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39-year-old Billy Jack Doughty of 20th Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested Sunday (June 5) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three counts of malicious conduct by a prisoner. In addition, Doughty is charged with resisting a public officer, assault on a government official, communicating threats, and public disturbance. Doughty was incarcerated under $208,200 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, June 6).

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners meets this morning (Monday, June 6).

During the meeting the board will adopt a Fiscal Year 2016-2017 County Budget, which will keep the County’s property tax rate unchanged.  

The Board will consider a ground lease with Apple, Inc. to lease approximately 3.713+- acres at the Blackburn Resource Recovery Facility on Rocky Ford Road; and an associated Landfill Gas Sales Agreement with Quadrogen, Inc.  The Board will consider a lease amendment with Duke Energy Carolinas that will allow the County to continue to offer uninterrupted solid waste and recycling convenience center services to the Sherrills Ford area at the Sherrills Ford Convenience Center site.  

The Board will formally receive a donation in the amount of $100,000 from Duke Energy of the Carolinas, which will be used to replace an ADA-accessible fishing platform at Riverbend Park that was destroyed in severe flooding in 2013.  The Board will also consider a recommended Annual Plan for the Catawba County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council for Fiscal Year 2016-2017.

The Board will recognize retired Deputy Sheriff Joel Fish with the traditional presentation of his badge and service weapon.  And the Board will receive an update from Partners Behavioral Health Management, which manages a behavioral health care system in Catawba, Burke, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Surry and Yadkin counties.

The Board meets at 9:30 a.m. today at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.

29-year-old William Chase Pate of River Road in Morganton has been arrested on a murder charge in connection to the shooting death yesterday (June 2) of 35-year-old Christopher Eron Williams. 27-year-old Cordero Louis Thompson of Lincoln Avenue N.W. in Valdese was also taken into custody. He had been wanted on a charge of accessory after the fact of murder. That charge was dropped and Thompson was released.

Pate and Thompson were found after an investigation revealed that the two were at a residence in Old Fort in McDowell County. With assistance from the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (S.B.I.) and the Old Fort and Marion police departments, the house in Old Fort was surrounded at about 11:30 this morning (June 3). Following verbal commands from Officers, the homeowner, the homeowner’s friend, Pate and Thompson all came out. Pate and Thompson were taken into custody without incident.

Pate appeared before a Magistrate on the murder charge. He was jailed without bond. He’ll make a first appearance in District Court on Monday (June 6) in Morganton. After conducting additional interviews and developing further evidence, the charge against Thompson was dropped.

Burke County Sheriff Steve Whisenant expressed his appreciation to the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office, the S.B.I. and the Old Fort and Marion police departments.

A water line break on May 29 necessitated the transfer of 156 Caldwell County Detention Center inmates to four other facilities in the area, as previously reported on WHKY.  Last night (June 2), the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office completed the transfer of all inmates back to the Detention Center.   The transfer took place without incident throughout the day Thursday.  The issue with the water has been resolved and water is now restored to the facility.  The Detention Center will operate on a normal basis with standard visiting hours.

Friday, 03 June 2016 14:25

Cherryville Man Faces Child Sex Charges

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72-year-old John Wayne Hunsucker of Coot Williams Road in Cherryville has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers and charged with one felony count each of first-degree statutory rape and indecent liberties with a child.

Events leading to his arrest began as Captain Tim Johnson received information last night (June 2) from the father of the 13-year-old female victim. The suspect, John Wayne Hunsucker, was brought to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office for an interview. He admitted to performing sexual acts with the girl over the last four or five years in Lincoln County and in several other counties.

The suspect is known by the family.

Hunsucker was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $200,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.

Additional charges are pending as the investigation continues.

Friday, 03 June 2016 13:46

Both Missing Lincoln County Teens Found Safe

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Both of the runaway teenagers who had been reported missing in Lincoln County have been found safe.

14-year-old Gloria Marie Castillo contacted her grandmother in Lincoln County to pick her up Wednesday night (June 1) in the parking lot at Southside Baptist Church. The grandmother notified Detectives. Ms. Castillo was picked up yesterday (June 2) at the grandmother’s residence on the 1900 block of Highway 27 West.

The juvenile was taken to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office where she was picked up by Officers from Catawba County Juvenile Services on a secured custody order.

14-year-old Dylan Lee Gates was found early today (June 3) and returned to his residence. A Deputy was traveling on East Main Street in Lincolnton when he noticed two teenage boys coming through the parking lot at a business on the corner of East Main Street and South Flint Street.

The Deputy recognized one of the boys to be Dylan Gates, who had been reported missing by his grandmother (who is his legal guardian). The Officer met a relative at a local business and turned the teen over to her.

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners meets Monday (June 6).

During the meeting the board will adopt a Fiscal Year 2016-2017 County Budget, which will keep the County’s property tax rate unchanged.  

The Board will consider a ground lease with Apple, Inc. to lease approximately 3.713+- acres at the Blackburn Resource Recovery Facility on Rocky Ford Road; and an associated Landfill Gas Sales Agreement with Quadrogen, Inc.  The Board will consider a lease amendment with Duke Energy Carolinas that will allow the County to continue to offer uninterrupted solid waste and recycling convenience center services to the Sherrills Ford area at the Sherrills Ford Convenience Center site.  

The Board will formally receive a donation in the amount of $100,000 from Duke Energy of the Carolinas, which will be used to replace an ADA-accessible fishing platform at Riverbend Park that was destroyed in severe flooding in 2013.  The Board will also consider a recommended Annual Plan for the Catawba County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council for Fiscal Year 2016-2017.

The Board will recognize retired Deputy Sheriff Joel Fish with the traditional presentation of his badge and service weapon.  And the Board will receive an update from Partners Behavioral Health Management, which manages a behavioral health care system in Catawba, Burke, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Surry and Yadkin counties.

The Board meets at 9:30 a.m. on Monday at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.

23-year-old Johnathon Christopher Gibson of Hubbard Street in Lincolnton was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers Sunday (May 29) as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Gibson was wanted in Smyth County, Virginia for failure to comply with the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program in connection to a D.W.I. conviction.

Gibson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility and then released on Tuesday (June 1) under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (June 3) in Newton.

Friday, 03 June 2016 10:44

Hickory Man Jailed on Felony Meth Charge

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44-year-old Juan Bultron Rodriguez of 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 1:40 this morning (June 3) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance. He is accused of possessing one gram of methamphetamine.

Rodriguez was taken into custody without incident on the 2400 block of North Center Street in Hickory. His 1997 Toyota Corolla was impounded. Rodriguez was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $30,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

Friday, 03 June 2016 10:33

Man Arrested On String Of Drug Charges

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33-year-old Jeffery Paul Pless of Catawba Street in Lincolnton was arrested by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged with   possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule VI controlled substance, sell and deliver schedule VI controlled substance, sell and deliver schedule IV controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule IV controlled substance, and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance.

The Lincolnton Police Department Narcotics Division received citizen complaints into drug activity, specifically the selling of controlled substances, at an address on Catawba Street. Detectives learned that the subject allegedly selling the controlled substances was Jeffery Paul Pless.  Detectives initiated an investigation into Pless and the residence.    

Pless was arrested by patrol officers with the Lincolnton Police Department and placed in the Lincoln County Jail under $15,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.  

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