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Thursday, 10 November 2016 05:28

Drug Charges Filed Against Claremont Man

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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.

Thursday, 10 November 2016 05:11

Most Wanted Suspect Turns Himself In To Authorities

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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 admin@burkesheriff.org. 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.

Wednesday, 09 November 2016 13:53

Hickory Man Arrested on Felony Firearms Charge

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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.

Wednesday, 09 November 2016 11:51

Hickory Man Arrested on B&E and Larceny Charges

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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.

Wednesday, 09 November 2016 10:46

Caldwell Fire Marshal's Office Expands Burning Ban

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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).

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