23-year-old Nicholas Austin Fox of Taylorsville was arrested May 13 by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count of second-degree exploitation of a minor and one misdemeanor count of sexual battery. Fox was placed in jail with bond set at $80,000. A District Court appearance was scheduled for June 3.
24-year-old Morgan McKinley Sigmon of Forest Hill Court in Granite Falls was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers yesterday (May 20) for 13 counts of failure to appear. Sigmon was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for June 10, July 15, and July 24.
40-year-old Tina Rosemarie Eldreth of Pooh Place in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (May 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with single felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny, along with one misdemeanor count of larceny. Eldreth was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center with bond set at $10,500, secured. District Court appearances were scheduled for tomorrow (May 22) and July 8.
24-year-old Jayson Christopher Corpening of Clay Apartment Court in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (May 20) by Lenoir Police Officers for failure to appear on a felony charge. Corpening was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center and has since been released under a $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for June 5 and a Superior Court appearance was scheduled for August 5.
27-year-old Kelsie Lynn Bloom of Misty Morn Drive in Lenoir was arrested by Hudson Police Officers yesterday (May 20) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine. Bloom was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center and has since been released under a $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled yesterday.
The recommended Catawba County budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 has been presented by County Manager Mick Berry. The budget amount is $252,617,516, which maintains a property tax rate of $0.575 per $100 of valuation and reflects a 1.1 percent increase in the total budget. The General Fund budget is $198,890,051, a 0.3% decrease over the current year.
Budget public hearings are scheduled for this week. They'll be held at the 1924 Courthouse in Newton on Thursday (May 23) from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. County departments and agencies will have opportunities to make presentations throughout the day, those times are already scheduled for each department.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners budget public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m. in the commissioners meeting room at the Justice Center. Budget adoption is scheduled for Monday, June 3, at 7 p.m., also in the commissioners meeting room.
The budget is balanced and prepared in accordance with the Local Government Budget and Fiscal Control Act and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, and is aligned with the priorities of the Board of Commissioners. A strategic plan recently developed by commissioners has served as a framework to focus and guide the County’s policies, service levels, and corresponding financial investments. You can read the full budget proposal at www.catawbacountync.gov.
A traffic crash slowed down traffic in southern Caldwell County this morning (May 21). According to authorities, lanes were shut down on U.S. 321 northbound near the Honda Dealership, north of Walmart in Granite Falls. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Caldwell County Sheriff's Office, and Granite Falls Police responded to the scene between 7:30-8:00 this morning. As of 8:55 a.m., one lane northbound had been opened and authorities remained at the scene. Both lanes later opened and the scene was cleared. No other details were available.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners met in regular session last night (May 20).
Commissioners heard an update on the K-64 Learning program presented by CEO Mark Story. K-64 is Managed by Catawba Valley Community College in collaboration with local businesses, community partners, Catawba County Schools, Hickory Public Schools, Newton-Conover City Schools, Catawba County Government, Catawba Economic Development Corporation, and the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce.
The initiative is overseen by a Commissioner-appointed, 12-member Board of Directors that works to Partner with local schools and businesses to increase the opportunities for career development, training and employment within the local and global workforce.
Other goals of the program include building on what's already working by replicating success local programs across the education system, and identifying and incorporating new leading-edge educational strategies to complement what's already working, including looking outside traditional channels to cultivate ideas and generate support.
Also at last night's Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting, Social Services Director Karen Harrington presented the Community Child Protection and Fatality Prevention Team Annual Report. Commissioner Barbara Beatty presented the Peace Officers’ Memorial Day and National Police Week Proclamation to Sheriff Don Brown.
Commissioner Sherry Butler recommended the appointment of Kimberly George to succeed Larry Arielle and DeAnna Taylor to succeed Charlie Preston on the Catawba Valley Community College Board of Trustees, the board approved the recommendation.
28-year-old Joshua Lee Beatty of Oxford Way in Claremont was arrested Monday (May 20) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Probation & Parole also charged Beatty with parole violation. He was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility where he was being held without bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (May 21).
39-year-old Joshua Wesley Spencer of West 28th Street in Newton was arrested Monday (May 20) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with two counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, along with single counts of break or enter a motor vehicle, attempt to break or enter a building, and misdemeanor larceny. Spencer is also charged with failure to appear on counts of injury to personal property and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $18,500 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled today (May 21), June 3, and June 7.
38-year-old Terry Alexander Brown of North Main Avenue in Newton was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. Brown was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (May 21) under $20,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today.
24-year-old Chelsea Marie Speaks of 31st Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:35 Friday afternoon (May 17) on one felony count of larceny by servant or other employee.
Speaks was arrested after Officers responded to a drug store on North Center Street in Hickory. Store management told Police that an employee, Chelsea Marie Speaks, had stolen narcotics from the store's pharmacy.
Speaks was taken into custody at the store. She was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released under a $10,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (May 20) in Newton.
Beginning at approximately 7 a.m. on Tuesday (May 21) a portion of Second Avenue SW, near Second Street SW, will be closed for Duke Energy to replace utility poles. Detour routes will be established and clearly marked. The closure is expected to be in place for one day. Please contact the City of Hickory Traffic Division at (828) 323-7500 with any questions.
28-year-old Bryan Tyrone Adams, 22-year-old Dustin Caleb Day, and 27-year-old Donald Lewis Mills, Jr., all of the same address on 6th Avenue N.W. in Conover, were arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:45 last night (May 19). They were each charged with one felony count of breaking & entering a motor vehicle. Adams and Day were also charged with one felony count each of larceny and one misdemeanor count each of possession of stolen goods or property. Mills faces one felony count of accessory after the fact.
They were arrested after Officers responded to Geitner Park on 12th Street Drive N.W. in reference to a vehicle break-in, in progress. Officers stopped the suspect vehicle at a convenience store on Highway 321 N.W. All three suspects were taken into custody without incident.
They were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for each set at $10,000, secured. First appearances in District Court were scheduled today in Newton.
A vehicle ran into a restaurant in Catawba County over the weekend and two people were injured as a result. According to information provided to WHKY and published reports, the two people, who included a boy in a wheelchair, sustained serious injuries when a van crashed into Sigmon's Grill on Highway 16.
According to the published reports, the incident occurred Saturday afternoon (May 18). Investigators said a female driver accidentally hit the gas, accelerating the van towards the restaurant. The vehicle ran into two people who had just gotten out of the same van, the boy in the wheelchair and a woman who was assisting him. The driver was reportedly the boy's mother.
The woman was reportedly airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center while the boy was transported by EMS to Catawba Valley Medical Center. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol said both victims sustained serious injuries, but they did not believe those injuries are life threatening.
51-year-old Mary Ann White, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police this morning (May 20). She was charged with habitual larceny and as an habitual felon.
The charges are the result of two separate incidents. The larceny charge stems from an incident in August of last year at the Food Lion Store on Springs Road. The habitual felon designation is the result of an incident at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E.
White was taken into custody without incident at about 8:30 this morning at a residence on 9th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,000, secured. She was no longer listed as an inmate as of this afternoon. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled tomorrow in Newton.
At about 3:55 Saturday afternoon (May 18), Hickory Firefighters were dispatched to a dryer fire at 1639 "C" Avenue S.E. Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder, one rescue truck, and one command unit. Catawba County E.M.S. also responded.
Firefighters arrived at one minute past four and reported large amounts of fire and smoke coming from the one-and-a-half story house. Additional units were called to the scene. Firefighters searched the residence for persons who might still be inside while others worked to stabilize the fire. It was later reported that a neighbor helped remove one wheelchair-bound person from the porch.
Efforts to extinguish the fire were complicated by construction and renovations to the house. Additional Firefighters were called to assist.
No injuries were reported. The Red Cross responded to the incident to assist the occupants. Fire damage was considered heavy. Fire Investigators determined that the cause of the fire was electrical.
With other emergency calls occurring during the same time period, Firefighters from St. Stephens, Long View, Mountain View, and Conover responded to help cover the area.
40-year-old Betsy Lynn Gravely Watson of Brigadoon Lane in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police Officers yesterday (May 19) for failure to appear on a felony charge. Watson was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center with bond set at $4,000, secured. She's scheduled to appear in court on June 28.
22-year-old Joiya Grayson Ross of Faculty Street in Boone was arrested by Lenoir Police Officers yesterday (May 19). She's charged with single felony counts of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling to store a controlled substance. Ross was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $15,000 secured bond. She's scheduled to appear in District Court tomorrow (May 21).
30-year-old Jessica Nicole Lindsay of Ridge Street in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (May 18) by Lenoir Police Officers for single felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and larceny of a motor vehicle. Lindsay was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center with bond set at $30,000, secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (May 20).