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38-year-old Fredrick Darius Dula of Charlie Ridge Place in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (May 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff's I.C.E. Unit Officers. He's charged with felony possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II Controlled Substance and felony maintain a dwelling to keep or store a controlled substance. Dula was also served with an outstanding child support warrant.

I.C.E. Unit officers searched Dula's home at 2343 Charlie Ridge Place in the Dulatown Community of Lenoir. During the past month, agents have been conducting an undercover investigation on Dula, who was suspected of selling crack cocaine. Throughout the investigation, a series of controlled buys for crack cocaine had been made from Dula at his residence.

During the search of the home, agents seized 18.4 grams of crack cocaine and $1,300 cash. The cocaine has a street value in excess of $4,000 according to North Carolina Drug Guidelines.  

Dula was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond on the drug charges and was issued a $22,639.18 cash compliance bond for the child support. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court in Lenoir today (Thursday, May 12) on the drug charges.

Thursday, 12 May 2016 11:09

Boone Man Charged with B&E; Larceny of Firearm

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44-year-old Jeffrey Stuart Cashwell of Boone was arrested by Boone Police Tuesday (May 10) on one felony count each of breaking & entering a motor vehicle, larceny of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and two counts of felony financial card theft. He was also charged with three counts of misdemeanor financial card fraud and one count of misdemeanor larceny.

On May 9, Boone Police took a report regarding a vehicle B&E and the theft of a firearm. Jeffrey Cashwell was identified as a suspect. The following day, Boone Police stopped a vehicle in which Cashwell was a passenger. A subsequent search of the vehicle led to the recovery of the stolen firearm.

Cashwell was taken into custody and given a $25,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in Watauga Co. District Court on May 24.

24-year-old Nichole Leanne Hilton was arrested Wednesday (May 12) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony common law robbery. Hilton was placed in jail in Morganton under $16,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (May 16).

Thursday, 12 May 2016 10:17

Lions Club Freedom Ride Set for this Saturday

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The second annual Lion Prowl Freedom Ride will take place this Saturday, May 14.

Riders will depart from Blue Ridge Harley Davidson at 2002 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory with the first bike out 11 a.m. The ride will end at about 1 p.m. at Camp Dogwood on Camp Dogwood Drive in Sherrill’s Ford.

Registration will take place from 9:30 a.m. until 10:50 a.m. There is a $20 registration fee for drivers and a $10 fee for riders. Food is included with the cost of registration. Drivers will receive a t-shirt.

Those who don’t ride are invited to come to Camp Dogwood and purchase a plate of BBQ. Those attending are encouraged to bring a chair and sit by the shore of Lake Norman for live music, provided by Mercy Heart.

Proceeds go to support the N.C. Lions Club. The event is hosted by the Long View Lions Club.

For more information, contact Eric Killian at 828-455-4936 or visit the Long View Lions Club’s Facebook page.

Thursday, 12 May 2016 09:55

Catawba County Park Receives $100,000 Grant

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Nine organizations in North Carolina and South Carolina, will share $730,000 in new grants from the Duke Energy Foundation Water Resources Fund to improve local water quality. A Catawba County park will benefit from the funding.

Projects run the gamut, including providing additional public access along the Catawba River, protecting wetlands on the Waccamaw River, and permanently protecting land along rivers in Randolph and Stokes counties.

The Water Resources Fund is a $10 million, multiyear commitment from Duke Energy to help local nonprofits continue to protect and improve the environment, including waterways used year-round across the Carolinas and neighboring states.

In Catawba County, $100,000 has been granted for improvements at Riverbend Park/Lookout Shoals Lake. The money will be used to provide a handicapped-accessible river observation and fishing platform on Lookout Shoals Lake, with interpretive kiosks providing educational information about Oxford Dam, clean energy and good stewardship of our natural and cultural resources.

The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs vital to the health of its communities. Annually, the foundation funds more than $25 million in charitable grants, with a focus on education, environment, economic and workforce development, and community impact. For more information, visit www.duke-energy.com/foundation.

Goodwill’s Burke County Career Connections is holding an open house & ribbon cutting tomorrow (May 13). The ribbon cutting will take place at 7:45 a.m. at 118 Bost Road in Morganton. Western Piedmont Community College President Dr. Michael S. Helmick is scheduled to speak at the event.

Those attending will have the opportunity to learn about free services for job seekers, career-changers, employers, students, veterans and their families.

Goodwill also announced that they have hired Amy Crelin as a Career Connections Specialist. She can be reached at acrelin@goodwillnwnc.org.

For more information, call 828-433-4542 or visit goodwillnwnc.org.

Hickory Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred early this morning at the Walgreens store on North Center Street.

According to Hickory Police, at about 3:45 a.m. today, two suspects entered the store and displayed a handgun. The suspects obtained an undisclosed amount of money from the store. The suspects then exited the store and left the scene. It’s not clear if they fled on foot or in a vehicle.

No injuries were reported. No suspect description is available.

The investigation is ongoing.

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners Meeting scheduled for Monday (May 16) has been cancelled. The Board’s next regular meeting is now set for 9:30 a.m. on Monday, June 6. The Board will hold budget hearings with departments and agencies included in the proposed Fiscal Year 2016-17 County Budget all day (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) on Tuesday, May 31 and will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, both at the 1924 Courthouse in downtown Newton.

75-year-old James Nelson Carlton of Brandy Place in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (May 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with six felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and one misdemeanor count of communicating threats. Carlton was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Thursday, May 12).

33-year-old Heather Shae Jonas of Meadowbrook Court in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (May 11) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, shoplifting with concealment of goods, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Jonas was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, May 12).