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Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers raided a mobile home on Morning Drive in Catawba today (June 23) and seized approximately a kilo of cocaine, half a pound of marijuana, two firearms and about $8,000 in cash.  No arrests have been made at this time.  The investigation is ongoing.

27-year-old Joshua Thomas Carpenter was arrested today (June 23) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with two felony counts of sale and delivery of schedule II controlled substance along with single felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance. Carpenter was arrested at 9:15 a.m. today and placed in jail in Lincolnton under $27,500 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Monday (June 26).

36-year-old Megan Elizabeth Campos was arrested today (June 23) by authorities in Lincoln County. She's charged with felony sale and delivery of schedule II controlled substance. Campos was arrested at approximately 8:30 a.m. in Lincolnton. Following the arrest, Campos was placed in jail under $40,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Monday (June 26).

Lincolnton Police are again asking for the public’s help in locating 15-year-old Justin Shoemake, who was reported as a runaway on Friday, June 16.

Shoemake was last seen running towards the railroad tracks near the Lincoln Co. Department of Social Services on East Main Street in Lincolnton.  He was wearing a blue & white tee shirt and blue jeans.  He was carrying a bright green backpack.  

Justin Shoemake is a white male with green eyes and blonde hair.  He is five feet tall and weighs approximately 120 pounds.

Anyone with information regarding Shoemake’s whereabouts should contact Lincolnton Police Detective Sergeant Dennis Harris at 704-736-8900.

Three more suspected mid-level drug dealers who were being sought in a large drug operation have been arrested. Two of the suspects are from Burke County.

29-year-old Anthony Jarrett Burgess of South Sterling Street in Morganton and 26-year-old James Qualane Burgess of Roper St. in Morganton were charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and aiding and abetting continuing a criminal enterprise.

According to the McDowell County Sheriff's Office, the investigation into this drug conspiracy began last summer with a probe of activity at the 100 Stacy Farm Road residence of 36-year-old Jamie Leonard Tate. It was determined that Tate and 35-year-old Dwayne Bullock, of Newton, conspired with numerous people to traffic and distribute hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as lesser amounts of cocaine and heroin.

On April 18, authorities began rounding up the main suspects in the conspiracy, raiding areas simultaneously in McDowell, Burke and Catawba counties, locations believed to be used for storing and distributing narcotics. Seven were apprehended that day, and another was captured in Maryland last month. Two of the major players in the conspiracy remain at large. Four mid-level dealers were arrested on June 15. Authorities said the suspects conspired with Tate and Bullock to distribute methamphetamine in McDowell and Burke counties.

Authorities are still seeking the following suspects from the Hickory Metro. 35-year-old Dwayne Bullock of Newton, 37-year-old Kelsey England of Claremont, 40-year-old Evan Lipford and 66-year-old William Pearson, both of Morganton.

Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Bullock, England, Lipford, Pearson or Sparks is asked to call the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office at 652-2235, the McDowell County 911 communications center at 652-4000 or McDowell County Crime Stoppers at 65-CRIME (652-7463). Now, you can also text your tips to Crime Stoppers. Text MCDOWELLTIPS and your information to 274637 (CRIMES). With Crime Stoppers, your identity remains anonymous, and you could receive a cash reward.

The Catawba County Library is hosting an exclusive post-World War II exhibit at the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch today (June 23) through July 3.  

The 15-panel exhibit focuses on the relief efforts for child Holocaust survivors provided by the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) in the Kloster Indersdorf children’s DP center near Dachau, Germany following World War II. This historical exhibit is organized by the Concentration Camp Memorial Site Flossenbürg in Germany.

According the United Nations Archives (https://archives.un.org), the UNRRA was established by the agreement of 44 nations on November 9, 1943 with operations coming to an end in 1946. The purpose of UNRRA was to "plan, co-ordinate, administer or arrange for the administration of measures for the relief of victims of war in any area under the control of any of the United Nations through the provision of food, fuel, clothing, shelter and other basic necessities, medical and other essential services".

The exhibit will be on display in the library’s community room no through July 3 and can be viewed anytime during operating hours: Monday – Tuesday 12-8pm; Wednesday – Saturday 9am-6pm. The Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library is located at 9154 Sherrills Ford Rd. in Terrell.

For the latest in library news, visit librarynews.catawbacountync.gov or stop by your local branch.

51-year-old Jerry Michael Norman was arrested Thursday (June 22) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of a weapon by a felon. Following the arrest, Norman was placed in jail under $20,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (June 23) in Morganton.

39-year-old Tonaka Cook was arrested Thursday (June 22) by authorities in Burke County She's charged with felony attempt to obtain controlled substance by fraud or forgery. She's also charged with probation violation. Following the arrest, Cook was jailed in Morganton under $16,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Monday (June 26).

28-year-old Darius Edward Connelly was arrested Thursday (June 22) by authorities in Burke County. He was charged with felony breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Connelly was placed in jail in Morganton under $5,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (June 23).

54-year-old Sharon Birchfield Stinson was arrested Thursday (June 22) by authorities in Lincoln County. She's charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon. Stinson was placed in jail in Lincolton under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (June 23).

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