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Caldwell County Sheriff Alan Jones received a service award for significant contributions and ten years of dedication and service as Sheriff to the State of North Carolina and the citizens of Caldwell County. The award was given at the 95th annual Training Conference held at the Sea Trail Convention Center in Sunset Beach, North Carolina.

This is the sixth year the ten-year service award has been presented to North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association members. The award is a symbol of the organization’s commitment to serving the sheriffs of North Carolina.

18-year-old Christopher Dale Wilson Whitaker of Grandin Road in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (July 29) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. Whitaker was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (July 31).

Catawba County Commissioner Kitty Barnes was appointed to serve as Chair of the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) Environment, Energy & Land Use Steering Committee during the 2017 NACo Annual Conference, which was held July 21-24 in Columbus, Ohio.

Barnes, who has previously served as Vice Chair of the committee, was joined at the conference by Commissioners Barbara Beatty, Sherry Butler and Dan Hunsucker. The Environment, Energy & Land Use Steering Committee develops policy platforms, resolutions, and legislative priorities for NACo related to all matters pertaining to air, water, energy and land use. Barnes will work with several other NACo members appointed to serve on the committee from across the country.

The National Association of Counties (NACo) is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States. Founded in 1935, NACo assists America’s 3,069 counties in pursuing excellence in public service to produce healthy, vibrant, safe and resilient counties. NACo promotes sound public policies, fosters county solutions and innovation, promotes intergovernmental and public-private collaboration and provides value-added services to save counties and taxpayers money.

38-year-old Michael Christopher Townsend of Brookdale Place NW in Lenoir was arrested Friday (July 28) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony attempted discharge of a firearm into an occupied dwelling or vehicle. Townsend was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court date was set for today (July 31).

26-year-old Joshua Stephen Moriarity of Whitner Street in Valdese was arrested Friday (July 28) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony fail to report a new address as a sex offender. Moriarity was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facilty under $20,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for September 18.

44-year-old Shane Vincent Amoroso of Denver Shores Lane in Denver, NC, was arrested Friday (July 28) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of breaking and entering and one felony count each of larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods.

Last Thursday (July 27) Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a breaking and entering call on Todd Lane in Denver. The victim told officers that on Wednesday (July 26) someone had removed screws from a two by four piece of wood that had been placed on the door to prevent break-ins. The suspect was able to remove the wood, enter the residence and leave with $40 in cash and a number of food items.

Unknown to the suspect, the landlord had placed a trail camera on a tree outside the home because of past break-ins. The camera recorded the individual breaking into the residence. Using an SD card from the trail camera deputies were able to identify the suspect as Shane Vincent Amoroso. He was arrested on Friday as he walked on Campground Road. Following the arrest, Amoroso was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $30,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in Lincoln County District Court today (July 31).

24-year-old Nicholas Daniel Hogue of Boone was arrested by Boone Police Officers. He's charged with three counts of third degree sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of second degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

According to a news release received Friday (July 28), on July 18, the Boone Police Department and the State Bureau of Investigation concluded an investigation into the possession and distribution of child pornography. The investigation resulted in Hogue's arrest.

Hogue’s bond was set at $75,000 secured. A court date was scheduled for August 28.

38-year-old Christopher Wayne Darby of Salisbury was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of a firearm by convicted felon, possession of an altered firearm, possession of a weapon of mass destruction, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving while license revoked.

According to a news released issued last Friday (July 28), on June 26 Lt. C.L. Stone of the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team conducted a traffic stop on a 1999 model Dodge on Salisbury Highway. The officer had discovered that the driver, Christopher Darby, was operating the vehicle without a valid driver’s license.  While issuing Darby a citation, Stone discovered that he is a convicted felon and has a prior history of illegal drug possession.

After questioning Darby briefly a search of his vehicle was conducted. During the search a modified shotgun with an 8-1/2 inch barrel was located under the driver’s seat. A small amount of Crystal Methamphetamine was also found along with a pipe used for smoking meth. Darby received a $25,000 secured bond. He has District Court dates scheduled for August 7 and September 18.

49-year-old William Thomas Farmer of Mouth of Wilson, Virginia, was arrested last Wednesday (July 26) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony fail to notify change of address.

According to a news release issued last Friday (July 28), on July 24, Deputy John Adams of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victim’s Unit attempted to locate and verify an address on a registered sex offender, William Farmer. Deputy Adams made several attempts to find Farmer at his registered address but was unable to locate him. During the investigation Deputy Adams was able to talk with witnesses and learned that Farmer was staying in Virginia with family and also working in Ashe County.

Farmer failed to notify the Sheriff’s Office that he was living out of state resulting in a warrant for his arrest. Following his arrest, bond was set at $10,000 secured. A District Court date is set for August 16. Farmer's prior convictions include indecent liberties with a child, DWI, and simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance.

Monday, 31 July 2017 04:37

Newton Man Charged With Drug Trafficking

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34-year-old Quantez Antonio Gaither of McKay Road in Newton was arrested Saturday (July 29) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with trafficking, opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule III controlled substance, and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana. Gaither was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $75,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (July 31).

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