The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in finding a runaway teenager. 15-year-old Ashli Dean Bailey was last seen leaving her residence with a family member on August 25. Bailey is described as a white female, five feet, four inches, 140 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes. She has a fair complexion.
The Sheriff’s Office news release says Bailey’s left arm has numerous scars, she has a pierced tongue, piercings in the center of both ears with gauges. Her face has two piercings below the lip called a snake bite, and her nose is pierced.
Ashli was last seen wearing a black blouse, white jeans with holes, and was carrying a camo style bag. She changes her hair color often. Her last known address was 7055 Hildebran Mountain Avenue in Connelly Springs.
If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Ashli Leann Bailey, contact Sgt. Detective John Huffman at the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or email john.Huffman@burkenc.org.
The Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office has released a sketch of the victim in an 18-year-old murder case. The case dates back to July 1997. The female victim’s nude body was found tied up and floating in Lake Norman.
The victim is thought to be about 38-years-old and of Hispanic decent. The sketch released today was created in conjunction with a professor from N.C. State University.
26-year-old Timothy Wayne Easterling of Taylorsville Highway in Statesville was arrested September 3 by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with sex offender fail to notify online identifier.
On August 31, Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers received information that registered sex offender Timothy Easterling was maintaining a Facebook profile under a false name. North Carolina law requires registered sex offenders to register any online identifiers they use or intend to use. An “online identifier” includes an electronic mail address, an instant message screen name, a user ID, or a chat or other Internet communication name.
A Deputy investigated the incident and discovered Timothy Easterling did in fact have a Facebook page that was listed under the name “James Timothy”. Easterling had not registered that online identifier with the Sheriff’s Office. The Deputy charged Easterling with one count of Failing to Notify Change of Online Identifier. He was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $25,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for September 21.
23-year-old Alexis Brooke Goralczyk of Peanut Drive in Newton and 24-year-old Dustin Lee Yelton of Herman Sipe Road N.W. in Conover were both arrested by Hickory Police at approximately 11 o’clock Sunday night (September 6). Goralczyk was charged with a felony parole violation and Yelton was charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
They were arrested when Officers conducted a traffic stop at 15th Street N.E. and Highland Avenue N.E. for taillights that weren’t visible. The driver was issued a citation.
The rear right-side passenger initially gave Police a false name. She was then identified as Alexis Goralczyk. She had been paroled following a September 2014 conviction in Catawba County for felony attempted trafficking a schedule II controlled substance.
Yelton was the front right-side passenger. He was arrested after 13.4 grams of marijuana and half of a Percocet pill were found on his possession.
Another passenger in the vehicle was not charged.
Goralczyk was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility without bond. Yelton was released under a $500 unsecured bond. Goralczyk was scheduled to make a first appearance in court today (September 8), while Yelton has a court date on October 22.
39-year-old Lewis Jerome Mack, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at 2 p.m. Friday (September 4) on one felony count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and larceny by anti-inventory device. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested after Police responded to a larceny call at the Rugged Wearhouse on Highway 70 S.W. Officers spotted a man matching the suspect description on foot, just off of a path near the Valley Creek Apartments on 7th Avenue S.W.
The man, Lewis Mack, was positively identified by the Rugged Wearhouse’s Loss Prevention Officer. On his person were two pairs of men’s shoes, 0.3 grams of crack cocaine, four grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
E.M.S. was called to assist the suspect when he displayed symptoms of a possible seizure. He was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center and later arrested upon his release from the hospital.
Mack was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $12,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow (September 9) in Hickory.
33-year-old Barry Maines Rosser of Mobile Lane in Gastonia was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 8 p.m. Friday on one felony count of possession of heroin and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to appear on a shoplifting charge.
He was arrested after Officers responded to a report of a sick person on the 1800 block of Catawba Valley Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. Officers found a white female in the passenger’s seat. E.M.S. responded and took the woman to Catawba Valley Medical Center for evaluation.
The vehicle’s driver, Barry Rosser, was searched. In his pocket, Police found a baggie containing 0.4 grams of heroin. Drug paraphernalia was found in the driver’s side door.
The shoplifting charge came from a warrant dated August 20.
Rosser was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $14,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today with another court date coming up on October 23.
36-year-old Garrett Donald Brown of Lake Drive in Rhodhiss and 29-year-old Stephanie Danielle Metcalf of South “B” Avenue in Maiden were both arrested by Hickory Police shortly after ten o’clock Sunday night (September 6). They were each charged with one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
They were arrested after Officers on foot patrol at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. saw a vehicle in the parking lot occupied by two subjects. As Officers approached, they saw an alcoholic beverage in the cupholder. A search was conducted, leading to the discovery of syringes and 4.1 grams of methamphetamine.
Each subject was given a $15,000 secured bond. Brown was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility, while Metcalf made bond and was released at about 1:25 a.m. on the 7th. First appearances in District Court were set for tomorrow (September 9) in Hickory.
38-year-old Leonard Evan Loehr of County Home Road in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:20 Monday morning (September 7) on one felony count each of preparation to commit burglary, larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession of a schedule II controlled substance. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested after Police responded to a report of a vehicle stolen from a residence on the 1900 block of 10th Avenue N.E. Officers found the vehicle at Cliff Teague Park. Several subjects fled the area on foot, but Police were able to detain Loehr as he emerged from the woodline.
On his person, Officers found an unspecified quantity of methamphetamine.
Loehr was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $70,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was set for today (September 8) in Newton.
51-year-old Mark Anthony Fountain of 9th Avenue Drive S.E. and 38-year-old Aundrea Shaneice Robinson of 9th Avenue Place S.W., both from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police just after 11 o’clock yesterday morning (September 7). Fountain was charged with felony habitual larceny and felony larceny by anti-inventory device, as well as one misdemeanor count of larceny and two misdemeanor counts of second-degree trespass. Robinson faces two misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen property and one misdemeanor count of larceny.
They were arrested after Police responded to a call from the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market on Highway 70 S.W. regarding two subjects who walked out of the store with over $100 worth of groceries they had not paid for.
Police located the subjects, Fountain and Robinson, on foot on Highway 70. They were in possession of the stolen groceries and other items that were stolen from the Rugged Wearhouse on Highway 70 S.W. Both subjects were taken into custody without incident.
The misdemeanor larceny charge and one of the trespassing charges against Fountain were the result of warrants issued on September 4 in connection to an incident at the Wal-Mart store in Conover.
The two were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Fountain set at $109,000, secured, while Robinson was given a $3,000 secured bond. Fountain had a court date scheduled for today. Both suspects will also appear in court on October 6.
Catawba County Commissioners approved bids for the purchase of equipment for the County landfill.
The Board approved a bid award for a Landfill Gas Equipment Station to SCS Field Services of Reston, Virginia in the amount of $1,068,500; authorization of the sole source exemption and purchase of an Engine Control System Upgrade and Fuel Blending Package from Nixon Energy Solutions in the amount of $489,498; approval of an agreement with the project design engineer, CDMSmith, for construction administration, inspection, and start-up, commissioning, and certification services for $49,300; and approval of a budget revision in the amount of $950,148 for a project total of $1,714,148, which includes an additional $106,850 for a 10% construction contingency.
In August 1998, Catawba County chose to purchase methane gas powered engine-generator sets (gensets) to destroy the methane gas generated within the landfill by converting the captured methane gas into electricity and selling the electricity to Duke Energy. Currently, there are three methane gas powered gensets located at the Blackburn Resource Recovery Facility. The replacement of both the landfill gas compression skid and flare and the Engine Control System were planned Solid Waste Capital Improvement Projects. Initially, staff planned to replace the landfill gas compression skid and flare and the Engine Control System as separate projects. However, updating the equipment together increases the efficiency and operability of the new landfill gas compression skid and flare
In other activity at today's meeting, The Board adopted a revised Catawba County Library Meeting Room Use Policy to allow the community access to meeting room spaces for nonprofit educational, civic, and community meetings that are open to the public.
The Board approved entering into an Interlocal Contract with the Houston Galveston Area Council for its cooperative purchasing program named HGAC Buy. HGAC Buy requires Catawba County to execute a interlocal contract to participate in the program. Catawba County has purchased items through other cooperative purchasing programs such as US Communities and the Charlotte Cooperative Purchasing Alliance.
The Board also approved a request to transfer $127,000 in unspent funds located in the UPS Cooling Infrastructure Project account to the Technology Infrastructure account. They recognized the County Purchasing staff for winning the Sustained Professional Purchasing Award, and honored Leroy Lail for 12 years of service on the UNC Board of Governors.