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32-year-old Christopher Jayson Kistler of Millersville Road in Taylorsville was arrested today (Tuesday, April 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, two counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, two counts of felony larceny, possession of stolen goods or property, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Kistler was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $259,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (April 15).

27-year-old Joshua Dent Townsend of Forest Oaks Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (April 11) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with two counts of felony probation violation. Townsend was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for May 2.

44-year-old Lester Cadell Little of NW Willow Street in Lenoir was arrested Monday (April 11) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of probation violation, and domestic violence protection order violation. Little was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Centerl under $27,500 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for April 18.

55-year-old Shirley Carlton Green of Triplett Drive in Lenoir was arrested Monday (April 11) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Green was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, April 12).

22-year-old Devin Andrew Yancey of Conover was arrested last Friday (April 8) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony trafficking opium or heroin, along with misdemeanor counts of assault on a female and injury to personal property.

On Friday night a Morganton Department of Public Safety Officer conducted a traffic stop in reference to a DWI investigation. During the course of the stop, the officer found that the suspect, Devin Andrew Yancey, had two outstanding warrants for assault on a female and damage to property. The officer searched Yancey and during the search discovered that Yancey had concealed a large baggie of assorted prescription medications on him. The officer also found a large amount of U.S. currency.

Burke County Task Force investigators were contacted, and responded to the scene where they took over the investigation. Yancey was then transported to the Magistrates office where he was charged. Bond was set at $40,000 secured. Yancey is not currently listed as an inmate in Burke County. He was scheduled to appear in court on Monday (April 11). His next appearance is scheduled for District Court May 9. 

23-year-old Christopher Ellis Zimmerman was arrested Saturday (April 9) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana, along with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, child abuse/neglect, and assault by pointing a firearm.

At approximately 2 p.m. Saturday, Morganton Department of Public Safety Officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance at 113 Wedgewood Drive.  According to the caller, allegations of threats involving weapons and drug use were made. Officers arrived and identified the disputants. They conducted a safety sweep of the residence and located a three-year-old boy inside.

In the basement area of the residence, a strong odor of burnt and raw Marijuana was detected. A consent search of the basement area was granted by Christopher Zimmerman. The search resulted in the discovery of 36.1 grams of Marijuana. Some of the pot was found in a floor-level cabinet where the child’s food is kept.  

In addition, numerous items of contraband used in the sale and distribution of narcotics were seized including electronic scales and plastic bags. An SKS rifle was also seized, it was reportedly pointed at a person during the disturbance.

The child is currently staying with a relative and the Burke County Department of Social Services will be investigating.

Zimmerman was placed in jail in Morganton under $25,000 bond, he is not currently listed as an inmate. District Court appearances are scheduled for April 19 and May 17.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 05:41

Rectory At Morganton Church Damaged In Fire

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The rectory at a Morganton church was damaged in a Monday evening (April 11) fire.

On Monday at approximately 7:30 p.m., the Morganton Department of Public Safety was dispatched to a possible structure fire at 728 West Union Street, which is St. Charles Catholic Church. First arriving officers found that the Rectory at the rear of the church was involved in fire.

Upon arrival of Fire Apparatus, officers began fighting the fire. Public Safety Officers and Reserve Firefighters were able to quickly gain control of the blaze and then quickly extinguish it.

Salvage and overhaul at the scene took approximately two hours. The damage to the Rectory is estimated at $50,000. Damage was confined to the Rectory itself and the church was not burned.  The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 05:35

Long View Man Jailed on Felony Drug Charges

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52-year-old Robert Franklin Martin of 29th Street Place S.W. in Long View was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 7 p.m. last night (April 11) on one felony count each of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, the sale of cocaine, the delivery of cocaine and the sale or delivery of a controlled substance within 300 feet of school property.

Martin was taken into custody without incident on the 200 block of 5th Avenue S.W. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $172,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 05:26

Three Face Felony Meth Charges in Lenoir

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46-year-old Patrick Daniel Lee of Atlanta, Georgia and 21-year-old Madison Nicole Skuhrovec of Braselton, Georgia have each been arrested on felony charges of trafficking in methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling or vehicle to keep or store a controlled substance. Also arrested was 36-year-old Sharon Renee Quick of Pine Hollow Place in Lenoir. She was charged with one count of felonious possession of meth.

The arrests were the result of a Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office drug investigation conducted by Deputies and Agents with the I.C.E. Unit. Lenoir Police also assisted in the investigation. The investigation began when Deputies received credible information that Lee and Skuhrovec were in a room at the Red Carpet Inn in Lenoir with a substantial amount of methamphetamine. Deputies obtained the room number and identified the suspects’ 1997 Mercedes Benz in the parking lot.  

A Lenoir Police K-9 Officer ran around the vehicle and conducted an open-air sniff. The dog alerted to the presence of illegal narcotics. Deputies obtained a search warrant for both the vehicle and hotel room. The suspects, Lee and Skuhrovec, left the hotel in the Mercedes and were promptly stopped by Officers.

A search of the suspects and the vehicle turned up approximately 32 grams of meth. Drug paraphernalia was seized after it was found in the hotel room. In the room at the time was 28-year-old Aric Johnson of Walters MHP Drive in Hudson. He was issued a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia.  

While Officers were in the hotel room, Sharon Quick showed up to visit the suspects, not knowing that the room was being searched for drugs. She was also searched and found to be in possession of a small quantity of meth, a Hydrocodone pill, a Tramadol pill and two Alprazolam pills. The drugs seized were valued at $4,979, according to North Carolina state drug guidelines.  

Following their arrests, all three suspects were incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center. Lee and Skuhrovec were each given a $25,000 secured bond.  Quick’s bond was set at $10,000, secured. All three were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court Monday (April 11) in Lenoir.

If convicted, Lee and Skuhrovec would face a mandatory minimum of 70 months and a maximum of 84 months in prison.

A homeowner in Alexander County has reportedly been charged with murder after a fatal shooting in his driveway. According to published reports, Jason Clary allegedly shot Travis Harold in his driveway Monday afternoon (April 11) after neighbors said the two men got into an argument.  Deputies with the Alexander and Iredell County Sheriff's Offices responded to the scene of the shooting on Mount Wesley Church Road. Reports Monday stated that Harold showed up in Clary's yard and was shot during the dispute.

Harold later died approximately five miles from the scene of the shooting while friends were trying to drive him to the hospital.

Clary, who has reportedly been charged with murder by authorities in Alexander County, is being held in jail without bond. No court date is listed for Clary at this time.