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Monday, 16 April 2018 15:03

Conover Man Held on Fugitive Warrant from S.C.

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30-year-old Justin Lynn Brandon of Opal Creek Drive in Conover was served a felony warrant Friday (April 13) by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He was already in custody at the Catawba Co. Detention Facility, where he has been since April 4 when he was jailed for a parole violation.

Brandon is wanted in Oconee Co. Sheriff’s Office in Walhalla, S.C. for possession of methamphetamine or cocaine. The charge dates back to November of 2011.

Brandon remains in custody under a $25,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today (April 16) in Newton.

42-year-old Joshua Lee Starnes of Midas Bolick Road in Granite Falls was arrested Friday (April 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Starnes was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (April 16).

26-year-old William Charles Church, Jr. of Young Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 10:15 Friday night (April 13) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He was also charged with failure to appear on counts of felony larceny of a motor vehicle, misdemeanor driving while license revoked and reckless driving to endanger. The stolen vehicle charges were from Catawba County, while the other charges were on warrants from Burke County.

On April 13, while patrolling the parking lot at a billiards parlor on Highway 70 S.W., Hickory Police saw a vehicle that had been reported as stolen out of Burke County. Police stopped the vehicle at an address on 24th Street S.W., just off of Highway 70 S.W. The driver was arrested.

Church was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $32,000, secured. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (April 16) in Newton. Church will also appear in Catawba County Superior Court on May 21, and he has District Court dates in Morganton set for April 25 and June 6.

42-year-old Joe Lewis White of 12th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:40 p.m. yesterday (April 15) on one felony count each of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and possession of firearm by a felon, plus one misdemeanor count of communicating threats.

On April 14, Hickory Police responded to a reported shooting at the A&W Mini-Mart on South Center Street in Hickory. Upon arrival, Officers found a 48-year-old black male victim from Hickory who had sustained a gunshot wound. He was transported to Frye Regional Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The suspect, Joe Lewis White, turned himself in at the Hickory Police Department the following day.

White was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

24-year-old Sebastian Bronson-Lee Lefevers and 22-year-old Skyla Ann Rockett, both of the same Deerfield Lane, Connelly Springs, address, were arrested last Thursday (April 12) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, trafficking meth, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Lefevers was also charged with misdemeanor assault on a female.

Last Thursday (April 12), the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division assisted federal and other local law enforcement agencies. A traffic stop of Sebastian Bronson-Lee LaFevers was conducted in Hildebran, and search warrants were executed at 6553 Maple Grove Avenue and 6573 Deerfield Lane in Connelly Springs. As a result, a number of items were seized and charges were filed.

Authorities seized several ounces of meth, several pounds of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, U.S. currency, and firearms. Both suspects were arrested and taken to the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility. Bond for Lefevers was set at $26,000 secured, Rockett's bond was set at $50,000 secured. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (April 16).

Monday, 16 April 2018 05:02

Newton Man Arrested On Stolen Vehicle Charges

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49-year-old Paul Everette Lafon of Lafon Road in Newton was arrested Saturday (April 14) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen vehicle along with misdemeanor counts of resisting a public officer and possession of drug paraphernalia. Lafon was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $44,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (April 16).

35-year-old Joseph Dewayne Hudson of Charthouse Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Sunday (April 15) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Hudson was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (April 16).

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is seeking the public’s assistance in locating runaway juvenile, Haylee Lasha Jones. Jones ran away from her residence on April 10, 2018. She was last seen on Conley Road in Burke County. All evidence suggests that she voluntarily ran away.

Jones is described as 5’3”, 198 pounds with brown eyes and short black hair. Jones was last seen wearing a red tee shirt, blue jeans and a ball cap. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or Morganton/Burke Crimestoppers at 828-437-3333.

All Crimestoppers tips are anonymous, and anyone with information leading to the location of Jones may be eligible for a cash reward.

Hickory City Council meets in regular session Tuesday night (April 17).

Among the items under new business on Tuesday's agenda is an update on the Trivium Corporate Center, formerly known as Park 1764. Public Services Director Kevin Greer will present the update on the center, which is a proposed business park identified for bond proceeds as part of the city's bond referendum. An area has been identified in southeast Hickory that is large enough and conducive to development of a business park.

Also under new business tomorrow night, Assistant City Manager Rodney Miller will present the third quarter financial report, the city will accept a 2017 Tree City USA Award, and council will made appointments to boards and commissions.

Among the items on the consent agenda for Tuesday's Hickory City Council meeting is the approval of a resolution supporting the grant application for the Surface Transportation Block Grant. Another item on the consent agenda is the approval to modify the traffic ordinance to increase the speed limit from 35 miles per hour to 45 miles per hour along Startown Road within the city limits and to increase the speed limit from 45 miles per hour to 50 miles per hour along McDonald Parkway within the city limits.

Read the complete Hickory City Council agenda at www.hickorync.gov. Tuesday's meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building at 76 North Center Street in Hickory.

31-year-old Angela Marie Dale of Ervin Dale Lane in Morganton was arrested Saturday (April 14) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of heroin, possession of methamphetamine, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Dale was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A District Court date was set for today (April 16).

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