Friday, December 19th
Officers from four agencies searched late yesterday afternoon and evening for a Catawba County man who fled when U.S. Marshals attempted to serve a Warrant for possession of a firearm. Jeffery Tucker, reportedly a convicted felon, led law enforcement authorities on a brief car chase around 3:45 p.m. Thursday afternoon, before fleeing on foot from a vehicle on Tower Road. Members of the A.T.F., U.S. Marshal's Office, North Carolina Highway Patrol and Catawba County Sheriff's Department searched a three mile radius around the Tower and Anderson Mountain Road area of Catawba County before calling off the search around 10:30 p.m. Tucker is a white male in his late 40's with grayish-black hair and a gray beard. Anyone knowing his whereabouts is asked to call 911.
Traffic will change around the expanding Catawba County Justice Center as of January 5th, 2015. The access road that currently runs between the Justice Center and the Government Center will be closed. Once the access road is closed, citizens wishing to visit the Justice Center or Sheriff's Office will need to enter the campus from Highway 321 over the next two years while the project continues. Citizens wishing to visit the Government Center or Jail and Magistrate's Office will need to enter the campus from Radio Station Road. In addition, the existing bus stop in front of the Justice Center will be relocated to the side of the Sheriff's Office as of January 2nd, 2014. Once completed the Justice Center will have three new courtrooms and space for court support functions; a new 911 Communication Center with 10 consoles, a new Emergency Operation Center; expanded Clerk of Court space: offices for Emergency Services, District Attorney and Community Corrections; and the creation of shell space that can be used for future expansion. Funding for the project comes from the quarter cent sales tax increase approved by voters in 2007.
An area vet was the subject of a news story last night on WSOC-TV News. William Reese, a wounded vet deployed to Iraq three times, has received an accessible home from Purple Hearts Homes. Reese, a Catawba County resident who was the son of a Marine, had enlisted in the Army after completing high school. He suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and a traumatic brain injury. Purple Heart Homes USA was founded by veterans for veterans and is committed to ensuring quality of life housing solutions for disabled American Vets of all eras. You can learn more or make a donation by visiting www dot purplehearthomesusa dot org.
The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office has arrested nine people in a drug-round up. Charges vary but all include drug related counts. Arrested were 32 year old Scott Christopher Angrove, 31 year old Maurice Lavone Chambers, 43 year old David Jackson Dunn , 33 year old Jerry Wayne Frazier, 18 year old Trey Allen Lail and 40 year old Jason Douglas Mashburn, all of Lenoir, 25 year old Jason Charles Bryant, 25 year old Thomas Ray Klutz, Jr and 25 year old Ashley Marie Whitener all of Granite Falls. Chambers was placed under a two hundred thousand dollar bond; Angrove was placed under a one hundred thousand dollar bond. Frazier, Klutz, and Dunn are jailed under fifty thousand dollar bonds. Whitener and Bryant are under twenty five thousand dollar bonds and Mashburn and Lail are freed under a promise to appear in court. The Caldwell County Sheriff's office confiscated 223 illegal prescription pills, 114 grams of marijuana, six marijuana plants, a small amount of cocaine and drug paraphernalia during the arrests.
The McAdenville Christmas Lights have been a holiday fixture for area residents since the McAdenville Men's Club decided to decorate a few trees around the Community Center in 1956. This year more than 375 live Christmas trees will be lit with more than 200 wreaths adorning lamp post throughout the town. Town residents also decorate their doors and set up a number of holiday scenes on their lawns. Chimes ring out from the 80 foot steeple of the McAdenville Baptist Church for any visitor who decides to drive through the small town called "Christmas Town" USA, In 2011, Yahoo ranked McAdenville number seven in the top 10 Christmas attractions. If you want to visit, lights go on nightly at five thirty p.m., remaining on till 9:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday and until 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Be prepared for traffic! Friday, December 26th is the last day to see the lights.
Be prepared for a North Carolina Fuel Tax increase! January 1st, 2015 the tax will go up one cent across the state from 36.5 cents to 37.5. The tax probably won't be noticed by most North Carolina motorists as the overall price at the pump has dropped. North Carolina's fuel tax is capped at 37.5 cents per gallon, but that cap will expire on June 20th of 2015.