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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 13:28

Newton Man Arrested On Felony Break-in Charge

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27-year-old Christopher Cole Cox of West 19th Street in Newton was arrested today (February 6) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with felony breaking and entering with intent to terrorize or injure. In addition, Cox is charged with two misdemeanor counts of communicating threats, and single misdemeanor counts of simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance, simple assault, and resisting a public officer. Cox was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $12,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (February 7).

City of Morganton crews are asking customers to prepare for two planned power outages Thursday night (February 7) and early Friday morning (February 8). The outages are planned so that power poles can be replaced.

Crews will begin replacing a power pole at Poplar Street and Carbon City Road at about 9 p.m. Thursday. Approximately 60 customers on Poplar Street, Myrtle Street and Coulter Street will be without power for four to five hours while crews replace the pole. For a brief moment when repairs begin, a number of customers on Carbon City Road and in Morganton Heights will experience an outage that will last less than a minute while crews switch over circuits.

Immediately following this repair, crews will move to West Fleming Drive, where they will replace a power pole in front of Case Farms. Customers should be prepared for this outage to begin as early as 12:30 a.m. Friday. There will be another minor interruption in power service for a number of customers when this repair begins, which will last less than a minute as crews switch power between circuits. Approximately 200 customers on Henry’s Glen Drive, Burke Drive, Alwran Street, Ramsey Street, Cline Street, South College Street, State Road, Harry Drive, Morgan Drive, Overlook Street, Simpson Street and Ones Branch Court will be without power for the duration of the repairs, which are expected to last approximately one hour.

32-year-old Miguel Christopher Sanchez of 6th Avenue N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 4 p.m. yesterday (February 5) for a felony probation violation.

Sanchez is on probation as the result of a breaking & entering case dating back to January of 2017. He was convicted in June of last year in Catawba County on felony counts of breaking & entering with intent to injure or terrorize and obtaining property by false pretense. He is currently serving a 36-month suspended sentence.

Sanchez was taken into custody without incident at a convenience store on North Center Street in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for March 21 in Newton.

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 09:31

Lenoir Man Charged With Stealing Vehicle

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22-year-old Triston Jay Gibson of Hickman Avenue in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (February 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Gibson was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.

Hickory City Council met in regular session last night (February 5). Minutes, second readings, and the consent agenda were all approved.

Scott Millar, President of the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation or EDC, presented information regarding ITM, a German radiopharmaceutical company that plans to invest $12 million in machinery and equipment and create 137 jobs over the next five years. A public hearing was held and City Council approved action to expend City funds for economic development with ITM. Millar commented that when ITM visited Hickory during their site selection process, representatives were shown the City’s new mountain biking trails and other local amenities, as well as the business park, which all contributed to their decision to locate in Hickory at Trivium.

Millar also presented information regarding Design Foundry, LLC., which plans to invest $3.133 million in building renovations and machinery and equipment and create 202 new jobs in a manufacturing facility for upholstered furniture. A public hearing was held and City Council voted 6-1 to approve an economic development agreement with Design Foundry and to expend City funds for economic development with Design Foundry.

Assistant City Manager/CFO Rodney Miller presented the City’s Quarterly Financial Report. City Council also appointed members to boards and commissions.

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 04:20

Felony Assault Charge Lodged Against Lenoir Man

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24-year-old Christopher Aaron Ellis of NW Piedmont Drive in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (February 5) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Ellis was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for Tuesday.

Two people were convicted of second-degree murder in connection with the June 2013 death of a Lenoir man during Caldwell County Superior Court on Tuesday (February 5).

40-year-old Earl Franklin Moore, Jr. of Lenoir, was sentenced to 23 to 28 years in prison following his guilty plea to second-degree murder in the death of 34-year-old Raoul Anton Dula and property crimes. 39-year-old Jenny Lynn Childress of Lenoir, will spend 18 to 22 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in connection to Dula’s death along with property crimes. The Honorable Lisa C. Bell, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, imposed the active sentences for both defendants.

Dula was killed in the early-morning hours of June 20, 2013, and his mutilated body was found in the yard of a residence later that day. Due to the extent of his injuries, it took several hours for law enforcement officers to identify Dula. They used booking photos from the Caldwell County Detention Center to help with the identification.

The investigation shows that Dula and a family member knew Moore and Childress, and the four people spent time together engaged in drinking and drug activities on June 19, 2013. At one point, Dula’s family member was given money to make a drug purchase, but he did not return. Prosecutors disclosed text messages between Moore and Childress that outlined a rough plan to kill Dula. They stopped at some point that night for Moore to get a machete more than two feet long, which is believed to be the murder weapon, used in a robbery of the victim.

Video surveillance from various convenience stores around Caldwell County put the four people together over the two-day period and showed a unique pair of jeans that Dula was wearing. After receiving information that the weapon was dumped in the Mill Pond in Granite Falls, divers searched the area and found a machete wrapped in the jeans that Dula had been wearing.

A lack of scientific evidence was a consideration in plea negotiations as well as mental acuity for Moore and variations in versions of the events of the killing offered by Childress.

The medical examiner who conducted the autopsy indicated that the machete found might not have been the weapon used to kill Dula. There also was no blood found in the car used on the night of the murder or on the clothing of the defendants.

Sgt. Doug Dupell led the investigation for the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from Lenoir Police Department and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Assistant District Attorneys Andrew Jennings and Jennifer Mathews prosecuted matters for the State.

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 03:49

Claremont Man Jailed This Morning On Felony Charge

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42-year-old Allen Demond Allison of Wayne Street in Claremont was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony probation violation out of county. Allison was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (February 6) under $15,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (February 11).

The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has cancelled a Silver Alert issued for a missing endangered man, 59-year-old Dana Lawrence Glenn of Conover. The Silver Alert was issued Tuesday afternoon (February 5).

Authorities confirmed that Mr. Glenn was found safe.

36-year-old Charles Thomas Shear of Applegate Court in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (February 2) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested after Police responded to a hotel on 13th Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory to serve an outstanding warrant from Caldwell County for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. During the arrest, Officers found 0.5 grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a .32 caliber revolver in the room.

Shear was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $8,500, secured. He has since been released. He was scheduled to appear in District Court on the drug charges yesterday (February 4) in Newton with another court date in Lenoir coming up on March 4.

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