The Catawba County Board of Commissioners meets Monday night (August 15) in regular session. The meeting's location has been moved due to an event going on in downtown Newton.
The board will hold three public hearings. One to consider the approval of an Economic Development Agreement with Peoples Bank, which intends to renovate and expand its Headquarters in Newton and commit to retain 75 current employees and add 25 new workers. The employees will receive average salaries of $50,000 per year, and the company will invest $3.5 million in construction and equipment during the investment period.
Another public hearing will be held to consider the submission of a Federal 5310 Urban grant application for the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program. And a third public hearing is scheduled to consider a financing agreement for Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) and the three school districts for various construction projects and refunding of debt.
The Board will also consider awarding a bid for audio visual needs for the Justice/Public Safety Center expansion to Technical Innovations in Charlotte.
Monday's Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. at the Government Center, at 100A Southwest Boulevard in Newton. The location of the meeting has been changed due to the Soldiers Reunion in Newton.
Area residents were among 15 defendants sentenced to prison time for methamphetamine trafficking. U.S. District Judge Richard L. Voorhees handed down the prison terms this week according to an announcement Thursday (August 11) from Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. The sentencing took place in U.S. District Court in Statesville and among those headed to prison are:
36-year-old William Mitchell Lee Pope of Connelly Springs. He was sentenced to 146 months, followed by five years of supervised release. 25-year-old Codey Wayne Michaels of Valdese was sentenced to 120 months followed by five years of supervised release. 33-year-old Ryan Lewis Craig of Conover was sentenced to 83 months followed by four years of supervised release. 22-year-old Lindsey Jordan Price of Taylorsville was sentenced to 63 months followed by three years of supervised release.
These prosecutions stem from an ongoing Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation led by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), with the assistance of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office, Ashe County Sheriff’s Office, Boone Police Department, Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, Hickory Police Department, Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, Lenoir Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Mooresville Police Department, Pineville Police Department, Statesville Police Department, Burke County Task Force, and a host of law enforcement agencies throughout North Carolina, Texas, Georgia, and Tennessee.
24-year-old Heather Traywick Kelley of Watts Street in Morganton has been arrested by Officers in Burke County on felony counts of breaking & entering and larceny.
Yesterday (August 10), Burke County Deputies responded to an alarm at Southern Legacy on Highway 18 South. Deputies found the door open and asked Emergency Communications to notify the business owner.
A witness who lives nearby told Officers he saw a female enter the business by prying the door open with a metal bar. The witness described the suspect and told Officers she drove away in a silver Hyundai.
The business owner identified the suspect as Heather Kelley. Morganton Public Safety located the suspect a short time later and took her into custody.
Kelley was placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today.
The investigation is ongoing. Further charges are pending.
55-year-old Michael Cliff Brown of 3rd Avenue Place S.E. was arrested at about 8:30 Wednesday morning (August 10) on one misdemeanor count of indecent exposure.
He is accused of standing in front of the Life House while naked, shouting as passers-by. The Life House, located on 2nd Avenue Place S.E., is described as a Christian resource center for the homeless and others facing hardship.
Brown was taken into custody at the Life House and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $600 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for September 14 in Newton.
33-year-old Brandon Lee Bradshaw of Van Horn Road in Connelly Springs was arrested today (Thursday, August 11) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with failure to appear on two counts apiece of breaking and/or entering, and larceny after breaking and entering, along with single counts of burning certain buildings and conspire to commit felony larceny.
Bradshaw was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $200,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for October 3.
49-year-old James Eugene Harwood was arrested Wednesday (August 10) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony assault by strangulation. Following the arrest, Harwood was placed in jail in Morganton under no bond on a 48-hour hold. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, August 11).
A bridge has been closed in Burke County, it will likely remain closed until late in the fall. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has closed the bridge on Nobby Lail Road over Cub Creek in eastern Burke County. Crews will replace the original bridge, which was built in 1961, and no longer meets the needs of area traffic.
The contractor, R.E. Burns and Sons, expects the new bridge to be ready by the end of November. An off-site detour directs traffic to Miller Bridge Road, Warlik Chapel Road, Mineral Springs Mountain Road, and then back to Nobby Lail Road.
The repair of aging bridges part of Governor Pat McCrory's 25-year transportation plan. The Governor's 2016-17 budget increases repair and replacement funding for bridges by 58 percent, totaling $242 million.
The bridge on Nobby Lail Road is one of 12 bridges in Burke, Rutherford and McDowell counties that are part of a $7.5 million contract expected to be completed by October 2017. Eight of the bridges are completed, two are in progress, and, according to NCDOT, the whole project is 15 percent ahead of schedule.
19-year-old Lane Allen Baker of North 4th Avenue in Maiden was arrested Wednesday (August 10) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with three counts of felony probation violation. Following the arrest, Baker was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $12,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (August 15).
45-year-old Marty Baird Peters of East Parker Road in Morganton was arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony obstruction of justice.
According to a news release issued by the Sheriff's Office on Wednesday (August 10), Detectives with the Burke County Criminal Investigations Division intercepted an active attempt by Marty Peters to influence material witnesses in an ongoing investigation into an alleged sexual offense.
Peters was arrested April 6 on a charge of first degree sexual offense. According to the news release, Investigators discovered that Peters was attempting to make contact with state witnesses in order to influence their testimony in regards to the allegations made against him.
Following the arrest, an additional $25,000 bond was added to the existing $100,000. He's currently being held in jail in Morganton under that total secured bond amount of $125,000. He's scheduled to appear in District Court on the obstruction of justice charge Friday (August 12).
A man charged with murder in an incident that occurred at the accused shooters residence in April, is back in jail for reportedly violating pre-trial release conditions. 36-year-old Jason Daniel Clary of Taylorsville is charged with murder in connection with the April 11 shooting death of 35-year-old Travis Harold. The incident occurred at Clary's home on Mount Wesley Church Road. Clary is claiming self-defense.
Today (Wednesday, August 10) shortly after 9:30 a.m., members of the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Alexander County Director of Pre-Trial Release in going to Clary's residence to conduct a random drug test. The test was given and the results showed that a controlled substance, Suboxone, was detected in Clary’s system. Clary was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Alexander County Detention Center, where he was brought in front of Magistrate Watts. No bond was given.
A bond hearing was held on July 6 in Superior Court in front of Judge Mark Klass. Clary’s conditions for release included a stipulation that he could not test positive for any controlled substance. Any violations of that condition would result in immediate revocation of the bond, which was set at $500,000 secured, and the defendant was to be arrested without warrant.
Clary is scheduled for a first appearance in Alexander County Superior Court next Monday (August 15).
A police chase this morning (Wednesday, August 10) that started in Charlotte ended in Catawba County. The chase began after a reported carjacking. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police pursued the suspects, who were driving a truck, into Catawba County. The chase ended when the truck wrecked near the intersection of Buffalo Shoals Road and Highway 16. The Catawba County Sheriff's Office reports a passenger got out of the truck with a shotgun, and gunfire was exchanged between the suspect and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officers.
The suspect with the shotgun was injured and was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center. The driver of the truck was in custody. No officers were injured in the incident. The Catawba County Sheriff's Office and North Carolina State Highway Patrol are involved in the investigation. Fentress Chestnut will have details on tonight's WHKY-TV News at 5:30 and 10:00.
45-year-old Olga Maria Vargas of 18th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at eight o’clock this morning on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretenses and one misdemeanor count each of food stamp or welfare fraud and obtaining public assistance by false pretenses.
She was arrested after D.S.S. reported an overpayment in food assistance.
H.P.D.’s arrest report does not indicate if Vargas was jailed and no bond amount or court dates were listed. She was not in custody as of this afternoon.
54-year-old Middleton Darnell Miles of Rink Dam Road in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police at 10:30 a.m. yesterday on one felony count each of obtaining property by false pretense and possession of stolen goods.
Events leading to his arrest began when a manager at the Hobby Lobby store in Hickory received a call Monday (August 8) from Sonoco Recycling reporting that a white male had brought in two bales of cardboard. The bales of cardboard, valued at $65, had Hobby Lobby’s identification on them.
Management had noticed the cardboard missing from the loading dock two days earlier. Miles was identified as the suspect and a warrant for his arrest was issued.
He was taken into custody without incident Tuesday at Sonoco Recycling on 10th Street Place N.W. in Hickory. Miles was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,500 secured bond. He has since been released. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.
19-year-old Carlos Car’tre Ikard of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was served felony indictments by Hickory Police just after midnight yesterday (August 9) for the delivery of schedule I, II and VI controlled substances.
His arrest comes in connection to an incident on March 29 of this year when Officers conducted a traffic stop on Highway 70 S.W. 1.1 grams of crack cocaine, 3.5 grams of MDMA (Ecstasy) and 14.2 grams of marijuana were found. Ikard was charged and arrested at that time, and another subject in the vehicle, Taren Hairston, was charged with felony possession of cocaine, possession of a schedule I controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. The driver, Whitney Ikard, was charged with no operator’s license.
Carlos Ikard was taken into custody at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday at the Silver Springs Terrace Apartments on 20th Street N.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date was set for today in Newton.
22-year-old Chad Dylan Smith of John Beam Road in Vale and 19-year-old Megan Nicole Long of Pedal Court in Lincolnton were both arrested Tuesday (August 9) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. Smith is charged with one felony count each of trafficking cocaine by possession, possession of schedule I controlled substance (steroids), two felony counts each of sell and deliver cocaine, three felony counts each of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Long is charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Tuesday the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested a western Lincoln County man after seizing a large amount of cocaine and cash. They were seized during a search of a home near the 1100 block of John Beam Road in Vale.
During the search detectives seized approximately 63 grams of cocaine, more than $12,000 in cash, an AK-47 rifle with a 30 round clip, steroids, drug paraphernalia, and a small amount of marijuana. According to detectives, the search was a result of an ongoing operation where surveillance and undercover techniques were used to purchase cocaine from the residence.
Smith was jailed under $100,000 secured bond. Long's bond was set at $500 secured. No court date was listed for either suspect.
35-year-old Robert Alan Couch of Cloninger Street in Conover was arrested today (Wednesday, August 10) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with unlawfully obtaining a credit card, obtaining property by false pretense, misdemeanor larceny, and possession of stolen goods or property. Couch was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today and August 31.
A police chase this morning (Wednesday, August 10) that started in Charlotte ended in Catawba County. The chase began after a reported carjacking. After the chase ended, a shooting occurred between officers and a suspect. The suspect was reportedly injured. WHKY's Fentress Chestnut reports that the chase ended on Highway 16 at Buffalo Shoals Road. The suspect is in custody, no names have been released. Fentress Chestnut is following this story for WHKY.
26-year-old Casey James Kincaid of Kincaid Hill Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (August 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Kincaid was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (August 11).
34-year-old Michael Allen Wright of Brandywine Drive in Conover was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with first degree burglary, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods. Wright was jailed this morning (Wednesday, August 10) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, August 10).
The Burke County Sheriff's Office is continuing to seek information on suspects on the agency's Most Wanted List.
62-year-old Dean Allen Yancey is wanted on felony counts of discharging a weapon into occupied property and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Yancey's last known address was 7890 Will Hudson Road in Connelly Springs. He's been on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List since November 13, 2015.
28-year-old Eric Seth Adams is wanted for probation violation on counts of felony larceny and felony possession of stolen goods or property. Adams' last known address was 408 London Street in Glen Alpine. He's been on the Most Wanted List since February 12, 2016.
You can see the entire Most Wanted List at the Burke County Sheriff's Office website, www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of any of the suspects on the list you can call 828-438-5500 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333.