Catawba County is celebrating Earth Day by hosting a new one-day residential household hazardous waste collection event Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will be held at Bandys High School at 5040 East Bandys Road in Catawba. It is open to Catawba County residents only and is free of charge.
Types of residential household hazardous waste accepted at the event include the following:
Household cleaners such as drain openers, toilet bowl cleaners, oven cleaners, disinfectants, and pine cleaners.
Paint products such as latex and oil-based paints, solvents, thinners, shellacs, varnishes, wood preservatives, and sealers.
Automotive products such as lead-acid batteries, used motor oil, antifreeze, brake fluid, and auto starter fluid.
Pesticides and insecticides such as poisons and aerosols
Other chemical-based products such as acids, bases, kerosene, household batteries, photographic chemicals, pool chemicals, gas cylinders and mercury thermometers.
Electronics such as computer monitors and intact televisions, laptops, floppy drives, hard drives, ink/toner cartridges, modems, cell phones, answering machines, CD players, tape players, calculators, copiers, duplicators, microwaves, electronic typewriters, pagers, radios, remote controls, scanners, stereos, and VCRs.
Plastic bag recycling will also be provided at the event courtesy of Keep Catawba County Beautiful. The first 200 people who bring plastic bags to be recycled will receive a reusable bag.
For safety reasons, the event will not accept tires, radioactive waste, biologically active or infectious waste, unknown gases or chemicals, dioxin-related waste, explosives, household garbage, or TVs with internal parts removed. Prescription and over-the-counter medications also will not be accepted at this event; however, they are accepted at the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies year-round through the Operation Pillstoppers program.
To assist with electronics recycling and disposal, the county contracts with electronics recycling companies who are certified to ensure proper handling and security of the electronic waste collected. All data and data-bearing devices on electronic equipment will be destroyed, but the County cannot guarantee the non-disclosure of any information left on equipment. Additionally, please note that other vendors who may be set up outside the event are not associated with the event or Catawba County.
The one-day event is sponsored by Catawba County Utilities & Engineering and is co-sponsored by Republic Services, Keep Catawba County Beautiful and the NC State Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. For more information, please contact Catawba County Utilities and Engineering at (828) 465-8217.
35-year-old Joshua Landon Walker was arrested Friday (March 31) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony second degree forcible sex offense and misdemeanor assault on a female. Walker was arrested at a residence on Sides Avenue in Connelly Springs. He was placed in jail in Morganton under $101,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, April 3).
36-year-old James Allen Staley of Sandy Acres Lane in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (April 1) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Staley was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for May 1.
22-year-old Grady Franklin Williams of 14th Avenue Drive SE in Hickory was arrested Sunday (April 2) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen vehicle. Williams was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $18,500 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, April 3).
51-year-old Barbara Gaye Dellinger and 50-year-old Johnny Wayne Potts, both of the same Meadows Park Lane, Granite Falls address were both arrested Friday (March 31) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Both suspects were locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (Monday, April 3).
The investigation is continuing into the discovery of a man's body in Catawba County over the weekend. The body was found Saturday morning (April 1) at approximately 9:30 at the edge of a wooded area in the 4200 block of River Road.
Sheriff Coy Reid told WHKY's Ralph Mangum the victim is an Hispanic male in his early 20s. The victim's name has not been released. The body was likely dumped Friday night (March 31). The victim was discovered by the owner of the home nearest to where the body was found.
It was not known what caused the man's death, published reports say the Catawba County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death as a homicide. An autopsy will be conducted.
Hickory City Council meets in regular session Tuesday night (April 4).
Under reaffirmation and ratification of second readings, council will vote on an item amending the traffic ordinance to reduce the speed limit on Main Avenue SE from 17th Street SE to 21st Street SE from 35 mph to 25 mph. The item was approved unanimously on first reading.
Hickory City Council will also vote on the consent agenda, which includes the approval to close the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library and Ridgeview Branch Library from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday May 19 for staff in-service training.
Under new business, council will vote on the approval and acceptance of the North Carolina Department of Transportation Project Agreement for the pedestrian signal upgrade in the amount of $402,500, along with the associated budged revision. This affects approximately 40 signalized intersections throughout the city.
Tuesday's Hickory City Council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building, 76 North Center Street in Hickory.
35-year-old Jennifer Christine Dunlap of Shangri-la Lane in Conover and 35-year-old Edwin Lawrence Lawing of Old Conover Startown Road in Newton were both arrested Saturday (April 1) by Claremont Police Officers. They're each charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Dunlap and Lawing were both jailed at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond apiece. District Court appearances for both suspects were scheduled for today (Monday, April 3).
The body of a man was found Saturday morning (April 1) in Catawba County. Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid told WHKY the body was discovered at the edge of a wooded area in the 4200 block of River Road at approximately 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
Sheriff Reid told WHKY's Ralph Mangum the victim is an Hispanic male in his early 20s. The body was likely dumped Friday night (March 31). The victim was found by the homeowner. It was not known what caused the man's death, published reports say the Catawba County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death as a homicide. An autopsy will be conducted. No other information was available.
Check whky.com for updates on this story as more details are released by authorities.
17-year-old Tyreke Shyborn Holmes of Statesville was arrested by Statesville Police yesterday (March 30) on charges of robbery with a Dangerous weapon and assault by pointing a gun.
His arrest stemmed from an incident the previous day (March 29) on Bristol Road. The victim reportedly agreed on Facebook to sell his Sony PlayStation 4 and games. The victim and a friend met the would-be buyer at a pond at Bristol Park. The victim handed the game system to a person later identified as Tyreke Shyborn Holmes. Holmes then produced a black handgun and pointed it at the victim, saying “this is ours now”. Holmes then got into a white passenger car driven by an unknown black female
Following his arrest yesterday, Holmes was placed in the Iredell County Jail under a $25,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today.
16-year-old Sebastian Christopher Ginestri of Otis Dellinger Road in Lincolnton is facing a number of charges following a vehicle chase last night (March 30) that started on Ritchie Road, north of Lincolnton.
At about 9 p.m. Thursday, Detectives went to a residence on Ritchie Road in connection to their investigation into a missing juvenile. When they arrived on the scene, a white vehicle occupied by three people left the residence, ran through a ditch and fled toward Startown Road. Detectives and Deputies gave chase and followed the vehicle down Startown Road onto Reepsville Road.
Deputies set up stop sticks on Reepsville Road near the intersection with June Bug Road, damaging the vehicle’s right front tire. The pursuit continued down Reepsville Road to the area of Union Elementary School with the vehicle running on a right front rim and no tire.
The vehicle pulled off the road into a field near the school on Hoover Elmore Road, almost hitting a Detective. The car stopped when it reached a wooded area. The occupants, a 16-year-old male, a 14-year-old male and a 14-year-old female, exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Officers searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspects.
The vehicle had been reported stolen earlier in the day in Lincolnton. The male juvenile is a habitual runaway from D.S.S. custody.
At about 9 a.m. today (March 31), Deputies responded to a call regarding a suspicious male and female in the area of Howard’s Creek Mill Road. The female was released to her parents’ custody. The male, Sebastian Christopher Ginestri, was taken into custody and interviewed. He will face multiple charges, including operating a motor vehicle while fleeing to elude law enforcement, possession of a stolen vehicle, no operator’s license, damage to property, resisting a public officer and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.
In a separate incident, Ginestri was charged in connection to the theft of vehicle from a residence on Keener Road. On March 29, the victim told Deputies she went outside to warm up her vehicle to take children to school. When she went back inside, the vehicle was stolen. It was recovered the next day in Lincolnton. Ginestri was charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle and conspiracy.
He is being held under a $52,300 secured bond. No court date is currently listed. Ginestri will also face charges from the Lincolnton Police Department.
31-year-old Michael Allen Montanez of Dixie Avenue SW in Valdese was arrested today (Friday, March 31) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony trafficking in methamphetamine and failure to appear on a felony probation violation. Montanez was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $350,000 bond. A District Court appearance on the meth charge is scheduled for Monday (April 3), a Superior Court date on the failure to appear charge is scheduled for June 19.
Repairs to the sinkhole on N.C. 127 at First Avenue NE in Hickory were scheduled to get underway today (Friday, March 31). The intersection was closed Tuesday night, March 28, when the sinkhole was discovered.
To speed up repairs, crews will be working around the clock in shifts to replace the existing rock culvert with reinforced concrete pipe. Crews spent Wednesday and Thursday preparing the area for repairs, including the removal of debris from the failure, temporary removal of overhead signal lines, and installing a pumping system to help storm water bypass the sinkhole.
A signed detour is in place for motorists: N.C. 127 South: Follow to Second Ave. NE. Turn left to Main Ave. NE, which turns into Eighth St. NE. Turn left to Seventh Ave. NE and follow to Lenoir Rhyne Blvd. Turn right to First Ave. SE back to N.C. 127.
N.C. 127 North: Turn right to Second Ave. SE, then turn left on Lenoir Rhyne Blvd. Follow to Seventh Ave. NE and turn left. Turn left to Eighth St. NE, which turns into Main Ave. NE. Follow to Third Ave. NE, then turn right. Stay left to remain on Third Ave., then turn right to N.C. 127 North.
Transportation officials remind motorists to drive safely, obey all posted speed limits, detour signs and work-zone postings.
50-year-old Anthony Towan Roberson of Main Avenue Drive N.W. in Newton and his son 23-year-old Al-Malik Asad Saalik of St. Louis, Missouri were arrested yesterday (March 30) by Newton Police and Officers with the Conover Police Department’s Municipal Narcotics Enforcement Team (MNET). Both men were charged with trafficking opium or heroin, trafficking schedule II narcotics, possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, possession with intent to sell & deliver controlled substances within 1,000 foot of a daycare and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.
At 12:20 yesterday afternoon, Officers executed a search warrant at Hewitt’s Rooming House, 105 South College Avenue in Newton. Police received numerous complaints from the public regarding possible drug activity in a room at the boarding house. That room was rented by Anthony Towan Roberson. During the search, Officers seized 29 grams of cocaine with a street value of $12,000, 30 grams of heroin with a street value of $12,000 and 70 grams of marijuana with a street value of $375, along with a large amount of cash.
Roberson and Saalik were arrested and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Roberson’s bond was set at $75,000, while Saalik was given a $100,000 bond. Both men were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court this morning in Newton.
The investigation is continuing.