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Friday, 17 February 2017 06:31

Stolen Vehicle Charge Filed Against Icard Man

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24-year-old Shawn Forrest Thornburg of Berry Road in Icard was arrested Thursday (February 16) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Thornburg was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (February 20).

27-year-old Jeffery Scott Ohmer and 21-year-old Samantha Leanne Brook Mclean, both of the same White Tail Drive, Lenoir, address, were both arrested Thursday (February 16) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. Ohmer is charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Mclean is charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place to keep controlled substance. Ohmer was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. Mclean's bond was set at $10,000 secured. Both suspects are scheduled to appear in District Court for March 9.

29-year-old Cody Allen Kidd, who is listed as a homeless man with no city of residence specified, was arrested by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged by Public Safety with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol charged Kidd with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle, driving while impaired, and no operators license.

According to a news release issued Thursday (February 16), Morganton Public Safety Officers responded to a report of a motor vehicle theft in progress at Wall Lumber Company. An employee of Wall Lumber, Kenneth Hunt, saw the business work truck driving towards the gate. Hunt realized that the vehicle was being stolen and got in another work truck and called 911, while following the truck. Hunt spoke with the Burke County Emergency Communications Center and relayed their current location/direction of travel.  

Hunt reported to dispatchers that the truck was turning onto Interstate 40, East bound. Hunt stated that stopped traffic on Interstate 40 caused the thief to exit the interstate at exit 106. Public Safety Officers, Burke County Deputies and Highway Patrol Troopers attempted to intercept the stolen vehicle.  According to Hunt, Burke County Deputies and NCSHP Troopers spotted the suspect and tried to block the roadway at Bethel/Drexel Road.

Hunt said the suspect drove around the patrol cars and headed back towards I-40, but turned into the convenience store at Bethel Road. When the thief realized he was blocked in, he surrendered and was arrested. Kidd's bond was set at $26,000. He was not listed as an inmate in Burke County as of earlier today (Friday, February 17). He was scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

37-year-old Jesse James Carswell of Virginia Beach, Virginia, was arrested Tuesday in Burke County. He's charged on a true bill of indictment with felonious embezzlement by an employee of a charitable institution.

According to a news release issued Thursday (February 16), On August 26, 2016, Investigators with Public Safety began a probe into suspicious financial activity at The Meeting Place One, Inc. located at 301 East Meeting Street in Morganton.  Authorities had been notified by board members of the organization when discrepancies where noticed in recent bank statements.

A four month investigation led investigators to multiple transactions of the organizations funds consisting of unauthorized cash withdrawals, personal purchases and the use of funds for gambling. With the cooperation of the organization’s board and financial institutions, this investigation led to the arrest of Jesse James Carswell, who at the time was a resident of Morganton.

Carswell was the Executive Director of The Meeting Place One, Inc. for the past four years and was in charge of finances during the investigated time frame of March 2015 to August 2016. The investigation examined transaction made by Carswell during that time period which included illegal use of funds at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. Investigators estimate the amount of embezzled funds is over $100,000.

A Burke County True Bill of Indictment was issued for Jesse James Carswell on January 3. On January 31, 2017, Investigator’s with the Virginia Beach Police Department located and arrested Carswell at his new residence.  

On Tuesday, Carswell was extradited from Virginia and served by the Burke County Sheriff’s Office with the true bill of indictment. He was placed in the Burke County Jail under a $25,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for March 20.

38-year-old Mark Wayne Day Jr., of Nebo, will serve a minimum of seven years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple offenses and admitting his habitual felon status during Burke County Superior Court on Tuesday (February 14).

Day pleaded guilty to possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possessing a vehicle with an altered serial number and obstruction of justice. The Honorable W. Todd Pomeroy, Superior Court Judge from Lincoln County, sentenced Day to an active prison term of seven to nine years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.

Day’s admission to habitual felon status enhanced his prison sentence. He had prior felony convictions for maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance in Burke County (December 1997), larceny of motor vehicle in Burke County (November 2008) and altering serial numbers in Burke County (August 2013).

During a search of a house leased by the defendant on November 4, 2015, deputies found a stolen motorcycle that had its identification number altered. Three grams of methamphetamine also were found under a mattress in the bedroom during the search.

Jared Ball and Stephen Ritchie investigated the case for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. Prosecution was handled by Frank Webster of the District Attorney’s Office.

37-year-old Jeremiah Yang of Hickory, was given an active prison term of five to seven years after pleading guilty to breaking and entering, larceny, breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and admitting his habitual felon status during Burke County Superior Court on Wednesday (February 15).

The Honorable W. Todd Pomeroy, Superior Court Judge from Lincoln County, imposed the sentence for Yang, who will serve his time in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.

Yang’s sentence was enhanced by his habitual felon status, which included prior felony convictions for possession of stolen goods or property in Burke County (July 2005), possession of a stolen motor vehicle in Catawba County (June 2013) and possession of stolen goods or property in Burke County (January 2016).

Officers responded to an alarm activation at a local business on August 29, 2015. Upon arrival they saw numerous cars that had been broken into, and an air conditioning unit had been removed from the building. Inside the business, there were pry marks found on the office door. Numerous items, including money, a camera, medication and financial cards, were missing.

Investigators reviewed the video surveillance from the business, and the defendant is seen clearly on the video prior to removing the camera from the office.

Jared Ball led the investigation for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. Michelle Lippert was the prosecutor for the District Attorney’s Office.

21-year-old Destiny Dawn Bentley of East Berkley Street in Granite Falls and 23-year-old Joseph Lee Eaker of Carriage Lane in Hudson have both been arrested in Caldwell County in connection to a February 5 armed robbery and carjacking in Lincoln County.

Bentley turned herself in at the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office yesterday (February 15).  Eaker was arrested by Lenoir Police today.  Both suspects were charged with one felony count each of robbery with a dangerous weapon.

The two suspects and one other man are accused of robbing a male victim from Lincolnton at Lincolnton Optimist Park, off of Startown Road.  The victim was robbed at gunpoint.  His wallet (containing credit cards, identification and cash) and his 2003 Mazda 6 were taken.

Deputies say the victim had been talking to Bentley on Facebook and they agreed to meet near the park.  Bentley arrived in an older model blue car and got into the victim’s car.  While the two were talking, they were interrupted by two white males knocking on the window.  The men pulled the victim out of his car.  One of the men was armed with a handgun and the other had a knife.  They left with the victim’s wallet and his vehicle.  The vehicle has not been found.

Detectives are continuing to interview Bentley and Eaker, who are being held in the Caldwell County Jail without bond due to a probation violation.  Officers have not identified the third suspect.  No court dates are currently listed.

48-year-old Jason Brett Stone of Longstone Drive in Charlotte was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (February 16) on four counts of shoplifting, one felony and three misdemeanor counts. He was arrested on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.

He was wanted on warrants issued by the Rabun County Sheriff’s Office in Clayton, Georgia. The offenses took place from August and October of last year.

He was taken into custody without incident at about 5:20 a.m. today at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. Stone was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday in Newton.

Thursday, 16 February 2017 11:02

Two Boost Mobile Stores Robbed in Hickory

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Hickory Police are investigating two robberies at two different Boost Mobile stores in Hickory yesterday (February 15).

The first occurred at about 10:30 a.m. at the Boost Mobile store at 2501 Springs Road N.E., Hickory.  During the incident, a male suspect entered the store, threatened the clerk and demanded money.  The man implied that he was armed, but no weapon was displayed.  The suspect exited the business with an undisclosed sum of cash and one cell phone.  He left the scene in a vehicle.

The suspect is described as 18-to-20 years old.  He is a light-skinned, black male.  He’s about 6 feet tall with a thin build.  The suspect was wearing a black Nike baseball cap, a black sweater and baggy sweat pants.

The second robbery happened at about 7:30 p.m. at the Boost Mobile store on Highway 70 S.E., near C.V.C.C.  Two men entered the store and threatened and threatened the clerk, demanding money and phones.  Both men were armed with handguns.  They left the store with an undisclosed sum of cash, one cell phone and a wallet. It’s not clear if the suspects left on foot or in a vehicle.

One suspect was described as a black male.  He is between 5’7” and six feet tall.  He weighs between 180 and 200 pounds.  He was wearing a black ski mask and black sneakers.  The other suspect is a black male.  He is between 6’2” and 6’7” tall, weighing 250 to 300 pounds.  He was wearing loose gray sweatpants, black sneakers, a black sweatshirt and a black ski mask.

Police do not know if the two incidents are connected in any way.  The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding either robbery should contact Hickory Police at 828-328-5551 or contact Investigator Jeff Pruett directly at 828-261-2617 or

The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office today (Thursday, February 16) made an arrest in connection to the recent larceny of a concrete rooster. 32-year-old Andrew Emilious Justice of Taylorsville is charged with felony larceny, misdemeanor injury to real property, and reckless driving to endanger.

The felony larceny charge stemmed from the theft of the rooster. The injury to property charge was the result of damage done to All Healing Springs Road and Lambert Fork Road, where broken pieces of the rooster were located. The reckless driving occurred on Zeb Watts Road in Taylorsville.

The tractor that is believed to have been used in the larceny of the concrete rooster was located off of Zeb Watts Road. White paint was found on the forks of the tractor. The paint is believed to have come from the rooster when the larceny occurred. Only pieces of the rooster have been located.

Justice was transported to the Alexander County Law Enforcement Center, where he was jailed under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in court is scheduled for next Monday (February 20).

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