33-year-old Tyrell Lewis Jenkins of 5th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:30 a.m. yesterday (May 14) on one felony count of conspiracy to traffic in cocaine. Jenkins was arrested in connection to the drug trafficking conspiracy case that resulted in 20 previous arrests, first reported Friday (May 11) on WHKY.
He was taken into custody without incident yesterday at the Hickory Police Department. Jenkins was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $100,000, secured. He was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today in Newton.
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32-year-old Nathan Keith Chaney of Falls Avenue in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:20 Friday night (May 11) on felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, sale or delivery of a schedule II controlled substance (two counts), the manufacture, sale, delivery or possession of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine, the sale or delivery of marijuana and possession of a schedule II controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged with failure to appear on one count of felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
Chaney was arrested following a traffic stop at Tate Boulevard S.E. and 15th Street S.E. Officers found 1.2 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. The driver, Nathan Chaney, was arrested. He was also arrested on additional outstanding warrants.
Chaney was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $121,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday in Newton with another court date coming up on June 13.
37-year-old Heath Blake Winkler of Snow Creek Road N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:45 last Friday afternoon (May 11) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon, trafficking in methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance.
He was arrested after Hickory Police responded to a hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. after staff there found 1,463 grams of methamphetamine, 251 grams of marijuana a Smith & Wesson firearm and $1,426 cash in a hotel room. Winkler was taken into custody without incident at the hotel.
The suspect was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $150,000, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday (May 14) in Newton.
51-year-old Larry Glenn Kirkman was arrested Monday (May 14) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. According to the Burke County Police to Citizen website Kirkman is charged with felony possession of controlled substance in prison or jail. He was arrested at approximately 10:30 a.m. Monday and placed in jail in Morganton under $3,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for June 25.
46-year-old Jeffrey Lynn Branch was arrested Monday (May 14) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor failure to appear. Branch was arrested just after 5 p.m. Monday and placed in jail in Morganton under $4,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled Wednesday (May 16).
49-year-old Johnny Eugene Price was arrested Monday (May 14) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture schedule II controlled substance, along with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to appear, and driving during revocation. Price was placed in jail in Morganton under $1,800 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled for Wednesday (May 16).
Catawba County Manager Mick Berry presented his recommended Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget to the Catawba County Commissioners following Monday's (May 14) Board Subcommittee meetings. The full budget recommendation may be viewed online here.
A news release from Catawba County says the recommended budget, which maintains the current property tax rate of $0.575 per $100 of valuation, totals $248.78 million (a 4% decrease from the current year). The budget projects growth in both property tax and sales tax revenues due to continued growth in retail sales, residential development and business investment.
This growth in revenue allows for ongoing implementation of the Board of Commissioners’ strategic plan, which supports continued economic growth while maintaining the second lowest tax rate among neighboring area counties and the sixth lowest of the state’s 27 urban counties.
During his presentation, Berry highlighted the alignment of major budget investments with the Board of Commissioners’ strategic plan aimed at driving economic and population growth and improving Catawba County’s quality of life:
Economic Development: Fostering a positive business climate by maintaining competitive tax rate and development fees; investing $2.7M in Trivium Corporate Center land acquisition and development to stratify market-ready product offerings in partnership with the City of Hickory and the Economic Development Corporation; and continuing to support the recently completed speculative building developed in partnership with the City of Claremont
Education: A 2.6% increase in total per-pupil funding; a 4.8% increase in funding for Catawba Valley Community College; funding for a range of school capital and construction projects; and a second-year $1.3M commitment in support of the collaborative K-64 initiative
Community Health & Safety: Increased funding to City of Newton and Maiden Rescue Squad to support expansion of medical first response and rescue services in rural districts; increased funding to Conover and Cooksville fire services for equipment replacement and facility needs; and dedicated funding to support “right care, right place, right time” public safety needs
Water & Sewer: Significant investments to lead growth through targeted water/sewer projects in partnership with cities of Newton, Claremont and Conover
Parks: Funding to begin development of Mountain Creek Park Phase I, which will bring miles of hiking and mountain biking trails to the Sherrills Ford community
The Commissioners will hold budget hearings for County departments and outside agencies Thursday, May 24 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the 1924 Courthouse in Newton. These hearings are open to the public. On Thursday, May 31, the Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing to accept citizen comments regarding the recommended budget. This hearing will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Board of Commissioners Meeting Room at the Catawba County Justice Center.
The Commissioners are scheduled to vote on budget adoption at their Monday, June 4 Board meeting, which will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Board of Commissioners Meeting Room at the Catawba County Justice Center.
Catawba County has confirmed the third case of rabies in the county this year. Last Wednesday (May 9), the Catawba County Communications Center received a call from a citizen in Hickory whose dog was involved in an altercation with a skunk. The skunk was sent to the North Carolina Public Health Laboratory in Raleigh, which notified Catawba County on Monday (May 14) that the skunk tested positive for rabies.
The dog was current on its rabies vaccine. Per state vaccination guidelines, Catawba County Animal Services advised the owner to provide a rabies booster to the dog within 96 hours of the incident.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.
We have more information on an arrest we first reported Monday (May 14). 30-year-old James Douglas Chester of Wheeling Mobile Home Park in Hudson was arrested Friday (May 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture sell and deliver marijuana conspire to sell and deliver schedule VI controlled substance.
According to a news release from the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office, on Friday, Narcotic Agents with the Lenoir Police Department, Sheriff’s Office Ice Unit, and the United States Postal Inspector Service apprehended Chester with approximately seven pounds of marijuana. According to the news release, Chester became the focus of an investigation after Agents learned he had been directing marijuana packages mailed to another address from California.
Agents reportedly intercepted Chester’s last package and obtained a search warrant to inspect it. It contained approximately seven pounds of high grade marijuana. Agents subsequently conducted a controlled delivery and when Chester arrived to obtain his package, he was taken into custody without incident. Officers searched Chester's home and found drug paraphernalia. Two other individuals have been identified as suspects in this operation and charges are likely. The marijuana has a street value of $79,296.
Chester was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (May 15). He was scheduled to appear in District Court Monday.
36-year-old Tristan Wayne Murray, who is listed as being homeless, was arrested last Thursday (May 10) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony failure to notify address change.
According to a news release issued Monday (May 14), on May 3 the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Verification Unit received information about a currently registered sex offender, Tristan Murray, having moved from 344 South Main Street in Mooresville.
During the investigation, witnesses and employees were spoken to at the Relax Inn in Mooresville. Based on these conservations and statements it was proven Murray had moved from his registering address. Under North Carolina state law, a registered sex offender has three business days to come to the sheriff office and register a new address and Murray failed to do so.
Following his arrest last Thursday, Murray was detained in the Iredell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. His next District Court date is May 30. Tristan Murray was convicted of indecent liberties with a child on November 11, 2004. He was placed on the Sex Offender Registry on February 3, 2005.
40-year-old Bobby Lee Drum of Buffalo Shoals Road in Maiden was arrested Monday (May 14) by Maiden Police Officers. He's charged with felony attempted armed robbery and misdemeanor assault by pointing a gun.
On Monday at approximately 1:00 p.m., Maiden Police responded to an Attempted Armed Robbery at the Food Lion Grocery Store at 201 Island Ford Road in Maiden. The initial investigation resulted in a suspect description and photographs which were released to the news media. With assistance from individuals who recognized the suspect, Maiden Police were able to locate and arrest Bobby Lee Drum.
According to a news release from the Maiden Police Department, During the robbery, Drum went into the store wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, a hat, and sunglasses. He produced a pistol, pointed it at an employee, grabbed the employee and began making demands for money. The employee refused to cooperate with Drum’s demands and struggled with him. Drum then ran from the store, behind the building and fled at high-speed in his green pick-up truck.
Drum was arrested by Maiden Police with assistance from the Newton Police Department. He was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $27,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (May 15).
48-year-old Craig Jarvis Patterson of 12th Avenue S.W. in Hickory has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of possession of a stolen automobile, plus two counts of habitual larceny. Patterson was also charged with failure to appear on one count of misdemeanor larceny.
Patterson was jailed this morning (May 14) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,500. He’ll appear in District Court today, tomorrow and on May 21.
21-year-old Savannah Paige Thomason was arrested this morning (May 14) by authorities in Lincoln County. She's charged with felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance and possession of controlled substance in a penal institution or local jail, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Thomason was arrested at the Highway 73/Highway 16 off ramp in Denver at 2:26 a.m. today. She was placed in jail in Lincolnton under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (May 14).
26-year-old Brandon Alan Johnston of NW Merriman Street in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (May 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Johnston was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday (May 15).
24-year-old Aaron Daniel Moody of Ada Williams Lane in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (May 13) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Moody was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for Tuesday (May 15).
30-year-old James Douglas Chester of Wheeling Mobile Home Park in Hudson was arrested Friday (May 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture sell and deliver marijuana conspire to sell and deliver schedule VI controlled substance. Chester was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (May 14).
41-year-old Davy Leonard Goodman was arrested Friday (May 11) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with four felony counts of failure to appear on a felony. Goodman was arrested just before 6 p.m. Friday and placed in jail in Morganton under $1,120,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled today (May 14).
33-year-old Lindsey Taylor Franklin was arrested Saturday (May 12) by authorities in Burke County. She was charged with felony possession of stolen goods. Franklin was arrested at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and placed in jail in Morganton under $20,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for June 25.
35-year-old Tasha Lenia Nichols of Hanks Mobile Home Park in Hudson was arrested Sunday (May 13) by Hickory Police Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, second degree trespassing, and misdemeanor larceny. Nichols was detained in the Catawba County Detention Center under $3,500 bond. District Court dates were scheduled today and July 3.
Hickory City Council meets Tuesday (May 15). There will be a special meeting at 5 p.m., followed by the regular session at 7 p.m.
The special meeting is being held to discuss a text amendment to the Hickory Land Development Code along with property aquisition for Trivium Corporate Center. Council will discuss the appropriation of $2,300,376 to cover the land purchase for Trivium Corporate Center. Funding for this purchase will be split equally between the City of Hickory and Catawba County. The city's half, $1,150,188, will be transferred from General Fund Balance.
During the regular meeting, there are four items listed under reaffirmation and ratification of second readings, including the item that will be discussed during the special meeting regarding Trivium Corporate Center. There are several items listed under the consent agenda, including the approval and acceptance of a grant in the amount of $100,000 for the Claremont-SALT Block Pocket Park. In addition, the consent agenda includes the approval of a change order with Hickory Sand Company in the amount of $24,000 for the Central Business District waterline, sewer line and storm drainage rehabilitation project.
Under new business, there are two public hearings listed, one to consider a voluntary non-contiguous annexation of 2.479 acres of property on Springs Road for a tire company. The celebration of the opening of the mountain bike trails at Hickory City Park and Rotary-Geitner Park along with the recognition of donors is also listed under new business, along with several appointments to boards and commissions.
Hickory City Council's special meeting at 5 p.m. and regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday will both be held in Council Chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building at 76 North Center Street in Hickory.