43-year-old Brian Keith Bloom of 6th Street SW in Conover was arrested this morning (Wednesday, April 8) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with two counts of trafficking, opium or heroin, and maintain a place to keep controlled substance. Following the arrest, Bloom was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (April 10).
19-year-old Jamie Virgil Hicks and 19-year-old Katie Dawn Sessoms, both of the same Wildwood Drive, Lenoir address, were arrested Tuesday (April 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. Both suspects are charged with felony counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with serious bodily injury. Following their arrests, Hicks and Sessoms were both locked up in the Catawba County Detention Center. Hicks’ bond was set at $100,000 secured, Sessoms’ bond was set at $75,000 secured. They’re both scheduled to appear in District Court Thursday (April 9).
29-year-old Brandon Eric Watson of Justin Carlton Lane in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (April 7) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with two counts of probation violation and simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance. Following the arrest, Watson was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $31,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Tuesday (April 14).
46-year-old Marc Henkle Cline of Rocky Ford Road in Newton was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute meth, maintaining a place to keep a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying a concealed weapon, driving while license revoked, and exceed pseudoephedrine limits. Following the arrest, Cline was detained this morning (Wednesday, April 8) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $26,000 bond. A first court appearance was scheduled for today.
The City of Morganton Water Resources Department will temporarily shut off water on Bouchelle Street Thursday morning (April 9), weather permitting. Water Resources workers need to replace a fire hydrant and a waterline valve. The water shut off will occur from about 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., barring any unforeseen problems. About 35 to 40 homes on Bouchelle from Patterson Street to Roper Street will be affected by the shut off. For more information, call the City of Morganton Water Resources department at 828-438-5276.
27-year-old Justin Edward Maltba of Hickory, was given an active prison sentence of 58-82 months after pleading guilty to common law robbery Tuesday (April 7) in Catawba County Superior Court.
Maltba’s sentence, handed down by the Honorable Hugh B. Lewis, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, was enhanced by his habitual felon status. He was placed in custody of the North Carolina Department of Corrections.
The defendant approached the victim of the crime, Franklin Parsons, in the parking lot of Dollar General on Lenoir–Rhyne Boulevard in Hickory on Sept. 14, 2014, asking him for money. When Parsons took out his wallet to give him money, Maltba grabbed it, jumped in a van and sped off. Several witnesses observed the robbery.
Information from law enforcement revealed the van had been involved in an accident a day earlier. Officers were able to locate the vehicle at a residence some time later and took Maltba into custody. He was cooperative with officers and was identified by Parsons as the person who took his wallet.
Investigator Jeff Pruett handled the case for Hickory Police Department, and Sean McGinnis was the prosecutor for the District Attorney’s Office.
23-year-old Michael Wesley Young, Jr. of Seitz Road in Morganton was arrested by Hudson Police yesterday (April 6) on charges of larceny and possession of stolen goods. He also faces misdemeanor larceny charges in Rutherford and Burke counties.
Following his arrest, Young was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $4,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was set for April 20 in Lenoir.
The Alexander County Sheriff Department’s K9, Mick, has received a ballistic vest thanks to a nonprofit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. and an anonymous donor who contributed $950.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity in East Taunton, Massachusetts. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1,317 law enforcement dogs in 49 states with protective vests since 2009 at a cost of over $1.2 million dollars.
For more information, call 508-824-6978 or visit www.vik9s.org.
10th District Congressman Patrick McHenry visited University Christian High School in Hickory this morning. He toured the campus and took questions from students in a civics class. It was the first of three stops in Catawba County for the Congressman, who also had visits scheduled at the Lake Hickory Rotary Club meeting and Ethan Allen's facility in Maiden. WHKY’s Rob Eastwood spoke with McHenry during his visit to the Hickory school, you can see that interview on WHKY TV News tonight at 5:30 and 10:00. It will also be available on this website and on the WHKY YouTube Channel.
The N.C. Department of Transportation will close a portion of Colt Thornburg Road in Gaston County beginning Monday, April 13, while crews replace the bridge with a culvert.
The bridge over Coley Creek was built in 1961 and is considered functionally obsolete and structurally deficient. The bridge is safe, but it was built to outdated design standards and isn't equipped to meet current and future traffic demands.
A signed detour will direct motorists to Cloninger Road, then to Ratchford Road and then from Philadelphia Church Road back to Colt Thornburg Road. The road is expected to reopen to traffic in August.
The project is the second of five bridge replacements covered by a $1.7 million contract. The contract includes the replacement of bridges with culverts in Alexander, Cleveland, Catawba, Gaston and Iredell counties.
All five bridges will be replaced by late 2016.