48-year-old Deven Kirby Ward of 1st Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:30 Friday night (January 19) on one felony count each of possession of stolen goods and possession of a schedule II controlled substance, plus misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license revoked.

Ward was arrested after Hickory Police stopped a vehicle with a stolen North Carolina license plate on the 900 block of 2nd Street N.E. The plate was reported stolen on December 28, 2017.  During the arrest, Officers found 1.4 grams of crack cocaine, 0.8 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Ward was taken into custody without incident.  He was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released after a Bondsman posted an $8,000 secured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (January 22) in Newton.

35-year-old Stephanie Lea Jonas of Highway 70 East in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police just after 2:30 Friday afternoon (January 19) on two felony counts of failure to appear on charges of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, plus two misdemeanor counts of failure to appear on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.  The warrants for her arrest were issued in March of last year.

Jonas was taken into custody without incident at an address on 26th Street S.E. in Hickory.  She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $46,000, secured.  Jonas will appear in District Court on February 21 and in Superior Court on March 19, both in Newton.  Another District Court date was scheduled for February 15 in Duplin County on the drug paraphernalia charge.

Monday, 22 January 2018 10:16

151 New Jobs Coming to Burke County

ZRODELTA will open a company headquarters in Rutherford College creating 151 jobs and investing $34-million over the next five years.  Ammunition and firearms will be manufactured and distributed from the 120,000 square-foot facility.  The company will be housed in the former BSN building, adjacent to I-40 at exit 113.  They will begin establishing operations in February.

ZRODELTA is best known for its true return-to-zero DLOC optical mounts, bipod and tripod shooting interfaces and OEM supply chain services.  It will co-locate in the building, along with Modern Munitions Group, which manufactures specialized, work-class ammunition, and Critical Resources, which is the contractual and distribution arm for Modern Munitions and ZRODELTA.

ZRODELTA will be manufacture its new Genesis pistol, released today (January 22) prior to the annual SHOT show in Las Vegas, at the facility in Rutherford College.  The company will continue to manufacture optical mounts and other accessories at its Lubbock, Texas facility.

Partner and former Green Beret Pat Harrigan cited the county’s infrastructure, highly skilled workforce and geographical disposition just outside of Charlotte as factors in the decision to move to Burke County.

It was announced on December 14, 2017 that the company will receive a $500,000 Building Reuse Grant to renovate and up-fit the building for their needs.  The project is also supported by local grants from Burke County and the Town of Rutherford College that will provide additional assistance for renovations to the building and grounds.

37-year-old Dontay Lamont Mosteller of 3rd Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just after 7 p.m. yesterday (January 18) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance.

Mosteller was taken into custody without incident on the 200 block of 3rd Street S.W. in Hickory.  According to Police, he was in possession of 2.2 grams of crack cocaine at the time of his arrest.

Mosteller was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $7,500, secured.  He has since been released.  Mosteller was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

42-year-old Chad Lee Smith of Startown Road in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after ten o’clock last night (January 18) on charges of possession with intent to sell a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, possession of a schedule III controlled substance and possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

He was arrested after Police initiated a traffic stop at the intersection of 9th Avenue S.E. and Highway 127 South.  The driver was cited for driving while license revoked, following too closely and possession of a schedule IV controlled substance.  The passenger, Chad Smith, was arrested and charged after Officers searched the vehicle and found 1.4 grams of cocaine, 20 dosage units of Alprazolam, two dosage units of Oxycodone, one dosage unit of Buprenorphine and one dosage unit of Carisoprodol.

Smith was taken into custody without incident and jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured.  He has since been released.  Smith was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

27-year-old Adonis Miguel “Bay Bay” Rutherford of 10th Street Boulevard N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday (January 16) on one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance.  He was also charged with misdemeanor child abuse.

The case dates back to December 29, 2017.  Police say the suspect was found to be in possession of a felony amount of marijuana.

Rutherford was taken into custody without incident Tuesday at his residence.  Following his arrest, the suspect was processed at the Hickory Police Depart and then released under a $5,000 unsecured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was scheduled Wednesday (January 17).  No additional court dates are currently listed.

Several area school systems will remain closed for students today (Friday, January 19).  Catawba County Schools, Caldwell County Schools, Hickory Public Schools, Newton-Conover City Schools, Alexander County Schools and Burke County Schools will all be closed for students.  It will be an optional teacher workday or planning day for these systems. 

All Catawba Valley Community College centers and campuses will open at noon. 

Lenoir-Rhyne University: Two-hour delay for classes.

Western Piedmont Community College will operate on a two-hour delay, opening at 10 a.m. 

Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute Caldwell campus will operate on a two-hour delay, opening at 10 a.m. 

The Catawba County Courthouse opens at 8:00 a.m., Catawba County Clerk of Court office opens at 8:00 a.m., District Court begins at 10:00 a.m., No Superior Court sessions.

 

A Silver Alert that had been issued for 73-year-old Douglas Wayne Hall of S.W. Forest Street in Conover has been canceled.  Mr. Hall was involved in a traffic accident yesterday in the Statesville area.  Conover Police learned today that Mr. Hall is at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.  At last report, he was listed in critical condition.

More information has been released in the arrest of 23-year-old Joshua Alan Delawder, whose address is listed as Applehouse Lane or Lowe Drive in Taylorsville.  Delawder was arrested Saturday (January 13) by Hickory Police on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.

Delawder was wanted for a sex offender registry violation.  He was convicted of sexual imposition in September of 2013 in Ohio.  The suspect was wanted by the Sheriff’s Office in the town of South Point in Lawrence County, Ohio.  

Delawder was arrested at an address on Highway 70 S.E. just after 11 p.m. Saturday.  Following his arrest, the suspect was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $35,000 secured bond.  He remained in jail as of today (January 17).  Delawder’s next appearance in District Court was set for February 16 in Newton.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 12:54

Hickory Alderman Vernon Tarlton Dies

Hickory Alderman Vernon Tarlton has passed away.  Mr. Tarlton died yesterday (January 15) after a long battle with cancer. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Grace Chapel on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University. Those arrangements have not been finalized.

No further details are available at this time.

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