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35-year-old Joshua James Swanson of N.C. Highway 16 South in Maiden is wanted by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office on charges of possession of methamphetamine and manufacturing meth.

Officers with the Sheriff’s Narcotics Division executed a search warrant at Swanson’s home yesterday (July 31) as the result of an ongoing drug investigation. Investigators collected information on Swanson for an extended period of time in reference to the manufacture of methamphetamine at the residence.

Investigators and Agents with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation located, documented and seized meth and precursors used in the manufacture of meth. As a result of the investigation, warrants for Swanson’s arrest were issued yesterday.

As of this afternoon (August 1), Swanson is still at large. The investigation is ongoing as authorities seek to identify and arrest any other individuals who assisted Swanson in the manufacture of meth or who have assisted in supplying the necessary precursors.  

This investigation comes just eight days after Narcotics Officers conducted Operation Seven/Eleven, which identified 11 different people involved in the manufacture of meth.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Joshua James Swanson should call the Catawba Co. Communications Center at 828-464-3112.  

Friday, 01 August 2014 13:02

Man Held on $300K Bond on Drug Charges

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52-year-old Anthony Lyron Saunders was arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday on felony charges of trafficking in opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule III controlled substance, sale or delivery of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule IV controlled substance.

Saunders has been jailed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $300,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today.

High Country Crime Stoppers and the Watauga County Sheriff's Office are seeking the public’s assistance in solving a July 29 break-in at New River Building Supply.

The incident occurred at 4:19 a.m. when an unknown white male entered the business, located at 3148 N.C. Highway 105 South in Boone, by breaking a window and entering a warehouse door. The suspect removed various items from the store, including flashlights, drills, a saw and food items.

Anyone with information regarding the break-in should call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 / 828-737-0125 or the Watauga County Sheriff's Office at 828-264-3761.

High Country Crime Stoppers pays rewards for information leading to an arrest, the recovery of stolen property, the seizure of drugs or the location of wanted persons.

The regular Granite Falls Town Council meeting scheduled for Monday, August 4 at 6 p.m. has been cancelled. The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 18 at 6 p.m. in the Town Council Chamber at 4 South Main Street.

For more information, call Granite Falls Town Clerk Paula M. Kirby at 828-396-3131.

31-year-old Dwayne Bercell “New York” Sledge, Jr. of Ross Street in Lincolnton was arrested by Lincolnton Police early this morning (August 1) on a charge of indecent liberties with a child.

He was charged after a report was filed with the Lincolnton Police Department on July 21 alleging that Sledge had inappropriately touched a juvenile.  The case was investigated by the Lincolnton Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, with assistance from the Lincoln Co. Child Advocacy Center. The warrant for his arrest was issued yesterday.

Sledge has an extensive criminal history that includes convictions for sale & delivery of marijuana, sale & delivery of crack cocaine, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, obtaining property by false pretense, resisting a public officer and carrying a concealed weapon.

Sledge was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $20,500 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Lincolnton.

Anyone with information about the case should call Lincolnton Police Sgt. Jason Munday at 704-736-8900 or Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. Callers may remain anonymous and could receive of up to $1,000.

28-year-old Samuel David Cook, Jr. of Ironwood Court in Granite Falls was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony breaking & entering, felony larceny after breaking & entering and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Cook was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $100,000, secured. He will appear in District Court Monday (August 4) in Lenoir.

Cook is also facing charges in Catawba County on multiple counts of forgery and obtaining property by false pretense. An appearance in Superior Court in Newton has been scheduled for September 2.

Friday, 01 August 2014 10:55

Lenoir Man Faces Felony B&E Charge

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41-year-old Michael Anthony Gordy of Enlos Place in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (July 31) by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a charge of felony breaking & entering a motor vehicle. After his arrest, Gordy was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond. He will appear in District Court Monday (August 4) in Lenoir.

McDowell Co. Sheriff’s Detectives need assistance locating more than $4,000 worth of scuba gear stolen from an Old Fort residence on Wednesday, July 23.

The victim, a Jonas Ridge man, told Officers that someone entered a house on Executive Estates Drive in Old Fort between 6 a.m. and 5:40 p.m. and took a stereo, a TV, sports equipment and a computer monitor with a total value of $1,600.

The culprits also stole at least $4,800 worth of scuba gear. Missing are two Scuba Pro air regulators, two Oceanic dive computers, two dive masks, a female wet suit and a pair of Scuba Pro dive fins.

Anyone with information regarding the crime should call Detective Andy Manis at the McDowell Co. Sheriff’s Office at 828-652-2237 or McDowell County Crime Stoppers at 828-65-CRIME (828-652-7463). Crime Stoppers callers may remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward.

Alexander County’s 2nd Annual National Night Out Against Crime will be held next Tuesday, August 5, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the large grassy field on Town Park Avenue, behind the Taylorsville Fire Department.

This year’s event will feature live entertainment by the Shook Lane Band, free children’s activities (including an inflatable slide and a bounce house) and a visit from McGruff the Crime Dog. Various emergency equipment will be displayed and informational booths from community organizations will be onsite.

Free hotdogs, bottled water and popcorn will be available while supplies last. Funnel cakes, nachos and canned drinks will be available for sale.

All proceeds from the event will go to Alexander County Crime Stoppers, a local non-profit crime prevention organization.

National Night Out is a nationwide initiative designed to bring the Police and the community together to fight crime and promote safer communities. The initiative is in its 31st year, nationwide.

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will meet at 9:30 a.m. Monday, August 4, in the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.

The Board will consider a series of actions associated with a $75,000 Urgent Repair Program Grant that would be used to make urgent repairs to approximately sixteen low and moderate-income homes.

The Board will also consider a request to appropriate $29,300 of Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire & Rescue’s fund balance to be used to purchase and implement a new records management system and as matching funds for a FEMA grant to purchase 800 MHz radios.

The Board will consider authorizing a Pyrotechnics Permit for the 2014 Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn.

The Commissioners will also honor retired Sheriff’s Deputy David Reep with the traditional presentation of his badge and service weapon and they will formally present a National Association of Counties Achievement Award to Catawba County Public Health for its Farmers Market program.

The Board will also recognize the “Catawba Communities” TV program, which won a 2014 Meritorious Award and they will salute staff from the County Finance Office, which has earned the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for the 32nd consecutive year.

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