44-year-old Thomas Victor Rinehart of Lick Mountain Road in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (July 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny, and possession of stolen property. Rinehart was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $40,000 secured bond. He made his first court appearance Thursday (July 16).
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will meet this upcoming Monday (July 20) in regular session. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.
One of the items on the agenda deals with new jobs coming to Catawba County. The Board will consider formally approving an Economic Development Agreement between the County and Carolina Nonwovens LLC, which intends to construct, up-fit and/or equip a new 100,000 square foot facility in Maiden, and will invest a minimum of $13 million and create 62 new jobs over three years. 35 positions will move from Lincoln County.
Commissioners will also hold a public hearing on a request by Birdseye Renewable Energy to rezone 45 acres of an approximately 119 acre tract located at 2327 Mt. Olive Church Road from R-30 Residential to R-80-CD Conditional District specifically for a solar farm.
The Board will consider a budget ordinance and project agreement for a 2015 Urgent Repair Program Grant received by the County in the amount of $50,000 that will assist approximately eleven low-income households by providing energy efficiency improvements and minor structural repairs, and an agreement with the Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG) for management of the grant. The Board will also consider accepting a 2015-2016 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Commerce Fellows Grant in the amount of $27,476.01, with the appropriate project budget ordinance and an administrative contract with the WPCOG in the amount of $2,500.
The Board will present a Distinguished Public Service Award to Susan Lee, who is retiring as Director of the Catawba County Parenting Network. And the Board will consider declaring the badges and service weapons of recently retired Sheriff’s Deputies Robert Pruette and Bob Riley as surplus and present those items to the Deputies.
33-year-old Charles Dontay Farley of 6th Street SW in Catawba was arrested Thursday (July 16) by Maiden Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, maintain a place to keep controlled substance, simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Farley was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $11,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, July 17).
The Lenoir Police Department is investigating a scam that took place at a local business and they are seeking a pair of suspects in the incident. According to police reports, two men went to the customer service desk of the Food Lion grocery store on Wilkesboro Boulevard and told the clerk they needed change. By the time they left the business they had reportedly talked store employees out of close to $300.
Reports say the men used what is known as a short-changing scam, which is a way of confusing a store clerk into giving more change than the person is due. Reports say the men went to the customer service desk at approximately 5:30 p.m. last Sunday, July 12, and asked a clerk to exchange $5 and $10 bills for larger bills, then after that went to another register and asked another clerk for more change.
A Lenoir Police Department spokesperson is quoted in a published report saying “If (the suspects are) good at it and they exchange money fast enough, it can be very confusing for the cashier.”
In the incident Sunday, the two men got away with $298.99.
Food Lion employees reported the incident Monday afternoon when they discovered the count was off in their cash registers. The suspects are described as middle-aged African-American men, one with a lighter build and the other with a heavier build and glasses.
Two men matching the descriptions of the men in Food Lion pulled the same scam at a Chipotle restaurant in Boone, where one distracted employees while the other asked for change from the cashier. Lenoir Police are requesting anyone with information call Caldwell County Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300.
48-year-old Beauford Lee Lindsay of Miller Bridge Road in Connelly Springs was arrested today (Thursday, July 16) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Lindsay was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (July 17).
28-year-old Octavis Laza Williams of Hope Road in Vale was served an order for arrest by Hickory Police last night for two felony probation violations and one misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. The warrants were issued on July 8 and June 20.
Williams was taken into custody without incident on the 1100 block of Old Lenoir Road in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $26,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for July 20 in Newton.
A Silver Alert issued for a missing endangered man from Catawba County has been canceled. 81-year-old Bobby Eugene Bolick has been found and is safe.
Mr. Bolick had last been seen on Nathaniel Street in Newton. He was found by Newton Police at about 8:20 last night (July 15) on 15th Street in Newton. Officers located his vehicle in the People’s Bank parking lot.
The Silver Alert was canceled at about seven o’clock this morning.
No further details are available.
31-year-old Eugene Liston Broach of Oaktree Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (July 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of manufacture methamphetamine and maintain a dwelling to keep or store a controlled substance.
According to a news release, the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office Ice Unit arrested Broach. The investigation was conducted in conjunction with the Lenoir Police Department and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.
According to the news release, a search warrant was obtained and the residence was searched without incident. As a result of the search, Agents found a “one pot” type meth lab, precursor chemicals, and other various materials used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Agents also located a small amount of finished methamphetamine product. Agents learned that Broach is originally from Columbia, SC and had recently relocated to this area.
Broach was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court in Lenoir today (Thursday, July 16).
33-year-old Viviana Barbara Eller of 17th Street SE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (July 15) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Eller was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $24,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (July 17).
Officials in the Town of Rhodhiss finally have funding needed to do the much needed work to repair the town’s water and sewer systems. According to a published report, Town Manager Art Delaney said Wednesday that construction on the $3 million project will begin no later than next spring. Two state grants are paying for it. Delaney said in the report that town officials still have to do the engineering report, and then they'll start the work. He said town leaders are hoping to get the work underway in the fall. Commissioners signed contracts related to the grants Tuesday.
The report says the water and sewer systems in Rhodhiss have been deteriorating. The water lines have been leaking and this causes drinking water to seep into the ground, which results in the town to pay for more water than residents use. Leaky sewer lines cause groundwater to get into the system, resulting in an extra cost to the town for sewage treatment. In addition, pump stations are flooded during heavy rains.
The published report says construction will include 35 manhole repairs as well as meter upgrades and line replacements. Last year, town commissioners voted to raise water and sewer fees by 30 percent because the town was being forced to spend too much of its savings to cover the extra costs for water and sewer beyond what residents actually use. An added bonus is, as part of grant stipulations, job openings that need to be filled in order to do the project will be offered to residents of Rhodhiss, if they are qualified to do the work.
The published report also says that Commissioner Joe Kirby, whose term expires in November, announced Tuesday he would not run for re-election. This apparently caught the other commissioners by surprise. Delaney asked for him to reconsider, saying that the current board in Rhodhiss is strong and there needs to be stability because of the water and sewer construction projects.