41-year-old Billy Roger McGee Jr. of Tunner Road in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (September 27) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. McGee was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $7,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is set for tomorrow (Thursday, September 29).
25-year-old Amber Ruby Jean Snipes of Helton Road in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (September 27) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of a stolen firearm. Snipes was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $1,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (September 29).
31-year-old Dallas Christopher Hopkins was arrested Tuesday (September 27) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule II controlled substance. Hopkins was placed in jail in Morganton under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, September 28).
The Burke County Sheriff's Office is continuing to seek suspects on it's Most Wanted List.
43-year-old Eric Sherard Jones is wanted by the Burke County Sheriff's Office for felony failure to report a new address as a sex offender. Jones' last known address was 2464 U.S. 70 in Morganton. He's been on the Most Wanted List since August 4, 2014.
62-year-old Dean Allen Yancey is wanted on felony counts of discharging a weapon into occupied property and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Yancey's last known address was 7890 Will Hudson Road in Connelly Springs. He's been on the Most Wanted List since November 13, 2015.
You can see the entire Most Wanted List at the Burke County Sheriff's Office website, www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list, call the Burke County Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500, or you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers.
26-year-old Cassondra Ellen Leatherman of Northbrooke 3 School Road in Vale was arrested Tuesday (September 27) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with failure to appear on counts of manufacturing methamphetamine, trafficking in meth, and possession with intent to distribute meth precursor. Leatherman was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. A Superior Court date is set for November 7.
Authorities are searching for a missing Catawba County girl. The Catawba County Schools issued a request last evening (Tuesday, September 27) on their Facebook page stating that a parent of one of their students was seeking help. 11-year-old Emily Dowdle went missing from her home after getting off of the school bus yesterday afternoon. Dowdle attends Catawba Elementary School.
She is described as approximately 4'11'' tall. She has long light brown hair, has hazel eyes, and wears black framed glasses. She was last seen wearing a pink shirt with an unknown design & capri jeans. In the event you have any information regarding 11-year-old Emily Dowdle's whereabouts after 2:40 p.m. Tuesday, contact the Catawba County Sheriff's Department at 828-464-3112 and ask for Chief Duane Cozzen or Brandon Styers.
69-year-old Paul Gaylon Hendrix of Morganton Boulevard S.W. in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3 p.m. yesterday (September 26) on one felony count of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods.
He was arrested after a Loss Prevention Officer at Walmart on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory saw a white male concealing merchandise in a bag. The suspect then exited the store without paying. He was confronted outside and the merchandise was recovered. The items included a thermometer, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, ethanol treatment, lubricant and a transformer with a total value of $96.
H.P.D. learned that the suspect, Paul Hendrix, had previously been banned from the store. He was taken into custody without incident. Hendrix was processed and released under a $5,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
48-year-old Tina Yvette Pinnix of Little Rock Road in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police at 2:35 yesterday afternoon (September 26) on multiple drug charges. She is charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule I controlled substance, possession of a schedule I controlled substance and possession of a schedule II controlled substance, plus misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The suspect is accused of possessing 1.1 grams of marijuana, 3.3 grams of methamphetamine, 10 unspecified barbiturates, 2.21 grams of heroin and six dosage units of an unspecified hallucinogen.
Pinnix was taken into custody without incident at an apartment on 12th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory. She was jailed under a $150,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.
39-year-old Jeffrey Brian Walker was arrested Monday (September 26) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony counts of larceny and larceny of a motor vehicle. Following the arrest, Walker was placed in jail in Morganton under $7,000 secured bond, a court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (September 28).
25-year-old Justin Carver of Will Wilson Lane in Taylorsville has now been charged with first-degree murder in connection to a child abuse case in Alexander County. The Sheriff’s Officers had previously charged Carver with felony child abuse inflicting serious injury.
The victim, 17-month-old Camden Hudson was taken to the Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem following an incident that occurred Friday morning at Carver’s residence. The child was taken off life support at about 4:15 yesterday afternoon (September 26) and was pronounced dead at 4:36 p.m.
Carver is currently being held in the Alexander County Detention Center without bond. He’ll make a first appearance in Alexander County District Court on the murder charge tomorrow.
An autopsy on the child was scheduled today at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. The investigation is continuing.
33-year-old Ryan Douglas Elmore of 2nd Street Place NE in Hickory was arrested today (Tuesday, September 27) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance. Elmore was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (September 28).
The Catawba County Schools Board of Education approved the appointment of two new principals at its Monday (September 26) meeting. These changes will be effective Monday, October 3.
Mrs. Amy Rucker is the new principal at Mill Creek Middle School
She has been with Catawba County Schools for the past sixteen years. She has served as assistant principal at St. Stephens High School for the past six years. Prior to that appointment, she served as a math classroom teacher at St. Stephens High School. Mrs. Rucker received her B.S. in Physical Education with a concentration in Psychology and a Health Education endorsement from Appalachian State University. She'll fill the principal vacancy currently being held by Interim Principal, Mr. Rob Rucker.
Mrs. Regina Bumgarner is the new principal at Banoak Elementary School. She has been the assistant principal at Banoak Elementary School since Fall 2015. Prior to that appointment, she was an assistant principal in Burke County Schools for three years and an elementary classroom teacher for seven years. Mrs. Bumgarner began her teaching career in Catawba County Schools at Startown Elementary in 1996. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education with a concentration in History from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She'll fill the principal vacancy currently being held by Interim Principal, Teresa Ritchie.
WorldStrides OnStage has invited the marching band from South Caldwell High School to perform at the McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade. They will join marching bands from across the country who have been invited to the holiday event.
Under the direction of Jason Childers, the South Caldwell High School marching band will travel to Chicago where they will march alongside some of the country’s best marching bands and learn from nationally acclaimed adjudicators.
Jason Childers has been teaching for 17 years and will be personally leading the South Caldwell High School group of 80 students to the McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
To learn how you can help South Caldwell High School’s fundraising efforts, contact Michelle Summerlin at email@example.com.
22-year-old Adrian Zaquintias Forney was arrested Monday (September 26) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony trafficking heroin. Forney was placed in jail in Morganton under $25,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for November 14.