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Friday, 15 August 2014 07:41

Runaway Teen from Granite Falls Found Safely

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15-year-old Myra Paszek had been found. Granite Falls Police say she was found safe at about 7 p.m. yesterday (August 14) in Caldwell County. Ms. Paszek had been reported as a runaway early Tuesday morning after she left her grandmother’s residence on Mallard Court.

Police say the teenager was evaluated by Caldwell Co. Emergency Medical Services. She is healthy and was reunited with her family yesterday. Authorities had been concerned for the girl’s health, as she did not take her seizure medication with her when she left.

A statement released by the Granite Falls Police Department thanked the community at large for their calls, information sharing and assistance in bringing Ms. Paszek home to her parents. The statement also recognized the department’s Patrol Officers and Detectives for their hard work and tireless efforts to locate Ms. Paszek.

The case remains under investigation.

Thursday, 14 August 2014 15:24

Hudson Woman Charged with Cyberstalking; More

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26-year-old Amber May-Brandt Marley of Ebberle Way in Hudson was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (August 13) for cyberstalking and making harassing phone calls. She was also charged with a probation violation and with failure to appear. Marley is on probation as she serves a 30-month suspended sentence following a December 2013 conviction in Lincoln County for felony larceny.

After her arrest yesterday, Marley was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $56,000 secured bond. She will appear in District Court on August 26 and in Superior Court on September 8.

34-year-old Darrell Ray Sanders of Oak Grove Drive in the Pender County town of Hampstead, N.C. was served a felony indictment yesterday (August 13) by Lenoir Police on one count of obtaining property by false pretense. He also faces misdemeanor counts of injury to real property, larceny and possession of stolen goods or property.

Sanders was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. He will appear in Superior Court on September 8 in Lenoir.

Thursday, 14 August 2014 14:52

Granite Falls Man Busted for Meth

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49-year-old Clarence Martin Hayes, Jr. of West Highland Avenue in Granite Falls was arrested yesterday (August 13) by Lenoir Police on a charge of felony possession of methamphetamine. He was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $15,000, secured. Hayes was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Lenoir.

Thursday, 14 August 2014 14:38

Hickory Woman Charged with Felony Vehicle Break-In

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25-year-old Jaclyn Monica Stout of 25th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about eight o’clock last night (August 13) on one felony count of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count of larceny.

Stout is accused of breaking into a vehicle owned by a 25-year-old Hickory woman. Stout told Police the victim was her ex-girlfriend. She said she saw the vehicle in the parking lot at the Target store in Hickory and entered the vehicle, which she said was unlocked, to reclaim some shoes that belonged to her. The victim said $60 in cash was also missing from the vehicle.

Stout was processed at H.P.D. and then released after posting a $4,800 secured bond. She will appear in District Court tomorrow in Newton.

35-year-old Victor Scott Pressley of Robinson Road in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:30 last night (August 13) on one felony count each of possession of cocaine and possession of a schedule IV controlled substance.

He was arrested when an Officer on foot patrol at the Red Roof Inn on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory approached Pressley, who was standing in the doorway of a room at the hotel. Pressley gave consent to search, leading to the discovery of a bottle containing 0.8 grams of crack cocaine in Pressley’s pocket. A search of the room turned up another bottle containing 0.8 grams of crack, three carisoprodol pills (which are muscle relaxants) and two clonazepam pills (which are normally used to treat seizures and panic disorders).

Pressley was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $4,200 secured bond. He has since been released. He will appear in District Court tomorrow in Hickory.

30-year-old Brandy Nicole Conrad, who is listed as a homeless person from Taylorsville, 43-year-old Larry Michael Johnson, Jr. of 23rd Street N.W. in Hickory and 32-year-old Joel Scott Wimbish, Jr. of 2nd Street S.W. in Hickory were all arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (August 13) on multiple drug charges. The three were taken into custody after a motor vehicle chase.

They were all charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of heroin, trafficking in meth and possession of drug paraphernalia. Conrad was also charged on outstanding misdemeanor warrants for failure to appear on charges of simple possession of a schedule III controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Wimbish faces additional felony charges for maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance and speeding to elude arrest in a motor vehicle.   He was also charged on outstanding misdemeanor and felony warrants for failure to appear on a probation violation and failure to return a hired motor vehicle.

All three subjects have been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Conrad was given a $114,000 secured bond. Johnson’s bond was set at $100,500, secured, while Wimbish was jailed under a $148,500 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were set for tomorrow in Newton.

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday (August 18) in the Catawba County Government Center’s Second Floor Meeting Room at 100-A Southwest Boulevard in Newton. The meeting has been moved from its regular location at the 1924 Courthouse because of Soldiers Reunion activities that evening.    

The Commissioners will hold a public hearing on a proposed application for a 2015 Elderly Individuals & Individuals with Disabilities Grant application to be submitted to the Greater Hickory Metropolitan Planning Organization. The grant would provide funding to meet the transportation needs of the elderly and disabled for whom mass transportation services are not available.

The Board will consider an amendment to the County’s Water & Sewer Capital Fee Schedule that would reduce those fees after a periodic review of regional fees determined the county’s current water and sewer connection fees are not as competitive as they need to be to stimulate economic development.

The Board will also consider a request by Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) to purchase property located at 1985 Startown Road, currently occupied by Fairbrook Medical Clinic, P.A., which is a medical practice operated by Dr. John Kessell and a related pharmacy operation.

The Board will also present a National Association of Counties Achievement Award to Catawba County Social Services for its Children & Youth Investment Team program, which seeks to streamline the process of finding permanent placements for children in foster care, resulting in faster decisions and less trauma for the children.

A boy under the age of 16 allegedly threw a knife at his 19-year-old sister yesterday afternoon (August 13), inflicting a single stab wound to the girl’s chest. The incident occurred at about 4:30 p.m. at their residence on Tower Road in Catawba County, near Highway 16.

Sheriff Coy Reid says the victim was taken to Catawba Memorial Hospital where she remains today. She is listed in stable condition and is expected to survive.

The two siblings were involved in an altercation just before the girl was injured. The girl’s boyfriend, a 19-year-old male, was present at the residence when the incident occurred.

The juvenile male will be subject to a juvenile petition, which authorizes a juvenile justice court to hear and decide matters in which a person under the age of 18 commits a crime.

31-year-old N.C. Forest Service Officer Jimmy Halliburton was killed yesterday (August 13) while working on a construction project in a local state forest.

According to published reports, Officer Halliburton was clearing a road with a bulldozer in the Tuttle Educational State Forest, which is in Caldwell County’s Gamewell area. A fallen tree reportedly hit the victim in the torso area. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officer Halliburton, who lived in Morganton, had worked for the Forest Service for ten years.