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32-year-old James Edward Blumke of 33rd Street Court NE in Hickory was arrested Sunday (May 17) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with breaking and or entering building, resisting a public officer, assault and battery, misdemeanor larceny, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Blumke was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, May 18).

52-year-old John Michael Wall of 19th Avenue NW in Hickory was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin, and two counts of trafficking opium or heroin. Wall was previously arrested along with Justin Mikeal Freeman following a traffic stop. Initially, Wall was charged with felony possession of heroin although authorities indicated more charges could be filed. After the additional charges were filed, Wall was detained this morning (Monday, May 18) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.

A Home in Morganton sustained extensive damage in a fire Friday evening. According to a news release from the Morganton Department of Public Safety, the fire started in the basement of a house at 102 Mimosa Hills Drive, at approximately 5 p.m. Friday. The Morganton Department of Public Safety reports the fire spread from the basement upwards to the attic.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze within an hour. The people who were in the home when the fire started were evacuated without injury. Approximately 50 firefighters responded to the blaze.

Public Safety estimates the fire caused approximately $100,000 in damage to the structure and $25,000 to contents. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Responding agencies included Glen Alpine Fire Department, Oak Hill Fire Department, Triple Community Fire Department and Burke County EMS.

A Burke County man who authorities say used a toy gun has been charged in connection with the robbery of a Morganton convenience store earlier this month.

25-year-old Ethan Daniel McLean of Cook Road in Valdese, was arrested Thursday (May 14) and charged with felony common law robbery, according to the Morganton Department of Public Safety. Police stopped a vehicle on Interstate 40 and found evidence of the robbery, which occurred May 1 at Exxon on Bethel Road in Morganton.

According to police reports, the owner of the Exxon told authorities McLean threatened the owner and stole $1,000. Police reports also say the robber used a toy gun that had been altered to look like a real one. Though the victim reported the crime as armed robbery, investigators charged McClean with common law robbery after discovering the weapon was a toy. There were no injuries in the incident.

Based on the evidence found in the vehicle, in addition to statements from vehicle occupants, McLean was arrested. The Morganton Department of Public Safety says they will be submitting evidence for a grand jury to the district attorney's office, then they can determine if the charge will remain common law robbery or be upgraded to armed robbery.

McLean is being held at the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $50,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court June 3.

29-year-old Randal Scott Jordan, Jr. of 12th Street Court S.E. and 30-year-old Katie Rose Williams 3rd Avenue S.W., both from Conover, were arrested yesterday (May 14) by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers. They were each charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jordan and Williams were taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center where they were each given a $25,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were set for May 18 in Lenoir.

54-year-old Ronald Earl Curtis of Dry Ponds Road in Hudson, 36-year-old Michael Paul Desaint-Hippolyte of Holly Court in Lenoir, 42-year-old Jerry Eugene Fair of Kaylor Driver in Granite Falls and 30-year-old Megan Leeann Ruppert of Farmer Lane in Lenoir were all arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (May 14). They were each charged with felony conspiracy to sell or deliver heroin. Desaint-Hippolyte was also charged with a misdemeanor probation violation.

All four suspects were taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond for each set at $100,000, secured, plus an additional $400 cash bond for Desaint-Hippolyte. First appearances in District Court were scheduled yesterday in Lenoir.

A McDowell County man is charged with assaulting a man with a tire iron in Burke County. According to the Burke County Sheriff's Office, 30-year-old Charles Young of Green Street Loop in Marion is charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

Deputies with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office responded to Watts Street off U.S. Highway 70 on May 6 regarding an assault, When deputies arrived, the victim had left the scene. Charles Young told officers that he had used a tire iron to defend himself in a fight with a man he didn’t know. Deputies couldn’t locate the other man, and cleared the scene.

On May 7, officers responded to Carolinas Medical Center in Valdese and spoke with Thomas Carlson, who told them he had been working on a scooter at a friend’s house when the assault occurred. According to the Sheriff's Office, Carlson said, after leaving a residence on Watts Street with his girlfriend and 14-month-old daughter, Carlson reached the end of Watts Street and Highway 70 where the road was blocked by a vehicle.

Carlson confronted the man in the vehicle and the two fought, according to the release. Carlson was struck in the head with a tire iron.

Shortly after arriving at CMC in Valdese, Carlson was transported to CMC in Charlotte with serious head trauma. After deputies spoke with Carlson at the hospital, they were unable to find Young to ask him more questions. He was apprehended Wednesday (May 13) by officers with the Drexel Police Department, during a traffic stop. Police reportedly found the tire tool used in the assault inside Young’s vehicle.

As of Thursday, Carlson remained hospitalized and in stable condition. Young was placed in jail under a $50,000 secured bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 3 in District Court.

33-year-old Viviana Barbara Eller of 17th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested at about 11:20 last night (May 14) on one felony count of possession of heroin.

The charge comes in connection to an incident in December of last year in which Hickory Police responded to a shoplifting call at a local Family Dollar store. Store surveillance led to the issuance of a warrant for Eller’s arrest on a shoplifting charge.

As she was taken into custody, but before she was taken to H.P.D. for processing, Eller insisted on bringing her purse. While at Police headquarters, heroin was found in Eller’s purse. She was initially indicted for that offense on March 20.

Following yesterday’s arrest, Eller was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. She has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

There will be a Special Meeting of the City-walk Subcommittee of the City of Hickory's Bond Implementation Commission on Tuesday, May 19, at 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Highland Recreation Center at Stanford Park Community Room, 1451 8th Street Drive NE, Hickory.

The purpose of this Special Meeting is to discuss an overview of the project, a bus tour of the City Walk Corridor, review of maps, and discussion with subcommittee members for ideas, suggestions, etc., related to the project and other related items, and establish the next meeting date for the Subcommittee meeting.

21-year-old Kyle Aaron Hollifield of Plywood Sales Drive in Marion was arrested by McDowell County Sheriff's Officers in connection with the theft of a vehicle from a Burke County resident. Hollifield is charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

According to a news release from the McDowell County Sheriff's Office, shortly before 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 28, residents on Jupiter Lane/Big Sky Drive in Marion reported that there was a suspicious truck stuck off the side of the road.

The 1988 Nissan, worth $2,000, had been reported stolen by Cheryl Brock Teague, in Burke County, on April 22. According to the news release, witnesses saw Hollifield return to the scene and try to get the pickup out. Authorities recovered the Nissan truck. When arrested, Hollifield was on probation for a prior larceny of motor vehicle conviction. Hollifeld is scheduled to appear in District Court May 20.