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33-year-old Justin Mikeal Freeman of Macarthur Lane in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (May 13) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Freeman was detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (May 15).

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 18, in the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton. The Commissioners will receive a presentation on the proposed update to the county’s 2007 Parks Master Plan, accompanied by a Planning Board recommendation to approve the update. The plan provides a guideline for future development, subject to available resources.  

The committee kept public comments in mind as they reviewed existing parks across the county and sites for potential future parks. The committee then updated existing plan. According to County Senior Planner Susan Ballbach, the plan incorporates significant community input. The plan was developed by county staff, in consultation with the county’s Parks Advisory Committee, over an 18-month period.

The Committee’s review included the existing parks: Baker’s Mountain, Riverbend and St. Stephens Park. The updated plan includes specific recommendations for improvements to the existing parks.

The proposed plan also recommends development of a regional park on Mountain Creek, a 589-acre site obtained by the County in 2010. In addition, it recommends smaller “historic parks” near the Catawba County Historical Association’s Bunker Hill Covered Bridge and Murray’s Mill.

The draft plan is currently available for review online at catawbacountync.gov/Parks. Questions may be directed to Ms. Ballbach at 828-465-8381 or sballbach@catawbacountync.gov.

31-year-old Joshua Glenn McRavion of Lincoln Street has been arrested by Lincolnton Police on charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Events leading to his arrest began during the early morning hours on Sunday, May 10, when Officers responded to reports of a shooting on the 1100 block of Lincoln Street in the Oaklawn community. Officers found two victims suffering from gunshot wounds. Both victims were taken to Carolina Healthcare Systems in Lincolnton for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. One of the victims was transferred to Carolina Healthcare Systems in Charlotte for additional treatment. That victim remains in the hospital.

Sgt. Dennis Harris and Officer Tiffany Cline processed the crime scene and took statements from the victims and several witnesses. As the investigation progressed, evidence was found indicating that multiple shooters with multiple firearms were involved in the incident. One of the shooters was identified as Joshua McRavion.

Officer Cline arrested McRavion Tuesday (May 12). He was given a $105,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today (May 13).

McRavion has previous convictions for felony habitual assault, robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of firearm by a felon, possession of a weapon of mass destruction, assault on a government official, simple assault, assault on a female, communicating threats and traffic-related offenses. McRavion was incarcerated for those offenses from March of 2003 until October of last year. He was out on parole at the time of the May 10 shootings.

The Lincolnton Police patrol division, criminal investigations division and narcotics division, along with North Carolina Probation & Parole, all assisted in the investigation.

The investigation is ongoing with additional arrests expected. Anyone with information regarding the shooting should contact Officer Cline at 704-736-8900 or Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. Crime Stoppers callers can remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is possible if an arrest is made.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 11:33

More Details in Hickory Heroin Arrest

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More details have been released in the arrest of 24-year-old Jeremy Kyle “Big Country” Goodrich of 14th Street Place N.E. in Hickory. He was arrested early yesterday (May 12) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule I controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged on an outstanding warrant for misdemeanor second-degree trespass. In addition, Goodrich faces charges from the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s dating back to 2012 for non-support of a child.

He was arrested just after midnight when Officers saw a silver Dodge Avenger parked in the middle of the parking lot at the Gateway Extended Stay Hotel on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Goodrich was behind the wheel with two passengers in the vehicle.

A routine records check showed the outstanding warrant for Goodrich’s arrest. A subsequent search of the vehicle turned up 0.5 grams of China white heroin.

He was taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $31,300 secured bond. The other two occupants of the vehicle were not charged. Goodrich will appear in District Court today in Hickory.

In an unrelated case, Goodrich faces one felony count of robbery with a dangerous weapon with a Superior Court date coming up on June 1 in Newton.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 05:26

Boone Woman Arrested On Meth Charge In Lenoir

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30-year-old Savannah Helene Underwood of Fallview Lane in Boone was arrested Tuesday (May 12) by Lenoir Police Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance, simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Underwood was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $33,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (May 14).

26-year-old Isreal Ramon Aguilera of NW Broadway Street in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (May 12) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with a felony for being a fugitive from another state. Aguilera is wanted in Cherokee County, South Carolina. In addition, Aguilera is charged in Caldwell County with two counts of misdemeanor breaking and entering to a coin or currency machine, and in Catawba County with felony obtaining property by false pretense. Following the arrest, Aguilera was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $85,000 secured bond, a District Court appearance is scheduled for May 28 in Lenoir.

35-year-old Scotty Emmanuel Dellinger of Emmanuel Church Road in Conover was arrested Tuesday (May 12) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with false imprisonment, assault on a female, injury to personal property, habitual misdemeanor assault, felony probation violation, and failure to appear for non-support of a child. Following the arrest, Dellinger was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $17,200 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (May 15).

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 04:48

Maiden Man Arrested On Meth Charge

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31-year-old David Allen Vetter of Blackburn Bridge Road in Maiden was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine. Following the arrest, Vetter was detained this morning in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (May 15).

Two men charged in connection with the armed robbery of a convenience store in the Chesterfield section of Burke County last October have both entered guilty pleas. 21-year-old Terrik Lavon Patterson of Savannah, Georgia pleaded guilty Tuesday (May 12) to felony robbery with a dangerous weapon. 22-year-old Roger Joel Harper of Morganton pleaded guilty to felony common law robbery May 6.

According to police reports, the two men broke into Shop ’n Save #3 on N.C. 18/U.S. 64 at the intersection of Hartland Road on October 18, armed with a gun, a can of gasoline, and a box cutter, and stole between $5,000 and $10,000 in cash. According to the Burke County Sheriff's Office, both defendants have refused to make statements to law enforcement, and the stolen cash remains missing.

According to authorities, based on the suspects’ physical builds as seen in surveillance footage, it is believed Harper had the gun and Patterson the box cutter. The thinner suspect threatened one of the clerks with the box cutter, and the larger suspect tried to force the clerks to open the store safe.

Police said during the course of the robbery, the pistol went off, narrowly avoiding a clerk and striking the floor near the safe. Investigators found a mask, matching those worn by the suspects, a short distance from the store. After both suspects were captured, police served a DNA search warrant, and tested the DNA on the mask. It came back with a presumptive match for Patterson — a result showing high likelihood the DNA belonged to the suspect and suggesting further testing. According to reports, that presumptive match, along with video evidence, led to Patterson’s plea.

Patterson was sentenced to a minimum of three years and two months in prison and a maximum of four years and 10 months in prison and was given credit for 176 days served. Harper was sentenced to a minimum of 10 months and a maximum of one year and nine months in prison and was given credit for 189 days of time served.

Newton-Conover High School principal Kevin Campbell passed away this morning. A news release from the Newton-Conover City Schools says “Mr. Campbell has been a tremendous role model and mentor to so many students and adults alike over the years.”

He served Newton-Conover since 1994 starting as an Exceptional Children's teacher from 1994-1999 as well as an athletic trainer. In 1999 he became an Assistant Principal at Newton-Conover High School before serving Newton-Conover Middle School as an Assistant Principal in 2001. He was named the principal at Thornton Elementary where he served from 2002-2007 before being named as Newton-Conover High School's principal where he has served for the past 8 years.

He is survived by his wife Kim and their sons Nate and Nicholas.