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The Catawba County Board of Commissioners met Monday night at the 1924 Courthouse in Newton and approved several items.

The Board held a public hearing to receive citizen comments and approved a request submitted by Love’s Travel Stops to modify a section of the County’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), Limited Access User’s Signs. Love’s was requesting consideration to allow a 130 feet maximum sign height, measured from the adjacent road elevation, and a 650 square feet maximum surface area along the 321 corridor at the interchange of Highway 10.

Commissioners held a public hearing to receive citizen comments and approved the closing out of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 2012 Scattered Site Housing Grant. The purpose of the $225,000 grant was to rehabilitate five homes and provide emergency housing repair work to nine homes in Catawba County.

The Board held a public hearing to receive citizen comments and approved the close out of the 2012 CDBG Old Shelby Road Water Line Extension Community Development Block Grant. The purpose of this $750,000 grant was to install 8,100 linear feet of water line and connect 63 households to the water line. 51 of the 63 households accepted service.

Commissioners approved the establishment of Environmental Health fees for Coal Ash Tests ($170) and Hexavalent Tests ($155). This is in response to inquiries received by the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health (NCSLPH) regarding concerns about privately owned wells near coal ash impoundment sites.

The Board approved a request by Catawba County Schools for $338,000 in additional funding for the Fred T. Foard Field House project, funded by decreasing a future renovations project planned at Fred T. Foard High School to the gymnasium and to add classrooms. The budget includes $1.2 million to construct a field house at Fred T. Foard High School.

Commissioners also approved the purchase of 17.34 acres owned by Ms. Rachel Heavner for the purpose of acquiring clay/soil borrow area for the closure of the Construction and Demolition (C&D) Landfill planned for 2023 and approval of a budget revision in the amount of $205,000 for the property purchase and associated closing fees.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating 31-year-old Alvin Dewayne Moore, Jr. of Ben McLain Lane in Stanley. Mr. Moore has been missing since November 11.

Around 10:30 a.m. on the eleventh, Deputies went to Moore’s residence to serve involuntary commitment papers taken out by his grandmother. When Officers arrived, Moore ran from the residence. Deputies left the residence.

At 5:30 p.m. on the same date, a family member called the Communications Center to report that Mr. Moore was back at home, but he again ran from the scene before Officers arrived. Moore was entered into the National Crime Information Center database as a missing person the next day. Mr. Moore is on medication for psychological problems, but has not been taking his medication as he should, according to his family.

He was last seen on November 11 walking south on Highway 16 in Gaston County. He was wearing a navy blue t-shirt, a white fleece jacket with a hood and camo-style pants.   He also had on a blue cap with a dollar sign symbol on the front.

Moore is a black male, six feet tall, weighing about 225 pounds. He has a bald spot on top of his head.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Alvin Dewayne Moore, Jr. should call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

Monday, 16 November 2015 13:55

Hickory Man Faces Felony Crack Cocaine Charge

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35-year-old James Anthony Foust of “F” Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 12:25 Friday afternoon (November 13) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.

He was arrested when Officers on foot patrol in the area of 5th Street S.E. and “F” Avenue S.E. observed what appeared to be a drug transaction. Officers approached two male subjects. A subsequent search led to the discovery of 0.4 grams of crack cocaine and 4.1 grams of marijuana on Foust’s person. The other man was not charged.

Foust was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $7,500, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (November 16) in Newton.

Monday, 16 November 2015 13:48

Hickory Man Indicted in Connection to April Chase

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49-year-old Joseph Tyrone Dillard of 17th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory was served a felony indictment Friday (November 13) by Hickory Police on one felony count of speeding to elude arrest.

The indictment stems from an incident in April of this year in which Police attempted to stop a vehicle in the area of 2nd Street S.E. and 11th Avenue Drive S.E. The vehicle sped away and a chase ensued, coming to an end at 7th Avenue S.W. and 4th Street S.W.

A passenger in the front seat threw an object from the vehicle. A subsequent search turned up crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia. Three subjects were arrested, including Dillard, who was the driver.

The indictment was served when Dillard was taken into custody without incident at about 10:30 Friday night at the Total Convenience Market on Highway 70 S.W. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court was set for November 20 in Newton.

28-year-old Marcus Lane Deal of Robinhood Road and 57-year-old Stanley Eric Newell of South 8th Avenue, both from Maiden, were arrested Saturday (November 14) by Maiden Police Officers. Deal is charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. In addition, Deal is charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license revoked. Newell is charged with Felony Possession with Intent to Sell & Deliver Heroin.

On Saturday, just after 1:30 p.m. a Maiden police officer observed a 2012 Volkswagen Beetle operated by Marcus Lane Deal in the area of South 8th Avenue and East Boyd Street. The officer knew through previous interactions that Deal’s drivers license was suspended. The officer initiated a traffic stop, and received consent to search the vehicle.

During that search the officer located four dosage units of Heroin. Both Deal and his passenger, Stanley Eric Newell were arrested and charged.

Deal was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. Newell was jailed under $11,000 secured bond. Both men were scheduled to make first court appearances today (Monday, November 16).  

22-year-old Jimmy Savandara Chhoeun of Tipperary Place in Charlotte was arrested Friday (November 13) by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged with Possession With Intent to Sell and Deliver Marijuana, Sell/Deliver Marijuana, Possession With Intent to Sell and Deliver MDA/MDMA (ecstasy), Sell/Deliver MDA/MDMA (ecstasy), and Maintain a Vehicle for Controlled Substance.

Chhoeun was arrested following a two month operation. The investigation included undercover controlled drug buys as well as physical and electronic surveillance. A news release says the investigation was the result of a citizens’ tip stating that Chhoeun transported illegal narcotics into the city of Lincolnton from Charlotte.

Detectives located Chhoeun operating a vehicle on North General’s Blvd., near East Main Street. They initiated a traffic stop, and the suspect was arrested without incident. received a $12,500 secured bond and was placed into the Lincoln County Jail. A first court appearance in Lincoln County District Court was scheduled for today (November 16).

A woman was rescued after she drove her car into a pond in Alexander County. According to WSOC, 60-year-old Nadine Redmon's car traveled into the Hiddenite pond after she over-corrected on Highway 90.

According to the report, two paramedics who were based nearby rushed into the water after hearing Redmon's cries for help. Redmon told WSOC that she thought she was going to die, because the water stopped her from opening her doors.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.

17-year-old Luqman Abdur-Rahman Ali was arrested Saturday (November 14) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen firearm. Ali was placed in jail in Morganton under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, November 16).

17-year-old Maurisha Jalia LaQuagia Brown of Mayfair Drive, 17-year-old Julius Quinton Carson of 18th Street Place N.W. and 18-year-old Tavior Shawnte Imes of 3rd Street S.W., all from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 2 a.m. yesterday (November 15). They were each charged with felony attempted breaking & entering. Brown was also charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, while Carson faces an additional felony count of preparation to commit burglary and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

They were arrested when Police responded to a break-in in progress at the Georgetown Apartment complex on the 200 block of 6th Street S.W. in Hickory. Brown and Imes were detained on the scene. Upon arrival, Officers received information that a third suspect, Julius Carson, had fled the scene on foot. He was quickly spotted and taken into custody on the 700 block of 2nd Avenue S.W.

All three suspects were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Brown and Imes set at $7,000, secured. Carson was given an $8,000 secured bond. All three were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today in Newton.

Monday, 16 November 2015 10:55

Caldwell County Commissioners To Meet Tonight

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The Caldwell County Board of Commissioners meets tonight (Monday, November 16) in regular session. Among items for decision on tonight’s agenda, is the presentation and approval of Caldwell County’s Fiscal Year 2014-2015 budget. In addition, the board will decide on a resolution approving amendments to installment financing contracts, and the approval of the final Edgewater Subdivision Plat. This evening’s Caldwell County Board of Commissioners meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the City/County Meeting Room at the Alden E. Starnes Administration Building in downtown Lenoir.