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31-year-old Casey Morgan Wilson of NW Frontier Way in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (October 3) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen property. Wilson was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center under $7,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (October 7).

18-year-old Dylan Jessup Street of Grace Terrace Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (October 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny of a firearm. Street was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (October 7).

38-year-old Robert Aaron Stilwell of Miller Bridge Road in Connelly Springs was arrested Monday (September 30) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony flee to elude arrest along with misdemeanor counts of speeding in a work zone and careless and reckless driving.

On Monday a Burke County Sheriff's Deputy saw a motorcycle pass three cars on a double yellow line on Highway 70 East. The deputy activated his blue lights and siren and the motorcycle failed to stop. After a long chase where speeds reached 105 mph, the rider crashed trying to turn into a driveway near Old Brittan Road.

The motorcycle operator, Robert Aaron Stilwell, was taken into custody. Stilwell told the deputy that he ran because he did not want his motorcycle towed. Stilwell was issued a $3,000 secured bond and transported to Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility. He remained in jail as of earlier today (October 4). Stilwell's next District Court date is October 23.

32-year-old Thomas James Simon of Edgewood Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (October 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony indecent liberties with a child. Simon was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. He was not listed as an inmate as of today (October 4). A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (October 7).

Catawba County's Sheriff issued a statement regarding the latest developments in the investigation into the fire last Sunday (September 29) at Balls Creek Campground in Catawba. A joint task force of local, state, and federal authorities, including the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, the Catawba County Fire Marshal’s Office, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (S.B.I.) and the United States Department of Justice – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (A.T.F.), continue to investigate the fire.

As a normal part of the investigative process, a search warrant was obtained by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and the Catawba County Fire Marshal’s Office that included information regarding a rumor that required further investigation. According to task force Investigators, citizens in the Bandys and Maiden communities believe that the fire may have been intentionally set as a retaliatory measure related to animosity between students at Bandys and Maiden high schools. The task force is investigating the rumor, which as of Thursday (October 3) had neither been corroborated nor refuted.

Catawba County Sheriff Don Brown issued the following statement Thursday regarding the investigation: "Allegations reported today in the media are being investigated by my office, the Fire Marshal’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. All leads are being investigated. Several students from both Bandys and Maiden High schools have been questioned and deemed to have no involvement. To date none of these leads or allegations have been substantiated. It is important that our communities not draw conclusions based on allegations or any investigative efforts we are undertaking."

Catawba County Schools Superintendent Dr. Matthew Stover said that to his knowledge, no incident or altercation occurred between Maiden and Bandys students at their recent football game.

As stated previously, the task force considers the fire to be suspicious. The cause is currently undetermined. Anyone with information should call the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office at 828-464-5241.

The joint task force of local, state, and federal authorities, including the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, the Catawba County Fire Marshal’s Office, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (S.B.I.) and the United States Department of Justice – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (A.T.F.), continue to investigate the fire at the Balls Creek Campground in Catawba that occurred on Sunday, September 29.

As a normal part of the investigative process, a search warrant was obtained by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and the Catawba County Fire Marshal’s Office that included information regarding a rumor that required further investigation.

According to task force Investigators, citizens in the Bandys and Maiden communities believe that the fire may have been intentionally set as a retaliatory measure related to animosity between students at Bandys and Maiden high schools. The task force is investigating the rumor, which as of this morning (October 3), has neither been corroborated nor refuted. The public is cautioned that the rumor is only one piece of the broader investigation, which has many facets.

As stated previously, the task force considers the fire to be suspicious. The cause is currently undetermined. Anyone with information should call the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office at 828-464-5241.

Thursday, 03 October 2019 11:27

Two Arrested on False Pretenses Charges

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27-year-old Dewayne Jaron Clark of 5th Street S.E. in Hickory and 31-year-old Bethany Patrice Link of Windhaven Drive N.W. in Conover were both arrested by Hickory Police yesterday afternoon (October 2). Clark was charged with felony obtaining property by false pretenses and misdemeanor possession of stolen property. Link faces one felony count of obtaining signatures by false pretenses.

Events leading to their arrests began on October 1 when Hickory Police took a report regarding a larceny from a residence on 5th Street S.E. The larceny occurred the previous day. Clark and Link were identified as suspects in the case. Arrest warrants were issued.

Both suspects were taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department, Clark at about 3:05 p.m. and Link approximately 25 minutes later. Both suspects were processed and released after posting bond. Bond for Clark was set at $750, unsecured, while Link was given a $500 unsecured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled today in Newton.

28-year-old Michael Blaine Pinson of Hickory was arrested Wednesday (October 2) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He's charged with felony larceny. Following the arrest, Pinson was given a custody release. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (October 3).

42-year-old Samuel George Fitzwater III and 19-year-old Shane Michael Fitzwater, both of the same address on Brookwood Lane in Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police last night (October 2). The elder Fitzwater was charged with felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for a controlled substance, while Shane Fitzwater was arrested for felony possession with intent to manufacture a schedule VI controlled substance. They were each charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Fitzwaters were arrested without incident at the Hickory Police Department, Shane Fitzwater at about 9:20 p.m. and Samuel Fitzwater approximately 30 minutes later. In the elder Fitzwater's case, the Catawba Co. Sheriff's Office is listed as the complainant on H.P.D.'s arrest report. Both suspects were processed and released after posting bond. Bond for Samuel Fitzwater was set at $7,500, secured, while Shane Fitzwater was given a $1,000 secured bond. They were each scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today in Newton.

38-year-old Wayne Eugene Horton of Broadway Street in Lenoir was arrested today (October 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking in cocaine by possession and maintaining a dwelling to keep or store a controlled substance.

Early this morning, the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office SWAT, Ice Unit, and Lenoir Police Department Narcotics Division executed a drug search warrant at a residence on Roby Martin Road in Lenoir. The suspect, Wayne Eugene Horton, was taken into custody without incident. Agents conducted a search of the home and found 30 grams of cocaine, $1,906 in cash, digital weighing scales, and other items of drug paraphernalia.

If convicted, Horton faces mandatory prison time. The cocaine has a street value of $3,000.00. Horton was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today.

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