Catawba County Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday. The board approved revisions to twelve budget outcomes agreed to by the Catawba County Board of Social Services. Social Services implemented a new outcome development process for fiscal year 2014/2015, however, at the middle of the fiscal year, circumstances beyond the department’s control, along with state and federal policy changes, necessitated twelve outcome changes. Some revisions are based on identifying specific populations targeted, corrections to multi-year outcomes based on sequence of events and significant core changes within specific programs. These changes also help the agency address some state and federal policy adjustments. The programs impacted are Child Welfare, Family NET, and Economic Services.
In other activity at last night’s Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting, the board held a first public hearing to receive citizen comments on the submission by Catawba County of a 2015 Community Development Block Grant Infrastructure Application. All North Carolina counties, except the HUD-designated urban counties of Cumberland, Mecklenburg, and Wake, are eligible to apply. A second public hearing will be held before the county submitted applications for specific, identified projects. No citizens spoke during last night’s public hearing.
The board also adopted a resolution recommending to the North Carolina Department of Transportation an abandonment of maintenance for a portion of GW Carson Road or State Road 1219. The board has the option to adopt such a resolution if they believe the best interests of the people of the county are being served. While the road portion is in the City of Hickory’s Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction, the county does have the authority to make the abandonment request and has the city’s support. NCDOT is requesting a review and consideration from the board relating to the abandonment of maintenance of a portion of GW Carson Road.
30-year-old Allison Boyd Collins of East Klutz Street in Maiden was arrested Tuesday (January 20) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with trafficking opium by possession and show cause. Following the arrest, Collins was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,500 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday.
28-year-old Adrian Dela Cruz Munoz of 10th Avenue Drive SE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (January 20) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with assault inflicting serious injury, and three counts of failure to appear. Following the arrest, Munoz was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for February 4.
29-year-old Dustin Ryan Bumgarner of North Fairview Drive and 52-year-old Carol Jean Dunn of Jason Place, both from Lenoir, were arrested late Sunday night (January 18) by Lenoir Police. They were each charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. Bumgarner was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, as well as misdemeanor counts for possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer. Dunn faces additional charges for possession of a schedule II controlled substance, simple possession of marijuana and D.W.I.
They were arrested after Lenoir Police received information regarding a possible drug deal in the parking lot at the Holiday Superette on Blowing Rock Boulevard in Lenoir. The anonymous caller gave descriptions of the two vehicles involved.
Responding Officers spotted one of the vehicles on Powell Road. That vehicle, driven by Dunn, was stopped near the intersection of Glen View Street and Penwood Street. A search of the vehicle turned up two grams of methamphetamine, two Oxycodone pills, 0.4 grams of marijuana and $1,496 in cash. Dunn was taken into custody.
The second vehicle, driven by Bumgarner, was found at Holiday Foods on Wilkesboro Boulevard. Officers searched the vehicle and found 0.3 grams of meth, drug paraphernalia, and a 9mm Kel-Tec PF9 handgun. Bumgarner was arrested.
Both suspects were taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with Bumgarner’s bond set at $101,000, secured, while Dunn was given a $50,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled yesterday (January 20).
40-year-old Randall Lee Bolick, who is listed as a homeless person from Taylorsville, and 31-year-old Stephanie McQueen Jonas of 21st Street N.E. in Hickory were both arrested by Hickory Police at about 7 p.m. Saturday (January 17). Bolick was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. He was also charged with a parole violation. Jonas was charged with misdemeanor possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and driving while license revoked.
They were arrested after Police saw a suspicious vehicle at the Sunhouse store on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. They stopped the vehicle, a 2002 Toyoyta 4Runner, after it left the parking lot. Jonas was the driver and Bolick was a front seat passenger. Another person was a passenger in the back seat. None of the subjects were able to produce an I.D. and Bolick gave Officers a fictitious name.
A search of the vehicle turned up Bolick’s I.D. bearing the correct name. A records check showed that Bolick had an outstanding failure to appear warrant.
In the vehicle, Police found three Tramadol pills, 1.4 grams of meth, 1.5 dosage units of Alprazolam, a pipe, a spoon and $117 in cash. Bolick was charged for the meth and Jonas was charged for the Tramadol, which is an opioid pain medication. The other passenger was not charged.
Bolick was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,500 secured bond. Jonas was released under a $2,000 unsecured bond. Both have District Court appearances scheduled for February 18 in Hickory.
16-year-old Jontavius Javez Littlejohn of Lincolnton was charged with one felony count each of larceny, receiving or transferring stolen property and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Littlejohn was arrested after a 20-year-old man from Denver, N.C. was assaulted with a knife and his vehicle stolen. The incident occurred when the victim allegedly attempted to buy marijuana from three individuals Saturday afternoon (January 17) at about 5 p.m.
When Deputies arrived on the 1400 block of Westdale Lane, the victim told them that he had been stabbed in the arm with a knife. The victim said the suspects fled the scene in his 2002 Jeep Liberty.
Investigators say the victim had previously replied “yes” to a text he received asking if he wanted to buy some marijuana. He picked up the two suspects at a residence in Lincolnton and drove them to Westdale Lane. When they arrived, a third suspect showed up on foot. At that time, the three suspects allegedly assaulted the victim, one with a knife and the other two with their fists.
The victim ran from the scene to a nearby residence where someone called 9-1-1. He was treated at the scene for minor stab wounds to the arm.
Later that night the stolen vehicle was recovered on Lee Avenue in Lincolnton and Littlejohn was arrested. He was placed in the Lincoln Co. Detention Center under a $15,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (January 20).
Detective Matt Burgess continues to investigate the incident. More arrests are expected.
Catawba Valley Community College recently joined nine community colleges in the Charlotte region to form a new partnership aimed at making the region a hub of global commerce. The 10 colleges forming the Regional Collaborative for a Global Economy are Catawba Valley, Central Piedmont, Cleveland, Gaston College, Mitchell, Northeastern Tech, Rowan-Cabarrus, South Piedmont, Stanly and York Tech. The tagline for the collaborative is, “Community Colleges Providing Leadership for Global Commerce.”
The group seeks to lead the region in its economic vision to make Charlotte a bigger player on a global scale. Keys to this vision will be producing a workforce capable of meeting the needs of and attracting more global companies and helping businesses of all sizes become more globally competitive. “The Regional Collaborative for a Global Economy willbring together employers, innovative leaders and the region’s workforce development partners,” explained Dr. Tony Zeiss, president of Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC). “The collaborative will work to communicate the Charlotte region’s global vision with policymakers and economic developers, while gaining their support. We’ll collaborate on skills training and share best practices to help ensurethis region’s workforce is among the best trained in the world.” The ultimate objectives of the collaborative, Zeiss said, are greater regional prosperity with more jobs, a globally competitive, job-ready workforce, and greater prominence for the Charlotte region in terms of global commerce.
Deborah Johnson, director of the Children's Advocacy & Protection Center of Catawba County (CAPC), recently retired after 10 years of service.
During Ms. Johnson's tenure, the CAPC expanded its mission by providing educational programs designed to prevent child abuse. Primary among these is the “Stewards of Children: Darkness to Light” program, which trains adults in ways to prevent child sexual abuse and respond appropriately.
Prior to joining the CAPC, Johnson served in the US Air Force for 22 years. She also previously worked for an agency that provided temporary shelter and transitional living services for persons experiencing homelessness. She holds a master's degree in social work from New Mexico State University, a master's degree in religion from Lutheran Southern Seminary and a bachelor's in management from Park University. She also serves as a diaconal minister with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Following her retirement, Johnson said she plans to spend some time traveling.
The CAPC works with law enforcement, the District Attorney's Office and Catawba County Social Services to prevent and respond to child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse. Located in Conover, the agency was previously known as the Children's Advocacy Center.
For more information about the CAPC of Catawba County, go to www.catawbacountycapc.org or call 828-465-9296.
24-year-old Justin Tyler Queen of Christopher Road in Iron Station and 25-year-old Heather Michelle Tutterow of Hickory Lane in Bessemer City were arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers Saturday (January 17) on drug charges. They were both charged with one felony count each of conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine, conspiracy to sell a schedule II controlled substance and conspiracy to deliver a schedule II controlled substance. Queen was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of communicating threats and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer, while Tutterow faces an additional felony charge for obtaining property by false pretense.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Narcotics Investigators learned that a drug transaction would take place in the parking lot at a Lincolnton grocery store on East Main Street. Investigators saw an exchange take place between several individuals. Officers attempted to stop all the participants, but Queen attempted to flee the scene. He was apprehended after a brief foot chase.
Queen and Tutterow were both jailed with bond for Queen set at a $25,000, secured, while Tutterow was given a $30,000 secured bond. They were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today (January 20).
58-year-old George Ronald Lovell of Maralane Trail in Denver was arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers this morning and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.
Detectives say Lovell and 44-year-old Charles Edward Harvell, who both live at the same Maralane Trail address, had been out for a night of drinking at the Twin Oaks Bar & Grill on Slanting Bridge Road. When they returned home, the two men got into an argument and Lovell allegedly shot Harvell.
The suspect ran to a neighbor's residence around 2:40 a.m. today and asked them to call 9-1-1 because he had just shot his roommate. Lovell was taken into custody at the scene without incident.
Mr. Harvell, who was shot in the chest with a .38 caliber pistol, was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte by Med-Center Air. At last report, he was listed in stable condition.
Lovell was jailed in the Lincoln County Detention Center under a $75,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in court at 9 a.m. today.