23-year-old Phillip Voltz of 8th Avenue Drive SW in Hickory was arrested today (Thursday, May 14) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with first-degree sexual offense, assault by strangulation, and assault inflicting serious injury. Following the arrest, Voltz was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond, a District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (May 15).
18-year-old Michael Ray Robinson and 17-year-old Sanitra Kay Robinson, both from Lincoln Street, along with 17-year-old Zakari Scott Turner of Pete’s Road and 16-year-old Austin Lee Turner of Oak Grove Church Road, all from Lincolnton, have been arrested by Lincolnton Police on felony charges of breaking & entering, larceny and conspiracy.
On April 15, Officers responded to a residential breaking & entering call at an address on the 1100 block of East Catawba Street in the Oaklawn community. Officers spoke to the victims who said someone forcibly entered their home while they weren’t home and took various items from the residence.
The scene was processed and the case was assigned to Det. Robert Hayes for further investigation. Det. Hayes developed probable cause for arrest warrants for the four suspects.
No court dates are currently listed for Michael Robinson. Sanitra Robinson will appear in District Court on May 21, while Zakari Turner and Austin Turner both have court dates set for June 2.
The investigation is ongoing and further arrests are possible. Anyone with information should call Det. Hayes at 704-736-8900 or Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous. Information resulting in an arrest could result in a reward of up to $1,000.
26-year-old Telitha Nicole Shull of U.S. Highway 70 SW in Hickory was arrested today (Thursday, May 14) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Shull was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,000 bond, a Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (May 15
21-year-old Christopher Tanner Williams of NW Sharon Avenue in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (May 13) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking and or entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and break or enter a motor vehicle along with misdemeanor counts of injury to personal property and injury to real property. Following the arrest, Williams was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $40,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, May 14).
26-year-old Chante Nicola-Ann Davis was arrested Wednesday (May 13) by authorities in Burke County. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Davis was placed in jail under $5,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Friday (May 15).
A Burke County man faces charges after allegedly stealing an SUV from the parking lot of a restaurant and then crashing it into another vehicle. According to court records, 28-year-old Jonathan Edward Barlow of Conley Bumgarner Road in Morganton, is charged with one count of felony larceny of an automobile, two counts of felony hit and run causing serious injury or death, and two counts of felony aggravated serious injury by vehicle.
The owner of the stolen SUV filed the stolen vehicle report with the Morganton Department of Public Safety. He said in the report that his vehicle was stolen from 1010 Burkemont Avenue in Morganton, which is Allison’s Family Restaurant. According to a published report, soon after receiving the stolen vehicle report, the arresting officer was alerted that troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol had found the SUV. When police arrived at the scene, state troopers and deputies with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office had chased the suspect into the woods.
The published report says Barlow crashed into another vehicle, causing a concussion to one occupant and a sprained neck to another, according to court documents. The report says officers believe he was driving while impaired at the time of the crash. Burke County EMS transported Barlow to the Morganton campus of Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge.
After treatment, Barlow was transported to the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility where he was detained under $55,000 secured bond. Court records show Barlow will appear in District Court June 1.
29-year-old Michael Tyler Lail of Teakwood Road in Hickory was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with breaking or entering, second-degree trespassing, and injury to personal property. Following the arrest, Lail was detained this morning (Thursday, May 14) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. He’s scheduled to appear in District Court on the charges June 29.
43-year-old James Finley Estep of Spring Grove Loop in Connelly Springs was arrested Wednesday (May 13) by Long View Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of burglary tools, misdemeanor first degree trespassing, misdemeanor larceny, and misdemeanor possession of stolen goods or property. Following the arrest, Estep was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $16,600 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (May 15).
33-year-old Justin Mikeal Freeman of Macarthur Lane in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (May 13) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Freeman was detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (May 15).
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 18, in the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton. The Commissioners will receive a presentation on the proposed update to the county’s 2007 Parks Master Plan, accompanied by a Planning Board recommendation to approve the update. The plan provides a guideline for future development, subject to available resources.
The committee kept public comments in mind as they reviewed existing parks across the county and sites for potential future parks. The committee then updated existing plan. According to County Senior Planner Susan Ballbach, the plan incorporates significant community input. The plan was developed by county staff, in consultation with the county’s Parks Advisory Committee, over an 18-month period.
The Committee’s review included the existing parks: Baker’s Mountain, Riverbend and St. Stephens Park. The updated plan includes specific recommendations for improvements to the existing parks.
The proposed plan also recommends development of a regional park on Mountain Creek, a 589-acre site obtained by the County in 2010. In addition, it recommends smaller “historic parks” near the Catawba County Historical Association’s Bunker Hill Covered Bridge and Murray’s Mill.
The draft plan is currently available for review online at catawbacountync.gov/Parks. Questions may be directed to Ms. Ballbach at 828-465-8381 or firstname.lastname@example.org.