A man wanted on charges filed in multiple counties was apprehended following a chase in Alexander County. 21-year-old Randall Kent Brank of Lenoir is charged with flee to elude arrest. He also faces charges on warrants from three other counties. In Catawba County Brank is charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon, felony possession of a stolen firearm, and misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon. In Burke County Brank is charged with felony counts of flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, larceny, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and failure to appear, along with a count of misdemeanor larceny. He's been on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List Since December 22. Brank faces multiple traffic related charges in Lincoln County.
Wednesday (January 18) at approximately 7:20 p.m., Officers with the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office and Taylorsville Police Department attempted to stop an older model Nissan Maxima gold in color near Wayside Church Road and NC 16 South of Taylorsville. When the Officers activated their blue lights and siren the vehicle refused to stop. Officers chased the vehicle for a short period and were able to get the vehicle stopped.
The driver of the car Randall Kent Brank, was arrested at the scene. Bond was set at $328,000, he has District Court appearances scheduled in Alexander County on March 6 and Lincoln County February 23. Brank is scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Burke County February 27 and Catawba County March 6.
Hickory Police are investigating 13 recent business break-ins, mostly in the vicinity of the Highway 127 corridor in northeast Hickory. The first incident was reported on December 19 with the most recent reported on January 15.
In most cases, the suspect or suspects have gained entry by breaking a window, though in several incidents a pry tool was used to force open a door. In cases where video or photographic evidence is available, the suspect appears to wear similar clothing and has a similar build. The suspect’s M.O. is similar in each case, leading Investigators to believe at least some of the incidents may be connected.
The break-ins occurred as the businesses were closed, either in the early morning hours on the day they were reported or the previous night. In two instances over the New Year’s holiday, the break-ins may have happened two days prior to the filing of a police report.
A wide variety of items were taken, including cash, firearms, a portable A/C unit, a microwave oven, computer tablets & accessories, cash register drawers, a safe and power tools. Numerous windows and doors have been damaged, along with a security gate and an outdoor motion light.
No injuries have been reported.
Anyone with information regarding the break-ins should contact Investigator Shanna Hudson at 828-261-2020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Investigators encourage citizens and business owners to be vigilant and contact Police if suspicious persons are observed near businesses or residences. In addition, business owners should ensure that camera systems are functional and operating effectively, verifying that images are clear and encompass entries, exits and register areas. Business owners should also check lighting in and around the business and review money-handling procedures.
Security surveys are provided free of charge by the Hickory Police Department’s Community Services Unit. Call 828-261-2644 to make an appointment.
Morganton City Water Resources workers planned to shut off water service to customers in the Eastview Street area to repair a water line break. According to a news release issued shortly before 11 a.m., workers were planning to shut off the water as soon as they were able to locate the valves.
Customers could be affected on Eastview Street, Lane Street, Curlee Street and Forest Street. Workers expect to repair the line and restore water service by sometime early this afternoon (Thursday, January 19). For more information, call the Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.
32-year-old Steven Allen Bolick was arrested today (Thursday, January 19) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony counts of uttering a forged instrument, obtaining property by false pretense, and possession of schedule II controlled substance. In addition, Bolick is charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of schedule VI controlled substance, failure to appear, and driving while license suspended or revoked.
Bolick was arrested at an address on Campground Road in Denver. He was placed in jail in Lincolnton under $24,500 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Friday (January 20).
Northbound lanes on U.S. 321 between Lincolnton and Maiden were blocked due to a tractor trailer overturning at approximately 5 a.m. today (Thursday, January 19). According to WHKY's Fentress Chestnut, the driver of the truck was transported to the hospital but was expected to be okay. The rig was hauling furniture, it was not known what caused the accident. Only one vehicle was involved. Officials shut the northbound lanes down between exits 28 and 33, they were able to re-open the lanes at approximately 9 a.m.
38-year-old Ricky Dean Franklin was arrested Wednesday (January 18) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony larceny by destroying antitheft device. Franklin was arrested in the Morganton Heights Shopping Center. Following the arrest, Franklin was placed in jail under $2,000 bond, a court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, January 19).
40-year-old Billy Clay Everhart of Everhart Court in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (January 18) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Following the arrest, Everhart was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,000 secured bond. A District Court date was set for today (Thursday, January 19).
30-year-old Beverly Denise Freeman of Brentwood Drive in Valdese and 20-year-old Richard Anderson Burnette of Hawkins Drive in Morganton were both arrested Wednesday (January 18) by Hudson Police Officers. Freeman is charged with possession of heroin and possession of methamphetamine, Burnette is charged with possession of heroin. Both suspects were jailed at the Caldwell County Detention Center, Freeman under $25,000 secured bond, Burnette under $20,000 secured bond. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (Thursday, January 19).
38-year-old Daniel Clifford Mixon Jr. of Ritchie Road in Lincolnton was arrested Wednesday (January 18) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count apiece of larceny of a motor vehicle and receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of larceny and possession of stolen goods. In addition, Probation and Parole officers charged Mixon with parole violation.
On January 7, deputies were dispatched to the residence on Ritchie Road to investigate a vehicle theft that occurred on January 5. Pamela Mixon told officers that her step-son, Daniel Mixon, had been living at the residence since his release from prison on December 28. She discovered that Daniel Mixon had left the residence and her Nissan Pathfinder and cell phone were missing.
On Tuesday (January 17) detectives and Kings Mountain Police located the vehicle at a residence in the 400 block of Walnut Street in Kings Mountain. The vehicle was towed to the Kings Mountain impound lot where it was processed by Detective Lookadoo.
Mixon was detained at the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center, he is being held without bond due to the parole violation. A District Court date is set for February 7.
A man charged in connection with armed robberies in Hickory has been identified as the suspect in a robbery that occurred Sunday (January 15) at a Burke County convenience store.
Hickory Police charged 40-year-old Christopher Bennit Robinson of Country View Lane in Hickory with two counts of Robbery with Firearms or Other Dangerous Weapons and one count of Parole Violation. He was placed in jail under no bond following that arrest. The robbery charges are in connection with an incident December 14 at the Holiday Inn Express, and early Wednesday morning (January 18) at the Circle K convenience store on North Center Street.
Hickory Police contacted Burke County Detectives regarding the Burke County armed robbery Sunday at the Fast Track Convenience Store in Hildebran. The store is located off I-40 at Exit 119. An investigation determined Robinson is the suspect in the Burke County Robbery. Charges for robbery with a dangerous weapon in Burke County have been issued but, as of this morning (Thursday, January 19) had not yet been served.
46-year-old Allen Lee Henson was arrested Wednesday (January 18) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Henson was placed in jail in Morganton under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (January 20).
23-year-old Hannah Jolynn Kinzer of East NC 10 in Conover was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Kinzer was detained this morning (Thursday, January 19) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
32-year-old Mark David Smith, Jr. of Shuffler Road in Morganton has been arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a charge of felony indecent liberties.
Yesterday (January 17), a six-year-old juvenile victim told authorities at the Child Advocacy Center’s Gingerbread House that Smith, a registered sex offender, had engaged in inappropriate sexualized behaviors. Among other behavior, the suspect allegedly exposed himself to the juvenile and forced the juvenile to sit on his lap. The juvenile victim described Smith’s behavior, in detail.
Sheriff’s Investigators, in conjunction with Child Protective Services, investigated and substantiated the allegations.
Smith was taken into custody without incident yesterday and was confined at the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today.
Smith is on the sex offender registry as the result of an unspecified 2010 out-of-state conviction.
17-year-old Esan Mekhi Brawley of North Center Street of Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:15 yesterday afternoon (January 17) on one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods or property, plus misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.
His arrest stems from an incident late on the night of January 23, 2016 or early the following morning when Police responded to a B&E call at the Honey-Pik store on North Center Street. Someone had shattered a front window and taken tobacco products from the store.
Brawley was identified as the suspect and was initially arrested on the 24th. He was re-arrested at his residence yesterday, without incident. Brawley was processed and released under a $10,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton.