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28-year-old Jason Chantel Gibbs of Calico Road in Lenoir was arrested at about 11 a.m. yesterday (June 7) on one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver a counterfeit controlled substance. Gibbs was also charged by Long View Police with three felony counts each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine and delivery of cocaine.

He was taken into custody without incident at the Sunhouse convenience store on 2nd Avenue N.W. in Hickory. He was place in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $95,000 secured bond. Gibbs was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce is currently taking applications for its Edison Project. The application process ends on Friday, July 22 at 5 p.m.

The Edison Project is a celebration and recognition of the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit in the area. The Chamber is looking for entrepreneurs who have an idea for an innovative, viable business in the Hickory Metro area that they’d like to submit for consideration and review by a panel of judges.

Participants will compete with other start-up entrepreneurs for an economic incentive of $18,000 in cash ($10,000 for 1st place, $5,000 for 2nd place and $3,000 for 3rd place); plus other pro-bono benefits for the best new entrepreneurial business ideas in the Metro area for 2016.

The competition is for potential new start-up companies and for those current businesses that have cumulative revenues of less than $350,000, excluding grants. The business must be in the Hickory Metro area of Catawba, Burke, Caldwell or Alexander counties.

A judging panel will review all applications and announce the finalists on Monday, August 15. Each finalist will make a 15-minute presentation to a judging panel on Friday, October 14. The finalists will have until Monday, October 24 to prepare and submit a formal business plan. On Monday, November 21, each finalist will present a more condensed version of their business plan at a special reception & awards ceremony, open to the public.

More information is available in the form of a Q&A document at www.catawbachamber.org. Additional questions may be directed to dhearn@catawbachamber.org or call 828 431-7230.

To apply, visit https://edisonproject2016.startupcompete.co and fill out the application and executive summary. A registration fee of $100 is required.

37-year-old Mark Richard Vanderbloemen of 11th Street N.W. and 24-year-old Alexandra Elise Fox of Cemetery Loop Road, both from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 1 p.m. yesterday (June 6) on one felony count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each of possession of drug paraphernalia. Vanderbloemen was also charged with one felony count of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.

The two were taken into custody without incident at Vanderbloemen’s residence. They were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Vanderbloemen set at $15,000, secured, while Fox was given a $5,000 secured bond. Both were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today in Newton.

27-year-old Joshua Nathaniel Jones of “B” Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about seven o’clock last night (June 6) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested after Police stopped a vehicle on the 400 block of 8th Avenue N.E. for speeding. Officers smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Joshua Jones, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was searched, leading to the discovery of 0.8 grams of cocaine and a small amount of marijuana on his person. Another small quantity of marijuana was found in the vehicle. The marijuana had a total weight of 0.4 grams.

The driver was not charged, but was given a warning citation for speeding.

Jones was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton. Jones also has Superior Court dates on previous felony drug charges coming up on June 13, June 16 and September 6.

19-year-old Wendy Menjivar of Pipers Ridge Circle in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at 3:15 Sunday afternoon (June 5) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

She was arrested after Police responded an address on 5th Avenue S.W. to perform a health check on an individual identified as the caller’s son. When Officers arrived, that person was no longer at the residence.

Officers did see drug paraphernalia in plain view. While searching a 2002 Ford Mustang outside the residence, Police found 0.7 grams of methamphetamine. The vehicle belonged to Wendy Menjivar.

Menjivar was taken into custody without incident at the residence and jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,000 secured bond. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (June 6) in Newton.

24-year-old Robbie Octavion Little of 10th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 6:30 Saturday evening (June 4) on one felony count of speeding to elude arrest and one misdemeanor count each of driving while license revoked, careless & reckless driving, hit & run with property damage and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

He was arrested after patrol Officers in the vicinity of 8th Street N.E. and 8th Avenue N.E. saw a vehicle driven by Little as it turned onto 7th Avenue N.E. at a high rate of speed. The Officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but it continued, making a left onto 12th Street N.E. where it lost control and hit a fence.

Little then fled on foot, briefly. He was taken into custody on Highland Avenue N.E.

Little was processed and released under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (June 6) in Newton.

40-year-old Matthew Aaron Jones of 1st Avenue Place N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:30 last night (June 5) on one felony count each of obtaining property by false pretense and embezzlement, plus one misdemeanor count of accessing computers.

His arrest comes in connection to a January 2016 case in which Micro D, Inc., a company specializing in website design for the furniture industry, reported an employee, Matthew Jones, who allegedly ordered items online using a company credit card and then produced forged invoices for the items. The items included computers, iPads and household items.

Jones was a long-term employee at Micro D, Inc. Neither a time-frame for the fraudulent purchases nor an estimated total for property loss is available at this time.

Jones was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was processed and released under a $30,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

32-year-old Angel Denise Sherrill Jolley of 10th Avenue Lane N.E. and 35-year-old Timothy Wayne Trivette of Section House Road, both from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police for misdemeanor child abuse and other charges just before 9 p.m. Saturday (June 4). Jolley was also charged with one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, plus two misdemeanor counts of simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. In addition to the child abuse charge, Trivette was charged with resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Events leading to their arrests began when Officers saw an unattended infant in a 2002 Chrysler Sebring at the Kangaroo Express store on North Center Street in Hickory. Officers watched as a male subject, Timothy Trivette, approached the car. He was searched and found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia.

A woman, Angel Jolley, came out of the store. A Police spokesperson said she appeared to be impaired. A female Officer escorted Jolley back into the store and into the restroom, where she was searched. At that time, a minor altercation occurred involving Jolley and the Officer. No one was injured. The search turned up four Oxymorphone Hydrochloride pills and four Hydrocodone pills that were not prescribed to Jolley.

Officers also found 5.6 grams of methamphetamine in the vehicle.

The child, a male less than one year old, did not belong to either Jolley or Trivette. D.S.S. responded to the scene and took the child into protective custody.

Both subjects were taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Jolley set at $12,000, secured, while Trivette was given a $2,000 secured bond. Both have since been released. Jolley was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton. Both subjects have a court date on the child abuse charge on August 4.

Monday, 06 June 2016 11:10

Catawba County P.I.O. Passes Away

Dave Hardin, Public Information Officer for Catawba County, has died suddenly at the age of 56. He passed away last night or this morning (June 5-6) at his home.

Mr. Hardin was a graduate of Hickory High School, class of 1977. He earned a B.A. in History from Lenoir-Rhyne in 1981.

Mr. Hardin, an avid bird watcher, had been employed by the county since 1993. Previously, he worked for WIRC radio in Hickory.

In this morning’s (June 6) meeting of the Catawba Co. Commissioners, it was announced that Mick Berry, currently City Manager for the City of Hickory, will become the new County Manager for the county, replacing Tom Lundy, who is retiring, effective August 1. Mr. Berry will move into his new position on July 5.