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33-year-old Brandon Lee Bradshaw of Van Horn Road in Connelly Springs was arrested today (Thursday, August 11) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with failure to appear on two counts apiece of breaking and/or entering, and larceny after breaking and entering, along with single counts of burning certain buildings and conspire to commit felony larceny.

Bradshaw was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $200,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for October 3. 

49-year-old James Eugene Harwood was arrested Wednesday (August 10) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony assault by strangulation. Following the arrest, Harwood was placed in jail in Morganton under no bond on a 48-hour hold. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, August 11).

Thursday, 11 August 2016 05:11

Bridge Closed In Burke County

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A bridge has been closed in Burke County, it will likely remain closed until late in the fall. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has closed the bridge on Nobby Lail Road over Cub Creek in eastern Burke County. Crews will replace the original bridge, which was built in 1961, and no longer meets the needs of area traffic.

The contractor, R.E. Burns and Sons, expects the new bridge to be ready by the end of November. An off-site detour directs traffic to Miller Bridge Road, Warlik Chapel Road, Mineral Springs Mountain Road, and then back to Nobby Lail Road.

The repair of aging bridges part of Governor Pat McCrory's 25-year transportation plan. The Governor's 2016-17 budget increases repair and replacement funding for bridges by 58 percent, totaling $242 million.

The bridge on Nobby Lail Road is one of 12 bridges in Burke, Rutherford and McDowell counties that are part of a $7.5 million contract expected to be completed by October 2017. Eight of the bridges are completed, two are in progress, and, according to NCDOT, the whole project is 15 percent ahead of schedule.

19-year-old Lane Allen Baker of North 4th Avenue in Maiden was arrested Wednesday (August 10) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with three counts of felony probation violation. Following the arrest, Baker was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $12,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (August 15).

45-year-old Marty Baird Peters of East Parker Road in Morganton was arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony obstruction of justice.

According to a news release issued by the Sheriff's Office on Wednesday (August 10), Detectives with the Burke County Criminal Investigations Division intercepted an active attempt by Marty Peters to influence material witnesses in an ongoing investigation into an alleged sexual offense.

Peters was arrested April 6 on a charge of first degree sexual offense. According to the news release, Investigators discovered that Peters was attempting to make contact with state witnesses in order to influence their testimony in regards to the allegations made against him.  

Following the arrest, an additional $25,000 bond was added to the existing $100,000. He's currently being held in jail in Morganton under that total secured bond amount of $125,000. He's scheduled to appear in District Court on the obstruction of justice charge Friday (August 12).

A man charged with murder in an incident that occurred at the accused shooters residence in April, is back in jail for reportedly violating pre-trial release conditions. 36-year-old Jason Daniel Clary of Taylorsville is charged with murder in connection with the April 11 shooting death of 35-year-old Travis Harold. The incident occurred at Clary's home on Mount Wesley Church Road. Clary is claiming self-defense.

Today (Wednesday, August 10) shortly after 9:30 a.m., members of the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Alexander County Director of Pre-Trial Release in going to Clary's residence to conduct a random drug test. The test was given and the results showed that a controlled substance, Suboxone, was detected in Clary’s system. Clary was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Alexander County Detention Center, where he was brought in front of Magistrate Watts. No bond was given.

A bond hearing was held on July 6 in Superior Court in front of Judge Mark Klass. Clary’s conditions for release included a stipulation that he could not test positive for any controlled substance. Any violations of that condition would result in immediate revocation of the bond, which was set at $500,000 secured, and the defendant was to be arrested without warrant.
Clary is scheduled for a first appearance in Alexander County Superior Court next Monday (August 15).

A police chase this morning (Wednesday, August 10) that started in Charlotte ended in Catawba County. The chase began after a reported carjacking. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police pursued the suspects, who were driving a truck, into Catawba County. The chase ended when the truck wrecked near the intersection of Buffalo Shoals Road and Highway 16. The Catawba County Sheriff's Office reports a passenger got out of the truck with a shotgun, and gunfire was exchanged between the suspect and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officers.

The suspect with the shotgun was injured and was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center. The driver of the truck was in custody. No officers were injured in the incident. The Catawba County Sheriff's Office and North Carolina State Highway Patrol are involved in the investigation. Fentress Chestnut will have details on tonight's WHKY-TV News at 5:30 and 10:00.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 12:09

Hickory Woman Accused of Food Stamp Fraud

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45-year-old Olga Maria Vargas of 18th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at eight o’clock this morning on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretenses and one misdemeanor count each of food stamp or welfare fraud and obtaining public assistance by false pretenses.

She was arrested after D.S.S. reported an overpayment in food assistance.

H.P.D.’s arrest report does not indicate if Vargas was jailed and no bond amount or court dates were listed. She was not in custody as of this afternoon.

54-year-old Middleton Darnell Miles of Rink Dam Road in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police at 10:30 a.m. yesterday on one felony count each of obtaining property by false pretense and possession of stolen goods.

Events leading to his arrest began when a manager at the Hobby Lobby store in Hickory received a call Monday (August 8) from Sonoco Recycling reporting that a white male had brought in two bales of cardboard. The bales of cardboard, valued at $65, had Hobby Lobby’s identification on them.

Management had noticed the cardboard missing from the loading dock two days earlier. Miles was identified as the suspect and a warrant for his arrest was issued.

He was taken into custody without incident Tuesday at Sonoco Recycling on 10th Street Place N.W. in Hickory. Miles was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,500 secured bond. He has since been released. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

19-year-old Carlos Car’tre Ikard of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was served felony indictments by Hickory Police just after midnight yesterday (August 9) for the delivery of schedule I, II and VI controlled substances.

His arrest comes in connection to an incident on March 29 of this year when Officers conducted a traffic stop on Highway 70 S.W. 1.1 grams of crack cocaine, 3.5 grams of MDMA (Ecstasy) and 14.2 grams of marijuana were found. Ikard was charged and arrested at that time, and another subject in the vehicle, Taren Hairston, was charged with felony possession of cocaine, possession of a schedule I controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. The driver, Whitney Ikard, was charged with no operator’s license.

Carlos Ikard was taken into custody at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday at the Silver Springs Terrace Apartments on 20th Street N.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date was set for today in Newton.

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