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25-year-old Michael Cole Woodward was arrested Tuesday by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense. Woodward was jailed in Burke County under $10,000 secured bond, a court appearance is scheduled for today.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 08:28

Conover Woman Charged with Financial Card Fraud

29-year-old Ashley Nichole McCrary of Lyle Haven Mobile Home Park Conover was arrested Tuesday by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with financial card fraud, misdemeanor larceny, and possession of stolen goods. Following the arrest, McCrary was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,000 bond, a court appearance is scheduled for January 23.

38-year-old John Matthew Ward was arrested by Newton Police Officers Tuesday. He’s charged with one count of attempted felony larceny. Following yesterday’s arrest, Ward was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,000 bond. A court appearance is scheduled for today.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 08:02

Caldwell County Drug Round-Up Nets Nine Arrests

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office I.C.E. Unit has arrested nine of ten illegal drug offense suspects during a round-up operation. The suspects were wanted for a total of 40 drug offenses ranging from manufacturing, possession, possession with intent to sell or deliver, selling or distributing and maintaining illegal narcotics in Caldwell County.  

During the operation, investigators confiscated 223 illegal prescription pills, 114 grams marijuana, six marijuana plants, a small amount of powder cocaine and assorted drug paraphernalia. The total street value of the drugs seized is over $18,400 according to North Carolina state guidelines.  

31-year-old Maurice Lavone Chambers of Dulatown Road in Lenoir was charged with one count each of possession of a controlled substance on penal institution property and violation of a house arrest order. His bond was set at $200,000, secured.

25-year-old Ashley Marie Whitener of Stamey Road in Granite Falls was charged with one count each of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, sale of a schedule II controlled substance and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance. She was given a $25,000 secured bond.

25-year-old Jason Charles Bryant of Stamey Road in Granite Falls was arrested on three counts each of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, sale of a schedule II controlled substance and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance. Bryant’s bond was set at $50,000, secured.

18-year-old Trey Allen Lail of Hampton Place in Lenoir faces one count each of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and maintaining a vehicle to keep or store a schedule VI controlled substance.

40-year-old Jason Douglas Mashburn of Sandi Drive in Lenoir was arrested on one count each of manufacturing marijuana and maintaining a vehicle to keep or store a schedule VI controlled substance.

25-year-old Thomas Ray Klutz, Jr. of Park Square in Granite Falls faces one count each of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule III controlled substance, sale of a schedule III controlled substance and delivery of a schedule III controlled substance. He was jailed under a $50,000 secured bond.

43-year-old David Jackson Dunn of Underdown Avenue in Lenoir was charged with two counts each of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, sale of a schedule II controlled substance and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance. Dunn was given a $50,000 secured bond.

33-year-old Jerry Wayne Frazier of Redbud Place in Lenoir was arrested on three counts each of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, sale of a schedule II controlled substance and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance. Frazier’s bond was set at $50,000, secured.

32-year-old Scott Christopher Angove of Hedden Place N.W. in Lenoir faces one count each of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling to keep or store a controlled substance. Bond for Angove was set at $100,000, secured.

All of the drug charges are felonies. Following their arrests, the suspects were placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center, with the exception of Lail and Mashburn, who were both released on a written promise to appear in court. Seven of the suspects were scheduled to appear in District Court yesterday (December 16) in Lenoir. Chambers has a court date scheduled for January 5 and Klutz is due in a Lenoir courtroom tomorrow (December 18).

18-year-old Chasity Alexis Dunn, whose last known address was on Underdown Avenue in Lenoir, was still at large, at last report. She is wanted on two counts each of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, sale of a schedule II controlled substance and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance.

The I.C.E. Unit is offering a monetary award for information leading to her arrest. Anyone with information should call 828-757-1178. Callers may remain anonymous.

An investigation is continuing into a case in which a Caldwell County infant suffered serious injuries. According to published reports, Granite Falls Police Officers executed a search warrant at a mother’s home in Granite Falls after a two-month-old girl was hospitalized. At least one other media outlet has reported the child’s age at three months.

Court documents reportedly describe a possible case of shaken baby syndrome. The search warrant says Police do not believe all of the baby’s injuries happened on the same day.

The infant is being treated at the Levine Children’s Hospital. The child’s injuries include six broken ribs, a broken leg and a head injury. Doctors say the injuries are “consistent with child abuse.” According to the reports, doctors believe some of the infant’s ribs were broken 10 days before the hospital visit, while other injuries were more recent.

Police are trying to determine if the injuries are accidental or intentional. No charges have been filed at this time.

The 19-year old mother, her live-in boyfriend and the child's grandmother live at the home on Grassy Brook Place.

Daniel Austin Rhoney of Vale has been sentenced in a case in which he was charged with attempted murder for shooting his mother in the face. On Monday, Rhoney pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. He was given a 15-month split sentence and probation.

The crime occurred in September 2013 when Rhoney was 17 years old. An argument in the driveway at the family’s home escalated when the victim, Sherry Rhoney, kicked her son and his girlfriend, Elizabeth Paige Fowler, out of the house. After first claiming they found the victim already injured in the driveway, Rhoney later admitted to shooting his mother in the face with a 22-caliber handgun.

Fowler was also charged. She was given three years probation after reaching a plea agreement last September.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 14:19

Hickory Man Busted for Crack Cocaine

37-year-old Albert Morrison, Jr., also known as Bo Pimp or Po Pimp, of 8th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Friday evening (December 12) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of second-degree trespass.

Morrison was arrested after Police spotted him on Hickory Housing Authority property where they knew he had been banned. As he was placed under arrest for trespassing, a search was conducted, leading to the discovery of 0.1 grams of crack cocaine.

Morrison was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,050 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday (December 15) on the drug charge with another court date for trespassing coming up on February 27.

The Office of Governor Pat McCrory announced today (December 16) that Judy Greenhill of Catawba County has been appointed to the North Carolina Real Estate Commission. Ms. Greenhill is a broker and owner of Classic Properties of the Catawba Valley, LLC.

The North Carolina Real Estate Commission works to license and regulate real estate brokers and salesmen. The term length is three years.

Catawba Valley Community College’s Workforce Development Innovation Center will offer ServSafe® Manager Training & Certification on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning January 20 through January 29 from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. on CVCC's East Campus.

North Carolina regulations require all establishments to have a manager on duty that is ServSafe® certified. The regulation applies to hotels and motels with continental breakfast areas, as well as traditional restaurants and food vendors. A company that is found to be non-compliant may be required to pay a costly fine and experience a loss of points on its sanitation grade.

The ServSafe® program helps prepare participants for the ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Certification exam.

Individuals must pre-register for the class by Tuesday, December 23. The cost of registration is $167 and includes the sixth edition book and answer sheet.

For more information, contact Janet Lail at 828-327-7000 ext. 4116 or email jwlail@cvcc.edu. Visit www.cvcc.edu/Workforce_Development for more information about the class and the Workforce Development Innovation Center.

Lincolnton Police are seeking the public’s help in solving a case involving fraudulent credit card use in several counties in the area.

On November 13, a victim reported that his Visa check card was used in various locations on different dates in Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln counties. A surveillance photo was obtained of the suspect as she used the card in one location. The victim never lost possession of the card. Authorities believe the suspect was able to use some type of skimmer or copier to make a duplicate of the victim’s card.

Anyone with information regarding the case or the identity of the suspect should contact Lincolnton Police Detective Brent Heavner at 704-736-8900 or contact Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. Crime Stoppers callers may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 if the tip leads to an arrest.