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Monday, 05 December 2016 10:41

Two Arrested Late Friday on Drug Charges

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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.

Monday, 05 December 2016 10:19

City of Hickory Lifts Burn Ban

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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.

Monday, 05 December 2016 06:01

Lenoir Man Charged With Meth Possession

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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).

Monday, 05 December 2016 05:39

Hickory City Council To Meet Tuesday

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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.

Monday, 05 December 2016 05:32

Missing Woman Found, Reported To Be Safe

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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).

Monday, 05 December 2016 05:05

Catawba County Commissioners Meet This Morning

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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).

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