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The North Carolina second primary election will be held on Tuesday, July 15. In Caldwell County, polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The only race on the ballot in Caldwell County will be a Republican run off for District Attorney in the 25th prosecutorial district. Candidates are David Learner and the incumbent, James (Jay) Gaither, Jr. Voters who are registered Republican or Unaffiliated may vote in the second primary.

In Caldwell County, One Stop or Early Voting for the second primary election will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 3 and on Monday through Friday, July 7 – 11. One-Stop Voting will also be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 12. One-Stop voting will be closed on Friday and Saturday, July 4 & 5 for the holiday.

The only Caldwell County voting site for One Stop or Early Voting for the second primary will be at the county’s Administrative Offices in the County/City Chambers, housed in the Alden Starnes Building at 905 West Avenue N.W. in Lenoir.

On July 15, Primary Election day, voters should go to their regular precinct for voting.

In addition, filing to run for two upcoming vacant seats on the Soil & Water Conservation Board will begin at noon on Monday, June 9 and end at noon on Monday, July 7. The two seats are currently held by Dennis Benfield and Edward Spivey.

Filing for four upcoming vacant seats on the Caldwell County School Board will begin at noon, Monday, July 14 and end at noon, Monday, August 11. The School Board seats are currently held by Dottie Darsie, Helen Hall, Dyane Knight and Joe Sims.

For more information or request an absentee ballot, contact the Caldwell County Board of Election at 828-757-1326.

Friday, 06 June 2014 07:05

Maiden Man Convicted on Felony Meth Charge

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28-year-old Brandon Kyle Hensley of Maiden was convicted of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine yesterday in Catawba Co. Criminal Superior Court. Hensley was sentenced to no less than 55 months and no more than 78 months in the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction.

The crime occurred in April 2013 in Maiden. The investigation was the result of a theft from a retail store in which the suspects used Hensley’s car. A Maiden Police investigation into the theft led to the execution of a search warrant at Hensley’s residence on Old Park Road in Maiden. The search led to the discovery of the remnants of a clandestine meth lab.

Lt. Jamey Fletcher of the Maiden Police Department handled the investigation and Assistant District Attorney Kyle Smith prosecuted the case. The Honorable Eric Levinson presided over the conviction.

Hensley will be transported to the Division of Adult Correction in Raleigh for processing.

43-year-old Stephanie Teresa Carver of Newton was convicted yesterday (June 5) in Catawba Co. Criminal Superior Court of felony trafficking in opiates by transportation. Carver was sentenced to no less than 70 months and no more than 93 months in the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction. She was also ordered to pay a $50,000 fine.

The crime occurred in August 2013 in Catawba County. The defendant was a passenger on a motorcycle that was stopped at a license checkpoint conducted by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. During the vehicle stop, Officers discovered Carver had an outstanding warrant for her arrest. She was taken into custody, and, as she was being processed, Officers found two bags of controlled substances on Carver’s person. The substances were alprazolam and a dihydrocodeinone-opium derivative.

Trooper M. Adams of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol handled the investigation and Assistant District Attorney Kyle Smith prosecuted the case. The Honorable Eric Levinson presided over the conviction.

Carver will be transported to the Division of Adult Correction in Raleigh for processing.

33-year-old Christopher John Courchesne of 17th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested at about 3:45 yesterday afternoon (June5) by Hickory Police on felony charges of first-degree sexual assault on a victim under the age of 13 and indecent liberties with a child.

He was taken into custody without incident at his residence on a warrant from New Hanover County.

Courchesne has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $75,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for June 12 in Wilmington.

28-year-old Devon Lamar Heggs of Statesville was arrested by Statesville Police yesterday (June 4) for violation of pre-trial release conditions that followed his arrest on previous domestic violence charges.

In an effort to hold offenders more accountable to their pre-trial release conditions, particularly in cases of domestic violence, Iredell County Officers and Judicial Officials have recently implemented protocols for executing warrantless arrests of offenders who violate those conditions. Violators are subject to immediate arrest, significantly increased bonds and additional charges. Heggs’ arrest is the first made in Statesville under the state’s new laws.

Following his initial arrest, Heggs was released from jail on March 5. Since then, Statesville Police Domestic Violence Specialist Attrie Wooten developed probable cause to believe that Heggs violated his conditions for release on several occasions. On Wednesday, Wooten and other Officers arrested Heggs during a random compliance check.

After Wednesday’s arrest, he was incarcerated in the Iredell County Jail under a $300,000 secured bond. Additional domestic-related charges were also filed for offenses allegedly committed following his release, including three counts of assault on a female, two counts of strangulation, resisting arrest and breaking & entering. For those charges, Heggs received an additional $100,000 secured bond. Court dates were set for June 30 and July 22.

33-year-old Jennifer Irene Brown of Airport Road in Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:20 Tuesday afternoon on one felony count of fraudulent rental of a motor vehicle.

Management at Enterprise Rent-A-Car on Highway 321 N.W. in Hickory told Police that Brown rented a Chrysler 200 that should have been returned on April 17. Brown extended the rental to May 22, but stopped making payments on May 15. The rental company was unable to locate Brown or the vehicle.

On Tuesday, Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers spotted the vehicle at a Citgo station just off of Highway 16 in Maiden. The Magistrate issued a warrant for Brown’s arrest and she was taken into custody and handed over to Hickory Police at the intersection of Fairgrove Church Road and Highway 70 S.E.

Brown was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. She has since been released and was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday (June 4) in Newton.

Family Builders of Catawba Valley invites those interested in fostering or adopting a child to attend the resource family information meeting from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday (June 10). The meeting will be held at the Family Services Center, 3050 11th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory (behind the Catawba Valley Medical Center).

There is currently an urgent need for foster parents and therapeutic foster parents, especially those who can accept sibling groups.

Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month to help raise awareness of the great need for foster homes for Catawba County’s waiting children. Those attending the meetings are invited to ask questions and learn more about ways they can help Catawba County children in foster care.

Resource families include family foster homes, therapeutic foster homes and adoptive homes. Specific information about becoming a resource family will be available at the meeting. Guests will also learn about required training for resource families and hear stories about the rewards of helping children in foster care.

For more information about the meeting or to schedule an individual appointment to discuss becoming a resource family, contact Sharon Hamby at Family Builders of Catawba Valley at 828-695-4553 or email shamby@catawbacountync.gov.

For information on all services offered by Family Builders of Catawba Valley, visit www.catawbacountync.gov/dss/FamilyBuilders/FamilyBuilders.asp.          

67-year-old Larry Terry Rudisill of Brookfield Drive in Statesville has been arrested on 17 felony warrants: eight for indecent liberties with a child, eight for disseminating obscenity to a minor under 13 years of age and one count of first-degree sex offense.

Events leading to his arrest began on May 1 when a victim and the victim’s family filed a report with the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Special Victims Unit regarding a sexual assault that allegedly occurred in 2007. The investigation was assigned to Detective Sergeant Amy Dyson.

On May 7, the victim was interviewed at the Dove House Child Advocacy Center. The victim described the sexual assault. The victim and another child were reportedly asked by the suspect to watch pornography together on several occasions.

Detective Sergeant Dyson located the second victim, who was also interviewed. The second victim described how the suspect watched pornography with both children on numerous occasions.

Detective Sergeant Dyson located and interviewed the suspect, Larry Rudisill. Warrants were issued and Rudisill was taken into custody on June 4 at his residence without incident.

Rudisill was placed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center where he was held under a $1 million secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (June 5).

The Catawba County Schools Board of Education approved the appointment of five new principals and two district-level support personnel at its June 2 meeting. The changes will be effective July 1.

Nichole Richardson Ijames will be the new principal at Snow Creek Elementary School. She is currently assistant principal at Tuttle Elementary School. She replaces Dr. Walter Zahler, who is retiring.

Dr. Robin A. Honeycutt has been appointed as the new principal at Banoak Elementary School. Dr. Honeycutt is currently the Director of Student Information & Data Services for the district and previously served as principal at Oxford Elementary School. He replaces Kathy Keane, who has taken a position at a private school.

Laura Marie Ingenito will be the new principal at Tuttle Elementary School. Ingenito has served as assistant principal at Clyde Campbell Elementary School for the past six years and at Balls Creek prior to that. Ingenito replaces DeAnna Finger, who has accepted a position as director of federal programs and student services for Lincoln County Schools.

Rita Lail has been appointed as principal at Balls Creek Elementary School. Lail’s public school experience includes two years as assistant principal at Blackburn Elementary School and 22 years of teaching experience. Lail replaces Lisa Thompson, who has accepted a principalship in McDowell County.

Angela Blackstock Garcia will be the new principal at Lyle Creek Elementary. Currently, Garcia serves as the Assistant Principal at St. Stephens Elementary School. She will replace Sharon Harwood, who has accepted a position with Catawba County Schools’ new COMPASS Academy.

In addition to the five principal assignments, the School Board accepted Superintendent Dr. Dan Brigman’s recommendations for two district-level positions.

Deborah Ferguson will serve as Director of Before- and After-School Programs. She is a former Head Start Director in Alexander County and also has experience as the Director of Before- and After-School Programs in Caldwell County Schools.

Dwayne Finger was appointed as Director of Safety, Facilities & Athletics. Finger is the current principal at Maiden High School.

The position at Maiden High School will be posted.

30-year-old Joshua Lynn Cook of White Plains Church Road in Taylorsville has been arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers on seven counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

He was arrested after a search warrant was executed at his residence, which is across the street from the East Alexander Middle School, at about ten o’clock yesterday morning (June 4). Materials containing a visual representation of a minor between the age of six and 14 were found at the residence. Those materials were seized.

The F.B.I. assisted in the investigation. Additional charges are possible as the investigation continues.

Bond for Cook was set at $100,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Taylorsville.