Catawba County is celebrating Earth Day by hosting a new one-day residential household hazardous waste collection event Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bandys High School, located at 5040 E. Bandys XRd. in Catawba. The event is open to Catawba County residents only and is free of charge.
Types of residential household hazardous waste accepted at the event include the following:
• Household cleaners such as drain openers, toilet bowl cleaners, oven cleaners, disinfectants, and pine cleaners
• Paint products such as latex and oil-based paints, solvents, thinners, shellacs, varnishes, wood preservatives, and sealers
• Automotive products such as lead-acid batteries, used motor oil, antifreeze, brake fluid, and auto starter fluid
• Pesticides and insecticides such as poisons and aerosols
• Other chemical-based products such as acids, bases, kerosene, household batteries, photographic chemicals, pool chemicals, gas cylinders and mercury thermometers
• Electronics such as computer monitors and intact televisions, laptops, floppy drives, hard drives, ink/toner cartridges, modems, cell phones, answering machines, CD players, tape players, calculators, copiers, duplicators, microwaves, electronic typewriters, pagers, radios, remote controls, scanners, stereos, and VCRs
Plastic bag recycling will also be provided at the event courtesy of Keep Catawba County Beautiful. The first 200 people who bring plastic bags to be recycled will receive a reusable bag.
“Our annual fall collection event in Hickory is extremely popular with residents,” said Amanda Kain, Catawba County’s Recycling and Waste Reduction Coordinator. “We’ve added this second event to help make household hazardous waste recycling more convenient for residents in the southeastern part of the county. We appreciate the efforts of all our residents to help properly dispose of materials that can harm our health and our environment.”
For safety reasons, the event will not accept tires, radioactive waste, biologically active or infectious waste, unknown gases or chemicals, dioxin-related waste, explosives, household garbage, or TVs with internal parts removed. Prescription and over-the-counter medications also will not be accepted at this event; however, they are accepted at the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies year-round through the Operation Pillstoppers program.
To assist with electronics recycling and disposal, the county contracts with electronics recycling companies who are certified to ensure proper handling and security of the electronic waste collected. All data and data-bearing devices on electronic equipment will be destroyed, but the County cannot guarantee the non-disclosure of any information left on equipment. Additionally, please note that other vendors who may be set up outside the event are not associated with the event or Catawba County.
The one-day event is sponsored by Catawba County Utilities & Engineering and is co-sponsored by Republic Services, Keep Catawba County Beautiful and the NC State Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. For more information, please contact Catawba County Utilities and Engineering at (828) 465-8217.
53-year-old Steven Allen Poarch of Midway Street in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (April 20) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Bond for Poarch was set at $3,000 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled for Thursday.
Alexander County Sheriff’s Office 9-1-1 Telecommunicator Michael Eric “Bubba” Pennell has died after he suffered a medical emergency Monday (April 17) while he was on-duty at the Central Alexander Fire Department. He later passed away at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.
Mr. Pennell was 49 years old and had worked for the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office for more than 12 years. He had been a volunteer fireman for the Central Alexander Fire Department for over 30 years.
Mr. Pennell is survived by his wife of 26 years, Amy, as well as three sisters and a number of nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at Millersville Baptist Church tomorrow (April 22) from 1 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. The funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The church is located at 130 Millersville Church Road in Taylorsville.
27-year-old Jerry Lee Price of Highway 10 West in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:30 last night (April 20) for a felony probation violation. He was also arrested on an outstanding warrant for misdemeanor driving while license revoked.
Price is on probation as he serves a 30-month suspended sentence following a January 2017 conviction in Catawba County for felony breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.
Price was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $11,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for Monday (April 24) in Newton with a District Court date coming up on May 24.
42-year-old Brandon Owen McCall of Old Morganton Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (April 20) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. McCall was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (April 24).
47-year-old David Allen Pearson and 28-year-old Brandy Alexandria Carter, both of Mount Home Church Road in Morganton, along with 35-year-old Michael Allen Wright of Shang Lane in Conover and 31-year-old Michael Paul Denton, Jr. of Praley Street S.W. in Valdese, have all been arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers. Pearson and Wright were each charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon. Denton was charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance. Carter was arrested for felony failure to appear or failure to comply.
Two of the arrests came after a Burke County SWAT Team executed a search warrant at Pearson’s residence yesterday (April 20). Burke County Investigators obtained the warrant after receiving information that Pearson, a convicted felon and a validated gang member, had firearms and illegal controlled substances at the residence.
During yesterday’s search, Officers seized 9mm Ruger and 9mm Smith & Wesson handguns. Pearson and Wright were taken into custody and charged.
Since February of this year, Burke Deputies have responded to more than ten calls regarding disturbances at the Mount Home Church Road residence. On Wednesday (April 19), Officers responded to the same address for a disturbance call with shots fired. Carter and Denton were arrested at that time.
Following the arrests, bond for Pearson was set at $25,000, secured. Wright was given a $25,500 secured bond. Carter’s bond was set at $1,000, secured, while Denton was held under a $9,500 secured bond. Pearson and Wright were scheduled to appear in District Court today. Denton had a court date yesterday. Carter is due in court on May 2.
Pearson has a number of previous convictions on charges involving drugs, robbery and assault. He has pending charges in Burke County as an habitual felon and for possession of a firearm by a felon.
One person has been arrested and another is wanted in connection with a home break-in in the 6500 block of Wingate Hill Road in Denver.
27-year-old Garry Dale Dolin II of Shaw Estates Lane in Lincolnton was arrested on Tuesday (April 18). He is charged with one felony count each of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, larceny of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm.
Also charged in the break-in is 29-year-old Dustin Dwight Suggs of Claremont. He is charged with one felony count each of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, larceny of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Deputies responded to the residence on April 10 when the homeowner returned to the residence and found her front door closed but unlocked. Deputies cleared the residence and the homeowner pointed out items that had been stolen in the break-in. The missing items included a flat screen TV, rifle, and cash valued at more than $1,500.
On April 17 the homeowner provided Detective Greg Hager with a serial number for the flat screen TV and with that serial number it was discovered that the TV had been pawned at a pawn shop in Conover. Security video also led detectives to one of the suspects in the case.
Dolin was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $15,000 secured bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for May 8 and 19.
Warrants on Suggs have not been served. Suggs is known to frequent the Claremont and Denver area. He operates a dark colored 2010 Volvo XC90 with a North Carolina license plate of EHM-2871. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Dustin Dwight Suggs is asked the contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.
27-year-old Charlotte Ruth Overman of Summerlin Place in Charlotte was arrested Thursday (April 20) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged on Grand Jury Indictments with two counts of break or enter a motor vehicle. Overman is charged with an additional count of break or enter a motor vehicle in Catawba County, along with misdemeanor probation violation out of county and shoplifting with concealment of goods on warrants from Mecklenburg County.
Overman was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,500 bond. A Superior Court date is set for next Monday (April 24). She's scheduled to appear in District Court in Mecklenburg County April 27 and May 31.
16-year-old Sebastian Christopher Ginestri of Otis Dellinger Road in Lincolnton was arrested last Saturday (April 15) by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and conspiracy.
According to a news release issued Thursday (April 20), Detective Tony Potts investigated a case that was reported to the Lincolnton Police Department on March 30 in which a victim reported his vehicle stolen. The victim listed Ginestri as a possible suspect. Ginestri was located by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies in the stolen vehicle a few days later and a vehicle pursuit ensued. The stolen vehicle was recovered and returned to the victim.
Ginestri was placed in the Lincoln County Jail with a $10,000 secured bond on these charges. His next District Court date is May 2.
34-year-old Donna Dixon Wood of Springdale Drive in Newton was arrested last Saturday (April 15) by Lincolnton Police Officers. She's charged with felony identity theft and misdemeanor financial card fraud.
According to a news release issued on Thursday (April 20) The warrant was the result of an investigation conducted by Lincolnton Police Department Detective Tony Potts. Upon investigating the case, Detective Potts determined that Wood stole a debit or bank card from a known victim. Wood allegedly used the card to obtain money.
Detective Richard Calhoun of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the investigation. Following the arrest,
Wood was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under $6,000 secured bond. Her next District Court date is May 2.
Wood has prior convictions for common law forgery, common law uttering, possession of drug paraphernalia, DWI, simple worthless check, misdemeanor child abuse, and intoxicated and disruptive behavior.
The annual Foothills Veterans Stand Down will be held today (Friday, April 21) in Hickory. The event has been moved, in the past it was held at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds, this year it will be at CVCC.
The event is being held to assist veterans in the foothills and across western North Carolina. Services available for veterans will include medical and dental care, food, clothing, education, tax assistance, employment counseling, eye care, haircuts, shoes, community resources, outdoor supplies, pastoral counseling, and fellowship.
The 2017 Foothills Veterans Stand Down will be going on from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Catawba Valley Community College's Tarlton Complex. For more information go to the website www.foothillsstanddown.com.
On Thursday (April 20), Governor Roy Cooper announced that the State of North Carolina is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of James Barnard Brewer.
On September 12, 2011, at approximately 11:41 p.m., the Statesville Police Department received calls in reference to shots fired in the Jonathan Lane area of the city. The victim, 30-year-old Joseph Barnard Brewer, was found in the passenger seat of his Chevrolet pick-up truck where he had been shot in the chest multiple times. Mr. Brewer was transported to the hospital where he died from his injuries.
If you have information concerning this case, contact the Statesville Police Department at 704-878-3406, Iredell County Crimestoppers at 704-662-1340 or the State Bureau of Investigation at 919-662-4500.
45-year-old Gentry Carroll Treadway of Banner Road NE in Conover was arrested by Newton Police Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with possession of a firearm by a felon. In addition, Treadway is charged with simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and two counts of failure to appear. Treadway was jailed this morning (Friday, April 21) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $35,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today, District Court dates are set for May 19 and 26.
Multiple arrests have been made and additional suspects were being sought in a drug investigation in Lincoln County.
Since April 12, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit has charged seven people with multiple drug offenses. The charges come after the conclusion of several investigations into the sale, delivery, transportation, and possession of illegal narcotics.
According to detectives, the focus of these particular investigations was primarily methamphetamine, marijuana, and prescription pills. Some of the investigations concluded with warrants being issued and some were concluded where the individuals were approached as the drug activity was occurring.
Detectives say the investigations originated from several different sources including surveillance and undercover operations, citizen tips, and follow up investigations into individuals previously arrested for unrelated drug offenses. Four of the seven individuals charged have been located while three more remain at large.
The individuals still at large who have yet to be arrested are:
18-year-old Winston Shemar Baxter of Lincolnton, who is charged with three felony counts each of sell and deliver Schedule VI controlled substance and possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule VI controlled substance.
34-year-old Pamela Dawn Mayer of Bessemer City, who is wanted for two felony counts each of sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, conspire to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, and possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance.
24-year-old Brandon Chadrick Aldridge of Belmont is wanted for one felony count each of sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, conspire to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, and possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance.
The individuals arrested were: 35-year-old Megan Wray Campos of Cedar Grove Church Road in Vale. She's charged with one felony count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and possession of schedule II controlled substance. She was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of driving while license revoked and possession of drug paraphernalia.
56-year-old Dwayne Spivey of Clineland Farm Road in Cherryville was charged with one felony count of possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule IV controlled substance.
55-year-old Donald Curtis Carpenter of Lincolnton was charged with one felony count each of sell and deliver schedule VI controlled substance and possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule VI controlled substance.
33-year-old Kelsey Leigh Cochrane of Crouse was charge with one felony count of possession of schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Campos received a $35,000 secured bond, no court date was listed. Spivey received a $2,500 secured bond, Carpenter received a $5,000 secured bond, andCochrane received a $2,500 secured bond. They're all scheduled to appear in District Court May 9.
42-year-old Christopher Adam Balentine was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony fail to notify change of address for a sex offender.
According to a news release issued today (Thursday, April 20), on December 19, 2016 Deputy David Price of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit attempted to locate and verify an address for Balentine, who is a registered sex offender. Deputy Price made several attempts to locate Balentine but had been unable to locate him. During one attempt to locate the suspect, Deputy Price noticed that the residence appeared to be vacant.
Since Balentine had not notified anyone at the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office that he had moved or was staying somewhere else, Deputy Price began an investigation. Through this probe, it was determined that Balentine’s water had been turned off and his meter box had been removed from the residence by the power company for failing to pay his bill. It was also learned the residence was up for sale and in danger of being foreclosed on.
On Monday, Balentine was located and arrested by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victim’s Unit. He was transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was given a $5000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for May 8.
The District Attorney’s Office has released a statement concluding that Hickory Police Officers acted lawfully when they fatally shot 33-year-old William David Whetstone at his residence on 12th Street Place N.W. in Hickory on February 3 of this year.
According to the D.A.’s statement, Whetstone was involved in the sale of narcotics in the days prior to the shooting and was the target of an ongoing investigation, leading to the issuance of what was described as a high-risk search warrant. Because Police knew Whetstone had firearms in the house, the search warrant was served by the H.P.D.’s Special Operations Team.
Officers entered the house during daylight hours, loudly identifying themselves as Police Officers with a warrant. Another suspect in the residence immediately complied with Officers’ commands to get on the floor. Whetstone was told repeatedly not to move, but he reached between the cushion and arm of the sofa, pulled out a handgun and pointed it directly at Officers, who were only a few feet away. Officers immediately fired their weapons, striking Whetstone multiple times. The entire sequence of events unfolded in a few seconds.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (S.B.I.) investigated the shooting. Multiple body camera videos of the shooting exist and they were collected and preserved by the S.B.I. The D.A.’s Office reviewed eyewitness accounts, corroborated by the body camera footage and other physical evidence, and found all the information to be consistent.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives are looking for a runaway teenager who went missing Wednesday night (April 19).
Deputies were dispatched to 141 St. Matthews Church Road in Maiden in reference to a runaway teen. 15-year-old Tipton Lamar (TJ) Jones left the residence around 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday. He was wearing blue jeans, tennis shoes but no shirt.
Tipton Lamar Jones is described as a white male, 5'3" tall and weighing approximately 160 pounds. He has brown eyes and brown hair. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.
34-year-old Tyrone Pernell Chambers of East Horah Street in Salisbury, 45-year-old Kenneth Jerome Dulin of Deaton Street in Statesville and 36-year-old Courtney Deshawn Bradshaw of Granby Avenue in High Point have all been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers. Chambers was charged with felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon. Dulin was charged with resisting a public officer and Bradshaw was arrested on outstanding warrants.
At about 7 p.m. Monday (April 17), Officers working in the area of the Salisbury Highway saw a green Honda sedan make a traffic violation. An Officer activated his emergency lights in attempt to make a traffic stop, but the Honda continued onto Third Creek Road. The vehicle then turned onto Palmer Lane where it stopped.
Deputies approached the vehicle and found that the driver, Kenneth Dulin, had a suspended license. While speaking with Dulin, Deputies noticed the rear passenger, Tyrone Chambers, reaching into his clothing. Chambers took a semi-automatic 9mm handgun from his waistband and drop it to the floorboard between his feet.
Deputies detained everyone in the vehicle. A records check revealed that Chambers was a convicted felon for selling cocaine and armed robbery. While attempting to detain Dulin, he became aggressive and pulled away from the Officer, resulting in the resisting charge.
Chambers was given a $25,000 secured bond. Dulin’s bond was set at $500, secured. Chambers has a court date on May 8, while Dulin is due in court on June 5. No bond amount or court dates were listed for Bradshaw.
All three suspects are repeat offenders with extensive criminal histories. The investigation is ongoing with more charges expected.
31-year-old Stacey Ann Keaton of Henderson Road in Cornelius has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of assault & battery, domestic criminal trespass and three counts of assault on a child under 12.
On April 15, Deputies responded to the scene of a domestic dispute on Mott Road in Mooresville. Stacey Keaton reportedly came to the residence and got into a verbal altercation with her estranged husband and his fiancé. Keaton was asked to leave the residence several times before being locked out. Keaton then kicked the door open and assaulted the victim while trying to gain entry into the home to get to her child. She had to be physically removed from the residence.
Detectives spoke to the victim and other witnesses. They learned that Keaton also assaulted three other children who were inside the home at the time of the incident.
Keaton was arrested Tuesday (April 18) and given a $2,500 unsecured bond. She’ll appear in District Court on May 12.
The City of Hickory had a discharge of untreated wastewater on Tuesday (April 18) of an estimated 6,600 gallons near 11th Avenue Circle NW. The untreated wastewater was discharged into Cripple Creek.
The Division of Water Resources was notified of the event Wednesday (April 19) and is reviewing the matter. A news release from the city says that the water remains safe after overflow. For more information contact the City of Hickory Public Utilities Department at 828-323-7427.