Afternoon weather-related announcements, Monday February 15
All Catawba County offices will close by 3:30 this afternoon. Tonight's Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting is also cancelled.
City of Newton offices now closed
Lenoir-Rhyne University has cancelled evening classes
Evening classes and activities cancelled at Western Piedmont Community College
26-year-old Brittany Geraldine Lindsay of Highway 16 North in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about one o’clock Friday afternoon (February 12) on one felony count of breaking & entering and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. She was also charged on outstanding warrants for felony larceny and failure to appear on a shoplifting charge, both from Catawba County, as well as failure to appear on a felony obtaining property by false pretense charge from Iredell County.
She was arrested after Officers responded to a fight at the Silver Springs Terrace apartments on 20th Street N.E. One of the women involved in the altercation, Brittany Lindsay, was found to have outstanding warrants from January and February of this year. The other female involved in the fight said Lindsay had entered her apartment without permission, resulting in the B&E charge.
No one required medical attention as a result of the fight.
Lindsay was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $57,500, secured. An appearance in District Court was set for today (February 15) in Newton.
Four Caldwell County residents are charged with trafficking opium or heroin following arrests made over the weekend.
19-year-old Theresa Marie Canipe of Temple Lane in Granite Falls, 51-year-old Sharon Pope Crowe and 35-year-old Elijah Carew Carter, both of the same Blue Dove Lane, Granite Falls address, and 29-year-old Jeremy Keith Killian of Greasy Creek Road in Lenoir, were all arrested Friday (February 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. All four suspects are charged with trafficking, opium or heroin. Crowe and Carter are also charged with maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Carter also faces counts of possession of a firearm and probation violation.
Following their arrests, all four suspects were locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center. Canipe's bond was set at $10,000 secured. Crowe was jailed under $200,000 secured bond. Carter's bond was set at $350,000 secured. And Killian was locked up under $100,000 secured bond. Canipe and Crowe had court appearances scheduled for this week. Court appearances were not listed for Carter and Killian.
There are numerous reports of slick roads across the Greater Hickory Metro area this morning. The winter precipitation received by the area has resulted in hazardous travel conditions. Officials are urging citizens to stay home if driving is not essential. According to the Foothills Weather Network's Twitter feed, Drexel Road in Burke County has been closed from I-40 to Highway 70 due to road conditions which have resulted in multiple accidents. Multiple accidents have also been reported in Hickory and surrounding areas.
42-year-old Timothy Wayne Lail of Paint Shop Road in Lincolnton was arrested Friday (February 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with soliciting a child by computer and sex offender use of a social media website. Following the arrest, Lail was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for this week.
44-year-old Barry Talmage Hildebran of 5th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Friday (February 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of attempted first degree murder, assault, and possession of a firearm by a felon. In addition, Hildebran faces misdemeanor counts of resisting a public officer, carrying a concealed weapon, injury to personal property, and second degree trespassing. He's also charged with six counts of failure to appear.
Hildebran reportedly opened fire on a Catawba County deputy as the officer attempted to serve a warrant last Friday afternoon.
According to the Catawba County Sheriff's Office, while the deputy was at the front door of the residence, the man climbed out of a window and began to flee the scene. The deputy began to pursue the suspect, but went back to his car when the man aimed a shotgun at him.
According to police reports, after calling for backup, the deputy took a firearm from his vehicle and the two men fired at each other, with the deputy hitting the man’s hand. The deputy was not injured in the exchange.
Following the arrest, Hildebran was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $576,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for this week.
49-year-old Charles Philip Mann of Charwood Street in Connelly Springs was arrested Friday (February 12) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of solicitation of a child by computer or electronic device to commit an unlawful sex act, attempted 2nd-degree forcible sex offense, and indecent liberties with a child.
According to a news release issued Friday, on January 15, the Burke County Sheriff`s Office Criminal Investigation Division received a report alleging that someone was chatting with their minor daughter in an inappropriate manner. An online undercover investigation was conducted. During the investigation, it was learned that the identity of the suspect was Charles Philip Mann. Mann allegedly traveled to a predetermined location for the purpose of meeting with a child he had engaged in inappropriate chats with. When he arrived, Mann was taken into custody by investigators without incident.
Following the arrest, Mann was placed in jail under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, February 15).
We have more information on an arrest we first reported on last week. 50-year-old Scott Anthony Sanborn was arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony speeding to elude arrest, possession of stolen goods, and misdemeanor child abuse.
According to a news release issued last Friday (February 12), on Thursday, February 4, Detectives with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office were en-route to Scott Anthony Sanborn’s residence to speak to him about a stolen ATV. As the detectives approached the driveway, Sanborn sped off on the ATV, headed west on Highway 70, with his 10 year old son sitting in front of him. Sanborn hit speeds near 70 miles per hour before turning off of the highway and onto the driveway of a boat repair business and then into a wooded area. Detectives were able to track the ATV to a garage.
Sanborn was hiding in a nearby boat and the child was found unharmed. Detectives learned that the ATV was reported stolen in Ohio. Sanborn was taken into custody without further incident and placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $6,500 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court February 24, February 29, and March 1. The child was turned over to his mother.
The investigation is continuing and additional charges may be filed against Sanborn in connection with the theft of property throughout Burke County.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners meets tonight (Monday, February 15) in regular session.
Among the items on tonight's agenda, the Board will hold a public hearing to receive citizen comments and consider an application to rezone approximately 3.87 acres located on Charlotte Street in Conover in the St. Stephens/Oxford Small Area Planning District from PD Planned Development to R-20 Residential District. The current PD Planned Development district requires a minimum lot size of 80,000 square feet or two acres and is considered a high intensity “special use” district. Predominant uses in this district include multifamily residential, large scale non-residential, high density subdivisions, and mixed use housing types. The R-20 residential district requires a minimum lot size of 20,000 square feet (1/2 acre) and is considered a “general use” district. The district provides for single-family residential and agriculture. The property to be rezoned is vacant. Properties to the north, south, east and west are all zoned R-20 Residential, and contain stick-built single-family homes, a single family modular home, a doublewide manufactured home and a vacant parcel.
Staff recommends the 3.87 acres owned by John Chrisley Fox, Jr. be rezoned from PD Planned Development to R-20 Residential District based upon the property’s proximity to other R-20 Residential properties located along Charlotte Street and the request being consistent with the accepted St. Stephens/Oxford Small Area Plan, future land use recommendations.
The Board will also hold a public hearing to receive citizen comments and consider an application to rezone two parcels totaling 3.55 acres at 3040 and 3062 Keller Street in the St. Stephens/Oxford Small Area Planning District from R-30 Residential to General Industrial (GI) district. The R-30 Residential District is a medium-density district allowing one home per 30,000 square feet (approximately 3/4 acre). General uses of the R-30 Residential district include single family housing and agricultural production. The GI district provides for intensive manufacturing, processing, and assembly uses.
In addition, the Catawba County Board of Commissioners will also consider adopting a 2016 regional bike plan for the four-county area of Catawba, Alexander, Burke and Caldwell Counties. The plan will offer a framework for development of bike facilities, programs and policies that will support safe and efficient bicycling within the region.
Catawba County Commissioners will meet at 7 p.m. at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.
Weather Related Closings/Delays Monday, February 15th
Alexander County Schools Closed for students, staff report at 10 a.m.
Catawba County Schools Closed for students, optional teacher workday
Hickory City Schools Closed for students, optional teacher workday
Newton-Conover City Schools Closed for students, optional teacher workday
Burke County Schools Closed for students, optional teacher workday
Caldwell County Schools Closed for students, optional teacher workday
Caldwell County Schools Wraparound Closed
All day and evening classes cancelled at Catawba Valley Community College
Daytime classes at Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Hickory Campus are cancelled. Evening classes will commence as scheduled. Staff members are expected to report to work as travel safety allows and by no later than 10:00 AM.
Western Piedmont Community College closed for day classes and activities
Due to weather conditions, the Caldwell and Watauga Campuses of CCC & TI will be closed for day classes. A decision will be made on night classes for both campuses by 4 p.m.
No court in Catawba, Burke, or Caldwell Counties today