47-year-old Leslie Gerald Davenport was arrested Tuesday (November 28) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony first degree forcible sex offense. Davenport was arrested at an address on Alexander Avenue in Morganton. He was not listed as an inmate in Burke County as of earlier today (November 29). He has a District Court date scheduled for December 13 in Morganton.
31-year-old Dennis William Cali was arrested Tuesday (November 28) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony common law robbery. Following the arrest, Cali was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for January 2.
20-year-old Marcus Allen Richard Whisnant of Neighborly Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (November 28) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged in Burke County with felony first degree kidnapping. In Caldwell County Whisnant is charged with assault on a female, communicating threats, false imprisonment, and failure to appear.
Whisnant was wanted in connection to a kidnapping incident that occurred on November 20 in Burke County. On that date, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division was called to investigate a possible kidnapping at 2676 Lot 122, Timmerill Mobile Home Park on US Highway 18/64 in Morganton. Investigators interviewed witnesses, processed the scene and they were able to retrieve video footage that led to arrest warrants being issued for Whisnant and Krisie Melissa Parrish of Virginia Street SW in Lenoir. The charges are in connection with the kidnapping of Taylor Sierra Kirby. Parrish was arrested last Tuesday, November 21.
Parrish, who was no longer listed as an inmate in Burke County, is next scheduled to appear in District Court on December 13. Whisnant was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $12,500 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court in Burke County today (November 29). A District Court date on the Caldwell County charges is set for December 12.
The Lenoir Police Department has released the identity of a teenager killed in a traffic accident this morning (November 28) in Lenoir. The deceased is 15-year-old Wesley Alfred Oliver of Lenoir, who was a tenth-grade student at Hibriten High School.
The accident occurred at 7:43 this morning at the intersection of Wilkesboro Boulevard (N.C. Highway 18) and Taylorsville Road (Highway 90). Based on their preliminary findings at the scene, Investigators say a logging truck, owned by Pack Brothers Logging & Grading, LLC, was turning right onto Taylorsville Road from Wilkesboro Boulevard. The other vehicle involved, a Ford F-150, was preparing to go through the intersection when it hit a log extending from the rear of the logging truck. The impact resulted in Wesley Oliver’s death. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the truck was a 66-year-old male from Marion. The F-150 was driven by the father of the deceased. Officers are currently investigating the crash and reviewing statements. As of 12:45 this afternoon, no criminal charges had been filed.
32-year-old Curese Devin McIlwain of 8th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 6 p.m. yesterday (November 27) on one felony count and one misdemeanor count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
McIlwain was arrested as Hickory Police assisted Probation & Parole Officers at the suspect’s residence. During the incident, Officers found 4.3 grams of crack cocaine, two dosage units of Oxycodone, 3.4 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a firearm.
McIlwain was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released under an $11,900 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.
A high school student was killed in an accident in Lenoir this morning (November 28). According to reports, a log from a logging truck crashed through the window of a pickup truck, killing a Hibriten High School 10th Grader. Lenoir Police are investigating the accident, which occurred near the intersection of Highway 18 and Taylorsville road, a short distance from Hibriten. The victim's name had not been released. Lenoir Police were planning to release more information later today.
30-year-old Samantha Rena Lee of Connelly Springs Road in Lenoir and 29-year-old Michelle Nicole Mathis of Circle Street in Granite Falls have both been arrested by Hickory Police. Lee was charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and speeding to elude arrest, plus misdemeanor counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, driving while license revoked and hit & run with property damage. She was also charged with a felony probation violation. Mathis faces one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
The two were taken into custody at about 1:15 this morning (November 28) at an auto dealership on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, Mathis was in possession of one gram of methamphetamine at the time of her arrest. No additional details were released.
Both suspects were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Lee’s bond was set at $97,000, secured, while Mathis was given a $14,000 secured bond. They were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today in Newton.
We have more information on an arrest we previously reported on WHKY. 17-year-old John Dalton Coleman of Elk Drive SW in Conover was arrested last Friday (November 24) by Maiden Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of break or enter a motor vehicle and larceny.
On Friday at 12:40 a.m., Maiden Police Officer D.J. Dellinger observed a white male crouched, attempting to hide behind a Maiden retail business. The individual, John Dalton Coleman, had a specifically identifiable backpack in his possession.
Approximately an hour later, Officer Dellinger was called to a residence in the 1300 block of East Maiden Road in reference to a reported vehicle breaking & entering with larceny. This location is in the immediate vicinity of where Coleman was spotted earlier. The victim reported his car had been broken into, and various items were stolen. The items included the specifically identifiable backpack, loose change, a jacket, and a laptop computer.
The stolen property including the backpack was recovered and returned to the owner. Coleman remained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. His next District Court appearance is scheduled for January 3.
49-year-old Talmadge Owen Greer was arrested Monday (November 27) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Greer was being held in jail in Morganton under $50,000 secured bond on the drug charge, plus an additional $10,612 cash bond on a nonsupport charge. He's scheduled to appear in court Wednesday (November 29).
21-year-old Austin Michael Neece of Mount Gilead Church Road in Connelly Springs, 20-year-old Brandy Leigh McDaniel of Catawba Street in Morganton, and 23-year-old James Kody Peters, who is listed as a homeless person, were all arrested Monday (November 27) by authorities in Burke County. Neece is charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. He's also charged with hit and run, leave the scene with property damage, reckless driving to endanger, and driving while license revoked. McDaniel and Peters are each charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
According to a news release issued by the Burke County Sheriff's Office, on Monday at approximately 9:30 a.m. deputies were dispatched to 2192 Shady Grove Road, Connelly Springs in reference to a suspicious vehicle leaving a vacant house. When deputies arrived, they attempted to stop the vehicle by activating their blue lights and siren but the vehicle fled turning west on Hwy 70 traveling toward Valdese. The vehicle changed directions and traveled east on Hwy 70 at speeds that exceeded 100 mph.
The vehicle turned into a driveway and crashed into the corner of a house on Hwy 70 near Berry Road. James Peters and Brandy McDaniel were passengers in the vehicle, which authorities learned was stolen from McDowell County. The driver jumped from the vehicle and ran. Deputies gave chase on foot but were unable to apprehend him. NC Dept. of Public Safety K9s were called and found the suspect’s shirt, which had been removed. A “reverse 911” call was made to the residents and businesses in the area and at approximately 1 p.m. 911 received a call of a man fitting the description of the suspect in the area.
Officers spotted the suspect in a wooded area and he ran. He was pursued on foot to a mobile home park on Teague Avenue off of Berry Road, where he slid into a crawlspace under a mobile home before being apprehended. Bond for Neece was set at $13,500 secured, McDaniel was given a $2,000 secured bond, and Peters' bond was set at $6,000 secured. They are all scheduled to appear in court Wednesday (November 29). Neece has an additional court date January 3.
50-year-old Ronnie Lynn Benfield of South Cedar Avenue in Newton was arrested Monday (November 27) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II and VI controlled substances, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Benfield was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (November 28).
28-year-old Charles David Gilmore of Sonja Drive in Statesville was arrested Monday (November 27) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver meth and heroin, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, maintain a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a felon, and resisting a public officer. Gilmore was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $51,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (November 28) and January 26.
41-year-old Tony Wayne Bolick, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (November 27) on one felony count of possession of a schedule I controlled substance, assault on a government official or employee, communicating threats, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting a public officer. He also had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear on a second-degree trespassing charge.
He was arrested when Officers saw Bolick outside the Sheetz store on Springs Road N.E. Officers knew there were outstanding warrants for Bolick’s arrest. When confronted, the suspect fled on foot, but he was taken into custody in a field near Springs Road. During the arrest, Police found 22.2 grams of psilocybin mushrooms and drug paraphernalia.
Bolick reportedly resisted and was not photographed or fingerprinted at H.P.D. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $19,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
Catawba County Register of Deeds Donna Hicks Spencer advises business owners that new requirements are in place for entities doing business under an assumed name. North Carolina law requires individuals, limited and general partnerships, limited liability companies, corporations, and other persons that engage in business in this state under an assumed name to file a certificate with a register of deeds in a county in which the person or entity will be engaging in business.
Effective December 1, 2017, all entities doing business under an assumed name are required to reapply for a certificate in order to meet new requirements under the law. New applicants, amendments to existing certificates, and withdrawals of certificates of assumed business names must also comply with the new requirements. Certificates of assumed names filed under the prior law will expire December 1, 2022. Forms are available at Catawba Valley Community College’s Small Business Center, which can be reached at (828) 327-7000, extension 4117. Completed forms must be filed with the Register of Deeds.
For more information, contact the Catawba County Register of Deeds at (828) 465-1573 or visit in person at the Catawba County Justice Center, 100 Government Drive, Newton, NC 28658.