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29-year-old Vicente Omar Forney of South Sterling Street in Morganton, 39-year-old Angela Dawn Hedrick of Pond Road in Spruce Pine, and 43-year-old Christopher Allen Smith of Walker Road in Morganton, were all arrested Monday (December 17) by Morganton Public Safety Officers.

Forney was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, along with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, and second degree trespassing. He was also served with three failure to appear warrants for misdemeanor unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, felony identify theft, felony possession of meth, and a criminal summons for misdemeanor second degree trespassing. Hedrick was charged with felony counts of possession of meth and possession of a stolen motor vehicle along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Smith was charged with felony possession of meth and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Shortly after 10 p.m. Monday, Public Safety responded to the area of 1519 South Sterling Street in reference to a man who was reportedly trespassing on the property. That man, Vicente Omar Forney, was last seen walking towards his mother's apartment on South Sterling Street. Forney had been banned from the property.

Officers knocked on the apartment door at Forney's mother's residence and received no response. They heard people and movement inside, but nobody would answer. The Officers smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside the apartment and found a stolen vehicle near the residence. They searched the home and found Forney, Hedrick, and Smith hiding in a back bedroom. They found a small amount of narcotics, drug paraphernalia, and the keys to the stolen vehicle in the bedroom. A BB gun that looked like a real revolver was found in the living room. The stolen vehicle contained multiple items belonging to Hedrick.

All three suspects were brought to the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility. Forney's bond was set at $46,000 secured, Hedrick received a $15,000 secured bond, and Smith's bond was set at $5,000 secured. They are all scheduled to appear in court Wednesday (December 19).

Christmas trees and other natural decorations will be accepted curbside and at all five Solidwaste Convenience Centers located around Catawba County from December 26, 2018 through January 18, 2019. No ornaments, bases, or other decorations should be left on trees.

Residents who have curbside collection service with Republic Services may put their used Christmas tree out with their garbage on their curbside collection day. Trees will be picked up by a separate Republic Services truck.

Republic Services will not operate on December 25. The curbside service schedule will run one day behind schedule December 26 through December 28. Republic Services will resume their regular curbside service schedule on Monday, December 31, 2018.

Some municipalities in Catawba County are handling tree pickup separately within their boundaries, so residents of municipalities should check with the government office in their city or town to be sure of the schedule and procedure they should follow. County Solidwaste Convenience Centers will accept Christmas trees and other natural decorations between December 26 and January 18 only.

Blackburn Convenience Center at 3864 Rocky Ford Road in Newton, across from the Blackburn Landfill. Their hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Bethany Church Road Convenience Center at 2436 Bethany Church Rd in Newton. Hours of operation are 10:00a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Cooksville Convenience Center at 3659 Rhoney Farm Road in Vale. Their hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Oxford Convenience Center at 4637 Lookout Dam Road in Catawba. Hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Sherrills Ford Convenience Center at 8876 Sherrills Ford Road in Sherrills Ford. Their hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

The Blackburn Convenience Center will close at 3:00pm on Monday, December 24. All Centers will be closed on Tuesday, December 25 and Tuesday, January 1. All Centers will resume their regular schedules on Wednesday, December 26.

Christmas trees are always accepted at the Blackburn Construction and Demolition Landfill, which will be closed Monday, December 24 through Wednesday, December 26 and will resume the regular schedule on Thursday, December 27. Go to for more information.

Tuesday, 18 December 2018 05:58

Caldwell County Man Charged With Meth Possession

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27-year-old Ronnie Claude Burchette III of Morganton Boulevard SW in Lenoir was arrested Monday (December 17) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Burchette was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center where bond was set at $2,500 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (December 18).

Tuesday, 18 December 2018 05:19

Lenoir Man Charged With Vehicle Theft

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27-year-old Aaron Robert Gallegos of NW Wilson Street in Lenoir was arrested Monday (December 17) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Gallegos was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (December 18).

27-year-old Britny Ann McCormick of Hickory Airport Road, Hickory and 23-year-old Morgan Teylor Cobb of Jamestown Road in Morganton were arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. McCormick is charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine and possession of meth. She's also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Cobb is charged with felony possession of meth and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

According to a news release issued Monday (December 17), on November 29, 2018, North Carolina Probation and Parole Officers and Burke County Sheriff’s Detectives conducted a residential check at 4921 Laurel Creek Street in Connelly Springs. Upon arrival, officers and detectives made contact with Morgan Taylor Cobb and Britny Ann McCormick. During a search of McCormick’s vehicle, methamphetamine and marijuana was found.

McCormick was arrested and Charged and received a $14,000 secured bond. According to the news release, Detectives also seized meth and marijuana from Cobb, who was subsequently arrested and charged. Her bond was set at $20,000 secured. Both suspects were confined at the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility following their arrests, they were no longer listed as inmates. They both have court dates Wednesday (December 19).

Tuesday, 18 December 2018 04:15

Lenoir Man Charged With Multiple Break-in Counts

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27-year-old Brandon Alan Johnston of Taylor Farm Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (December 17) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of breaking and entering and one misdemeanor count of injury to personal property. Johnston was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $60,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (December 18).

Tuesday, 18 December 2018 04:03

Hickory Man Indicted On Vehicle Break-in Charges

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57-year-old Timothy Scott Poole of 4th Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested Monday (December 17) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with two felony counts apiece of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and two misdemeanor counts apiece of larceny. Poole was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (December 19).

66-year-old Mikeal Eugene Caldwell of Newton, was given an active prison sentence of five to seven years following his conviction for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury during Catawba County Superior Court on Monday (December 17).

The Honorable Gregory R. Hayes, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, imposed the prison term for Caldwell, who pleaded guilty to the charge. The defendant will serve his sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.

The offense stemmed from a domestic dispute that occurred on May 31, 2018, when the female victim confronted the defendant about his drinking. Caldwell threatened to kill himself but turned a pistol on the victim and shot her in the head. The defendant contacted 911 and reported the shooting, and also waited on law enforcement officers to arrive on scene.

The case was investigated by detectives with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Jamie Adams handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.

45-year-old Ashley Elizabeth Riser of Lake Lynn Road in Concord has been arrested by Newton Police on two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Her arrest comes in connection to an incident Saturday afternoon (December 15) when Newton Police responded to an armed robbery at the Burger King on Southwest Boulevard in Newton. Officers were told that a white female driving an older model white Buick LeSabre pulled up to the drive thru window and pointed a rifle at a worker and told the worker she would kill her if she didn’t give her money. The worker complied and gave the suspect money. The suspect vehicle then left the parking lot, traveling north on Southwest Boulevard.

A short time later, Newton Police were notified that the suspect was being held by Sheriff’s Deputies in the lobby at the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Newton Police learned that the suspect was attempting to bail her girlfriend out of jail using a bondsman when she was detained by Deputies.

The suspect matched a description given by employees at Burger King. A Beeman pellet rifle was found lying in the front passenger floorboard of the suspect vehicle.

Officers also learned that the suspect was wanted for questioning in connection to an incident at the Holiday Inn on 10th Street N.W. in Conover and also in connection to an armed robbery at the Taco Bell on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. Both incidents happened earlier in the day, prior to the Burger King incident. Investigators from Newton and Hickory interviewed the suspect, who admitted to committing both armed robberies.

Riser was jailed in Catawba County with a combined secured bond of $40,000. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled this morning in Newton.

Monday, 17 December 2018 14:21

Lenoir Man Accused of Felony Financial Card Fraud

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29-year-old Joseph Daniel Beard of Mountain View Circle in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff's Officers Friday (December 14) on one felony count of financial card fraud. Following his arrest, Beard was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $6,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make first appearance in District Court today (December 17) in Lenoir.

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