In the wake of Hurricane Matthew and the destruction it caused on the southeastern coast, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper is urging citizens to be cautious if solicited for donations related to hurricane relief.
In a news release issued Sunday (October 9) by the North Carolina Department of Justice, the Attorney General advises citizens to give wisely if you decide to donate, and avoid scammers who use Hurricane Matthew to make their phony pleas for donations sound legitimate.
Decide who you want to give to. Instead of responding to solicitations to make a donation, especially from telemarketers who may keep as much as 90 percent of the money they collect, decide which charities you want to support and contact them directly.
Research charities before you give. Visit give.org to see if national charities meet the standards set by the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, and charitywatch.org for ratings of charities by the American Institute of Philanthropy. Other good sources of information are guidestar.org and charitynavigator.org.
Avoid charity scams. If a caller refuses to answer your questions about the charity, offers to come to pick up a donation in person or calls you and asks for a credit card, bank account or Social Security number, it may be a scam. To report telemarketing fraud, call the Attorney General’s Office. To check up on a charity, call the Secretary of State’s office toll free at 888-830-4989 or visit sosnc.gov/CSL.
26-year-old Samantha Marie Vono of Paul Payne Road in Taylorsville was arrested Monday (October 10) by Long View Police Officers. She's charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. Vono was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility without bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, October 11).
47-year-old Christopher Alvin Sanford of East Sumner Street in Lincolnton was arrested Monday (October 10) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule II controlled substance. Sanford is also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. He was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for Monday.
The 16th annual Catawba County Firefighter Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday (October 16) at Joy Baptist Church, 4015 Herman Sipe Road in Conover. Weather permitting, the service will conclude at the memorial site next door at the Catawba County Firefighter’s Museum. 14 members will be honored, including one death in the line of duty.
Fire departments will display trucks in designated areas at the church and in the parking area at the museum. Ladder trucks will display a large flag at the church. The Claremont Fire Department and Sherrill’s Ford-Terrell Fire & Rescue will supply their ladder trucks this year in special memory of Rupert Little and Bradley Long.
The Honor Guard will present the colors and a bagpiper will perform. The public is invited to attend.
34-year-old Justin Morgan Hall of 17th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just after noon Friday (October 7) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
He was arrested at H.P.D. without incident and later released under a $10,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for tomorrow (October 11) in Newton.
Hall also faces charges for felony breaking & entering, felony and misdemeanor larceny and misdemeanor possession of a schedule II controlled substance, all in Catawba County, with a District Court date on November 1.
38-year-old Jennifer McGrady Strickland of Foy Lane in Statesville was arrested last Wednesday (October 5) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with breaking and entering.
According to a news release issued today (Monday, October 10), last Wednesday a resident of Woodstream Circle in Mooresville reported that he came home to find a strange vehicle in his driveway. The victim took a picture of the license plate before entering the home and finding the suspect in the master bathroom of the home.
The victim told the suspect to leave the home and called to report the incident. Deputies responded to take the report and when they spoke to the victim he told them that nothing was stolen from the home. Detectives were able to identify Jennifer Strickland as the suspect and warrants were obtained for Breaking and Entering.
Strickland was previously charged in September 2015 for two similar breaking and entering incidents. In both of these incidents Strickland made entry into the homes and was attempting to take prescription medication. One of the victims lives on East Meadowview Drive and the other victim lives on Cooper Farm. Strickland was charged with two counts of felony breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking and entering and attempted larceny after breaking and entering.
On June 7, Strickland was sentenced in District Court to three 45 day sentences for a plea of misdemeanor breaking and entering, and two counts of misdemeanor larceny. The sentences were suspended to six years of probation. Strickland was detained in The Iredell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
30-year-old Brian Keith Greene of Nuway Circle in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (October 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Ice Unit Officers. He's charged with felony trafficking in heroin or opium.
On Sunday, the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office Ice Unit ended a three month investigation with the arrest of a known heroin trafficker. Brian Keith Greene was arrested by the Ice Unit after an undercover operation netted him returning from Charlotte with five grams of “china white” heroin and fifty-eight clonazepam pills. Agents have been monitoring Greene and suspected he had made a trip to re-supply.
On the return trip, he was stopped in his vehicle and after a brief chase was apprehended without incident. Greene is currently on parole for heroin and methamphetamine convictions. A news release says that Greene most likely will be charged with parole violation and will return to prison. If convicted of the drug charges, Greene could additionally face a minimum of seventy months in prison. The drugs have a street value of $3,176 according to North Carolina Drug Guidelines.
Greene was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, October 10).
16-year-old Nolan Andre Smith of West Herman Street in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police just after ten o’clock Saturday night (October 8) on one felony count each of common law robbery and assault inflicting serious injury. He was arrested on warrants from Newton issued the same day.
Smith was taken into custody without incident at a service station on Highway 127 in Viewmont. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $18,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today.
No further details are available.
23-year-old Bryan Adrian White Jr. of Taylorsville Road in Lenoir was arrested Friday (October 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony submitting information under false pretenses to the sex offender registry. White was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for October 31.
22-year-old Austin Lee Barnette of Kistler Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Friday (October 7) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with two counts of felony breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, single felony counts of probation violation, and first degree burglary, along with misdemeanor counts of larceny, possession of stolen goods, and resist, delay, and obstruct an officer. Barnette was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $62,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for October 31.
35-year-old Bryan Jason Poovey of West 13th Street in Newton was arrested Friday (October 7) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with two felony counts apiece of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. In addition, Poovey is charged with single felony counts of sale of schedule II controlled substance, and sale or delivery of schedule II controlled substance. Poovey was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, October 10).
The Iredell County Sheriff's Office is continuing to seek suspects on their Most Wanted List.
31-year-old Marshall Turner is wanted for felony assault with a deadly weapon on a government official. His last known address was 111 Branch Drive in Cleveland, NC.
22-year-old Lonnie Pruitt is wanted for felony first degree trespassing. Pruitt's last known address was 1515 Blackburn Trail in Hamptonville.
21-year-old Tequila Denise Jackson is wanted for felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Her last known address was 159 Meadow Rose Lane in Charlotte.
You can see the entire list of Iredell County's Most Wanted suspects at the Iredell County Sheriff's Office website, www.iredellsheriff.com. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list, call the Sheriff's Office at 704-878-3180 or 704-664-7500.
The Catawba County Board of Elections reminds eligible voters residing in Catawba County that pre-registration for the November 8 general elections will end this Friday (October 14). Voters who are not pre-registered in the county by that deadline may now register and vote during one-stop early voting, which is scheduled to take place from Thursday, October 20 through Saturday, November 5.
One-stop early voting will be offered at the following five locations: The Newton Main Library (in lieu of the office), at 115 West C Street in Newton. The Highland Recreation Center at 1451 8th St. Dr. NE in Hickory. The Southwest Library at 2944 South NC Hwy 127 in Hickory. The Sherrills Ford-Terrell Library at 9154 Sherrills Ford Road in Terrell. And Conover Station at 403 Conover Station SE in Conover.
These locations will be open every day from October 20 through November 5 during the following times: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday. A full list of locations and voting hours at each location may be found online at the Catawba County Government website, www.catawbacountync.gov/elections. Early voting will not be offered at the Board of Elections office.
If voting on Election Day, November 8, registered voters must cast their ballot at their designated precinct location. Specific precinct location information and sample ballots may be found online at the previously mentioned website.
Due to recent changes to election laws, photo identification will not be required to cast a ballot. If first-time voters do not provide identification information on their NC Voter Registration form, they will be asked to show ID the first time they present to vote. Accepted forms of identification are a current and valid photo ID, current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.
Absentee ballots may be requested by any registered North Carolina voter by November 1. Requests must be made in writing on an official State Absentee Ballot Request Form, which is available from the Catawba County Board of Elections office or online by going to the Catawba County Government website.
52-year-old Billy Davis Deal of King Wilkinson Road in Denver was arrested Sunday (October 9) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle and misdemeanor driving while license revoked. Deal was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, October 10).
40-year-old Webb Massey King of Bruce Farm Road in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, displaying a fictitious tag and operating a vehicle with no insurance. He was also served with several outstanding warrants. At the same time, a second subject, Brittany Walker, was arrested on warrants for felony probation violations.
At about 2 p.m. yesterday (October 6), an Officer with the Sheriff’s Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (A.C.E) Team stopped a vehicle on the 300 block of Bruce Farm Road for displaying a fictitious tag. The driver, Webb King, was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia commonly used with methamphetamine. Deputies also learned that King was on probation for manufacturing meth. Sgt. Hayes then walked his
K-9 Officer “Danny” walked around the vehicle and alerted to the presence of narcotics. Deputies searched the vehicle and found meth and drug paraphernalia.
Brittany Walker was a passenger in the vehicle. Outstanding warrants were found for both subjects.
They were both placed in the Iredell County Detention Facility with bond for King set at $50,000, while Walker was given a $25,000 secured bond. King will appear in District Court on Monday. No court date is currently listed for Walker.
A student who attended Draughn High School in Burke County was killed in a traffic accident this morning (October 7). According to the N.C. State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred at about 5 a.m. today. The deceased is 17-year-old Mackenzie Brooke Carswell. She was a passenger in a vehicle driven by her twin sister, Meleah Renee Carswell.
The twins were traveling to an early morning meeting when their SUV went down an embankment and hit a tree on Enola Road, near Watershed Road.
Mackenzie Carswell died on impact. Meleah Carswell was transported to the hospital where she was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, including a possible concussion.
The Highway Patrol says there is no reason to believe drugs or alcohol were factors in the accident. The vehicle apparently ran off the road. The driver overcorrected and lost control. Speed is also not believed to be a factor.
No charges have been filed, but the investigation in ongoing.
56-year-old Gennis Kirby Mitchem of Lackey Road in Vale was arrested Thursday (October 6) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count each of trafficking opiates by sale, trafficking opiates by delivery, and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of possession of schedule III controlled substance, possession of schedule VI controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Mitchem's arrest came after investigators acted on a citizen's tip. According to Narcotics detectives, complaints came in about a residence near the 6600 block of Lackey Road in Vale about a month ago. Detectives conducted surveillance and gathered information from various sources to confirm drugs were being sold from the home.
On Thursday, detectives observed an unusual amount of vehicle traffic to and from the residence. Detectives went to the residence and spoke with the homeowner. Officers conducted a search of the home and seized a trafficking amount of opioid-based pills and marijuana from the residence.
Mitchem was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. He was scheduled for a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today (October 7).
Anyone with information concerning drug activity is urged to call the Sheriff’s Office Drug Tip Line at 704-736-8606 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. All tips are investigated.
Catawba County is seeking public input for design ideas and amenities to be included in the future Mountain Creek Park. The park site is located in the Sherrills Ford area and will be accessed off Little Mountain Road. The future park consists of approximately 589 acres, which were obtained through a public-private partnership among Catawba County, Duke Energy, and Crescent Resources and grants from the Catawba Lands Conservancy and the Clean Water Management Trust Fund. The County has selected Charlotte based Wirth & Associates, Inc., Planners and Landscape Architects, as the lead design consultant for the master planning of Mountain Creek Park.
Two conservation easements covering the entire acreage restrict the development of the park to exclusively passive outdoor recreation opportunities. In addition to these easements, the site has significant natural habitats and river bank areas that should be preserved and enhanced. Ball fields, soccer fields and other heavy land-disturbing recreational activities are not only prohibited by the conservation easements, but they would also do irreparable damage to the significant habitat areas and forests throughout the property.
Mountain Creek Park is envisioned as a destination nature park with miles of hiking and biking trails, nature themed activities, educational opportunities and wildlife observation. Picnic facilities, primitive camping, canoe/kayak portages and fishing piers are all possibilities to take advantage of the Lake Norman water frontage. However, the final park layout and amenities will be determined through a series of public input forums and interaction with the County Park and Recreation Advisory Committee and the Catawba County Board of Commissioners.
The public is invited to attend one of the following input meetings to help shape the design of this park. Both meetings will be identical, but different times and locations are scheduled to help fit busy schedules: Wednesday, October 19 at Sherrills Ford Elementary School in the Cafeteria. And Tuesday, October 25 at the Catawba County Government Center on Southwest Boulevard in Newton, in the Upstairs Meeting Room.
Both Forums will run from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Formal presentations will be at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., with breakout sessions between presentations
For more information about Mountain Creek Park or the community input sessions, call Catawba County Planning and Parks at (828) 465-8381 or visit www.CatawbaCountyNC.gov/Parks/Mountain-Creek-Park.
22-year-old Charles Justin Moore of Tower Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (October 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Moore was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
28-year-old Dennis Gregory Pappalardo of Grantman Circle in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (October 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony second degree rape, and probation violation. Pappalardo was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $120,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (October 10).