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47-year-old David Allen Pearson was arrested Sunday (March 19) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with one felony count of being an habitual felon. Pearson was placed in jail in Morganton under $50,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for May 1.

25-year-old Michelle Donyel Woods of Lafone Road in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police Saturday (March 18) as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.  Woods is wanted in Tazewell County, Virginia for shoplifting and for a probation violation.

Woods is accused of taking more than $200 in merchandise from a Walmart store in Virginia.  She was initially arrested in the town of Tazewell, Virginia.

Woods is currently in custody at the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond.  She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (March 20) in Newton.

Monday, 20 March 2017 10:32

Man Arrested On Charge Of Having Drugs In Jail

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37-year-old Rocky Grant Chapman was arrested Sunday (March 19) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of controlled substance in prison or jail. Chapman also faces two counts of failure to appear. Chapman was placed in jail in Morganton under $13,500 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 20).

31-year-old Joseph Edward Shell was arrested today (Monday, March 20) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Shell also faces a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was placed in jail in Morganton under $5,500 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for April 17.

Monday, 20 March 2017 06:08

Lenoir Man Charged With Fleeing From Officer

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37-year-old Kenny Joe Wheeler of Cameo Lane in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (March 19) by Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. He's charged with felony flee to elude arrest and driving while impaired. Wheeler was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 20).

40-year-old Jackie Eugenia Byrd and 43-year-old Shea David Byrd, both of the same Grandin Road, Lenoir address, were both arrested Friday (March 17) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony trafficking in methamphetamine. Shea Byrd is also charged with felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place to keep controlled substance.

Both suspects were placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under one-million dollars secured bond on the meth trafficking charge. An additional $10,000 secured bond was added for Shea Byrd on the additional charge filed against him. Shea Byrd had a District Court appearance scheduled for today (Monday, May 20). Jackie Byrd has a District Court date May 1.

Monday, 20 March 2017 05:49

Wildfire Fought In Linville Gorge Area

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A wildfire in the Linville Gorge area continued to burn over the weekend. According to the Sunday (March 19) update from the U.S. Forest Service, the White Creek Fire was ten percent contained at an estimated 585 acres.

140 firefighters were on the scene yesterdayday continuing to improve firelines on the south end of the fire area to protect private property, establishing firelines on the north end, and preparing for a potential burn window on Monday that may allow for a controlled low-intensity backburn to reduce fuels and buffer firelines.

The fire is burning near Shortoff Mountain at the south end of Linville Gorge on the Grandfather Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest. An area closure is in effect for all U.S. Forest Service lands east of State Road 1238 (Old NC 105 / Kistler Memorial Highway), south of Conley Cove Trail (Tr #229), south of Table Rock Picnic Area, west of Back Irish Creek Forest Service Road #118 (Blue Gravel Road) and Roses Creek Forest Service Road #99, north of Highway 126.

In addition, the following trails are closed: Shortoff Trail (Tr #235), Rock Jock Trail (Tr #247), Pinch-In Trail (Tr #228), Linville Gorge Trail (Tr #231) south of Conley Cove Trail (Tr #229), Mountains to Sea Trail (Tr #440) from State Road 1238 at Pinnacles to the Table Rock Picnic Area, and any social trails existing within the closure area. Public entry is prohibited within this area.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

51-year-old Laura Jean Williams of Water Street and 36-year-old Misty Dawn Bentley of Spring Lake Mobile Home Park Drive, both from Granite Falls, were each arrested Friday (March 17) by Granite Falls Police Officers. They're both charged on bills of indictment with trafficking in heroin or opium. Both suspects were locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. They each have Superior Court dates May 1.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating an incident in which as many as 30 rounds may have been fired in a residential neighborhood.

Deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 4900 block of Amity Lane in Iron Station at around 3:20 p.m. on  Saturday (March 18). When officers arrived the homeowner told them that a silver car had pulled into the driveway occupied by three people. An argument that had started the previous night continued and one of the individuals in the vehicle fired a shot in the direction of the homeowner.

The shooter continued to fire shots as they sped away and the homeowner told officers that he unloaded shots from two pistols at the vehicle. Detectives sent an advisory out regarding the suspect's vehicle and to area hospitals in case anyone showed up with a gunshot wound. No one at the residence was injured. It is not known how many shots struck the vehicle.

The investigation into the incident is continuing. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

25-year-old Brandon Lane Sutton of Riverside Drive in Lincolnton was arrested last Wednesday (March 15) by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged with felony indecent liberties with a child.

According to a news release issued over the weekend, Lincolnton Police Officers served the warrant on Sutton at his residence last Wednesday night. The warrant was the result of an investigation by Detective Brent Heavner of the Lincolnton Police Department. The investigation was conducted after a report was filed stating that Sutton was acting in an indecent manner towards a child at a local park.

Sutton is a registered sex offender as the result of a 2010 conviction in Washington County, North Carolina for indecent liberties with a child. Additionally, Sutton also has a prior conviction for Bringing a Weapon on School Property in Tyrell County, North Carolina.

Following the arrest, Sutton was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under $100,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make his first court appearance last Thursday (March 16). His next appearance is scheduled for March 28 in District Court.

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