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44-year-old Edward Laine Jackson was arrested Thursday (January 19) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of stolen goods. Jackson was placed in jail in Morganton under $15,000 secured bond. A District court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, January 20).

Friday, 20 January 2017 10:16

Man Charged With Malicious Conduct By Prisoner

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28-year-old Gary Dean Starr was arrested Thursday (January 19) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony malicious conduct by a prisoner. Bond on the charge was set at $3,000, a court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, January 20).

31-year-old Eric Chase Avery of Laurel Street in Hudson was arrested Thursday (January 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with failure to appear on felony counts of break or enter a motor vehicle, larceny, and possession of stolen goods or property, along with misdemeanor counts of interfering with an electronic device, and resisting a public officer. Avery was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $181,000 secured bond. District and Superior Court appearances are scheduled for March 6.

38-year-old Timothy Shawn Byrd of Oran Yount Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (January 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with possession of a firearm by a felon and habitual felon. Byrd is also charged with resisting a public officer. He was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $102,500 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for March 6 and a District Court appearance is scheduled for March 21.

25-year-old Ronnie Claude Burchette III of Gatewood Drive in Hudson was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff's Officers yesterday on one felony count each of trafficking in opiates and possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine.

Agents had been on the alert for Burchette after receiving numerous complaints regarding the sale of illegal narcotics in the Sawmills area.  During an undercover operation, Agents with the Sheriff’s I.C.E. Unit arrested Burchette after he was caught with a trafficking amount of hydrocodone pills at an apartment complex on Benfield Drive in Hudson.  Burchette was also found to be in possession of a small amount of meth, packaged for sale.

The arrest came after he was seen sitting in his Toyota Camry at the apartment complex.  He fled the area when Agents approached.  After an extensive search, he was found parked at the end of a cul-de-sac on Troy Drive where he was taken into custody without incident.  

Burchette was jailed under a $100,000 secured bond.  A court date was set for Monday (January 23).  If convicted, Burchette will face mandatory prison time.

56-year-old Sandra Stallings Green was arrested Thursday (January 19) by authorities in Lincoln County. She's charged with two felony counts of identity theft, single felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense, trafficking stolen identities, and conspiracy, along with three misdemeanor counts of financial transaction card fraud. Green was arrested in Lincolnton and placed in jail under $25,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, January 20).

Friday, 20 January 2017 03:55

Work To Start Soon On Newton Sewer Project

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Work is scheduled to begin soon on a sewer main replacement project on Westside Drive and at the 1000 block of South Main Avenue in Newton.  

Dellinger Inc., along with their subcontractor, will work within sewer easements and rights-of-way to install the new sewer line. The project is expected to be completed by the end of August.

A news release from the City of Newton states that the city  will work to make sure the project causes as little inconvenience as possible. The news release also thanks residents for their patience and cooperation as this much-needed improvement is made.

If you have any comments or concerns, please contact Collection and Distribution Superintendent Todd Crutchfield at 828-695-4289 or or Assistant Public Works and Utilities Director Dennis Falder Jr. at 828-695-4298 or

A man wanted on charges filed in multiple counties was apprehended following a chase in Alexander County. 21-year-old Randall Kent Brank of Lenoir is charged with flee to elude arrest. He also faces charges on warrants from three other counties. In Catawba County Brank is charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon, felony possession of a stolen firearm, and misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon. In Burke County Brank is charged with felony counts of flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, larceny, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and failure to appear, along with a count of misdemeanor larceny. He's been on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List Since December 22. Brank faces multiple traffic related charges in Lincoln County.

Wednesday (January 18) at approximately 7:20 p.m., Officers with the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office and Taylorsville Police Department attempted to stop an older model Nissan Maxima gold in color near Wayside Church Road and NC 16 South of Taylorsville. When the Officers activated their blue lights and siren the vehicle refused to stop. Officers chased the vehicle for a short period and were able to get the vehicle stopped.  

The driver of the car Randall Kent Brank, was arrested at the scene. Bond was set at $328,000, he has District Court appearances scheduled in Alexander County on March 6 and Lincoln County February 23. Brank is scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Burke County February 27 and Catawba County March 6.

Hickory Police are investigating 13 recent business break-ins, mostly in the vicinity of the Highway 127 corridor in northeast Hickory.  The first incident was reported on December 19 with the most recent reported on January 15.

In most cases, the suspect or suspects have gained entry by breaking a window, though in several incidents a pry tool was used to force open a door.  In cases where video or photographic evidence is available, the suspect appears to wear similar clothing and has a similar build.  The suspect’s M.O. is similar in each case, leading Investigators to believe at least some of the incidents may be connected.

The break-ins occurred as the businesses were closed, either in the early morning hours on the day they were reported or the previous night.  In two instances over the New Year’s holiday, the break-ins may have happened two days prior to the filing of a police report.

A wide variety of items were taken, including cash, firearms, a portable A/C unit, a microwave oven, computer tablets & accessories, cash register drawers, a safe and power tools.  Numerous windows and doors have been damaged, along with a security gate and an outdoor motion light.

No injuries have been reported.

Anyone with information regarding the break-ins should contact Investigator Shanna Hudson at 828-261-2020 or  

Investigators encourage citizens and business owners to be vigilant and contact Police if suspicious persons are observed near businesses or residences.  In addition, business owners should ensure that camera systems are functional and operating effectively, verifying that images are clear and encompass entries, exits and register areas.  Business owners should also check lighting in and around the business and review money-handling procedures.

Security surveys are provided free of charge by the Hickory Police Department’s Community Services Unit.  Call 828-261-2644 to make an appointment.

Morganton City Water Resources workers planned to shut off water service to customers in the Eastview Street area to repair a water line break. According to a news release issued shortly before 11 a.m., workers were planning to shut off the water as soon as they were able to locate the valves.

Customers could be affected on Eastview Street, Lane Street, Curlee Street and Forest Street. Workers expect to repair the line and restore water service by sometime early this afternoon (Thursday, January 19). For more information, call the Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.

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