28-year-old Melinda Cobie Carpenter of Smithfield Drive NW in Conover was arrested today (October 16) by Newton Police Officers. She’s charged with possession of methampehtamine and identity theft. In addition, Carpenter is charged with failure to appear on counts of felony possession of schedule VI controlled substance, possession of schedule I controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled today and November 3.