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31-year-old Israel Yanez Martinez was arrested Friday (March 27) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. No address is listed for Martinez on police records. He’s charged with cockfighting, four counts of failure to appear on various drug charges, driving while impaired, no operators license, reckless driving with wanton disregard and giving false information. Following the arrest, Martinez was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $277,000 total bond. He’s scheduled to make a Superior Court appearance on April 13.

Monday, 30 March 2015 05:36

Standoff In Morganton Results In No Injuries

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There were no injuries in a standoff Friday in Morganton. According to a news release, Morganton Public Safety Officers responded to an Asheville Street residence and attempted to serve an involuntary commitment. According to the news release, a female was armed with a semi-automatic pistol, was suicidal and had barricaded the residence. When officers arrived on scene, a perimeter was established and nearby neighbors were warned of potential danger and asked to “shelter in place.” Communication was established with the woman over the police PA speaker. After an extended period of dialogue between police and the woman, it became apparent that she was not willing to disarm herself or surrender for mental health treatment.

Morganton Public Safety Special Emergency Response Team was successful in apprehending the woman without injury.  A loaded pistol was found in her pocket. Additional manpower from off duty personnel, responded promptly to assist. Burke County Sheriff’s Department and The NC Highway Patrol assisted as well.

The female was transported to CHS Morganton for mental health evaluation. No charges have been filed at this time.

The N.C. Department of Transportation will replace a bridge at 29th Avenue Northeast in Hickory, with construction starting as soon as today (Monday, March 30). The bridge over Falling Creek in Catawba County will be replaced with a culvert. The existing bridge was built in 1954 and is considered functionally obsolete and structurally deficient. This means that although the bridge is safe for traffic, it was built to outdated design standards and needs to be replaced to keep up with current and future traffic demands. 

An on-site detour will be built and traffic will be switched over to the detour route. Once traffic is on the new route, the existing bridge will be demolished and replaced with the culvert. The $1.2 million project is scheduled for completion in May 2016. Country Boy Landscaping Inc. of Harmony is the project contractor. 

For more details about the state's bridges, visit the NCDOT's bridge information website. 

On March 16, 2015, 40-year-old Charles “Chad” Hildebran of 954 Airport Rhodhiss Rd. Hickory entered a guilty plea to felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny, and possession of stolen goods. He entered the plea earlier this month in Burke County Superior Court. Hildebran was sentenced to 18-31 months in the North Carolina Department of Corrections.

Hildebran was taken into custody on August 15, 2014 by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’d been on the Sheriff’s Office Most Wanted list prior to his arrest. At the time of his arrest, Hildebran had outstanding warrants for three counts of felony forced breaking and entering, larceny, three counts of larceny after breaking and entering, three counts of possession of stolen goods, two misdemeanor counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and failure to appear or comply.

Three other people were in his Airport-Rhodhiss Road home at the time of his arrest. 22-year-old Telsa Dawn Lynn of Hildebran, 31-year-old Jessica Lyndsy Miller of Houston Mill Road in Conover, and 37-year-old Jonas Daniel Isenhour, of South Center St. SW in Hickory. They were all arrested and charged with various offenses on warrants from multiple counties.

Hildebran has pending charges in Lincoln County.


41-year-old Timothy Wayne Poole of Norman Carraway Drive in Morganton was arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers and charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny, and possession of stolen goods.

On February 16, a report of a breaking and entering crime was filed by Ricky L. Poole of Crawley Dale Street in Morganton. Deputies with the Burke County Sheriff's Office responded to the call and generated an initial report. When Mr. Poole arrived at his residence, he found signs of forced entry into his home and noticed several items were missing including firearms and US currency. The case was assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division. Detectives developed Timothy Wayne Poole as a suspect in the case. Further investigation into the incident revealed evidence of Timothy Poole's involvement, and probable cause was found for arrest warrants.

Poole was initially arrested on separate charges following a standoff with officers during which he was arrested without incident. During transport to the Magistrate’s office, Poole became unresponsive and was taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Morganton for treatment. Following treatment, Poole told Officers he had consumed an “eight ball of meth” and had taken numerous Xanax pills.

Additional warrants against Poole were served on March 12. Poole was placed in the Burke Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $100,000 bond. His court date is set for Wednesday (April 1) The investigation is ongoing.

32-year-old Charlotte Erin Geter of 2nd Avenue N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:40 yesterday afternoon (March 26) on one felony count of larceny by servant or other employee.

She was arrested after management at the Cupboard Express store on 16th Street N.E. in Hickory reported that a former employee had taken money for voided transactions. Store security video confirmed the theft. The timeframe in which the larceny occurred and the amount of money stolen were not specified in Police reports.

A warrant for Geter’s arrest was issued on that same day, but she wasn’t arrested until yesterday when she was taken into custody without incident at her residence. Geter was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,000 unsecured bond. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today.

37-year-old Aundrea Shaneice “Squirmy” Robinson, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 8:30 last night (March 26) on one felony count of possession of cocaine.

She was arrested when Officers on patrol on the 800 block of South Center Street saw a female staggering in the roadway. According to Police reports, the woman, Aundrea Robinson, appeared to be intoxicated. One-tenth of a gram of crack cocaine was found on her person.

Robinson was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today.

Friday, 27 March 2015 13:44

Vale Teen Accused of Stabbing Victim in Neck

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19-year-old Shawn Lee Buckner of Southern Way in Nebo was arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers Tuesday (March 24) on one felony count assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

Events leading to his arrest began when a call came in regarding an assault that had just occurred on Interstate 40 westbound, near Exit 113. Sheriff’s Deputies, E.M.S. and other first responders found the victim suffering from a stab wound to the right side of his neck.

The victim identified his attacker as Shawn Buckner, who was found walking along the Interstate, just west of where the assault took place. When questioned, Buckner admitted to stabbing the victim in the neck with a pocketknife.

The victim was transported Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge in Morganton where he was treated for his wounds. At last report, he was in stable condition.

Buckner was taken into custody and placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $50,000 bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court Wednesday (March 25) with his next court date coming up on April 15.

20-year-old Blaine Aaron Laws of Martin Place in Lenoir was arrested early this morning (March 27) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule IV controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested when Hickory Police Officers on foot patrol at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory heard a man and a woman talking loudly in a room at the hotel. Police observed as one subject carried drug paraphernalia into the restroom where the Officers could hear the toilet tank lid being removed and replaced.

Officers entered the room and identified the two subjects, neither of whom had any outstanding warrants. The Officers noticed that the toilet was running continuously. In the tank, they found a plastic bag floating on the water. In that bag and elsewhere in the room, Police found 0.8 grams of marijuana, 38.5 assorted pills, a pipe, a grinder and $272 in cash.

Laws was taken into custody without incident at about 2:20 this morning. The female subject was not charged. Laws was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

One person was killed in a wreck this afternoon (Friday, March 27) on Interstate 40 in Burke County. The accident happened on I-40 westbound near exit 100. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol confirms one person was killed in the accident, that name had not been released. All westbound lanes of I-40 were shut down until approximately 2:45 this afternoon. In addition to the fatality, three others were injured in the crash. Highway Patrol is investigating.