31-year-old Maurice Lavone Chambers of Dulatown Road in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers Friday (July 11) on felony charges of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. Chambers was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (July 14) in Lenoir.
24-year-old Antonio Carnell White of 2nd Street Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Friday (July 11) on one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance.
Events leading to his arrest began when Officers saw a vehicle on 11th Avenue Drive S.E. and knew the driver didn’t have a valid license. Officers approached the vehicle when it pulled into a parking lot. They saw an open alcoholic beverage container in vehicle’s center console. The driver, Antonio White, gave consent to search his person, but nothing was found at that time.
White’s mother, who was the owner of the vehicle, arrived to park the vehicle. As a result of the open container, Police then searched the vehicle, where they found individually packaged amounts of marijuana in a cupholder with a total weight of 12.2 grams.
White was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $36,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (July 14) in Newton.
41-year-old Crisoforo Parra Casareal of 16th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:30 Friday afternoon (July 11) on one felony count of first-degree sexual assault and two felony counts of indecent liberties with children.
He was arrested at H.P.D. headquarters without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $200,000 secured bond. Casareal was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (July 14) in Newton.
No further details are available.
Applebee’s restaurant and Hartman’s Haven Dog Rescue will partner to host a Flapjack Fundraiser on Saturday, July 19. All proceeds raised will be used to help provide medical care for rescue cats and dogs and to hire new trainers for the incoming animals.
The Hartman’s Haven fundraiser will be held at Applebee’s, 2180 Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory starting at 7 a.m. Tickets for the Flapjack Fundraiser are $7 and can be purchased by contacting Randie Conner at 828-228-0087. Breakfast includes a short stack of pancakes, sausage and beverages.
Hartman’s Haven Dog Rescue is a dog rescue that pulls from local kill shelters in North Carolina, fostering animals locally until they find a rescue home elsewhere. The organization was founded by and is primarily operated by Crystal and Justin Hartman. For more information, visit http://hartmanshaven.org.
Other non-profit organizations may request a Flapjack Fundraiser. Visit www.AGGrestaurants.com for more information.
A local contractor in Burke County plans to burn a brush pile behind Forest Hill Elementary School this week. The school is located at 304 Ann Street. Residents and motorists in the area of West Fleming Drive near the Morganton Heights Shopping Center, Asheville Street and Harris Drive will likely see smoke.
Mike Ross Grading, the contractor for Burke County Public Schools, has cleared some property behind Forest Hill Elementary. The controlled burn is intended to complete the clearing of the property. The contractor will begin burning the brush pile tomorrow (July 15), weather permitting.
The burn should be completed in a few days. For more information, contact Fire Captain John Campbell at 828-432-2522.
The Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Office has released more information regarding the arrests of three men in connection to sex offense charges involving minors.
29-year-old Brian Scott Garrison of Statesville was arrested on May 18 after he traveled to Caldwell County to meet a juvenile. 29-year-old Shea Andrew Tucker of Hickory was arrested on June 16 and 22-year-old Carl Dean Shook of Newton has been arrested twice by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers. He was first arrested on May 18 after he traveled to Caldwell County to meet a juvenile. All three were charged with solicitation of a child under 16 years of age by electronic device for sexual purposes and appearing at the meeting place. Tucker was also charged with disseminating obscenity and Shook faces an additional charge of driving while license revoked.
In each case, the men contacted minor children and solicited the children via social media sites to meet for sexual acts. In all three cases the men arrived at a location to actually meet with the minor child and were arrested by Investigators.
After Shook’s initial arrest, he was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond. While out on bond, Shook was charged in a separate incident with disseminating obscenity to a child under the age of 13. He was arrested on July 10. Shook was again jailed under a total secured bond of $75,000.
Garrison was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today (July 14) in Lenoir. No court date was listed for Tucker. Shook had both District and Superior court appearances set for today in Lenoir.
Governor Pat McCrory’s office has announced that $93,000 in federal grants will go to support awards announced by the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Seven historic preservation projects range from a city-wide architectural survey and a neighborhood nomination to the National Register of Historic Places to a Wooden Window Repair and Efficiency Workshop.
Each year, federal Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grants are awarded by the N.C. State Historic Preservation Office (HPO) through the National Park Service’s Certified Local Government Program (CLG). The partnership between local, state and national governments focuses on promoting historic preservation at the grassroots level.
The City of Hickory will receive a federal Historic Preservation Fund grant of $15,000 to complete an architectural survey update. A match of $8,000 will be provided by the city.
As many of Hickory’s historic resources have not been surveyed, the grant will assist the documentation of 100 to 125 non-residential buildings and 15 to 20 post-World War II subdivisions. The project will also update approximately 200 existing records for properties outside National Register historic districts.
The Town of Black Mountain in Buncombe County will receive a federal grant of $1,000 to host a workshop for homeowners, historic preservation commission members and contractors. The town will provide a match of $200 for the project. A specialist in wooden window repair and restoration will conduct the workshop, stressing the benefits of repairing existing wooden windows and demonstrating restoration methods and tools.
Other grants were awarded in Beaufort, Craven, Mecklenburg, Orange and Wake counties.
The Historic Preservation Fund is a federal matching grant program administered jointly by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior and the state Historic Preservation Office.
For more information, call 919-807-6582.
Hickory Police report two larcenies that occurred last night (July 10) at local liquor stores.
One incident occurred at the A.B.C. store on Highway 127 South between 8 p.m. and 8:18 p.m. Patron tequila valued at $200 was taken.
At the A.B.C. store on Highway 321 N.W., an unknown black male and black female took Jack Daniels Sinatra Select Tennessee whiskey valued at $169. That incident occurred between 8:10 p.m. and 8:18 p.m.
The investigation is ongoing.
The Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Office has released more details regarding the intentional shooting of livestock in the Petra Mill and Granite Falls areas. The Sheriff’s Office says cattle appear to be the targeted animals.
In late May of this year, a report was filed regarding one cow that had been shot. The investigation was unable to determine if the cow was wounded intentionally or accidentally.
In July, a report was filed in the Grace Chapel Road area after a cow was found dead. The owner said the animal might have been shot, but the cow had decomposed to the point where a cause of death could not be determined.
Also in July, a report was filed listing multiple cattle that were shot in the Petra Mill Road area. A Detective responded and saw five cows with wounds. Two of the animals had injuries through the leg above the hoof area and at least two or three cows had wounds in the hip area. One cow is missing and presumed dead.
The cows with hip wounds are not recovering and will have to be put down. Those include a calf born this year.
The cattle appear to have been shot with a small caliber rifle.
Anyone with information regarding the person or persons responsible for the shootings should contact Caldwell County Investigations at 828-758-2324 or Caldwell County Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300. Crime Stoppers callers may remain anonymous.
Early voting for the July 15 run-off election ends tomorrow (July 12). On the ballot are the races for district attorney in the 25th prosecutorial district between incumbent James “Jay” Gaither, Jr. and David Learner and clerk of court in Catawba County between Kim Richards Sigmon and Tammy Huffman West.
In Catawba County early voting sites are at the Newton Main Library, the Highland Recreation Center in Hickory, the Hickory Southwest Library in Mountain View and at Sherrills Ford Fire & Rescue on Slanting Bridge Road. Voting hours vary in Catawba County with all four locations open today and only the Newton Library location open tomorrow.
The Burke County Board of Elections has sites open today and tomorrow at the Senior Center in Morganton, Rutherford College Town Hall and the Board of Elections Office on South Sterling Street in Morganton. Sites will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday.
Early voting takes place in Caldwell County from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the City/County Chambers at the Alden E. Starnes Administration Building, 905 West Avenue in downtown Lenoir.
Registered Republicans and unaffiliated voters are eligible to cast ballots.