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35-year-old Kevin Jamal Haqq of Stove Drive in Newton has been charged with murder in connection to a homicide that occurred at about two o’clock this morning (July 24) in the front yard outside of Haqq’s residence.

Haqq is accused of stabbing and killing 20-year-old Jason Margarita of Little Mountain Road. Mr. Margarita died en route to Catawba Valley Medical Center. The murder weapon was a knife of unspecified description.

The two men were involved in an altercation when the incident occurred. The nature of the dispute is unclear at this time. According to Catawba Co. Sheriff Coy Reid, Haqq gave several different accounts of the incident, claiming self-defense in at least one version of events.

Haqq has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility without bond. He will make a first appearance in District Court tomorrow in Newton.

25-year-old Dustin Wayne Sanders of the Hickory-Lincolnton Highway in Newton has been indicted on charges of felony child abuse inflicting serious injury and involuntary manslaughter.

The charges come in connection to the death of four-year-old Logan Putnam, the son of Sanders’ girlfriend, 31-year-old Kelli Elizabeth Ledford. The boy died after he was underwater for ten minutes in Lookout Shoals Lake, just north of I-40 and east of Highway 16, on May 24. Someone on the scene attempted to perform CPR, but the boy died in the hospital two days later.

Ledford was previously charged in connection to her son’s death, as reported July 17 on WHKY.

Sanders has been jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $100,000 bond. Ledford also remains in custody with bond set at $100,000, secured. Sanders and Ledford will both appear in Superior Court tomorrow (July 25) in Newton.

Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced yesterday (July 23) that the Sealed Air Corporation will establish its new global headquarters in Mecklenburg County. The company plans to create 1,262 jobs in Charlotte by the end of 2017.

Sealed Air is a Fortune 500 company that generated revenue of approximately $7.7 billion in 2013. The company creates packaging and hygiene solutions for name brands such as Cryovac® food packaging solutions, Bubble Wrap® brand cushioning and Diversey™ cleaning and hygiene solutions.

The company already has two production facilities in North Carolina; one in Richmond County, the other in Caldwell County. It also has sales offices throughout the state.

Sealed Air will relocate its headquarters to Charlotte from its current location in Elmwood Park, New Jersey; and all or part of its facilities in five other cities. The company will also relocate a few employees from other locations.

Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual wage will be $119,482. The average annual wage in Mecklenburg County is $59,046.

In addition to the expected job growth, Sealed Air will invest $58 million through a long term lease with a third party developer who will construct a new, state of the art facility for Sealed Air’s global headquarters.

The project was made possible in part by an award from the state Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) program. Receipt of the award is based on proof of job creation and other performance requirements.

For more information about Sealed Air, including job opportunities, visit www.sealedair.com

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:57

Marion Man Faces Felony Weapons Charge

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33-year-old Dennis Keith Yelton of Jenny Lind Drive in Marion was arrested Friday (July 18) by McDowell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a charge of felony possession of a firearm by a felon.

He was arrested after Deputies responded to Yelton’s address in response to reports of a man who was wanted on an outstanding warrant. The man was said to be armed.

The man, later identified as Dennis Yelton, fled on foot toward Stacy Hill Road. Detectives Curtis Stuteville and Paul Alkire located Yelton in an abandoned house there. Yelton, a convicted felon, allegedly had a handgun in his backpack.

In addition to the firearms charge, Yelton was served with a warrant for misdemeanor assault on a female. Additional charges are pending.

Yelton was jailed under a $30,500 secured bond. No court date is currently listed on the felony charge, though Yelton will appear in District Court on the assault charge on August 22.

22-year-old Jason Dakota Campbell of Maiden-Salem Road in Maiden was taken into custody by Hickory Police early this morning (July 23) on an order for arrest out of Lincoln County for one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a controlled substance and the sale & delivery of marijuana.

Campbell was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $16,000 secured bond. He will appear in Superior Court on August 11 in Lincolnton.

46-year-old Dawn Renee Arnett of Jessica Lee Lane in Taylorsville was arrested yesterday (July 22) by Lenoir Police on charges of larceny and possession of stolen goods or property. She was also charged with a probation violation. Arnett is on probation as she serves a 12-month suspended sentence following a February 2014 conviction for misdemeanor larceny in Caldwell County.

Following her arrest yesterday, Arnett was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $45,000 secured bond. She is currently scheduled to appear in District Court on August 12 in Lenoir for a probation violation and for driving while license revoked. In addition, Arnett will appear in Superior Court in Burke County on October 27 for felony attempting to obtain property by false pretense and felony uttering a forged instrument.

A “Meet the Artists” reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Taste Full Beans coffee house on Thursday, July 31.

The event will feature artists Bud Caywood, Leslie Hamlin, Regina Carpenter, Megan McKinney, Christine Brown, Charles Kimso, and resident potter Amanda Dobbins. Refreshments will be served and the artists will have a chance to speak about their work.

Taste Full Beans is located at 29 2nd Street N.W. in downtown Hickory. For more information, call 828-325-0108 or email contact@tastefullbeans.com.

23-year-old Dominick Joseph Desimone of Moss Drive in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning on one felony count each of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, as well as one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was taken into custody without incident at about 3:20 a.m. at the Quality Suites hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory. Desimone was reportedly found with more than two pounds of marijuana in his possession.

Desimone has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $12,800 secured bond. He will appear in Catawba Co. District Court on July 25.

The Greater Hickory Tennis Association (GHTA) will host the N.C. Tri-Level League State Championships, September 19-21. The event will take place at all local country clubs, including Rock Barn, Lake Hickory and Catawba Country Club, in addition to Jaycee Park and the YMCA of Hickory.

Local support is needed to help fund the event. Available sponsorships range from $50 to $5,000. Those interested in sponsorships should contact GHTA Vice President & USTA Tri-Level State Tournament Chair Micheal Stiles at 704-437-6597 or email at stiles@onepixelworld.com.

The GHTA is the local extension of the United States Tennis Association (USTA). Over 700 players, tournament officials and guests are expected to come to the area for the event, with an estimated economic impact of $500,000 for the weekend.

The GHTA is a 501(c)(3) organization, so your donation is tax deductible. For more information, visit www.ghtatennis.com.

36-year-old Eleazar Romero Gonzalez was arrested last Friday (July 18) on six counts of trafficking in cocaine in Iredell County and one additional count in Winston Salem. His arrest was part of a three-month long joint investigation involving the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office, the N.C. State Bureau of Investigations, the Davie Co. Sheriff’s Office, the Triad A.B.C. Police, the Winston Salem Police Department and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations.

The investigation began when the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office began to receive information regarding an unknown person who was selling large quantities of cocaine around the Davie County/Iredell County line.

Eventually, Undercover Officers with the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations were able to make several undercover drug transactions from Gonzalez. Officers purchased in excess of 263 grams of cocaine with a street value of over $65,000.

Investigators determined that Gonzalez lived in the Winston Salem area. The Winston Salem Police Department and Triad A.B.C. Police began conducting surveillance on Gonzalez. On Friday, Police executed a search warrant at Gonzalez’s residence. 174 grams of cocaine was located along with $4,000 in cash. The cocaine seized had an estimated value in excess of $43,000.

Gonzalez was arrested and later transported to the Iredell County Jail where he was held under a $200,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in an Iredell County courtroom on August 6.

The investigation is ongoing with additional arrests expected.