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A man is charged in connection with a holiday weekend boating accident that claimed a high school student's life. According to a published report, 17-year-old Sheyenne Marshall was killed in the accident on Lake Norman in Mooresville Saturday (July 5).

Officials say Marshall was on a kneeboard when a pontoon boat hit her from behind and ran over her. Marshall was a student at Cox Mill High School. She was reportedly wearing a life jacket at the time of the accident.

According to the published report, officials say the boat driver, 49-year-old Keith Owen Cerven, had been drinking. Cerven was arrested and charged with driving a motor boat or vessel while impaired. More charges could be filed after the district attorney investigates the case. Cerven has a District Court appearance scheduled for August 25.

Monday, 06 July 2015 04:20

Man Charged With Shooting At Son

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69-year-old Donald Eugene Minor of Statesville was arrested Saturday (July 4) by Statesville Police Officers. He's charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to kill and Shooting into an Occupied Vehicle.

On Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Statesville Police responded to a reported disturbance in the 600 block of Diamond Street in Statesville. When officers arrived on the scene they made contact with the suspect, Donald Eugene Minor. Minor told the officers that he had been involved in an altercation with his 42-year-old son earlier. While officers were on scene, the son returned in his vehicle which had two bullet holes in the front windshield. The son had minor injuries to his hand from the broken glass in the vehicle. Statesville P.D. Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and conducted an investigation into the incident.

Investigators determined that during the altercation, Minor went into his residence to retrieve a firearm and his son got into his vehicle and began backing out of the driveway. As the vehicle was backing down the driveway, Minor came out of his residence and fired two bullets into the front windshield of the vehicle. The son fled the scene until the arrival of police officers.

Following his arrest, Minor was detained in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Monday, July 6).

Thursday, 02 July 2015 13:57

Hickory Man Faces Felony Larceny Charge

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45-year-old Robert Christopher Noe of 1st Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:50 last night (July 1) on one felony count of larceny.

He was charged in connection to a larceny at a residence on the 1100 block of 15th Street Drive N.E. A large amount of jewelry was taken. The jewelry was last accounted for on May 19. Noe had been staying on the property. Noe was arrested after he allegedly attempted to sell some of the stolen jewelry to various persons.

He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for Monday (July 6) in Newton.

The Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group (CW-DMAG) announced today (Thursday, July 2) that dry weather conditions and warm temperatures have placed the Catawba-Wateree River Basin in Stage 0 of the Low Inflow Protocol (LIP). Stage 0 is a drought watch stage that alerts the CW-DMAG members to monitor conditions more closely.

Ed Bruce with Duke Energy and the coordinator of the advisory group said There are no required actions by the community at this stage, but water and energy conservation are always encouraged, especially with the summer season underway.

Below normal rainfall and above-average temperatures have dropped two of the three LIP drought indicators (triggers) to Stage 0. Water storage in the 11-reservoir Catawba-Wateree Hydroelectric Project has declined and streamflows that feed the reservoirs are below normal. In addition, the U.S. Drought Monitor trigger indicates most of the Basin is experiencing drought conditions.

The Low Inflow Protocol is the regional drought management plan major water users in the region employ to share responsibility and set priorities to conserve the limited water supply during drought conditions. Stage 0 is the first of five drought stages outlined in the LIP and is a drought watch stage.

The CW-DMAG will monitor the early warning signs and work together to protect the water supply and other uses of the Catawba-Wateree River. The CW-DMAG stresses that wise water and energy use and voluntary conservation are always beneficial.

The Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group (CW-DMAG) was established in 2006 to monitor drought status and to recommend coordinated actions for the CW-DMAG members. CW-DMAG members include the area’s public water suppliers and several large industrial users withdrawing water from the Basin, North Carolina and South Carolina resource agencies, the US Geological Survey and other federal agencies and Duke Energy. The CW-DMAG and the LIP are outcomes of Duke Energy’s relicensing process for the Catawba-Wateree Hydroelectric Project. The LIP will become part of Duke Energy’s New License which is expected to be issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) later this year. The CW-DMAG meets at least monthly when conditions reach Stage 0 or greater of the LIP.

Thursday, 02 July 2015 11:41

Traffic to be Re-Routed in Newton Next Week

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The Newton Public Works & Utilities Department, along with Iron Mountain Construction Company Inc., will install a manhole near the intersection of North Ashe Avenue and West 1st Street beginning the morning of Monday, July 6.

City crews will reroute traffic until the work is completed. The work is expected to take one to two weeks.

In a statement released this morning (July 2), the city expressed its appreciation for the public’s patience and cooperation as improvements are made. Anyone with questions should call the Public Works & Utilities Department at 828-695-4310.

32-year-old Dontavious Bry Lineberger of Somerset Drive in Catawba was arrested this morning (July 2) by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers. He is charged with two counts of trafficking in cocaine and one count of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.

He was arrested after the Catawba County Special Tactics & Response (STAR) team executed a search warrant at Lineberger’s residence. The residence was secured without incident and the scene was turned over to the Investigators with the Catawba County Drug Task Force and the Hickory Police Department. The task force is made up of Narcotics Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office, the Maiden Police Department and Homeland Security.

Seized during the execution of the search warrant were two handguns, two long guns, $317 in cash and 5.4 ounces of crack cocaine, along with multiple sets of digital scales.

Lineberger was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $30,000 secured bond. He will make a first appearance in District Court Monday (July 6) in Newton.

Authorities have received a number of tips recently on their drug tip line in reference to continuous sales of controlled substances in the Old Catawba Road area. During the past several months, Agents have identified multiple large-scale drug traffickers and residences that are used primarily for the sale and storage of controlled substances.

Since May of this year, Agents have seized nearly seven ounces of crack cocaine, over $16,000 in U.S. Currency and more than ten handguns from two homes within a quarter mile of each other.

The Catawba County Tax Office is scheduled to mail more than 96,000 property tax notices during the week of July 6.

The notices will be mailed with a courtesy return envelope for taxpayers to use to return payments to the Catawba County Tax Collector. Taxes will be due on September 1, 2015, and delinquent after Tuesday, January 5, 2016. Payment arrangements may be made prior to September 1, 2015. Delinquent taxes will be subject to a 2% interest penalty for the month of January 2016, and a 3/4ths of 1% penalty for each following month.

Taxpayers with an internet connection will find the amount of tax due online at www.catawbacountync.gov/tax. A taxpayer should look for a link on the left side of the page labeled “Search Tax Bills”, then click on that link. He or she should then select to search by the option “Owner Name” and enter a last and first name. Click on “GO” and then “Bill #” to see tax bill details.

Property owners may pay their taxes online, if they wish. A property owner will need to use an abstract number, shown on the actual tax bill or the bill number on the Tax Bill Search page online, to make payments through the Pay Taxes Online link on the left hand side at www.catawbacountync.gov/tax. A non-refundable convenience fee will be charged on all electronic transactions.

The value of the property is shown on the middle part of the property tax notice. Just below the value of the property, the tax rate for Catawba County (57.5 cents per $100 of property valuation for fiscal year 2015-2016) and for a municipality, if the property lies in a town or city, is shown. Fire district tax rates, if they apply, are also noted. The amount due to both the County and a municipality is specified, and the total amount due clearly indicated. Notices provide taxpayers with a complete record of payment.

If a taxpayer has an outstanding balance from previous years, a note will show on the payment coupon portion of the bill to call the County Tax Department about the outstanding balance. The amount of the existing balance will not be listed; only that the taxpayer has unpaid taxes due from prior years. Information on setting up a payment plan is also shown on the front of the bill.

The notices also contain explanations regarding the due and past due dates for payment; the consequences for those who do not pay by January 5, 2016; and special information for escrow mortgage accounts. In the middle section of the notice, the abstract number, due dates and dates when interest begins are clearly printed, along with the Property Identification Number (PIN), the REID number, the location of the property and acreage information. A brief description of listed personal property is also included in this section.

26-year-old Adrian Durrand Johnson, Jr. of 5th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (July 2) on one felony count each of possession of cocaine and speeding to elude arrest. Johnson was also charged with single misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen property, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer, driving while license revoked and careless & reckless driving.

He was arrested at about 3:05 a.m. after Officers stopped a white, 2005 Chevrolet Equinox with a stolen license tag. The vehicle sped away and hit a curb, popping the left front tire. Johnson and another subject jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot. Johnson was apprehended near the Everette Chevrolet parking lot. He was arrested for possessing one gram of crack cocaine and one gram of marijuana.

No information is available regarding the second person.

Johnson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $36,600 secured bond. He will appear in District Court Monday (July 6) in Newton.

53-year-old Soua Lor was arrested Wednesday (July 1) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony larceny of a firearm. Following the arrest, Lor was placed in jail in Morganton under $30,000 secured bond. District Court dates are scheduled for next Tuesday (July 7) and July 21.

Thursday, 02 July 2015 05:09

Reported Stabbing Under Investigation

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A reported stabbing is under investigation in Catawba County. The incident reportedly resulted in one person being transported to the hospital early this morning (Thursday, July 2).

According to a published report, officers were called to Stillwater Drive in Sherrills Ford just before 1 a.m. after the stabbing was reported. No names had been released as of late this morning.