29-year-old Gary Dustin Brandon Letterman of Miller Drive in Newton was arrested Wednesday (May 31) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a stolen firearm. Letterman was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $37,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (June 1).
26-year-old Ryan Heath Lingle of Normandy Park Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (May 31) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of first degree burglary and larceny. Lingle was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $28,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (June 1).
19-year-old Michael Shane Amoedo was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts apiece of first degree rape, first degree sexual offense, and statutory sexual offense with a child along with one count of statutory rape of a child.
On May 20, 2017 a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s office in reference to a child being assaulted by a family member. The report was assigned to Detective Sergeant Amy Dyson of the Special Victim’s Unit. The child was interviewed along with several additional witnesses.
As a result of the investigation, Amoedo was arrested and charged. He was detained in the Iredell County Detention Center under $300,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for June 12.
Unemployment rates decreased across the Greater Hickory Metro and in a majority of the counties in North Carolina according to the most recent numbers. The April report was released Wednesday (May 31) by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.
Alexander County's unemployment rate is at 3.4 percent, that's down from 3.9 percent in the previous report. Burke County is showing a 4 percent jobless rate for April, down from 4.4 percent in March. Caldwell County is also at 4 percent even for April, down from 4.6 percent in the previous report. Catawba County's unemployment rate stands at 4 percent even as well, down from 4.4 percent in March.
The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 3.9 percent, that's down from 4.4 percent in the previous report. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied for the 4th lowest jobless rate among 15 MSAs in North Carolina.
The statewide unemployment rate is 4.3 percent, down from 4.7 percent in the March report. Jobless rates decreased in 97 of North Carolina's 100 counties and increased in three. Hyde County shows the highest unemployment rate at 8.8 percent, while Buncombe County has the state's lowest jobless rate at 3.2 percent.
26-year-old Ryan Scott Gibson of 10th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (May 31) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on Grand Jury Indictments with breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Gibson was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 24.
38-year-old Chad Eric Lowman of 22nd Street NE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (May 31) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine and possession of methamphetamine. Lowman was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (June 1).
55-year-old Gary Lynn Johnson of 8th Street Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (May 31) on one felony count of possession of cocaine.
He was arrested at 1:30 a.m. after Officers conducted a traffic stop on the 500 block of 2nd Avenue S.E. The driver was cited for driving while license revoked and failure to stop at a stop sign. During a search, 0.1 grams of crack cocaine was found in the vehicle’s passenger area. Gary Lynn Johnson, who was a passenger in the vehicle, taken into custody without incident.
Johnson was processed and given a $3,000 bond. He was then released on a written promise to appear in court. A District Court appearance was scheduled tomorrow in Newton.
32-year-old Ashley Daniell Braddy of Birkdale Lane in Lincolnton was arrested at about 1:50 last Friday afternoon (May 26) on one felony count each of larceny and possession of stolen property.
She was arrested in connection to a shoplifting case at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. The incident was initially reported on December 23 of last year.
Braddy was taken into custody without incident at an address on Startown Road in Maiden. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. She has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled yesterday (May 30) in Newton.
40-year-old Christopher Bennit Robinson was arrested Tuesday (May 30) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony second degree kidnapping. Robinson was placed in jail in Morganton under $25,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 10.
The K-64 Education Board held its inaugural meeting Tuesday, (May 30) at Catawba Valley Community College. The Board elected Larry Aiello, Jr., retired President & CEO of Corning Cable Systems LLC, to serve as Board Chair and Tony Rose, CEO of Catawba Valley Medical Center, to serve as Board Vice Chair. Catawba County Clerk Barbara Morris was appointed to fill the role of Secretary.
The Board established a four-member committee to conduct a search for a K-64 Chief Executive Officer, who will be employed by CVCC. That committee consists of Graystone Eye CEO Sheree Watson, CommScope Senior VP of Human Resources Robyn Mingle, and Catawba County Schools Superintendent Matt Stover and will be chaired by CVCC President Garrett Hinshaw, who will coordinate the job posting and hiring processes on behalf of CVCC.
In addition to establishing organizational roles, the Board heard presentations related to each K-12 public school system’s technology and staff training needs and requested written summaries of those needs for review prior to the Board’s next meeting.
The Board’s finances, which are managed through the CVCC Foundation, include $2.6 million in start-up funding over two years from the Catawba County Board of Commissioners and more than $600,000 in private investment commitments. The Board approved a $4,500 expenditure for a local performance analysis of the Leader in Me program, which has been implemented in some Catawba County and Newton-Conover City schools, and a $5,000 expenditure for BoardEffects board management software.
The Board voted to meet monthly, with its next meeting taking place Thursday, June 29 at 12:00 p.m. in the Sipe Board Room at CVCC. Beginning in August, the Board will meet in the same location on the first Thursday of each month at 12:00 p.m.
K-64 is an education and economic development initiative that prepares students from kindergarten (K) through retirement (64) to compete in the global economy and creates a highly qualified talent pipeline to support local workforce and economic growth. K-64 focuses on six priority areas: 1-to-world technology, character development, tech-savvy educators, work-based learning, employer engagement, and career adaptability. The initiative builds on what’s already working in Catawba County by expanding and implementing model programs throughout the local education system in collaboration with local employers and community partners. K-64 is governed by a 12-member board of directors comprised of both private and public sector representatives and is managed by Catawba Valley Community College.
One of three suspects wanted in a major local drug conspiracy was captured Monday night (May 29) in Maryland. 37-year-old Marqueseo Marshay “Pepe” Pearson of Stephens Drive in Morganton, was apprehended shortly before 9:45 p.m. Monday by officers with Seat Pleasant Police Department in Prince George’s County, Md.
Pearson had been on the run from McDowell County Sheriff’s Office and N.C. State Bureau of Investigation authorities since April 18, when officials conducted a three-county roundup of drug conspiracy suspects, and he fled. He was wanted on three counts of conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and one count each of conspiracy to manufacture a Schedule II controlled substance and aiding and abetting continuing a criminal enterprise. Pearson is in jail in Maryland under no bond pending extradition to North Carolina.
Two other suspects from the drug conspiracy remain on the run: 35-year-old Dwayne Bullock of 17th St. West in Newton is wanted on six counts of conspiracy to traffic heroin, three counts of conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and one count of continuing a criminal enterprise. 66-year-old William Jackie Pearson of Stephens Drive in Morganton is wanted on three counts of conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and one count each of conspiracy to manufacture a Schedule II controlled substance and aiding and abetting continuing a criminal enterprise.
The illegal narcotics investigation began with a probe of activity at the 100 Stacy Farm Road, Nebo residence of 36-year-old Jamie Leonard Tate. It was determined that Tate and Bullock conspired with numerous people to traffic and distribute hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as lesser amounts of cocaine and heroin.
On April 18, authorities began rounding up suspects in the conspiracy, raiding areas simultaneously in McDowell, Burke and Catawba counties, locations believed to be used for storing and distributing narcotics. Seven suspects were arrested that day. Seized during the raids were approximately 20 pounds of methamphetamine, an estimated $500,000 in cash, more than half a pound of marijuana, up to four ounces of fentanyl and other small amounts of pills, as well as firearms, cell phones and vehicles.
Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Dwayne Bullock or Jackie Pearson is asked to call the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office at 652-2235 or McDowell County Crime Stoppers at 65-CRIME (652-7463). Now, you can also text your tips to Crime Stoppers. Text MCDOWELLTIPS and your information to 274637 (CRIMES). With Crime Stoppers, your identity remains anonymous, and you could receive a cash reward.
34-year-old William Eric Clark of 17th Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (May 30) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with habitual larceny. Following the arrest, Clark was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled for today (May 31).
40-year-old Clarence Thomas Waycaster of SE Plymouth Road in Lenoir was taken into custody Tuesday (May 30) by authorities in Caldwell County. He's charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. In addition, Waycaster is charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and driving while license revoked. He was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for June 26 in Lenoir.
29-year-old Lamar Montray Gibbs of Old Catawba Road in Catawba was arrested Tuesday (May 30) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with discharging a weapon into an occupied property. Gibbs was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (May 31).