33-year-old Dustin Elijah Childress was arrested this morning (April 11) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of controlled substance in prison or jail. He also faces a count of probation violation. Childress was arrested at 4:25 a.m. today. He was being held in jail in Morganton under $23,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today.
According to the Catawba County Sheriff's Office, fraudulent "Tax bills" are being mailed to residences and businesses in our area.
The letterhead on the phony bill says "Tax Enforcement Department, Internal Processing Service For Catawba County Public Judgement Records" on the left. The document also gives information on the right side including a date, issuer, and a phone number.
The Sheriff's Office posted a copy of one of the fraudulent bills on it's Facebook page. The fake document that is posted says that the Internal Revenue Service has attempted to obtain delinquent tax payments and it states that the receiver has not responded to prior notices.
The document says what will happen is that the IRS will be forced to collect the taxes by taking property and selling it. To avoid this, the fake bill says call 866-457-5695 by a certain date or further actions will be taken. The bill posted by the Sheriff's Office is signed by R.M. Davis, who is listed as a resolution officer.
The Sheriff's Office says if you receive a document like this, do not respond to it or send any money. Contact the Tax Office if you have questions concerning your taxes.
New names were recently added to the Burke County most wanted list.
26-year-old Wesley Eric Wright was recently placed on the list of suspects wanted in Burke County. He's wanted for probation violation, the probation was imposed on a count of fraud. Wright's last known address was 4155 Whitener Drive in Hickory. He was added to the most wanted list on March 22.
62-year-old Norman Jerome Greenlee was also recently added to the Burke County most wanted list. He's charged with probation violation for driving while impaired level two. The last known address for Greenlee was 506 Rockyford Street in Morganton. He was also added to the list March 22.
37-year-old Paul William Kennell II is also wanted by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with failure to appear on felony counts of possession of stolen goods, breaking and entering, and larceny. Kennell's last known address was 3030 Village Court in Morganton. He was placed on the Burke County most wanted list March 15.
You can see the entire list of suspects wanted by authorities in Burke County at www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list, call the Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail information to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you'd like to submit an anonymous tip you can do so through Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.
30-year-old Ruale Labritton Smith of Scott Drive in Gastonia was arrested Wednesday (April 10) by authorities in Gaston County on a charge filed in Catawba County. He's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Smith was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Thursday (April 18).
40-year-old Marty Allen Teague of Confederate Drive in Taylorsville was arrested this morning (April 11) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor larceny.
Teague was arrested without incident shortly after midnight this morning at an address on North Center Street in Hickory.
Teague was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning under $6,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today.
29-year-old Brandon Michael Bolick of Young Harris, Georgia was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (April 9) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.
Bolick is wanted by Probation Officers in Towns County, Georgia for a felony probation violation. He was on probation as the result of charges for possession of methamphetamine, D.U.I., possession of marijuana, and simple battery.
Following his arrest, Bolick was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
50-year-old Darrell Eugene Shelton of Mount Holly, 43-year-old Charles Ollie Stiles of Panama City, Florida, and 51-year-old Marlowe Cherylette Anderson of Lincolnton, were arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with one felony count apiece of breaking and entering a building, larceny after breaking and entering, larceny, and possession of stolen goods. In addition, Anderson was charged with possession of schedule I controlled substance.
Deputies were dispatched to a storage facility in 400 block of Elm Grove Road at approximately 9:00 Tuesday night (April 9) after the victim called the Lincoln County Communications Center to report the incident. The victim told officers the last time the unit was known to be secure was April 6. The owner of the storage units was contacted who produced surveillance camera footage of three people in a white pickup truck entering and exiting the victim’s storage unit.
The three suspects were seen placing items from the victim’s storage unit into another storage unit and the pickup truck. It was learned that the storage unit where the stolen items were taken was being rented by Darrell Eugene Shelton. He was also listed as owner of a white pickup truck. As a deputy was leaving he saw the pickup truck drive by the facility and conducted a traffic stop.
The deputy spoke with the driver, Darrell Eugene Shelton, who admitted to taking the items from the victim’s storage unit. The items had a total value of $2,195 with some being placed in the storage unit and others in the pickup truck. The passengers in the vehicle, Charles Ollie Stiles and Marlowe Cherylette Anderson, also admitted to the theft. Some of the stolen items were returned to the owner.
Bond for Shelton was set at $30,000 secured while bond for Stiles is $40,000 secured. Anderson was given a $25,000 secured bond. No court dates were listed.
32-year-old Adam Thomas Johnson of Buckshot Ridge Place in Deep Gap was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (April 9). He’s charged with felony flee to arrest, along with one misdemeanor count of driving while impaired. Johnson was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center with bond set at $26,500, secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled for tomorrow (April 11).
40-year-old Angela Dawn Walsh of Collettsville Road in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers yesterday (April 9) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine. Walsh was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center and has since been released under a $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for tomorrow (April 11).
35-year-old Timothy Ryan Johnson of Walsh Road in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (April 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers on two felony counts of auto larceny and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
Johnson was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for tomorrow (April 11).
51-year-old Debra Kay Eastham of Cara Drive in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:45 yesterday afternoon (April 9) on one felony count of possession with intent to sell a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Events leading to her arrest began when Officers responded to a reported suspicious vehicle (a red, 2006 Chevrolet Aveo) behind an import auto repair shop on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. During the incident, Officers found 16.7 grams of methamphetmine, one dosage unit of Oxycodone, and drug paraphernalia.
Eastham was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
44-year-old James Paul Dugger of U.S. Highway 70A East in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 6:40 p.m. yesterday (April 9) for failure to appear on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged with indecent exposure.
The original incident leading to Dugger's arrest occurred in July 2017. At that time, Officers on foot patrol at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory found 0.1 grams of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia.
Dugger was taken into custody without incident yesterday at the Budget Inn. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $51,000. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for April 15 on the exposure charge and on May 6 on the drug charge, both in Newton.
48-year-old Brian Keith Brown was arrested Tuesday (April 9) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Brown was arrested just before 2 a.m. Tuesday at an address on Burkemont Avenue at West Fleming Drive. He was placed in jail in Morganton under $3,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (April 10).
37-year-old Natasha Lynn Anthony was arrested Tuesday (April 9) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Anthony was arrested shortly before 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at an address at Burkemont Avenue and Hopewell Road in Morganton. She was placed in jail under $1,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (April 10).