30-year-old Johnny Trevor Rippy of North Brushwood Circle in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 11 o’clock last night (July 6) on one felony count of possession of a controlled substance.  The warrant for his arrest was issued by the Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Office in September of last year.

Rippy was taken into custody without incident at a residence on 1st Street S.W. in Hickory.  He was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released under a $5,000 unsecured bond.  He was scheduled to appear in Superior Court on July 24 in Lenoir.

43-year-old James Paul Dugger of Freezer Locker Road in Hudson was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before two o’clock yesterday afternoon (July 6) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested after Hickory Police received information regarding narcotics activity in two rooms at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W.  In one of the rooms, Officers found 0.1 grams of crack cocaine, multiple smoking pipes and other paraphernalia. Dugger was arrested.  Another male in the room and a female were not charged.  In the parking lot, Police also found and seized a syringe containing a brown liquid.

Dugger was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured.  He was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.

Sutter Street Manufacturing plans to create 72 new jobs with an expansion in Catawba County.  The upholstered furniture manufacturing company plans to invest $1.9 million over three years to upgrade its 411,000 square foot facilities in Claremont.

Sutter Street Manufacturing produces upholstered home furnishings for Williams-Sonoma, Inc. through brands like Pottery Barn, West Elm and Williams-Sonoma Home.  Williams-Sonoma established the operation in 2007 with 25 associates.  Sutter Street Manufacturing now employs 583 artisans.  The 72 new jobs will be phased in over the next three years.

While compensation will vary by position, average salaries for the new jobs are expected to be $47,840, above the Catawba County current average annual wage of $39,780.  

A performance-based grant of $300,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate Sutter Street Manufacturing’s expansion in Catawba County.  All One North Carolina grants require a matching grant from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.

For more information about Williams-Sonoma, including job opportunities, visit careers.williams-sonomainc.com.

17-year-old Luca Tyler Buntic of Brookwood Drive in Maiden and 17-year-old Andrew Joseph Auten of Falling Creek Road N.E. in Hickory have both been arrested by Hickory Police. They were each charged with one felony count of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and larceny after breaking & entering.

Events leading to the arrests began early Tuesday morning (July 4) when Officers responded to a civil disturbance on 29th Avenue N.E. Upon arrival, Officers encountered the victim of a vehicle break-in, along with Andrew Auten, who was one of the suspects. Auten was taken into custody without incident on the scene just after 1 a.m. yesterday.

An arrest warrant was issued for Luca Buntic, who fled the scene before Police arrived. Buntic was located and arrested shortly before nine o’clock last night (July 4) at a gas station on Highway 70 S.E., near Fairgrove Church Road.

Both suspects were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond for Buntic was set at $15,000, secured, while Auten was given a $5,000 secured bond. They were both scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today in Newton.

Monday, 03 July 2017 17:03

Lenoir Man Killed in Logging Accident

A Lenoir man was killed in a logging accident in Caldwell County today (July 3).  The deceased has been identified as 51-year-old James Wilson Coffey, Jr. of Pisgah Church Road in Lenoir.

At 10:05 this morning, Caldwell County Sheriff’s Deputies and personnel with Patterson Fire & Rescue and Caldwell County Emergency Services responded to the logging accident on the 2700 block of Setzer’s Creek Road in Lenoir.  Mr. Coffey had been struck by a falling tree and was deceased on the scene.

Authorities say Mr. Coffey’s death appears to be accidental.

24-year-old Isiah Shawn Marlow of South Center Street in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

He was arrested after Hickory Police responded to reports of drug violations at the Hillside Gardens housing complex on 1st Street S.E. A vehicle stop was conducted in the Hillside Gardens parking lot. During the stop, 1.2 grams of crack cocaine were found. Isiah Shawn Marlow, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was taken into custody without incident shortly before 1 a.m.

He was processed at the Hickory Police Department and released under a $2,500 secured bond. Marlow was scheduled to appear in District Court today (July 3) in Newton.

30-year-old Jarrod Donte Fuller of 8th Avenue Court S.E. in Hickory (also know as "Dredz" or "Young Dredz") was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (July 1) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Fuller was arrested when Hickory Police saw him walking north on the 700 block of South Center Street.  Officers knew there was an outstanding warrant for Fuller’s arrest.  The suspect fled on foot as Officers attempted to make contact with him.  After a brief foot chase, Fuller was detained.  1.0 grams of cocaine and 1.3 grams of marijuana were found on his person.

Following his arrest, Fuller was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured.  He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (July 3) in Newton.

57-year-old Darren Lewis Craig of 4th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning (July 2) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Craig was taken into custody without incident just after 3 a.m. Sunday at the Red Roof Inn on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard in Hickory.    He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (July 3) in Newton.

21-year-old Amy Leanne Clew and 23-year-old Justin Lee Osborne, both of Boger Farm Road in Harmony, have been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers.  They were each charged with one count of felony child abuse inflicting serious injury and three counts of misdemeanor child abuse.

They were arrested after Deputies responded to Davis Regional Medical Center in Statesville Saturday evening (July 1) where a three-year-old child was being treated for severe injuries.  E.M.S. brought the child to the emergency room from the Boger Farm Road residence.

At the hospital, medical staff discovered severe burns on the child’s feet and legs.  The child also had other injuries that appeared to be the result of an assault.  The burns on the child’s legs appeared to be a few days old and were consistent with the feet and legs being exposed to extremely hot water.

Deputies and Detectives began an investigation into child abuse.  Detectives interviewed the child’s father, Justin Lee Osborne, at the hospital and also went to the Boger Farm Road residence where a search was conducted.

The child’s stepmother, Amy Leanne Clew, was at the home with three other small children.  Detectives learned that Clew and Osborne were primary caregivers for the children.  Deputies found that the home was in poor condition.  The Iredell County Dept. of Social Services responded and took custody of the remaining children.

The three-year-old child was taken to Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.  The child is currently in critical condition in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Clew and Osborne were placed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center with bond for each set at $1-million, secured.  They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (July 3).

26-year-old Joseph Ashley Bryant of 13th Avenue S.E. in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning (July 2) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.  Bryant was wanted in Georgia for felony first-degree burglary.  The warrant for his arrest was issued by the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office in Macon, Georgia.

Bryant was taken into custody without incident at about 2:25 a.m. Sunday at an address on 5th Street Court S.E. in Hickory.  He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,000, secured.  An appearance in District Court was scheduled today (July 3) in Newton.

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