30-year-old Eric Todd Driggers of Gold Creek Bay and 22-year-old Kelly Ann Davis of 24th Street N.E., both from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police late Thanksgiving night (November 24). Driggers was charged with one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Davis was arrested on outstanding warrants for two counts of shoplifting and one count of failure to appear.
They were arrested after Police responded to the parking lot at McDonald’s on Highway 321 N.W. in Hickory. In the vehicle were a male driver and Kelly Davis, who was a rear passenger. As Officers spoke to the two occupants, Eric Driggers approached the vehicle.
Police found the outstanding warrants for Davis’ arrest. They also saw a glass pipe in the passenger side door, where Driggers had been seated. A subsequent search turned up a syringe containing 0.1 grams of methamphetamine under the front passenger seat.
Driggers and Davis were taken into the custody. The driver was not charged. Both subjects were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Driggers set at $4,000, secured, while Davis was given a $10,000 secured bond. Driggers was due in court today (November 28). Davis has an appearance scheduled for January 12.
48-year-old Charles Raymond Woods of Valerie Drive in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincolnton Police on charges of felony larceny and felony obtaining property by false pretense.
A press release issued today (November 28) states that Woods’ arrest stems from a case in which a piece of jewelry was taken from an elderly victim. Lincolnton Police Detective Tony Potts investigated and found that Woods had pawned the jewelry at a local pawnshop.
Woods was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $10,000 secured bond. He made a first appearance in court on November 21 with his next appearance in Lincoln County District Court coming up on December 13.
The Granite Falls Rotary Club will sponsor the town’s annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 3 at 12 noon in downtown Granite Falls. The theme for this year’s parade is “Magical Musical Christmas”.
The entry fee is $20 per float or vehicle and $10 per horse for early registration, with an extra $5 on the day of the parade. Early registrations will be accepted through December 1 at the following locations: Granite Falls Police Department on Falls Avenue; Southeast Retirement Planners at PNC on North Main Street; Dr. James Boggs, DDS on Hickory Boulevard; and Hamby & Hamby PA on North Main Street.
All entries must have a holiday decoration or theme. The parade line-up will begin at 10 a.m. in the First Baptist Church parking lot.
For more information, contact Jeff Prince at 828-499-0831 or 828-396-3326.
31-year-old Carlos Deon Deal of Leclare Street In Hudson was arrested by Lenoir Police Saturday (November 26) on felony counts of armed robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault by strangulation. He also faces one felony count of possession of methamphetamine, plus one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
Following his arrest, Deal was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $150,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (November 28) in Lenoir. He’ll also appear on the resisting charge tomorrow.
44-year-old James Robert Tewell of Starwood Drive in Mooresville was arrested Saturday (November 26) by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a charge of felony statutory rape of a person 15 years of age or younger.
He was arrested after Deputies received a report from a child stating that she had been sexually assaulted by a family member, James Robert Tewell in southern Iredell County. The assaults occurred on numerous occasions between 2009 and 2016. After conducting multiple interviews, Detective Justin Carroll charged Tewell with statutory rape.
He is currently being held in the Iredell Co. Detention Center under a $100,000 bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (November 28).
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.
26-year-old Lucero Ivette Juanico Martinez was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:35 last Wednesday on one felony count of larceny by servants or other employees.
Events leading to her arrest began when management at Kids Stuff of Hickory on Highway 70 S.E. reported that an employee, Lucero Martinez, allegedly stole money from the store on November 21. Martinez reportedly completed a cash transaction with a customer and placed the money under the keyboard at the register. She came back a short time later, put the money in her pocket and left the store.
A warrant for her arrest was issued the following day. The next day, the suspect turned herself in at H.P.D. headquarters where she was taken into custody without incident. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (November 28) in Newton.
49-year-old Patrick Neal Bates of 23rd Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:45 Friday morning (November 25) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
He was arrested after Police responded to an unrelated call at Bates’ residence. In the driveway, they spotted a Ford F-350 truck that had been reported stolen from South Carolina.
Bates was taken into custody without incident. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $18,500, secured. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (November 28) in Newton.
48-year-old Franklin Dale Hare of 36th Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Saturday night (November 26) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine. He was also served true bills of indictment for maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver meth.
He was arrested after Police saw a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot at the Sunhouse convenience store at 1608 2nd Avenue N.W. As the vehicle, a 1991 Toyota Camry, pulled out of the parking lot, Officers identified the driver as Franklin Dale Hare and knew that there were outstanding warrants for his arrest.
The Toyota pulled over in the parking lot at a Sunoco station on Highway 321 N.W. According to a Police spokesperson, Officers found three bags on Hare’s person. The bags contained 7.3 grams of methamphetamine. Another search at H.P.D. headquarters turned up another bag containing 0.3 grams of meth.
The outstanding warrants stem from a case dating back to August of this year. Hickory Police at that time charged Hare with possessing two bags containing a total of 7.9 grams of meth.
Following his arrest, Hare was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $25,300, secured. Appearances in District Court and Superior Court were scheduled today (November 28) in Newton.
54-year-old Tammy Turner McCreary was arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (November 27) on a charge of financial identity fraud. Following her arrest, McCreary was jailed in Morganton under a $20,000 secured bond. A pre-trial hearing was set for today in Morganton.
The Chestnut Knob Fire in South Mountain State Park is now estimated at 6,435 acres. As of late last night (November 27), the fire, about ten miles south of Morganton, was 80% contained. The fire began on November 6.
144 personnel are currently battling the fire. Authorities say the fire currently consists of minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Firefighters plan to continue mop up operations while holding and improving the line in all divisions. They will continue with structure protection and triage.
Moderate winds have the potential to cause re-burn and increase fire activity. Rain in the forecast tomorrow and Wednesday may provide some relief.
The Caldwell County Board of Education recently recognized six schools for receiving honors awarded by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The schools were recognized for their success through Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS), a school-wide program that demonstrates the ability to work together productively, to use school data effectively and to develop a support system for student behaviors.
Baton Elementary, Davenport A+ School, Gamewell Elementary, Gamewell Middle, Hudson Middle and Sawmills Elementary were presented with banners and certificates of recognition from both the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and the Caldwell County Board of Education.
Keith Hindman, Middle School Director, is the district-wide coordinator for PBIS.
· Sawmills Elementary School began implementation of PBIS last school year and received statewide recognition as a Green Ribbon School for its successful launch of PBIS.
· Hudson Middle School began implementation of PBIS in 2014-2015 and received recognition as a Green Ribbon School.
· Baton Elementary School has earned the statewide designation as a Behavior Support Model School for three consecutive years of continuous success.
The highest level of school recognition in PBIS is a N.C. Exemplar School. Three schools reached that level of recognition: Davenport A+ School, Gamewell Elementary School and Gamewell Middle School, which started the initiative in Caldwell County in 2007 and continues to be a model of excellence for PBIS throughout the state.
The Catawba Valley Interfaith Council (CVIC) will hold its Human Rights Day Celebration on Saturday, December 10 at 4 p.m. The event will take place at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 726 1st Avenue N.W. in Hickory. Human Rights Day commemorates the day in 1948 on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights following World War II.
The guest speaker will be Renée Fink. Ms. Fink was sent into hiding from the Nazis at the age of four.
The event will be followed by a reception. The public will have the chance to meet and talk with Ms. Fink and with members of the Catawba Valley Interfaith Council.
For more information, contact the Rev. Don Flick, CVIC President, at 828-495-8400 or email@example.com or contact William Keener, CVIC Media Representative, at 828-705-1829 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
49-year-old Patrick Neal Bates of 23rd Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police today (November 25) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $18,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for Monday (November 28) in Newton.
27-year-old Jeffrey Scott Ohmer of Putnam Street in Morganton was arrested by Lenoir Police Wednesday (November 23) on one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine. Following his arrest, Ohmer was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. He will appear in Superior Court on January 9 in Lenoir.
31-year-old Charles Everett Bishop of Jeeter Shell Avenue in Connelly Springs was arrested Wednesday (November 23) by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a charge of use of a social media website by a sex offender. Bishop is on the sex offender registry as the result of a March 2008 conviction in Caldwell County for indecent liberties with a minor. At the time of the offense, Bishop was 21 and his victim was 12.
Following his arrest, Bishop was locked up in Morganton under a $30,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on Monday (November 28) in Morganton.
31-year-old Delwyn Jamar Smith of Statesville Boulevard in Salisbury was arrested yesterday (November 24) on charges from Lenoir Police and from the Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Office. He was charged with assault on a female, felony possession of a controlled substance on penal institution property and felony possession of cocaine.
Following his arrest, Smith was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center without bond on the assault charge. Bond on the drug charges was set at $15,000, secured. He will appear in District Court on the drug charges Monday (November 28) with another court date on the assault charge set for January 24, both in Lenoir.
37-year-old Bobby Eugene Davidson of Fieldcrest Drive in Hickory was arrested by Conover Police this morning (November 25) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. He was also charged with a parole violation by Probation & Parole Officers in Catawba County.
Davidson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for Monday (November 28).
29-year-old Devan Hawk Enloe of Hoods Creek Road in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police Wednesday (November 23) on felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, breaking & entering and larceny. Following his arrest, Enloe was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond. He will appear in Superior Court on January 9 in Lenoir.
Work crews in Morganton planned to shut off water service to a section of North Green Street this morning (November 25) to repair a water line break.
About 50 customers will be affected on North Green Street from Wamsutta Mill Road to Michael Street, including Michael Street, Rink Street and Johnson Street. Water service should be restored by this afternoon, barring any unforeseen problems.
For more information, call the Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.
A ribbon cutting will be held on December 1 at the Food Factory Craft Diner. The event will take place at 10:30 a.m. at 5251 Hickory Boulevard (Highway 321). The diner is located on Lake Hickory, just across the Highway 321 bridge entering Caldwell County.
The ribbon cutting is being held in conjunction with the Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce. Chamber members and the public are invited to attend. Representatives from the Catawba County and Caldwell County chambers of commerce, along with elected officials, will be on hand to offer congratulatory remarks.
For more information, visit hickoryfoodfactory.com or contact Matt Miller or Carly Palermo at 828-855-9231 or email@example.com.