More details have been released in the arrest of 27-year-old Gareth Todd Nichols of Hazel Lee Street in Lenoir, who was charged with felony manufacturing methamphetamine, felony possession of precursor chemicals and felony maintaining a dwelling to keep or store a controlled substance, as reported yesterday on WHKY.
On October 29, Agents with the Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s I.C.E. Unit and the Lenoir Police Narcotics Division executed a search warrant at Cook’s grandmother’s house, where he lives. The search was the result of several undercover operations.
When Agents entered the home, Nichols was found in the attic. He was in the process of cooking meth and was one step away from having an active meth lab.
Nichols was taken into custody without incident. A search of the residence turned up chemicals used to manufacture meth and equipment used during the manufacturing process. Agents determined that Nichols was using the “one pot” method for cooking meth.
A Special Agent with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, who is clandestine laboratory certified, and a Site Safety Officer were notified and called to the scene to assist. The materials were subsequently collected and properly disposed of.
Nichols was incarcerated in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond. He had a first appearance in District Court in Lenoir yesterday (October 30).
50-year-old Daphne Annette Watkins of Hickory was convicted this week in Catawba Co. Criminal Superior Court for felony habitual misdemeanor larceny. Watkins was sentenced to no less than eight months and no more than 19 months in the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction.
The crime occurred in June 2013 in Hickory and involved the theft of $75 of merchandise from a local retail establishment. Watkins was apprehended on site by Loss Prevention and by the Hickory Police Department. Watkins had previously been convicted of misdemeanor larceny on February 9, 1993 in Burke County, April 8, 1993 in Catawba County, October 12, 2010 in Catawba County and on September 5, 2012 in Catawba County.
Kongpheng Lo of the Hickory Police Department conducted the investigation and Assistant District Attorney Brenda Brewer prosecuted the case. The Honorable Linwood Foust presided over the conviction.
Watkins will be transported to the Division of Adult Correction for processing.
23-year-old Landon Dale Foster of Sherwood Forest Drive in Nebo has been arrested by McDowell Co. Sheriff’s Officers for felony possession of methamphetamine.
At 11:40 p.m. on Friday, October 17, Deputy Jason Cook stopped a Toyota pickup truck at the intersection of N.C. 126 and U.S. 70 because the automobile matched the description of a vehicle spotted at a break-in. Foster was a passenger in the truck.
The Deputy searched the truck and found a bag in the passenger-side area that contained a crystal substance. Tests revealed that the substance was half a gram of methamphetamine.
Bond was set at $10,000, secured. No one was charged in connection to the break-in.
Foster will appear in District Court on November 10.
McDowell County Sheriff’s Deputies are advising local residents to be aware of con artists making calls posing as I.R.S. employees. The culprits are telling citizens that they have penalties against them and they need to send a money order to the I.R.S.
The Sheriff’s Office says the calls are a scam. The IRS does not call people and ask for money. The I.R.S. will send any correspondence through the U.S. Postal Service.
At least two cases have been reported in McDowell County. For more information, call the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office at 828-652-2235.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Blue Ridge Energies recently presented a check for $3,565 to The Wig Bank of Caldwell County and is making similar contributions in other counties served by the propane provider.
The donation represents a penny for every gallon of propane delivered in Caldwell County during the past year by the company’s pink “Fueling the Fight” delivery truck, designed to increase breast cancer awareness.
The donation will be used to help provide support services offered by The Wig Bank, located across from Caldwell Memorial Hospital. At the Wig Bank, cancer patients receive support services in a non-clinical atmosphere suited to meet the emotional, intellectual and spiritual needs of individuals touched by cancer.
50-year-old Ray Edward Bass and 53-year-old Roger Lewis Bass, both of Main Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory, along with 47-year-old Nathaniel Wilson of 3rd Street S.W. in Hickory, were all arrested shortly after three o’clock yesterday afternoon (October 29) on felony charges of larceny and breaking & entering. Wilson was also charged with failure to appear on misdemeanor warrants out of Guilford County for speeding and no operator’s license.
They were arrested after Hickory Police took a call regarding a B&E in progress at a vacant commercial building on 1st Avenue S.W. in Hickory. Officers arrived and found the three men removing scrap metal from the building.
Police contacted the owner of the building who said no one had permission to be on the site. The three suspects were taken into custody without incident.
All three men were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for each set at $10,000, secured. The Basses have since been released. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for tomorrow in Newton.
The Oasis Shriners Parade will be held in downtown Hickory this Saturday afternoon (November 1) at 2 p.m. The parade will begin at the corner of Main Avenue N.W. & 5th Street N.W. and will travel through Union Square, back to 1st Avenue N.W. and end at the corner of 1st Avenue N.W. & 5th Street N.W.
The Oasis Shriners Parade will feature clowns, bands, unique small cars and trucks and much more.
The Shriners help thousands of children who have severe physical problems and conditions. For more information, visit www.oasisshriners.org.
On The Level Home Services celebrated their opening with a ribbon cutting on October 23. Officials from the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Conover were in attendance.
Owned by Daniel and Maggie Ervin, On The Level Home Services is located at 902-B Conover Boulevard in Conover. With over 26 years of experience, the company offers specialized repairs including toxic mold removal, structural repairs and foundation waterproofing.
For more information, call 828-750-5712.
27-year-old Gareth Todd Nichols of N.W. Hazel Street in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (October 29) on charges of felony manufacturing methamphetamine, felony possession or distribution of meth precursors and misdemeanor maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. Nichols was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $100,000, secured. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Lenoir.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners meet at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, November 3, in the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.
The Board will hold a public hearing on a proposed application for a Fiscal Year 2015 Section 5310 Elderly Individuals and individuals with Disabilities Program grant. The grant would be used to provide funding for transportation services that meet the special needs of elderly persons and persons with disabilities for whom mass transportation services are unavailable, insufficient or inappropriate.
The Board will also consider setting its meeting schedule for 2015 and the Commissioners will recognize 19 county employees who took part in the county’s Mini Course during lunch hours over ten months to learn about all of the county’s departments.
The Board will also issue a proclamation declaring November 15-23 as National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week to recognize the serious issues facing many individuals and families in Catawba County.