Hickory Police are investigating an armed robbery last night (September 18) at Firehouse Subs on North Center Street in Hickory. The incident occurred at 9:47 Sunday night.
According to Police, two men entered the restaurant, which closed at 9 p.m., through a rear door and took an undisclosed sum of cash from an employee who was counting the money. One of the men displayed a handgun. The suspects exited through the same back door and fled.
No injuries were reported. The investigation is ongoing.
36-year-old Charles Allan Penninger of Hayden Drive in Charlotte and 30-year-old Breanna Frances Pupp-Oliver of Fieldstone Drive in Mooresville were both arrested Friday (September 16) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. They're both charged with breaking and entering to a residence, larceny after breaking and entering, and aid and abet felony larceny.
On Friday, deputies and detectives responded to a residence on Whippoorwill Road in reference to a report of a breaking and entering in progress. The homeowners of the residence returned home to find the doors to their residence open and a vehicle backed up to the garage. A female identified as Breanna Pupp-Oliver of Mooresville was on scene.
As Deputies and Detectives arrived on scene they began speaking with Oliver, at this time items belonging to the homeowners were located in the vehicle. While speaking with Oliver, a white male identified as Charles Penninger walked up and stated that he had been called by Oliver to come to the residence. As the investigation continued it was determined that Penninger ran out of the residence once the homeowners arrived on scene.
Both subjects were detained at that time and a canvas was started to locate any further stolen property. Several items that were taken from the residence were located behind a shed next door to the residence. All of the items were collected and returned to the owner with the exception of one box of jewelry that Penninger told officers had been thrown in the lake.
Both subjects were confined in the Iredell county Detention center. Bond for Penninger was set at $12,000 dollars, Oliver's bond was set at $2,000 dollars. Both suspects were scheduled to appear in District Court today (Monday, September 19).
24-year-old Jeffrey Nathaniel Shatley of Star Shaker Lane in Lenoir was arrested Friday (September 16) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and larceny of a firearm. In addition, Shatley is charged with probation violation. Following the arrest, Shatley was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $40,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, September 19).
City of Morganton Water Resources workers were planning to shut off water to a section of NC 18 this morning to repair a water line break. The break occurred on a four-inch line near 2573 NC 18 northeast of the City. About 100 customers on NC 18 between Putnam Street and Dalton Drive and any side streets could be affected. Workers expect to have the line repaired and service restored by early afternoon barring any unforeseen issues.
For more information, call the Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.
31-year-old Robert Clint Cooper Mcneely was arrested Sunday (September 18) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony trafficking heroin. Mcneely was placed in jail in Morganton under $50,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for October 24.
26-year-old Joshua Shane Strickland of Blackburn Bridge Road in Hickory was arrested Sunday (September 18) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with possession of methamphetamine. Strickland was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, September 19).
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners meets in regular session tonight (Monday, September 19).
During departmental reports, the board will hear a report from Planning and Parks Director Jacky Eubanks on Catawba County's position and comments based upon NCDOT's public hearing for the NC Highway 150 widening project.
Among other items on today's agenda, there will be a presentation to Danny Hearn, the retiring President of the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce. He'll receive the Distinguished Public Service Award. In addition, there will be a proclamation on the occasion of the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce being named Chamber of the Year. In addition, there will be a proclamation honoring CommScope's 40th anniversary.
There are additional presentations scheduled during departmental reports. The board will hear a presentation from the Cooperative Extension/Catawba County Youth Council regarding Youth Council membership. The board will also hear a presentation from Social Services on the Catawba County Aging Coalition update.
Tonight's Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting gets underway at 7:00 in the Robert E. Hibbitts Meeting Room at the 1924 Courthouse, 30 North College Avenue in Newton.
51-year-old Wayne Stevenson Evans of 4th Street Place SW in Conover was arrested Sunday (September 18) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with trafficking, opium or heroin, and assault with a deadly weapon. Evans was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $54,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, September 19) and a District Court date is set for October 14.
The Primary fund raising event for the North Carolina School for the Deaf (NCSD) in Morganton is coming up later this month. The NCSD Foundation Bears Classic Golf Tournament is scheduled for Friday, September 30 at Silver Creek Plantation Golf Course in Morganton.
The format is four-person team scramble. Fees are $75 per player, lunch and dinner are provided along with welcome gifts and a silent auction. There are prizes for hole-in-ones, longest drives, and closest to the pins.
Tournament proceeds provide scholarships for college bound students and enhance the educational environment at NCSD through field trips, special events, and life skills programs. Registration is 11 a.m. to 12 noon with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start.
For more information go to www.ncsdfoundation.org or you can go to the NCSD Foundation Bears Classic Golf Tournament Facebook page.
The Burke County Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance from the public following the discovery of what is believed to be human remains in a burnt vehicle.
On Sunday (September 18) at approximately 8:05 a.m., Deputies with the Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to Canoe Creek Way in Morganton in reference to a burnt vehicle. Upon arrival, deputies discovered what appeared to be human remains in the vehicle. The Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene along with agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and an Investigator with the Burke County Fire Marshall’s Office.
With the assistance of an Investigator of the North Carolina License and Theft Bureau, Investigators learned the vehicle was a Cadillac Deville belonging to Mr. Albert Alexander Austin but registered to Mr. Spencer “Jermain” Murray. Investigators are attempting to locate anyone who might have any information on the whereabouts of Murray or Austin. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Burke County Crimestoppers at 828-437-3333 or the Burke County Criminal Investigations Division at 828-438-5500.
37-year-old Colleen Velma Jewell of Fieldhaven Court in Maiden was arrested Thursday (September 15) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of financial card theft and obtaining property by false pretenses.
Jewell is charged with taking a debit card and using it to purchase goods at a Denver, convenience store. Detective Kelly Paris investigated a report filed on September 7 by another Maiden resident stating that a fraudulent transaction had occurred on her debit card. The purchase was made at the Denver Mart on North Highway 16 Business.
Security cameras at the business placed the suspect at that business when the transaction occurred. During an interview with Detective Paris the suspect confessed to using the card to make a purchase of gasoline.
Jewell was processed at the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center and released on an $8,000 unsecured bond. She had a first appearance today (Friday, September 16) in Lincoln County District Court.
47-year-old Mavis Yvette “May-May” Clark of Emmanuel Church Road in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police just before 9 a.m. yesterday (September 15) on one felony count of habitual larceny and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
She was arrested after Police responded to a shoplifting call at the Total Convenience Market on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Officers located the suspect, Mavis Clark, on foot on Highway 70, not far from the store. She was accused of taking a Hot Mamma pickled sausage, valued at $1.89. A crack pipe was found in her bag.
Clark has a history of larceny convictions dating back to 1995 in Rockingham County. She has multiple larceny and shoplifting convictions in Catawba County in 1995 and 1998, along with felony breaking & entering convictions in 2009.
Clark was taken into custody without incident yesterday and banned from the store. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond with a first appearance in District Court set for today (September 16) in Newton.
36-year-old Jeremy Douglas Dunn of Forge Creek Road in Mountain City, Tennessee was arrested by Hickory Police at about 12:20 yesterday afternoon (September 15) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested after Police responded to a call regarding a suspicious subject looking into cars in a parking lot at 1st Street S.W. and 11th Avenue S.W. Officers located the man, Jeremy Dunn, and found a loaded syringe and a used syringe in his pocket. They also found a metal teaspoon, two clear, small storage containers and an orange, plastic container with a white crystal substance in it. The substance was identified as 2.8 grams of methamphetamine. Officers also found one dosage unit of Clonazepam.
Dunn was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
34-year-old Danial Gary Carswell of Enola Road in Morganton was arrested Thursday (September 15) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with solicit child by computer, second degree exploitation of a minor, indecent liberties with a child, and extortion.
On September 2, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division was contacted by the Burke County Probation and Parole Office in reference to a registered sex offender, Danial Carswell, who was found in possession of a number of electronic items that caused him to act suspiciously when questioned.
Members of the Burke County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force went to the Enola Road residence and questioned Carswell and subsequently performed a forensic preview of the electronic items in his possession. The preview revealed that Carswell was in possession of child pornography. There was also sufficient evidence found indicating that Carswell had actively solicited an underage minor for the express purpose of sexual activities.
According to a news release, Carswell had collected these images and was in the process of extorting the victim for more sexual favors and/or photographs. Carswell was taken into custody and confined at Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under an $80,000 secured bond. A first court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, September 16).