26-year-old Orlando Leverne Jones and 29-year-old Candais Victoria Robinson, both of 18th Avenue N.E. in Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police just before midnight on Friday (December 2). Jones was charged with felony trafficking in heroin or opium and Robinson was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.
They were arrested after Police responded to the 200 block of 7th Street N.E. where complaints were received regarding drug violations involving a black 2009 Toyota Camry. Officers saw the vehicle heading north at 11th Street S.W. and 2nd Avenue S.W. They stopped the Toyota on 2nd Avenue N.E., near 2nd Street N.E.
A black male in the passenger seat, Orlando Jones, had digital scales in his lap. A search of the vehicle turned up a plastic baggie containing a white, rock-like substance and another baggie containing a powder substance. The bags contained a total of 4.4 grams of heroin. A bag containing 0.9 grams of marijuana was found in Robinson’s purse.
Both suspects were taken into custody without incident. Jones was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $130,000 secured bond. Robinson was released under a $1,000 unsecured bond. Jones was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (December 5) in Newton. Robinson has a court date on January 3.
A burning ban has been lifted for the City of Hickory following recent rainfall; however, fire officials still recommend that citizens exercise caution and follow local regulations.
If planning to burn, citizens should check first with their local fire department or the forestry service. A citizen’s location could make a difference in where permits are issued and the regulations that must be followed.
Deputy Chief Steve Moore said, “Even though the burning ban has been lifted for Catawba County, open burning regulations within the city limits remain in place. No open burning of leaves or limbs is allowed due to municipal pick up. Warming fires and recreational fires are now permitted.” Citizens are responsible for damages that occur.
For more information, contact the N.C. Forestry Office at 828-465-8443 or the Hickory Fire & Life Safety Division at 828-323-7522.
34-year-old Steven Wayne Strickland of Sheely Road in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (December 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Strickland was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled for today (Monday, December 5).
27-year-old Nathaniel Hastens Wood of 10th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Friday (December 2) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon. Wood was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, December 5).
Hickory City Council meets in regular session Tuesday night (December 6).
Council will elect a Mayor Pro Tem for the calendar year 2017 and will also appoint a City Attorney.
Under Reaffirmation and Ratification of Second Readings, Hickory City Council will vote on the acceptance of a pair of items involving temporary construction and permanent easement. In addition, Council will vote on the acceptance of a bid and the awarding of a contract to Hickory Sand Company for sanitary sewer improvements for the Central Business District Rehabilitation Project. All of the items listed under Reaffirmation and Ratification of Second Readings were approved unanimously on first reading.
City Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday to hear comments on a proposed voluntary contiguous annexation of property on 16th Street NE. Under Departmental Reports, Council will hear the annual code enforcement update, and will also make appointments to boards and commissions.
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.
A missing 34-year-old Vale woman has been located and is safe. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office reports that Shelia Carver of Sandburg Trail in Vale has been located and is safe. Carver was reported missing last Wednesday (November 30) after leaving home while her family was away.
24-year-old Daniel Andrew Gauthier of North Main Avenue in Hickory was arrested Sunday (December 4) by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin, possession of heroin, two counts of simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia, and carrying a concealed gun. Gauthier was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $45,000 bond. A District Court date was set for today (Monday, December 5).
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners meets this morning (Monday, December 5) in regular session.
The board will continue with the County’s Strategic Planning process with a discussion on Broadband and will consider Juvenile Crime Prevention Council funding priorities for Fiscal Year 2017-18 as well as consider granting an easement across County-owned property to Piedmont Natural Gas for a line replacement project.
Commissioners will receive a report on the County’s Fiscal Year 2015-16 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and an independent audit of the County’s financial records for FY 2015-16, which are expected to show the County continued to deliver services in a sound fiscal manner. Re-elected County Commissioners Barbara Beatty and Dan Hunsucker will take their Oaths of Office for four-year terms, and re-elected Register of Deeds Donna Spencer will take her oath. The Board will hold its annual organizational meeting to select a chairperson and vice-chairperson for the coming year and appoint commissioners to serve on Board subcommittees.
The board will also present two awards involving Catawba County Libraries – the Library Director of the Year Award to Catawba County Library Director Suzanne White and the Best Program for Adults in Public Libraries of its Size for the Advanced Gardener Series to Library Director Suzanne White, Hickory Public Library Director Sarah Green and Cooperative Extension Director George Place.
Today's Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. at the 1924 Courthouse, 30 North College Avenue in Newton.
Agents with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation (S.B.I.) are continuing to investigate the deputy-involved shooting that occurred in Hickory on Monday (November 28). 41-year-old Irecas Raysion Valentine was killed during the incident.
Agents from the S.B.I. were not in the area prior to or during the shooting, but responded to the scene because a request for an external and independent investigation was made by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Upon arrival, Agents immediately began the independent criminal investigation.
The S.B.I. hopes to interview everyone who may have witnessed the incident and anyone who is in possession of video footage. When the investigation is complete, the S.B.I. will provide the case file to the Catawba County District Attorney.
Anyone with information should call the S.B.I.’s Hickory office at 828-294-2226. After hours, call 800-334-3000.
28-year-old Tiffany Ann Stamey was arrested Thursday (December 2) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon. Stamey was placed in jail in Morganton under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, December 2).
26-year-old Justin Ray Coleman and 32-year-old Justin Lee Allen, both of Bessemer City, along with 38-year-old Dana Michelle Matheson of York, South Carolina, have all been arrested by Lincoln Co. Narcotics Officers. All three were charged with conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and possession of a schedule II controlled substance. Coleman was also charged with conspiracy to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance. Matheson faces additional charges for maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, speeding to elude arrest and no operator’s license. Coleman and Allen were both charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. They were arrested yesterday (December 1) after a brief vehicle pursuit south of Lincolnton.
According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office, the suspects made an arrangement to meet with an undercover Detective and sell a large quantity of meth. The suspects reportedly conducted counter-surveillance in an attempt to avoid detection and confuse the undercover Detective. Narcotics Detectives conducting surveillance recognized the activity and saw one of the suspect vehicles in the parking lot at a church near the 3000 block of the Gastonia Highway.
Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop and approach the subjects, but the vehicle left the parking lot, spinning its tires and narrowly avoiding oncoming traffic. With emergency lights and sirens activated, Detectives pursued the vehicle south on the Gastonia Highway and onto Highway 321 northbound until they reached mile marker 21, where the vehicle stopped. Detectives quickly took all three subjects into custody. During a search of the vehicle, Detectives seized meth, drug paraphernalia and more than $1,000 in cash. The vehicle was impounded.
Following their arrests, Coleman, and Allen were each given a $15,000 secured bond, while Matheson’s bond was set at $27,000, secured. No court dates are currently listed for Coleman and Allen. Matheson was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today.
Detectives believe the suspects have been coming through Lincoln County recently to participate in drug activity. Coleman has previously worked and lived in Lincoln County. The investigation is ongoing as Detectives work to identify others who may have been involved in Thursday’s incident.
As the result of the burn ban currently in effect throughout much of western North Carolina, Catawba Memorial Park has canceled its luminary service, which had been planned for tomorrow (December 3). A memorial service will still be in the funeral home chapel at the park. That service will begin at 5 p.m. tomorrow.
The service is intended to honor those who have passed away in 2016. The families and loved ones of anyone interred at the park are welcome to attend.
Catawba Memorial Park is located at 3010 Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory, near the Hickory Motor Speedway. For more information, call 828-322-8646.
28-year-old Christopher Brice Biggerstaff was arrested Thursday (December 1) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a firearm and forced breaking and entering. Biggerstaff was placed in jail in Morganton under $35,000 bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, December 2).
Commissioners will be sworn in and the organizational meeting will be held when the Catawba County Board of Commissioners meets in regular session Monday morning (December 5). Barbara Beatty and Dan Hunsucker will be sworn in after regaining their seats in the November election. In addition, Donna Hicks Spencer will be sworn in as Register of Deeds. Commissioners will hold their organizational meeting and elect a Chair and Vice-Chair. They'll also make several organizational appointments.
In addition Monday morning, Catawba County Commissioners will hear a presentation related to the Library Director of the Year Award which will be prestented to Library Director Suzanne White. The Catawba County Library System's Advanced Gardener Series is also the winner of the award for Best Program For Adults from the North Carolina Library Director's Association.
The 2015/2016 Audit/Financial Report will be presented during departmental reports. And there will be a Strategic Planning Broadband Discussion.
Monday's Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting gets underway at 9:30 a.m. at the Robert E. Hibbitts Meeting Room in the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.