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47-year-old Larry Shane Briggs was arrested Thursday (October 12) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony fail to report a new address as a sex offender. Briggs was placed in jail in Morganton under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (October 16).

Friday, 13 October 2017 05:14

Conover Man Charged With Multiple Drug Offenses

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37-year-old Jason Duane Colley of Charlotte Street in Conover was arrested Thursday (October 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of maintain a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, single felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, sale and delivery of schedule II controlled substance, and sale and delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school Colley is also charged with seven counts of failure to appear.

Following the arrest, Colley was detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $71,000 bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for November 6 and November 20. A Superior Court date is set for November 8.

23-year-old Preston Sinclair Green of Lenoir and 23-year-old Alexis Renee Graybeal of Morganton were both arrested Wednesday (October 11) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. Green is charged with felony speed to elude arrest, speeding more than 15 miles per hour over the speed limit, careless and reckless driving, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, larceny of motor fuel, resisting arrest and other related traffic offenses. Green also faces charges from Caldwell County. Graybeal was charged with harboring a fugitive, felony possession of schedule I and II controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia.

At approximately 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Morganton Public Safety Officers were dispatched to a gas drive off from Quality Plus gas station on Carbon City Road. The clerk provided the dispatcher with a tag number, vehicle and suspect description, which was a gold Honda Accord with tinted windows. The suspect was described as a slim white male wearing a ball cap. When dispatch searched the tag number in DMV database, a stolen vehicle response was alerted.  

According to a news release, an officer was traveling towards the Quality Plus on Independence Boulevard when the suspect vehicle passed him. The officer turned around to verify the suspect vehicle. He reported that the suspect vehicle accelerated on Independence and turned onto Wamsutta Mill Road. The suspect vehicle turned onto North Green Street heading towards the Post Office. As the Honda approached the Post Office, the suspect ran a red light and turned left onto Sanford Drive. The officer lost sight of the suspect vehicle as he turned onto Bouchelle Street.

Several officers converged on the area, checking side roads and driveways. Within 10 minutes, an officer spotted the suspect vehicle at 109 Douglas Drive. The Honda had pulled into a carport at the residence. A perimeter was established around the house.  When officers arrived, they encountered Alexis Greybeal at the residence. After questioning the woman, officers felt she was being dishonest about the suspect’s whereabouts. Officers conducted a safety sweep of the residence in an effort to locate the suspect. A K9 officer identified a human presence in a clothes dryer in the basement. Inside the dryer a white male matching the description of the suspect was found and taken into custody. The suspect was identified as Preston Green.

During the safety sweep Schedule I and II narcotics were located, along with other drug paraphernalia. Green's bond was set at $147,000 secured, Graybeal was jailed under $27,500 secured bond. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (October 13). The Lenoir Police Department secured the stolen vehicle for processing before returning it to it's owner.

Thursday, 12 October 2017 17:15

Shooting Suspect Hospitalized; Will be Arrested

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38-year-old David Arrex Burleson of Denton’s Chapel Road in Morganton has been found.  He is the suspect in a shooting that occurred on Denton’s Chapel Church Road at about 6 p.m. yesterday (October 11).  At about 2:25 this afternoon, Officers investigating a tip on Hawkins Drive saw Burleson outside.  He ran into the woods as he was pursued by Officers.  Burleson, who was not armed, stopped and was taken into custody.  

Officers’ noticed a powdery substance in Burleson’s mouth and called Burke County EMS.  EMS took Burleson to the hospital in Morganton where he is being evaluated for possibly ingesting a controlled substance.  Deputies will serve Burleson with an arrest warrant when he is released.

The victim of the shooting, a 51-year-old Morganton man, is reportedly doing okay and may be released soon.

Thursday, 12 October 2017 12:51

Local Owners Sell Crawdads to Texas Rangers

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The Hickory Crawdads distributed the following press release today (October 12)…

The Texas Rangers today announced that the organization has purchased the Class-A Hickory Crawdads of the South Atlantic League from Hickory Baseball, Inc.

The Rangers have had a player development agreement with the Hickory Club since 2009, a period in which the Crawdads have won three division titles and the 2015 South Atlantic League championship.

"The Texas Rangers are proud and honored to make this announcement today," said Neil Leibman, Chairman of the Texas Rangers Ownership Committee.  "We are acquiring a franchise that has thrived under the stewardship of Don Beaver and his ownership for the last quarter century, and we are committed to continuing that legacy.  We pledge to be a great community partner with the City of Hickory, and we look forward to a long and successful relationship."

"On behalf of the ownership group, we would like to thank the fans for 25 years of tremendous support," said now-former majority owner Don Beaver.  "I've truly enjoyed owning the team alongside Charles Young and of course, my brother Luther.  Without the great partnership with the city of Hickory and the vision of George Murphy and the stadium committee, Crawdads baseball wouldn't have become a reality.

"We hate to sell the team but it's the right thing to do to ensure that baseball stays in Hickory.  The Rangers are a first-class organization that we've been able to experience first-hand the last nine years.  The future of the team couldn't be in more capable hands."

The franchise will formally be Hickory Baseball LLC with Leibman serving as CEO.  Mark Seaman, who has overseen Hickory's day-to-day operations as General Manager since October 2007, will continue in that role.

Beaver initially purchased the Gastonia Rangers and moved the team to Hickory where the Crawdads made their debut in 1993 as an affiliate of the Chicago White Sox before switching to the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1999-2008.  Over the nine seasons in the Rangers farm system, the 'Dads have compiled a .533 winning percentage that included 14 straight winning halves from 2010-16 and featured several top prospects, some of whom are current members of the Texas Rangers.

The Crawdads play at L.P. Frans Stadium with a capacity of 3,959.  Despite having one of the youngest teams in the South Atlantic League, Hickory finished just 2.0 games out of a playoff spot in the second half of the 2017 season with a 37-33 record.

A formal press conference with representatives from the Texas Rangers, Hickory Baseball, Inc., and the City of Hickory is expected to take place in Hickory within the next few weeks.

Thursday, 12 October 2017 10:57

Hickory Teenager Charged With Break-ins

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16-year-old Robert Joshua Miller of Sain Road in Hickory was arrested today (October 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with breaking and entering, breaking or entering a building, and possession of a stolen automobile. Miller was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (October 13).

29-year-old Roger Lee Parker of 10th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:20 last night (October 11) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of driving while license revoked.  The warrants for his arrest were issued in Lincoln County in August and September of this year.  Parker was taken into custody without incident at his residence.  He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $11,000 secured bond.  He has since been released.  Parker will appear in District Court in Lincolnton on November 9.

Thursday, 12 October 2017 06:15

Man Charged In Death Of Firefighter Appears In Court

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The man charged in connection with the death of a Triple Community firefighter made his first appearance in court Wednesday (October 11). 58-year-old Randal Hugh Stewart is charged with felony death by vehicle, driving while impaired, reckless driving to endanger, and possession of marijuana.

Authorities say a truck, driven by Stewart, hit 40-year-old Jason Keith Hensley, Hensley’s vehicle and then a firetruck. Hensley was reportedly killed upon impact. Officials say that Hensley and another firefighter were wearing reflective vests and standing next to vehicles when the crash occurred. Emergency lights were reportedly flashing. The incident happened just after midnight Monday morning, the firefighters were dispatched to a call for service for a tree blocking the eastbound and part of the westbound side of Highway 70 East near the Drexel intersection.

Jason Hensley's funeral will be held Friday (October 13) at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Drexel at 200 South Main Street. The burial is scheduled to be at Hillcrest Cemetery at 1121 Praley Street SW in Valdese.

Stewart was placed in jail in Morganton under $75,000 secured bond. His next District Court appearance is scheduled for November 1.

35-year-old Crystal Gail Hanes was arrested Wednesday (October 11) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Hanes was placed in jail in Morganton, bond was set at $3,200 secured. A court appearance was scheduled for today (October 12).

Thursday, 12 October 2017 05:59

Lenoir Man Indicted On Multiple Felony Charges

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42-year-old Trenton James Hood of Merriman Street in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (October 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods or property. Hood was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for January 8.

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