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35-year-old Jerimi Mishon Sims of 8th Avenue Drive S.W. in Hickory was arrested at about 9:30 Saturday night (April 30) on seven counts of assault on a female, two counts of resisting a public officer and five counts of second-degree trespass, plus one count each of injury to personal property, a misdemeanor domestic violence protection order violation, driving while license revoked, a rear light violation, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, communicating threats, simple assault, assault by strangulation and first-degree kidnapping. The charges were from arrest warrants dated April 20 and April 27.

At the same time, 21-year-old Tayanna Samantha Bowens, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested on one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

They were arrested when Police arrived at the Sunny Valley apartment complex to serve the outstanding warrants on Sims. Officers were in the process of taking Sims into custody when they learned that Bowens was likely in possession of a controlled substance. When a female Officer arrived to search Bowens’ person, the suspect fled, on foot.

As Bowens ran, she threw a bag that contained 5.3 grams of crack cocaine. The bag was recovered. Bowens was apprehended after a short foot pursuit.

The April 20 warrants for Sims’ arrest stem from a domestic incident in which Sims allegedly assaulted the female victim and took her from the scene against her will. The victim was treated for her injuries at Frye Regional Medical Center and released. No details were released regarding the April 27 incident.

Both suspects were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Sims set at $72,000, secured. Bowens was given a $7,000 secured bond. They were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today (May 2) in Newton.

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners met this morning (Monday, May 2) in regular session. The board received and approved the annual report of the work of the Community Child Protection & Fatality Prevention Team. This annual report is to update and keep the Board informed on activities to date. Upon the Board’s approval, the Annual Plan will be submitted to the State.

The Catawba County Child Protection Team was established in 1992 as the result of an executive order by Governor James Martin. North Carolina later mandated a Child Fatality Review Team and Catawba County elected to combine the two into a single team as allowed under State guidelines. The Child Protection Team has the legal responsibilities for reviewing cases of child fatalities when the family is known to the Department of Social Services and identifying areas in Protective Services needing improvement in order to maximize the safety of the community’s children. The Child Fatality Team’s purpose is to provide a multi-agency, multi-disciplinary approach to study cases of childhood death in Catawba County in order to attempt to reduce child fatalities.

The Board voted to confirm its approval of a Pyrotechnics Permit for Wanda Gayle C. Jarrett. She submitted a Pyrotechnic Permit application for a fireworks display to be conducted on April 23  at 3742 S. Hwy 16 Maiden, North Carolina. The display was part of a memorial for Ms. Jarrett’s son, Michael Jarrett, who recently passed away. Michael performed fireworks displays throughout the County for several years and was being honored by his family. The display occurred at 10:00 p.m. and lasted approximately 30 minutes. There was no Board of Commissioners meeting held between the time of application and the scheduled event. Therefore, the Board was polled and approved Chair Isenhower executing the required permit.

The Board of Commissioners declared May as Tourism Month in Catawba County. Commissioners also declared May 15-21 as Emergency Medical Services Week in Catawba County. The Board also declared May 1-7 as Public Service Recognition Week in Catawba County.

53-year-old Clyde Timothy Gilbert of That Way in Lenoir was arrested Friday (April 29) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Gilbert was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for today (Monday May 2).

47-year-old Tina Yvette Pinnix of Little Rock Road in Taylorsville was arrested today (Monday, May 2) by Newton Police Officers. She's charged with possession of heroin, felony possession of cocaine, simple possession of schedule II controlled substance and simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance. Pinnix was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.

42-year-old Richie Lamar Linebarger of 21st Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Sunday (May 1) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers.

He's charged with two counts apiece of conspiracy to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance and manufacture, sell, deliver or possess controlled substance at child care center. He's also charged with three counts apiece of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance and sale and delivery of schedule II controlled substance. In addition, Linebarger is  charged with one count of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance.   

Linebarger was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, May 2).

26-year-old Jarae Maran Millsaps of Broadway Street in Lenoir was arrested Friday (April 29) by Lenoir Police Officers. Millsaps is charged with felony breaking and entering. Following the arrest, the suspect was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, May 2).

30-year-old William Ryan Wimbush of Grant Road in Hudson and 45-year-old Denaita Jean Love of Driftwood Drive in Granite Falls were both arrested Sunday (May 1) by Conover Police Officers.

They're both charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Wimbush is also charged with maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, and driving while license revoked. Both suspects were locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility.

Bond for Wimbush was set at $55,000, bond for Love was set at $25,000. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (Monday, May 2).

Monday, 02 May 2016 05:33

Hickory Man Charged With Safecracking

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24-year-old Jonathan Scott Miller of Johnson Bridge Road in Hickory was arrested Friday (April 29) by Conover Police Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with breaking and  entering to a place of worship and larceny after breaking and entering. In addition, Miller is charged with felony safecracking. Following the arrest, Miller was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $6,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is slated for today (Monday, May 2).

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will meet in regular session this morning (Monday, May 2) in Newton.

The Board will receive the annual report of the Community Child Protection & Fatality Prevention Team. This team has the legal responsibilities of reviewing cases of child fatalities when the family is known to the Department of Social Services. They're also responsible for identifying areas in Protective Services needing improvement in order to maximize the safety of the community’s children.

The Board will consider confirming its approval of a pyrotechnics permit for Wanda Jarrett. This permit is actually for a pyrotechnics show already held last Saturday in honor and memory of her late son, Michael Jarrett, who recently passed away. Michael Jarrett staged pyrotechnics shows across the county while working with Zambelli Fireworks. The display occurred at 10 p.m. last Saturday (April 23) and ran approximately 30 minutes. There was no Board of Commissioners meeting held between the time of application and the scheduled event, therefore the Board was polled and approved Chair Randy Isenhower executing the required permit.

The Board will issue a proclamation declaring May as Tourism Month in Catawba County; the week of May 1-7,
as Public Service Recognition Week and the week of May 15-21,  as Emergency Medical Services Week.

Today's Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting gets underway at 9:30 a.m. at the 1924 Courthouse, 30 North College Avenue in Newton.

A Burke County man is charged with multiple offenses for allegedly planning to meet an underage girl for sex. 28-year-old Sean Patrick Murphy of Calls Lodge Court in Morganton was arrested on Friday (April 29) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony counts of solicitation of a child by computer, indecent liberties with a child, and disseminating obscene material to a minor.

According to a news release, in early January, Investigators with the Morganton Department of Public Safety received information that Sean Murphy had been sending inappropriate messages to a 13-year-old female talking about sex. Further investigation revealed that Murphy agreed to meet the female in Morganton for sex and he had also disseminated obscene material over social media multiple times.  The investigation is ongoing and Public Safety Investigators are following up on additional leads in the case.

Murphy was taken into custody without incident. His bond was set at $20,000 secured. He is not currently listed as an inmate in Burke County. Murphy was scheduled to appear in court today (Monday, May 2).

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