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Monday, 16 February 2015 13:45

Marion Man Faces Felony Drug Charges in Caldwell

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30-year-old Joshua Eric Kelley of Franklin Avenue in Marion was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers Friday (February 13) on charges of felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine and felony possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana. Following his arrest, Kelley was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $100,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (February 16) in Lenoir.

27-year-old Amanda Ashley Tomlinson of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about four o’clock Saturday morning on one felony count each of attempting to obtain property by false pretense and obtaining property by false pretense.

She was arrested after Police responded to a noise complaint involving a loud argument at her residence. Upon arrival, Officers conducted a routine warrant check and found that Tomlinson had outstanding arrest warrants from Iredell County dated January 29 of this year.

Tomlinson was taken into custody without incident and taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $1,000, secured. She has since been released. An appearance in an Iredell County courtroom was scheduled for February 23.

Governor Pat McCrory has issued a State of Emergency declaration ahead of a winter storm that will enter North Carolina this afternoon (February 16) and is expected to hit the state with snow, sleet and freezing rain. Governor McCrory said North Carolina’s State Emergency Response Team is preparing for the approaching winter storm and recommended that residents do the same.  

This morning, Governor McCrory signed two executive orders to expedite storm response. The State of Emergency declaration enables the governor to mobilize the necessary resources to respond to a storm and is the first step in seeking federal funds to help defray eligible storm-related costs. The executive order waives restrictions on weight and the hours of service for fuel, utility and other truck drivers that may be working to deliver supplies, restore services or clear storm debris.

Governor McCrory also activated the State Emergency Operations Center to coordinate storm response and he directed the State Highway Patrol to coordinate with other law enforcement and emergency responders statewide to mark abandoned vehicles to ensure that no one is left stranded in the dangerous weather. Additionally, he reminded motorists of the state’s quick clearance policy, instructing state transportation crews to clear the road by pushing to the shoulder any vehicles that may impede traffic.

Real-time weather conditions, road conditions and shelter openings, as well as winter safety tips, can be found on the free ReadyNC mobile app or on line at www.readync.org web site.

Travelers are also urged to call 5-1-1 or go to www.ncdot.org for up-to-date roadway conditions.

Monday, 16 February 2015 11:03

Woman Arrested In Burke On Felony Drug Charge

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42-year-old Felecia Elaine Hardin was arrested Sunday (February 15) by authorities in Burke County. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Hardin was jailed under $10,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for March 30.

The Caldwell County Animal Shelter at 829 Fairview Drive S.W. in Lenoir will not take in any animals from Wednesday, February 18, through Wednesday, March 4, while repairs are made to the shelter.

In keeping with state regulations, all floors and walls where animals are kept must be sealed in order to prevent disease. During the two weeks when the shelter is closed, kennel walls will be repainted in order to comply with the regulations.

Animals cannot be in the areas where painting is being done. Any animals currently in the affected areas will be sent out to rescues or adopted before the shelter shuts down for two weeks.

For more information, contact LouAnne Kincaid, Caldwell County Public Information Officer, at 828-759-7879.

29-year-old Andy James Smith of 37th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after midnight on Valentines Day. He was charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine and felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana. Smith was also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested when Police on foot patrol at the Deluxe Inn on Highway 70 S.W. saw a subject with a glass pipe, preparing to smoke meth in a room at the hotel. A search of the room turned up three meth pipes, digital scales, a marijuana pipe, 4.7 grams of marijuana, $501 in cash and 1.1 grams of meth.

Smith was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $16,800 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (February 16) in Newton.

30-year-old Christopher Michael Martin of Dry Dock Loop in Mooresville was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (February 14) on one felony count each of larceny, obtaining property by false pretense and possession of stolen property. The charges are based on warrants issued from Burke County on February 12. He was also charged with a felony probation violation on a warrant from the U.S. Marshals Service.

Martin was arrested after Officers on foot patrol at the Deluxe Inn on Highway 70 S.W. detected the odor of marijuana coming from a room at the hotel. Officers entered the room and found 0.7 grams of marijuana and some paraphernalia. Martin was cited for those offenses and taken into custody without incident on the outstanding warrants.

Following his arrest, Martin was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,500 secured bond on the charges from Burke County; however, he was put on hold without bond by the Marshals Service. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (February 16) in Morganton.

Monday, 16 February 2015 10:20

Man Arrested In Burke On Kidnapping Charge

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26-year-old Jabaris Rashawn Francis was arrested Sunday (February 15) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with kidnapping and communicating threats. Following the arrest, Francis was placed in jail where he is being held under $74,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, February 16).

Monday, 16 February 2015 09:40

Catawba Commissioners Scheduled To Meet Tonight

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The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will meet at 7:00 tonight, in the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton. The Board will hold a public hearing on a request to rezone 37.63 acres located at 2951 Highway 16 South from R-40 Residential to R-80-CD Conditional District for the purpose of a solar farm. The Board will also receive a report from Catawba County Health Director Doug Urland on the “State of the Community” from a Public Health perspective.

The Board will consider a request for a Right of Way Agreement with Duke Energy in order for Duke to provide electricity at the site of a firing range that will be built for use by the Sheriff’s Office. The range will be on property at the Blackburn Landfill that will not be needed for landfill operations for at least 40 years.

The Board will also receive a report on delinquent 2014 real estate property taxes and they’ll consider authorizing the Tax Collector to advertise the delinquent tax liens as prescribed by North Carolina General Statute. Finally, the Board will consider two updates to sections of the County Code and approval of a proposed Contractor Pre-qualification Policy, all of which would reflect changes in North Carolina law approved by the General Assembly.

Newton-Conover City Schools, Catawba County Schools and Hickory Public Schools have announced that they will dismiss two hours early today due to impending winter weather. It is expected that the area will receive some frozen precipitation today, possibly starting by the mid-to-late afternoon hours. A winter storm warning is in effect from noon today until 7 a.m. Tuesday. The forecast says snow likely today, mainly after 5 p.m. with daytime accumulations of 1-3 inches possible. Tonight the forecast is for snow, freezing rain, and sleet before 3 a.m. with the chance for another 1 to 3 inches of snow and sleet plus the chance for ice accumulation overnight.