53-year-old Thural Ray Pruitt of Hawk Drive in Claremont was arrested Wednesday (November 9) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Pruitt was detained in the Catawba County Detention Center under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for yesterday.
A man who spent a very brief time on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List turned himself in to authorities.
33-year-old James Nelson Fields of Oak Forest Drive in Morganton was added to the Most Wanted List last week. He was wanted for felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanor driving while impaired. On Tuesday (November 8), Fields turned himself in to the Burke County Sheriff's Office and was charged with those two offenses. He received a written promise to appear in court on December 12.
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 on any of the suspects on the list, you can call the Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail email@example.com. If you'd like to submit an anonymous tip regarding a suspect on the list you can do so by contacting Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.
24-year-old Dalton Matthew Castleberry of Joseph Court in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4 p.m. Monday (November 7) on one felony count of possession of a stolen firearm and one misdemeanor count each of carrying a concealed weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was taken into custody in the vicinity of an auto dealership on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, Castleberry was in possession of a handgun at the time of his arrest.
He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. Castleberry was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday, with another court date scheduled on November 29.
23-year-old Jacob Lee Wright of 9th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:25 Monday afternoon (November 7) on one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and obtaining property by false pretenses.
He was taken into custody without incident at his residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. Wright was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday, with his next court date coming up on November 29.
27-year-old Brook Nina Hall of Independence Trail in Morganton was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (November 8) on a felony fugitive warrant. She was wanted on a warrant issued by the Winchester Police Department in Frederick County, Virginia for felony possession of cocaine.
Hall was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $75,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was set for today in Newton.
The Caldwell County Fire Marshal’s Office has issued an expansion of the burning ban issued by the North Carolina Fire Service Tuesday (November 8). Yesterday, due to the dry weather, high winds and low humidity, the NC Forest Service cancelled all burning permits and issued a burning ban in 25 counties in the western part of North Carolina including Caldwell County. The ban includes all outdoor burning, excluding cooking fires, beginning 100 feet from an occupied dwelling outward.
The Caldwell County Fire Marshal’s Office today (Wednesday, November 9) expanded that ban to inside that 100 foot boundary surrounding an occupied dwelling. The Fire Marshal’s Office ban also excludes cooking fires in an outdoor grill or a smoker. There is a civil penalty of a $100 fine.
State and local officials are especially concerned about taxing resources that fight fire right now with the drought and the fires currently burning. They are pleading with citizens to head the burning bans until weather conditions improve and the bans are lifted. For more information, contact LouAnne Kincaid, Caldwell County Public Information Officer at 828-759-7879.
32-year-old Terri Latasha Perkins was arrested Tuesday (November 9) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony first degree forced burglary. Perkins was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for December 12.
34-year-old Jason Ray Benge of Arlington Avenue SE in Concord was arrested Tuesday (November 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of stolen property. Following the arrest, Benge was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $2,000 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday, November 10).
A Man was killed in an accident in Caldwell County. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol reports the wreck occurred just after midnight this morning (Wednesday, November 9) on Highway 321A just outside the town limits of Granite Falls.
A red Dodge Neon operated by 37-year-old Mitchell S. Price of Taylorsville was driving south on 321A. He was traveling at a high rate of speed drove off the right side of the road and struck two utility poles. The drivers side door of the vehicle was impacted and Price was killed.
33-year-old Joseph Paul Mosteller of Sunrise Lane in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (November 8) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with first degree kidnapping, assault inflicting serious bodily injury, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and failure to appear. Mosteller was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $83,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (November 14).
There is a new name on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List.
33-year-old James Nelson Fields is wanted for felony possession of cocaine along with a count of driving while impaired. Fields' last known address was 605 11th Street Place SW in Hickory. He was added to the Most Wanted List last Friday (November 4).
The Burke County Sheriff's Office is still seeking Tong Xeng Yang Moua. He's wanted on felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver meth, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule VI controlled substance. Moua's last known address was 2650 Old Blue Ridge Lane in Connelly Springs. He's been on the list since August 14, 2014.
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 on any of the suspects on the list, call the Sheriff's Office, 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.
Five men charged with the March 2016 deaths of two people in Catawba County will not face the death penalty, however they are still facing the possibility of life in prison without parole.
Prosecutors for the State announced this week in Catawba County Superior Court that they will not pursue capital punishment in the double homicide cases against 27-year-old Arsenio DeWayne Curtis, 23-year-old William Crawford Powell Jr., 25-year-old Jordan Alexander Rivera, 23-year-old Reand Pablo-Antonio Rivera and 26-year-old Devin Maurice Ussery. However, each may get life in prison without parole if convicted.
The five suspects are each charged with two counts of murder for the March 12, 2016, deaths of 34-year-old Mark Anthony Wilson and 39-year-old Deidra LaCarol Ramseur at the couple’s home on Rest Home Road in Conover. The case was investigated by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office.
U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 10 (CATAWBA) FINAL
*Patrick McHenry 63.15%
Andy Millard 36.85%
U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 5 (CATAWBA) FINAL
*Virginia Foxx 58.46%
Josh Brannon 41.54%
U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 11 (CALDWELL, BURKE) FINAL
*Mark Meadows 63.92%
Rick Bryson 36.08%
N.C. STATE SENATE DISTRICT 45 (CALDWELL) FINAL
*Deanna Ballard 64.79%
Art Sherwood 35.21%
N.C. STATE SENATE DISTRICT 46 (BURKE) FINAL
*Warren Daniel 66.23%
Anne Fisher 33.77%
N.C. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 86 (BURKE) FINAL
*Hugh Blackwell 62.58%
Tim Barnsback 37.42%
N.C. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 112 (BURKE) FINAL
*David Rogers 70.91%
Ben Edwards 29.09%
CATAWBA COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION (3) FINAL
*Cathy J. Starnes 14.77%
*Ronn Abernathy 14.62%
*Beth Gordon Isenhour 13.43%
Donna Lutz-Carpenter 13.37%
Becky Brittain 13.24%
Doug Brady 9.96%
Tracey Stracener 7.83%
Ron Jones 5.52%
Brannon S. Pittman 4.15%
Ray Cerda 2.70%
CALDWELL COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION (3) FINAL
*Darrell Clayton Pennell 27.55%
*Ann B. Edwards 24.05%
*Tim Hawkins 24.02%
Linda Coffey 23.65%
BURKE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS (3) FINAL
*Jeff Brittain 22.16%
*Scott Mulwee 20.26%
*Johnnie Carswell 19.81%
Emily B. Church 14.75%
Jeffrey V. Morse 11.30%
David L. Rust Jr. 11.71%
REFERENDUM – TOWN of GLEN ALPINE ABC STORE ELECTION FINAL
(To permit the operation of ABC Stores)
ALEXANDER COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS (2) FINAL
*Ryan Mayberry 34.44%
*Jeffrey P. Peal 33.82%
Marty Loudermilt 31.74%
ALEXANDER COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION - DISTRICT 4 (1) FINAL
*Brigette W. Rhyne 37.72%
Brian Walker 33.95%
Rodger (Peanut) White 28.04%
ALEXANDER COUNTY ALCOHOL REFERENDA FINAL
Mixed Beverage Referendum- Passed with 57.52%
Malt Beverage Referendum- Passed with 57.18%
Unfortified Wine Referendum- Passed with 57.68%
ABC Store Permitting- Passed with 59.24%
TAYLORSVILLE REFERENDA FINAL
Malt Beverage- Passed with 65.21%
Mixed Beverage- Passed with 65.43%
JUST A REMINDER… WE HAD A NUMBER OF LOCAL RACES IN WHICH CANDIDATES RAN UNOPPOSED. SOME OF THOSE INCLUDE…
Lee Zachary -- N.C. House District 73 (Alexander County)
Sarah Kirkman – District Attorney, District 22A (Alexander County)
Destin Hall – N.C. House District 87 (Caldwell County)
Jeff Branch, Randy T. Church and Robbie Wilkie – Caldwell Co. Commissioners
Andy Wells – N.C. State Senate District 42 (Catawba County)
Jay Adams – N.C. House District 96 (Catawba County)
Barbara Gale Beatty and Dan A. Hunsucker – Catawba Co. Commissioners
FOR NORTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR… FINAL
Roy Cooper 48.97%
Pat McCrory 48.86%
Lon Cecil 2.17%
IN THE U.S. SENATE… FINAL
*Richard Burr 51.11%
Deborah Ross 45.33%
Sean Haugh 3.56%
Voter Turnout: Catawba County 69.67%, Alexander County 75.92%, Burke 66.08%, Caldwell 66.29%
Voters are continuing to cast ballots in Election Day voting. The polls close at 7:30 p.m. WHKY Radio and whky.com will have updates starting at 8:00. WHKY-TV News will have a live update at 10:00.
Here are the 2016 candidates in contested Races. In Catawba County for Board of Education, there are ten candidates for three seats. They are Ronn Abernathy, Doug Brady, Becky Brittain, Ray Cerda, Beth Gordon Isenhour, Ron Jones, Donna Lutz-Carpenter, Brannon S. Pittman, Cathy J. Starnes, and Tracey Stracener.
In Caldwell County there are four candidates for three seats on the Board of Education. Linda Coffey, Ann B. Edwards, Tim Hawkins, and Darrell Clayton Pennell. In Burke County there are six candidates for three seats on the Board of Commissioners. Jeff Brittain, Johnnie Carswell, Scott Mulwee, Emily B. Church, Jeffrey V. Morse, and David L. Rust Jr.
In the race for U.S. House District 10 which includes Catawba County, Patrick McHenry and Andy Millard are vying for the seat. In the contest for U.S. House District 5, which includes a small portion of Catawba County, Virginia Foxx is competing against Josh Brannon. In the race for U.S. House District 11, which includes Caldwell and Burke Counties, Mark Meadows is being challenged by Rick Bryson.
The candidates for N.C. State Senate District 45, which covers Caldwell County, are Deanna Ballard and Art Sherwood. The N.C. State Senate District 46 race, which includes Burke County, is between Warren Daniel and Anne Fisher. N.C. House of Representatives District 86 race, which covers Burke County, features Hugh Blackwell and Tim Barnsback. The N.C. House of Representatives District 112 race which includes part of Burke County is between David Rogers and Ben Edwards.
In Alexander County, There are three candidates for two seats on the Board of Commissioners Ryan Mayberry, Jeffrey P. Peal, and Marty Loudermilt. In the race for Board of Education in District 4 there are three candidates for one seat, Brigette W. Rhyne, Brian Walker, and Rodger (Peanut) White.
There are alcohol-related referenda on ballots in Burke and Alexander Counties. There will be a vote to permit the operation of ABC Stores in the Town of Glen Alpine. In Alexander County there will be votes for the sales of Mixed Beverages, Malt Beverages, Unfortified Wine, and to permit ABC stores. In Taylorsville citizens can vote on the sale of Malt Beverages and Mixed Beverages.
We’ll have updates starting at approximately 8:00 here at whky.com and on 1290 AM WHKY.