48-year-old Charles Raymond Woods of Valerie Drive in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincolnton Police on charges of felony larceny and felony obtaining property by false pretense.

A press release issued today (November 28) states that Woods’ arrest stems from a case in which a piece of jewelry was taken from an elderly victim. Lincolnton Police Detective Tony Potts investigated and found that Woods had pawned the jewelry at a local pawnshop.

Woods was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $10,000 secured bond. He made a first appearance in court on November 21 with his next appearance in Lincoln County District Court coming up on December 13.

Monday, 28 November 2016 11:59

Granite Falls Prepares for Christmas Parade

The Granite Falls Rotary Club will sponsor the town’s annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 3 at 12 noon in downtown Granite Falls. The theme for this year’s parade is “Magical Musical Christmas”.

The entry fee is $20 per float or vehicle and $10 per horse for early registration, with an extra $5 on the day of the parade. Early registrations will be accepted through December 1 at the following locations: Granite Falls Police Department on Falls Avenue; Southeast Retirement Planners at PNC on North Main Street; Dr. James Boggs, DDS on Hickory Boulevard; and Hamby & Hamby PA on North Main Street.

All entries must have a holiday decoration or theme. The parade line-up will begin at 10 a.m. in the First Baptist Church parking lot.

For more information, contact Jeff Prince at 828-499-0831 or 828-396-3326.

Monday, 28 November 2016 11:49

Hudson Man Arrested for Armed Robbery

31-year-old Carlos Deon Deal of Leclare Street In Hudson was arrested by Lenoir Police Saturday (November 26) on felony counts of armed robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault by strangulation. He also faces one felony count of possession of methamphetamine, plus one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Following his arrest, Deal was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $150,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (November 28) in Lenoir. He’ll also appear on the resisting charge tomorrow.

44-year-old James Robert Tewell of Starwood Drive in Mooresville was arrested Saturday (November 26) by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a charge of felony statutory rape of a person 15 years of age or younger.

He was arrested after Deputies received a report from a child stating that she had been sexually assaulted by a family member, James Robert Tewell in southern Iredell County. The assaults occurred on numerous occasions between 2009 and 2016. After conducting multiple interviews, Detective Justin Carroll charged Tewell with statutory rape.

He is currently being held in the Iredell Co. Detention Center under a $100,000 bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (November 28).

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.

Monday, 28 November 2016 10:57

Hickory Woman Charged with Theft by Employee

26-year-old Lucero Ivette Juanico Martinez was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:35 last Wednesday on one felony count of larceny by servants or other employees.

Events leading to her arrest began when management at Kids Stuff of Hickory on Highway 70 S.E. reported that an employee, Lucero Martinez, allegedly stole money from the store on November 21. Martinez reportedly completed a cash transaction with a customer and placed the money under the keyboard at the register. She came back a short time later, put the money in her pocket and left the store.

A warrant for her arrest was issued the following day. The next day, the suspect turned herself in at H.P.D. headquarters where she was taken into custody without incident. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (November 28) in Newton.

49-year-old Patrick Neal Bates of 23rd Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:45 Friday morning (November 25) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

He was arrested after Police responded to an unrelated call at Bates’ residence. In the driveway, they spotted a Ford F-350 truck that had been reported stolen from South Carolina.

Bates was taken into custody without incident. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $18,500, secured. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (November 28) in Newton.

48-year-old Franklin Dale Hare of 36th Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Saturday night (November 26) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine. He was also served true bills of indictment for maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver meth.

He was arrested after Police saw a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot at the Sunhouse convenience store at 1608 2nd Avenue N.W. As the vehicle, a 1991 Toyota Camry, pulled out of the parking lot, Officers identified the driver as Franklin Dale Hare and knew that there were outstanding warrants for his arrest.

The Toyota pulled over in the parking lot at a Sunoco station on Highway 321 N.W. According to a Police spokesperson, Officers found three bags on Hare’s person. The bags contained 7.3 grams of methamphetamine. Another search at H.P.D. headquarters turned up another bag containing 0.3 grams of meth.

The outstanding warrants stem from a case dating back to August of this year. Hickory Police at that time charged Hare with possessing two bags containing a total of 7.9 grams of meth.

Following his arrest, Hare was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $25,300, secured. Appearances in District Court and Superior Court were scheduled today (November 28) in Newton.

Monday, 28 November 2016 07:09

Woman Arrested for Financial I.D. Fraud

54-year-old Tammy Turner McCreary was arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (November 27) on a charge of financial identity fraud. Following her arrest, McCreary was jailed in Morganton under a $20,000 secured bond. A pre-trial hearing was set for today in Morganton.

Monday, 28 November 2016 07:03

Chestnut Knob Fire Now 80% Contained

The Chestnut Knob Fire in South Mountain State Park is now estimated at 6,435 acres. As of late last night (November 27), the fire, about ten miles south of Morganton, was 80% contained. The fire began on November 6.

144 personnel are currently battling the fire. Authorities say the fire currently consists of minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Firefighters plan to continue mop up operations while holding and improving the line in all divisions. They will continue with structure protection and triage.

Moderate winds have the potential to cause re-burn and increase fire activity. Rain in the forecast tomorrow and Wednesday may provide some relief.

Monday, 28 November 2016 06:55

Six Schools Honored in Caldwell County

The Caldwell County Board of Education recently recognized six schools for receiving honors awarded by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The schools were recognized for their success through Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS), a school-wide program that demonstrates the ability to work together productively, to use school data effectively and to develop a support system for student behaviors.

Baton Elementary, Davenport A+ School, Gamewell Elementary, Gamewell Middle, Hudson Middle and Sawmills Elementary were presented with banners and certificates of recognition from both the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and the Caldwell County Board of Education.

Keith Hindman, Middle School Director, is the district-wide coordinator for PBIS.

·  Sawmills Elementary School began implementation of PBIS last school year and received statewide recognition as a Green Ribbon School for its successful launch of PBIS.

·  Hudson Middle School began implementation of PBIS in 2014-2015 and received recognition as a Green Ribbon School.

·  Baton Elementary School has earned the statewide designation as a Behavior Support Model School for three consecutive years of continuous success.

The highest level of school recognition in PBIS is a N.C. Exemplar School. Three schools reached that level of recognition: Davenport A+ School, Gamewell Elementary School and Gamewell Middle School, which started the initiative in Caldwell County in 2007 and continues to be a model of excellence for PBIS throughout the state.

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