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19-year-old Trevor Matthew Cagle of North Ann Street in Asheville was arrested at about 7:45 last night on a felony counterfeiting charge.

He was arrested in connection to an incident on June 6 of this year when Hickory Police responded to the Burger King on Springs Road. A counterfeit $100 bill had been passed at the restaurant. During the investigation, a suspect was developed and warrants were issued for Cagle’s arrest.

No information regarding Cagle’s bond or court date is currently listed. He is not listed as an inmate in Catawba County.

43-year-old Amy Raelynne Phillips of Noah’s Landing Farm Drive in Hiddenite was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:10 last night (June 21) on two counts of breaking & entering and two counts as an habitual felon. All the charges are felonies.

She was arrested after Hickory Police responded to a shoplifting call at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. Phillips allegedly attempted to leave the store with multiple items and was stopped by a Loss Prevention Officer. Phillips had previously been banned from Walmart.

She was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. She has since been released. An appearance in District Court was set for Monday (June 25) in Newton.

Friday, 22 June 2018 13:18

Morganton Residents Warned Of Utility Scam

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City of Morganton residents are reporting that scammers are calling homes and businesses threatening to disconnect their electric service. The scammers demand immediate payment over the phone, claiming to be with a utility service provider.

The City of Morganton does not call any utility customer by phone demanding immediate payment. Customers who may get behind on their payments will be notified via a City utility bill, and staff will work with customers to set up payment arrangements if at all possible.

If you receive a call, do not listen to the scammer's instructions. Hang up immediately and contact the City Electric Department at 828-438-5277. Do not share any personal information with these scammers and do not return any phone calls.

Morganton Department of Public Safety Chief Ronnie Rector said that if residents receive a phone call from a scammer, they can report it to Public Safety at 828-437-1211. He says if you're suspicious of a call, hang up immediately and call Public Safety.

32-year-old Thomas Jorell Howell of Wheeler Street in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (June 21) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with three counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and single counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and marijuana and maintaining a dwelling to keep controlled substance.

On Thursday, Investigators with the Lenoir Police Department Narcotics Unit along with the assistance of the Lenoir Police Department’s Special Response Team conducted a search at 526 Wheeler Street. The execution of this search warrant concluded a three month long investigation into drug distribution from the residence, which stemmed from community complaints.

Investigators found more than 290 grams of high grade marijuana, 13.9 grams of cocaine and more than $900 in U.S. currency. The marijuana and cocaine have a street value of $3700. Additionally, two handguns and an assault rifle were seized from the home.

Howell was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (June 25).

23-year-old Shiqwade Shiqwitin Dobbins of North Lackey Street in Statesville was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (June 22) on one felony count of breaking & entering and one misdemeanor count of larceny. He was also charged with felony habitual larceny.

He was arrested when Hickory Police responded to reports of an intoxicated pedestrian at the Walmart Store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. Officers found the subject, Shiqwade Shiqwitin Dobbins, outside the store, sitting on a curb. A Loss Prevention Officer told Police that Dobbins had stolen items from the store. He had previously been banned from that location.

Dobbins was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. He’ll make a first appearance in District Court Monday (June 25) in Newton.

32-year-old James Leon Creasy was arrested Thursday by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and receiving, transferring, or possessing a stolen vehicle, along with two misdemeanor counts of probation violation. Creasy was arrested at approximately 5:30 p.m. Thursday and placed in jail under $30,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (June 25).

24-year-old Martavious Steven Isbell of Jefferson Place in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:40 yesterday afternoon (June 21) on three felony counts of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering, plus one felony count each of speeding to elude arrest with two aggravating factors and failure to appear. He was also charged with single misdemeanor counts of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer and failure to appear. The B&E and larceny charges are from warrants issued in Catawba County on May 19. The failure to appear charges are from warrants out of Mecklenburg County where Isbell failed to appear in court on cocaine and marijuana charges.

Events leading to his arrest began on Wednesday (June 20) when Hickory Police attempted a traffic stop on Highway 127 South, near 2nd Street S.E. The driver failed to stop and fled from Officers. In the area of 10th Avenue S.E., the vehicle hit a tree and the driver fled on foot. Warrants were obtained for the driver, who was identified as Martavious Steven Isbell.

Isbell was taken into custody without incident yesterday at a residence on 8th Street Place S.E. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $41,000, secured. District Court appearances in Newton were scheduled for June 25 and July 26. He’ll appear in a Charlotte courtroom on July 18.

A decomposed body found last Friday (June 15) in Burke County has been identified as Kenneth Douglas Powell. Powell was a person of Interest in connection to a triple homicide that was reported on Friday, June 8. Powell’s body was identified based on multiple forms of identification on his person, in conjunction with the circumstances. Ballistic evidence involving the revolver found beside the body is still pending. Rounds fired from that weapon will be compared with the bullets from the victims’ bodies.

Powell’s body was found at about 7:30 p.m. on the fifteenth. The badly decomposed body was discovered in heavy woods about 75 yards off the end of Henrys Glen Drive, approximately one mile from Powell’s apartment.

The homicide victims, who all died of gunshot wounds, were identified as 22-year-old Jimmy “Brianna” Stamey, 57-year-old Pamela “Renee” Ward and 23-year-old Trae Montana Ward. They were killed at a residence at 3439 Enola Road in Morganton. A 22-month-old child was present at the time of the shootings. The child was found unharmed. The child is now with other family members.

31-year-old Michael Allen Montanez was arrested Thursday (June 21) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance and probation violation. Montanez was arrested at an address on U.S. 70 West in Valdese and placed in jail under $75,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (June 22).

35-year-old April Marie Byrd was arrested Thursday (June 21) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession of tools for counterfeiting and obtaining property by false pretense. Byrd is also charged with misdemeanor counts of probation violation and failure to appear. Records show the charges were filed in another county, which is unspecified. She was arrested at approximately 9:15 a.m. at an address on Texs Fish Camp Road in Connelly Springs. Byrd was placed in jail in Morganton under $30,500 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Monday (June 25).

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