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48-year-old Leonard Jay Hayes has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers for indecent liberties with a child.

His arrest was the result of a report filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office on March 31 of this year in reference to the sexual assault of a child in northern Iredell County. The child told one of her parents that Leonard Jay Hayes had committed lewd acts with her between March 1 and May 2 of 2014. The incidents occurred on multiple occasions during that two-month period.

The investigation was assigned to Detective Sgt. Jason Lowrance of the Sheriff’s Special Victim’s Unit. The child and additional witnesses were interviewed by Detectives. As a result of the investigation, Hayes was charged with eight counts of indecent liberties with a child - committing lewd & lascivious acts upon a child under the age of 16.

Hayes was arrested last Thursday (May 7) and placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $300,000 secured bond. He will next appear in District Court on May 29.

In 1997, Hayes was arrested by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office for indecent liberties involving a nine-year-old child.  

The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office was involved in a standoff in the Globe community. They were still at the scene as of 2:00 this afternoon. According to a published report, deputies were first called around 9:30 p.m. Sunday to a home on Upton Place.

The report says that investigators said when they arrived, someone pointed a rifle at them through a window of a home and they fired their guns. The SBI has also been called to the scene along with deputies from Burke County.

No other information was available.

23-year-old Earl Dean Hill of Pony Run in Statesville was arrested last Tuesday (May 5) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony breaking and entering, felony larceny of a firearm, and two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense.

On April 21, the Sheriff’s Office received a call from a resident to report a breaking and entering and larceny of guns from his residence. The victim told responding officers he had recovered one of the guns before they arrived and advised who the gun was recovered from. Deputies went and spoke with the person who the owner recovered the gun from and Deputies were given a name of a possible suspect to be Earl Dean Hill.

Detectives went and spoke with Earl Dean Hill and it was learned that he had sold all three of the guns. Detectives went and recovered all the guns that where sold from two different people.

All of the victim’s property that was stolen was recovered and returned to the owner. The guns had a value of $1,000. Hill was detained in the Iredell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled for May 20.

Monday, 11 May 2015 09:10

Felony Hit And Run Charge Filed

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28-year-old Jonathan Edward Barlow was arrested Sunday (May 10) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony hit and run and driving while impaired. Following the arrest, Barlow was placed in jail under $55,000 secured bond. A first court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, May 11) in Morganton.

51-year-old Charles Wayne Benham was arrested Sunday (May 10) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. Benham was charged with failing to notify sheriff’s office of a change of address, as required for registered sex offenders and being within 300’ of a playground as forbidden by a registered sex offender. Both charges are felonies.

Public Safety officers were called to investigate a suspicious person around the area of the Greenway-near Judge’s Riverside-Greenlee Ford Road. When officers arrived, they encountered Charles Wayne Benham sitting on a picnic table, near the restrooms. A records check indicated that Benham was a registered sex offender from out of state (California-San Diego) and had transferred his registration to North Carolina at an address on Smokey Creek.

Benham reported to officers that he had been living homeless under the Silver Creek Bridge for at least two weeks. NC Law requires a registered sex offender to notify the Sheriff of any address change within three business days. Benham had not been living at the Smokey Creek Address for some time and according to the DCI/NCIC database has a Smokey Creek address.

Additionally, Benham had been loitering around the Greenway for the past few days, sleeping in the bathroom. The picnic table that Benham was seated on was less than 200’ from a playground. NC law prohibits registered sex offenders from loitering 300’ from a playground for children.   

Following the arrest, Benham was placed in jail under $10,000 secured bond, a court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, May 11).


49-year-old Joel Whitner Hart who has no address listed was arrested Friday (May 8) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony fail to register as a sex offender and failure to appear on a count of felony probation violation. Following the arrest, Hart was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $300,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, May 11).

Monday, 11 May 2015 04:54

Hickory Woman Charged With Vehicle Break-in

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44-year-old Tressie Diane Teague of Skyview Drive in Hickory was arrested Saturday (May 9) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with break or enter a motor vehicle and injury to personal property. Following the arrest, Teague was incarcerated at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,500 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for today (Monday, May 11).

Monday, 11 May 2015 04:45

Heroin Charge Filed Against Maiden Man

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21-year-old Jacob Levi Settlemyre of North Carolina Avenue in Maiden was arrested Friday (May 8) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession of heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Settlemyre was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, May 11).

A section of South College Street in Morganton near CoMMA will be closed Tuesday (May 12) for construction work. A local contractor working on the new Senior Deaf and Blind Community being built at 450 South College Street has to close the street to make a new water line tap for the community.

The contractor plans to close the street just after 8 a.m. and the street should be back open Tuesday evening, barring any unforeseen complications. If there is bad weather Tuesday, the road closure will be moved to the following day. Drives can detour around the closure via West McDowell Street to Herron and Herron to South King.

We have more information on an arrest we first reported on last week. A man suspected of drug trafficking in Burke County was arrested by multiple agencies after they received a tip regarding the location of the suspect. 39-year-old Davy Leonard Goodman of Greentree Acres Road in Valdese was arrested and charged with two felony counts of trafficking of drugs and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Police and court records also show Goodman faces counts of felony probation violation and driving while impaired.

Last Tuesday (May 5) the Burke County Narcotics Task Force, United States Marshals Task Force, and Burke County Sheriff’s Office served warrants on Goodman for the previously mentioned drug offenses. Acting on a tip, Goodman was found at a residence at 1890 Bristol Creek Avenue, Morganton. Goodman was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $78,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for June 1, Goodman is also scheduled to appear in District Court September 29.

Additional charges against Goodman are pending.