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32-year-old Emmitt Steven Loges of Fiesta Court in Lenoir was arrested Friday (October 11) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny. Loges was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (October 14).

57-year-old Timothy Mark Swann of Beaver Creek Road in Spruce Pine was arrested Friday (October 11) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Swann was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for October 21.

Monday, 14 October 2019 04:59

New Names Added To Burke Most Wanted List

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New names have been added to the Burke County most wanted list.

48-year-old Eric Lewis Williams is one of the new additions to the roster of suspects wanted in Burke County. He's wanted on multiple warrants for violating domestic violence protective orders. In addition, Williams is charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering. The last known address for Williams was 103 3rd Avenue SW in Hildebran. He was added to the Burke County most wanted list last Friday (October 11).

35-year-old Melissa Hollifield, AKA Melissa Maria Hollifield or Melissa Hollifield Hughes, was also placed on the Burke County most wanted list. She's wanted on multiple orders for arrest for failure to appear on larceny charges and highway violations. The last known address for Hollifield is not known. She was also added to the Burke County most wanted list Friday.

34-year-old Desta Theron Carson, AKA Antoine Austin Carr, is still being sought by authorities in Burke County. He's wanted on a charge of probation violation for felony larceny from a person. Carson's last known address is listed as 20th Street NE, Apartment 1H in Hickory.

You can see the entire list of suspects wanted by authorities in Burke County at If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list, call the Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail information to If you'd like to submit an anonymous tip you can do so through Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.

Monday, 14 October 2019 04:58

Cyclist Struck In Hit & Run Passes Away

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A bicyclist struck in a hit & run collision in Caldwell County late last week has passed away. According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, 61-year-old Ignacio Giraldo of Sunrise, Florida, died Saturday (October 12).

On Thursday, (October 10) at approximately 11:40 a.m., Highway Patrol responded to a hit & run collision in Caldwell County on US 221 near Grandfather Mountain. A group of cyclists were traveling north on US 221. A southbound minivan crossed the double yellow line in a curve, collided head-on with one of the cyclists, and continued without stopping.

The injured cyclist was identified as Ignacio Giraldo. He was cycling in a group with his daughter and 2 others. Giraldo was airlifted to Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Investigators are continuing to search for a charcoal grey 2005-2010 Toyota Sienna minivan which may have damage to the right front, headlight, and/or right front fender area. Anyone with information in encouraged to contact the SHP Troop F Communications Center at 828-466-5500.

20-year-old Matthew Zachary Coleman of Kellom Lane in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Officers on charges of possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule IV controlled substance, possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of drug paraphernalia, and a probation violation.

He was arrested after North Carolina Probation Officers and Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputies went to Coleman's residence to conduct a search. When Officers arrived, two people fled into a wooded area and Coleman was taken into custody. Coleman is currently on probation as he serves a 24-month suspended sentence following a March 2019 conviction in Lincoln County for felony receiving stolen goods.

As a result of the search, Officers found marijuana, Xanax, drug paraphernalia, cash, and a handgun in the residence. They also found marijuana in a vehicle left behind by the two people who fled. Those individuals have not been found. Their vehicle was towed.

Coleman was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $45,000 secured bond. He'll appear in District Court on October 31.

52-year-old Leonard Wade Scott Johnson of Monterey Drive in Iron Station was arrested Thursday (October 10) on charges filed by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. He's charged with four counts of breaking and entering a coin or currency machine, five felony counts of breaking and entering a vehicle, five counts of misdemeanor larceny, one count of felony larceny, felony and misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen goods, one count of injury to real property and one count of injury to personal property.

On September 24, 2019 deputies were dispatched to the Cowan’s Ford Community Storage at 220 Rivers Edge Drive, Stanley, NC where a number of trailers had been broken into. The break-ins were discovered when a customer went to the storage facility to pick up his work truck and found the fence had been cut and slid open. As many as five camping trailers had been entered. The thefts included electronic equipment and lawn maintenance equipment.

On October 7, 2019 officers were dispatched to Prestige Car Wash on NC 16 Business in reference to break-ins to vending machines. Coca Cola vending machines and car wash vending machines were broken into, the suspect attempted to get the money out of them. The exact amount of money in the machines has not been determined. Damage to the machines and car wash wall is estimated to be $9,200.

Leonard Wade Scott Johnson was developed as the suspect in the case. He was arrested by Huntersville Police Thursday and transported to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office by Detective Hager. Detectives Hager and Runyon interviewed Johnson where he reportedly confessed to the break-ins. He was placed under a no bond hold and a $160,000 bond was also set. More charges may be filed as the investigation continues.

26-year-old Joseph Michael Johnson of Ross Street in Burlington has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff's Officers on one count of felony indecent liberties with a minor.

Events leading to Johnson's arrest began on Monday, October 4 when the Sheriff's Office took a report regarding a sexual assault involving a seven-year-old victim. The assault occurred in Iredell County between Wednesday, July 31 and Sunday, August 3 of this year.

According to the victim’s statement, the assault occurred while Joseph Michael Johnson was in Iredell County visiting relatives. Investigators interviewed several witnesses and gathered evidence.

Iredell County Investigators contacted the Burlington Police Department, which assisted by locating the suspect. An arrest warrant was issued and Johnson was arrested on Sunday, October 6 by Burlington Police.

He was placed in the Alamance County Detention Center under a $30,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in an Iredell County courtroom on October 30.

The investigation is ongoing. Additional charges are possible.

61-year-old Herbert Allen Mitchell, Jr. of 1st Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 4:15 yesterday afternoon (October 10) on one felony count of embezzlement by an insurance agent. Mitchell was taken into custody at the Hickory Police Department where he was processed and later released under a $3,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

54-year-old Bobby Lee Minton of Lippard Farm Road in Statesville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony fail to register as a sex offender.

According to information released today (October 11) by the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Compliance Unit was given information by the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office about a registered sex offender, Bobby Lee Minton Sr., possibly living in Iredell County. Minton is a registered sex offender in Alexander County. Minton’s registered address is on Raintree Park Drive in Hiddenite.

It was learned that Minton was not residing at the address in Alexander County, but was instead living at a residence on Lippard Farm Road in Iredell County. Upon further investigation, it was learned that Minton had indeed been living in Iredell County for approximately a month. He was arrested by authorities in Alexander County on the failure to register charge, and a warrant for the same charge was obtained in Iredell County.

Minton's bond was set at $8,500 secured. District Court appearances are scheduled for October 14 in both Alexander and Iredell Counties.

Friday, 11 October 2019 05:18

Oktoberfest Gets Underway Today In Hickory

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The 34th Annual Oktoberfest begins today and runs all weekend on the reconstructed Union Square in downtown Hickory.

Food service was scheduled to get underway at noon today (October 11). The full festival starts at 5 p.m and runs until 11:00. The hours Saturday are 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. and Sunday the festival is open from noon to 5 p.m.

Live music will be available on multiple stages including the Hickory Music Factory, Singer-Songwriter, Main, and Pavilion stages. Friday night, Matt Walsh and the Movers will perform at 9:30 p.m. to close out the entertainment on the Pavilion Stage

Saturday the entertainment will begin at 10:30 a.m. and wraps up with Gary Louder and smokin' hot on the main stage at 9 p.m. on the main stage, and Dr. Bacon at 9:30 p.m. on the Pavilion Stage.

Oktoberfest hosts more than 100 vendors from food, juried crafts, commercial, nonprofit, and more. Food is represented from around the world with the Brats and Bavarian pastries taking the forefront. Commercial vendors include sandals, jewelry, sunglasses, and more. The Juried Arts & Crafts include paintings, sculpture, pottery, handmade swings, candles, and more with winnings for 1st, 2nd , and 3rd place.

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