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23-year-old Gabrielle Elise Ford was arrested Monday (June 6) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with two felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance. Ford was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, June 7).

Authorities in Burke County are looking for a man suspected in a weekend theft. It is believed that the suspect in question stole a vehicle from a business in Morganton. According to a news release from the Morganton Department of Public Safety, the vehicle was stolen from a convenience store.

The man pictured is a suspect in the theft of a four-door white Dodge Dakota Truck. The vehicle was stolen from the Holiday To Go store on Lenoir Road in Morganton. The theft occurred this past Saturday (June 4).  

The suspect shown in the photo is believed to be from the Chesterfield community of Burke County. If you have any information on this case, you are asked to call the Morganton Department of Public Safety at 828-437-1211. The news release from Public Safety says you can also call 911 if you have any information.

26-year-old Jose Dimas Flores-Hernandez of North Highland Avenue in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (June 6) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He's charged with felony statutory rape when the victim is six or more years younger than the defendant. Flores-Hernandez was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, June 7).

23-year-old Christian Dior Sifford of 12th Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested Monday (June 6) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and two counts of assault on a female. Sifford was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $12,650 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (June 8).

There are two new names on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List. Both of those suspects were added to the list late last week.

29-year-old Jeffrey Scott Icard is wanted on felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense, forgery of an instrument, and uttering a forged instrument. He's also wanted on a misdemeanor count of failure to appear. Icard's last known address was 2718 Icard School Road in Connelly Springs. Icard was added to the Most Wanted List last Friday (June 3).

The Burke County Sheriff's Office is also seeking 31-year-old Dustin Ryan Pennington. He's wanted for misdemeanor probation violation. Pennington's last known address was 2202 Jay Clarke Road in Morganton. Pennington was also added to the Most Wanted List last Friday.

You can see the entire list of Burke County's Most Wanted suspects at the Burke County Sheriff's Office website, If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list you can call the Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail In addition, you can submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers.

Tuesday, 07 June 2016 04:55

Primary Election Today In North Carolina

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Today is North Carolina's second Primary Election. Voters can choose candidates in races for the U.S. House of Representatives and  North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice. Voting for these races was initially scheduled for the March Primary, however redistricting forced the postponement of these contests. The polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. WHKY will have complete coverage of election returns tonight on 1290 AM WHKY starting at 8 p.m. You can also get results throughout the evening at and Ralph Mangum will have an update on the 10 p.m. edition of WHKY-TV News.

A diver with the Sherrills Ford–Terrell Fire and Rescue Department, who was part of a search team on Lake Norman. died Monday afternoon (June 6). 28-year-old Bradley Long, who was a Volunteer Captain, died during a search for a missing swimmer. The body of that 29-year-old swimmer was found on Monday.  

Bradley Long, who was also a Captain with the Newton Fire Department, was one of three divers from Catawba County who took part in the search for a man who had been missing since Sunday afternoon (June 5). The two other divers were injured. One of the injured divers was reportedly transported to the hospital.

The divers were part of a search operation on Monday that included several fire and rescue departments from the area. Emergency crews from the Lake Norman Fire Department as well as the divers from Sherrills Ford initially responded to the scene Sunday, and additional divers were called in to assist in the search.

The man went missing while he was swimming near a boat off Brawley School peninsula. According to reports, the man was on a boat with four other people, including his pregnant wife, and he jumped off with three other people to swim. The boat was not anchored and floated away from where the people were swimming. Three of the swimmers began to swim back to the boat, but the victim went under and never resurfaced.

Bradley Long joined the Newton Fire Department as a part-time firefighter in June 2007. He became a full-time fire engineer in May 2011 and was promoted to fire captain in August 2015.

Long began his firefighting career as a junior firefighter at Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue when he was 14 years old, and he continued to volunteer there.

Long was a highly-trained and dedicated member of the Newton Fire Department. He was named Fireman of the Year by the Newton Elks Lodge this year.

Monday, 06 June 2016 14:49

Conover Woman Busted on Felony Meth Charge

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19-year-old Wendy Menjivar of Pipers Ridge Circle in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at 3:15 Sunday afternoon (June 5) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

She was arrested after Police responded an address on 5th Avenue S.W. to perform a health check on an individual identified as the caller’s son. When Officers arrived, that person was no longer at the residence.

Officers did see drug paraphernalia in plain view. While searching a 2002 Ford Mustang outside the residence, Police found 0.7 grams of methamphetamine. The vehicle belonged to Wendy Menjivar.

Menjivar was taken into custody without incident at the residence and jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,000 secured bond. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (June 6) in Newton.

Monday, 06 June 2016 14:16

Suspect In Theft Of Skid Steer Being Sought

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A suspect in the theft of construction equipment is being sought by authorities in Iredell County. According to a news release from the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, on April 24, Deputies were called to Zachry Construction Site at Interstate 77 and interstate 40. They were contacted regarding a reported Larceny of a John Deere CT 322 Skid steer. The victim reported that he received information that the skid steer was possibly at 1501 Mountain View Church Road in Yadkinville.

Detective J.T. Carroll followed up on the investigation and had Yadkin County Sheriff’s Deputies go to the address to attempt to locate the skid steer loader. According to the news release, when Deputies arrived they saw Michael Dean Groce attempting to leave that address with the skid steer on a trailer. Yadkin County Sheriff’s deputies stopped and detained Groce and he began complaining of medical issues. Yadkin County EMS responded and transported Groce to a local medical care provider to be treated.

A warrant for Felony Larceny was then obtained and severed on Groce after he received medical treatment. The skid steer, which is valued at $25,000, was recovered and returned to the owner. Upon further investigation and multiple interviews, it was learned that an eye witness saw Jonathan Patrick White and another unknown male dropping the skid steer of at Groce’s property in the early morning hours. This witness has known White for some time. Warrants were then obtained for Felony Larceny of the skid steer on White. White, whose address is listed as Fisher Valley Road in Dobson, has another outstanding warrant issued by the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office for a similar incident.

Anyone with information on White’s whereabouts is asked to call Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180 or Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340.

24-year-old Robbie Octavion Little of 10th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 6:30 Saturday evening (June 4) on one felony count of speeding to elude arrest and one misdemeanor count each of driving while license revoked, careless & reckless driving, hit & run with property damage and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

He was arrested after patrol Officers in the vicinity of 8th Street N.E. and 8th Avenue N.E. saw a vehicle driven by Little as it turned onto 7th Avenue N.E. at a high rate of speed. The Officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but it continued, making a left onto 12th Street N.E. where it lost control and hit a fence.

Little then fled on foot, briefly. He was taken into custody on Highland Avenue N.E.

Little was processed and released under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (June 6) in Newton.

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