34-year-old Marcus Albert Taylor of Poplar Street in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (April 11) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.  He is wanted in Richmond, Virginia.  Following his arrest, Albert was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured.  He’ll appear in District Court tomorrow in Lenoir.

34-year-old Celeste Monte Hauser of 3rd Avenue S.E. and 45-year-old Carlus Maurice Lutz of 3rd Street Court S.W., both from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police last Friday (April 7).  They were each charged with one felony count of possession of cocaine.  Lutz was also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Events leading to their arrests began as Officers saw a vehicle with two occupants in the parking lot at the Sunny Valley housing complex on 4th Avenue S.W.  Officers knew that one of the vehicle’s occupants, Celeste Hauser, had an outstanding warrant.  During a search of the vehicle, Police found 0.7 grams of cocaine and drug paraphernalia.  Both occupants were taken into custody.

Hauser and Lutz were taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility.  Hauser was given a $7,500 secured bond, while bond for Lutz was set at $1,500, secured.  Both have since been released.  They were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court Monday (April 10) with their next court dates coming up on May 1.

The Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry (ECCCM) held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner last Thursday (April 6) at Friendship United Methodist Church in Newton.

The evening was a celebration of the hard work and dedication volunteers give to the ECCCM every day.  In 2016 volunteers served 14,543 hours, saving the ministry over $342,633.

The Charlie Bunn Service Award was presented to Carol Dickinson.  Ms. Dickinson served over 600 hours last year sorting donations that keep the ECCCM’s New-To-You Thrift Store stocked.  Nominees for the award are selected by their peers with the winner chosen by a committee comprised of volunteers and staff members.

Entertainment for the evening was traditional Irish step dancing performed by the St. Joseph School of Irish Dancing.

The ECCCM is a Catawba County United Way Partner Agency.  It is a non-profit crisis agency that provides assistance with mortgage & rent payments, utility bills, basic car repairs, hunger prevention programs and financial coaching.  The ECCCM distributed 1.56 million pounds of food to 6,974 individuals in 2016.

For more information, contact Steve McNeely, Food Pantry Director, at s.mcneely@ecccm.org or call 828-465-1702.

36-year-old Joshua Thomas Bowman of Zacks Fork Road in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday for a felony probation violation.  He’s on probation while serving a 30-month suspended sentence following a conviction last month in Caldwell County for felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance.

After his arrest yesterday, Bowman was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,000, secured.  He will appear in Superior Court on May 1 for a felony probation violation, plus a felony drug charge.

39-year-old Kimberly Poarch Triplett of Dynasty Lane in Hudson has been arrested by authorities in Caldwell County for failure to appear.  She was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Facility under a $30,000 secured bond.  Triplett will appear in Superior Court in Lenoir on April 24 on felony charges of larceny and possession of stolen goods or property, plus a felony probation violation.

27-year-old Daniel Jordan Cashion, who is listed as a homeless person, has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a bill of indictment for habitual breaking & entering.  He also faces additional charges for breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and attempted larceny.  Cashion was jailed yesterday in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured.  He’ll appear in Superior Court on April 17 in Newton.

23-year-old Grayson Daniel Barger of S&K Road in Hickory has been arrested by Probation & Parole Officers in Catawba County for a felony probation violation.  He’s on probation following a September 2012 conviction in Alexander County for felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance and a September 2014 conviction in Catawba County for felony larceny.

Barger was jailed yesterday (April 11) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $100,000 secured bond.  He’ll appear in Superior Court on April 17 in Newton.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 07:21

Public Input Sought for Morganton Skate Park

Pillar/Artisan has been selected as the group that will build the City of Morganton’s new skate park.  The company’s concept was the most popular when presented during a public meeting held in December.  The skate park will be located on the lower baseball field behind the Collett Street Recreation Center.

The builders are seeking more input from skaters and the public.  The next skate park public meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 20 at the Mountain View Recreation Center.  Parks & Recreation Department Director Rob Winkler said anyone interested in the new park should attend and provide input.  The group will use the initial conceptual design and expand with public input.

After the design phase, Pillar/Artisan will create construction drawings, complete the site preparation and then build the park.  Completion is planned for mid-August, pending weather and scheduling.  Details should be firmed up at the April 20 meeting.

32-year-old Adnon Ahmed of West Columbia, South Carolina was arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers at about 7:30 Friday evening (April 7) on charges of felony possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, felony altering, stealing or destroying criminal evidence and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.  Also arrested was 40-year-old Nicole Gomez-Mostafa of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who faces the same felony charges.

The arrests were the result of a checking station at U.S. Highway 64 and Smith Farm Road.  Sheriff’s Officers were joined by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the Taylorsville Police Department and personnel from the state’s Division of Public Health, which provided the BAT Mobile out of Raleigh.

The two were taken into custody after Ahmed attempted to ingest packaged marijuana.  They’re accused of possessing 109 units of CBD oil, which is the oil from a marijuana plant.  The suspects came through the checkpoint in a white Ford Transit van with Mostafa driving and Ahmed as a passenger.  There was a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.  Officers conducted a search and found a large amount of CBD oil in the rear compartment of the van, along with other items including pipes, water bongs, scales and other paraphernalia.

Upon further investigation, Officers learned that Ahmed and Mostafa had a business, selling CBD oil and other items to various smoke shops in the area.  The investigation is continuing with more charges pending.

Both suspects were taken to the Alexander County Law Enforcement Center.  Ahmed was given a $40,000 secured bond, while Gomez-Mostafa’s bond was set at $20,00, secured.  They were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court on April 10.  Ahmed has another court date on May 22.  Gomez-Mostafa will next appear in court on May 1.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 05:53

Identity of Boone Assault Victim Released

The victim in a fatal assault that occurred on April 9 in Boone has been identified as 55-year-old Gary Robert Caddell of Fisk Court in Raleigh.

Shortly before 2 a.m. on the ninth, Boone Police responded to 137 Stoneybrook Court in Boone regarding a traumatic injury resulting from a reported assault.  Mr. Caddell was transported to Watauga Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.  The other involved party in the case is the victim’s son.

An autopsy was completed yesterday (April 11) at Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.  A complete autopsy report is not anticipated for several weeks.

The investigation is continuing.  No charges have been filed at this time.  According to Boone Police, the suspect is cooperating with Police and is not believed to be a danger to the community.  The suspect’s identity has not been released.

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