Thursday, 25 August 2016 13:57

Hickory Man Jailed on Multiple Meth Charges

37-year-old Billy Wayne Barrett, Jr. of 17th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:30 last night on true bill of indictment for maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance and possession of methamphetamine. He was also charged with maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, the delivery of meth, the sale of meth and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver meth. All the charges are felonies. Some of the warrants for Barrett’s arrest were issued by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office.

At least some of the charges against Barrett stem from an incident on June 23 of this year as Officers were working a traffic accident near the Speedway store on Springs Road N.E. Police saw a 2013 Hyundai Sonata pull into the parking lot. The Hyundai’s stayed in the vehicle for about 15 minutes. Officers observed the vehicle until it pulled away.

They stopped the Hyundai, which had an obstructed license tag, and identified the driver as Billy Barrett and a passenger as 32-year-old Stephanie Gwynne Patrick of Hickory. A search led to the discovery of a container in the vehicle’s center console. In the container were 4.3 grams of methamphetamine.

Barrett and Patrick were both arrested and charged at that time. The suspects were not involved in the accident.

Barrett was taken into custody without incident yesterday at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $60,000 secured bond. Appearances in Superior and District Court were scheduled today.

Thursday, 25 August 2016 11:23

Hickory Woman Faces Five Felony Drug Charges

30-year-old Claire Marie Thompson of 17th Street Place N.W. in Hickory has been arrested by Hickory Police on two felony counts each of conspiracy to sell a schedule I controlled substance and one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule I controlled substance.

She was arrested on outstanding warrants issued on July 19 by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office. Thompson was taken into custody without incident at her residence at about 9:20 last night (August 24).

She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $75,000 secured bond. An appearance in court was scheduled today in Newton.

Officials with the North Carolina Department of Commerce announced last Thursday (August 18) that a $300,000 building renovation grant has been awarded to Craftmaster Furniture. The grant will assist with phase II of a renovation project at Plant 4 on N.C. Highway 90 East.

Craftmaster has pledged to create at least 30 new full-time positions as part of the grant requirements. The company’s total investment in this portion of the project is approximately $1.7 million. Renovations include roofing, electrical systems, lighting, ventilation systems and interior offices.

Originally constructed in 1950, the former Broyhill plant was purchased by Craftmaster in 2013. The building was in severe disrepair and had been empty for several years. A 2014 renovation grant from the N.C. Department of Commerce was awarded, resulting in the creation of approximately 110 new jobs in the facility. Matching funds, amounting to five percent of the renovation grant amount, are provided by Alexander County Government to fund grant administration.

Craftmaster Furniture was founded in 1972. By 1974, the company had constructed a 50,000 square foot facility in Hiddenite where they employed about 50 people. Craftmaster was purchased in May 2006 by Samson Holdings and has continued to grow its business, making Craftmaster one of the most well-known upholstery manufacturers in the country. Over the past 44 years, the company has grown to occupy approximately 600,000 square feet and has 619 full time employees.

For more information about Craftmaster Furniture, visit www.cmfurniture.com.

28-year-old Justin Wayne Singleton of Valdese faces charges from the Alexander County Sheriff's Office for larceny of a motor vehicle, larceny of a dog and cruelty to animals.

The charges come in connection to an incident last Wednesday (August 17) at the Dollar General store in Bethlehem. The victim parked her 2009 Nissan Cube in front of the store with the engine running and the air conditioning on, leaving a white Shih Tzu dog in the vehicle. Two white males entered the store and quickly exited. They got into the parked Nissan and drove away with the dog still inside.

Singleton is currently in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility on unrelated charges. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (August 24) in Taylorsville.

More arrests are expected as the investigation continues.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 11:29

Hickory Man Arrested on Felony Cocaine Charge

61-year-old Michael Greylen Robinson of 3rd Street Place S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:45 p.m. yesterday (August 23) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine.

He was arrested after Officers traveling west on 14th Avenue S.W. in Hickory saw a 2008 Chevy Impala swerve left-of-center, twice. They stopped the vehicle at 14th Avenue S.W. and 3rd Street Place S.W. Robinson was the vehicle’s only occupant.

In the Chevy was a lunchbox containing two baggies. 1.3 grams of powder cocaine and 0.6 grams of crack cocaine were found in the baggies.

Robinson was taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

33-year-old Zabian Devon Patterson of Hope Mills, N.C. was arrested by Hickory Police just before 11 o’clock last night (August 23) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance with intent to manufacture and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.

He was arrested after Officers on foot patrol at the Red Roof Inn off of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard in Hickory smelled the odor of marijuana coming from a room at the hotel. There were three occupants in the room.

In Patterson’s belongings, Police found 1.3 grams of cocaine and 4.9 grams of marijuana. Another subject in the room was issued a citation for simple possession of marijuana. The third person was not charged or cited.

Patterson was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $6,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

33-year-old Zabian Devon Patterson of Hope Mills, N.C. was arrested by Hickory Police just before 11 o’clock last night (August 23) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance with intent to manufacture and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.

He was arrested after Officers on foot patrol at the Red Roof Inn off of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard in Hickory smelled the odor of marijuana coming from a room at the hotel. There were three occupants in the room.

In Patterson’s belongings, Police found 1.3 grams of cocaine and 4.9 grams of marijuana. Another subject in the room was issued a citation for simple possession of marijuana. The third person was not charged or cited.

Patterson was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $6,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

38-year-old William Lee Spencer, Jr. of Bumgarner Road in Granite Falls was arrested by Probation & Parole Officers and Agents with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s I.C.E. Unit Monday (August 22) on felony counts of trafficking in opium, possession of cocaine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.

Agents searched Spencer’s residence Monday and found 25 dosage units of Hydrocodone and 53 dosage units of Oxycodone pain pills. The pills are opium derivatives with a combined weight of more than 14 grams. Any amount over four grams constitutes trafficking. Agents also found and seized 10 grams of high-quality marijuana, a small amount of powder cocaine and $655 cash. The drugs seized have a value of over $1,100, according to North Carolina State Drug Guidelines.

Spencer was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $250,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court Tuesday (August 23) in Lenoir.

Spencer is currently on probation for previous drug convictions based on investigations conducted by the I.C.E. Unit. More charges are expected.

Monday, 22 August 2016 17:43

Catawba Chamber Officer Passes Away

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce and others throughout the community are mourning the death of Terri Ferraguto, VP of Shareholder Relations. Ms. Ferraguto passed away peacefully Sunday evening after a battle with cancer.

Ms. Ferraguto was a member of the Chamber since October 2012. She is survived by her husband, Dick, and her son, Austin, as well as many friends and loved ones.

Arrangements had not been announced as of Monday afternoon.

42-year-old Carl Henry Duncan, Jr. of 17th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested on a true bill of indictment by Hickory Police at about 7:40 last night (August 21) on two felony counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. The complainant listed on H.P.D.’s arrest report is the Catawba County Clerk of Court.

Duncan was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton.

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