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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 05:16

Firearm Charge Lodged Against Maiden Man

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36-year-old Michael Bruce-Clarke Thomas of South Olivers Cross Road in Maiden was arrested Monday (June 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon. Thomas was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (June 13).

New names have been added to the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List.

41-year-old Billy Earl Murphy is wanted by authorities in Burke County for felony robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony larceny of a motor vehicle, and misdemeanor failure to appear on a count of driving while license revoked. Murphy has no last known address listed, he is reported to be a homeless person. He was added to the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List last Friday (June 9).

34-year-old Kristopher Keith Childers is wanted on a count of parole violation for habitual felon charges. Childers' last known address was 1300 Birch Drive in Morganton. He was also added to the Most Wanted List last Friday.

You can see the entire list of wanted suspects at the Burke County Sheriff's Office website, www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information about any of the suspects on the list call the Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail information to admin@burkesheriff.org, or submit an anonymous tip to Morganton/Burke Crime Stoppers. The Crime Stoppers phone number is 828-437-3333.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 04:46

Hickory Man Charged With Having Drugs In Jail

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38-year-old Jonathan David Sexton of 11th Street Court NW in Hickory was arrested Monday (June 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of controlled substance on prison or jail premises. Sexton also faces counts of selling heroin and sale or delivery of heroin. His bond was set at $20,000. Sexton was scheduled to appear in Superior Court Monday on the heroin charges. A District Court appearance on the possession in jail charge was scheduled for today (June 13).

43-year-old Terry Lamont Moore of Raleigh and 52-year-old Vickie Asbury Currence of Gastonia were arrested Monday (June 12) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. Moore is charged with four felony counts of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, five felony counts of attempted murder, and two felony counts of discharging a firearm into occupied property. Currence is charged with five felony counts of aiding and abetting attempted murder and four counts of aiding and abetting robbery with a dangerous weapon. The two suspects are charged in connection with a shootout on Painter Lane in Lincolnton that left one man dead on May 6, 2017.

Two men and one woman went to the residence on Painter Lane on May 6 under the pretense of selling firearms but with the intention of committing robbery. When the two men placed several occupants of the house on the floor at gunpoint a female came out of a back bedroom and opened fire at the men with a pistol. The two men backed out of the home and continued to exchange gunfire with the female occupant of the home. 51-year-old Marion Palmer Yarborough of Louisburg, NC, who was living in Gastonia, was shot and killed. A news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says Moore jumped in the car driven by Currence and they fled the scene.

Detectives traveled to Raleigh and Gastonia Monday to arrest the suspects. Moore was arrested without incident in Raleigh and Currence was apprehended in Gastonia. Moore was detained in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a one million dollar secured bond. Currence was placed in jail under a $650,000 secured bond. They were both scheduled to make first appearances in Lincoln County District Court today (June 13). Investigation into the incident is continuing and additional charges could be filed.

The NC Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting for proposed widening of N.C. 181/North Greene Street between St. Mary’s Church Road and Clay Street in Morganton. The project’s purpose is to improve safety and mobility along N.C. 181/North Greene Street.

The meeting will be held on June 20th at Morganton Town Hall located at 305 East Union Street (Suite A100) from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Interested citizens may attend at any time during the meeting hours. NCDOT representatives will be available to answer questions and receive comments regarding the project. Please note that no formal presentation will be made. All comments received will be taken into consideration as the project progresses. Comments should be submitted by July 7, 2017.

A map of the proposed improvements may be viewed online at the NCDOT Public Meeting Website: http://www.ncdot.gov/projects/publicmeetings/.

Anyone desiring additional information may contact Jimmy Terry, PE (TGS Engineers) by phone at (704) 476-0003 (ext 314) or via e-mail at jterry@tgsengineers.com.

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in this meeting. Anyone requiring special services should contact Mr. Terry as early as possible, so that these arrangements can be made.

At about 5:30 Sunday morning (June 11), Hickory Police responded to a break-in in progress the Sprint Store at 1828 Catawba Valley Boulevard.  The business’ alarm company reported that a black male wearing black pants, black Nike shoes with blue shoestrings and a towel or sheet wrapped around his head made entry after he threw a rock through the front door.  

When Officers arrived, the suspect was no longer at the scene.  He left in a dark colored four-door passenger car.  Several display phones and tablets were taken from the store.  An estimate of the value of the stolen property is pending inventory.

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

The Burke County Commissioners' recessed budget meeting tentatively scheduled for Tuesday (June 13) at 3 p.m. will not be needed and has been cancelled.

In addition, the Burke County Planning Board will hold a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. on June 22, in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the County Services Building at 110 N. Green St. in Morganton. At the meeting, the Planning Board will take public comment regarding the following matters:

The proposed rezoning of a 10.7-acre portion of an 886-acre tract of land from Residential-Three (R-3) to the Office-Institutional (O-I) zoning district. The property is located on the north side of NC 126, approximately 2.61 miles west of Independence Blvd. The applicant is Caldwell Timber Partners, LLC.

The proposed rezoning of one parcel of land from Residential-One (R-1) to the General Business (G-B) zoning district. The parcel is located at 2332 US 70 E. in the Drexel Township. The total acreage to be rezoned is approximately 1.23 acres. The applicant is Jesse Jones.

The proposed rezoning of nine (9) parcels totaling approximately 97.5 acres from the Conservation Estate Lot District (CD-E) to the Rural Mixed Use (R-MU) District. The parcels are located off of Roy McGallard Avenue in the Silver Creek Township. The applicant is Todd Bennick of DKA Enterprises LLN.

32-year-old Justin Trey Brown of Victory Grove Church Road and 23-year-old Audie Eugene Prestwood II of Flay Road, both from Lincolnton, along with 30-year-old Connie Janette Cherry of St. Matthews Church Road in Maiden, have all been charged by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers in connection to a break-in on April 21 of this year in which a gun safe and firearms were stolen.

The suspects were charged with one felony count each of breaking & entering a building, safecracking and possession of a stolen firearm.  Cherry faces additional charges for felony larceny of a firearm, felony possession of stolen goods, felony conspiracy and misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor.  

Events leading to their arrests began on April 21 when the victim arrived at her home on Tyringham Drive in Crouse to find the front door open.  She discovered that a gun safe containing an AR-15 rifle and a .22-caliber rifle was missing.

Utilizing evidence left at a nearby residence and information gathered from other subjects, Detectives learned that the empty gun safe might be located at Justin Brown’s residence.  A search warrant was executed.

Investigators determined that two of the suspects and two male juveniles were responsible for the break-in at the Tyringham Drive home.  Brown assisted by using heavy tools to break open the safe.

Cherry was arrested in Cleveland County and transported to Lincoln County on June 11.  She was jailed under a $75,000 secured bond with a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court set for today (June 12).  Prestwood was arrested on June 6.  He remains in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $21,500 secured bond.  He’ll appear in District Court on June 27.  Brown was arrested on May 13 and has since been released on bond.  No court date is currently listed.  The two juveniles involved will be charged through the Juvenile Justice System.

41-year-old Hazal Leanor Hodge of Kite Lane in Statesville was arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers late Saturday night (June 10) on a charge of felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

She was arrested after Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance call at Hodge’s residence at 11:47.  The call was later changed to a shots-fired call.  When Deputies arrived, they found a male victim suffering from two gunshot wounds to his lower body.  E.M.S. transported the victim to the hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

Detectives and other Officers interviewed witnesses, including the victim’s girlfriend, Hazal Hodge.  During a search of the home, a firearm, ammunition and spent shell casings were found.

Officers say the victim and Hodge had been drinking and hanging out with friends earlier in the evening.  At some point during the night, the victim and suspect got into an argument as the result of messages sent or received via social media.  The argument continued for an extended period of time until suspect picked up a gun and shot the victim twice.

Hodge was arrested and jailed without bond due to the domestic nature of the offense.  An appearance in District Court was set for today (June 12).

Monday, 12 June 2017 09:34

Felony Drug Arrest Reported In Burke County

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29-year-old Samantha Wilson Freeman was arrested Sunday (June 11) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and failure to appear. Freeman was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,500 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday (June 13).

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