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23-year-old Donald Scott Young was charged yesterday (December 15) by authorities in Burke County on one felony count of possession of a stolen firearm. He was given a $10,000 secured bond. Young will appear in Superior Court on February 2 in Morganton. He was also charged with a felony out-of-county probation violation. A Superior Court appearance on that charge was scheduled yesterday.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 06:57

Authorities Search for Escaped Wilkes County Inmate

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29-year-old Christopher Michael Church has escaped from the Wilkes Correctional Center, a minimum-security prison in Wilkes County.

The Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement are searching for Church after he walked away from an outside work assignment in Ashe County. At approximately 2:15 yesterday afternoon (December 15), correctional staff was notified that Church was missing from his assignment at the Department of Transportation yard.

Church is serving an active sentence for habitual impaired driving. He was due for release in May 2015. He is from Concord. Authorities believe Church may attempt to travel to Virginia where he has family connections.

Anyone who has seen Christopher Michael Church or has knowledge of his whereabouts should contact local law enforcement or the Wilkes Correctional Center at 336-667-4533.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 06:52

Water Line Break in Downtown Morganton Repaired

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City of Morganton Water Resources workers have repaired a water line break in downtown Morganton at the corner of East Meeting and Bouchelle Street. Crews responded to the break Sunday morning (December 14). Repairs were complete and water service was restored by 6:45 p.m. yesterday (December 15).

According to Water Resources worker Dick Mauney, the break occurred to a 12-inch or 8-inch line. Customers along a two-block area on East Meeting Street and two blocks on Bouchelle Street were affected.

Monday, 15 December 2014 15:28

Granite Falls Man Arrested for B&E

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50-year-old Charles Eugene Hollar of Sawmills School Road in Granite Falls was arrested Saturday (December 13) by Hudson Police and charged with breaking & entering. Hollar was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond. Hollar is scheduled to appear in Superior Court on felony counts of breaking & entering, larceny and possession of stolen goods on January 12.

35-year-old Heather Marie Harrelson of Bost Road in Morganton was arrested Friday (December 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She is charged with felony breaking & entering. She also faces one count of felony larceny after breaking & entering. Following her arrest, Harrelson was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond. She is scheduled to appear in District Court on January 12 in Lenoir.

24-year-old Aaron Thomas Annas of McCall Town Road in Granite Falls was arrested Saturday (December 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with one count of possession of marijuana. Following his arrest, Annas was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance in Lenoir is scheduled for February 17.

On Tuesday, December 9, the Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte reported injuries to a two-month-old female infant. The Granite Falls Police Department, the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation and the Caldwell Co. Dept. of Social Services have launched an investigation into the incident.

Authorities are working to determine if the injuries are accidental or intentional. Law enforcement and social services personnel are also trying to determine where the infant sustained the injuries.

The infant remains in critical condition. She has six broken ribs, a broken leg and a head injury.

The infant lives on Grassy Brook Place with her mother, 19-year-old Cierra Diamond Coffey.

47-year-old Richard Allen Moore of Winston-Salem has been arrested in Watauga County on charges of felony attempted breaking & entering, felony possession of burglary tools, misdemeanor first-degree trespassing and misdemeanor injury to real property.

Moore was arrested after Watauga Co. Sheriff’s Deputies and Boone Police responded to New River Building Supply on Highway 105 South in reference to a B&E in progress. An employee working after hours heard glass being broken in the building and saw someone wearing a black jacket and a black beanie cap. When Officers arrived, a window was found broken out near a loading dock and a hammer was found near the window.

Officers set up a perimeter and located the suspect in the bushes behind New River Building Supply, in the area of the Dewey Wright Well & Pump Company. The suspect’s vehicle was found in a vacant lot at the intersection of Highway 105 and the 105 By-pass.

Richard Allen Moore was taken into custody. A records check indicated that Moore was also wanted in Georgetown, South Carolina for second-degree burglary.

Moore was jailed under a $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date in Boone was set for January 22.

Monday, 15 December 2014 14:14

Hickory Man Arrested on Drug & Firearms Charges

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32-year-old Phalen Devon Izard of 9th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early yesterday morning (December 14) on one felony count each of possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a schedule I controlled substance and sale or delivery of a schedule II controlled substance. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of driving while license revoked and careless & reckless driving. Warrants for the firearms charges were issued in September and the vehicular charges were from warrants dated December 12.

He was taken into custody without incident at the Quality Suites hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. Izard has been jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $72,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

Monday, 15 December 2014 14:00

Safecracking Arrest Made in Iredell County

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22-year-old Justus Paul McCracken has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony safe cracking and misdemeanor larceny.

On November 29, the Sheriff’s Office took a report regarding the contents of a small safe and jewelry that were stolen from a residence on Ostwalt Amity Road in Troutman. The safe, which contained a variety of paper work and collectable coins, was sitting in the open in a bedroom. The stolen property had an estimated value of $650.

An investigation led to the identification of a temporary houseguest as a suspect. Deputies went to the suspect’s last known address and found it to be vacant. A search of the property turned up evidence that linked the suspect to the crime. Based on that evidence, warrants were issued for McCracken’s arrest.

McCracken was taken into custody on December 6. He was given a $7,500 secured bond with a court date in Statesville set for December 29.