Catawba County Animal Services has confirmed the eleventh case of rabies in the county this year. Previous cases reported this year by Catawba County occurred in Maiden, Vale, Newton, Hickory, Sherrills Ford and Claremont.
Last Saturday (October 6), Catawba County Animal Services responded to a call from a Catawba resident whose dog came into contact with a skunk. The skunk was sent to the North Carolina Public Health Laboratory in Raleigh, which notified Animal Services Tuesday (October 9) that the skunk tested positive for rabies. The dog received a rabies booster after the incident occurred and is being kept under home observation for a 45-day period per state guidelines.
Signs that an animal may be infected with rabies include loss of appetite, irritability and unusual aggression, lack of fear and restlessness, dilated pupils, seizures, trembling and unsteadiness, difficulty swallowing, and drooling or foaming at the mouth. People who encounter an animal with any of these symptoms should avoid contact with the animal and report it to Catawba County Animal Services at (828) 464-7686. Pet owners who suspect their pet had contact with a rabid animal are also urged to call Animal Services.
Animal Services reminds pet owners that rabies is a threat to pets and humans year-round. The best way to protect pets is to have them properly vaccinated for rabies.
24-year-old Mercedes Justice Carswell of Main Avenue N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before noon yesterday (October 8) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and misdemeanor counts of assault on a government official and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
She was taken into custody at a residence on 10th Avenue S.E. in Hickory where she allegedly resisted arrest and assaulted a law enforcement officer. Carswell was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
30-year-old Ruby Christine Hoard and 30-year-old Daniel Joseph Pritchard, both of the same address on 17th Avenue N.E. in Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police early yesterday afternoon (October 8). Hoard was charged with one felony count of possession of heroin and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce, expired or no vehicle inspection and driving while license revoked. Pritchard faces one felony count each for possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance (marijuana). They were both charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
They were taken into custody without incident at their residence. Both suspects were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Hoard set at $30,500, secured, while Pritchard was given a $30,000 secured bond. They have since been released. First appearances in District Court were scheduled today in Newton.
35-year-old Crystal Lea Perkins of Ollis Place in Lenoir was arrested Monday (October 8) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and possession of stolen property. In addition, Perkins is charged with parole violation, false information to an officer, and failure to produce license. Perkins was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $12,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for Wednesday (October 8).
38-year-old Brian Scott Harden of Chestnut Grove Road in Statesville was arrested last Friday (October 5) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with six felony counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and three counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.
According to a news release issued today (October 9) by the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, on August 9, a report was filed with that agency in reference to a cyber tip received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The tip indicated a Skype account was being used to send and received images of nude juveniles engaged in sex acts. The case was assigned to the Special Victims Unit for further investigation.
Detectives found out where the images were being uploaded and downloaded and the owner of the account used. A search warrant was obtained for 242 Chestnut Grove Road in Statesville. The home was searched Friday and, according to the news release, more images were discovered on the suspect’s computer.
The suspect, Brian Scott Harden, was arrested at the residence without incident. He was jailed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a total bond of $225,000 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (October 9).
24-year-old James Nicholas Braun of Southard Road and 29-year-old Kristen Price Niewiera of Stagecoach Trail, both from Lenoir, were arrested Sunday (October 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with two felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, along with single felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and larceny of a firearm. Both suspects were placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $75,000 secured bond. They were each scheduled to appear in District Court Monday (October 8).
49-year-old Russell Monroe Dunn, Sr. of Adam Street in Conover was arrested Sunday (October 7) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine. Dunn was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (October 9).
27-year-old Stephanie Ballas Johnson of Hickory was arrested last Friday (October 5) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with probation violation. Following the arrest, Johnson was placed in jail under $25,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for December 20.
33-year-old Emmanuel Duran Millsaps of Taylorsville was arrested last Tuesday (October 2) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. In addition, Millsaps is charged with driving while license revoked and non-support. Millsaps was placed in jail under $7,036.15 secured bond. His next District Court appearance is scheduled for October 22.
39-year-old Tara Suzanne Smiley of Taylorsville was arrested last Wednesday (October 3) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Smiley was placed in jail under $20,000 secured bond. Her next District Court date is October 15.
51-year-old Ronnie Lynn Benfield of Taylorsville was arrested Saturday (October 6) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance and possession of schedule II controlled substance. In addition, Benfield is charged with misdemeanor counts of simple possession of schedule IV and VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting a public officer. Benfield was placed in jail under $38,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for October 29.
39-year-old Amanda Newton Carswell of Dekalb Drive in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police Friday morning (October 5) on one felony count of failure to appear. She allegedly failed to appear on a felony charge for possession of methamphetamine. The warrant for her arrest was issued on October 1 in Burke County.
Carswell was taken into custody at a retail store on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,000, secured. She has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for November 26 in Morganton.
36-year-old Angel Lynn Neal of Hotel Drive in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7 p.m. Saturday (October 6) on one felony count as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. She was wanted on a warrant issued by the Bristol Police Department in Bristol, Tennessee.
Neal was taken into custody without incident at the Budget Inn Express on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. She was jailed without bond in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. An appearance in District Court was set for October 19 in Newton.
An arrest has been made in connection to a Sunday afternoon (October 7) stabbing incident. 41-year-old Jeffrey Lee Warren of Sugar Grove was arrested in connection to the stabbing of a 25-year-old man shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday. He's charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill.
Boone Police, Fire, and Watauga Medics responded to a report of a stabbing in the vicinity of 1620 Blowing Rock Road, which is the address for the Publix Super Market. The victim was transported for medical treatment to Johnson City Medical Center and was last reported in stable condition.
A news release from the Boone Police Department says the suspect and victim are acquaintances. Warren was placed in the Watauga County Detention Center under $200,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.