32-year-old Charles Edward Mullinnix of Eustis, Florida, was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and possession of controlled substance on prison or jail premises. Mullinnix is also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The suspect was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (February 21) under $17,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today.
39-year-old Stacy Alan Clinton of Miller Bridge Road in Connelly Springs was arrested Wednesday (February 19) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny, possession, or receiving goods and possession of stolen goods. In addition, Clinton is charged with misdemeanor communicating threats.
A Burke County Deputy spotted Clinton shortly after 1:00 a.m. Wednesday, driving on Wilkes Grove Church Road. The officer was aware that there were outstanding warrants against Clinton. When the deputy activated his blue lights, Clinton reportedly failed to stop.
After Clinton allegedly ran through two stop signs while heading into Catawba County on Old Shelby Road, Clinton jumped out of the vehicle and ran. The chase was less than a mile in length. Burke County deputies working with Catawba County deputies and Hickory Police officers, with K9’s and drones, searched the area in Catawba County until approximately 5:45 p.m. before terminating the search.
Clinton was found later that evening in Lincoln County where he was arrested and turned over to Burke County deputies. The vehicle Clinton was driving was seized and Clinton was being held in the Burke County Jail under a $35,000 bond on the larceny and communicating threats charges and no bond on the possession of stolen goods count.
Clinton was scheduled to appear in District Court in Morganton today (February 21). Additional charges are pending.
We have more information on an arrest reported Thursday (February 20) on WHKY. 42-year-old Joseph Lee Rayburn of County Home Road in Conover was arrested Thursday by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, possession of methamphetamine, carrying a concealed weapon, resisting a public officer, driving left of center, fictitious or altered title, registration card or tag, and two counts of fail to stop for a steady red light.
Rayburn was arrested at 12:53 a.m. Thursday following a traffic stop which led to a vehicle pursuit. According to the Catawba County Sheriff's Office, Rayburn was initially observed sitting in a vehicle in a business parking lot on Henry River Road at around 12:20 a.m. As a deputy pulled into the store’s parking lot Rayburn pulled out and began traveling along Old Shelby Road.
Rayburn reportedly committed several traffic offenses which prompted a traffic stop at the intersection of Old Shelby and Mountain Grove Road. Police say Rayburn fled from the traffic stop. Deputies chased Rayburn for approximately 30 minutes and apprehended him in the City of Newton.
Rayburn was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $22,000 bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (February 21). A District Court appearance was scheduled today.
Due to the potential for hazardous road conditions this morning (February 21), there are delays in many area school systems and local government offices. One school system in the region is closed today.
Catawba County, Hickory Public, Newton-Conover, Alexander County, and Caldwell County Schools are all on a three-hour delay. Newton-Conover Kid Connection is also on a three-hour delay at each site. Caldwell County Wraparound is on a three-hour delay. The Burke County Schools are closed today with an optional teacher workday.
Catawba County Government Offices including libraries, parks, and early voting will all open at 10 a.m. The City of Newton Offices will open at 10 a.m. Sanitation collection may be delayed.
34-year-old Kingsley Michelle Perkins of Hamlett Drive in Claremont was arrested today (February 20) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, simple possession of schedule III controlled substance, and possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce. Perkins was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled Friday (February 21).
53-year-old George Buddy Barlowe of 1st Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before 3 p.m. yesterday (February 19) for failure to appear on a felony.
Barlowe reportedly failed to appear in court on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) and one misdemeanor count each of second-degree trespassing and possession of drug paraphernalia. The initial incident and arrest occurred on November 18 of last year.
Barlowe was taken into custody without incident yesterday at an auto dealership on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,000 secured bond. He'll appear in District Court on March 9 in Newton.
33-year-old Jason Robert Hill of Brandon Road in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:15 a.m. yesterday (February 19) on one felony count of receiving stolen property.
Hill was arrested in connection to an incident on February 11 when Officers encountered an individual in the parking lot at an auto repair facility on Highway 70 S.E. That person had purchased a motorcycle from Hill. The motorcycle had been reported stolen out of Alexander County. Warrants for Hill's arrest were issued on that date.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident yesterday at the Budget Inn Express on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Hill was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
35-year-old Ryan Lewis Wilson of Keyside Lane in Mooresville was arrested Wednesday (February 19) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three felony counts apiece of possession with intent to sell or deliver crystal methamphetamine and sale or delivery of crystal meth, two felony counts of sex offender near a child premise, and one felony count of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling to sell a controlled substance.
Iredell County Narcotics Investigators arrested the suspect at an address on Ivey Ostwalt Road. Wilson was being monitored due to his status as a registered sex offender. Police used surveillance and learned that the suspect was involved in the distribution of crystal meth in Iredell County.
Officers from the North Carolina Department of Probation and Parole were able to assist narcotics investigators in locating Wilson. They plan to charge him with additional counts connected to the violation of the terms of his probation. Wilson was jailed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for March 11.
42-year-old Joseph Lee Rayburn of County Home Road in Conover was arrested today (February 20) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, possession of methamphetamine, carrying a concealed weapon, resisting a public officer, driving left of center, fictitious or altered title, registration card or tag, and two counts of fail to stop for a steady red light.
Rayburn was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $22,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (February 21).
32-year-old Caleb Albert Bollinger of Northwest Boulevard in Newton and 29-year-old Kerissa Eller Hahn of Lisa Lane in Hickory were arrested Wednesday (February 19) by Hickory Police Officers. Bollinger is charged with felony counts of statutory rape of a person 13, 14, or 15-years-old by a defendant six years or more older and first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Hahn is charged with second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.
On February 13, Hickory Police were notified about a possible child exploitation case. The investigation was initiated and it led police to Bollinger and Hahn, resulting in their arrests.
The two suspects were arrested without incident shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday at an address on Highway 70 SE in Hickory. They were both jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility, Bollinger under $350,000 secured bond, Hahn under $150,000 secured bond. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (February 20) in Newton.
28-year-old Aaron Robert Gallegos of Benfield Park Lane in Hudson and 26-year-old Joseph Lee Eaker of Peachtree Lane in Granite Falls were arrested Wednesday (February 19) by Granite Falls Police Officers. They're each charged with felony maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substances. Gallegos is also charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule II and VI controlled substance.
Gallegos was released on $30,000 secured bond, Eaker was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court Wednesday.
30-year-old Colt David Everhart of Everhart Court in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (February 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of first-degree burglary, first-degree attempted burglary, and larceny after breaking and entering. Everhart was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled Wednesday.
23-year-old Ezra Harold Patton of Morganton was given an active prison sentence of eight to 12 years following his conviction for multiple crimes during Burke County Superior Court Monday (February 17).
The Honorable Steve Warren, Superior Court Judge from Buncombe County, imposed the prison term for Patton after he pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, attempted trafficking and two counts of assault by pointing a gun. A charge of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana from a separate incident also was consolidated into the judgment.
In addition, the defendant was given suspended sentences of 20 to 36 months for the assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury charge and 13 to 25 months for attempted trafficking of opiates with 36 months of supervised probation that will run at the conclusion of his active sentence if he violates the probationary terms. Patton’s co-defendant, Kristen Ellis, pleaded guilty to similar charges on January 6 and was sentenced to seven to 11 years, as previously reported on WHKY.
On May 17, 2019, Patton and Ellis traveled to a Morganton residence. Ellis went inside and met an occupant of the dwelling in his bedroom. A short time later, Ellis left the room, unlocked the front door of the home and allowed Patton, armed with a revolver, to enter the residence. The two defendants demanded that the victim give them his pain medication. When he refused, a struggle ensued that led to multiple shots being fired that struck the victim.
Ellis collected the medication, retrieved a shotgun from the room and struck the victim with it, breaking his jaw. The victim then took a knife and stabbed both defendants as they headed out of the residence.
Donny Dellinger was the lead investigator for the Morganton Department of Public Safety. Assistant District Attorney Michelle Lippert prosecuted the case for the State.
Due to the forecast calling for inclement weather Thursday (February 20), school closings and delays have been announced. Hickory Public Schools are closed with an optional teacher workday. Kids' Connection will open at 9:00 a.m. at Viewmont Elementary and will stay open, weather permitting. Parents will need to check-in with Kids' Connection for updates.
Catawba County Schools, Quest, Newton-Conover City Schools, and Burke County Schools will be closed Thursday with an optional teacher workday. Kid Connection will operate at North Newton from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weather permitting.
The Caldwell County School System will have a three-hour early release Thursday. Alexander County Schools will begin dismissal procedures at 12:00. After school care will be dismissed at 1:00.