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Thursday, 03 November 2016 15:47

Guilty Plea Entered In Burke Child Abuse Case

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A guilty plea entered in Burke County today in a child abuse case resulted in a minimum six-year prison sentence. 25-year-old Brittany Nichole Hefner of Connelly Springs, who was charged with felony child abuse, entered a guilty plea in Burke County Superior Court. The charge stems from an incident in late January of this year in Connelly Springs, the victim was one of Hefner’s twin three-month-old sons. Hefner received a sentence of 72 to 99 months in prison.

36-year-old Brandon David Lail of Morganton, was given a prison sentence of five to seven years in Burke County Superior Court on Tuesday (November 1). Lail pleaded guilty to felony larceny, possession of stolen goods and he admitted his status as a habitual felon.

The Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, issued the active prison term for Lail, who will serve his time in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections.

Lail’s sentence was enhanced by his habitual felon status, which includes prior felony convictions for financial transaction card theft in Cleveland County (2009) and obtaining property by false pretense in Burke County (2012 and 2015).

The victim reported in May 2016 that his motor vehicle had been broken into and that his golf clubs had been stolen. The clubs were located by officers at Hickory Pawn and Gun, and identified by the owner as those stolen from his vehicle. The pawn ticket provided information that the defendant had pawned the clubs the same day they were reported stolen, and video surveillance showed Lail pawning them.

Valdese Assistant Police Chief James Buchanan investigated the case, which was prosecuted by David Swanson and Michelle Lippert of the District Attorney’s Office.

46-year-old Darrick Dwayne Hunt of Bamburgh Court in Charlotte was arrested Wednesday (November 2) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony uttering a forged instrument. Hunt was arrested without incident at an address on 3rd Street NW. He was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, November 3).

59-year-old Sharon Denise Logan of Hampton Heights Drive in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (November 2) by Hickory Police Officers. She was charged with felony larceny. Logan was arrested without incident at an address on Catawba Valley Boulevard. Following the arrest, Logan was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility. Jail records show that Logan faces additional charges including failure to appear, second degree trespassing, and habitual felon. The Catawba County Jail’s website lists Logan’s bond at $46,000. A District Court date is set for tomorrow (Friday, November 4) in Newton. 

Three suspects have been charged by Hickory Police in connection with the murder of a woman who was found deceased in a residence earlier this week. 33-year-old Micky Lee Swink of 9th Street SW in Hickory and his mother, 49-year-old Tina Louise Swink, of 5th Avenue NE in Hildebran were arrested Wednesday (November 2), they're both charged with murder. Micky Swink is also charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. 39-year-old Richard Lee Deal of Wilson Heights Drive in Hildebran was arrested early this morning (Thursday, November 3) and charged with accessory after the fact to a felony.  

On Tuesday (November 1), shortly after 6 p.m., Hickory Police were called to 2043 9th Avenue NE in reference a death case.  Upon arrival, officers found 66-year-old Patricia Diane Swink, deceased inside the residence. The victim was Tina Swink's Aunt. Patricia Swink's vehicle was stolen from the residence, but was later recovered by police. An autopsy is pending to determine the cause of death.

Micky and Tina Swink were both placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. Deal was jailed under $250,000 bond. All three suspects made first appearances in District Court today, they're scheduled for probable cause hearings on November 22.

27-year-old Britney Morgan Lingerfelt was arrested Wednesday (November 3) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Lingerfelt is also charged with failure to appear. She was placed in jail in Morganton under $44,000 secured bond, a court appearance is scheduled for Friday (November 4).

40-year-old Susan Danielle Lloyd of Waterfalls Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (November 2) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony probation violation. Lloyd was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.

Thursday, 03 November 2016 05:27

Several Drug Charges Filed Following Traffic Stop

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29-year-old Kimberly Lorraine Ward was arrested Tuesday (November 1) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with two counts of trafficking opium or heroin by transportation, two counts of trafficking opium or heroin by possession, two counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance, simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and carrying a concealed weapon.

On Tuesday, Iredell County Sheriff’s Deputies were conducting a License Check Point on Monticello Road at Miller Farm Road. A black Chevrolet truck pulled up to the check point and Deputy Caskaddon approached the driver side. The officer noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Deputy Caskaddon asked the driver to pull the vehicle to the side of the road. The officer asked the driver to step out of the vehicle and searched the vehicle.

Deputy Caskaddon also spoke to the woman, later identified as Kimberly Lorraine Ward. She was found to be in possession of 183 dosage units equivalent of 30.3 grams of Dilaudid pills, and 71.5 dosage units equivalent to 21.1 grams of Hydromorphone pills. She was also found to be in possession of a pair of brass knuckles.

Ward was arrested and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center and jailed under $500,000 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled for November 21.

43-year-old Sabrina Suzanne Starnes, 22-year-old Dillan Wes Frye, and 16-year-old Mikall Lee Piercy, all of the same Snowhill Church Road Morganton address, were all arrested Monday (October 31). Starnes is charged with felony breaking and entering, Frye is charged with felony parole violation, and Piercy is charged with felony larceny after breaking and entering.

On Monday, officers with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office attempted to serve warrants on Sabrina Starnes and Mikall Piercy at their residence on Snowhill Church Road. The NCDPS-Community Corrections Division went to the same address to speak with Dillan Frye, who also resides there. Officers left the residence after finding no one at home but a deputy recognized Starnes’ vehicle traveling on Kathy Road and made a vehicle stop.  

Sabrina Starnes was driving and her two sons, Dillan Frye and Mikall Piercy were passengers. During the stop, officers seized a stolen shotgun from the vehicle. Frye was taken into custody for the parole violation and ordered held with no bond.  Starnes and Piercy were both taken into custody for outstanding felony warrants. Starnes received a $40,000 secured bond, and Piercy received a $20,000 secured bond. All three suspects were confined at Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility. Starnes and Piercy were both scheduled to appear in court earlier this week, Frye is scheduled to make a court appearance next Tuesday (November 8).

Thursday, 03 November 2016 04:54

String Of Drug Charges Filed Against Denver Man

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40-year-old Donald Gene Norris of Perth Trail in Denver was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule I, II, and IV controlled substances. In addition, Norris is charged with possession of schedule I and II controlled substances, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, and simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance.

Norris was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (Thursday, November 3) under $35,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.

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