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Tuesday, 18 November 2014 07:16

Morganton Man Faces Felony Meth Charge

40-year-old Jeffrey Lee Ballard of Gold Mine Road in Morganton has been arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s officers on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Ballard was arrested yesterday (November 17) as Burke Co. Sheriff’s Detectives were traveling on Piney Road towards Pax Hill Road. While they were at a stop sign, Detectives noticed a truck sitting on the wrong side of the road at the intersection of Old John’s River Road and Pax Hill Road. Detectives went to check on the truck’s occupant, Jeff Ballard.

During the investigative stop, Detectives found used glass pipes and methamphetamine in Ballard’s possession. Ballard was not cooperative during the investigative stop, resulting in the resisting charge.

The case was turned over to the Burke Co. Narcotics Task Force for further investigation.

Ballard was jailed under a $40,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Morganton.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 07:13

Fire Damages Roof at Wizard Lounge

Hickory Firefighters responded to a fire yesterday (November 17) at the Wizard Lounge on 21st Street N.E. in Hickory. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find smoke coming from the building. According to published reports, damages were confined to the building’s roof. No injuries were reported. Firefighters believe the fire was caused by a neon light on the building.

Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley and Thrivent will host a home dedication at 11 a.m. on November 22. The new house is located at 820 5th Avenue S.W. in Hickory.

The house will be home to Nolan Carlton. Carlton is the father of four grown children and has four grandchildren. He grew up in the Lenoir area and then moved to Atlanta before returning to the Catawba Valley area.

The home is a result of a partnership between Habitat and Thrivent. Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity is a multi-year, multi-million dollar partnership between Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity. Thrivent Builds is designed to involve Thrivent members and Lutherans in helping provide a “hand up” to people in need of affordable housing. Excluding government funding, Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity is Habitat's largest single source of funding, constructing and repairing more than 3,500 homes in the U.S. and around the world since 2005.

25-year-old Brittany Danette Dean of Powell Brickyard Road in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers Friday (November 14) for violating a house arrest order. Following her arrest, Dean was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to appear today (November 17) in Superior Court in Lenoir on felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

At 3:15 yesterday afternoon (November 16), Statesville Police responded to an armed robbery call at the Cricket Wireless store on Crossroads Drive in Statesville.

Officers arrived and met the clerk, who said he saw a white male wearing blue jeans, a gray sweatshirt and black boots walking around outside the store. The subject later entered the store and began looking at cell phones on a display cabinet. The suspect asked the clerk about the price of a phone, then pulled a handgun from his pants and pointed it at the clerk.

The suspect ordered the clerk to remove the cash drawer and carry it to a room behind the counter. The suspect then forced the clerk to provide the combination for the store safe. He then opened the safe and removed money from within. The suspect also took the money from the register drawer.

He forced the clerk to enter a bathroom where the suspect duct-taped the clerk’s hands and arms and told the clerk to remain in the bathroom. When the clerk heard the suspect leave, he escaped from the bathroom and contacted Police.

The clerk then found that his keys and his vehicle were missing. The vehicle was found abandoned behind the Statesville Furniture Gallery on the Turnersburg Highway. A K-9 Unit was called in, but the suspect was not located.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6’3” tall, weighing 180 pounds, wearing a gray, hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and black work boots.

Anyone with information should call the Statesville Police Criminal Investigations Division at 704-878-3515 or Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340. Callers can remain anonymous and a cash reward is possible.

24-year-old Jordan Lee Weaver of 39th Street Place S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:30 Friday evening (November 14) on two felony counts each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and obtaining property by false pretense, as well as one felony count of possession of stolen goods. Weaver also faces misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested when Patrol Officers ran the tag on a 2006 Kia Optima and found outstanding felony warrants from Rutherford County. The warrants were connected to a case in which jewelry was stolen in Rutherford County and pawned in Hickory.

The vehicle was stopped and Weaver was searched, leading to the discovery of 1.4 grams of marijuana in his front pants pocket. Rolling papers, a digital scale and a pipe were found in the vehicle.

Weaver was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $21,000 secured bond. He has since been released. Weaver was scheduled to appear in District Court today (November 17) and on December 18 in Hickory.

Monday, 17 November 2014 11:42

Missing Stanley Man Found Safe in Key West

55-year-old Jeffery Odis Hoyle of Cabin Lane in Stanley has been found in Key West, Florida. According to a release from the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office, Mr. Hoyle is safe, but tired.

The Lincoln County Communications Center was notified by the Key West Police Department at about 3:15 Sunday afternoon that they had found Mr. Hoyle. He had been reported missing by a family member on November 6.

Police said Hoyle was tired from the long drive to Key West. The man had contacted family members who lived about five hours from Key West and they were coming to pick him up.

He told Officers in Key West that he left Lincoln County on his own to clear his head.

22-year-old Adrian Francisco Ramirez and 44-year-old Wanda Ann Sukeforth, both of 13th Avenue N.E. in Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police shortly after noon Friday (November 14) on one felony count each of possession of stolen property, possession of a stolen firearm, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.

They were arrested in connection to a residential break-in on the 400 block of 11th Street S.W. that occurred on July 14. Investigators were led to the suspects’ address as the result of an I.P. address associated with one of the stolen devices. Investigators obtained and exectuted a search warrant at the residence, leading to the discovery of stolen property.

Both suspects were taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond for Ramirez was set at $35,000, secured, while Sukeforth was given a $25,000 secured bond. She has since been released. The two were both due in District Court today (November 17) in Newton.

17-year-old Daniel Anthony Avalos of U.S. Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory and 24-year-old Stephen Phillip Williams of Stones Throw Court in Lenoir were both arrested at about nine o’clock Saturday evening on separate, outstanding fugitive warrants. Avalos was also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both suspects were charged with resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

They were arrested after Officers on foot patrol at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory saw a subject exit room number 109 and then re-enter quickly after he saw Police. Officers went to the room where both subjects initially gave false information regarding their identities, with Avalos twice providing fictitious information.

Once Police obtained the correct information, they determined that Avalos was wanted on a warrant from Bexar County, Texas for petty theft, while Williams had an outstanding warrant from Polk County, Florida for grand theft auto.

Avalos was also charged for allegedly possessing a pipe and half a gram of marijuana.

Both subjects were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Avalos set at $52,000, secured, while Williams was given a $50,750 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for today in Newton.

Catawba County libraries are hosting free learning sessions about the Affordable Health Care act starting this month through the end of December.

A representative of Catawba Family Care of Hickory will show participants how to access the Affordable Care website, www.healthcare.gov, and how to understand what is being offered.

Sessions are planned as follows:

Newton - Mondays starting November 17 from noon to 8 p.m.

St. Stephens - Mondays starting November 17 from noon to 8 p.m.

Sherrills Ford - Tuesdays starting November 18 from noon to 8 p.m.

Conover - Tuesdays starting November 18 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Claremont - Tuesdays starting November 18 from noon to 3:30 p.m.

Maiden - Wednesdays starting November 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Southwest - Fridays starting November 21 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To enroll for Affordable Care Act insurance, participants must provide their Social Security Numbers, W-2 forms or paycheck stubs, health insurance policy numbers and employer contact information. The data should be gathered before attempting to sign up for Affordable Health Care coverage.

Librarians are available at any library location to help customers find information and navigate the Affordable Care website. Those who do not have an email account may set one up for free at the library.