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34-year-old Jeffrey Michael Brown was arrested Monday (October 17) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture schedule VI controlled substance. Brown was placed in jail in Morganton under $15,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, October 18).

24-year-old Jacob Ballard Hensley was arrested Monday (October 17) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny. Hensley was placed in jail in Morganton under $20,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for December 12.

A second person has been charged in connection with child sexual assault incidents that reportedly occurred between January 2005 and December 2009.

43-year-old Beverly Kistler Sherbert of Davis Road in Lincolnton was arrested Monday (October 17) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged by with one felony count of accessory after the fact of a felony and one misdemeanor count of common law obstruction of justice. According to a news release, the charges stem from Sherbert’s knowledge of alleged incidents involving sexual assault and that she did not report them. She is also accused of encouraging the victim by text messages to drop the charges.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a report on September 16 in reference to the crime of indecent liberties that occurred when the victim was a juvenile. Detective Harrington began the investigation and following an interview on September 28 the suspect was charged.

47-year-old Scott Allen Sherbert, also of Davis Road in Lincolnton, was previously arrested and charged with two felony counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor. The victim and both suspects in the case are related. Scott Sherbert was released after posting a $100,000 secured bond. His next District Court date is December 13. Beverly Sherbert was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond. She was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Tuesday, October 18).

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office has made six arrests in connection to several breaking and entering with larceny cases. The crimes occurred in the western end of the county near Lake James over the past several weeks.

31-year-old Brandon Kelly Fox of Browning View Road in Morganton is charged with felony armed robbery with a dangerous weapon. 33-year-old Anthony Random Mull of Highway 70 West in Glen Alpine is charged with felony possession of stolen goods. 42-year-old Travis Alvalon Scott, 34-year-old Terry Joseph Brown, 38-year-old Johnnie Denise Hickman, and 34-year-old Heather Renee Brown, all of the same George Drive, Nebo, address, were all arrested and charged with felony larceny. Scott faces two counts and the other three George Drive residents face one count apiece.  

Officers with the Burke County Sheriff's Office received information in regards to stolen goods being taken to an address in McDowell County. Officers followed up on the information and recovered a stolen Sea-doo with a trailer, and a Polaris four-wheeler at 96 George Drive approximately two weeks ago.  

The investigation continued and officers returned to that address last week and arrested four of the suspects for their involvement. Officers recovered a motorcycle last week and a four-wheeler this week off Browning View Road in two separate fields and wooded areas. Anthony Mull was arrested at a garage off Highway 70 West near Glen Alpine last Thursday (October 13). On Friday (October 14), officers arrested Brandon Fox on Snowhill Church Road. Fox was hiding in the trunk of his girlfriend’s vehicle, Sabrina Starnes. There was a loaded 12 gauge shotgun lying beside Fox along with narcotics inside the trunk.

Bond for Fox was set at $200,000 secured, a District Court date is set for November 7. Mull's bond was set at $1,000 secured, his District Court appearance is scheduled for November 1. Scott's bond is $35,000 secured, he has District Court dates October 24 and 31. Terry Brown's bond is $10,000 secured, his District Court date is October 31. Hickman's bond was set at $5,000 secured, she's scheduled to appear in District Court October 31. Heather Brown's bond is $10,000 secured, she's scheduled to appear in District Court November 1.The investigation is ongoing and further arrests are expected.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 05:11

Road Closure Expected Today In Morganton

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City of Morganton Water Resources workers was planning to close a section of State Road today (Tuesday, October 18) to install a valve on a water line in the area. Workers were scheduled to close the road as early as 8 a.m. The road was expected to re-open by 4 p.m., barring any unforeseen problems.

Residents will still be able to access State Road via South College Street and Oak Grove Street. Wall Lumber Company will still be accessible via State Road.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 05:08

Hickory City Council Meets Tonight

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Hickory City Council meets tonight (Tuesday, October 18) in regular session.

Among the items on the agenda, under reaffirmation and ratification of second readings, the board will consider three items related to the acceptance of a temporary construction and permanent sanitary sewer and storm drainage easement for the property of Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company, for installation of utilities infrastructure. The first reading votes were unanimous for all three items.

Also under second readings, council will consider the acceptance of the bid and award to the contract to General Services Inc. in the amount of $78,300 for repairs and coating at the Water Treatment Facility. Council will also consider approval of a close out deductive change order number one with Wilkie Construction related to Phase II of the planned improvements to Hickory Optimist Park. These items were also approved unanimously on first reading.

In addition, at tonight's meeting, under new business, council will consider the approval of the application for the North Carolina General Assembly and acceptance of the authorized grant-in-aid allocation of $250,000. These funds would be used to mitigate structural damage to Highway 70 as a result of the failed 96 inch storm drainage pipe at the site of the sinkhole.

Tonight's Hickory City Council meeting starts at 7:00 at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building at 76 North Center Street in downtown Hickory.

Monday, 17 October 2016 14:00

Shoplifting Incident Leads to Three Arrests

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32-year-old Bobby Glenn Ray, Jr. of Bessemer City and 30-year-old Megan Smith Ray of Dallas, N.C. were both arrested yesterday (October 16) by Hickory Police in connection to a shoplifting incident. Bobby Ray was charged with felony habitual larceny and was also served with a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Megan Ray was charged with aiding & abetting larceny. Also arrested on a number of outstanding warrants was 35-year-old Jamie Marie Ballew of Gastonia. She faces two felony counts of failure to appear and misdemeanor counts of larceny and injury to personal property.

They were arrested after Police responded to a shoplifting call at the Lowe’s Home Improvement store on 21st Drive S.E. As Officers spoke to the store manager, Police dispatchers gave information on the suspect vehicle, which was being followed by a witness.

The N.C. State Highway Patrol stopped the vehicle at exit 28 on Highway 321 South. Megan Ray was the driver. Hickory Police arrived and assisted with the arrest at about 5:30 Sunday afternoon. A Husqvarna backpack blower and a 300-piece Kobalt tool set, valued at $488, were recovered.

Bobby Ray was wanted in Hall County, Georgia for a probation violation. The warrants for Ballew’s arrest were issued in Gaston County.

All three suspects were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond for Bobby Ray was set at $32,000, secured. Megan Ray was given a $2,000 secured bond and Ballew’s bond was set at $30,000, secured. Bobby Ray was due in court today. Megan Ray has a November 9 court date and Ballew will appear in Superior Court in Gastonia on November 15.

There was one fatality in a house fire last night (Sunday, October 16) in eastern Catawba County. The Catawba Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 5300 block of Hudson Chapel Road at 11:49 p.m. Sunday. When firefighters arrived they discovered a single story frame house completely engulfed in flames, its roof had already collapsed.  

The fire was brought under control by 12:16 a.m. The body of a deceased individual was found inside the house during cleanup. The Catawba County Fire Marshal’s Office, the State Bureau of Investigation, and the Catawba Police Department were called in to investigate. The body was transported to the Medical Examiners Office. As of this afternoon, the body had not been identified. More information will be released following the completion of the Medical Examiner’s report.

The Catawba Fire Department received mutual aid from the Bandys Fire Department, the Claremont Fire Department, the Catawba Rescue Squad, Catawba County EMS and the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. The scene was cleared at 8:03 a.m. today (Monday, October 17).

Monday, 17 October 2016 11:10

Three Arrested on Drug Charges in Hickory

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47-year-old Michael Reid Hovis of Benny Shrum Lane, along with 25-year-old Christopher Mark Conte and 23-year-old Summer Leann Hoyle, both of the same address on South “D” Avenue, all from Maiden, have all been arrested by Hickory Police on drug charges. Hovis and Conte were charged with felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance. Hoyle was charged with misdemeanor possession of a schedule VI controlled substance. All three were charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

They were arrested shortly after nine o’clock Friday morning (October 14) after Officers on patrol at the Midland Plaza shopping center on Highway 70 S.W. saw a vehicle parked in the southern part of the parking lot, away from the businesses located there. Hovis was the driver. Conte was in the front passenger and Hoyle was a rear passenger.

Officers reportedly saw Hoyle attempting to conceal an item in the rear seat. A search turned up a pipe in the seat and 2.3 grams of marijuana on Hoyle’s person. In the passenger side, Officers found a syringe containing a brown liquid.

All three suspects were taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Hovis was given a $16,600 secured bond. Conte’s bond was set at $12,250, secured, and Hoyle was given a $575 secured bond. They have all been released. Hovis and Conte were due in District Court today (October 17). Hoyle has a court date on November 3.

45-year-old Michael Timothy Howard of Mays Chapel Church Road in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:45 Friday night (October 14) on one felony count of hit & run with failure to stop for personal injury and misdemeanor counts of careless & reckless driving, driving while license revoked and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged on outstanding warrants for felony failure by a sex offender to report a new address and two misdemeanor probation violations. In addition, Howard faces charges from the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office for injury to personal property, failure to perform work after being paid, possession of stolen goods and two out-of-county probation violations.

Events leading to his arrest began as Police responded to a single vehicle accident near the Cooperative Christian Ministry building on 1st Avenue S.E. in Hickory. A silver Nissan Altima had run into a utility pole.

Police arrived to find one subject still on the scene, but a second subject, Michael Howard, had left. Officers learned that the Nissan had previously been reported stolen from AVG Automotive and that Howard had been identified as the suspect in that theft.

Howard was located, on foot, on 9th Street S.W., near 7th Avenue S.W. On his person, Officers found a white bag containing a syringe with a crystal residue.

Howard was taken into custody without incident. The other subject at the accident scene was not charged. Howard was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a total bond of $87,500, secured. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (October 17), tomorrow and October 28.

Additional charges are possible.

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