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A Caldwell County man was given minimum sentence of six years following his guilty plea to drug charges and admission as a habitual felon.

39-year-old Timothy Shawn Byrd of Granite Falls was sentenced to six to eight years in the custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, during Caldwell County Superior Court on Tuesday (March 7). He pleaded guilty to maintaining a dwelling to sell methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine.

Byrd’s sentence was enhanced by prior felony convictions for breaking and entering in Caldwell County (November 1997), and obtaining property by false pretense in Caldwell County (October 2007 and July 2012).

Deputies with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office received information that the defendant was selling methamphetamine out of his residence. A confidential informant made two supervised controlled purchases from Byrd, and a subsequent search of home resulted in the seizure of methamphetamine and other items.

Deputy Adam Joseph led the investigation for the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, and Andrew Jennings handled prosecution for the State.

40-year-old Joshua Duerr Pate of Lenoir pleaded guilty to felony possession of methamphetamine and felony flee to elude arrest, and admitted his habitual felon status during Caldwell County Superior Court on Tuesday (March 7).

As a result of the guilty plea, the Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, sentenced Pate to serve an active prison term of six to nine years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.

Pate’s habitual felon status enhanced his sentence. He previously was convicted of larceny in Watauga County (July 1996), second-degree burglary in Watauga County (March 2009) and common law robbery in Watauga County (July 2012).

A needle and two baggies of a crystalline substance were found in Pate’s pocket during a search by a Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office deputy on June 27, 2015. The North Carolina Crime Lab confirmed that substance to be methamphetamine.

On Sept. 4, 2016, the defendant was operating a motor vehicle with a fictitious license plate. When the deputy initiated a traffic stop, Pate accelerated to a high speed, drove left of center and swerved into the opposite lane before crashing. He fled the scene but was identified by a passenger in the vehicle as the driver.

Deputy C.L. Greene handled both cases for the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant District Attorney Nancy Lee was the prosecutor for the State.

Thursday, 09 March 2017 13:44

Arson Suspect Sought in Caldwell County

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Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 33-year-old Timothy Allan Harmon.  Warrants for his arrest have been issued on charges of first-degree arson and first-degree kidnapping.  

Harmon is wanted in connection to an incident at about six o’clock this morning (March 9) in which Caldwell County Deputies, along with Fire & Rescue personnel from multiple agencies, responded to a structure fire at an apartment complex on Oak Tree Lane in Sawmills.  Once the fire was contained, Fire Investigators determined that the fire was a result of arson.  

Fire Investigators and Detectives were able to determine that the apartment complex was occupied at the time fire was set.  A suspect, Timothy Allan Harmon, fled the scene prior to the arrival of law enforcement.

No injuries were reported.  

Anyone with information regarding Harmon’s whereabouts should call the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office at 828-757-1400 or call Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300.  Crime Stoppers callers can remain anonymous.

36-year-old James Kelly Lynch of 4th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:20 last night on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.  He was also charged with a misdemeanor probation violation on a warrant issued on February 8 in Henderson County.

Lynch was taken into custody without incident on the 1700 block of 10th Avenue N.E. in Hickory.  He was given a $10,000 unsecured bond on the drug charge and a $25,000 secured bond for the probation violation.  A District Court date was set for April 5 in Newton.

Lynch also faces felony charges for the sale of heroin and conspiracy to sell heroin.  He’ll appear in Superior Court on March 20 on those charges.

26-year-old Tyler Akeem Ferguson of 8th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:30 last night on two counts of failure to appear, one felony and one misdemeanor.  He also faces charges for breaking & entering, plus an additional count of failure to appear for driving while license revoked.

The charges come in connection to an incident on January 23 of this year when Officers responded to a residence on 2nd Street Place N.E. where damage to property was reported.  Upon arrival, Officers leaned the residence had been broken into and multiple items were taken.  On January 26, some of the items, including a PlayStation console and controller, were located at a local pawnshop.  Ferguson was initially arrested on January 27.

Ferguson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,500, secured.  District Court appearances were scheduled for March 15 and April 27 in Newton.

Thursday, 09 March 2017 10:02

Conover Man Charged With Heroin Possession

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25-year-old Jordon Adam Shook of Herman Sipe Road in Conover was arrested today (Thursday, March 9) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Shook was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (March 10).

Thursday, 09 March 2017 09:41

Newton Man Charged With Stolen Goods Offenses

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37-year-old Christopher Allen Bost of St. James Church Road in Newton was arrested by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with receiving stolen goods, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, and injury to real property. Bost was jailed this morning (Thursday, March 9) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $26,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled for today.

Firefighters responded to an apartment fire this morning (Thursday, March 9) in southern Caldwell County. The fire burned the Oak Tree Apartments on Oak Tree Lane off Sawmills School Road, near Highway 321-A. According to published reports, firefighters responded at approximately 6 a.m. today, when they arrived they found heavy smoke and fire coming from the structure. No injuries have been reported in the fire.

26-year-old Casey Everett Pruitt  of 15th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (March 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony break or enter a motor vehicle, along with misdemeanor counts of larceny and possession of stolen goods. Pruitt was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, March 9).

Thursday, 09 March 2017 05:18

Meth Charge Filed Against Vale Woman

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25-year-old Jasmin Marie Andrews of Willis Road in Vale was arrested Wednesday (March 8) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Andrews was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $19,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, March 9).

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