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24-year-old Jonathan Edward Safley of Valley Springs Drive in the Olin community in Iredell County has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on four counts each of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance, as well as two counts of sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance.

His arrest was the result of a two-month surveillance and undercover operation conducted by the Iredell County Narcotics Investigations Unit. Officers were investigating the sale and delivery of prescription medications in the Harmony and north Iredell County areas.

A search warrant was executed at Safley’s residence Wednesday evening (April 15). Prescription medications were found, along with marked undercover funds that had been used during the investigation to purchase the medications.

Safley was taken into custody and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was placed under a $50,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today.

Additional charges are expected as the investigation continues.

Thursday, 16 April 2015 11:05

Arson Under Investigation In Alexander County

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The Alexander County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a case of arson. According to a news release from the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, firefighters responded to 28 Marsh Road in Hiddenite at approximately 4:32 a.m. Sunday, April 5. The mobile home was completely destroyed, the rental property was vacant at the time of the fire. The Hiddenite Fire Department responded to the blaze.

The investigation into the fire is ongoing, the news release does refer to it as an arson fire. If you have any information regarding this or any other crime call the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office at 828-632-1111 or Crime Stoppers at 828-632-8555. With Crime Stoppers you can remain anonymous you may be eligible for a cash reward.

24-year-old Codey Wayne Ross Michaels was arrested this morning by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with trafficking narcotics. Following the arrest, Michaels was placed in jail under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (April 20).

Thursday, 16 April 2015 08:17

Catawba County Commissioners To Meet Monday

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The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will meet Monday (April 20) at 7 p.m. in the Robert E. Hibbits Meeting Room at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.

The Board will hold two public hearings on 1) a request to rezone approximately 5 acres at 2535 Highway 16 South in the Balls Creek Small Area Planning District from R-40 Residential to Highway Commercial (HC) District; and 2) a proposed Village at Sherrills Ford planned development, which would bring the “village center” concept to the Sherrills Ford-Terrell community on approximately 200 acres located in and around Highway 150 and Slanting Bridge Road, with sections for residential dwellings and space for retail, office, medical and other use.

The Board will also consider a request from the Hickory Public Schools to transfer $94,298.08 in funds remaining in four completed projects to the Renovations to Old Longview Elementary School Project.

Thursday, 16 April 2015 06:44

Newton Teenager Charged With Drug Offenses

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18-year-old Natasha Monique Leatherman of West NC Highway 10 in Newton was arrested this morning (Thursday, August 16) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Leatherman was incarcerated at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (April 17).

The Catawba County Public Health Farmers Market, designed to improve community health by increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables, with a focus on WIC recipients, has received this year’s highest honor for innovation in local government from The Innovations Group. Staff from Catawba County received the J. Robert Havlick Award at a luncheon in Phoenix, Arizona on Monday afternoon (April 13). The Farmers Market was selected from among more than 80 submissions from across the United States.

The Innovations Groups’ annual awards program recognizes outstanding achievements in local government innovation, with one local government, its internal champion(s) and its innovation acknowledged with the Havlick Award, which honors the Innovations Group founder.

In partnership with the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, the Public Health Farmers Market’s goal is to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables while also providing a new outlet for locally grown produce.

WIC clients receive Farmers Market Nutritional Program vouchers when available to supplement their WIC food benefits with fresh, local produce during the summer months. Of the customers surveyed in the summer of 2014, 84.4% said the market helped increase the amount of fresh produce their family ate. For surveyed WIC clients, that number was 94.6%.

“One of our goals for the Farmers Market is to increase the rate of redemption of WIC Farmers Market vouchers. Following the market’s second season, the WIC program had the highest redemption rate, 64.37%, of Farmers Market Nutritional Program vouchers in North Carolina in 2014,” said Julie Byrd, WIC Director.

30-year-old Shasta Nicole Stroupe was arrested this morning by authorities in Burke County. She’s charged with felony probation violation. Following the arrest, Stroupe was placed in jail under $15,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for May 18 in Morganton.

19-year-old Joshua Luke Duncan and 18-year-old Daniel Diaz, both of the same Phoenix Drive, Newton address, were both arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. Duncan is charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, felony possession of marijuana, maintaining a place to keep controlled substance, possession, sell, or buy an altered gun serial number, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Diaz is charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, felony possession of marijuana, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, possession, sell, or buy an altered gun serial number, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Following their arrests, both suspects were detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (Thursday, April 16) under $10,000 bond apiece. They’re both scheduled to appear in District Court Friday (April 17).

Thursday, 16 April 2015 04:59

Morganton City Council Calls For Special Meeting

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Morganton City Council will hold a special meeting at noon next Monday (April 20). The purpose of the meeting is to consider award of a contract for further construction at the Morganton Community House, and for a budget amendment related to that project. Council meets at Morganton City Hall located at 305 East Union Street, Suite A100, in Morganton.

19-year-old April Ruth Harbinson of Parkway Drive in Newton was arrested Wednesday (April 15) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with conspire to sell and deliver cocaine. Following the arrest, Harbinson was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (April 17).