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33-year-old William Harry Plemmons was arrested Thursday (March 20) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense. Following the arrest, which was made Thursday at a location on Morganton Heights Boulevard, Plemmons was detained under $10,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Monday (March 23).

41-year-old Mark Wesley Clanton of Taylorsville was arrested last Wednesday (March 11) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. According to a news release issued Thursdy, (March 19) Clanton is charged with larceny of a firearm, assault on a female, and possession of a firearm by a felon. Following the arrest Clanton was incarcerated at the Alexander County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. He made his first court appearance earlier this week.

One lane of Interstate 40 was expected to remain closed for several hours as a result of an accident in Burke County this morning. The wreck occurred at 6:39 a.m. on I-40 eastbound between mile markers 101 and 102. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol told WHKY that the Department of Transportation was going to have one lane closed in that area most likely into the afternoon hours today (Friday, March 20). Highway Patrol did not believe there were any serious injuries in the accident. 

29-year-old Tasha Nicole Kirby of Windsong Circle in Hudson, 32-year-old Ashley Brooke Kirk of Winhurst Street in Lenoir, along with 33-year-old Jama Mikail Puma and 66-year-old Robert William Hall, both of the same Walt Arney Road, Lenoir address, were all arrested Thursday (March 19) by Lenoir Police Officers.

They’re all charged with felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, felony possession of methamphetamine, felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine, felony manufacture schedule II controlled substance, misdemeanor simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Kirby is also charged with misdemeanor probation violation out of county and Hall is also charged with misdemeanor larceny.

Following their arrests, all four suspects were incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center. Kirby’s bond was set at $80,000 secured, Puma and Kirk’s bonds were set at $75,000 secured, and Hall’s bond is $50,500 secured.

Friday, 20 March 2015 07:22

Lenoir Woman Charged With Heroin Offenses

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50-year-old Sharon Pope Crowe of Advance Circle Drive in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (March 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony sell or deliver heroin, felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver heroin, and felony conspire to sell or deliver heroin. Following the arrest, Crowe was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. She made her first District Court appearance earlier this week, no new court dates are listed.

A Lenoir man will spend four to six years in prison after pleading guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine during Caldwell County Superior Court on Tuesday (March 17).

45-year-old Eric Lane Setzer was placed in the custody of the North Carolina Department of Corrections after being given his sentence by the Honorable Beverly T. Beal, Superior Court Judge from Lenoir.

A check of the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEX) in April 2014 showed that Setzer had made a dozen purchases of Pseudoephedrine and been blocked from making purchases on three occasions in less than four months. NPLEX is a system that alerts pharmacists of frequent purchases of pseudoephedrine products, which are often used in meth production.

Following another purchase by Setzer, which occurred at the Walgreens on U.S. 321 in Lenoir, agents confronted him at his residence on Walt Arney Road on May 22, 2014. After showing the defendant a printout of his purchases from NPLEX, agents were given consent to search the property. Because of the volatile nature of the chemicals used to manufacture meth, the Lenoir Fire Department and Caldwell County EMS were on standby as officers wearing protective suits and masks searched the house. and found multiple one-pot meth labs in the garage and an amount of methamphetamine in the home.

Det. J.A. Blazer of the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case, which was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Andrew Jennings.

35-year-old Charles Jack Fleming of Highland Avenue in Hickory was arrested Thursday (March 19) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with 12 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and one count of misdemeanor larceny. Following the arrest, Fleming was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $13,000 bond. A District Court Date is set for April 21.

Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III and Assistant Secretary Dr. Patricia Mitchell highlighted award winning downtown revitalization efforts at the N.C. Main Street Awards Conference in Morganton Thursday night (March 19).  They presented 23 awards to participants in the N.C. Main Street and Small Town Main Street programs in the City of Morganton’s Municipal Auditorium.  Award winners are recognized for excellence in downtown revitalization efforts in categories that include promotion, organization, design and economic restructuring.

The North Carolina Main Street program helps small towns preserve their historic fabric. Local resources help participants build on their community’s unique characteristics to create vibrant central business districts. This year’s award winners were chosen by a panel of independent judges from dozens of applications submitted by Main Street participants throughout the state.

The North Carolina Small Town Main Street program is designed to provide downtown revitalization assistance to small towns with a population of less than 7,500 that are not likely, due to size or resource limitations, to pursue the regular North Carolina Main Street program.  Admittance into the Small Town Main Street program is through a competitive application process.

As part of the 2014 N.C. Main Street Awards presentation, Morganton was given the Award of Merit for "Morganton's Main Street Program Energizes Downtown." In addition, Morganton received the Best Image-Building Campaign Award of Merit for the city's Wayfinding Program.

In the category of Best Adaptive Reuse Project, Newton received the Award of Merit for Repurposing of 19 College Avenue. In the category of Best Business Retention, Expansion or Recruitment Effort, Morganton received the Award of Merit for the Creative Arts Center Recruitment Initiative.

Individuals were recognized as well last night. Among those honored as 2014 N.C. Main Street Champions were Betty Mahoney of the Hickory Downtown Development Association, Matthew Underwood of Downtown Lenoir, Brooke Sherrill of the Downtown Development Association of Lincolnton Inc., Dr. Gresham Orrison of the City of Morganton, the Stiver Family from the Downtown Newton Development Association,and David and Rebecca Jones of the Downtown Statesville Development Corporation.

Friday, 20 March 2015 05:07

Missing Woman From Watauga County Sought

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The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered woman, Barbara Mae Lawrence. Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for Lawrence, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment. Lawrence is a 76-year-old white female, 5' 2", 130 pounds, with short brown hair, and green eyes. No photo has been provided of Lawrence. She was last seen at 176 Valley Stran Drive in Boone. Anyone with information about Barbara Mae Lawrence should call Lieutenant Hawkins at the Watauga County Sheriff's Office at 828-264-3761.

45-year-old Timothy Lee Cornwell of Lutz Dairy Farm Road in Maiden was arrested Wednesday (March 18) by SWAT Team Officers with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. He’s charged with one felony count of Probation Violation and one misdemeanor count each of Resist, Delay and Obstruct a Public Officer and Communicating Threats. Local, State and Federal officers apprehended Cornwell after he issued threats against law enforcement on his Facebook page.

According to Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics Lt. Jason Reid, “The incident started on Thursday, March 12, 2015, when probation/parole officers conducted a probation search at the home of Timothy Lee Cornwell’s daughter in Lincoln County. Nothing was found.”

Following that incident Cornwell started calling out officers by name on his Facebook page. One officer was a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigator and the other was a Probation officer. He continued by making death threats and giving information that identified patrol officers and their patrol vehicles by car number. Cornwell was trying to form a militia through his Facebook page to harm law enforcement officers.

Lincoln County narcotics investigators were notified about the threats and along with Probation/Parole and the U S. Marshal’s Office they formed a task force to locate Cornwell. The task force met Wednesday afternoon to discuss apprehension of Cornwell who was an absconder from Burke County. Using aggressive investigative techniques law enforcement was able to identify the residence where Cornwell was staying.

Due to verbal threats officers choose to apprehend Cornwell using the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team. On Wednesday Agents from the U S Marshal’s Office set up a perimeter around a mobile home on Lutz Dairy Farm Road then a 5:52 p.m. the SWAT team made entry into the residence. Cornwell failed to comply with verbal commands and had to be forcefully restrained and taken into custody. EMS treated Cornwell at the scene and released him to Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators.

Cornwell was incarcerated in the Lincoln County Detention Center under a $28,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (March 20).