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A group called Concerned Startown Residents will meet this evening at seven o’clock at the Startown Elementary School, 4119 Startown Road.

The group opposes the proposed rezoning of approximately 180 residential acres for the construction of a business park that would be located between Startown and Robinwood roads. A spokesperson for the group says the rezoning would: pose safety risks to children, pedestrians and cyclists; result in longer commute times; lead to increased crime in the area; increase noise pollution; and have an uncertain environmental impact on the area.

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the matter at its meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, July 21 at the 1924 Courthouse in downtown Newton.

For more information, email ConcernedStartownResidents@gmail.com or visit the group’s Facebook page by searching for “Concerned Startown Residents.”

32-year-old Sabrina Darlene Whitworth of Woodland Hills Trail in Lincolnton was arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigators Friday (July 11) on one felony count each of trafficking in opium or heroin and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. She was also charged with a misdemeanor probation violation and possession of drug paraphernalia.

At about 4 p.m. Friday, Investigators and Probation & Parole Officers conducted a warrantless search on Whitworth’s residence as a part of her probation sentence. During the search, Officers seized 11 grams of hydrocodone and Opana, both opiate based drugs. They also confiscated drug paraphernalia including syringes, a spoon and straws with drug residue.

The felony charges carry a mandatory prison sentence if Whitworth is convicted. Many offenders on probation, parole or other forms of supervised release are subject to warrantless searches.

After her arrest, Whitworth was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $55,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to appear in a Lincoln County courtroom today (July 14).

Lincoln County Narcotics Lt. Jason Reid recognized his department’s working relationship with Probation & Parole Officers in the county.

26-year-old Faith Armanda Mabe of Friendly Fork Road in Lenoir was served a bill of indictment yesterday (July 13) by Lenoir Police on nine felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense. Mabe was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $18,000, secured. No court date is currently listed.

31-year-old Maurice Lavone Chambers of Dulatown Road in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers Friday (July 11) on felony charges of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. Chambers was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (July 14) in Lenoir.

Monday, 14 July 2014 11:38

Hickory Man Faces Felony Marijuana Charge

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24-year-old Antonio Carnell White of 2nd Street Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Friday (July 11) on one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance.

Events leading to his arrest began when Officers saw a vehicle on 11th Avenue Drive S.E. and knew the driver didn’t have a valid license. Officers approached the vehicle when it pulled into a parking lot. They saw an open alcoholic beverage container in vehicle’s center console. The driver, Antonio White, gave consent to search his person, but nothing was found at that time.

White’s mother, who was the owner of the vehicle, arrived to park the vehicle. As a result of the open container, Police then searched the vehicle, where they found individually packaged amounts of marijuana in a cupholder with a total weight of 12.2 grams.

White was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $36,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (July 14) in Newton.

Monday, 14 July 2014 10:52

Hickory Man Charged with Felony Sex Crimes

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41-year-old Crisoforo Parra Casareal of 16th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:30 Friday afternoon (July 11) on one felony count of first-degree sexual assault and two felony counts of indecent liberties with children.

He was arrested at H.P.D. headquarters without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $200,000 secured bond. Casareal was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (July 14) in Newton.

No further details are available.

Applebee’s restaurant and Hartman’s Haven Dog Rescue will partner to host a Flapjack Fundraiser on Saturday, July 19. All proceeds raised will be used to help provide medical care for rescue cats and dogs and to hire new trainers for the incoming animals.

The Hartman’s Haven fundraiser will be held at Applebee’s, 2180 Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory starting at 7 a.m. Tickets for the Flapjack Fundraiser are $7 and can be purchased by contacting Randie Conner at 828-228-0087. Breakfast includes a short stack of pancakes, sausage and beverages.

Hartman’s Haven Dog Rescue is a dog rescue that pulls from local kill shelters in North Carolina, fostering animals locally until they find a rescue home elsewhere. The organization was founded by and is primarily operated by Crystal and Justin Hartman. For more information, visit http://hartmanshaven.org.

Other non-profit organizations may request a Flapjack Fundraiser. Visit www.AGGrestaurants.com for more information.

A local contractor in Burke County plans to burn a brush pile behind Forest Hill Elementary School this week.  The school is located at 304 Ann Street.  Residents and motorists in the area of West Fleming Drive near the Morganton Heights Shopping Center, Asheville Street and Harris Drive will likely see smoke.

Mike Ross Grading, the contractor for Burke County Public Schools, has cleared some property behind Forest Hill Elementary.  The controlled burn is intended to complete the clearing of the property.  The contractor will begin burning the brush pile tomorrow (July 15), weather permitting.

The burn should be completed in a few days.  For more information, contact Fire Captain John Campbell at 828-432-2522.

The Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Office has released more information regarding the arrests of three men in connection to sex offense charges involving minors.

29-year-old Brian Scott Garrison of Statesville was arrested on May 18 after he traveled to Caldwell County to meet a juvenile. 29-year-old Shea Andrew Tucker of Hickory was arrested on June 16 and 22-year-old Carl Dean Shook of Newton has been arrested twice by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers. He was first arrested on May 18 after he traveled to Caldwell County to meet a juvenile. All three were charged with solicitation of a child under 16 years of age by electronic device for sexual purposes and appearing at the meeting place. Tucker was also charged with disseminating obscenity and Shook faces an additional charge of driving while license revoked.

In each case, the men contacted minor children and solicited the children via social media sites to meet for sexual acts. In all three cases the men arrived at a location to actually meet with the minor child and were arrested by Investigators.

After Shook’s initial arrest, he was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond. While out on bond, Shook was charged in a separate incident with disseminating obscenity to a child under the age of 13. He was arrested on July 10. Shook was again jailed under a total secured bond of $75,000.

Garrison was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today (July 14) in Lenoir. No court date was listed for Tucker. Shook had both District and Superior court appearances set for today in Lenoir.

Governor Pat McCrory’s office has announced that $93,000 in federal grants will go to support awards announced by the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Seven historic preservation projects range from a city-wide architectural survey and a neighborhood nomination to the National Register of Historic Places to a Wooden Window Repair and Efficiency Workshop.

Each year, federal Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grants are awarded by the N.C. State Historic Preservation Office (HPO) through the National Park Service’s Certified Local Government Program (CLG). The partnership between local, state and national governments focuses on promoting historic preservation at the grassroots level.

The City of Hickory will receive a federal Historic Preservation Fund grant of $15,000 to complete an architectural survey update. A match of $8,000 will be provided by the city.

As many of Hickory’s historic resources have not been surveyed, the grant will assist the documentation of 100 to 125 non-residential buildings and 15 to 20 post-World War II subdivisions. The project will also update approximately 200 existing records for properties outside National Register historic districts.

The Town of Black Mountain in Buncombe County will receive a federal grant of $1,000 to host a workshop for homeowners, historic preservation commission members and contractors. The town will provide a match of $200 for the project. A specialist in wooden window repair and restoration will conduct the workshop, stressing the benefits of repairing existing wooden windows and demonstrating restoration methods and tools.

Other grants were awarded in Beaufort, Craven, Mecklenburg, Orange and Wake counties.

The Historic Preservation Fund is a federal matching grant program administered jointly by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior and the state Historic Preservation Office.

For more information, call 919-807-6582.