For the first time in close to two decades, there will be a Citizens Police Academy in Morganton. According to a news release on the City of Morganton's website, the Citizen Police Academy is a 13-week program. It's for people interested in learning more about what City of Morganton police and fire personnel do on a daily basis.
The Morganton Department of Public Safety accepted applications from the community and they chose 20 people. The news release says the people range in ages from approximately 20 to 70 years old. The news release also says that the program has not been offered in almost 20 years.
The goal of the academy is to open lines of communication between the residents and the Public Safety Department so that participants are better-informed about what the police profession entails.
Participants will learn about muliple aspects of what officers do. They'll go on a department tour and will also learn about criminal investigations. Participants will also learn about crime scene processing and have the opportunity to do a ride along with a public safety officer.
When the 20 participants have completed the academy, they will graduate in April. According to the news release, the department is planning on offering the academy once a year. For more information about the academy, call 828-432-2696, or email at email@example.com.
29-year-old Chassidy April Hinton of Morganton Boulevard in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (January 22) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with two counts of felony probation violation, and single counts of felony credit card theft and misdemeanor assault on a government official. Hinton was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $120,000 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled for February 28, a Superior Court appearance is set for March 6.
27-year-old Matthew Charles Minton of Blowing Rock Boulevard in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (January 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with the sale of methamphetamine. Minton was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled for today (Monday, January 23).
46-year-old Kerry Elaine Giles of Dynasty Drive in Hudson was arrested Sunday (January 22) by Conover Police Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine and felony probation violation out of county. Giles was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $44,750 total bond. A District Court appearance on the drug charge was scheduled for today (Monday, January 23) in Newton. A Superior Court date on the probation violation charge is set for March 6 in Caldwell County.
26-year-old Kimberly Arlene Hall of Benfield Drive in Hudson was arrested Friday (January 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Hall was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, January 23).
21-year-old Santiago Callejas of 16th Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Saturday (January 21) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking opium or heroin and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep a controlled substance. Callejas is also charged with misdemeanor counts of simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license revoked, resisting a public officer and driving while impaired, along with five counts of failure to appear.
Callejas was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a total bond of $173,000. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (Monday, January 23), February 8, and March 2.
34-year-old Ashley Wayne Goble of Hendil Street in Conover was arrested Friday (January 20) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony first degree burglary. Goble was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, January 23).
50-year-old Anthony Ryan Hoyle of Charlotte has been arrested in Gaston County in connection to a break-in at a storage building on Highway 73 in Iron Station.
On January 17, after speaking with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Pawn Unit, Lincoln County Detective Kelly Paris responded to a pawnshop on Highway 16 Business where a backpack leaf blower and a tool bag had been sold to the store by the suspect. The items were reported stolen from an address on Highway 73 on December 23 of last year. The leaf blower was recovered, but the tool bag, containing a number of tools, had already been sold.
Yesterday (January 19), Hoyle was taken into custody by Belmont Police. He was taken before a Gaston County magistrate and placed in jail under a $100,000 secured bond. He was charged with one felony count each of breaking & entering, obtaining property by false pretense, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods. No court date is currently listed.
30-year-old Melissa Eloise McCurry of Brandwine Drive N.E. in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police just after 11:30 last night (January 19) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
She was arrested after Officers on foot patrol at the Days Inn on Fairgrove Church Road saw a vehicle parked behind the building. The tag and description matched a vehicle that was the subject of a “be on the lookout” call issued by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office. Hickory Police confirmed that the vehicle had been reported as stolen.
Officers approached two female subjects who were removing clothing from the vehicle. Through the course of their investigation, Officers determined that McCurry was in possession of the vehicle.
She was arrested on the scene without incident. The other female was not charged. McCurry was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for January 23.
On Wednesday (January 18), the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office received 18 reports of Breaking & Entering to Motor Vehicles that occurred in the Bethlehem area, near Greenlea Circle, Hillsboro Road, and Wittenburg Springs. The incidents occurred in the early morning hours Wednesday. Vehicles were both locked and unlocked when entry was made.
Items stolen include change, women’s purses, backpacks, etc. The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office is asking for any information in reference to these incidents. A photo of a possible suspect has been released. The Sheriff’s Office is seeking identification of this suspect. Contact Detective Daniel Millsaps with Alexander County Sheriff’s Office with any information at(828) 632-1111 extension 617.
29-year-old Ashley Rebecca Church of Rocky Knob Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police at 2:20 yesterday afternoon (January 19) on one felony count each of counterfeiting, obtaining property by false pretense and larceny by servant or other employee.
Church was arrested in connection to incidents at the Total Convenience Market on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Yesterday, the reporting party told Police that an employee, Ashley Church, stole five lottery tickets. She also allegedly used a fleet gas card and exchanged counterfeit currency for genuine U.S. currency. In all, property loss was estimated at about $250.
Church was taken into custody without incident at the Total Convenience Market. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
43-year-old Kristie Dawn McCrain of 11th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:40 yesterday afternoon (January 19) on two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense. The warrants for her arrest were issued in Watauga County.
Events leading to her arrest began as Officers at the Sunny Valley apartment complex saw a gold Toyota blocking the west entrance. Officers saw two people in the car and a male approaching, on foot. After Officers turned around, the Toyota pulled away and drove past them.
A traffic stop was initiated on the 700 block of 2nd Avenue S.E. The driver was cited for driving while license revoked. McCrain, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was arrested on the outstanding warrants. A third subject was not charged or cited.
McCrain was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $30,000 secured bond. She was no longer listed as an inmate there this morning. A Superior Court appearance was set for March 20 in Boone.
22-year-old Zachary Elijah Puckett and 25-year-old Summer Brianna Lewis, both of Taylorsville, were both arrested by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. Puckett is charged with three counts of felony child abuse. Lewis is charged with accessory after the fact to felony child abuse.
On January 5 Investigators from the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office received a report from Alexander County Department of Social Services regarding possible child abuse. The victims are seven-weeks-old and 16-months-old.
Investigators responded to Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston Salem. Through an ongoing investigation in conjunction with Medical Staff and DSS, it was learned that the suspect in this case was Zachary Elijah Puckett. A second suspect was identified as Summer Brianna Lewis.
The victims are now in the custody of Alexander County DSS. Puckett's bond was set at $750,000 and bond for Lewis was set at $75,000. They're both scheduled to appear in District Court Monday (January 23).
24-year-old Jessica Lynn Exline was arrested Thursday (January 19) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony uttering counterfeit coin. Exline was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, January 20).