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20-year-old Morgan Teylor Cobb of Rocky Road in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (April 2) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, and manufacturing marijuana. Cobb was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, April 4).

34-year-old Brandon Earl Little of Rock Barn Road in Conover was arrested Saturday (April 2) by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering along with a misdemeanor count of second-degree trespassing. Little was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, April 4).

Monday, 04 April 2016 05:51

Catawba County Commissioners Meet Today

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The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will meet in regular session this morning (Monday, April 4).

The Board will consider awarding a bid for site improvements at the planned NC Data campus to Neill Grading & Construction, Inc. of Hickory. The Data Campus is a 70-acre multi-jurisdictional business park partnership between Catawba County, the Cities of Conover and Hickory, and the Towns of Maiden and Catawba, designed to be marketed primarily for data center recruitment and funded by a portion of the one-quarter cent sales tax revenue approved by voters in 2007.

Commissioners will also consider accepting a grant in the amount of $936,774.99 from the Federal Department of Homeland Security and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety to mitigate damage to five properties from the July 2013 flooding.  The Board will also consider awarding a bid for extension of a water line along Davis Road to Hickory Sand Company of Hickory to address water quality issues associated with a dead-end water line on Water Plant Road.

The Board will also consider granting a Temporary Grading Easement Agreement to Lake Hickory Partners, LLC, on property at 56 29th Avenue NE, in Hickory that is in the County’s name but was purchased with funds from Catawba Valley Medical Center, for work needed in connection with the construction of a Publix store. And the Board will receive an update on the ongoing expansion to the Catawba County Justice Center.

Today's meeting gets underway at 9:30 a.m. at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.

16-year-old Madelin Nicole McLaughlin, who was reported missing Friday by authorities in Alexander County (April 1), was  found safe in Catawba County later in the day Friday. Through a lengthy investigation, the Alexander County Sheriff's Office derermined that McLaughlin was at a location near Newton and she was found and returned home safe.

34-year-old Stacy Michelle Eastham of Sterling Ridge Drive in Newton was arrested Friday (April 1) by Newton Police Officers. She's charged with three felony counts apiece of financial card theft, and obtaining property by false pretense, three misdemeanor counts of financial card fraud, and one count of school attendance law violation. Eastham was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $13,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, April 4).

One of Burke County's Most Wanted suspects has been apprehended. 25-year-old Tyler Hughes Owensby, whose last known address was on Cloverfield Drive in Kannapolis, was arrested Friday (April 1) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, attempted larceny, conspire to commit felony larceny, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession of methamphetamine, and flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. Owensby is also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, parole violation, and several additional traffic violations.

On Friday, officers with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office were following up on leads in regards to the possible whereabouts of Tyler Hughes Owensby. Owensby had been on the Burke County’s Most Wanted List since March 4, for parole violations and several felony warrants. At approximately 1 p.m. Friday, officers were at the intersection of Rutherford College Road and Mineral Springs Mountain Road when the suspect was seen driving a red passenger vehicle.

The vehicle pulled to the end of a driveway and the suspect looked at officers and then turned right onto Mineral Springs Mountain Road. The officers got behind the red vehicle, recognized the driver was Owensby, and initiated a traffic stop by turning on their blue lights. The vehicle did not stop and officers turned on their sirens in an attempt to get the driver’s attention, but a vehicle pursuit ensued.

The speeds during the vehicle pursuit reached in excess of 90 miles per hour and were well over the posted speed limits for several miles. During the pursuit the suspect drove through multiple intersections without stopping, drove left of center into oncoming traffic, and passed vehicles in no passing zones.  The N.C. Highway Patrol assisted in the pursuit once it entered into Catawba County. The pursuit ended in Catawba County off Jacobs Fork Road when the suspect lost control and went through a ditch and barbed wire fencing into a pasture; the vehicle flipped numerous times.

Owensby was arrested and checked by first responders on the scene. He was not seriously injured and he was taken into custody and placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $100,000 secured bond. A first court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, April 4).

In the early morning hours today (April 1), Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers fanned out across Iredell County from Harmony to Mooresville in a roundup of suspects wanted on drug charges. The roundup was called “Operation No Fooling”.

The Sheriff’s Office targeted over 20 persons. As of Friday afternoon, 13 suspects were in custody. Deputies and Investigators are currently working to locate the remaining suspects. All of the targeted suspects sold drugs directly to Iredell County Undercover Narcotics Investigators or were in possession of drugs and have a significant criminal history.

The majority of the suspects face charges relating to cocaine, crack, heroin, methamphetamine or prescription medications. Sheriff Darren Campbell said the people arrested today are not casual drug users, but are drug dealers and repeat offenders.

Friday, 01 April 2016 13:19

Lenoir Man Charged With Cocaine Possession

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37-year-old Timothy Joseph Cooley II of Grandfather Court in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (March 31) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine. Cooley was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $7,500 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court Thursday.

25-year-old Jessica Noelle Hicks was arrested Thursday (March 31) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Hicks was placed in jail under $40,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first court appearance today (Friday, April 1) in Morganton.

Friday, 01 April 2016 11:05

Congresswoman Foxx to Visit Lenoir-Rhyne

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The College Republicans of Lenoir-Rhyne University will host a visit from North Carolina Congresswoman Virginia Foxx on Wednesday, April 6. Congresswoman Foxx will be at Joe’s Coffee in the Cromer Center between 7 and 8 p.m. The public is invited.

Congresswoman Foxx represents N.C.’s 5th District in the United States House of Representatives. She serves as the chair of the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Higher Education. She also serves as the Vice Chair of the House Rules Committee, which determines what legislation comes to the floor of the House and what amendments will be allowed during floor debate. In addition, Foxx was elected by her peers to serve as the Secretary of the House Republican Conference.

L.R.U.’s College Republicans hosted a visit from U.S. Congressman Patrick McHenry earlier this year.

The organization is currently seeking sponsors to provide refreshments for the event. Businesses or individuals interested in making a donation should contact College Republicans President Carter Woolly at carter.woolly@my.lr.edu or Faculty Advisor Dr. Sue Friguglietti at sue.friguglietti@lr.edu.