38-year-old Kristi Dawn Bolick of 21st Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:25 yesterday afternoon (April 15) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of larceny and possession of drug paraphernalia. Warrants for her arrest were issued on April 5 &10.
Bolick was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $11,000 secured bond. She has since been released. She was scheduled to appear in court tomorrow in Newton. Bolick also has Catawba County court dates on May 7 for felony uttering a forged instrument and felony probation violations and on May 12 for a variety of vehicular offenses.
49-year-old Joseph Martin Suddreth of Clarence Place in Hickory was arrested yesterday (April 15) by Officers with Caldwell County’s I.C.E. Unit on one felony count each of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and maintaining a vehicle to keep or store a controlled substance, as well as misdemeanor driving without a license.
Suddreth was stopped in Lenoir for driving his 1994 Nissan Pathfinder without a license. I.C.E. Agents conducted a search of the vehicle and found a package containing just under an ounce of powder cocaine. Suddreth was subsequently taken into custody. Agents seized his vehicle and $110 cash. The cocaine was of high quality and has a potential street value of $5,000, according to North Carolina drug guidelines. Agents say Suddreth had been on their radar for some time.
Following his arrest, Suddreth was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $9,500 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Lenoir.
21-year-old Trent Warren Temple of Johnson Bridge Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:40 p.m. yesterday (April 15) on one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested after Officers responded to a drug complaint at the Bourbon Street Club on Main Avenue S.W. in Hickory. Officers spoke to Temple and were given consent to search his person. In his front left pocket, they found a bag containing 6.1 grams of cocaine and $890.
Temple was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He will make a first appearance in District Court tomorrow in Newton.
24-year-old Jonathan Edward Safley of Valley Springs Drive in the Olin community in Iredell County has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on four counts each of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance, as well as two counts of sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance.
His arrest was the result of a two-month surveillance and undercover operation conducted by the Iredell County Narcotics Investigations Unit. Officers were investigating the sale and delivery of prescription medications in the Harmony and north Iredell County areas.
A search warrant was executed at Safley’s residence Wednesday evening (April 15). Prescription medications were found, along with marked undercover funds that had been used during the investigation to purchase the medications.
Safley was taken into custody and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was placed under a $50,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today.
Additional charges are expected as the investigation continues.
Carolina Vines and Winstead Architecture in Newton have won the North Carolina Main Street Center award for best adaptive reuse project.
Twyla McDermott, Dennis Baucom and Michael Waltuch created Carolina Vines at the former Phyllis’ Crafts location at 19 North College Avenue in downtown Newton. McDermott’s mother, Phyllis Deese, closed Phyllis’ Crafts in 2010.
The project involved removal of paint from the building’s brick façade to reveal rows of rare, blond-face brick. The building’s upper level was stabilized. A complete renovation of the lower level included installation of a wine bar, serving kitchen, retail & display areas and a lounge. Winstead Architecture of Newton served as architect for the project.
Carolina Vines showcases the work of local artists and serves as a venue for local musicians. A concert series and other events are scheduled this summer.
With the assistance of Newton’s Main Street program, the business owners secured a $50,000 grant to help complete the $339,000 project. Carolina Vines created six new jobs and ensured that the 2,400 square feet of retail space would continue to contribute to the local economy. The business generates more than $80,000 in annual payroll, plus added sales taxes, property taxes and utility revenues.
For more information about Carolina Vines, visit carolina-vines.com. For more on N.C. Main Street, visit nccommerce.com/rd/main-street.
The N.C. Department of Transportation has begun nighttime bridge maintenance on the west end of the bridge at the entrance to the Marshall Steam Station on N.C. 150 in southeastern Catawba County.
The work will be done, weather permitting, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. One lane of the bridge will be closed during that time.
Message boards will be in place to remind motorists to reduce their speeds when approaching steel plates on the bridge, which will be used during the maintenance work. The work is scheduled for completion by May 1.
In observance of Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, the Council on Adolescents of Catawba County, Inc., has launched its 5th annual “Preventing Distracted Driving Video Contest,” in partnership with the Catawba County Youth Council, the Catawba County Community Child Protection & Fatality Prevention Team and other community partners. A red carpet event will be held Monday, April 20, at 6 p.m. Some activities will begin an hour earlier.
To bring greater awareness to the issue of accidents caused by distracted driving, all high school students from Catawba County have been invited to participate by making 60 second videos that address the dangers of driving distracted. All submitted videos can be viewed at facebook.com/DistractedDrivingVideoContest. Voting is open to the community until the April 20 event begins.
The winning team will get a limo ride to lunch at Olive Garden. In addition, other teams will have a chance to win more than $1,000 (including some cash prizes) for themselves and their schools.
For more information, visit www.coacatawba.org or visit the facebook page.
23-year-old Stephani Dawn Rood of Jason Place S.W. in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after midnight today (April 14). She was charged with felony larceny.
Rood and her boyfriend were staying at the home of a 35-year-old Hickory man on 10th Avenue N.E. The man said Rood took $2,100 dollars from his jeans pocket in order to make bond for the boyfriend, who had recently been arrested.
She was taken into custody without incident at the Honey-Pik Food store on North Center Street at about 12:30 a.m. today. Following her arrest, Rood was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $2,500, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for May 21 in Hickory.
36-year-old Thalmus Jaton Linder of Stadium Drive in Newton and 48-year-old Joseph Tyrone Dillard of 17th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory were both arrested by Hickory Police Monday (April 13). Linder was charged with felony possession of cocaine, possession of a schedule I controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Dillard was arrested on a felony warrant as fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Dillard was also charged with felony speeding to elude arrest and misdemeanor careless & reckless driving.
They were arrested after Police initiated a traffic stop on 4th Street S.W. The 2003 Pontiac Grand Am, driven by Dillard, initially failed to stop, resulting in a brief pursuit. Linder was found to be in possession of 1.1 grams of crack cocaine and 0.6 grams of MDMA (or, Ecstasy). The vehicle was impounded.
Both subjects were taken into custody without further incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Linder was set at $22,000, secured, while Dillard was given a $29,000 secured bond. Both men will appear in District Court tomorrow (April 15).
38-year-old Prenston Lamar Burch of Old Catawba Road in Catawba was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police at about 12:45 yesterday afternoon (April 13) on one count of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine.
The indictment stems from an arrest on November 5 of last year when Police responded to a drug complaint at an apartment on 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory. An Officer knocked on the apartment door, which was opened by Burch. The Officer immediately smelled the strong odor of marijuana. Burch said the smell came from a friend who had dropped by and smoked some marijuana before leaving the apartment.
Burch refused to allow the Officer inside. Police then secured the apartment and applied for a search warrant. Upon execution of the warrant, Officers found drug paraphernalia, a bottle with residue, 6.2 grams of crack cocaine and 10.2 grams of marijuana. No one else was charged.
Following his arrest yesterday, Burch was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He will appear in District Court on April 17 in Newton.