43-year-old Scottie Eugene Hopkins of Vermillion Lane in Statesville was arrested today (Monday, November 21) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hopkins was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for January 23.
The city of Newton is currently developing a pedestrian plan to enhance walking conditions and to improve connectivity and safety throughout the city. In addition to taking an online survey at www.newtonnc.gov/walk, you are invited to learn more about the planning process and share your ideas on the future of walking in Newton during meetings on December 5 and 6.
You can join city officials from 4:30-6 p.m. Monday, December 5, for a short walk around Downtown Newton to discuss the key elements of a walkable Newton. We'll meet at Newton City Hall, circle downtown, and then return to City Hall.
The next day, from 4:30-6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6, you can attend an open house at City Hall to discuss and review recommendations for improving the pedestrian environment through infrastructure projects, programming, and policy. Attendees are welcome to stay for the City Council meeting at 7 p.m. to hear a presentation on the status of the Newton Pedestrian Plan. Newton City Hall is located at 401 North Main Ave.
The purpose of the Newton Pedestrian Plan is to improve all aspects of the pedestrian experience and increase pedestrian activity throughout the city. It will address how to make the city's streets safe for Newton’s youngest and oldest pedestrians, how to improve the connections between neighborhoods, and how an improved pedestrian environment can create a healthier and more livable city. Your input will help build a better understanding of community needs and priorities.
If you have any questions, please email Newton Planning Director Randy Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
36-year-old Dequelle Kushawn Williamson of 9th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:40 Sunday evening (November 20) on one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
He was arrested after Police received information regarding illegal narcotics activity at the Valley Creek Apartments on 7th Avenue S.W. Officers went to the residence in question where they found five occupants. During a consent search, Williamson allegedly attempted to swallow a baggie that contained 2.2 grams of cocaine.
Two subjects were issued citations for possession of marijuana up to half an ounce. The other two subjects present were not charged or cited.
Williamson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today (November 21) in Newton.
39-year-old Rodney Lamont Pounds of 2nd Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday (November 19) on one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.
He was arrested after Police responded to a possible stabbing at an address on 2nd Street S.W. in Hickory. Officers arrived to find the victim, a 35-year-old black male from Hickory, walking east across 2nd Street S.W. E.M.S. transported the victim to Frye Regional Medical Center.
A knife was found at another nearby residence on 2nd Street S.W. Through the course of the investigation, Officers learned that the victim was injured after an argument between Rodney Pounds and the victim escalated to the point of physical violence.
Pounds was arrested without incident at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (November 21) in Newton.
In line with their strategic plan initiative, Catawba County Commissioners joined municipal and business leaders for a tour of local business parks last Thursday (November 18) as part of the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation’s (EDC) competitiveness assessment of Catawba County.
The tour was one of two coordinated by the EDC and its Committee of 100 to help assess the County’s current and future economic development potential for recruiting businesses and workers to the County.
The first tour, which took place earlier this month, visited business parks in Rock Hill, S.C., Gastonia, N.C., and Lincoln County, N.C., to view what area counties are offering in the competitive economic development marketplace.
Last Thursday's tour visited several sites with development potential inside Catawba County, including locations in Catawba, Claremont, Conover, Hickory, Maiden, and Newton. Following presentation of the assessment’s findings, the EDC will work with the County Commissioners, municipal leaders and other partners to identify specific action steps that can be taken to achieve local economic development goals.
More information about the EDC’s initiatives can be found on its website, www.catawbaedc.org.
30-year-old Justin Lee Calloway of Moss Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Sunday (November 20) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of identity theft and obtaining property by false pretense. Calloway was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $2,500 secured bond. No court date was listed.
City of Morganton Water Resources workers planned to shut off water to Park Street at 9 a.m. today (Monday, November 21), to repair a break on a six-inch water line. Approximately 25 customers will be affected on Park Street and the 400 Block of North Street. Workers expect to have the line repaired by 1 p.m., barring any unforeseen problems. For more information, call the Water Resources Department 828-438-5276.
51-year-old Leonard Everett Wilcox of Rattlesnake Lane in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (November 19) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and assault on a female. Wilcox was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $2,500 secured bond on the meth charge and no bond on the assault charge. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
52-year-old Donald Joseph Gaul and 46-year-old Sandra Lynn Gaul, both of the same Clarence Beam Road, Lincolnton, address were arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers Friday (November 18). They're each charged with two felony counts apiece of sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances. 45-year-old William Elton Patterson, who lists a different address on Clarence Beam Road, was charged Friday with one felony count of possession of schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each of simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The arrests came as a result of a six month long undercover operation and search warrant at a residence near the 1300 block of Clarence Beam Road. Narcotics detectives say they received multiple complaints about drug activity, including drug sales, over the past six months at two different residences.
Undercover detectives made multiple purchases of methamphetamine from individuals frequenting and living at both locations.
Investigators also used surveillance techniques to monitor the activity and developed information leading to the search of the residence. Detectives seized methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia during the operation.
Donald Gaul received a $30,000 secured bond. Sandra Gaul received a $15,000 secured bond. She was already in jail on multiple unrelated charges and now has a total bond of $106,000 secured. Patterson received a $20,000 secured bond. All three suspects were scheduled to appear in District Court today (Monday, November 21).
The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are likely.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners meets in regular session tonight (Monday, November 21).
There are two public hearings on tonight's agenda. One is to discuss a rezoning request of 2.3 acres from R-40 Residential to RC Rural Commercial District. The property is on Bethany Church Road in the Balls Creek Small Area Planning District. The other public hearing is to discuss a request to rezone 1.69 acres from R-40 Residential to Highway Commercial, or HC District. That property is on Smyre Farm Road in the Balls Creek Small Area Planning District.
In addition tonight, the Catawba County Board of Commissioners will hear an update on the water and sewer strategic planning from Utilities and Engineering Director Barry Edwards. There will also be a presentation related to a proclamation for Farm City Week, which is November 21-28.
Commissioners will also vote on appointments and on the consent agenda, which contains five items including the approval of the 2017 Board of Commissioners Meeting Schedule. Tonight's Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting gets underway at 7:00 in the Robert E. Hibbitts Meeting Room at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.
34-year-old Charlene Ann Dockery of Trout Pond Road in Claremont was arrested Sunday (November 20) by Conover Police Officers. She's charged with three felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense, two felony counts of possession of stolen goods, and one felony count apiece of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and attempt to obtain property by false pretense. Dockery is also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce.
Dockery was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $32,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, November 21) in Newton.
35-year-old Ashley Nicole Starnes of Crown Court in Lenoir was arrested Friday (November 18) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Starnes was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $1,500 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for January 9.
31-year-old Diamond Sharell Lipscomb of Newland Street in Morganton was arrested Saturday (November 19) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony trafficking in cocaine.
According to a news release issued Sunday (November 20) by the Morganton Department of Public Safety, an investigation led to the discovery of approximately 54 grams of crack cocaine that was in Lipscomb's possession. Officers discovered that Lipscomb was on supervised probation and used information from Lipscomb's GPS ankle monitor to track his location. An investigation determined that Lipscomb had discarded the cocaine when officers approached him.
Lipscomb was located a short time later and served with the warrant for trafficking in cocaine. At the time of Lipscomb's arrest, he had an additional amount of crack cocaine in his possession and approximately $1,300 in cash. The money and drugs were seized.
Lipscomb's bond was set at $100,000. He posted that within minutes of his arrest with the help of a bondsman. According to a local records check, since November 2015, Lipscomb has been arrested at least 11 times. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Monday, November 21).
The Burke County Sheriff's Office reports drug tests administered by a probation officer led to the discovery of a meth lab at a Morganton home.
35-year-old Jason Robert Ford and 28-year-old Desarae Nicole Jiron, both of the same Jenkins Road, Morganton, address, were both arrested last week by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony counts of manufacture methamphetamine, and possession of immedate precursor to manufacture methamphetamine. They were both charged with misdemeanor probation violation as well.
According to a news release issued on Friday (November 18), last Tuesday (November 15), investigators with the Burke County Narcotics Task Force were assisting Probation and Parole with serving warrants on Ford and Jiron at 5873 Jenkins Road, Lot 2 in Morganton. Both suspects had previously tested positive for methamphetamine when they met with their probation officers.
While at the residence, officers observed an active methamphetamine lab and immediately escorted all subjects outside. Additional narcotic officers and SBI agents were called to the scene to assist with shutting down the lab. Ford and Jiron were taken into custody and placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility. Ford's bond was set at $50,000 secured, Jiron was jailed under $25,000 bond. They were both scheduled to make first court appearances today (Monday, November 21).