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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 kbowman@morgantonps.org.

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.

Monday, 23 January 2017 05:59

Caldwell County Man Charged With Selling Meth

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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.

Monday, 23 January 2017 05:34

Meth Charge Filed Against Hudson Woman

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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.

Monday, 23 January 2017 05:18

Conover Man Charged With Burglary

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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.

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