19-year-old Morgan Blake Parsons of Serenity Drive in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning (December 7) on felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana. He was also charged with carrying a concealed gun and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Events leading to his arrest began at about 12:45 a.m. Sunday when Officers stopped a 2014 GMC Sierra truck with temporary tags on the 3300 block of North Center Street because the headlights were not on. While speaking to the driver, the Officer smelled marijuana. The Officer asked if there was anything illegal in the truck. The truck’s occupants handed the Officer a bag containing a plastic cylinder with 169 grams of marijuana in it.
The driver and four passengers were asked to get out of the truck where they were all handcuffed as the vehicle was searched. In the truck, Officers found a Bushmaster rifle, two marijuana cigarettes weighing three grams, a pipe, a grinder with 0.5 grams of marijuana, another plastic cylinder containing 48 grams of methamphetamine, two containers each containing approximately 35 grams of marijuana wax and an additional one-tenth of a gram of marijuana. Marijuana wax is a marijuana-derived concentrate, also known as butter or honeycomb, that looks and feels like lip balm and is said to be far more potent than marijuana.
One male juvenile in the vehicle was also charged with misdemeanor offenses. The other three persons were not charged.
Following his arrest, Parsons was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $45,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court Monday (December 8) in Newton.
Hickory Firefighters are encouraging citizens to donate used bicycles to the Bikes for Tykes program before December 12. The bikes will be refurbished and distributed during the Catawba County Christmas Bureau.
The Christmas Bureau starts on Monday, December 15. The "Bikes for Tykes" program is an effort to benefit needy children served by the Christmas Bureau. Toys and bikes will be distributed at the American Legion Fairgrounds.
Bikes or tricycles can be dropped off at any of the Hickory fire stations between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. For more information, call 828-323-7420.
According to published reports, Emily Garrison has resigned as principal at Draughn High School in Valdese. Her resignation was effective last Friday (December 5).
Garrison becomes the sixth employee to resign from Burke County Public Schools in the past two months. More than 70 have left their positions since July.
Garrison’s resignation was voluntary. She reportedly said that she intends to focus on her family and the pursuit of higher education.
On the Level Home Services is hosting and sponsoring a Christmas event for needy children in Catawba County. The event will be held on December 20 at 902-B Conover Boulevard from noon until 3 p.m. Donations will be accepted through December 18.
On the Level Home Services is a family owned and operated company that specializes in mold removal, waterproofing, structural repair and general home repairs.
For more information, call 828-750-5712.
30-year-old Valerie Rose Wirtheim of Mooresville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers and charged with child abuse, resisting officers and injury to real property.
On December 7, Deputies responded to reports of children being assaulted by their mother on Carolina Wren Drive in Mooresville. The owner of the residence said a female who was renting a room from her had assaulted a 13-year-old child and an 8-year-old child.
Deputies learned that the 13-year-old female had been thrown on the bed and struck on her head by her mother, Valerie Rose Wirtheim. When the 8-year-old son tried to stop the mother, he was also struck on the side of his head. Deputies noticed signs of assault on both children. They spoke to Wirtheim, who admitted to assaulting her children.
As Deputies placed Wirtheim under arrest, she resisted and kicked a hole in the sheet-rock wall.
Wirtheim was transported to the Iredell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $4,000. She will appear in District Court on January 5.
The Newton Parks & Recreation Department is teaming up with In My Father’s House for a Christmas Gospel Fest & Community Outreach. The event will take place from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 20, at the Central Recreation Center, 301 South Ervin Avenue. The first 50 Catawba County families to arrive will receive toys, clothes and food.
Gospel performers and groups with talent to share must register by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 12. Entry forms are available at the Central Recreation Center; at the Newton Parks & Recreation Department, 23 South Brady Avenue; and at In My Father’s House, 19 East “A” Street.
Those attending are asked to bring an item of canned or non-perishable food to the event. Donations will help the Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry provide food to families in need during the holidays.
For more information, call program coordinator Charles James at 828-695-4350 or center supervisor Linda McCorkle at 828-465-7477.
At 4:27 on this morning (December 9), Hickory Firefighters responded to a fire at 940 27th Street N.E., unit #110. On arrival, Firefighters reported smoke coming from the residence. The occupants were safely outside the structure. The occupants said a working smoke alarm alerted them to the incident.
Responding with two engines, one ladder, one rescue unit and one command unit, Firefighters worked to contain and extinguish the fire, which was reported under control at 4:40 a.m.
No injuries were reported and damages were considered heavy.
Catawba County E.M.S. and Hickory Police also responded to the incident. Investigators say the fire was caused by an unattended smoldering cigarette.
50-year-old Anthony Wayne Duncan of Boggs Road in Claremont was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police yesterday for possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.
He was initially arrested in August of this year when Police spotted a vehicle at McDonald’s on South Center street and recognized it from a “be on the lookout call” issued in Caldwell County in connection to an attempted breaking & entering. Police stopped the vehicle on Highway 70 S.E.
A search turned up 1.6 grams of heroin, 2.2 grams of marijuana, one Alprazolam pill, one Clonazepam pill and a .25 caliber Baretta handgun. Jessica Renee Pendleton and Duncan were both charged at the time. Yesterday’s felony indictment comes in connection to the firearms charge against Duncan.
Duncan was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He will appear in Superior Court on December 12 in Newton.
Lincolnton Police are asking for the public’s help in solving a crime that occurred on Monday, November 10 when Officer Ashley Boyles responded to a larceny call at the Wal-Mart store on North General’s Boulevard in Lincolnton.
Upon arrival, Officer Boyles spoke with loss prevention personnel who said a black male dressed in coveralls with a camo print left the store with a bicycle and a tan backpack without paying for the merchandise.
Officer Rick Hensley of the Lincolnton Police Department is investigating the case. Anyone with information should contact the Lincolnton Police Department at 704-736-8900 or Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
27-year-old Amanda Jean Tillman of N.W. Vance Street in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (December 8) on charges of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of methamphetamine and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. Following her arrest, Tillman was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $15,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.