39-year-old Bo Lucas Hicks and 56-year-old Elisa Killian Robertson, who are both listed as homeless persons from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police shortly after ten o'clock Friday night (July 3). Hicks was charged with felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance and Robertson was charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance. Both suspects were charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
They were arrested when Hickory Police Officers on foot patrol at a hotel on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. noticed the odor of marijuana coming from one of the rooms. After making contact with the room's occupants, Officers found 5.2 grams of marijuana, 0.7 grams of methamphetamine, and six grams of M.D.M.A. (ecstasy). Two of the four occupants were arrested without incident at the hotel.
Hicks and Robertson were both jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for each set at $5,000, secured. They were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court yesterday (July 6) in Newton.
21-year-old Olivia Texanna Ray of Haven Circle S.W. in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (July 4) on three felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses. The warrants for her arrest were issued in Caldwell County on April 27 of this year. Ray was taken into custody without incident at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday on the 400 block of South Center Street in Hickory. She was processed and released under a $10,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for September 14 in Lenoir.
46-year-old Jonathan Andreas Linebarger of 6th Avenue S.E. in Catawba was arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning (July 5) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon. He was also charged as an habitual felon. The initial incident and arrest took place in October of last year. Warrants for Linebarger's most recent arrest were issued on June 22.
He was taken into custody without incident just before 1 a.m. Sunday at a convenience store on Springs Road N.E. in Hickory. Linebarger was processed and released under a $15,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today (July 7) in Newton.
35-year-old Jordan Daniel Newman of Harrisburg Drive in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (July 5) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony cruelty to animals. Newman was released on $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for July 27.
39-year-old Cristian Mejia Paz of Brush Mountain Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (July 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with statutory sex offense with a child by an adult. Paz was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled Wednesday (July 8).
Tuesday COVID-19 Update: Outbreak Reported At Caldwell Prison, Catawba Sees Highest Number Of HospitalizationsWritten by Rob Eastwood
40 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Monday (July 6) in Catawba County, increasing the overall total to 1,011, with 14 deaths. Hospitalizations increased to 17 in Catawba County, the highest total reported since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. At least 454 COVID-19 patients had recovered in Catawba County and there had been 3,559 negative test results.
A COVID-19 outbreak was reported Monday at the North Carolina Department of Public Safety’s Caldwell Correctional Center. Two employees at the minimum security facility tested positive for COVID-19. In congregate living settings, an outbreak of COVID-19 is defined as two or more laboratory-confirmed cases within a 28-day period. The facility is working closely with the Health Department to slow the spread of the virus.
Three additional residents at Brockford Inn Assisted Living tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total cases at the facility to 50 (35 residents and 15 employees). The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services requires employees and residents who test negative for COVID-19 to be retested at least every seven days. The Caldwell County Health Department is conducting testing for Brockford. A total of nine COVID-19 cases were reported Monday in Caldwell County, increasing the overall total to 519, with four deaths. 15 Caldwell County coronavirus patients were hospitalized and at least 254 patients had recovered.
The Monday update from Burke County Public Health shows 1,093 COVID-19 cases in Burke County, the most recent update over the weekend from the county's online COVID-19 dashboard showed 1,088. There were 20 coronavirus related deaths reported in Burke County as of Monday and seven people were hospitalized. At least 836 patients had recovered.
Alexander County Public Health reported 132 confirmed cases of COVID-19 Monday, 29 more than the previous update which was issued by the county last week. There were 48 people in quarantine, one patient in the hospital, one coronavirus-related death, and 82 people who had fully recovered.
39-year-old Robert Alan Stilwell was arrested Sunday (July 5) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Stilwell was arrested just before noon on Sunday at an address on Fernwood Drive in Morganton. He was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. His next District Court appearance is scheduled for July 27.
53-year-old Larry Allen Miller of Conover and 48-year-old Renae Chandler Michael of Charlotte were arrested Sunday (July 5) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. they're both charged with felony counts of breaking & entering and attempted larceny along with misdemeanor counts of breaking & entering.
Sunday afternoon, Alexander County 911 received a call from a man who had two individuals held at gunpoint at his residence. Officers responded to a residence on Highway 127 in the Ellendale Community. After arriving on the scene, officers met with Larry Allen Miller. Officers asked what he was doing at the residence. Miller told them that he had run out of gas and knocked on the door of the residence and no one came to the door.
Miller told officers that he then walked around the property looking for old cars. Officers found a black trashbag that had been filled with different food items, such as ice cream and popsicles that were still frozen. There was also a five-gallon can of gas that had been taken from a vehicle. The vehicle that the suspects were driving had been driven behind the residence with limbs laid over the vehicle.
Renae Chandler Michael was found by police at the scene. Officers approached Michael. She had an unidentified white substance on her pocketbook. It was later discovered that the crawlspace underneath the residence had been entered, and the white substance was lye that the homeowner had put under the residence.
Bond for each suspect was set at $20,000 secured. They remained in the Alexander County Detention Center as of earlier today (July 7). The next District Court appearance for each suspect is scheduled for July 27.
40 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed today (July 6) in Catawba County, increasing the overall total to 1,011, with 14 deaths. Hospitalizations increased to 17 in Catawba County, the highest total reported since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. At least 454 COVID-19 patients had recovered in Catawba County and there had been 3,559 negative test results.
The Monday update from Burke County Public Health shows 1,093 COVID-19 cases in Burke County, the most recent update over the weekend from the county's online COVID-19 dashboard showed 1,088. There are 20 coronavirus related deaths in Burke County and seven people were hospitalized. At least 836 patients had recovered.
Hickory Police & Fire Respond To Incident Initially Reported As Explosion But Likely Caused By Lightning StrikeWritten by Rob Eastwood
Just before 10:30 a.m. today (July 6), Hickory Police and Hickory Fire were called to respond to what was reported as damage to a vehicle from a possible explosive device at an address on Tate Boulevard. Upon arrival, representatives from the business pointed out a vehicle parked next to the building that had been damaged by what appeared to be multiple rocks. Employees also pointed out several buckets next to the building that they believed to be suspicious.
The North Carolina State Bureau Of Investigation (SBI) was contacted to assist in determining if the suspicious buckets contained any explosive devices. No items were determined to be explosive devices or contained explosives. Additionally, it was determined, from information received from the Forest Service that there were lightning strikes in that specific area in the early morning hours. Although the case is still being investigated, it is likely that the rocks may have been a result of a lightning strike to the roof of the building.
Catawba County Public Health reported 17 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday (July 5), increasing the overall total to 971,, with 14 deaths. Hospitalizations increased by one in Catawba County, to 16. At least 434 patients had recovered from the coronavirus and there were 3,521 negative test results.Catawba County Public Health reported 17 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday (July 5), increasing the overall total to 971, with 14 deaths. Hospitalizations increased by one in Catawba County, to 16. At least 434 patients had recovered from the coronavirus and there were 3,521 negative test results.
The Caldwell County Health Department reported 20 additional cases of the coronavirus Sunday, increasing the total to 510, with four deaths. Hospitalizations decreased to 19, down from 20 Saturday (July 4). At least 251 patients had recovered in Caldwell County. The percentage of tested patients who were positive in Caldwell County was 6.26%.
As of Sunday, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Alexander County’s COVID-19 count is at 118 cases, 15 more than the last update issued by Alexander County Public Health. The state agency reported 1,105 cases in Burke County as of Sunday, 17 more than the last update issued by Burke County Public Health.
27 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Saturday (July 4) in Catawba County, increasing the overall total to 954, with 14 deaths. There were 15 people hospitalized with the coronavirus in Catawba County, one more than Friday. 434 people had recovered from COVID-19 in Catawba County and there were 3,485 negative test results.
17 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Saturday in Caldwell County, increasing the overall total to 490, with four deaths. The total number of Caldwell County patients hospitalized dropped to 20 Saturday. At least 251 patients had recovered and there were 6,658 negative test results.
Burke County's COVID-19 dashboard shows a total of 1,088 cases in the county, 12 more than the previous update released by Public Health. There had been 20 coronavirus-related deaths in Burke County. Hospitalizations dropped to six and at least 826 patients had recovered. No new cases were reported by officials in Alexander County Saturday, leaving the total at 103, with one death.
Catawba County Public Health reported 29 new cases of COVID-19 Friday (July 3) increasing the overall total to 927, with 14 deaths. There were 14 people hospitalized with the coronavirus in Catawba County, one fewer than Thursday (July 2). At least 434 people had recovered from COVID-19 in Catawba County, and there had been 3,458 negative test results.
Burke County Public Health reported 16 additional cases of COVID-19 Friday, increasing the total to 1,076, with 20 deaths. There were nine people hospitalized in Burke County with the coronavirus, and at least 806 people had recovered. Four new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Caldwell County Friday, upping the overall total to 473, with four deaths. 22 patients from Caldwell County were hospitalized with the coronavirus, the highest number reported since the beginning of the pandemic. At least 251 Caldwell County patients had recovered.
There were no additional cases of COVID-19 reported in Alexander County Friday, leaving the total at 103, with one death. According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, 2,099 additional cases of COVID-19 were confirmed statewide Friday, the highest one day total since the start of the pandemic.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to adhere to social distancing recommendations, starting Monday (July 6), all District Criminal Courts will take place at the Burke County Conference Center at 2128 South Sterling Street in Morganton (the end of the building next to the new Longhorn Steakhouse). This includes general District Criminal and Infractions Court Matters.
Only individuals who have court should be present in the room to have their cases handled. Six-feet social distancing is required, and masks are encouraged. Please check www.nccourts.gov regarding your court date or call the Clerk of Court at 828-433-3202 if you have any questions. You can get the latest case information on COVID-19 in Burke County by going to www.burkenc.org and clicking on the dashboard.