34-year-old Alan Ray Mitchell was arrested Wednesday (November 25) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Mitchell is not currently listed as an inmate in Burke County. He’s scheduled to appear in District Court in Morganton Monday (November 30).
72-year-old Clifford Earl Wynn was arrested Wednesday (November 25) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony indecent liberties with a child. Wynn is not currently listed as an inmate in Burke County. He is scheduled to appear in District Court in Morganton Monday (November 30).
26-year-old Lauren Miller Huffman of Hickory-Lincolnton Highway in Newton was arrested Thursday (November 26) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of breaking or entering and larceny after breaking and entering, and a misdemeanor count of possession of stolen goods. Following the arrest, Huffman was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (November 30).
A father and son were arrested and charged following a shooting and standoff in Catawba County. 30-year-old Travis Benjamin Inman of Brookwood Road in Lincolnton is charged with attempted first degree murder. 57-year-old Herbert Devon Inman Jr., whose address was not available, is charged with misdemeanor assault by pointing a gun.
According to WBTV, the incident occurred Wednesday night (November 25) on Bolton Road, just off Long Island Road, north of Sherills Ford.
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office said Travis Inman and Antwone Reid got into a physical confrontation at approximately 9 p.m. Wednesday. According to reports, the dispute resulted in Inman shooting Reid.
Reid was transported to a Hickory hospital where he was last reported to be in serious condition.
According to WBTV, following the shooting, Inman returned to a residence at the intersection of Bolton Road and Long Island Road and refused to leave. Authorities then called in crisis negotiators. At approximately 3:30 a.m. Thursday, Travis Inman and his father Herbert, came out of the home.
Travis Inman is being held in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court Monday (November 30). Herbert Inman is not listed on jail records, he's scheduled to make a District Court appearance December 16.
Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory has been recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.
CVMC was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for heart attack, pneumonia, surgical care, stroke and perinatal care. CVMC is one of only 1,043 hospitals out of more than 3,300 eligible hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2014 Top Performer distinction.
The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions. To be a 2014 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2014 accountability measure data, including: Achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures; Achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure with at least 30 denominator cases; and
Have at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set, achieve a performance rate of 95 percent or above on all applicable individual accountability measures.
36-year-old William Junior Sisk of Lazenby Street in Newton was arrested Wednesday (November 25) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with assault with serious bodily injury and felony probation violation. Following the arrest, Sisk was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $6,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (November 30).
31-year-old Amber Dawn Long was arrested Tuesday (November 24) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance. Long was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A first court appearance is scheduled for Monday (November 30).
A Catawba County woman has been charged with identity theft after allegedly using another person’s information to obtain a job. 38-year-old Julieta Arellano Lopez of Breezy Street in Conover was arrested Tuesday (November 24) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with felony identity theft. According to Hickory Police, Lopez used personal information belonging to a woman from Brandon, Wisconsin, while applying for a job at Snyder Paper in Hickory.
Lopez did get the job at Snyder Paper, she’d applied for the position on September 21st and later started working there. Hickory Police did say that the employer did verify the information given to them through e-verify.
Bond for Lopez was set at $8,000 secured. She is scheduled to appear in District Court in Newton next Monday (November 30).
The Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division is currently investigating several breaking, entering, and larcenies to churches. The crimes have occurred within the past three weeks.
The first incident occurred at a church parsonage the second week of November in the northwestern part of Burke County. The remaining break-ins occurred during the early morning hours of Monday, November 23, in the area of US Highway 64 South. Also on Monday, the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation of a break-in to a church in the Golden Valley area just off of Highway 64 in which an undisclosed amount of cash was taken. The suspects are targeting cash boxes and safes.
Anyone who with information in regards to the crimes is asked to contact the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or 828-764-9505 or Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333. The Burke County Sheriff’s Office wants the public to be aware of these recent crimes and advise churches and places of worship to not leave valuables/currency in the church.
On Tuesday (November 24), at 4:13 a.m., the Morganton Department of Public Safety responded to a residential house fire at 126 Amherst Road. Upon arrival, firefighters saw light smoke and learned from the homeowner that there was fire burning in the basement of the residence in the breaker box.
According to a news release from Public Safety, firefighters acted quickly after the electric meter was pulled and suppressed the fire in the basement. Firefighters checked for and located fire extension on the main floor and continued fire suppression tactics before it was extinguished. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control at approximately 4:33 a.m. Firefighters remained on scene until 6:16 a.m.
No one was injured as a result of the fire; however, as a precaution, Burke County EMS responded to the scene until the fire was under control. The cause of the fire appears to be from a breaker box in the basement overheating.