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Michelle Morgan has announced her candidacy for the Catawba County Board of Commissioners.
Ms. Morgan is a longtime resident of Catawba County and a Development Specialist for Women’s Resource Center. She volunteers her time as a court appointed child advocate with the Catawba Valley Guardian Ad Litem Association and has served on several area boards, including the Western Piedmont Symphony, Hickory Community Theatre and the Guardian Ad Litem Association.
Ms. Morgan and her husband, Bill Morgan, live in Hickory. She has one daughter, Sydney, who was raised in Catawba County and now lives in New York City.
The City of Lenoir has hired Jared Wright to serve as its next Public Works Director. Mr. Wright has 17 years of experience in the construction industry. He has managed public and private projects, and he previously worked as the Stormwater Administrator for the city.
Mr. Wright will assume his new position on February 19. He will spend two weeks working alongside current Public Works Director Charles Beck. Mr. Beck will retire on March 1.
As Public Works Director, Mr. Wright will manage more than 40 employees and six divisions. Those divisions handle trash collection, leaf brush pickup, city street maintenance, storm drains, engineering for projects, maintenance of all city vehicles and maintenance at city facilities, cemeteries and downtown grounds.
Mr. Wright is a Caldwell County native. from North Carolina State University.
Mr. Wright first came to work for the city in 2011.
Mr. Wright and his wife, Courtney, have been married 13 years and have a 10 year old daughter. Courtney is the current principal at Sawmills Elementary School. They are members of First Baptist Church in Lenoir. yesterday on felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana and possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
Gutierrez was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
17 year old Nicholas Carroll Anderson of Baker Street in Statesville was arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (February 8) on charges of felony making a false report concerning mass violence on educational property and misdemeanor possession of a weapon on education property.
School officials at West Iredell High School on Warrior Drive in Statesville learned of a student who, earlier in the day, made comments about committing a violent act. The School Resource Officer was notified immediately.
An investigation was initiated by School Resource Officer Sergeant Dallas Hicks, Iredell County Detective Daniel Stikeleather and school staff. Statements were gathered from witnesses and the suspect, Nicholas Carroll Anderson. As part of the investigation, the suspect’s car, which was parked on campus, was searched and a fixed blade hunting knife with a five inch blade was found.
Anderson was taken into custody and placed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed. Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder, one rescue truck and a command unit.
Upon arrival, Firefighters reported heavy fire and smoke coming from the house.
No injuries were reported. Fire damages were considered heavy. The Red Cross was called to assist the occupant.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
In Catawba County, filing for the 2018 election begins at 12 noon on February 12 and ends at 12 noon on February 28. Primary elections will be held on Tuesday, May 8, with the general election on Tuesday, November 6. House 89th 96th Districts, Catawba County Board of Commissioners, Catawba County Sheriff or Catawba County Clerk of Superior Court should do so at the Catawba County Board of Elections in Newton. Court of Appeals should do so at the North Carolina State Board of Elections in Raleigh.
Superior District Court Judges, County School Board, and Soil Water Conservation District Supervisors will file for offices beginning in June of this year.
Yesterday (February 6), Officers with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit executed several search warrants at various locations in the county. The search warrants were the result of an investigation into large scale drug trafficking in the area, according to a press release issued by the Sheriff’s Office this morning.
Properties searched were located off of Highway 10 East in Catawba, off of Sunrise Beach Road in Catawba and on North Ashe Avenue in Newton. Investigators seized over $146,000 in cash, over a pound and a half of cocaine, over seven pounds of marijuana and one firearm. At least some of the drugs and the firearm were seized in a residential area less than a quarter mile away from North Newton Elementary School.
The investigation is ongoing. Several arrests are expected.
He was taken into custody without incident as Hickory Police assisted Probation Officers. Officers found 131 grams of marijuana (just over 4.5 ounces) in Danner’s residence. Danner is on probation as he serves a 24 month suspended sentence following a June 2017 conviction in Catawba County for felony possession with intent to sell a schedule II controlled substance.