38-year-old Jeffery Paul Pless of Gateway Drive in Claremont was arrested Thursday (August 6) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor resisting a public officer. Pless was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (August 7).
25-year-old Randall Kent Brank of Piney Road in Morganton was apprehended Thursday (August 6) by multiple law enforcement agencies. He's charged by the Burke County Sheriff's Office with felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. Brank was also served with outstanding warrants charging him with misdemeanor counts of assault on a female and assault with a deadly weapon.
Law enforcement officers from the Lenoir Police Department, Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina Probation and the Burke County Sheriff’s Office located Randall Brank in the woods near an address on Forest Place in Lenoir at approximately 1 p.m. Thursday.
Brank is charged in connection to a shooting earlier this week. The incident occurred at about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday (August 4). At that time, Deputies were dispatched to a shooting at an address on Goat Farm Street in Hickory. Upon arrival, Deputies found a resident of the house who had been shot in the face and arm by what appeared to be pellets from a shotgun blast.
According the victim and witnesses, Brank drove by the victim’s residence and fired the shot from a black S.U.V., possibly a Range Rover or Land Rover. The victim was standing in his front yard when the suspect fired the shot from the roadway. The victim was transported to the hospital by Burke County E.M.S.
Brank was placed in the Burke County Jail under $106,000 secured bond, he remained in jail as of earlier today (August 7). District Court dates were scheduled for today, next Monday (August 10), and September 10.
44-year-old Clyde Dwayne Teague of 37th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:20 yesterday afternoon (August 5) for a felony parole violation. Teague was paroled in March of this year following a felony B&E conviction in Caldwell County in January 2019.
Teague was taken into custody without incident at in the area of the I-40 off ramp on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. Following his arrest, Teague was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. No bond amount or court date are currently listed.
Catawba County Public Health reports the county's 30th COVID-19-related death. That information is part of today's (August 6) coronavirus update, which also showed 59 new cases of COVID-19, increasing the total to 2,081. 59 is the second highest one-day total of new coronavirus infections in Catawba County since the start of the pandemic. Hospitalizations increased to 21 in Catawba County, up from 16 Wednesday (August 5).
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a domestic dispute where a mother and her daughter were shot. Charges have been filed against a suspect in this case. Deputies were dispatched to a residence off Noles Circle north of Lincolnton at 11:54 p.m. Wednesday (August 5) after the Lincoln County Communications Center received a call about the incident.
The first officers on the scene discovered a 33-year-old Lincolnton woman lying on the floor of the kitchen with what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds to the back. Nearby was a seven-year-old female with a single gunshot wound in the back. Lincoln County EMS arrived on the scene and began assisting the injured people. The mother and daughter were transported to Atrium Health – Main.
The suspect in the incident is 27-year-old Paul Eric Lamkin, Jr. of Maiden Highway in Lincolnton. Police say he discharged a firearm into a residence then fled into a wooded area before officers arrived on the scene. Deputies began searching the wood line off Horseshoe Lake Road when they heard someone call for help. They discovered that Lamkin had fallen from a 50-foot cliff into a quarry and had a head wound along with other injuries. He was ordered to drop his .38 caliber pistol and complied with officers.
Lamkin was carried out of the wooded area by EMS and transported to Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia. Warrants have been issued charging Lamkin with two felony counts of attempted first-degree murder and one felony count of discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling. The warrants will be served when Lamkin is released from the hospital.
No charges will be filed in a fatal shooting in Burke County. Shortly before 12:30 a.m. last Wednesday (July 29), the Burke County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to an address on Knob Avenue in Connelly Springs. Police were told that there was yelling, screaming and gunshots at that residence. Upon arrival, Sheriff’s deputies learned that two men had been shot and a man involved in the shooting had left the scene with a woman.
The name of the man who was shot and killed was 45-year-old Robert Winston J. Perkins, Jr. of Knob Avenue in Connelly Springs. A male relative of Perkins was shot and injured. The person who was involved in the shooting and had left the scene turned himself in to Cleveland County Sheriff’s Deputies. CID also located, and they interviewed the woman who had left the scene.
The Burke County Criminal Investigations Division completed their investigation and met with the District Attorney’s Office. Following a review of all the evidence presented, the District Attorney ruled that the shooting was in self-defense and no charges would be issued.
33-year-old Larry Jermaine Linebarger, Jr. of 12th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday afternoon (August 5) on one felony count of speeding to elude arrest with two aggravating factors and one misdemeanor count of driving while license revoked.
Linebarger was initially arrested on July 10, 2019 in connection to an incident that occurred on the same date. At that time, he was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, speeding 15 MPH more than speed limit, speeding to elude arrest with two aggravating factors, careless & reckless driving, and driving while license revoked.
Linebarger was taken into custody without incident at 12:57 p.m. yesterday at a business address on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was processed and later released under a $20,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in Superior Court is coming up tomorrow in Newton.
26-year-old Marcus Deontae Williams and 25-year-old Anton Delrico Harris are both wanted by Hickory Police in connection to an August 3 shooting in Hickory. Warrants for their arrests have been issued.
19-year-old Tylee Shahiem Street and 20-year-old Demarcus Leeshan Brown were both injured during the incident. The shooting occurred at about 1:50 p.m. in the parking lot at the Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham at 1725 13th Avenue Drive N.W. After the shooting, both victims walked to the Waffle House on Highway 321 N.W.
Williams, who is currently out on bond from charges in a shooting that occurred in June of this year, is now wanted on additional warrants for of assault with deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm by a felon. Harris is wanted on an outstanding warrant for possession of a firearm by a felon.
Citizens are cautioned not to approach the suspects due to the violent nature of the crime. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Williams or Harris should contact Hickory Police at 828-328-5551 or 828-261-2626.
The Burke Co. Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing person. He is 48-year-old Dean Anthony Yelton of 801 State Street in Marion.
Mr. Yelton who was last seen on July 31 of this year. At that time, a friend dropped him off near Linville Falls, off of N.C. Highway 105 in Burke County. He was in possession of camping & hiking equipment.
Mr. Yelton is a white male. He is 5'7" tall and weighs 200 pounds. He has blue eyes and brown hair.
The Sheriff’s Office is attempting to verify Mr. Yelton's current whereabouts and ascertain his condition. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500.
48 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Wednesday (August 5) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the overall total to 2,022, with 29 deaths. There were 16 hospitalizations due to the coronavirus, same as Tuesday (August 4). At least 1,679 patients had recovered. Just under 12% of those tested for COVID-19 in Catawba County have been positive, and the death rate is 1.4%.
On Wednesday, Caldwell County health officials learned of another COVID-19-related death. The patient was over the age of 75, had underlying health conditions, and had been hospitalized. The total number of COVID-19-related deaths in Caldwell County now stands at 15. 30 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed Wednesday in Caldwell, increasing the total to 1,175. 21 people were hospitalized and at least 514 patients had recovered.
Cases have increased in one of Caldwell County's six outbreaks. Lenoir Health Care had another employee test positive, bringing the total number of cases at the facility to three. In addition to the outbreak at Lenoir Health Care, the Health Department continues to monitor outbreaks at Brockford Inn Assisted Living Facility (65 cases), Caldwell Correctional Center (16 cases), Gateway Rehabilitation and Healthcare (3 cases), Hickory Falls Health and Rehabilitation (12 cases), and Shaire Center (2 cases).
18 new COVID-19 infections were confirmed Wednesday in Burke County, making the total in that county 1,698 positive cases, with 28 deaths. There were nine people hospitalized and at least 1,258 patients had recovered. Alexander County did not report any new coronavirus cases Wednesday, leaving the total at 272, with two deaths.
During his news briefing Wednesday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced that, as a result of the current COVID-19 case count, the state would stay in the current Phase Two "Safer at Home" order for an additional five weeks. The order will be extended until at least Friday, September 11. The Phase 2 extension keeps bars, gyms, and entertainment venues closed. Governor Cooper said that the five-week plan is a response to recommendations from health experts and involved the school reopening plans.
The Collett Street outdoor pool in Morganton will close for the season next Monday (August 10). The last full day of operation this year will be Sunday (August 9).
The pool is closing earlier than normal this year due to staffing shortages, many part-time lifeguards employed for the summer season are required to quarantine themselves ahead of returning to school amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Without enough lifeguards, it is not safe to open the pool.
If you have any questions, contact the Morganton Parks and Recreation Department at 828-438-5350.
30-year-old Michelle Lynn Sumlin of Nolden Creek Road in Connelly Springs was arrested Wednesday (August 5) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle in connection to an incident Wednesday. In addition, Sumlin is charged on previous orders for arrest with felony possession with intent to manufacture schedule II controlled substance along with a misdemeanor count of failure to appear on a felony.
Shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday a Burke County detective stopped to assist a female on the side of Cape Hickory Road in Hickory. Both of the doors of the woman's vehicle were open. As the officer approached, the woman took off from the side of the road pulling in front of another vehicle traveling on Cape Hickory Road.
Cars were between the detective and the suspicious vehicle as the detective was attempting to catch up with her. The detective contacted the 911 Center and another Burke County deputy spotted the suspect vehicle on 10th Street and attempted to stop it. The suspect headed towards Hildebran where another patrol deputy joined the chase as the suspect turned onto Highway 70 and headed toward Interstate 40.
The driver attempted to pass another vehicle in the grass on the I-40 west bound ramp at exit 119, lost control, and flipped the vehicle. The suspect, Michelle Lynn Sumlin, was transported to the hospital by Burke County EMS for minor injuries. After receiving medical treatment, she was placed in jail in Morganton under $45,000 secured bond. She remained in jail as of earlier today (August 6). A District Court appearance is scheduled Friday (August 7) and a Superior Court date is September 21. Additional charges are pending.
During his news briefing today (August 5) North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced that, as a result of the current COVID-19 case count, the state would stay in the current Phase Two "Safer at Home" order for an additional five weeks. The order will be extended until at least Friday, September 11.
The Phase 2 extension keeps bars, gyms, and entertainment venues closed. Governor Cooper said that the five-week plan is a response to recommendations from health experts and involved the school reopening plans.
On June 24, after announcing a previous extension of Phase 2 “Safer at Home,” Governor Cooper announced that face coverings will be required for citizens when they are out in the public and six feet of social distancing is not possible. This includes all employees and customers in retail establishments. There are exceptions that include situations when a medical condition will not allow for a face covering and children under 11-years-old.
35-year-old Nathaniel Wilson Kirby of Highway 70 SE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (August 4) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with nine felony counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Kirby was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for September 21.