretense from Burke County and Failing to Appear on Driving While License Revoked from Caldwell County. Snyder is facing a mandatory prison sentence if convicted.  

He was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a total bond of $17,500.  He has a first appearance in District Court in Lenoir Monday (September 19).

28-year-old Terry Justin Sherrill of Walker Street in Stony Point and 23-year-old Stephen Edward Keller of Shanna Lane in Statesville were both arrested Wednesday (September 14) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with   felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of schedule II and schedule III controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and several traffic related offenses.  

On Wednesday, Sgt. C.W. Bentley with Iredell County’s Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team stopped a black GMC truck on Ellenburg Road for several traffic violations. Bentley spoke with the driver, Stephen Keller and passenger Terry Sherrill. A computer check revealed that both subjects had a lengthy criminal history to include various weapon and drug charges.

After further investigation, a search of the vehicle was conducted. During the search, Deputies located Crystal Methamphetamine, several prescription pills and multiple items of drug paraphernalia.

Sherrill and Keller were both placed in jail under $10,000 secured bond. They're each scheduled to appear in Statesville District court on November 7.

Friday, 16 September 2016 05:55

Water Service Shut Off In Section Of Morganton

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City of Morganton Water Resources Department workers planned to shut off water service to a section of Playmore Beach Road at approximately 9:30 a.m. to repair a water line leak. About 100 customers will be affected. The leak was reported in the 3000 block of Playmore Beach. Water service should be restored in three to four hours barring any unforeseen problems. Call 828-438-5276 for more information.

34-year-old Andy Ray Evans of Moose Lane in Lincolnton was arrested Tuesday (September 13) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count of failure to notify a change of address for a sex offender.

On September 8, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective Mark Stamey went to 303 Grandview Lane in Lincolnton to see if Evans was living at the address he provided the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office as required for Registered Sex Offenders. It was discovered that Evans had moved from  Grandview Lane to Moose Lane in August without notifying the Sheriff’s Office of his change of address.

Following the arrest, Evans was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for September 26.

Friday, 16 September 2016 05:25

Catawba Commissioners To Meet Monday

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The Catawba County Board of Commissioners meets in regular session Monday (September 19).

During departmental reports Monday, the board will hear a report from Planning and Parks Director Jacky Eubanks on Catawba County's position and comments based upon NCDOT's public hearing for the NC Highway 150 widening project.

Among other items on Monday's agenda, there will be a presentation to Danny Hearn, the retiring President of the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce. He'll receive the Distinguished Public Service Award. In addition, there will be a proclamation on the occasion of the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce being named Chamber of the Year. In addition, there will be a proclamation honoring CommScope's 40th anniversary.

There are additional presentations scheduled during departmental reports. The board will hear a presentation from the Cooperative Extension/Catawba County Youth Council regarding Youth Council membership. The board will also hear a presentation from Social Services on the Catawba County Aging Coalition update.

Monday's Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. in the Robert E. Hibbitts Meeting Room at the 1924 Courthouse, 30 North College Avenue in Newton.

A teenager accused of murder made his first appearance in Burke County District Court on Thursday (September 15).

19-year-old Caleb Joseph Van Arsdale of Mount Holly, appeared before District Court Judge Burford Cherry after being arrested by deputies with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday (Sept 14) in connection with the death of Jacob Andrew Lucas of Belmont. Judge Cherry appointed Defense Attorney Matthew Cabe as provisional counsel for Van Arsdale and set a probable cause hearing for October 4.

According to information from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, Van Arsdale turned himself in at Hickory Police Department in neighboring Catawba County where he was interviewed and later arrested by Burke County detectives. The Burke County Sheriff’s Office and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation continue their investigation of the case.

Friday, 16 September 2016 05:06

Runaway Teenager Found By Authorities

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Detectives have located a juvenile who ran away from DSS custody on September 4. DSS workers say 14-year-old Tipton Lamar Jones was last seen with his biological father, Travis Jones who lives on Highway 27 West. He was located Thursday afternoon (September 15) in western Lincoln County. The 14 year old was picked up on a secure custody order and transported to a Juvenile Detention Center in Concord. Juvenile Services officers will follow-up on the case.

35-year-old Franklin Raye Shell of Valdese will spend at least 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to trafficking in opiates by possession and trafficking in opiates by transportation during Burke County Superior Court on Wednesday ( September 14).

The Honorable W. Todd Pomeroy, Superior Court Judge from Lincoln County, issued a sentence of 18 to 23 years for Shell following his guilty plea. That sentence will be served in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections.

On May 18, 2015, Shell picked up 120 Oxycodone pills from a local pharmacy with a forged prescription, marking the eighth time he committed such an offense in a two-month period. He would use some of the pills himself and sell the others.

The case was investigated by Scott Lanning of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Frank Webster.

Thursday, 15 September 2016 17:32

Newton Man Arrested on Felony Drug Charge

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45-year-old Michael Timothy Howard of Mays Chapel Church Road in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:20 last night (September 14) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Howard was taken into custody without incident at his residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $6,300 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

21-year-old Larry Gene Smith of 20th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning on four felony probation violations; one local and three out-of-county. Smith is on probation for a June 2015 felony conviction in Alexander County on multiple counts of breaking & entering a house of worship and an August 2016 felony conviction in Catawba County for breaking & entering a house of worship and larceny.

Smith was taken into custody without incident at about 1:45 a.m. today at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for September 19 in Newton.

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