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Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina has scheduled an open house at it’s newest Career Connections Center in Lenoir on Wednesday, April 29. The center actually began operating last summer, partnering with other community and educational agencies to provide job services. The purpose of the open house is to educate the community on the services offered at the Caldwell County Career Connections Center. Goodwill invites the public to attend the open house on the 29th from 2-4 p.m. It will be held at the Career Connections Center which is located at 960 Blowing Rock Boulevard in Lenoir.

The new center offers career services to job-seekers, most of which are free. A computer lab is open Monday through Thursday afternoons at no cost to job seekers, and computer classes are offered twice a week, that is in partnership with Caldwell Community College. The center also serves veterans through the Operation: GoodJobs initiative, a national partnership between Goodwill and the Walmart Foundation that connects veterans and their families with the resources they need to obtain meaningful employment and financial stability.

Services are available by appointment by calling 828-758-8642. The Caldwell County Career Center’s hours are Monday from 9-11 a.m., Tuesday from 9 a.m. to Noon, and Thursday from 9 a.m. to Noon. On Wednesday the center will be open from appointments or workshops and it will be closed Friday.

In addition to the Lenoir site, Goodwill operates Career Connections Centers in Buncombe, Davidson, Forsyth, Haywood, Henderson, Iredell, Rowan, Stokes, Surry and Wilkes Counties. Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, Inc., serves the community by providing employment and training programs that help people find jobs and reach financial stability. Programs are largely funded through the sale of donated items in Goodwill’s retail stores. For more information, visit www.goodwillnwnc.org.

26-year-old Justin Alexander Rudisill was arrested Tuesday (April 21) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking and entering to paper currency machines and second degree trespassing. Following the arrest, Rudisill was jailed in Morganton under $26,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, April 22).

35-year-old Benjamin Charles Lagunas of Hunawill Street in Claremont was arrested Tuesday (April 21) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with 14 counts of failure to appear. The court appearances were scheduled for charges including breaking and or entering, larceny after breaking and entering, habitual felon, break or enter a motor vehicle, obtain property by false pretense, break or enter a boat, misdemeanor larceny, habitual breaking and entering, and attempt to break or enter a building. Following the arrest, Lagunas was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $330,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for today (Wednesday, April 22).

42-year-old Susan Michelle Fox of Crowe Dairy Road in Forest City was arrested Tuesday (April 21) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with one count of felony larceny. Following the arrest, Fox was detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for May 12.

29-year-old Ryan Chrishane Johnson of 8th Street SE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (April 21) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony attempt to break or enter a building, felony possession of cocaine, breaking and or entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, and habitual breaking and entering status offender. Following the arrest, Johnson was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $53,000 bond. District and Superior Court appearances are scheduled for Friday (April 24).

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 04:35

Two Suspects Named In Vehicle Theft

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Investigators have identified the people they believe stole a 1966 Ford Mustang from Old Fort on April 10. Charges have been filed, but the two are on the run from authorities. One of the suspects is from Burke County, the other is from Caldwell County.

Detective Andy Manis of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office has issued warrants for 35-year-old Jason Alan Laws, of 1025 Iron Lane in Morganton, and 32-year-old Crystal Lea Perkins, of 2106 Ollis Place in Lenoir, for felony breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking and entering and misdemeanor injury to real property.

The Mustang, owned by Charles Sult, of Asheville, and valued at $25,000, was stolen from a garage on Oakdale Road. The culprit made off with the car by driving it through the garage door.

Property owners found the stolen automobile on a piece of wooded land in Caldwell County Thursday morning, April 16. The car was heavily damaged and stripped of parts.

An investigation led Manis to Laws and Perkins. Laws is described as a white male who stands 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 188 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. He is also wanted in Florida for reckless driving; in Montana for assaulting and obstructing an officer, contempt of court, driving while license revoked and no liability insurance; and in Burke County for driving while license revoked, resisting a public officer, aggressive driving and fictitious or altered title or registration card or tag.

Perkins is described as a white female who stands 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs about 125 pounds. She has blonde hair and green eyes. She is also wanted in Burke County for two counts of misdemeanor larceny. They are possibly driving a silver Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck.

Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Laws and/or Perkins is asked to call the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office at 652-2235 or McDowell County Crimestoppers at 65-CRIME (652-7463). Both Crimestoppers and the owner of the Mustang are offering cash rewards.

Detectives with the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect in a crime that took place last month.

A larceny occurred at the Dollar General store on the Old Mocksville Highway on March 25. Surveillance video captured photos of the female in question.

Anyone with information regarding the larceny should contact Detective Sergeant J. Wyatt at 704-878-3180 or call Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340.

The City of Newton experienced four wastewater spills during the heavy rain that fell on April 19.

A spill at 1442 N.C. Highway 10 West was estimated at 3,550 gallons, reaching Hildebran Creek. A spill at 922 West 1st Street was estimated at 1,100 gallons, also reaching Hildebran Creek. At 1857 Burris Road, an estimated 1,950 gallons reached McLin Creek, and a spill at 1432 N.C. Highway 10 West was estimated at 3,450 gallons, reaching Hildebran Creek.

The Mooresville Regional Office of the Division of Water Resources was notified and is reviewing the matter. The spill had no negative impact on the environment.

For more information, contact Dennis Falder, Assistant Public Works & Utilities Director, at 828-695-4298.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 14:29

Man Charged With Kidnapping And Strangulation

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48-year-old Jonathan Leslie Blackburn of Buddy Street in Conover was arrested earlier today (Tuesday, April 21) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, kidnapping, and assault by strangulation. Following the arrest, Blackburn was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (April 22).

A pre-dawn drug round up, known as Operation 420, was conducted yesterday (April 20) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigators, Criminal Investigators, the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team (ACE), the Interstate Criminal Enforcement Team (ICE) and the Warrant Squad.

32 individuals with warrants for the sale of narcotics were targeted. The warrants stem from investigations in which the suspects allegedly sold drugs -- ranging from heroin, crack, powder cocaine, methamphetamine, prescription medications, ecstasy and marijuana -- to undercover Investigators.

According to a news release from the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, most of the suspects have lengthy criminal histories.  More arrests are expected in the coming days.  

As of this morning (April 21), 12 suspects remained at large.  They are:

  • Kenneth Basil Stewart, Jr.,
  • Casey Nicole Hines,
  • Justin Robert Campbell,
  • Alvin Lee Holland,
  • Michael Patrick O’Brien,
  • Tilden Trymaine Miller,
  • Dewayne Montel Jones,
  • Chadrick TyQuan McGee,
  • Alexis Summers Caldwell,
  • Chazman Antonio Houston,
  • Stepfon Loranzo Willis, and
  • Jordan Alexandria Tynes.