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36-year-old James Ralph Boyd Jr., of Morganton, was sentenced to serve five to eleven years in prison following his guilty plea in Burke County Superior Court last Wednesday, August 19.

The Honorable Jesse B. Caldwell III, Superior Court Judge from Gaston County, sentenced Boyd to serve his sentence in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections after he entered a plea on two counts of possession of a firearm by felon, possession of stolen goods, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine and Ecstasy.

A search warrant carried out at Boyd’s home by deputies with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office on July 31, 2014, led to the recovery of stolen tools and 25 grams of methamphetamine.

A search of Boyd’s car on Sept. 6, 2014, by officers with the Morganton Department of Public Safety turned up a 9-millimeter handgun. He previously was convicted on a felony charge of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine in June 2009.

Execution of a search warrant by the Burke County Narcotics Task Force at Boyd’s home on April 23, 2015, turned up another firearm and Ecstasy pills.

Tyler Gantt (Burk County Sheriff’s Office), Tom Hester (Burke County Narcotics Task Force) and Felicia Ennis (Morganton Department of Public Safety) led the investigation of the case, which was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Frank Webster.

67-year-old Charles Kenneth Linebarger of 16th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (August 20) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession with intent to sell schedule two controlled substance.

Thursday night at 9:42 officers conducted a traffic stop on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard SE at F Avenue SE. A search resulted in the discovery of 1.9 grams of crack cocaine and $372 in U.S. currency. This resulted in Linebarger’s arrest.

The suspect posted $2,500 secured bond at HPD headquarters and was released. He was scheduled to appear in District Court in Newton today.

34-year-old Bobby Lewis Cloer of 31st Avenue Drive NE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (August 20) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony common law robbery.

The charge is in connection with an incident on August 8 at Quick Cash Pawn on Springs Road in Hickory. Cloer allegedly stole a purse from the victim. The victim and suspect are known to each other according to police.

Following the arrest, Cloer was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today.

36-year-old Jessica Dawn Provance and 42-year-old Dustin Clay Armstrong of the same Annas Drive, Granite Falls address, and 31-year-old Joshua Scott Webster of Jaci Place in Lenoir were all arrested Thursday (August 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. All three suspects are charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Provance and Armstrong are also charged with maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Following their arrests, the three suspects were locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center. Provance and Armstrong were detained under $150,000 secured bond, Webster’s bond was set at $75,000 secured. All three suspects made first court appearances Thursday.

28-year-old Dustin Clark Lawhon was arrested Thursday (August 20) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine, and felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Following the arrest Lawhon was placed in jail in Morganton under $35,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (August 24).

29-year-old Alica Marie Ann Dillingham and 28-year-old Donald Eugene Taylor, both of the same Davis Street, Lincolnton address, and 40-year-old Debra Ann Matney, of a different Davis Street address, were all arrested Thursday (August 20) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. They’re each charged with first-degree burglary, second degree kidnapping, and robbery with a dangerous weapon. Following their arrests, all three suspects were detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility. Matney was jailed under $200,000 bond. Tayor’s bond was set at $45,000. And Dillingham’s bond is $25,000. All three suspects were scheduled to appear in District Court today (Friday, August 21).

We have more information on an arrest we first reported earlier this week on WHKY. A Burke County man has been charged with a sex offense for reportedly having possession of child pornography. 49-year-old Frankie Lane Hollar of Johnson Bridge Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

According to a news release issued Thursday by the Burke County Sheriff's Office, on April 7, 2015, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children intercepted numerous images from a private source maintained and operated by a resident of Burke County. The images were forwarded from The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division (CID). These images were deemed inappropriate and labeled as child pornography.

An investigation by the Burke County CID resulted in Hollar being developed as a suspect in this case. On Tuesday (August 18) Burke County CID made contact with Frankie Hollar. the news release says Hollar admitted the images were his. The internet capable devices in Hollar’s possession were seized. Hollar was taken to the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and subsequently charged with the sexual exploitation offense. Hollar was placed in jail in Morganton under $150,000 secured bond. His next District Court appearance is scheduled for September 9.

The case remains under investigation with additional arrests and/or charges pending.

Friday, 21 August 2015 04:19

City of Hickory Reports Discharge Of Wastewater

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The City of Hickory had a discharge of untreated wastewater on Wednesday (August 19) of an estimated 1,000 gallons in the 1300 block of 20th Street NE. The untreated wastewater was discharged into Snow Creek of the Catawba River basin.

A news release from the city says the water remains safe following the overflow. The Division of Water Resources was notified of the event on August 20 and is reviewing the matter. For more information contact the City of Hickory Public Utilities Department at (828) 323-7427.

Friday, 21 August 2015 04:04

Two Teens Charged With Break-in To Church

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Two teenagers, including a 15 year old male juvenile, are accused of breaking into a western Lincoln County church on Wednesday (August 19).

Deputies were dispatched to a suspicious person call at the Palm Tree United Methodist Church Wednesday afternoon after the teens were seen walking around the outside of the church. Several church members came by the church to check on things and reported the incident to officers.

A Deputy checked with a neighbor on Palm Tree Church Road who said she observed two teenage boys walking by her residence carrying a mirror and a white box. The church members checked inside the building and located a piece of mail left behind by the suspects from Lincoln County DSS lying on a desk in the church office addressed to a nearby residence on Palm Tree Drive.

Deputy Wise went to the residence and talked with the occupant and several teenagers. After a lengthy discussion 17-year-old Matthew Humphries of Kiwi Lane in Vale admitted that he and a 15 year old friend entered the fellowship hall through an unlocked window. They removed kitchen utensils, a metal lock box, mirror, tools and food items. The boys used a kitchen knife to open a basement door to the main church building but did not take anything. The stolen items were recovered from a residence on Palm Tree Drive.

Humphries was charged with one felony count each of Breaking and Entering a Place of Worship, Larceny after Breaking and Entering and Possession of Stolen Goods. He was placed in the Lincoln County Detention Center under a $7,500 secured bond. A District Court date is set for September 8.

Information on the 15 year old will be turned over to Juvenile authorities.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies have charged a Newton man in connection with two separate thefts from the Walmart on Highway 73 in Denver.

On Wednesday (August 19) deputies were dispatched to the Walmart in connection with a theft where security personnel were holding a man trying to the leave the store with a shopping buggy filled with computer electronics valued at more than $1,200. In a follow up investigation an additional $1,500 worth of electronics were located in the front seat of the suspect’s vehicle that came from an unknown location.

54-year-old Richard Edward Perkins of North College Avenue in Newton also confessed to having an additional $2,500 worth of property at his residence in Newton that was stolen from the Denver Walmart on August 8. Deputies recovered the property at 1624 North College Avenue in Newton. Perkins admitted to selling the property on EBay and Craigslist for the past two months.

Perkins is charged with one felony count each of Larceny and Possession of Stolen Goods along with one misdemeanor count of Larceny. A District Court Appearance is scheduled for August 31. The investigation into the case is continuing.