There appears to be progress in a southern Caldwell County road project. According to a report in the Caldwell Journal, plans may be moving forward in the New Farm Road project in Granite Falls. New Farm Road is a new road that is being built to connect Grace Chapel Road to HWY 321 at Wal-Mart in Granite Falls.
The road is slated to be approximately 1.232 miles long. According to the report in the Journal, New Farm Road was originally planned to be completed by September 15, 2013 at a cost of just over four-and-a-half million dollars. The project got underway on March 26, 2012 and has been delayed by numerous factors.
The report says the North Carolina Department of Transportation may be performing a “final inspection” of the new road this week which can mean one of two things, the road will open soon or a “punch list” will be developed that will prolong the project.
In the Caldwell Journal report, it states that the line of sight where the road connects behind Walmart is non-existent. There is a residence that now has a hidden driveway across from River Bend Drive that could possibly be of concern. The report also says it does appear that the residents of River Bend will be able to see traffic in both directions on the new road.
A case of fraud in which a suspect filed taxes in another person’s name is currently under investigation. A Maiden resident filed the complaint with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. According to police reports, the suspect entered a tax return in the name of the victim and received $5,611. No suspects are listed on the report, the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the case.
The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an embezzlement case. C & S Mart on Old Shelby Road in Hickory filed the report with the Sheriff’s Office. The report says an employee fraudulently returned items and pocketed the money. There are three separate incidents listed, one in December of last year, one in January of this year, and one last Wednesday (February 4). The total amount of money embezzled is $4046.81. No suspects are listed on the report of the incidents, the investigation is continuing.
25-year-old Willie Ferman Ferguson IV of N.W. Calvary Place in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (February 9) for failure to appear on a charge of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana. Following his arrest, Ferguson was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $60,000, secured. No court date is currently listed.
27-year-old Craig Lavar Covington of 12th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested at about 11:10 yesterday on one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon.
Covington was arrested after Police responded to a domestic dispute at the suspect’s residence. The victim, a 26-year-old female, told Officers Covington ran over her foot with his vehicle as he attempted to leave. Covington was still on the scene when Police arrived. E.M.S. responded and found that the victim was not injured.
Covington was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he was held without bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was set for April 16 in Hickory.
24-year-old Savanna Nicole Hall was arrested Monday (February 9) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony identity theft. Following the arrest, Hall was incarcerated under $10,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for March 16.
53-year-old Harry James Odum of Premier Road in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (February 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Following the arrest, Odum was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, February 10).
More Information Released In Case Involving Arrest Of Two In Vehicle Breaking And Enterings In HickoryWritten by Rob Eastwood
29-year-old Jimmy Ryan Hartley and 27-year-old Alex Jeffrey William Eikenberg, both of 12th Street N.E. in Hickory, were arrested Friday (February 6) by Hickory Police. The arrests are connected to a series of vehicle break-ins in Hickory that began on January 29. Hartley was charged with one felony count each of obtaining property by false pretense and identity theft. Eikenberg faces three felony counts of breaking & entering a motor vehicle.
On Friday February 6, a Hickory Police Officer located a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description and initiated a traffic stop. The driver of the vehicle, Jimmy Ryan Hartley, also matched the description previously given in the larceny from motor vehicle case. During a search of the vehicle, property related to the larceny crimes was located and Hartley was arrested on the scene. A subsequent search of Hartley’s residence resulted in the discovery of additional stolen property from the incidences and the development and arrest of an additional suspect, Alex Jeffrey William Eikenberg.
Both subjects were taken into custody without incident, Hartley at about 2:15 in the afternoon on the 2300 block of 29th Avenue Drive N.E. and Eikenberg at about 7 p.m. at his residence. The two were taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Hartley set at $25,000, secured, while Eikenberg was given a $15,000 secured bond. Eikenberg has since been released. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for Monday (February 9) in Newton.
41-year-old Donald Ray Mullins of Smith Drive in Huntington, West Virginia, was arrested Monday (February 9) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with breaking and or entering and felony larceny. Following the arrest, Mullins was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,500 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (February 11).
35-year-old Courtney Dawn Reitler of Whiterock Drive in Mount Holly was arrested Monday (February 9) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of controlled substance on prison or jail premises. Following the arrest, Reitler was detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $4,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (February 13).