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Tuesday, 22 March 2016 11:43

Catawba County Hires New C.F.O.

Robert (Bob) Miracle has been named Catawba County’s new Chief Financial Officer. He will begin his new duties on April 18. Mr. Miracle succeeds Rodney Miller, who left county government in 2015 to become Assistant City Manager for the City of Hickory.

Mr. Miracle, 47, has served for 13 years as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Director of the Finance & Administrative Services Department in Broward County, Florida (in the Fort Lauderdale area). He has been responsible for the areas of government he will oversee in Catawba County, such as accounting, debt financing, bond issuance & debt management activities, special projects such as development of a convention center and management of Broward County’s investment portfolio.

As Catawba County’s CFO, Miracle will manage all aspects of financial operations. His department will prepare a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and provide financial information to other departments, citizens and municipalities. The department carries out financial policies and procedures for Catawba County and is responsible for vehicle and building maintenance.

Mr. Miracle earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from The Ohio State University in 1991. He is a Certified Public Accountant and received a professional certification through the Central Association of College & University Business Officers in 1995.

Bob Miracle and his wife, Donna, have three adult children.

30-year-old Michael Samuel Still of Tripple H Lane in Lincolnton was arrested by Lincolnton Police Sunday (March 20) on charges of obtaining property by false pretense and larceny.

At about 1 p.m. Sunday, Officer Richard Harrington responded to a shoplifting and fraud call at Walmart on North General’s Boulevard in Lincolnton. Officer Harrington spoke with Loss Prevention personnel who said Michael Samuel Still had stolen merchandise from the store, walked outside to his vehicle and then returned to the store to return the items for a refund. After receiving the refund, Still was confronted by Officer Harrington and Loss Prevention Officers.

Following his arrest, Still was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $6,000 secured bond. He had a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court yesterday (March 21) with another court date coming up on April 12.

The case remains under investigation. Additional charges are possible.

Still has a number of previous convictions on drug charges, plus DWI and other traffic-related offenses. He is currently on probation.

23-year-old Alamar Teracious “Big Al” Edwards of Lee Avenue, 24-year-old Devin Lamar Robinson of Little Street and 25-year-old Latisha Shante Robinson of Mauney Drive, all from Lincolnton, have been arrested by Lincolnton Police on a variety of charges.

At about 7:20 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, Police responded to a fight in progress in the parking lot at a shopping center on the 1500 block of North Aspen Street. Officers arrived to find approximately 25 people involved in a disturbance. Officers separated all parties involved and began to gather information. At that time, in the presence of Officers, “Big Al” Edwards punched a female in the face, causing minor injuries. Edwards was arrested and charged with assault.

Based on witness’ statements, video footage and obvious injuries to the victims, Officers learned that Devin Robinson started the disturbance and assaulted several people. The disturbance was the result of an argument between Robinson and the mother of his small child. Most of the people involved were at the scene to celebrate the child’s birthday.

After arguing with the child’s mother, Robinson hit the woman in the face, resulting in minor injuries. At the time, the victim was holding the child, who also suffered minor injuries. Robinson went on to assault other persons at the scene. Robinson’s sister, Latisha Shate Robinson, is also accused of assaulting various persons during the fight.

Officers learned that “Big Al” Edwards assaulted his victim in retaliation for the assaults committed by Devin and Latisha Robinson. Devin Robinson fled the scene prior to the arrival of Police.

Lincoln County E.M.S. responded and treated the injured.

Edwards was charged with assault on a female and jailed under a $1,500 secured bond with a court date set for April 15. He posted bond a short time later. Later that same evening, Devin Robinson, turned himself in at the Magistrate’s Office. He was charged with assault on a female, assault on a child and communicating threats. Robinson was released after posting a $3,000 secured bond. His court date was also set for April 15. An assault & battery warrant was issued for Latisha Shante Robinson.

Detectives reviewed video footage that clearly showed Devin Robinson assaulting multiple subjects, including women and children. Robinson, who has a history of assault, was then charged with felony habitual assault, domestic assault on a female and child abuse. He was arrested on those charges on Saturday, March 19 and jailed without bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (March 21).

Latisha Shante Robinson was arrested yesterday on the assault & battery warrant. She was jailed under a $1,000 secured bond and then released after posting bond. She has a court date on April 15.

All parties involved have prior violent criminal histories.

17-year-old Robert Dijuan Nelson, Jr. of 10th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5 p.m. yesterday (March 20) on one felony count each of robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons and assault with a deadly weapon, as well as one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

He was arrested in connection to an incident on November 10 of last year when Police responded to 609 3rd Street S.E. in reference to an armed robbery. The victim, a 54-year-old Hickory man, was assaulted and robbed by four suspects who also took the victim's truck. At that time, in addition to Nelson, Police arrested 16-year-old Xazvion Rashawn Watts and 16-year-old Demarco Moseller Young, as well as one unnamed juvenile suspect.

When Officers attempted to arrest Nelson yesterday, the suspect fled on foot. He was taken into custody at Catawba Valley Medical Center on Fairgrove Church Road. Nelson was confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. He will appear in Superior Court tomorrow in Newton.

28-year-old Savannah Renee McEntyre of Helton Road in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6 p.m. yesterday (March 20) on one felony count of larceny by servant or other employee.

She was arrested after Loss Prevention Officers at Walmart on Highway 70 S.E. reported cash shortages at the register operated by McEntyre. The shortages began on March 3. None of the stolen money was recovered.

McEntyre was taken into custody without incident at the store. She was processed and later released under a $1,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

23-year-old Joshua Blake Salyards of Bridges Street in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:20 yesterday afternoon (March 20) on one felony count each of possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance and possession of a schedule II controlled substance. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed gun and possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.

He was arrested after Officers responded to the 1800 block of 2nd Avenue S.W. in Hickory in reference to a stolen dog. While Officers were on the scene, a neighbor’s vehicle occupied by three subjects pulled up. The vehicle matched the suspect vehicle description.

A search was conducted, leading to the discovery of 14.4 grams of methamphetamine and a Daisy 4.5 mm BB gun in the vehicle. On Joshua Salyards’ person, Police found 0.1 grams of meth, 4.4 grams of marijuana and nine Hydrocodone pills.

The other two subjects were not charged.

Salyards was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.

There is no information available regarding the stolen dog.

21-year-old Dustin Michael Baker of Feimster Street in Statesville was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (March 21) on one felony count of first-degree burglary and misdemeanor counts of assault with a deadly weapon and carrying a concealed weapon.

He was arrested after Officers responded to a reported fight at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. As Police arrived, they saw a vehicle leaving the scene at a high rate of speed. Officers were told that Baker kicked in a hotel room door where and assaulted the victim, a 25-year-old Hickory man. The victim’s ex-girlfriend was also present.

The vehicle, occupied by Baker and the ex-girlfriend, was stopped and searched at on the 500 block of 7th Avenue Drive S.W. Brass knuckles and scales were found in the vehicle.

Baker was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

22-year-old Wesley Eric Wright of Pittstown Road in Hickory was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers today for his role in an attempted carjacking on the 2100 block of 25th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory. He was charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and resisting a public officer.

At about 7:35 this morning, Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene where a female victim said she was backing out of her driveway when a white male approached the driver’s side and displayed a black handgun. The man then attempted to open the rear door and get into the car, a 2013 Honda Accord.

The victim was able back out of the driveway and drive up the street, where she called for help. The suspect fled into a wooded area behind a neighbor’s house. The victim was not injured.

The Sheriff’s STAR (Special Tactics And Response) team was training nearby, allowing Officers to quickly cover the area. They found Wright at 8:33 a.m. on the 2400 block of 33rd Street N.E. and took him into custody. Officers followed Wright’s trail back to the crime scene and found a large, Black Ops Airsoft revolver with an eight-inch barrel, a ballcap and a bandana.

St. Stephens High School and H.M. Arndt Middle School were placed on lockdown during the search for the suspect.

Wright was initially taken to a local hospital and then placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for Monday (March 21) in Newton.

55-year-old Roger Lewis Bass of 9th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:15 last night (March 17) on one felony count of assault inflicting serious injury and one misdemeanor count of assault on a female.

The charges are in connection to an incident on September 15 of last year. At that time, Police were called to a domestic dispute at the Deluxe Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Officers obtained suspect information from the victim, a 37-year-old Hickory woman. E.M.S. was called to assist the victim, but she was not hospitalized. The suspect’s vehicle was stopped on the 1100 block of 2nd Avenue S.W. in Hickory and Roger Lewis Bass was arrested.

Yesterday, Bass was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

34-year-old Betty Matheson Rowe of Highway 10 in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police early Thursday morning (March 17) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.

She was arrested after Loss Prevention at Walmart on Highway 70 S.E. saw her take a pair of sunglasses past the last point of sale without paying. The sunglasses were valued at $2. Rowe had previously been banned from Walmart.

She was detained until H.P.D. arrived and placed her under arrest at about 3 a.m. yesterday. Rowe was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (March 18) in Newton.