56-year-old Diane Michelle Weeden of Ballard Road in Denver, NC, was arrested Tuesday (July 16) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony robbery with a dangerous weapon.

At approximately 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, a white female wearing dark glasses, shorts and a dark colored shirt entered People’s Bank on NC 16 Business South. She demanded money and presented a note that said she had a gun, but no gun was seen. The suspect fled the bank on foot.

Officers found the woman, Diane Michelle Weeden, near a vehicle behind a nearby Food Lion grocery store. She was taken into custody without incident at 10:00 a.m. The money taken in the robbery, just under $2,600, was recovered.

Weeden was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $35,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (July 17). The FBI assisted in the investigation.

29-year-old Travis Shawn Baker of U.S. 64 in Morganton was arrested last Friday (July 12) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine.

According to a news release issued Tuesday (July 16), on July 2, 2019, Burke County Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop on Devinney Street in Morganton on a vehicle traveling in excess of 20 miles per hour over the posted speed limit. The driver, Travis Shawn Baker, was on probation for felony convictions in Burke County.

During the investigation, deputies seized suspected drugs from the vehicle and Baker was released without incident. The substances were turned over to the CID/Narcotics Division and tested positive for methamphetamine. A warrant was issued for Baker and he was arrested last Friday by NC Probation and Parole officers and Burke County deputies.

Baker was transported to the Burke County magistrate office where he was placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $10,000 secured bond. He was not listed as an inmate in Burke County today (July 17). His next District Court date on the drug charge is August 5.

27-year-old Joshua Elliot Parlier of Balls Creek Road in Claremont was arrested Sunday (July 14) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, misdemeanor go armed to the terror of people, along with three misdemeanor counts of child abuse. Parlier is also charged with highway violations.

Sunday at approximately 2:30 a.m., a caller reported to the Catawba County Communications Center that a vehicle crossed the center line in the area of Boggs Road and Cinderella Street, causing the caller to crash to avoid hitting the vehicle. The vehicle that crossed the center line did not stop at the scene.

Catawba County Patrol deputies located the suspect vehicle, a Black Subaru Impreza, approximately several minutes later on Boggs Road. The suspect stopped at the intersection of Highway 10 East and Boggs Road where he fired shots from a pistol towards an indeterminate location.

The suspect did not stop for officers and continued onto Balls Creek Road. Deputies pursued the vehicle, which stopped at the suspect's residence on Balls Creek Road. The suspect was apprehended without further incident.

During the investigation, it was discovered that the suspect, identified as Joshua Elliot Parlier, left two young children at his residence unattended prior to this incident occurring. He was arrested and bond was set at $12,000 secured. Parlier was not listed as an inmate in Catawba County today (July 17). He has District Court dates July 22 and August 5.

A minimum 25 year sentence was imposed in a Burke County murder case.

On Friday, March 8, 2019, 28-year-old Icey Chennell Gooden entered a guilty plea to two counts of second-degree murder, two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of first-degree kidnapping in Burke County Superior Court in relation to charges stemming from the September 2016 deaths of 29-year-old Spencer Jermain Murray and 35-year-old Albert Alexander Austin.

The two men's bodies were discovered the morning of September 18, 2016, at approximately 8 a.m. when Burke County Sheriff's Deputies were called to Canoe Creek Way in Morganton. When they arrived, deputies found a burned Cadillac Deville with human remains inside. Three suspects, including Gooden, were charged in the case.

On Tuesday (July 16) The Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, imposed an active prison sentence of 25 to 32 years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.

Melanie Robinson and Scott Carico led the investigation for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations, Burke County fire Marshal’s Office, North Carolina License and Theft Bureau, Burke County Medical Examiner, Oak Hill Fire and Rescue, West End Fire and Rescue, and Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.

Assistant District Attorneys Michelle Lippert and Lance Sigmon handled prosecution for the State with assistance from Legal Assistant David DiMaggio.

23-year-old Dilon Blake Sherriff of Longview Road in Statesville was arrested Saturday (July 13) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, felony flee to elude arrest, driving while impaired, driving left of center, driving while license revoked, resisting a public officer, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Saturday an investigation was being conducted into a suspicious vehicle in the area of Elmwood Road west of Statesville. It was learned that the tag on the vehicle belonged to another automobile. An officer tried to stop the vehicle but it sped up leading to a pursuit.

A short time later, the same vehicle was reported being in the parking lot of Faith Church on Barry Oak Road. When deputies arrived, they noticed the vehicle traveling on Elmwood Road. “Stop Sticks” were deployed which caused one the vehicle tires to deflate. The driver lost control of the car, and ran off the road just inside Rowan County.

As the deputies attempted to take the driver into custody, he drove his vehicle intentionally head on into a patrol car. The car eventually stopped and the driver, Dilon Blake Sherriff, was taken into custody. Sherriff was transported back to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was arrested and charged.

Sherriff was jailed under $405,790 secured bond. District Court dates are scheduled for August 5 and September 3.

28-year-old Landon Dale Foster was arrested Monday (July 15) by authorities in Burke County. He was charged with felony accessory after the fact. Foster was arrested at an address on Jamestown Road in Morganton shortly after midnight Monday morning and placed in jail under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for August 5.

23-year-old Brittany Taylor Cowick of SW Overlook Drive in Lenoir was arrested Monday (July 15) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony maintain a vehicle or dwelling to keep controlled substance. Cowick was given a custody release, a District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (July 17).

38-year-old Michael Wayne Walker, Sr. of High West Drive in Lenoir was arrested Monday (July 15) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Walker was released after posting $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is set for Wednesday (July 17).

47-year-old Timothy Bruce Hodge of Central Street in Hudson was arrested Monday (July 15) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged with felony probation violation and misdemeanor resisting a public officer. Hodge was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $55,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for August 5.

Unemployment rates increased across the Hickory Metro area and throughout much of the state according to the most recent numbers released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor & Economic Analysis Division. The May unemployment rates were released earlier this month.

Catawba County's unemployment rate is 3.7 percent, up from 3.3 percent in the April report. Alexander County's jobless rate rose to 3.6 percent from 3.1. Burke County's May unemployment rate is listed at 3.9 percent, up from 3.4 percent in April. Caldwell County's jobless rate is 4.3 percent, up from 3.8.

The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 3.9 percent, up from 3.4 in April. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied for the seventh lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs in the state.

North Carolina's unemployment rate is 4 percent even, up from 3.6 percent in the previous report. Unemployment rates increased in 95 of North Carolina's 100 counties, decreased in three, and remained unchanged in two. Hyde County has the state's highest unemployment rate at 6.8 percent while Buncombe County has the lowest at 3.1 percent. Compared with the same month last year, unemployment rates increased in 94 counties, decreased in four, and remained unchanged in two.

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