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34-year-old Linsey Ann Cowles was arrested Thursday (July 24) by authorities in Burke County. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, and misdemeanor larceny by changing price tag. Following the arrest, Cowles was placed in jail under $8,000 secured bond. A first court appearance was scheduled for today. 

26-year-old Dominic Karan Derr of Heritage View Drive in Hickory was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police at about 7:35 last night (July 23) on one count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance.

The incident occurred in April 2015 at the City of Hickory parking deck on the 200 block of 1st Avenue N.W. Police saw two subjects loitering in a vehicle there. Officers approached, smelled marijuana and saw a baggie. The baggie contained 95.2 grams of marijuana, which was attributed to Derr.

The passenger, Antonio Devon Glover, was also charged at the time with possessing two grams of cocaine.

Derr was taken into custody without incident Thursday at a hotel on Fairgrove Church Road. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton.

23-year-old Isaac Sebastian Bolick of Cedar Place SW in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (July 23) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, and felony sell and deliver marijuana. Following the arrest, Bolick was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond.

The Hickory Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred late last night (July 23). Officers responded to the incident in the parking lot at the Rite-Aid store on highway 127 North in Hickory.

Police say the shooting occurred at 10:02 p.m. and may have been the result of road rage. The victim allegedly followed the shooter into the parking lot. An argument ensued, followed by a shooting.

The victim, a 39-year-old white male from Hickory, was reportedly wounded in the neck. He was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center and then transported to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. No update on his condition is available.

Police reportedly reviewed surveillance video overnight in an effort to identify the shooter. Police would say only that the suspect is a male who fled the scene in his vehicle. No additional information regarding the possible suspect has been released.

Anyone with information should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

We have more details on a fire at an apartment complex in Hickory Thursday morning. A cause was also determined by fire investigators.

According to a news release from the Hickory Fire Department, at approximately 8:47 a.m. Thursday, Hickory firefighters were dispatched to a reported fire at 655 7th Ave. S.W. which is the address for Valley Creek Apartments. Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder, one rescue truck, and two command units.

Upon arrival, firefighters found smoke coming from an apartment in the eight unit building. Firefighters quickly evacuated several residents and one dog from the two story apartment complex. When firefighters entered a downstairs apartment, they encountered fire inside. They were able to quickly extinguish the fire and clear the smoke out of the apartment above.

Three residents were treated for smoke inhalation on the scene. One resident was later transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. One apartment was heavily damaged by the fire and the one above it sustained smoke damage.

The Red Cross responded to the scene and will be helping families who were displaced as a result of the fire. Fire Investigators determined the fire was caused by an unattended candle that was too close to combustible objects.

[NOTE:  the address for Valley Creek Apartments has been corrected to show 655 7th Ave. S.W., rather than 655 7th Ave. S.E., as it was initially listed.]

43-year-old William Devere Sisk of Williams Road in Morganton was arrested Thursday (July 23) by Hudson Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking and or entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods or property. Following the arrest, Sisk was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Facility under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (July 27).

Friday, 24 July 2015 05:05

Most Wanted Suspects Sought In Burke County

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The Burke County Sheriff's Office is currently seeking most wanted suspects. The following suspects are among those being sought.

30-year-old Brandy Christina Poole is on felony warrants charging her with Failing to Report Sex Offense and Failing to Report New Address. Poole's last known address was 4085 Snowhill Church Road, Lot A-2, in Morganton.

42-year-old Eric Sherard Jones is wanted on a felony warrant charging him with Failure to Report New Address as a sex offender. His last known address was 2464 US 70 in Morganton.

32-year-old Jonathan David Brittain is wanted by the Burke County Sheriff’s Office for multiple misdemeanor offenses for assault and larceny. His last known address was 3921 Owens Mountain Avenue in Connelly Springs.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of these suspects, you are asked to contact the Burke County Sheriff's Office. You can call 828-438-5500, or e-mail admin@burkesheriff.org.

43-year-old Michael James Kiers of North Terrace Place in Morganton was arrested Thursday (July 23) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with trafficking opium or heroin, and possession with intent to sell and deliver MDPV, also known as bath salts. Following the arrest, Kiers was incarcerated at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, July 24).

34-year-old Jennifer Diane Hill of 22nd Street SW in Hickory was arrested Thursday (July 23) by Long View Police Officers. She’s charged with trafficking opium or heroin and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Hill was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, July 24).

The trial to determine the fate of Old Hildebran School concluded late Thursday afternoon when Iredell County Superior Court Judge Joe Crosswhite ruled that the Hildebran Town Council’s vote to demolish the school January 26 will stand. According to a published report, Crosswhite also ruled that Hildebran Town Council violated North Carolina open session meeting laws when members discussed the demolition in a meeting closed to the public October 27, 2014.

The report says Crosswhite also ruled in favor of the attorneys representing the town of Hildebran and Foothills Recycling & Demolition on two additional issues brought up in the three-day civil trial held in Burke County Superior Court. The jury was dismissed Thursday without adjudicating any decisions regarding the case. Crosswhite issued four directed verdicts regarding policy violations by Hildebran Town Council members when they voted to demolish the school.

The report explains that directed verdicts refer to rulings made by a trial judge after the judge determines that there is no evidence that could be provided to the jury that would result in the jury reaching a different decision than the judge’s decision.

According to the published report, after ruling that Hildebran Town Council violated the open meetings law, Crosswhite had to decide whether that violation nullified the Hildebran Town Council’s January 26 vote to demolish the school. In order to make that decision, Crosswhite said he considered whether Hildebran Town Council’s opening meeting violation October 27 intentionally impaired public knowledge or drastically altered the 4-1 vote, among other factors.

Crosswhite ultimately ruled that the Hildebran Town Council’s open meeting violation did not contribute to the January 26 vote to demolish the school. Therefore, he said the vote is still valid. Hildebran Heritage & Development Association lawyers have appealed Thursday's decision, so the injunction to not demolish the school will remain in effect during the appeals process.