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Two potential cases involving Feline Panleukopenia were discovered at the Catawba County Animal Shelter on Sunday morning, November 9.

During the morning cleaning and feeding, two cats were found deceased in their cages. Staff immediately conducted tests to determine the potential cause of death and notified the Veterinarian for the Humane Society of Catawba County, which provides medical care for all animals in the facility. Test results showed a potential for the Feline Panleukopenia virus.

Feline Panleukopenia is a highly contagious, often fatal, viral disease in cats that is seen worldwide. The virus is spread by direct contact with infected animals or their secretions. Contaminated food dishes, litter boxes, bedding and the clothes or hands of people who have treated an infected cat are other common routes of exposure.

Due to the highly contagious nature of the virus, the determination was made that all felines that were potentially exposed were humanely euthanized. The total number of felines euthanized was 87.

Jane Bowers, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Catawba County, says the staff is confident that no recently adopted cats were exposed to the virus; however, anyone who did adopt a cat recently and has any questions or concerns should call 828-466-7171 or call Mark Pettit at 828-465-8228.

Monday, 10 November 2014 17:06

Lenoir Woman Faces Felony Meth Charges; More

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44-year-old Betty Diane Reed of S.E. Applegate Court in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police Friday (November 7) on charges of felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia (four counts), felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, possession of marijuana up to half an ounce, driving while license revoked, no liability insurance and driving or allowing a motor vehicle to be driven with no registration.

Reed was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $51,500, secured. She was scheduled to appear in District Court today (November 10) in Lenoir with another court date on December 4 for the vehicular offenses.

33-year-old Erin Althea-Ernesta Scott of Calico Road in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers Friday (November 7) on charges of felony possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia (two counts), driving while license revoked and expired registration card or tag.

Scott was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $12,000, secured. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (November 10) in Lenoir with additional court dates coming up on December 2 & 18.

28-year-old Michael Allen Lovelace of Hayes Street in Harmony was arrested yesterday (November 9) by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on felony charges of larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen goods or property and larceny of a firearm. He was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $30,000, secured. No court date is currently listed.

The Abbey Apartments, located at 380 9th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory, is now under new ownership. A ribbon cutting is scheduled to celebrate the grand re-opening of the newly remodeled apartment complex. The ceremony will take place on Friday, November 14 at 4 p.m.

Chamber of Commerce and City of Hickory officials will be on hand to offer congratulatory remarks. Chamber members and the public are invited to attend and enjoy refreshments while taking a look at the new Abbey Apartments.

For more information, contact Tracy Garlinghouse at 828-855-1136 or tracy@piedmonturbanproperties.com.

Monday, 10 November 2014 14:22

Hickory Man Faces Felony Weapons Charge

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24-year-old Tyler Bias Christian of Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:10 p.m. Saturday (November 8) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, two misdemeanor counts of assault by pointing a gun and one misdemeanor count of simple assault & battery.

He was arrested after Police were called to Corner Pockets Billiards on Highway 70 S.W. in reference to a fight, with one person reportedly carrying a gun. The man with the gun, Tyler Christian, had left the premises by the time Police arrived.

Witnesses said Christian was loud and disruptive when he was cut off by the bartender. A handgun fell out of Christian’s sock. He then pointed the gun at the bartender. Christian exited the bar and went into the parking lot where another customer told him he should leave. Christian then pointed the gun at the customer.

A female took the gun from Christian. She then gave it to another customer, who handed the weapon to arriving Officers. The suspect was located and taken into custody at a nearby Dollar General store without incident.

Christian has been jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $11,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (November 10) in Hickory.

20-year-old Terrik Lovon Patterson of Poplar Street in Lenoir, also known as “Tiko,” “T.K.” and “Frank Mula,” has been arrested in connection to an armed robbery that occurred on Saturday, October 18 at the Shop & Save store on Highway 18/64 and Hartland Road in Burke County.

During the early morning hours on October 18, two suspects entered the store and held both clerks at gunpoint. The suspects assaulted both clerks and took an undisclosed amount of cash. Both suspects left the store on foot, heading south towards Morganton.

Detectives later contacted the U.S. Marshals Service in an effort to apprehend Patterson as the result of information suggesting the suspect had fled North Carolina. A tip from Crime Stoppers was received and the information was relayed to the Marshals Service.

U.S. Marshals then contacted Burke County Detectives on the morning of Friday, November 7 with the news that Patterson had been arrested in Chatham County, Georgia. The suspect was found hiding in a laundry hamper in his mother’s residence in Savannah, Georgia. According to the Marshals Service, Patterson’s mother was not cooperative.

The other suspect in the Shop & Save robbery is 22-year-old Roger Joel Harper of Piney Road in Morganton. His status is not known at this time.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Snipes School of Business will hold a ribbon cutting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, November 18 in celebration of the opening of the Center for Commercial & Social Entrepreneurship (CCSE). Area business, university and local leaders, as well as members of the community, students and faculty are invited to the event.

In addition to the ribbon cutting, a student business showcase will immediately follow. The showcase will highlight the innovative businesses starting on the Lenoir-Rhyne campus. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

For more information, contact Ralph Griffith at 828-328-7985 or ralph.griffith@lr.edu.

Monday, 10 November 2014 10:34

Hickory Man Accused of Biting Officer; More

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44-year-old Craig Jarvis Patterson of 12th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:30 Saturday afternoon on one felony count of assault on a law enforcement officer inflicting serious injury. He was also charged with misdemeanor larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. Patterson was also arrested on a felony failure to appear warrant for felony possession of cocaine and he was charged on an outstanding warrant for felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

He was taken into custody on the 700 block of “F” Avenue S.E. in Hickory when Police approached a vehicle there and asked the driver and passenger if they lived at a nearby residence. The passenger, Craig Jarvis Patterson, said “yes,” then exited the vehicle and fled, on foot. Officers fought with Patterson and deployed a taser on the suspect, who then bit an Officer on the right arm. The Officer’s injuries were not severe.

The larceny charge against Patterson came in connection to the theft of meat products from a Food Lion grocery store. A warrant was taken out earlier the same day. The driver, 25-year-old Aaron Paul Mingus of 21st Street S.E. in Hickory, was charged with misdemeanor possession of stolen property in connection to the same incident.

The stolen vehicle charge against Patterson was the result of the theft of a Chevy Cavalier from a Cupboard Express store at about 12:30 on the afternoon of October 29.

Both suspects were taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Patterson set at $55,450, secured, while Mingus was given a $1,500 secured bond. Mingus has since been released. Patterson has a District Court date on November 12 and a Superior Court appearance scheduled for November 14. Both men also have a District Court date set for December 16.

Monday, 10 November 2014 10:21

Sunday Morning Mobile Home Fire May be Arson

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Hickory Police are investigating a fire that occurred at a trailer on the 1600 block of 7th Avenue S.W. early Sunday morning. Neighbors reported the fire at 1:15 a.m. Sunday. One neighbor told Police she thought she heard two explosions.

No was living at the trailer, which was being remodeled. The property owner is a 48-year-old Conover man. Damages were estimated at $20,000.

Police say they collected evidence suggesting that an accelerant might have been used.

The investigation is ongoing.