34-year-old Anthony Lee Cline of Deer Run Drive in Hiddenite was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (August 17) for a felony probation violation and two misdemeanor counts of failure to appear. He failed to appear in court on charges of driving while license revoked and fictitious or altered title, registration card or tag. Cline is on probation he serves an 18-month suspended sentence following an April 2019 felony conviction in Catawba County of receiving a stolen vehicle.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident at about 4:25 Saturday morning at a mobile home on 34th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory. Cline was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $11,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today (August 19), with a District Court date coming up on September 5, both in Newton.
Lenoir-Rhyne University will hold a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for its newly completed Neill McGeachy Sports Performance Center at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 7. The public is invited to the event, which will take place before Lenoir-Rhyne's 100th football season opener against St. Augustine’s. The game will kick off at 6 p.m. in Moretz Stadium.
The $3-million, 14,000 square-foot facility was named for Neill McGeachy, L-R class of ’65. Mr. McGeachy, who died last year, was the former director of intercollegiate athletics and executive director of the Bears Club.
The sports performance center features a weight room, nutrition bar, indoor turf training area, dedicated team meeting rooms, additional coaches’ offices, and an enclosed pavilion & outdoor courtyard for Bears Club hospitality and engagement space. The facility supports student-athletes in all 22 intercollegiate sports.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place in the new weight room. Among those expected to speak are director of athletics Kim Pate, University President Dr. Fred Whitt, Board of Trustees Chair Madeleine Dassow (L-R class of ’75), and the Rev. Dr. Andrew Weisner.
31-year-old Andrea Blaj of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (August 17) on three counts of failure to appear. She failed to appear in court for felony possession of heroin and misdemeanor larceny, and she failed to appear in drug recovery court. The warrant for her arrest was issued the previous day.
Blaj was taken into custody without incident at about 3:15 a.m. Saturday at a restaurant on Highway 70 S.E. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for August 26 in Newton.
18-year-old Cesar Tenorio Vargas of Section House Road N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (August 19) on one felony count of statutory sex offense with a victim 15 years of age or younger by a defendant at least six years older than the victim. Vargas was taken into custody without incident at about 3:40 a.m. today at a residence on 22nd Avenue N.E. in Hickory. The suspect was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $50,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.
44-year-old Charles Quentin McLean of Union Baptist Road in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff's Officers yesterday (August 18). McLean was charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance. He was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. McLean was processed and given a custody release. No court date is currently listed.
55-year-old Richard Scott Weaver of Weaver Lane in Connelly Springs was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff's Officers Friday (August 16) on charges of felony possession of a controlled substance on penal institution premises and driving while license revoked. Following his arrest, Weaver was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $13,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (August 19) in Lenoir.
41-year-old William Ray Blackburn of Raintree Drive in Hudson was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff's Officers yesterday (August 18) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Following his arrest, Blackburn was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $25,000, secured. No court date is currently listed.
19-year-old Macy Shea Branch of Fletcher Street in Morganton was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff's Officers Friday (August 16) for felony possession of methamphetamine. She was also charged with two misdemeanor counts each of assault on a government official or employee and simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, plus a single count of resisting, delaying, or obstructing a public officer.
Following her arrest, Branch was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $30,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (August 19) in Lenoir.
42-year-old Michael Lee Hefner of 39th Avenue Court in Hickory has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff's Officers on charges of resisting a public officer, possession of marijuana up to half an ounce, failure to heed a light or siren, fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, driving while impaired, and fictional, concealed, revised, or altered registration card or tag.
Hefner was jailed yesterday (August 18) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond was set at $7,500. He'll make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.
Three new names have been added to the Burke County Sheriff's Most Wanted List. They are:
26-year-old Justin Matthew Browning, whose last known address is on Cape Hickory Road in Hickory. Browning is wanted for multiple felonies including breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering, and possession of stolen goods or property.
26-year-old Crystal Nicole Connell, whose last known address is on Highway 70 East in Morganton. She is wanted for a felony probation violation.
And, 43-year-old Clyde Dwayne Teague. Teague's last know address is on Murphy Street in Morganton. He is wanted for a felony probation violation and for previous charges of breaking & entering.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of these suspects should call 828-438-5500 or call Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333. The complete Burke County Most Wanted List is posted at http://burkesheriff.org/most.htm.
21-year-old Nicholas Troy Conley of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory has been arrested by Hickory Police on one count of statutory rape of a child 15 years of age or younger. He was jailed Saturday (August 17) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond was set at $50,000. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (August 19) in Newton.
Members of the Morganton Community Appearance Advisory Commission, Burke Library Foundation and Laura Ervin Smith’s family gathered at the Morganton Public Library Thursday afternoon (August 15) to dedicate a new memorial garden in Smith’s honor.
Ms. Smith served with both organizations for many years. She passed away on December 22, 2018. The memorial garden was designed by Steven Mills, Jim Pless, Sean Alexander and Christopher Richards in Smith’s memory. It is planted on the front lawn of the Morganton Public Library. A plaque dedicating the garden to Smith’s memory was provided by the Burke Library Foundation.
Ms. Smith was an incorporating member, board member, and secretary of the Historic Burke Foundation, and served on the boards of the Community Concert, the Literacy Council, the Morganton Service League, and the North Carolina State University Humanities Foundation. She was a member of the Daughters of American Revolution, President of the Quaker Meadows Garden Club, President of the Burke County Council of the Garden Clubs and a National Garden Club Flower Show Judge.
The Morganton Public Library is located at 204 South King Street in Morganton.
43-year-old Clyde Dwayne Teague of South Cline Avenue in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police Sunday morning (August 18) for a felony out-of-county probation violation. He is on probation as he serves a 30-month suspended sentence following a January 2019 felony conviction in Caldwell County for breaking & entering. He was arrested on a warrant out of Burke County.
Teague was taken into custody without incident at an address on Highland Avenue N.E. in Hickory. He was jailed yesterday in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond was set at $75,000, secured. Teague will appear in Superior Court on September 23 in Morganton.
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High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police are seeking the public’s assistance in solving a case involving the theft of merchandise from a Cracker Barrel restaurant.
At about 7 p.m. on July 16, a male and female in a white minivan arrived at the Cracker Barrel located at 1601 Blowing Rock Road. During their visit, the male suspect stole a felony amount of merchandise from the store. The male and female then left in the minivan.
Anyone with information regarding the theft should call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 or 828-737-0125, or call the Boone Police Department at 828-268-6900.
Citizens may also submit a Crime Stoppers Tip at tipsubmit.com/webtips.aspx?AgencyID=1251 or Text "NCTIP plus your tip" to 274637 (CRIMES). All information will be kept confidential.
Information leading to arrests, the recovery of stolen property, the seizure of drugs, or the location of wanted persons could result in a reward.