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Catawba County Sheriff’s Office deputies and North Carolina Wildlife officers are searching for an overdue boater in the Lake Norman area of Sherrills Ford. The missing person is a male, in his mid-50s who was staying in the area.

Local authorities are searching a wide area of land and water around Sherrills Ford and Lake Norman after being notified by others that man had not returned as expected.

Also participating in the search are Sherrills Ford – Terrell Fire and Rescue, and Mooresville Fire Department.

41-year-old Gregory David Bunton of New Amity Lane in Stony Point was arrested Sunday (July 10) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with violation of release order.

Iredell County Sheriff's Deputies were called to 220 Logan New Amity Lane in reference to a welfare check on Jamie Lea Bunton.  According to a news release, Jamie has had past domestic problems with her husband Gregory Bunton. While Deputies were conducting the welfare check, they found three pending domestic charges on Gregory Bunton, and Gregory was not to have any contact with his wife Jamie.

After Deputies confirmed the order they placed Gregory under arrest for violating the release order. Gregory was transported to Iredell County Dentition Center placed under a $62,000 secured bond. No court date is listed on the new charge.

24-year-old Camie Leann Bravo of Island Forest Lane in Mooresville was arrested this morning (Monday, July 11) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resist, obstruct, or delay a law enforcement officer.

This morning shortly after midnight, four individuals were found by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers trespassing at the Hager Creek Wildlife Boat access. One of the individuals was identified as Camie Leean Bravo.

During the investigation Bravo reportedly provided false information to law enforcement and was found to be in possession of cocaine which she had hidden on her person. A crack pipe was also found on top of Bravo’s wallet which contained her photo ID.

Bravo was placed under arrest and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where she was detained under $5000 secured bond. No court date was listed.

20-year-old Michael Emmanuel Tucker, Jr. of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning (July 10) on one felony count each of burglary and second-degree kidnapping, plus one misdemeanor count of simple assault.

Tucker was arrested in connection to an incident that occurred on June 14 at the Civitan Court Apartment complex on 17th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. A 19-year-old female victim answered the door and was pushed back into the apartment by three men, who then assaulted her. A 23-year-old male victim heard noise, came downstairs and was dragged out of the residence where he was also assaulted. Neither victim was transported to the hospital.

A second suspect has not been arrested. Police say there may have been a third person driving the suspects’ vehicle.

Warrants for Tucker’s arrest were issued on June 15. He was taken into custody without incident at 3:45 a.m. yesterday on the 600 block of 1st Street S.W. in Hickory. Tucker was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $63,100 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

[NOTE:  this story was edited to remove the name of Jalen Michael Shade, who had erroneously been identified as a suspect in the assault case.  Mr. Shade was not charged in connection to the assault case and is not a suspect.]

40-year-old Daniel Leon Gilvaja of Camp Street in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (July 9) on one felony count each for possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver schedule I and schedule II controlled substances. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce, simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance.

He was arrested after Officers stopped a 2007 Pontiac with no license tag light at Highway 127 South and South Center Street. Police found a baggie containing methamphetamine on Gilvaja’s person. In the center console, they found black tar heroin, marijuana, three Oxycodone pills, more meth, powder cocaine and one Clonazepam pill. In all, Officers found ten grams of meth, two grams of heroin, one gram of cocaine and 1.2 grams of marijuana.

Police observed that Gilvaja appeared to be under the influence of an impairing substance. E.M.S. was called to the scene, but Gilvaja declined transport to a medical facility.

He was taken into custody without incident and jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $150,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today (July 11) in Hickory.

27-year-old Cody Matthew Startt of Matoaka, West Virginia is now in jail in Catawba County. Startt is the suspect in approximately 400 bomb threats called in to various locations in Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties. He was arrested July 6 in West Virginia.

Startt was charged three with felony probation violations in connection to bomb threats made in May of last year. He was convicted on those charges in October of 2015 in Catawba County.

Additional charges are forthcoming. A multi-agency investigation is continuing as authorities work to determine how and where Startt will be charged in connection to the most recent offenses.

He was brought to Hickory Friday (July 8) and confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $125,000 bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today (July 11) in Newton.

Monday, 11 July 2016 09:46

Fire Hydrant Testing Underway In Newton

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The Newton Fire Department is currently conducting annual fire hydrant maintenance and testing in the southeast quadrant of the city.

The southeast quadrant of the city includes areas south of A Street and east of Main Avenue. Maintenance and testing will continue for several weeks. Citizens residing in the area may experience a discoloration of their water due to minerals inside underground water lines being disturbed. If water discoloration is experienced, allowing water to run from any faucet for several minutes should eliminate discoloring of the water.

Fire hydrant testing is crucial to locating fire hydrants that are inoperable or need repair. In addition, the North Carolina Department of Insurance requires annual fire hydrant testing for the purposes of grading municipal water systems, which determines municipal insurance ratings.

In a news release, the city of Newton says it apologizes for any inconvenience you encounter during the testing period. Any questions or concerns should be directed to Newton Fire Department at 828-695-4314.

39-year-old Clarence Thomas Waycaster of Plymouth Road in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (July 9) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Waycaster was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, July 11).

41-year-old John Thomas Mitchell of Old Cotton Drive in Statesville was arrested last Tuesday (July 5) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with failure to appear on a fugitive warrant out of Florida. The charges against him are burglary and criminal mischief.  

According to a news release issued on Friday (July 8), last Tuesday Iredell County Sheriff's Officers were dispatched to 129 Old Cotton Drive in reference to a reported domestic dispute. Upon arrival, deputies met with John Thomas Mitchell. Mitchell told officers that he got into a verbal argument with his girlfriend’s daughter and son.

Officers learned that Mitchell was wanted on a fugitive warrant out of Florida. Mitchell was taken into custody and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center. He was incarcerated under $30,000 secured bond. His next appearance is scheduled for District Court August 8.

Monday, 11 July 2016 06:26

Lenoir Woman Arrested On Meth Charge

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45-year-old Cynthia Whisenant Byrd of Roselle Place in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (July 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Byrd was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, July 11). 

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