The second reading of the proposed "Brunch Bill" is on the agenda for the next Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday (August 21). The proposed ordinance, which is Senate Bill 155, allows the sale of alcoholic beverages before noon Sundays at licensed premises. City Councils in Hickory and Morganton recently approved the ordinance.
Other items on Monday's agenda include a resolution in support of a ban on centers and institutes under the University of North Carolina System from participating in litigation against any individual, entity or government. Commissioners will also hear departmental reports including a website redesign update and an update on the strategic plan.
Monday's Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. in the Robert E. Hibbitts Meeting Room at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.
36-year-old Johnathan Andrew Akers was arrested this morning (August 18) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of a weapon of mass destruction. Akers was placed in jail in Morganton under $5,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for September 25.
34-year-old Ernest Ray Smith of Whitener Drive in Hickory was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, driving while license revoked, and reckless driving to endanger. Smith was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (August 18) under $19,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
38-year-old Alicia Rae Lail of Beatrice Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (August 17) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Lail was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $1,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (August 21).
37-year-old Humberto Pichardo Resendiz of Blue Bird Lane in Boone was arrested Thursday (August 17) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with felony possession of cocaine. Following the arrest, Resendiz was given a custody release. He's scheduled to appear in Superior Court September 11.
24-year-old Clarence Casey Chester of Barlowe Place in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (August 17) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce. Chester was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for September 11.
27-year-old Guiovanni Mosquera of Lobolly Lane in Newton was arrested Thursday (August 17) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of possession of firearm by a felon, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and marijuana, maintain a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Mosquera was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled for today (August 18).
37-year-old Holly Kristen Lawing of Hickory was arrested Wednesday (August 16) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with two felony counts of obtaining controlled substance by fraud or subterfuge.
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, Lawing is employed as the Director of Alexander Assisted Living on Highway 16 South in Taylorsville. The arrest is the result of an ongoing joint investigation that's been conducted since August of 2016 by the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office and the SBI. The investigation revealed that Lawing was substituting non-controlled medications for Hydromorphone and Xanax.
Public records show that Lawing was charged and convicted of a similar offense in Burke County Superior Court in 2011. She also has pending charges in Iredell County for driving while impaired, failure to maintain lane control, possessing an open container or consuming alcohol in passenger area, misdemeanor possession of schedule II controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Following the arrest, Lawing was placed in jail under $20,000 secured bond. She's scheduled to make a first appearance in Alexander County District Court on Monday (August 21).
Two people have been killed in a single-vehicle accident last night (August 16) in Lenoir. The deceased have been identified as 39-year-old Darrell Dean Proffit and 28-year-old Elizabeth Dawn Collins, both from Lenoir.
At approximately 8:03 p.m. Wednesday, Lenoir Police responded to the accident on Valway Road in Lenoir. Police say, based on preliminary findings at the scene, Proffit was driving a white Toyota extended cab pickup truck, traveling northwest on Valway Road. The truck ran off the right side of the road. The vehicle came back onto the roadway and crossed the centerline before over-correcting and leaving the road a second time. The truck then hit a large tree off the right side of the roadway.
Mr. Proffit and Ms. Collins (who was a passenger in the truck) were both wearing their seatbelts and had to be removed from the vehicle by rescue personnel. Both occupants were pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel. At last report, Investigators were still working to determine if vehicle speed and weather were factors in the accident.
The investigation is ongoing.
45-year-old Anthony Arrington of Fred Beard Road in Maiden was arrested this morning (August 17) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce. Arrington was arrested shortly after midnight at an address on the 300 Block of U.S. Highway 70 SW in Hickory. Bond for Arrington was set at $3,500 secured, a District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (August 18).
24-year-old Charles Robert Townsend of Maple Tree Place in Collettsville was arrested Wednesday (August 16) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of stolen goods or property. Following the arrest, Townsend was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $2,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 17).
28-year-old David Glen Roberts of 20th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:45 p.m. yesterday (August 16) on one felony count of larceny of a motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Roberts was arrested in connection to an incident on August 10 when Police responded to the Gateway Extended Stay on Hotel Drive in Hickory in reference to a stolen motor vehicle. A warrant for Roberts’ arrest was issued yesterday.
He was taken into custody without incident at a business on Highland Avenue N.E. in Hickory. Roberts was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $14,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
22-year-old Melissa Marie Smyle of Autumn Leaf Road in Troutman and 20-year-old Cody Lynn Hairyes of Moonagerie Lane in Stony Point have both been arrested on charges from the Statesville Police Department and the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office. They were each charged with felony possession of heroin and misdemeanor child abuse. Smyle also faces charges for felony larceny and possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, Hairyes was charged with obtaining property by false pretense.
On August 7, the Sheriff’s Office took a report regarding the theft of cash and jewelry from a residence on Wildlife Road in Mooresville. Among the items stolen were a coin collection, several rings and $210 in cash, all with a total value of $5,550. The victims told Deputies that Melissa Smyle had been in their home just prior to the theft.
Detective Daniel Stikeleather began an investigation and was able to recover some of the stolen property from Smyle’s home. Det. Stikeleather located three rings that were sold to a pawnshop in Troutman. They were sold by Cody Hairyes, who is Smyle’s boyfriend. The rings, valued at $2,200, were returned to the owner.
Arrest warrants were issued for both suspects. Statesville Police found Smyle and Hairyes passed out in a vehicle in a parking lot on Shelton Avenue. A small child was also in the vehicle. The Department of Social Services was contacted.
Smyle was jailed under a $50,000 secured bond, while Hairyes was given a $19,998 secured bond. Smyle will appear in District Court on August 22. Hairyes has a court date on August 28.
The investigation is ongoing.
53-year-old Jeffrey Brent Church of Andrea Lane and 31-year-old Carrie Leigh Sigmon of Hildebran View, both from Connelly Springs, were both arrested Wednesday (August 16) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. They're both charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine. Church is also charged with felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Both suspects were jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center. Bond for Church was set at $50,000 secured, Sigmon's bond was set at $7500 secured. They were both scheduled to appear in court today (August 17).
46-year-old Marty Lane West of Foursquare Road in Mooresville was arrested Monday (August 14) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony assault by strangulation and misdemeanor assault on a female.
The charges are in connection to an incident occurred on August 6 in which Deputies responded to 168 Foursquare Road in reference to Domestic Violence call. According to a news release, Marty Lane West got into a verbal altercation with his girlfriend over car keys. The altercation soon turned physical. After a struggle the victim was able to free herself and leave the residence. West was arrested by deputies at the scene for assault on a female.
The case was assigned to Det. Sgt. Katie Harwell of the Special Victims Unit, for further investigation. Det. Harwell found in her investigation that West shoved the victim against a wall, grabbed her neck and then forcibly shoved his forearm against her neck to where she could not breathe. Detective Harwell obtained another warrant against West for assault by strangulation.
West was jailed under a total bond of $10,000. He was ordered in his Pretrial Release Conditions to have no contact with the victim. A District Court appearance is scheduled for August 28.
26-year-old Patral Marquis White of 18th Street Place NW in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (August 16) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon. In addition, White is charged with carrying a concealed gun, covering registration sticker or plate, hit and run fail to stop with property damage, and no operators license. In addition, Probation and Parole charged him with parole violation. White was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 17).
25-year-old Isaac Sebastian Bolick of Bee Mountain Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (August 16) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony discharge a weapon into an occupied dwelling or moving vehicle. Bolick was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for September 11.
35-year-old Mark Alan Ramsey of Cordia Circle in Newton was arrested Wednesday (August 16) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with manufacture methamphetamine, possession with the intent to manufacture meth precursor, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Ramsey was detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. A District Court date was set for today (August 17).
According to the North Carolina Department of Justice, scammers are selling faulty eyewear for the upcoming solar eclipse to unsuspecting consumers. Use of these bogus glasses could result in permanent eye damage.
According to a news release issued earlier this month by the NCDOJ, the danger is so great that NASA has been publicizing the need for people to have the right glasses to view the eclipse. The space agency says consumers should look for glasses with the “ISO” icon, along with the accompanying code 12312-2, manufactured by these companies: American Paper Optics, Baader Planetarium (AstroSolar Silver/Gold film only), Rainbow Symphony, Thousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 17.
NASA also warns against using glasses that are over 3 years old, or glasses with lenses that have scratches or wrinkles. Safe, ISO-compliant eclipse eyewear has been on sale in retail stores and online. Many libraries, including the Patrick Beaver location in Hickory, are hosting eclipse-watching events, and some are also distributing free glasses.
Because of the eclipse’s path on Monday (August 21), North Carolinians will have the opportunity to view the event. For many it will be a once-in-a-lifetime event. The NCDOJ urges state residents not to gamble with the eyes that you’ll need for the rest of that life. If you’re going to look into the sights of the sun, skip the cheap sunglasses.
If you believe you’ve been scammed, file a complaint or contact the Consumer protection Division at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.
The Burke County Sheriff's Office has provided an update on the deputy who experienced medical issues when responding to a breaking and entering call Tuesday (August 15). According to a news release, the responding officer was Deputy Bryant Baker. His condition continues to improve and the news release says he is feeling more like his normal self. Deputy Baker plans to return to work on his normal shift rotation scheduled to start back on Friday (August 18).
Chemicals at break-in scene caused medical issues for Deputy Baker. He responded to a facility that had been closed for years. Within minutes of leaving the scene and while out at the next call for service, the deputy experienced some medical issues that were believed to be related to exposure to chemicals on the site of the B&E.
The deputy was transported to a local hospital where he was treated, observed, and released later that evening. Burke County Emergency Operations is working with North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regarding the site of the B&E. Any information regarding the site location and/or environmental impact should be directed to NC DENR.