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We have more information on an arrest we first reported earlier this week. 27-year-old Timothy Alan McBee Jr. of Hickory was arrested Wednesday (June 22) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods.

On Saturday May 21, at approximately 2:04 a.m. Deputies with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office responded to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory where a 15-month-old child had been admitted with a leg injury. Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office responded along with the Burke County Department of Social Services and learned that the child suffered a spiral fracture to the left femur.  Subsequent to an investigation probable cause was developed and a warrant for arrest was issued on Timothy Alan McBee Jr. for Felony Child Abuse Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury.

Additionally, last Sunday, June 19, at approximately 8:44 p.m. Deputies with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office responded to 4915 HM Hefner Road, Lot 5 in reference to a breaking and entering and larceny. The victim reported that he came home to find someone had broken into his residence, outbuilding, motor vehicles and items had been stolen.  

During the investigation it was determined that the suspect had sold multiple stolen items prior to the report being filed by the victim. Warrants were issued on McBee for felony breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking and entering, and felony possession of stolen goods. Further charges are pending in this case. Several items have been recovered and returned to the victim.  

Following his arrest, McBee was jailed in Morganton under $85,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a District Court appearance today (Friday, June 24). 

This Saturday (June 25), the Boone Police Department and the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office will be at The Pet Place, located in Shops at Shadowline, in support of a fundraiser for local law enforcement K-9s. The event will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Law enforcement K-9s provide a number of services for the community. They help with the detection of illegal narcotics and substances. They assist in the apprehension of fugitives, and they provide assistance in locating missing persons, including lost children and the elderly. K-9s are also used to help educate citizens in the region’s schools, businesses and community groups.

K-9s and their handlers will be at The Pet Place on the 25th. The public is invited to come out and meet K-9s Simba and Elvis and their handlers, Officer Petey Hausley and Deputy Rick Ruppert.

Shops at Shadowline is located at 240 Shadowline Drive in Boone.

Thursday, 23 June 2016 17:03

Carolina Cross Connection Helps Those In Need

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Carolina Cross Connection, a Christian ministry designed to reach out to those who need assistance in the community, is back for another summer. Carolina Cross Connection brings together youth and adults from churches all around North Carolina to provide minor home repairs for individuals in need of assistance. The volunteer ministry takes on projects like painting, yard work, cleaning and basic construction. Services are provided free of charge.

Interested persons should contact the ministry’s staff at 980-439-4514. Donations are gratefully accepted. Those interested in donating should call 704-477-3225.

27-year-old Jonathan Christopher Vess was arrested Wednesday (June 22) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Vess was placed in jail in Morganton under $5,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make his first court appearance yesterday.

Three people were arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers when a search warrant was executed at a residence on Mineral Springs Mountain Road in Valdese.

38-year-old Clee Eugene Blankenship and 29-year-old Elizabeth Maria Hanna, both of Mineral Springs Mountain Road, were taken into custody on a non-support charge for Blankenship and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer for Hanna. 53-year-old Rocky Darell Powell of Orchard Street S.E. in Valdese was arrested for a failure to appear on a first-degree trespassing charge in Caldwell County and a failure to appear on a shoplifting charge in Newton.

At about 4:30 Tuesday afternoon (June 21), Officers arrived at the residence and found 12 individuals at various locations on the property and in the residence. The homeowner, Gail Phillips, was not present at the time of the search.

During the search, Officers found a small amount of drugs and paraphernalia inside the residence. While searching the property, Officers found a truck in the woods that had been reported stolen in Drexel. Drexel Police responded to the scene where they recovered the truck.

Following their arrests, Blankenship was given a $1,000 cash bond. Hanna’s bond was set at $1,000, secured, and Powell was given a $1,500 secured bond. Powell has since been released. No court date is currently listed for Blankenship. Hanna will appear in court on July 20, while Powell has a Caldwell County court date on July 21 and an appearance in Catawba County on August 1.

The investigation is ongoing. Charges against Gail Phillips are pending, based on the items found in the residence.

30-yer-old Joshua Wayne Kirby of 26th Street S.W. in Hickory has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He was also served with true bills of indictment for felony larceny, financial card theft and financial card fraud. Kirby was wanted in Jackson County, Florida for a felony probation violation.

He was jailed Monday (June 20) on the indictments. Kirby was served with the fugitive warrant yesterday while in custody at the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. He’ll appear in District Court Monday (June 27) on the fugitive warrant and in Superior Court on September 6 on the other charges.

Thursday, 23 June 2016 10:58

Conover Woman Jailed on Habitual Assault Charge

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36-year-old Latissa Decona Price of Lyle Haven Drive N.W. of Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:35 last night (June 22) on one felony count of habitual misdemeanor assault and one misdemeanor count of simple assault & battery.

She was taken into custody without incident on the 900 block of South Center Street in Hickory. Price was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for June 27 in Newton.

Thursday, 23 June 2016 10:50

Man Arrested On Weapon Theft Charge

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27-year-old Cory Samuel Martin was arrested Wednesday (June 22) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony larceny of a firearm. Following the arrest, Martin was placed in jail in Morganton under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (June 24).

25-year-old Jordan Lee Weaver was arrested Wednesday (June 22) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony forced breaking and entering. Weaver was jailed in Morganton under $40,000 bond. A court appearance is scheduled for July 5.

28-year-old Linda Kay Slone was arrested Wednesday (June 22) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony common law robbery. Following the arrest, Slone was placed in jail in Morganton under $15,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for August 1.