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Wednesday, 04 May 2016 04:58

Wanted Suspect Arrested In Burke County

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One of Burke County's Most Wanted suspects was arrested Tuesday (May 3). 50-year-old Cletus Delon Stamey was arrested and charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and probation violation.

Stamey had been on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List since January 22 of this year. He was wanted for probation violations in Burke and McDowell Counties. Following his arrest Tuesday, Stamey was placed in jail in Morganton under $20,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court May 17 and Superior Court June 13.

The Burke County Sheriff's Office is continuing to seek several suspects currently on the Most Wanted List. You can see the entire list at www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the Most Wanted List, call the Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500 or e-mail admin@burkesheriff.org. You can also submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crimestoppers.

28-year-old Justin Lynn Brandon of 13th Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (May 3) for a felony out-of-county probation violation. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Brandon was taken into custody without incident at the Days Inn on Fairgrove Church Road. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $16,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for May 9 in Newton with a District Court date coming up on June 8.

64-year-old Leverne Williams of 8th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before eight o’clock last night on one felony count of habitual larceny.

Williams was charged in connection to an incident on February 27 of this year at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. Williams was initially arrested for shoplifting after he was seen in the parking lot, removing miscellaneous grocery items from his jacket and putting them into his vehicle. The items included hot dogs, bologna, hot sauce, beer and sausage.

Further investigation revealed that Williams had two prior felony larceny convictions and four misdemeanor larceny convictions, resulting in his arrest yesterday for habitual larceny.

Williams was processed and released about two hours after his arrest on a written promise to appear in court. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (May 3) in Newton.

Friends of Hickory will celebrate the groundbreaking of a new park in Downtown Hickory on Wednesday, May 11 at noon.

The park, located just west of Union Square on the corner of Third Street and Main Avenue NW, is the culmination of over two years of planning and fundraising by the non-profit group.

Friends of Hickory board members collaborated with representatives from Lowes Foods, CommScope, and Corning, as well as additional donors, to symbolically transform the present overflow parking lot into a new community gathering space.

The park, which is the first project to be developed along the City’s new Citywalk, will offer a cosmopolitan mix of both old and new, with modernized Danish “unstructured” play equipment, outdoor seating, and a splash pad modeled after the Catawba River Valley that pays homage to the area’s geography and history. It will feature pottery by local artist, Kim Ellington, and mosaic tile from regional artist, Leslie Scott. A music section, toddler area, and bicycle repair stand are also planned.

Funding options for the park are still available through Mosaic benches and laser-engraved bricks, as well as some naming opportunities. Park completion is expected in August 2016.

For more information about the Friends of Hickory, please see their website at www.FriendsofHickory.com.

Glen C. Hilton, Jr. Park will be closed on Wednesday (May 4) while the park’s walking trail is being repaved. The necessary paving equipment and multiple trucks pose a possible safety hazard. As a precautionary measure, the park will be closed while the paving work is underway. In the event of inclement weather, the paving and park closure will be moved to Thursday, May 5. Please plan your park outings accordingly.

27-year-old Alphanso Augustus Wright Jr. of Powder Horn Court in Lenoir was arrested Monday (May 2) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking in cocaine, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, and manufacture by repackaging cocaine.

According to a news release issued today (Tuesday, May 3) on Monday, officers from the Lenoir Police Department’s Narcotics Unit, with the assistance of the Special Response Team, served a search warrant on the residence of 201 Sharon Avenue in Lenoir. During the search of the residence, detectives located 70 grams of crack cocaine, 7.4 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and $2316 in US currency. According to North Carolina State guidelines, the seized drugs were valued at $14,055.

The arrest was a direct result of citizen complaints. Anyone with information relating to this or any other crime is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 758-8300 or the Lenoir Police Department at 757-2100.

Wright was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, May 3).

25-year-old Brandy Lenore Edwards was arrested Monday (May 2) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense. Edwards was placed in jail in Morganton under $5,000 seucred bond. A District Court date is set for May 23.

32-year-old Carl Marcus Nivens was arrested Monday (May 2) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of forced breaking and entering and possession of schedule II controlled substance. Nivens was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, May 3).

Unemployment rates dropped across the Greater Hickory Metro area and in all 100 counties in North Carolina according to the latest information released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

The unemployment rates for North Carolina's counties and metropolitan areas for the month of March were released by the Labor and Economic Analysis Division. Catawba County's unemployment rate is 5.1 percent, that's down from 5.5 percent in February. Alexander County saw it's jobless rate fall to 4.7 percent, from 5 percent even in the last report. Burke County's unemployment rate is now 5.3 percent, that's a decrease from 5.7 in February. Caldwell County has an unemployment rate of 5.7 percent, that's down from 6 percent even in the last report.

The Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA has an unemployment rate of 5.2 percent, that's down from 5.6 percent in the last report. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied for the seventh lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs in North Carolina. All 15 of the state's metro areas experienced decreases in their unemployment rates.

The state unemployment rate is 5.4 percent, down from 5.7 percent in February. Hyde County has North Carolina's highest unemployment rate at 13.3 percent. Buncombe County has the state's lowest jobless rate at 4.2 percent.

Lenoir-Caldwell Crimestoppers is looking for the public's assistance in finding a pair of wanted suspects.

43-year-old Jody Quint Greene is wanted for taking indecent liberties with a child and probation violation. Greene is described as a white male, 6'1", 240 pounds.

Authorities are also looking for Kassy Logan Holler. She's wanted for felony larceny. Holler is described as a white female, 5'4". No further information is provided for Holler.  

If you know where to find either one of these suspects, call Detective Sgt. Shelly Hartley 759-1526 at the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office.

You can also call the Lenoir-Caldwell Crimestoppers line at 828-758-8300. If information you provide to authorities leads to the arrest of a suspect, you could receive a cash reward. You may remain anonymous when calling Crimestoppers.