33-year-old Peter William Drenth of Chattham Street in Newton was arrested Wednesday (October 5) by Claremont Police Officers. He's charged with possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, and with being an habitual felon. Drenth was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (October 10).
24-year-old Samuel Antonio Patterson of Warrior Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (October 5) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance, and failure to appear. Patterson was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, October 6).
35-year-old Casey Leonard Butner of Jefferson Avenue in Winston-Salem was arrested by Claremont Police Officers. Butner is charged with felony possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and four counts of failure to appear on traffic violations. Butner was jailed this morning (Thursday, October 6) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,550 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (October 10).
Wednesday afternoon (October 5) the N.C. Center for Missing Persons cancelled a Silver Alert that had been issued earlier in the day for a missing endangered man, 82-year-old Farrell Edward Poteat.
Citizens were asked to be on the lookout for Poteat, who had last been seen at 242 Reep Drive in Morganton. The Silver Alert was cancelled shortly before 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Authorities in Burke County confirmed this morning (Thursday, October 6) that Poteat was located yesterday afternoon and was safe.
A Catawba County man was given an active prison sentence of six to twelve years after pleading guilty to two counts of failing to report a new address as a registered sex offender and his admission to habitual felon status during Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday (October 4).
32-year-old Donald Lee Price Jr. will spend his prison term in the custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections after his sentence was imposed by the Honorable Gregory R. Hayes, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County. The habitual felon status enhanced the prison sentence Price was given for failing to register his address on two occasions.
The offenses occurred in June 2015 when Price reported a Claremont address to his probation officer that was not his residence and in October 2015 when he gave an address in Conover but was not living there.
Price had prior felony convictions in Iredell (September 2003), Union (January 2012) and Catawba (February 2014) counties that led to his status as a habitual felon.
Tommy Scarborough investigated the cases for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from Probation Officer Sarah Lackey. Michael Van Buren handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
36-year-old James Anthony Foust of Hickory will spend at least the next six years in prison following a guilty plea for selling cocaine and his admission to habitual felon status in Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday (October 4).
Foust was given an active prison term of six to eight years by the Honorable Gregory R. Hayes, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, following his plea. He will serve that sentence in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections. Admission as an habitual felon enhanced the sentence Foust was given.
On January 13, 2016, an undercover agent with North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement conducted a purchase of crack cocaine from Foust, who later was taken into custody and found to have a white powdery substance in his pocket. The substance tested positive for cocaine.
Foust’s habitual felon status included felony convictions in Catawba County for possession of a Schedule II controlled substance in June 2002, April 2006 and December 2009.
The investigation was handled by agents from North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement. Lance Sigmon prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.
47-year-old Delvin Roger Fox of Fingerbridge Road in Hickory, 43-year-old Chris Scott Nance of West Wilson Avenue in Mooresville, 30-year-old Matthew Wade Packard of Deal Road in Cherryville, 55-year-old Terrence John Reed of Roseland Drive in Lincolnton, 63-year-old Monte Lynn Wall of Swanson Drive S.W. in Lenoir and 63-year-old Jeffrey Ralph Talbott of Rocky Face Church Road in Taylorsville have all been arrested by Lincolnton Police as the result of an undercover operation focused on online sex predators who target children. All six alleged offenders were taken into custody without incident.
Fox was arrested on October 4 and charged with solicitation of a child by a computer for an unlawful sex act and appearing to meet the child. He was given a $50,000 secured bond and placed in the Lincoln County Jail with a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court scheduled today (October 5).
Nance was arrested on September 15 and charged with solicitation of a child by a computer for an unlawful sex act and appearing to meet the child. Nance was given a $50,000 secured bond. He had a first appearance on September 16 and was scheduled to appear in court again yesterday.
Police arrested Packard on September 27 and charged him with solicitation of a child by a computer for an unlawful sex act and appearing to meet the child. Packard was given a $25,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in court on September 28. No additional court date is listed at this time.
Reed was arrested on September 26 and charged with solicitation of a child by a computer for an unlawful sex act and appearing to meet the child and disseminating obscene images to a minor. Reed was jailed under a $75,000 secured bond. Reed was scheduled to make a first appearance on September 27 with another court date coming up on October 11. Reed also has two counts of sexual battery pending in Lincoln County.
Wall was arrested on September 29 and charged with solicitation of a child by a computer for an unlawful sex act and appearing to meet the child and disseminating obscene images to a minor. Bond for Wall was set at $50,000, secured. His first appearance was scheduled for September 30 with another court date on October 11.
Talbott was arrested on September 23 and charged with solicitation of a child by a computer for an unlawful sex act and appearing to meet the child and disseminating obscene images to a minor. He was given a $70,000 secured bond. Talbott’s first appearance was set for September 26 with his next court date scheduled for October 11.
All six suspects were confined in the Lincoln County Jail. With the exception of the charges pending against Reed, none of the six have any prior criminal history.
24-year-old Hannah Christine Lanning, a Lincoln County woman who had been reported missing earlier this week, has been located at a residence on Betterbrook Lane in Lincolnton. She is no longer listed as a missing person.
Relatives told Detectives earlier that Ms. Lanning, of Wallace Lane in Denver, had last been seen on September 22 by her bondsman in Lincolnton.
25-year-old Shawn Tyler Love of Shoupes Church Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (October 5) for a federal probation violation.
He was taken into custody at 1:25 a.m. today on the 1700 block of Main Avenue Drive N.W., not far from Best of Beers on Highway 321 N.W. in Hickory. Love was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for November 14 in Morganton.
25-year-old Amber Ruby Jean Snipes and 28-year-old Joshua Lee Williams, both of the same Helton Road Granite Falls address, and 45-year-old Angela Mikeal Hice and 45-year-old Thomas Walker Cogdell, both of the same Dudley Shoals Road, Granite Falls address, were all arrested Tuesday (October 4) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers.
Snipes is charged with breaking and entering, identity theft, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen firearm. Williams is charged with breaking and entering, identity fraud, obtaining property false pretense, and possession of stolen property. Hice is charged with maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place to keep controlled substance, possession of stolen goods or property, and trafficking opium or heroin. Cogdell is charged with maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance.
The arrests were made after search warrants were executed in response to multiple breaking and entering cases in the Sawmills and Dudley Shoals areas. During these searches, property was recovered and returned to the victims.
All four suspects were brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center and were given various bond amounts. Hice and Cogdell are scheduled to appear in District Court Thursday (October 6). Snipes and Williams have District Court appearances October 24.
The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered man, 82-year-old Farrell Edward Poteat.
Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for Poteat, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment. Poteat is a white male, 5'11", 190 pounds. He is bald with hazel eyes. He was last seen at 242 Reep Drive in Morganton. His vehicle is a burgundy 1995 Lincoln Town Car with a North Carolina license tag reading WZJ-3411.
Anyone with information about Farrell Edward Poteat should call PSO C. Kinard at the Morganton Department of Public Safety at 828-437-1211.
34-year-old Nathan Charles Ross of Peeler Road in Vale was arrested Tuesday (October 4) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of carrying a concealed weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Tuesday, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit arrested Ross after finding methamphetamine and a gun during a traffic stop. The traffic stop occurred near the area of South Laurel Street and South Generals Blvd. in Lincolnton.
According to detectives, the vehicle was being driven erratically and had gone left of center multiple times. During the stop, detectives used K9 Anya to conduct a free air sniff around the vehicle. Anya alerted to the presence of drugs several times during the sniff.
Detectives say they searched the vehicle and seized methamphetamine hidden in the driver door frame. Detectives also located a handgun and digital scales from under the hood of the vehicle hidden in the engine compartment.
Ross received a $20,000 secured bond and was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center. He had a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court on Tuesday.
27-year-old Brittany Correll Greene of Twin Meadow Drive in Hudson was arrested Tuesday (October 4) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony probation violation and misdemeanor simple possession of schedule II controlled substance. Greene was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $26,500 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for October 31, a District Court appearance is scheduled for November 14.
Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday night (October 4).
During last night's meeting, Assistant County Manager Dewey Harris presented the Catawba County Strategic Plan.
Cal Overby presented a proposal for the voluntary annexation of Realty Income Properties 28, LLC at 2173 13th Avenue Drive SE. No one appeared to speak for or against the proposal. Council passed the annexation unanimously.
Parks & Recreation Director Mack McLeod, presented a proposal to amend Chapter 4 Section 4-21(a) of the Hickory Code of Ordinances. The proposal would allow animals to be unleashed in the new Fairbrook Optimist Dog Park. Nobody spoke during the public hearing. Council passed the amendment unanimously.
Public Services Director, Chuck Hansen, presented proposals for the installation of curbs and gutters along a portion of 5th Street Place NW and along the Southside of the 900 Block of 4th Avenue Drive NW. There were public hearings held on each proposal. No one spoke during either public hearing. Council approved both unanimously.
Mayor Rudy Wright proclaimed Fire Prevention Week in the City of Hickory and National Physical Therapy Month in the City of Hickory. The Mayor also announced that the city owns the sinkhole and has a good partnership with Hendrick and the State. He also encouraged everyone to attend Oktoberfest.
34-year-old Cindy Darlene Moore of Mclin Creek Road in Conover was arrested Tuesday (October 4) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with selling methamphetamine, breaking and entering, resisting a public officer, and felony probation violation. Moore was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $23,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for November 7, a District Court date is set for November 14.
Caldwell County Emergency Services has announced that the Mill Pond Bridge on Falls Avenue in Granite Falls is closed until further notice. Kenneth Teague, Caldwell County Emergency Management Coordinator, says that engineers with the North Carolina Department of Transportation will evaluate the structure of the bridge.
Travelers are advised to find alternate routes around the bridge until further notice. For more information, contact the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
50-year-old Jeraine Ray Wilson of Plateau Road in Vale was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:20 a.m. yesterday (October 3) on one felony count of habitual larceny.
She was arrested after Officers responded to a shoplifting call at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. A Loss Prevention Officer at the store said she saw Wilson conceal a number of items and go beyond the last point of sale without paying. Items taken include hair color, headbands, Kraft singles, ground beef, a shirt and Sun Drop, all with a combined value of $36.
Loss Prevention detained Wilson until Police arrived. Investigators found that Wilson has more than three previous misdemeanor larceny convictions, resulting in the habitual larceny charge.
The suspect was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
Lenoir Caldwell Crime Stoppers is seeking assistance in solving a pair of recent crimes in Caldwell County.
The Lenoir Police Department is investigating a break-in with larceny that occurred the morning of Monday, September 26, at 430 NW Woodsway Lane, a residence located beside Smith Memorial Church. The residence, which serves as the church parsonage, had been entered and numerous sound and electronic equipment along with other items had been removed from inside of the residence.
On August 30, a resident on Baton Church Road reported that his outbuilding and storage trailer were broken into. Once inside, the suspect or suspects stole numerous tools and also a set of Harley Davidson motorcycle wheels.
Anyone with information relating to these or any other crime is asked to contact Lenoir Caldwell Crime Stoppers at 758-8300 or the Lenoir Police Department at 757-2100. Tips to Crime Stoppers could result in a cash reward if information leads to an arrest.
As part of National Bullying Prevention Month, a local anti-bullying group called Stand UP Speak OUT hosted "An Evening with Jane Clementi" last night at the Crowne Plaza in Hickory.
Ms. Clementi is the mother of Tyler Clementi and co-founder of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, which is dedicated to ending online and offline bullying in schools, workplaces and faith communities. Tyler Clementi took his own life as the result of bullying.
In addition to Ms. Clementi’s remarks, the event featured a special musical performance by Carri Isenhour, who sang a song – “Keep Your Head Up" – that she also wrote. Ms. Isenhour is a 14-year-old freshman at South Caldwell High School. Local entrepreneur, author and activist, Mitchell Gold, introduced the keynote speaker.
The event was sponsored by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and the Catawba Valley Medical Center.
Bullying Prevention Month will continue as the group, One Voice, takes their Anti-Bullying Tour to Hickory's Oktoberfest. One Voice will perform on Saturday, October 8, at 8 p.m. On Monday, October 10, One Voice will begin their in-school performances at ten schools throughout the Catawba Valley.
For more information, email email@example.com.
51-year-old Kenneth Otto Jones of 26th Street in Hickory and 56-year-old Michael Ray Klaus of Ladybug Lane in Vale were both arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 2 a.m. today (October 4). They were each charged with felony trafficking in methamphetamine. Jones was also charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Klaus faces an additional felony count of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance.
Few details are available, but seven ounces of methamphetamine was seized at the time of the arrests and a 2000 Chevy Camaro was impounded. According to H.P.D.’s arrest reports, at least one of the suspects was armed with a handgun.
Both men were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond for Jones was set at $300,000, secured, while Klaus was given a $150,000 secured bond. They were both scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today in Newton.