27-year-old Dezia Van Ingram Jr. of SW Shasta Lane in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (June 14) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony breaking and entering and misdemeanor larceny. Ingram was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled Thursday.
Catawba County Commissioners meet Monday night (June 18) in regular session.
There are two public hearings scheduled for Monday's session. One is to receive comments on a rezoning request for a planned development for a high-density single family residential development. The other public hearing is to receive comments on a rezoning request for a solar facility.
Among the items on Monday night's consent agenda is the appropriation of debt proceeds for jail expansion, Mountain Creek Park Phase 1, and financing costs. The consent agenda also includes the transfer of debt service payments from the general fund to the jail expansion 2018 and schools construction future debt projects. The donation of surplus vehicles to the Town of Brookford, City of Newton, and Town of Catawba Police Departments and St. Stephens Fire Department is another item on the consent agenda.
Commissioners will hear a departmental report presented by the Economic Development Corporation on the Bradington-Young Resolution.
Monday's Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. in the Board of Commissioners Meeting Room on the 2nd floor of the Catawba County Justice Center at 100 Government Drive in Newton.
44-year-old David Lewis Bradshaw of Vagabond Lane in Sherrills Ford was arrested Thursday (June 14) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of schedule II and IV controlled substance, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia, and assault on a female. Bradshaw was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (June 15).
37-year-old Terry Alexander Brown of North Main Avenue in Newton was arrested Thursday (June 14) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of stolen goods and misdemeanor injury to personal property. Brown was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $11,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (June 15).
26-year-old Rachel Breonna Grizzle of Corpening Place in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (June 13) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony conspiracy to traffic in more than 400 grams of methamphetamine.
On Wednesday at approximately 7:15 p.m. Lenoir Police Officers served a search warrant at 817 Corpening Place in Lenoir. During the search, officers found one gram of methamphetamine and .10 grams of fentanyl. Rachel Breonna Grizzle was arrested on the trafficking charge.
A news release from the Lenoir Police Department says this is an in-depth, ongoing, investigation which includes the Lenoir Police Department, the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, the Boone Police Department, and the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office. This same investigation also led to the arrest of Grizzle’s boyfriend, Kenneth Lee McBride, for the same charge on Tuesday (June 12).
Grizzle received a $200,000 secured bond and her first District Court appearance was scheduled for Thursday (June 14). More arrests may be forthcoming. Anyone with information regarding this, or any other, crime is asked to contact the Lenoir Police Department at 757-2100 or the Lenoir/Caldwell County Crime Stoppers at 758-8300.
WHKY Radio has been honored by the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters or NCAB. WHKY was given the 2018 Radio Community Involvement award from NCAB. WHKY General Manager Jeff Long accepted the award on behalf of the station at the annual awards lunch Thursday afternoon (June 14) in Durham.
NCAB describes itself as the central line of all things broadcast-related in North Carolina. It's the connector through which all radio and television stations, big or small, get heard across the state.
Hickory Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 29-year-old Kayla Marie Chattelle. Ms. Chatelle was reported missing on May 6. She was last seen two weeks prior to that date near 98 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory.
Ms. Chattelle is a white female with brown hair with red highlights. She has brown eyes. Ms. Chattelle is approximately 5'3" tall and weighs 105 pounds.
Ms. Chattelle previously lived in Connecticut. On numerous occasions since June of 2017, she reported to the Hickory Police Department that she was homeless.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Kayla Marie Chattelle should call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551 or contact Investigator Kim Craig directly at 828-261-2616 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
27-year-old Jeremy Lewis Leatherman of Burke County has been sentenced to 207-to-273 months (approximately 17-to-23 years) in the N.C. Department of Corrections. The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Judge Mark Klass in Superior Court on June 11. Leatherman pleaded guilty to charges of failure to register as a sex offender and being on a restricted premise. He was also sentenced as an habitual felon.
The Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into Leatherman’s activities in June of 2017. Leatherman, who is a sex offender registered in Burke County, had moved to Alexander County, but did not file a change of address. He was arrested on June 21 of last year for failure to register and driving while license revoked. He was given a $50,000 secured bond.
Four days later, he was charged as a sex offender on restricted premises. Leatherman went to the Alexander County Library and to the playground at a McDonald’s restaurant. He was given an additional $30,000 secured bond. Three days after that, he was charged with sex offender employment violations after authorities learned that Leatherman had been babysitting children. He was also charged as an habitual felon, resulting in an additional $10,000 secured bond.
39-year-old James Harlen Radford of Warlicks Church Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:30 last night (June 13) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested when an Officer stopped a 2014 Hyundai Elantra at Highway 70 S.W. and 19th Street S.W. The vehicle was searched, leading to the discovery and seizure of drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine. A passenger in the vehicle, James Radford, was arrested and charged accordingly. The driver was issued citations for driving violations.
Radford was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.
28-year-old Michael Roam Bass of Charles Avenue in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police just before 3 p.m. yesterday (June 13) on two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense. The warrant for his arrest was issued on May 28 of this year. The complainant on H.P.D.’s arrest report is listed as the Burke Co. Clerk of Court.
Bass was taken into custody without incident at a hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court is coming up on June 25 in Morganton.
A runaway 17-year-old female from Lincoln County has been found and is back with her family. Alyssa Jordan Davis was found at approximately 1 a.m. Today (June 14) by McDowell County Sheriff’s deputies at a residence in their county.
Davis left the family’s Waderidge Trail, Iron Station, residence Tuesday (June 12) following an argument with a family member. The teenager's parents picked her up at the McDowell County Sheriff's Office at around 3:30 a.m. today.
26-year-old Cameron Lynn Webb was arrested Wednesday (June 13) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He was charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Webb was arrested at 9:30 p.m. and placed in jail under $3,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (June 14) in Morganton.
35-year-old Samantha Jo Davis was arrested Wednesday (June 13) by Morganton Public Safety Officer. She's charged with felony larceny by employee. Davis was arrested at approximately 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (June 14).
45-year-old Thomas Hayes Frank was arrested Wednesday (June 13) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Frank was arrested shortly before 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and placed in jail in Morganton under $35,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (June 14).
36-year-old Joshua Jones Parrish of 33rd Street SE in Conover was arrested today (June 14) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with common law robbery. Following the arrest, Parrish was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $21,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (June 15).
N.C. Department of Transportation officials have selected a tight diamond as the preferred design for the Interstate 40/U.S. 64 interchange at Burkemont Avenue in Morganton (Exit 103). Local officials and public input influenced the decision, due to the fact that the tight diamond design will have less impacts for businesses and residences than two other options that were considered.
A news release from NCDOT says the tight diamond requires less land by aligning intersections closer than typical. This new interchange will include coordinated timing of the signals, additional turn lanes, longer lanes for left-turning vehicles and an improved ramp design. Division 13 Construction Engineer Randy McKinney says that this type of design fits the purpose and need of this project, to reduce congestion and increase safety.
Other features include the following: It replaces the existing bridge of I-40, eliminates the intersection of Williams Road and an I-40 onramp, replaces the existing sidewalk with the potential for additional sideway in cooperation with the city, new access from U.S. 64 to the Magnolia Place historic site with only right turns in and right turns out, and a new two-lane road to provide a connection from U.S. 64 to Williams Road between Denny’s and Hardee’s.
In addition, features of the design include moving the U.S. 64/Ross Street intersection to the north with right-turn-only access to and from Ross Street, increased safety with a median on U.S. 64 between Conley Street and the entrances to Rural King and Lowe’s, U-turn space to provide safer access to businesses along U.S. 64, and extending turn lanes on U.S. 64 to both onramps.
The next step is for NCDOT engineers and consultants to continue creating detailed designs and complete necessary documentation. The preliminary concept map is available at ncdot.gov, but it will evolve. Right of way acquisition is scheduled for the spring of 2019 followed by the start of construction in 2020. The estimated cost of the project is $15.3 million before right of way is purchased and utilities are relocated. U.S. 64 and I-40 will remain open during construction with some limited lane restrictions.
24-year-old Adam Paul Roy Mitchell of Camary Lane in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (June 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen firearm. Following the arrest, Mitchell was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (June 14).
27-year-old Eric Scott Vanorden of Alice Lane in Conover was arrested Wednesday (June 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resist, delay, and obstruct a public officer. Vanorden was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (June 14).
City crews will be replacing three water line valves and two fire hydrants on Alexander Avenue in Morganton today (June 14) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The road will be closed from Tate Street to North Fox Street. Approximately 25 customers on Alexander Avenue from Tate Street to 511 Alexander Ave will be without water during this time.
23-year-old Meguel Greylen Robinson of 3rd Street Place SW in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (June 13) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and malicious conduct by a prisoner along with misdemeanor counts of assault by pointing a gun, communicating threats, and possession of marijuana. Robinson was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (June 14).