A suspect was taken into custody after reportedly barricading himself inside a Maiden home. Just after 3:00 p.m. Sunday (September 2), Maiden Police Officers went to a residence in the 200 block of Old Tavern Lane and located a 29-year-old man, who was the subject of an Involuntary Commitment Order. When they entered the home, officers found the man holding a knife in one hand and a pick axe in the other.
According to a news release, the man threw the knife at an officer and continued to brandish the pick axe. He then barricaded himself in the residence. Officers set up a perimeter, and requested assistance from the Catawba County STAR team. After a period of negotiation, STAR Team members forced entry into the residence just before 5:00 p.m. and took him into custody.
There were no injuries to officers or to the man during the incident. Prior to the incident the man used a knife or other sharp instrument to cut his arm and wrist. He was then transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center for treatment and mental health evaluation.
29-year-old Joshua Jezreel Duncan of Drexall Lane in Lincolnton was arrested Friday (August 31) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell and deliver meth, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, and driving while license revoked. Duncan was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $31,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (September 4).
Progressive Furniture, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sauder Woodworking, announced the purchase of the 48,000 square foot speculative industrial building in the Claremont International Business Park. The speculative building is adjacent to Progressive Furniture’s existing Claremont manufacturing and warehouse operation.
Progressive Furniture immediately intends to expand the facility to 108,800 square feet and complete the new space to house additional manufacturing lines, raw material and production staging, as well as finished goods ready for shipment. Progressive Furniture anticipates investing a minimum of $6,500,000 on acquisition and completion of the facility and installation of manufacturing machinery and equipment. Progressive Furniture’s expansion will retain 75 positions in Claremont and is expected to create 30 new positions, with as many as 100 new positions over the next five years.
Progressive Furniture, Inc. designs, sources and assembles furniture for the home, including entertainment, bedroom, kitchen & dining and office.
The company is currently accepting applications for all upholstery positions and warehouse staff. For more information, visit Progressive Furniture at 2555 Penny Road in Claremont or call 828-459-2151. Their website is progressivefurniture.com.
Throughout September, the Catawba County Library system is partnering with Catawba Valley Community College’s (CVCC) Small Business Center to offer practical, hands-on workshops designed to help business owners strengthen their resources, gain new customers, and increase market share.
These seminars capitalize on library tools and databases, proving that the means to boost business are readily accessible to Catawba County residents – and that they’re completely affordable. With a library card, folks can tap into a variety of services that allow them to learn more about industry, competition, and techniques for raising money that are more immediate and equitable than might seem apparent.
The first seminar in the series is Crowd Funding for Your Small Business. It demonstrates that more opportunities for non-traditional funding for business startup and expansion exist than ever before. Crowd-funding campaigns, in particular, offer a significant option for businesses to raise funds. Participants in the seminar will explore the differences and similarities between this new resource and traditional funding. They’ll also review crowd-funding websites and prepare a brief presentation suitable for launching a crowd-funding campaign.
This initial seminar takes place Tuesday (September 4) from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Main Library in Newton (115 West C Street in Newton). To register, call the CVCC Small Business Center at 828-327-7000 extension 4177.
Subsequent workshops include the following:
Finding Customers for Your Business – This seminar will talk about conducting market research, creating effective marketing plans, and learning about tools that allow business owners to mine the useful data they need to flourish. (Wednesday, September 19 from 11:30 am-1:30 pm, Newton Library)
Low-Cost Marketing for Your Business – This session addresses the use of marketing resources to identify target markets, analyze the industry and business environment, and make the most of low-cost promotional techniques. (Friday, September 21 from 11:30 am-1:30 pm, Newton Library)
32-year-old Rafael Septine Soto of East Burke Farm Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by authorities in Burke County on charges filed in Caldwell County. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and chop shop activity by theft or fraud. Soto was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is set for Tuesday (September 4).
45-year-old Kevin Lewis Greene Sr. of Eagles Nest Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (August 30) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony assault by strangulation. Following the arrest, Greene was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under no bond. A District Court date is set for September 20 in Lenoir.
48-year-old Anthony Ray Bolick of 27th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:20 yesterday afternoon (August 30) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each for possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to appear.
Bolick was arrested after Hickory Police responded reports of subjects trespassing at an area behind a business on 13th Street S.E. in Hickory. During the incident, Officers found Anthony Ray Bolick, who had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court on a second-degree trespassing charge. During the arrest, Police found 0.3 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
Bolick was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton with another court date on the failure to appear charge coming up on September 19.
Hickory Police are investigating an armed robbery at Aquarium Skill Fish Games on Highway 70 S.W. The incident occurred at 5:20 this morning (August 31).
Police say the suspects entered the business, displayed weapons and obtained an undisclosed amount of money. The suspects left the property in an older model, red passenger car. An armed security guard at the business fired several rounds at the suspects as they left the property. No injuries or property damages were reported.
The suspects were both wearing dark-colored clothing. Their faces were covered. One suspect displayed a handgun and the other suspect displayed a rifle.
Hickory Police have been in contact with the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office regarding a similar incident that occurred at The Hook video gaming arcade on August 28. The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information regarding the robbery should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.
38-year-old Stephen James Otis of Winston Street in Conover was arrested today (August 31) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a warrant as a fugitive from another state. That state is not specified. Following the arrest, Otis was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday (September 4).
29-year-old James Lee Minton of Deer Park Drive in Morganton was arrested by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, two counts apiece of possession with intent to sell and deliver counterfeit controlled substance, attempt to obtain property by false pretense, and resisting a public officer. Minton is also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor child abuse, injury to real property, and first degree trespassing.
Minton was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (August 31) under $145,000 bond. District Court dates were scheduled for today and October 24.
The N.C. Board of Transportation has approved state and federal funds for improvements to 27 North Carolina airports. Two of those airports are in this region. The $24.7 million in funding, approved by the board during its July meeting, will be used to provide improvements such as better runway lighting, new fuel tanks and safer taxiways.
The projects the N.C. Board of Transportation approved include $513,333 to construct a new hangar access road and $438,435 to reconstruct hangar taxilane pavement at Foothills Regional Airport, which is located near the Caldwell County/Burke County line. In addition, the board approved $675,000 to replace the existing runway electronic approach localizer and glideslope guidance system at Statesville Regional Airport.
Airports and aviation-related industries contribute more than $31 billion to North Carolina’s economy each year, according to a 2016 report. There are 123,400 airport-related jobs in the state. The NCDOT Division of Aviation is responsible for airport and aviation system planning and development, and provides funding to local communities for constructing and improving airports throughout the state. The funds awarded do not in all cases represent the total cost of the project.
23-year-old Luke Madison Bean of Sassafras Lane in Newton was arrested Thursday (September 7) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with felony and misdemeanor counts of probation violation. Bean was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $75,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for September 7.
An incident in which a person was shot at a campsite in Burke County is currently under investigation. According to a news release issued Thursday (August 30) by the Burke County Sheriff's Office, on August 25, at approximately 3:30 a.m., deputies responded to CHS Morganton in reference to a victim with a gunshot wound to the head. An investigator from the Criminal Investigation Division was contacted to investigate the incident.
The investigation revealed the incident occurred at a campsite off Old Hwy 105 along the Linville Gorge. While sitting around the campfire, two men got into a heated verbal argument, which led to approximately four gunshots being fired into the air by a Morganton man from a .380 caliber handgun. Jasmine Adriel Lytle was struck in the back of the head with one of the projectiles.
Lytle was transported to Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte where she is recovering from her injuries and was last reported to be in stable condition. The investigation is continuing; the findings will be turned over to the District Attorney’s Office for a determination regarding criminal charges.
The N.C. Department of Transportation Thursday (August 30) identified 138 regional highway, aviation, ferry, rail and transit projects it anticipates funding and scheduling for construction over the next decade. The list includes projects in this region.
The evaluation of 915 regional impact projects across the state identified the top-scoring projects to be programmed for construction in the forthcoming 2020-2029 State Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP). They include 115 highway projects programmed for $2.4 billion in funding, seven rail projects for $96 million, three ferry projects for $26 million, and three transit projects for $191 million.
Twenty regional projects will be programmed for construction in Division 12 (Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln counties). Those projects include, the N.C. 16 Bypass at Optimist Club Road in Lincoln County which involves the construction of an interchange.
The Strategic Transportation Investments (STI) law established a data-driven process for ranking transportation projects in three categories: Statewide Mobility, Regional Impact and Division Needs. In April, NCDOT identified 77 Statewide Mobility projects that will share 40 percent of the state’s available project funds. All projects were ranked according to data scores based on safety, congestion reduction, cost-benefit analysis and other criteria.
The remaining 60 percent of the funds available over the next 10 years will be divided equally between the other two categories: Regional Impact projects, announced Thursday, and Division Needs (local) projects, which will be announced in December. The regional and division project rankings combine data scores with local input points assigned by local planning organizations and NCDOT engineers. Regional projects that did not score high enough can be considered for possible funding in the Division category.
NCDOT and local planning organizations received public comment on all projects in May and early June. In the coming weeks, each of NCDOT's 14 divisions will receive additional public comment on Division Needs project rankings and priorities.
More information about the STIP development process, including lists of projects ranked high enough to win funding at the Statewide Mobility and Regional Impact levels, is available on the NCDOT website. To see details and data scores for all 2,100 statewide, regional and division projects evaluated in April, download this spreadsheet.
To comment on Division Needs projects in Division 12, contact Anil Panicker (980-552-4210 or email@example.com between Sept. 24 and Oct. 5.
51-year-old Carl David Everhart of Everhart Court in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (August 29) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny of a motor vehicle, and larceny after breaking and entering. In addition, Everhart is charged with misdemeanor larceny and failure to appear. Everhart was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $37,500 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (August 30).
51-year-old Johnny Lee Wilfong of Kilbon Drive in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before noon yesterday (August 29) on one felony count of assault inflicting serious injury including strangulation. Wilfong was charged in connection to a domestic assault that occurred Monday.
He was taken into custody without incident at a residence on 10th Avenue S.E. in Hickory. Wilfong was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. He was initially held without bond. Bond has since been set at $10,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
43-year-old Telly Savalas Pettus of 7th Street S.E. in Hickory was served with orders for arrest by Hickory Police at 12:30 yesterday afternoon (August 29) on one felony count of larceny and for two probation violations (one felony and one misdemeanor). Pettus was charged in connection to a larceny at the First Presbyterian Church that occurred in February of 2011.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $25,000, secured. Pettus will appear in Superior Court on October 1 in Newton.
43-year-old Scottie Wayne Pharr of Dessie Lane and 30-year-old Jody Gene Johnson of Lee Road, both from Stony Point, have been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers. Pharr was charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by convicted felon, possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell & deliver marijuana and maintaining a dwelling or place to sell a controlled substance. Johnson was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Their arrests were the result of an investigation that ended Friday, August 24, with the execution of a search warrant at Pharr’s residence. The Sheriff’s Office had received several complaints from community members about the high volume of traffic at the home.
Investigators were familiar with the subjects living at the residence as the result of previous arrests. After pursuing various leads and conducting several hours of surveillance, Narcotics Detectives were able to purchase meth at the home.
When Officers searched the residence Friday, they found Scottie Wayne Pharr, who is a repeat offender and a convicted felon. Pharr was in possession of two firearms, meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Jody Gene Johnson was also present. He was in possession of drug paraphernalia.
Both subjects were taken to the Iredell Co. Detention Center with bond for Pharr set at $20,000, secured. Johnson was given a $500 secured bond. Pharr will next appear in District Court on September 17. Johnson is due in court on October 23.
Additional charges have been filed against a Hiddenite man arrested in a sex offense case. 34-year-old Benjamin Rustin Gilreath was arrested by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers Tuesday (August 28) and charged with one count of felony statutory rape of a child by an adult.
On Wednesday (August 29), more information was obtained by investigators resulting in more charges. Gilreath was charged with an additional 19 counts of felony statutory rape of a child by an adult. In addition, Gilreath is charged with 20 counts apiece of first degree statutory sex offense and 20 counts of indecent liberties with a child.
Gilreath remained in the Alexander County Detention Center, his bond is now $5,000,000 secured. A first appearance is scheduled for September 10 in District Court in Taylorsville. The case remains under investigation.
21-year-old Karrie Leigh Johnson of Obsidian Lane in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (August 29) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Johnson was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (August 30).