36-year-old Heather Michelle Shufford of 13th Avenue Southwest, Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Officers Saturday (December 20). She's charged with three counts of possession of marijuana, three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of schedule four controlled substance, driving while license revoked, and reckless driving to endanger. Following the arrest, Shufford was detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $37,000 bond, a District Court appearance is scheduled for February 4.
55-year-old Maggie Canipe Smith of Stafford Street, Conover was arrested Sunday (December 22) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. Smith is charged with assault on a law officer, resisting arrest, and two counts of simple assault. Following the arrest, Smith was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $4,000 bond. A court appearance is scheduled for January 26.
35-year-old Michael Paul Desaint-Hyppolyte of Holly Court, Lenoir, was arrested Sunday (December 21) by Hickory Police Officers. The charges filed are larceny, larceny by defeating an anti-theft device, and resisting a public officer. Following the arrest, Desaint-Hyppolyte was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $6,000 bond, a court appearance is scheduled for January 5.
The search is continuing for a man being sought by authorities in Catawba County. Last Thursday afternoon, authorities said Jeffery Tucker took off when U.S. Marshals attempted to serve a warrant for possession of a firearm. Records show Tucker is a convicted felon. Officials with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, ATF, U.S. Marshals and North Carolina Highway Patrol conducted the search for Tucker. The manhunt was focused on a three-mile radius near Anderson Mountain Road. Troopers set up checkpoints and were stopping drivers along Tower Road and Anderson Mountain Road. In addition, authorities residents to stay in their homes. Tucker is described as a white male with long grayish-black hair. Records online list him as 48-years-old. Authorities are urging residents report suspicious activity to 911 immediately.
Concord Police report they've caught an inmate who had been on the run for a week. Christopher Church walked away from a work detail at a Department of Transportation yard in Ashe County last Monday. Police had been searching for Church since that time and they report he was arrested Sunday night in Concord at a place he used to work. Church was serving a sentence for habitual DWI.
The Catawba County Tax Office reminds all citizens of upcoming deadlines for tax payments and the holiday operating schedules for the Tax Office in Newton. "Tax payments have begun coming in more steadily as the end of the year approaches" said Mark Logan, Catawba County Tax Administrator. "Those who have not yet paid should remember that North Carolina law requires that interest be added at the rate of 2% for January, and three-fourths of 1% for each following month, on all tax bills still unpaid after 5 p.m. on Monday, January 5, 2015. Payments sent by mail must be postmarked no later than January 5, 2015, to avoid the added interest."Catawba County offices will be closed on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, December 24, December 25 and December 26, 2014, for the Christmas holiday; and on Thursday, January 1, 2015, for the New Year's holiday. Please remember that we have a convenient drop-in mail depository, located to the right of the main entrance at the Government Center, which is available for payment deposits when our office is not open. Citizens may also pay their taxes online by using the Online Payments link on the left side of the front page at www.catawbacountync.gov.," Logan added. Persons who wish to apply for available exemptions for the first time should call 828-465-8426 to receive the proper form.
The investigation is continuing into the murder of a man in Burke County. 74-year-old John Bailey Clark, Jr. was found buried in the side yard of his home on Rose Carswell Road in Morganton. In addition, officials found blood inside the residence. Mr. Clark was last seen alive by family members at his home at approximately 6 p.m. last Wednesday, December 17. The Burke County Sheriff’s Office and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation are investigating the homicide. Details surrounding the case are being kept confidential at this time pending further investigation. Anyone with information regarding the case should call the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at 828-438-5506.
39-year-old Stacey Joe Sheppard of Forest Hill Drive, Lenoir, was arrested Friday (December 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with assault on a handicapped person, sexual battery, assault on a female, and false imprisonment. Following the arrest, Sheppard was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond, District Court appearances are scheduled for January 20 and February 23.
City of Morganton tax payments are due Jan. 5, 2015. Tax payments should be received in the tax office by Jan. 5, 2015 to avoid an added penalty of 2%. Any taxes unpaid after Jan. 5, 2015 will be assessed 2% interest. An additional ¾% interest will be assessed each month thereafter.
33-year-old Joshua James Duncan and 31-year-old Crystal Nichole Curtis, both of Shale Lane Granite Falls, were arrested Sunday (December 21) by Hudson Police officers. Both suspects are charged with felony possession of heroin, felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and simple possession of schedule four controlled substance. Following their arrests, both Duncan and Curtis were placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $51,000 secured bond apiece. They’re both scheduled to make District Court appearances Tuesday. (December 23)