24-year-old Thomas Utah McDonald of St. James Church Road in Denver, NC, was arrested Saturday (March 9) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest, felony possession of methamphetamine, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless driving, left of center, failure to stop at a stop light, driving while license revoked, and speeding 15 miles per hour over the posted speed limit. He was also served with outstanding orders for arrest from Mecklenburg and Catawba Counties.
On Saturday, deputies observed a suspicious vehicle in the Walmart parking lot at 7131 NC 73 Hwy moving from parking space to parking space. At approximately 9 p.m.
the pickup truck left the parking lot traveling on Highway 73 to a convenience store across the street. The driver was recognized as Thomas Utah McDonald when he exited the vehicle at the store. A criminal search revealed that McDonald had Orders for Arrest from Mecklenburg and Catawba Counties.
After a deputy activated his emergency equipment the driver fled on Highway 73 and then continued on to NC Highway 16. The driver turned onto Optimist Club Road and several other roads before finally returning to St. James Church Road where he pulled into a driveway in the 1900 block and got out of the vehicle. Deputies gave McDonald verbal commands for him to get on the ground and he complied.
Officers smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and a search of the truck turned up a briefcase containing marijuana, drug paraphernalia, empty plastic baggies and digital scales. McDonald was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $45,000 secured bond. He had a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court on Monday (March 11), his next District Court Date is April 1.
A fire that caused extensive damage at a Hickory residence Monday afternoon (March 11) is under investigation. Hickory Firefighters conducting a pre-plan on a building noticed smoke behind the complex. They responded to the area and discovered a fire at 1154 15th Street Drive N.E. Firefighters responded with three engines, one ladder, one rescue truck, and two command units.
Firefighters found smoke and flames coming from a house that had been split into two apartments. During their search, they found one person in the front apartment. Firefighters carried that person outside the building where he was examined by Catawba County E.M.S. He was then transported to a local hospital for injuries unrelated to the fire. No other injuries were reported.
Firefighters worked to extinguish the fire, which was under control just before 1:30 p.m. In a press released issued this morning (March 12), the Hickory Fire Department says the fire may have been intentionally set.
Fire damages were considered to be major. The Red Cross responded to the incident and will assist the occupants.
32-year-old Aaron Bernard Faulkner of Sharpe Street in Mooresville was arrested Saturday (March 9) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of cocaine and possession of schedule I controlled substance, with that substance being ecstasy. Faulkner is also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Saturday (March 9) deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office were following up a lead stemming from a break-in to a business in Mooresville. The deputies found the suspect truck which was involved in the crime. They spoke with the occupants of the truck and after gaining further information searched the suspect vehicle.
The search of the truck resulted in the discovery of cocaine, ecstasy, and marijuana. The drugs were reportedly in the possession of the driver of the truck, Aaron Faulkner.
Faulkner was arrested on scene and taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where he received a $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for April 1.
28-year-old Michael Paul Brandenburg of Indianapolis, Indiana was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (March 10) for felony larceny of greater than $1,000 and felony possession of stolen goods or property.
Following his arrest, Brandenburg was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He was released after posting bond. Brandenburg was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (March 11) in Lenoir.
48-year-old Charles Lynn Bentley of Sigmon Drive in Granite Falls was arrested by Lenoir Police Saturday (March 9) on a felony probation violation and a felony out-of-county probation violation. Bentley is on probation as he serves a 36-month-suspended sentence following a December 2018 conviction in Caldwell County for felony breaking & entering and a January 2019 conviction in Catawba County for felony possession of a controlled substance on prison or jail premises.
Following his arrest, Bentley was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $100,000, secured. He'll appear in Superior Court on April 1 in Lenoir.
25-year-old Dustin Ray Ingle, who is listed as a homeless person from Lincolnton, was arrested by Maiden Police Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with second degree arson. Ingle was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (March 11) under $2,500 bond. A Superior Court date was scheduled today.
40-year-old Lisa Marie Williams was arrested Friday (March 8) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Williams was arrested shortly after 4 p.m. Friday at an address on Edgewood Avenue in Morganton. She was placed in jail in Morganton under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (March 11).
27-year-old Christy Dawn Mcgalliard was arrested Sunday (March 10) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Mcgalliard was arrested shortly after 11 a.m. Sunday at an address on Sunnyside Drive in Morganton. She was not listed as an inmate in Burke County, no upcoming court dates were listed.
39-year-old Jeremy John Howard of South 8th Avenue in Maiden was arrested Sunday (March 10) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methampetamine, simple possession of schedule III controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting a public officer, and driving while license revoked. Howard was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $6,000 bond. District Court dates were scheduled today (March 11) and March 25.
34-year-old Alferetta Inez Morgan of Maple Place NW and 26-year-old Payton Dashe Wilson of Taubrook Place NW, both from Lenoir, were arrested by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. Both suspects are charged with trafficking in methamphetamine. Morgan faces two counts and Wilson is charged with one count. They were both incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (March 11) under $300,000 bond apiece. They're both scheduled to appear in District Court Tuesday (March 12).
A man was killed in a vehicle crash in Iredell County. According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Friday (March 8) shortly after 7 p.m. Troopers responded to a collision at the intersection of Nixon Road and Shumaker Drive.
A Toyota SUV, operated by 81-year-old Norman Allen Dixon, of Cleveland, NC, was traveling east on Nixon Road. A Chevrolet SUV, operated by a Statesville woman, was traveling north on Shumaker Drive. The Toyota failed to stop for a stop sign and collided with the Chevrolet in the intersection. Both vehicles went off the road to the right; the Toyota collided with and damaged a utility pole.
Mr. Dixon was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Chevrolet was transported to Iredell Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. There were no other passengers. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts. There were no indications of impairment.
A Morganton man will spend at least six years in prison after being convicted of robbery with a dangerous weapon and larceny of a motor vehicle on Thursday, March 7 during Burke County Superior Court.
43-year-old Billy Earl Murphy was given an active prison term of six to eight years by the Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, following his guilty plea. The defendant will serve his period of incarceration in the custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
Investigators from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office responded to a robbery on February 4, 2017. The defendant was lying in wait and surprised the female victim with the attack as she walked to her vehicle. He knocked her to the ground, hit her in the head and held her at gunpoint.
Murphy tried to conceal his identity behind a mask and hood but was recognized by the victim. He fled the scene in the victim’s vehicle. He was later found at a local convenience store in possession of the vehicle and items belonging to the victim.
Isaac Propst led the investigation for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant District Attorney Michelle Lippert prosecuted the case for the State.
48-year-old Theodore Ira Paul Buckner of South Creek Road in Nebo was arrested February 15 by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, the substance being methamphetamine.
According to a news release issued Friday (March 8), on February 15, 2019, a deputy with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office patrolling the Lake James area noticed a car backed up to a locked gate on Benfield’s Landing Road. During the investigation, the deputy found a woman in the front passenger seat and a man crouched down behind the open passenger door who appeared to be hiding.
The man, later identified as Theodore Ira Paul Buckner, was instructed to stand up several times before he complied. Further investigation resulted in the discovery of meth in the vehicle and Buckner was arrested. Following his arrest, Buckner was placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $3,000 bond. He was no longer listed as an inmate, no upcoming court dates were listed for the charge.
42-year-old Mark Toua Yang of Brandon Road in Morganton was arrested February 26 by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He was charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance with that substance being methamphetamine.
According to a news release issued Friday (March 8) officers with the North Carolina Department of Probation and Parole and Burke County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search at a residence on Brandon Road in Morganton. Following the search and further investigation, Yang was arrested on the drug charge.
Yang was placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $10,000 secured bond. He was no longer listed as an inmate. A District Court appearance is scheduled for March 20.