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.
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.
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.
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.
29-year-old Chad Ashford Causby of Zion Road in Morganton was arrested Friday (March 17) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Causby was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 20).
42-year-old Eric Eugene Sigmon of Emmanuel Church Road in Conover was arrested Saturday (March 18) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of assault by strangulation, assault inflicting serious bodily injury, and first degree kidnapping. Sigmon was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility without bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 20).
More information has been released on the arrests of two suspects previously reported on WHKY.
29-year-old Destiny Nicole Miller of Johns River Road in Morganton and 27-year-old Nou Long Yang of George Hildebran Road in Connelly Springs were both arrested this week by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. They were both charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, sale of meth, and delivery of meth. Yang was additionally charged with felony counts of fleeing to elude arrest and hit and run with injury.
According to investigators, an undercover operation between the Sheriff’s Office Ice Unit and Investigators with Granite Falls Police Department began in the parking lot of Walmart in Granite Falls, when 7.2 grams of meth was sold by Miller and Yang. The sale was allegedly made in the suspects'Honda Accord.
According to reports, as the officers moved in after the sale, Yang, who was driving, attempted to speed away from the scene and slammed into an unoccupied parked car in the lot, stopped and then sped away again. Officers chased the suspect car up 321 North to the Granite Falls McDonalds and then again on Duke Street toward Rhodhiss where officers lost sight of the suspect’s car. Burke County authorities were notified to be on the look-out for the suspects.
Later that evening, around 8:30 p.m., the North Carolina Highway Patrol made a traffic stop on another Honda on Rhodhiss Road in Burke County and determined that the two suspects were passengers in that car and they were taken into custody by Burke County Officers. Caldwell County Sheriff Alan Jones thanked the Granite Falls Police Department, Burke County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol for their assistance in the apprehension of the suspects.
Both suspects were jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Facility, Miller under $250,000 secured bond, Yang under $350,000 secured bond. Both suspects were scheduled to make their first District Court appearances Thursday (March 16).
19-year-old Tashanna Lashay Foster of 18th Street Place N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:45 yesterday afternoon on one felony count of failure to appear.
The charge comes in connection to an incident in July of 2014 when Foster allegedly sold food stamps for bond money. She was originally arrested on November 19 of 2014.
Yesterday, Foster was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department. She was processed and released under a $1,000 secured bond. Foster will appear in Superior Court on May 1 on one felony count of illegal possession or use of food stamps.