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54-year-old Kelly Nelson Isenhour of Sierra Drive in Maiden was arrested Monday (March 23) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with breaking and or entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Following the arrest, Isenhour was detained in the Catawba County Detention Center under $37,000 bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (March 25).

47-year-old Anita Taylor Huffman of Gun Club Road in Stony Point was arrested Monday (March 23) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. Following the arrest, Huffman was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $2,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for today (Tuesday, March 24).

Burke County staff and the Burke County Schools will be presenting their budgets to County Commissioners in less than two months. The Burke County Public Schools must present the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year budget by May 15, and the county budget will be presented to commissioners at a meeting in May. After County Manager Bryan Steen presents his budget, commissioners will hold a series of meetings to decide on final funding.

In a published report, Steen said his proposed budget to commissioners may look completely different than what department managers requested. County department managers and agencies appeared before commissioners recently to make their case for their funding needs in the coming year. Steen said in the report he will have to evaluate priorities and what the county can afford when he and staff come up with a proposed budget for 2015-16. Steen added in the report that coming up with a budget will be a challenge.

Among the requests from departments in the county are staff, vehicles, guns and equipment. The published report says the sheriff’s office is asking to replace 120 handguns, four additional road patrol officers, along with an additional K-9 unit, seven Dodge Chargers and five SUVs and three officers to work security at the courthouse. They’ve also requested a smoke evacuation system for the downtown jail and new sink and toilets for the jail. In addition, the office is requesting new uniforms for officers, which Sheriff Steve Whisenant calls tactical uniforms.

Another large request came from the Burke County Department of Social Services, they’re asking for 24 new staff members, citing increased numbers in people served. The director says adult services was one of those that saw increase, going from 131 reports last year to 256 reports this year.

Emergency services requested eight additional paramedics and two ambulance remounts for the upcoming year.

Board of Commissioners Chairman Johnnie Carswell said in the published report, while it’s obvious costs go up every year, the board will be reasonable with the requests it received from department managers. A budget has to be adopted by June 30, which is the last day of the 2014-15 fiscal year.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 05:35

Vale Woman Indicted On Theft Related Charges

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26-year-old Amanda Nashay Lail of Hill Haven Drive in Vale was arrested Monday (March 23) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged on bills of indictment with aid and abet possession of a stolen automobile, aid and abet larceny of a motor vehicle, and aid and abet larceny of goods. Following the arrest, Lail was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A first court appearance is scheduled for Friday (March 27).

42-year-old Michael Lee Swaim of Goddard Lane in Millers Creek was arrested this morning (Tuesday, March 24) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, two counts of driving while license revoked, two counts of expired registration card or tag, and resisting a public officer. Following the arrest, Swaim was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $40,000 bond. A first court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (March 25).

35-year-old Travis Shane Bivens of Alice Mauney Lane in Bessemer City and 25-year-old Whitney Doral Sain of Trinity Church Road in Vale were both arrested Saturday (March 21) by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. Bivens is charged with one felony count each of Possession of a Controlled Substance Schedule III, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, and Possession of a Controlled Substance Schedule IV on premises of Penal Institution. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of a Controlled Substance Schedule IV. Sain is charged with one felony count of Possession of a Controlled Substance Schedule III and one misdemeanor count each of Possession of a Controlled Substance Schedule II, Possession of a Controlled Substance Schedule IV and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The two suspects were arrested Saturday morning after The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office investigated a suspicious vehicle parked in front of the entrance doors at West Express at 4472 West NC Highway 27. Deputies and Lincoln County EMS arrived around 8:30 a.m. to find two people passed out in the vehicle. It took EMS several minutes before finally getting a response from the individuals.

EMS assisted the passenger, Whitney Doral Sain, out of the vehicle while Sheriff’s Sgt. J. Hutchinson removed the driver, Travis Shane Bivens, out of the car. Officers located a handgun in Mr. Bivens’ pocket and found two pocket knives and a set of brass knuckles in other pockets. The handgun had been reported stolen in Gaston County.

While searching the vehicle for additional stolen items officers located a black bag belonging to Mr. Bivens. In the bag deputies located a Ziploc bag containing five bundles of cash totaling $4,597, drug paraphernalia, and several pills. Both suspects were transported to the magistrate’s office where they were charged in connection with the incident. When Bivens was being processed at the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center, the jail staff located a small packet of meth hidden in the watch pocket of his jeans.

Bivens was placed in the Lincoln County Detention Center under a $60,000 secured bond. He has a District Court appearance scheduled for April 9. Sain was processed at the Lincoln County Detention Center and released on a $5,000 secured bond. She will appear in District Court April 14.

28-year-old Curtis McGuire of South NC 16 Highway in Denver was arrested Thursday (March 19) by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with one felony count each of Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell and Deliver a Controlled Substance Schedule VI and Maintaining a Dwelling/Vehicle for a Controlled Substance. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Trespassing, and Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a disturbance between neighbors over burning leaves and that led to an arrest on drug charges. The incident occurred last Thursday in the 1200 block of South NC 16 Highway when a man called 911 complaining about a neighbor coming onto his property telling him to put the fire out. The suspect armed with a knife continued to walk toward the man. At that point the victim felt threatened, went inside his residence and called 911.

The suspect admitted to deputies that he had pulled a knife and went onto the victim’s property and while officers were searching him they found the knife along with a small bag of marijuana and digital scales in his pocket. Deputies received consent to search the man’s residence and vehicle. In the trunk of the vehicle officers located a green and black bag containing 79 grams of marijuana. The marijuana was valued at $1,580. Deputies also seized drug paraphernalia.

McGuire was released from the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $6,000 secured bond. A District Court Appearance is scheduled for April 7. 

Hickory Police stopped a suspicious vehicle in northeast Hickory Friday and made four arrests.

27-year-old Matthew Jordan Hall of Steve Watts Drive in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:15 Friday morning (March 20) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

24-year-old Orlando Leverne Jones of South Cline Street in Newton was charged with felony possession of a stolen firearm, felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felony and misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon.

44-year-old Herbert Brian Hubbard of Cascade Street in Terrell faces one felony count of possession of heroin, and 20-year-old Malique Sharome Randles of 27th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was charged with misdemeanor carry a concealed gun.

The arrests came about as Officers on the 1300 block of 13th Avenue N.E. responded to a report of suspected drug activity in the area. Officers spotted the 2007 Ford Fusion driven by Herbert Hubbard and searched all four of the vehicle’s occupants. Nothing was found, but when Police searched the vehicle, they located 14 grams of methamphetamine, one gram of heroin, a Ruger 9 mm handgun and a Taurus 9 mm handgun.

All four suspects were taken into custody without incident and taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Hall set at $30,000, secured. Jones was given a $25,000 secured bond. Hubbard’s bond was set at $5,000, secured, while Randles was held under a $2,000 secured bond. The suspects facing felony charges were all scheduled to appear in District Court today. Randles has a court date scheduled for May 7.

A fire that destroyed a home in Alexander County resulted in the death of an elderly couple’s cat and the loss of their property. The fire occurred at approximately 9:00 this morning (Monday, March 23) at a home on Honeycutt Lane in Bethlehem. According to a published report, The couple told officials they went to the doctor's office and out to breakfast and when they returned, their house was engulfed in flames. According to the report, the woman said her husband wanted to stay home and sleep, but she convinced him to go along with her. Fire officials say the home is a total loss. Fire investigators are working to determine what caused the blaze.

29-year-old Danny Ray Pinkerton of Caraway Drive in Marion was arrested Friday (March 20) by McDowell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with three misdemeanor counts each of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and child abuse. Deputies responded to a call of a cardiac arrest on Caraway Drive Friday morning and found 28-year-old Megan Elaine Pinkerton, of that address, deceased.

The victim’s husband, Danny Pinkerton, and their three children – 2-year-old twins (a boy and a girl) and a 3-year-old girl – were in the residence. Police reports say there were used, unused and uncapped syringes containing controlled substances within reaching distance of the children. Also, the kids were going unclothed and unbathed and were sleeping in their own urine and feces.

The Sheriff’s Office says it appears Megan Pinkerton died of an overdose, but they are awaiting results of an autopsy that was being performed today. Pinkerton was released today on $10,000 bond, he has a court appearance scheduled for April 8.