29-year-old Trevor Jordan Wallace of Blevins Drive in Shelby was arrested Wednesday (April 17) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with habitual larceny and failure to appear on a count of shoplifting with concealment of goods. Wallace was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $12,000 bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for next Monday (April 22) and April 29.
63-year-old James Edward Moore of Fred Jolly Lane in Taylorsville was arrested by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with felony probation violation. Moore was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (April 18) under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is set for next Monday (April 22).
39-year-old Jorge Manuel Yax Ixchajchal of 16th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 2 p.m. yesterday (April 16) on one felony count of indecent liberties with children.
Ixchajchal was taken into custody without incident after Hickory Police received a child protective service report from D.S.S. Following an investigation, Ixchajchal was arrested Tuesday at the Hickory Police Department.
He was given a $10,000 bond. Ixchajchal was not listed as an inmate in Catawba County as of this morning. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
28-year-old George Aaron Rhinehardt of 23rd Avenue N.E. of Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:35 last night (April 16) for a felony probation violation. The warrant for his arrest was issued on March 13. Rhinehardt is on probation as he serves a 24-month suspended sentence following a felony conviction in Catawba County for obtaining property by false pretense and obtaining a signature by false pretense. He had been listed as an absconder from probation.
Rhinehardt was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $11,000. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for April 22 in Newton.
29-year-old Brittany Nicole Bristol of Ward Green Street in Lenoir was arrested by Probation and Parole Officers yesterday (April 16) on two probation violations. She’s on probation as she serves a 36-month suspended sentence following a January 2019 felony conviction in Caldwell County for possession with intent to sell a schedule II controlled substance. Bristol was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond. Superior Court dates were scheduled today and for June 3.
26-year-old Christian Dior Sifford of 17th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (April 16) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with felony probation violation, misdemeanor larceny, injury to personal property, and assault on a female. Sifford was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $21,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance on the probation violation charge is scheduled for next Monday (April 22), a District Court date is April 29.
New names were added to the Burke County most wanted list late last week. All three of the new names were placed on the list last Friday (April 12).
29-year-old Alyssa Nicole Draper is wanted on a count of probation violation imposed on prior felony drug charges. Draper's last known address was 1705 Bethel Road, Lot 5, in Morganton.
51-year-old Travis William Edenfield is another suspect added to the Burke County most wanted list. He's charged with probation violation for a prior DUI count. The last known address for Edenfield was 910A East Union Street in Morganton.
26-year-old Zachary Keith Ross was also placed on the list last Friday. He's also wanted on a charge of probation violation. That probation was imposed on a prior felony drug charge. The last known address for Ross is 5533 Manley Clark Road, Lot 16 in Morganton.
You can see the entire list of suspects wanted by authorities in Burke County at www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list, call the Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail information to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you'd like to submit an anonymous tip you can do so through Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.
Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday night (April 16). Minutes and second readings were approved. The consent agenda was approved, with the removal of one item for further discussion.
The item removed was the acceptance of the bids and approval of a construction contract with Hoopaugh Grading Company in the amount of $2,670,943.60. This is for construction services related to the Project Cure site at Trivium Corporate Center for grading and road development. The center is located in southeast Hickory. Following the removal of this item from the consent agenda and discussion, it was approved unanimously.
Another item approved as part of the consent agenda was the acceptance of the bid and award of the contract to Neill Grading and Construction Company in the amount of $1,418,550. This is for construction services related to the Union Square Structures and Lighting Project planned as a component of the bond projects for City Walk.
In other activity at last night's Hickory City Council meeting, among the items approved under second readings were the amendment of the traffic parking ordinance for Lot 1 and the parking ordinance for the Farmer's Market. Also, Assistant City Manager and CFO Rodney Miller presented the City’s Quarterly Financial Report. Communications and Marketing Manager Dana Kaminske presented an update on the City’s Crafting the Future campaign.
Also last night, Mayor Hank Guess presented the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018. This is the 24th consecutive year the City has received this recognition. In addition, Mayor Guess proclaimed May 2019 as Building Safety Month in the City of Hickory.
28-year-old Casey Everette Pruitt of 15th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (April 16) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to HPD reports, Pruitt was arrested shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday at an address on 4th Street SE in Hickory. He reportedly refused to be fingerprinted and the magistrate put a condition on his release form that he was to remain in custody until he was fingerprinted.
Pruitt was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (April 17).
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Lincoln County man. Authorities are searching for 32-year-old Riley Ray Higgins of North Street in Lincolnton. Higgins was last seen by his fiancée at approximately 7:30 a.m. Monday (April 15) as she was leaving for work. Higgins left his cell phone at the residence and did not report for work at a business on Highway 150 west of Lincolnton, NC.
Higgins is described as a white male, 6' 1", weighing approximately 190 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. Higgins may be driving his purple 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS with a North Carolina license plate number of FJR-2862.
Anyone with information of Higgins whereabouts is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or the Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
49-year-old William Robert Bulskis of Millet Drive in Stony Point has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff's Officers on one count of felony statutory sex offense with a child by an adult and six counts of felony indecent liberties with a child.
On March 22, the Sheriff’s Office took a report regarding a sexual assault involving a 14-year-old female. The victim’s mother said the suspect, William Bulskis, was living in the residence at the time of the assault.
Investigators interviewed the victim, who said William Bulskis had sexually assaulted her multiple times between September 2014 and September 2017. Bulskis had moved from New Jersey into the residence in December of 2013. Investigators interviewed the suspect and several other witnesses.
Warrants were issued and Bulskis was arrested yesterday (April 15). He was placed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center under a $500,000 secured bond. His next appearance in District Court was set for May 6.
51-year-old Tim Dwayne Freeman was arrested today (April 16) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a weapon by a felon and misdemeanor assault by pointing a gun. Freeman was arrested at an address at Lenoir Road and Shadowline Drive in Morganton shortly after midnight this morning. He was not listed as an inmate in Burke County. No court date was listed.
58-year-old Charles Edward “Chucky” Mills of Mills Hill Lane in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver crack cocaine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to sell a controlled substance.
Yesterday (April 15), Iredell Co. Narcotics Officers, along with the Sheriff’s Special Emergency Response Team and Patrol Deputies, executed a narcotics search warrant at Mills' residence, ending a month-long investigation. Investigators had received information regarding Mills' involvement in the distribution of controlled substances from the residence. Undercover Investigators conducted surveillance operations, identifying Mills as a suspect. Officers were able to purchase crack cocaine from the residence.
According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office, Mills was involved in a similar investigation in June 2018. A search was conducted at that time, and Mills and others who were present were found to be in possession of crack cocaine, powder cocaine, marijuana, and prescription pills. Mills faces several felony and misdemeanor charges as a result of that incident, all of which are still pending in court.
As a result of the current investigation, 5.2 grams of crack cocaine and $650 were seized from the residence. Mills was arrested and taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was held under a $20,000 secured bond.
38-year-old Jason Brad Earpe of Nutridge Lane in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police Officers yesterday (April 15) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and two misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana up to half an ounce. He’s also charged with fictitious or altered title, registration card, or tag; providing fictitious information to a police officer, driving while license revoked, and two counts of failure to appear. Earpe was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $64,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for May 6.