36-year-old Dequelle Kushawn Williamson of 9th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:40 Sunday evening (November 20) on one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
He was arrested after Police received information regarding illegal narcotics activity at the Valley Creek Apartments on 7th Avenue S.W. Officers went to the residence in question where they found five occupants. During a consent search, Williamson allegedly attempted to swallow a baggie that contained 2.2 grams of cocaine.
Two subjects were issued citations for possession of marijuana up to half an ounce. The other two subjects present were not charged or cited.
Williamson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today (November 21) in Newton.
39-year-old Rodney Lamont Pounds of 2nd Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday (November 19) on one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.
He was arrested after Police responded to a possible stabbing at an address on 2nd Street S.W. in Hickory. Officers arrived to find the victim, a 35-year-old black male from Hickory, walking east across 2nd Street S.W. E.M.S. transported the victim to Frye Regional Medical Center.
A knife was found at another nearby residence on 2nd Street S.W. Through the course of the investigation, Officers learned that the victim was injured after an argument between Rodney Pounds and the victim escalated to the point of physical violence.
Pounds was arrested without incident at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (November 21) in Newton.
In line with their strategic plan initiative, Catawba County Commissioners joined municipal and business leaders for a tour of local business parks last Thursday (November 18) as part of the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation’s (EDC) competitiveness assessment of Catawba County.
The tour was one of two coordinated by the EDC and its Committee of 100 to help assess the County’s current and future economic development potential for recruiting businesses and workers to the County.
The first tour, which took place earlier this month, visited business parks in Rock Hill, S.C., Gastonia, N.C., and Lincoln County, N.C., to view what area counties are offering in the competitive economic development marketplace.
Last Thursday's tour visited several sites with development potential inside Catawba County, including locations in Catawba, Claremont, Conover, Hickory, Maiden, and Newton. Following presentation of the assessment’s findings, the EDC will work with the County Commissioners, municipal leaders and other partners to identify specific action steps that can be taken to achieve local economic development goals.
More information about the EDC’s initiatives can be found on its website, www.catawbaedc.org.
30-year-old Justin Lee Calloway of Moss Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Sunday (November 20) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of identity theft and obtaining property by false pretense. Calloway was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $2,500 secured bond. No court date was listed.
City of Morganton Water Resources workers planned to shut off water to Park Street at 9 a.m. today (Monday, November 21), to repair a break on a six-inch water line. Approximately 25 customers will be affected on Park Street and the 400 Block of North Street. Workers expect to have the line repaired by 1 p.m., barring any unforeseen problems. For more information, call the Water Resources Department 828-438-5276.
51-year-old Leonard Everett Wilcox of Rattlesnake Lane in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (November 19) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and assault on a female. Wilcox was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $2,500 secured bond on the meth charge and no bond on the assault charge. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
52-year-old Donald Joseph Gaul and 46-year-old Sandra Lynn Gaul, both of the same Clarence Beam Road, Lincolnton, address were arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers Friday (November 18). They're each charged with two felony counts apiece of sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances. 45-year-old William Elton Patterson, who lists a different address on Clarence Beam Road, was charged Friday with one felony count of possession of schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each of simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The arrests came as a result of a six month long undercover operation and search warrant at a residence near the 1300 block of Clarence Beam Road. Narcotics detectives say they received multiple complaints about drug activity, including drug sales, over the past six months at two different residences.
Undercover detectives made multiple purchases of methamphetamine from individuals frequenting and living at both locations.
Investigators also used surveillance techniques to monitor the activity and developed information leading to the search of the residence. Detectives seized methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia during the operation.
Donald Gaul received a $30,000 secured bond. Sandra Gaul received a $15,000 secured bond. She was already in jail on multiple unrelated charges and now has a total bond of $106,000 secured. Patterson received a $20,000 secured bond. All three suspects were scheduled to appear in District Court today (Monday, November 21).
The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are likely.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners meets in regular session tonight (Monday, November 21).
There are two public hearings on tonight's agenda. One is to discuss a rezoning request of 2.3 acres from R-40 Residential to RC Rural Commercial District. The property is on Bethany Church Road in the Balls Creek Small Area Planning District. The other public hearing is to discuss a request to rezone 1.69 acres from R-40 Residential to Highway Commercial, or HC District. That property is on Smyre Farm Road in the Balls Creek Small Area Planning District.
In addition tonight, the Catawba County Board of Commissioners will hear an update on the water and sewer strategic planning from Utilities and Engineering Director Barry Edwards. There will also be a presentation related to a proclamation for Farm City Week, which is November 21-28.
Commissioners will also vote on appointments and on the consent agenda, which contains five items including the approval of the 2017 Board of Commissioners Meeting Schedule. Tonight's Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting gets underway at 7:00 in the Robert E. Hibbitts Meeting Room at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.
34-year-old Charlene Ann Dockery of Trout Pond Road in Claremont was arrested Sunday (November 20) by Conover Police Officers. She's charged with three felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense, two felony counts of possession of stolen goods, and one felony count apiece of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and attempt to obtain property by false pretense. Dockery is also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce.
Dockery was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $32,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, November 21) in Newton.
35-year-old Ashley Nicole Starnes of Crown Court in Lenoir was arrested Friday (November 18) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Starnes was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $1,500 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for January 9.
31-year-old Diamond Sharell Lipscomb of Newland Street in Morganton was arrested Saturday (November 19) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony trafficking in cocaine.
According to a news release issued Sunday (November 20) by the Morganton Department of Public Safety, an investigation led to the discovery of approximately 54 grams of crack cocaine that was in Lipscomb's possession. Officers discovered that Lipscomb was on supervised probation and used information from Lipscomb's GPS ankle monitor to track his location. An investigation determined that Lipscomb had discarded the cocaine when officers approached him.
Lipscomb was located a short time later and served with the warrant for trafficking in cocaine. At the time of Lipscomb's arrest, he had an additional amount of crack cocaine in his possession and approximately $1,300 in cash. The money and drugs were seized.
Lipscomb's bond was set at $100,000. He posted that within minutes of his arrest with the help of a bondsman. According to a local records check, since November 2015, Lipscomb has been arrested at least 11 times. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Monday, November 21).
The Burke County Sheriff's Office reports drug tests administered by a probation officer led to the discovery of a meth lab at a Morganton home.
35-year-old Jason Robert Ford and 28-year-old Desarae Nicole Jiron, both of the same Jenkins Road, Morganton, address, were both arrested last week by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony counts of manufacture methamphetamine, and possession of immedate precursor to manufacture methamphetamine. They were both charged with misdemeanor probation violation as well.
According to a news release issued on Friday (November 18), last Tuesday (November 15), investigators with the Burke County Narcotics Task Force were assisting Probation and Parole with serving warrants on Ford and Jiron at 5873 Jenkins Road, Lot 2 in Morganton. Both suspects had previously tested positive for methamphetamine when they met with their probation officers.
While at the residence, officers observed an active methamphetamine lab and immediately escorted all subjects outside. Additional narcotic officers and SBI agents were called to the scene to assist with shutting down the lab. Ford and Jiron were taken into custody and placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility. Ford's bond was set at $50,000 secured, Jiron was jailed under $25,000 bond. They were both scheduled to make first court appearances today (Monday, November 21).
The Chestnut Knob wildfire at South Mountains State Park in Burke County expanded in acreage over the weekend as firefighters battled low humidity and windy conditions.
According to the latest update from Inciweb, the fire has expanded to 6,424 acres and 40% of the perimeter is contained. There are 330 personnel fighting the wildfire.
Today's (Monday, November 21) planned activities include continue to mop up and hold the fire line in all divisions in preparation for strong winds and low humidity along with structure protection and triage.
43-year-old Sabrina Suzanne Starnes was arrested today (Friday, November 18) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of a weapon by a felon. Starnes was jailed in Morganton under $50,000 bond. A court date is set for January 3.
45-year-old Kurt Allen Corey was arrested today (Friday, November 18) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with indecent liberties with a child. Corey was placed in jail in Morganton, his bond was set at $600,000 secured. A court appearance is scheduled for November 28.
36-year-old Randy Keith Long and 16-year-old David Wesley Ikerd, both of the same Mary Kate Drive address in Conover, were arrested by Hickory Police late last night (November 17). They were each charged with felony breaking & entering and felony larceny. Ikerd was also charged with felony larceny of a firearm and misdemeanor speeding to elude arrest.
Events leading to the arrests began when Police responded to a break-in in progress at Gold Town USA on 16th Street N.E. in Hickory. As Officers arrived, they saw one subject getting into a silver Dodge truck. The truck pulled out of the parking lot and Police activated their blue lights and siren.
The truck initially did not stop and continued traveling south on 16th Street N.E. Eventually, the truck stopped in the parking lot at the Cupboard Express at 954 16th Street N.E. Ikard was the driver, Long was a passenger and an unnamed male juvenile was a passenger in the rear seat. In the truck, Officers found a number of items stolen from Gold Town USA, including a shotgun, a razor, a box of miscellaneous jewelry, a gift card and two handgun magazines.
Long and Ikerd were taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. The juvenile subject was not charged. Long’s bond was set at $16,000, secured, and Ikerd was given a $15,000 secured bond. Both were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today in Newton.
22-year-old Shyheim Fitzhugh Millsaps of the Muellers Circle Apartments in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on four felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin, plus one felony count each of maintaining a place to sell heroin, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and possession of a stolen firearm. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of a schedule III controlled substance.
Millsaps was arrested yesterday (November 17) when Iredell County Narcotics Officers and the Special Emergency Response Team executed a search warrant at an address on Kite Lane in western Iredell County. The arrest was the culmination of a month-long investigation into the possession and sale of “China White” heroin in Stony Point and west Statesville.
Narcotics Investigators gathered information regarding the suspect, Shyheim Fitzhugh Millsaps, who allegedly sold heroin somewhere on Midway Road. Surveillance operations soon identified the house on Kite Lane, which the suspect was using to sell heroin. Purchases of heroin were made from Millsaps at the Kite Lane location.
Officers executed the search warrant yesterday and seized heroin, money and a handgun. The handgun had been reported stolen from a location off of Newton Drive.
At the time of his arrest, Millsaps was out of jail under a $300,000 bond on prior drug-related charges filed by the Statesville Police Department. He is scheduled to appear in court in early 2017 on those charges.
Following his arrest yesterday, Millsaps was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $300,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today. The Sheriff’s Office has asked the District Attorney to consider revoking the prior $300,000 bond from the earlier charges.
Along with agencies across the State, the City of Hickory Fire Department wants to remind the public that open burning is not allowed. A burning ban has been implemented and covers all open burning, including the burning of leaves, recreational fires, bonfires and the use of outdoor fireplaces and fire-pits. The burn ban does not apply to cooking fires such as grills or outdoor cookers.
Due to the conditions of drought and low humidity, the situation is dangerous for any open burning. Under the current weather conditions brush fires spread faster, are harder to contain, and are far more dangerous than usual and can have the potential to cause large property loss.
Failure to observe this ban will result in fines or penalties. Persons who observe open burning should call 911 to report incidents.
23-year-old Antonio Shaquille Williams of 16th Street SW in Hickory was arrested today (Friday, November 18) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with selling cocaine and manufacture, sell, deliver, or possess controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a park. In addition, Williams is charged with two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule II controlled substance, and single counts of sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance, manufacture, sell, deliver, or possess controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a park, child care center, and school. He's also charged with failure to appear.
Williams was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $366,500 bond. District and Superior Court appearances are scheduled for Monday (November 21).
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners meets in regular session Monday night (November 21).
There are two public hearings on Monday's agenda. One is to discuss a rezoning request of 2.3 acres from R-40 Residential to RC Rural Commercial District. The property is on Bethany Church Road in the Balls Creek Small Area Planning District. The other public hearing is to discuss a request to rezone 1.69 acres from R-40 Residential to Highway Commercial, or HC District. That property is on Smyre Farm Road in the Balls Creek Small Area Planning District.
In addition Monday night, the Catawba County Board of Commissioners will hear an update on the water and sewer strategic planning from Utilities and Engineering Director Barry Edwards. There will also be a presentation related to a proclamation for Farm City Week, which is November 21-28.
Commissioners will also vote on appointments and on the consent agenda, which contains five items including the approval of the 2017 Board of Commissioners Meeting Schedule. Monday's Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. in the Robert E. Hibbitts Meeting Room at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.