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30-year-old Timmie Ray Beam of Glimmering Sand Lane in Conover was arrested today (Friday, March 13) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with fail to register as a sex offender and felony probation violation. Following the arrest, Beam was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Monday (March 16).

25-year-old Marsha Kay Glazebrook of 3rd Avenue in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:30 yesterday afternoon (March 12). She was served felony indictments from the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office on one felony count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance on prison or jail premises. She was also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. The warrants for Glazebrook’s arrest were issued on February 5 & February 17.

Following her arrest, Glazebrook was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $12,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today in Newton.

Friday, 13 March 2015 10:26

Missing Man with Family in Newton Found

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69-year-old Gary Marvin Brady, who had been the subject of two Silver Alerts this week, has been found. He was located at a hotel in the Durham area. No information was available regarding his condition.

Mr. Brady had been reported missing from North Carolina Central University. Authorities believed that he might have been traveling to his mother’s residence in Newton.

Friday, 13 March 2015 06:11

Morganton Council To Hold Special Workshop

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Morganton City Council will hold a special workshop at 8:00 a.m. Monday (March 16). The purpose of the meeting is to hear about Capital Improvement Program that will be considered in the upcoming budget process. It is not anticipated that City Council will take any action at this meeting. Council meets at Morganton City Hall located at 305 E. Union St. Suite A100, Morganton.

The Mayor and members of the Morganton City Council will take part in the upcoming North Carolina Main Street Conference to be held in Morganton next Wednesday through Friday, March 18-20. There are a variety of events over the course of the conference which involve the members of the Council. It is possible a quorum of City Council may be in attendance at these events; however no action by Council will be taken. For more information, contact Sally Sandy, City Manager, at 438-5230 or Kelly Russell, Assistant City Clerk, at 438-5228.

Friday, 13 March 2015 05:46

Maiden Woman Arrested On Several Charges

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44-year-old Tamara Burrus Smith of East Maiden Road in Maiden was arrested Thursday (March 12) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with two counts of financial card fraud, two counts of obtaining property by false pretense, possession of stolen goods, financial identity fraud, and two counts of failure to appear. Following the arrest, Smith was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,500 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Thursday (March 19).

A new order has delayed demolition of the old Hildebran School building. A hearing was initially planned for Thursday, but that was not held. A consent order was issued that delays any action by the town until July.

A civil trial date of July 20 is when “this matter may be heard upon it's merits” according to court paperwork. The town will not be able to take any action to demolish the building until after the civil trial.

Hildebran Town Hall and other offices are in what's called the newer part of the old school building complex. The section slated for demolition was the oldest part that was built in 1917. Estimates to fix the current building are as high as two-million-dollars.

20-year-old Lori Elizabeth Johnson and 32-year-old Thomas Clayton Murray, both of Beaumont Lane in Lincolnton, were arrested Wednesday (March 11) by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. Both are charged with one felony count each of Trafficking in Opium or Heroin and Maintaining a Dwelling for a Controlled Substance. In addition Murray was charged with felony Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, felony Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell and Deliver Schedule VI Controlled Substance and one misdemeanor count of Child Abuse.

Additional charges on Johnson were one misdemeanor count each of Possession of a Controlled Substance Schedule IV, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Child Abuse.

The child abuse charge is shown on the warrant as “creating and allowing a substantial risk of physical injury upon a child by other than accidental means by creating an environment (illegal drugs) for a child to live in.”

On Wednesday (March 11) Lincoln County Sheriff’s narcotics investigators obtained and executed a search warrant at a residence in the 1800 block of Beaumont Lane in Lincolnton after receiving information that drugs were being sold out of the residence. Investigators seized 7-point-7 grams of marijuana, hydrocodone pills and drug paraphernalia.

Johnson was jailed under $40,000 secured bond with a District Court appearance scheduled for March 31. Murray was placed in jail under $60,000 secured bond, a District Court appearance is scheduled for April 2.

23-year-old Wesley Aaron Yancey and 26-year-old Robert Kody Chase Loggins, both of the same Evans Drive, Connelly Springs address, were arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers and each charged with felony breaking and entering and felony larceny.

Last Thursday, (March 5) the Burke County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence where a breaking and entering had just occurred. The victim was able to obtain the license plate number of the vehicle that the suspects fled the scene in. Detectives located and spoke to the owner of the vehicle and learned the owner had given permission to Wesley Yancey and Robert Loggins to borrow the vehicle. At that time the suspects had not returned the vehicle.

Officers returned to the residence a short while later and located the vehicle in the driveway. The home was searched and Wesley Yancey was found hiding downstairs. Yancey was taken into custody without incident but refused to provide information regarding the whereabouts of Robert Loggins. Officers were able to obtain information that Loggins rented a storage locker in Long View. At the storage facility, detectives found the gate unlocked and contacted the owner of the facility informing them of same. The Long View Police Department was also contacted to assist with the search. The Long View Police Department agreed to secure the scene until detectives with the BCSO returned with a search warrant.

In the meantime, the owner of the storage facility attempted to gain entry into his personal locker which is located next to the suspect’s locker but was unable to open the door. After continued efforts, the owner was able to open his personal storage unit and found Robert Loggins hiding inside. Loggins attempted to flee but was apprehended by Long View Police Department. Further investigation at the scene, revealed that Loggins had also gained entry into the facilities “payment box” and had stolen checks. Loggins was charged with “safecracking” in addition to the Burke County charges.

The majority of the property taken from the B&E that occurred on March 5 was returned to the homeowner. Additional property recovered from inside the storage unit led to solving 4 additional B&E cases. Property was returned to the rightful owners.

Yancey’s bond was set at $25,000 and Loggins’ bond was set at $10,000. They both made first court appearances last Friday.

Thursday, 12 March 2015 17:03

Homeowner Will Not be Charged in Fatal Shooting

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A Claremont man who shot and killed an intruder in his home has been officially cleared of any wrongdoing.

Bruce Fox was at his residence on River Bend Road in eastern Catawba County on February 23 when an intruder entered the house after kicking in the interior basement door. Mr. Fox fatally shot the intruder, identified as 47-year-old Vernon Bobby Dixon, with a 12-gauge shotgun.

After reviewing the evidence, District Attorney David Learner determined that Mr. Fox acted appropriately. His firearm was returned to him and he will NOT face charges.

After the shooting Dixon, Fox saw a blue mini-van driving away from his house. 26-year-old Brandon Lashan Lineberger was arrested on February 25 for his involvement in the break-in.