The Catawba County Youth Council is accepting Requests for Funding Proposals (RFPs) that are targeted to address the identified impact areas of health, education and income as they relate to the needs and well-being of children and youth in the community.  Youth Council RFPs will only be accepted for programs identifiable under these impact areas that specifically address the needs of children and youth in Catawba County.  

RFPs will be considered by the Catawba County Youth Council from organizations in Catawba County that are either incorporated as not-for-profit, tax exempt entities or those thtat have 501-C3 legal status.  They must comply with applicable legal, federal, state and local operating and reporting requirements.

Monies available for program funding are raised solely by youth groups and/or individuals in Catawba County through the Catawba County United Way’s annual community campaign.

Applications are available on the web at ccunitedway.com/news or contact Sylvia Long at 828-327-6851 or slong@ccunitedway.com. Youth Council RFP applications are due by 5 p.m. on March 28.

18-year-old Jimmy Drew Peeler of Rhoney Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning on one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon and one misdemeanor count of assault inflicting serious injury. The warrants for his arrest were issued on February 24 of this year in Burke County.

Peeler was taken into custody without incident at about 6:45 a.m. at the Hampton Inn on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for March 14 in Morganton.

20-year-old Carlos Car’tre Ikard of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 3:30 yesterday afternoon (March 6) on one felony count each of possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a schedule II controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance.  He also faces a number of additional schedule II narcotics charges dating back to last year.

Ikard was taken into custody without incident at a residence on 8th Avenue Drive S.W. in Hickory.  He was armed with a handgun at the time of his arrest.  Ikard was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $60,000, secured.  A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.  Another court date on the previous charges was set for April 3.

The N.C. State Highway Patrol has released more information regarding a pedestrian fatality on Interstate 40 in Catawba County Sunday night (March 5).

The accident occurred at about 8:15 p.m. Sunday, near mile-marker 124. An eastbound 2010 Lexus driven by 47-year-old Jeffrey Lee Griffin of Hickory struck 42-year-old Tracy Robert Cornellier, who has no listed address.

The Highway Patrol is conducting an ongoing investigation. At this time, it’s not clear why Mr. Cornellier was on foot on the Interstate. A Trooper told WHKY that Mr. Griffin (the driver) was not impaired and that excessive speed did not appear to be a factor. No charges have been filed at this time.

The Lexus sustained damage to its bumper, hood, windshield and right side.

45-year-old Jorden Earl Adams of Emerald Isle Drive in Sherrills Ford was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers Sunday (March 5) on an outstanding felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.  He was served a warrant dating back to last year for driving while license revoked.

Adams is wanted in Independence in Grayson County, Virginia for a probation violation.  He was on probation for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Following his arrest yesterday, Adams was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond on the fugitive warrant set at $8,000, secured.  A District Court date was set for March 10.  He was also given a $265 bond on the driving while license revoked charge with another court date on April 21.

37-year-old James Dereck Starnes, who is listed as a homeless person from Gaston County, has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on four counts of felony larceny and one count of conspiracy to obtain property by false pretenses. He was also held on a felony fugitive warrant from Lancaster County, South Carolina, where he was wanted for shoplifting.

Starnes was taken into custody today (March 6) and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $70,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on the fugitive warrant on March 13, with a Superior Court date on the other charges scheduled for May 1 in Newton.

30-year-old Anthony Keel of 8th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning (March 5) on one felony count of larceny by servant or other employee. He was arrested on a warrant issued in October of last year.

Keel was taken into custody without incident at about 3 a.m. yesterday on the 300 block of 2nd Avenue N.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,500 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (March 6) in Newton.

40-year-old Jamie Edward Lewis of Hope Road and 38-year-old Dytisha Michelle Watkins of Pope Road, both from Vale, were arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:20 Saturday night (March 4).  Lewis was charged with two counts of failure to appear:  one for felony possession of cocaine and one for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.  Watkins was charged with felony possession of cocaine misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.

They were arrested when Officers traveling east on 12th Avenue N.E. stopped a 2004 Audi sedan for speeding.  Lewis was the driver and Watkins was a passenger.  During the stop, 0.5 grams of cocaine were found in Watkins’ wallet.  Police also found 1.6 grams of marijuana on her person.

Lewis was arrested on the outstanding warrant for failure to appear.  That warrant was the result of a July 2015 traffic stop in which 2.1 grams of cocaine were found.

Both suspects were taken into custody without incident.  They were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond. For Lewis set at $25,000, secured, while Watkins was given a $2,000 secured bond.  Lewis will appear in Superior Court on May 1.  Watkins was scheduled to appear in District Court today (March 6) in Newton.

33-year-old Ruth Marie Dugger of Shook Road in Claremont was arrested at about 1:40 yesterday afternoon (March 3) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense.  The warrant for her arrest was issued in Mecklenburg County on January 14 of this year.

Dugger was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department.  She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention facility under a $2,500 secured bond.  She has since been released.  An appearance in District Court was scheduled for March 20 in Charlotte.

34-year-old Celeste Monte Hauser of North 1st Avenue in Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police at shortly before 12:30 yesterday afternoon (March 3) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and intoxicated & disruptive.

She was arrested after Officers responded to a call for service at 98 3rd Avenue S.E.  The caller, Celeste Hauser, had an outstanding warrant for intoxicated and disruptive.  During her arrest, Officers found 6.5 grams of marijuana and 0.5 grams of cocaine.  A Police spokesperson says the original call for service was unfounded.

Hauser was taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,600 secured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

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