Catawba County has confirmed the first case of rabies in the county this year. Last Tuesday (March 27), Catawba County Animal Services received a call from a citizen in Maiden whose dog attacked a raccoon in his front yard. The raccoon was sent to the North Carolina Public Health Laboratory in Raleigh, which notified Catawba County on Thursday (March 29) that the raccoon tested positive for rabies.
Animal Services officers advised the citizen to provide a rabies booster for the dog which was not current on its rabies vaccination. The owner is required to keep the dog under observation for 45 days.
Animal Services reminds pet owners that rabies is still present in the local wild animal population and is a threat to pets and humans year-round. The best way to protect your pets from rabies is to have them properly vaccinated for rabies.
For more information, call Catawba County Animal Services at (828) 464-7686.
31-year-old Matthew Robert Stewart of North Caldwell Avenue in Newton was arrested Sunday (April 1) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts apiece of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, single counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance, simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, and resisting a public officer, and five counts of felony probation violation. Stewart was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $68,002 bond. Superior and District Court dates were scheduled today (April 2), he also has a Superior Court date May 24.
31-year-old Jessica Lee Roberts of Cruso Road in Canton, NC, was arrested Sunday (April 1) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Roberts was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,500 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (April 2).
55-year-old Lee Odis Maddox of 17th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (March 28) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of schedule VI controlled substance. Maddox was arrested without incident shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday. His bond was set at $5,000 secured. A District Court date was scheduled today (March 29).
63-year-old Roger Douglas Widner of Henry Falls Drive in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (March 28) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of indecent liberties with children. Widner was arrested at his home shortly after 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday. He was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $70,000 secured bond. He was no longer listed as an inmate as of Thursday afternoon (March 29). A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for May 7 in Newton.
42-year-old Davy Leonard Goodman of Greentree Acres in Valdese and 34-year-old Crystal Lynee Newton of Clark Loop in Morganton were both arrested by Hickory Police yesterday afternoon (March 28). They were each charged with one felony count of trafficking in methamphetamine. They were also charged with felony failure to appear, four counts for Goodman and one count for Newton. In addition, Goodman was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and Newton was charged with felony conspiracy to traffic in meth.
Goodman’s failure to appear charges are in connection to additional counts of trafficking in meth, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver meth, possession of a controlled substance on penal institution property, plus an habitual felon charge. The conspiracy and failure to appear charges against Newton are from McDowell County.
Both suspects were taken into custody between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at a convenience store on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. They were each jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Goodman set at $3,120,000, secured, while Newton was given an $850,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled today in Newton.
The Catawba County Library System is partnering with the local job office to assist citizens in looking for employment. The library and NC Works (the former Employment Security Commission) are working together to help job seekers refine their employment searches and expand the ways they can present their best qualities to employers.
On the first Wednesday of each month at the Main Library in Newton, NC Works specialists make themselves available to provide one-on-one assistance to people who drop by. Career professionals can show job seekers different techniques for finding the job openings that best fit what you’re looking for. They can also help with filling out job applications and making sure everything is complete and well-thought-out before they are submitted.
NC Works employees can share tips about how you can stand out to hiring managers and showcase your abilities to their utmost. The staff will do their best to help you find the best job to fit your skills and experience. If you’d like to speak with the NC Works specialists during their regular monthly hours at the Main Library in Newton, stop by on Wednesday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you’d like to connect with them otherwise, their office is located on the 2nd floor of Conover Station, just below the Conover branch of the library.
24-year-old Jordan Nathaniel Sain was arrested Wednesday (March 28) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, and non-support. Sain was arrested at an address on Country Club Road in Lincolnton and placed in jail under $3,500 bond. A court date is set for April 17.
49-year-old Gina Lynnett Griffin was arrested Wednesday (March 28) by authorities in Lincoln County. She was charged with a felony count of being a fugitive from justice along with a single count of misdemeanor larceny. Griffin was arrested at 1:39 p.m. Wednesday at an address on NC Highway 73 in Denver and was placed in jail under $2,000 secured bond on the larceny count and no bond on the fugitive charge. She was scheduled to appear in District Court in Lincolnton today (March 29).
63-year-old Everette Bryson Chester of 17th Street S.W. of Hickory has been arrested by Hickory Police on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He is wanted in Richland County, South Carolina for a felony probation violation. The warrant for his arrest was issued by Agents with the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole & Pardon Services in Columbia.
Chester was jailed yesterday (March 28) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $200,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
18-year-old David Anthony Masucci of Hollifield Road in Damascus, Virginia was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (March 28) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.
Masucci is wanted by the Sheriff’s Office in Smyth County, Virginia for kidnapping and felony grand larceny. He allegedly threatened to abduct a female victim with the intent to defile the victim. Masucci is also accused of assisting another subject in stealing a motor vehicle.
Following his arrest Wednesday, Masucci was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $100,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
23-year-old Douglas Keith “Junior” Triplett of Sandy Berry Road in Jonesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on eight felony counts each of indecent liberties with a child and statutory sexual offense on a child by adult.
On March 3, the Sheriff’s Office took a report regarding the sexual assault of a child in northern Iredell County. The victim said he was sexually assaulted on multiple occasions between December 2015 and June 2017.
The case was assigned to Detective Patrick Dixson with the Sheriff’s Special Victims Unit. Detective Dixson spoke to the victim, who identified Douglas Keith Triplett as the suspect. Several witnesses were also identified and interviewed.
As a result of the investigation, Triplett was arrested and placed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center where he was held under a $300,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (March 29) and on April 17.
17-year-old Chandler Alex Clark was arrested today (March 29) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, larceny of a firearm, and possession of stolen goods. He's also charged with misdemeanor larceny. Clark was arrested shortly before noon today and was placed in jail under an unspecified bond amount. No court date was listed.
26-year-old Meghann Meckenzie Bollinger was arrested Wednesday (March 28) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering to automobiles, trailers, boats, aircraft, or watercraft, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods and possession of controlled substance in prison or jail, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of schedule VI controlled substance. Bollinger was arrested at 12:21 p.m. Wednesday and placed in jail in Morganton under $18,500 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for April 11.
48-year-old Audrey Walker Buchanan was arrested Wednesday (March 28) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She's charged with felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense and probation violation along with misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and probation violation. Buchanan was arrested at 8:21 a.m. Wednesday and placed in jail in Morganton under $16,000 secured bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for April 9 and April 11, a Superior Court date is May 14.
25-year-old Cheyenne Paige Odem of Hillcrest Street in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (March 28) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Odem was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (March 29).
16-year-old Colby Scott Park of Fairmont Road in Statesville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three counts of felony first degree sexual exploitation of a minor, two counts of felony third degree sexual exploitation of a minor, and a felony count of making a false report concerning mass violence on educational property. The charges were filed in connection to separate incidents.
On Tuesday, March 20, 2018 a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office in reference to sexual exploitation of a minor. According to a news release issued Wednesday (March 28) by the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, the incidents occurred at North Iredell High School and were reported to School Resource Officer (SRO) Deputy Reginal Allen. Deputy Allen gathered information that led authorities to believe that Colby Scott Parks had enticed another student to send him nude photographs for money.
The investigation was assigned to Detective Sergeant Katie Harwell of the Special Victims Unit for further investigation. Based on evidence and statements which were gathered in the course of the investigation, Sergeant Harwell was able to obtain several felony warrants for the arrest of Colby Park. The investigation is continuing and more charges may be filed.
On March 22, detectives received a complaint from school administrators of a possible threat of a school shooting at North Iredell High School. Officers went to the school to investigate the threat. It was determined that Colby Scott Park along with a juvenile had admitted to making statements as well as planning a school shooting. Statements to officers indicated that the suspects made the threats in a kidding manner.
While this investigation was taking place and detectives were on the scene, a second threat was made by a second juvenile to shoot up North Iredell High School. This juvenile made the threat to numerous students in one of the classes. The juvenile along with numerous witnesses were interviewed. The second juvenile admitted to investigators, he did threaten to shoot the school up but had no means to do so but once he made some money and could buy a gun he would shoot up the school. Again this statement, according to the juvenile, was said in a kidding manner.
All three subjects were charged with felony making a false report concerning mass violence on educational property. The two juveniles were turned over to Juvenile Justice for processing. Park's bond was set at $35,000 secured on the sex offense charges and $10,000 secured on the false report charge. He's scheduled to appear in District Court next Tuesday (April 3).
32-year-old Matthew Isaac Pearman of Glory Road in Boone was arrested Tuesday (March 27) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine. Pearman was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for April 17.
40-year-old Jason Shea Ali of Sequoyah Circle in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (March 27) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony speeding to elude arrest. Ali was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled for April 17.
21-year-old Tracy Shane Rudisill of 4th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (March 28) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with felony counts of assault with physical injury on a probation or parole officer and probation violation, along with a misdemeanor count of resisting a public officer. Rudisill was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (March 29) and a Superior Court appearance is set for next Monday (April 2).