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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 04:10

Multiple Drug Charges Filed Against Newton Woman

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34-year-old Audrey Leann James of East 22nd Street in Newton was arrested Monday (December 11) by Conover Police Officers. She's charged with possession of heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, resisting a public officer, misdemeanor larceny, and second degree trespassing. James was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $28,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (December 12) and January 3.

25-year-old McKenzie Brooke Sherrill and 35-year-old Shane Lewis Hamrick, both of Stratford Lane in Denver, have been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers.  Sherrill was charged with one felony count each of obtaining property by false pretenses and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.  She was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of possession of stolen goods, larceny and child abuse.  Hamrick was charged with one felony count of speeding to elude arrest.  He also faces misdemeanor counts for possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, careless & reckless driving, failure to stop for a siren & blue lights and driving while license revoked.  Both suspects were charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance.  

They were arrested on Saturday (December 9) as Sheriff’s Deputies served a search warrant as they were looking for a stolen cell phone.  During the search, Officers found illegal drugs at the suspects’ residence.  The search warrant was obtained after the owner of the cell phone reported that it had been delivered at an address where she lived previously.  A female there signed the victim’s name for the delivery.

During the search, the cell phone was recovered from an upstairs bedroom, still inside the delivery box with the victim’s name on it.   Deputies also seized methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  The apartment was occupied by three adults and a six-year-old child.  Lincoln County DSS was contacted and the child was turned over to his mother.

Later in the day, a Deputy was driving his patrol car on Stratford Lane when he saw Hamrick driving a red Toyota Tacoma.  The Officer knew Hamrick did not have a valid driver’s license and attempted to stop the vehicle as he turned on Campground Road.   Hamrick increased his speed and attempted to pour a white crystal-like substance from a clear plastic bag as he drove.

The Toyota was stopped after a short chase.  The white substance was spilled on the floorboard.  Officers seized another bag containing blue and white pills.  The truck was impounded for further investigation.

Both subjects were placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention.  Sherrill’s bond was set at $35,000, secured, while Hamrick was given a $30,000, secured.  They were each scheduled to appear in District Court today (December 11).  Hamrick also had a Superior Court date set for today.

A woman has entered a guilty plea in connection to the death of her three-year-old son earlier this year. 24-year-old Jamie Lyn Basinger of Manley Clark Road in Morganton entered a guilty plea to involuntary manslaughter in Burke County Superior Court today (December 11). Basinger was indicted in April on felony charges of involuntary manslaughter and child abuse in connection to the death of her son, three-year-old Landyn.

Basinger was given a suspended sentence of 19 to 32 months with 36 months of supervised probation for the March 2017 death of Landyn Melton, who died of hypothermia from frigid weather conditions on the front porch of the defendant’s residence. The Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, imposed the sentence. He ordered that Basinger undergo a substance abuse assessment and comply with all conditions, perform 72 hours of community service and comply with all Department of Social Services orders regarding her other child. She spent eight months in jail.

The incident occurred on March 15. Burke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a residence on Hopewell Road in Morganton in reference to what appeared to be a small child lying on the front porch. Deputies found the three-year-old boy deceased on the porch, temperatures were reportedly in the 20s the morning the boy was found. Detectives launched an investigation and shared the results with the District Attorney’s Office. A drug test confirmed the presence of multiple drugs in Basinger’s system during the time period that the child died. Witnesses also detailed the defendant’s substance abuse history. A Grand Jury returned a true bill of indictment on Basinger on April 3.

31-year-old Adrian Dela Cruz Munoz of 10th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory and 36-year-old Kandra Renee Leatherman of Potts Creek Road in Lincolnton were both arrested by Hickory Police at about 6 p.m. yesterday (December 10).  Munoz was charged with felony possession of a weapon by a felon and a felony probation violation.  He was also charged with misdemeanor driving while license revoked.  Leatherman faces one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

The suspects were arrested after Hickory Police initiated a traffic stop at an address on South Center Street.  During the stop, the driver was identified as Munoz and a front passenger as Leatherman .  As Munoz was arrested on outstanding warrants, Officers found a shotgun and shells in the driver’s seat area.  They also found six grams of methamphetamine in Johnson’s coat.  Both suspects were taken into custody without incident.  One additional passenger was not charged.

Munoz and Leatherman were both placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility.  Bond for Munoz was set at $20,000, secured, while Leatherman was given a $2,000 secured bond.  First appearances in District Court were scheduled tomorrow in Newton.  Munoz was also scheduled to appear in Superior Court tomorrow.

Monday, 11 December 2017 09:48

Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle; Seriously Injured

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At 11:05 last night (Sunday, December 10), a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt struck a pedestrian, 44-year-old Jimmy Lee Clevenger of Hickory, on the 400 block of 14th Ave N.E.  The Chevrolet, which was driven by 33-year-old Derval Anthony Hamilton of Hickory, was traveling west on 14th Avenue N.E.  Mr. Clevenger was standing stationary in the westbound lane when the collision occurred.

Mr. Clevenger sustained critical injuries due to the collision.  He was transported by Catawba County E.M.S. to Catawba Valley Medical Center.  He was then taken by MedCenter Air to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.  Mr. Hamilton did not sustain any injuries.

No charges have been filed.  According to Police, speed nor impairment were factors in the crash.

Monday, 11 December 2017 06:08

Lenoir Man Charged With Stealing Vehicle

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40-year-old Stacey Edward Barrier of Rattlesnake Lane in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (December 10) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of auto larceny, obtaining property by false pretense, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Barrier was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (December 11).

A man who spent more than two months on the Burke County most wanted list was arrested last week. 45-year-old Larry Christopher York was arrested last Wednesday (December 6) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony probation violation and misdemeanor simple assault. York was arrested shortly before noon last Wednesday at an address on Ed Mull Street in Glen Alpine. He'd been on the most wanted list since September 22. York was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,500 secured bond, he was still in jail as of earlier today (December 11). He has a Superior Court appearance January 2 and a District Court date January 8.  

Authorities in Burke County are continuing to seek several wanted suspects including 20-year-old David Yoseph Mally. He's wanted for probation violation. The probation was imposed on a prior felony breaking and entering charge. Mally's last known address was 202 State Road, Unit C, in Morganton. Mally has been on the Burke County most wanted list since September 22.

You can see the entire list of suspects wanted by authorities in Burke County at If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list, call the Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail information to If you'd like to submit an anonymous tip you can do so through Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.

Monday, 11 December 2017 05:46

Drug Charges Lodged Against Maiden Man

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30-year-old Paul Edward Swino of Startown Road in Maiden was arrested Sunday (December 10) by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, misdemeanor larceny, possession of stolen goods, and resisting a public officer. Swino was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,000 bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for Tuesday (December 12) and February 21.

30-year-old Derek Dwayne Calloway of Hartland Road in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (December 10) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and obtaining property by false pretense. Calloway was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (December 11).

Monday, 11 December 2017 05:32

Lenoir Man Charged With Drug, Forgery Offenses

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36-year-old Sterling Dion Dula of Miller Hill Road in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (December 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, uttering a forged instrument, and obtaining property by false pretense. Dula was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for December 11, a Superior Court appearance is scheduled for January 8.

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