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Caldwell County Sheriff Alan Jones has announced he will file for re-election. Sheriff Jones made the announcement in a news release issued today (November 30). He has served as Sheriff since taking over for Gary Clark after the former Sheriff passed away from pancreatic cancer in February, 2007. Mr. Clark passed away less than three months after winning re-election in November, 2006. Jones was appointed as Sheriff by Caldwell County Commissioners in late February 2007, then won elections in 2010 and 2014.

Sheriff Jones holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Appalachian State University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy for Law Enforcement Officers in Quantico, Virginia. Sheriff Jones has thirty years of experience in law enforcement and is a lifelong resident of Caldwell County.

34-year-old Carnito Connail Glaspy of 13th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 2:30 yesterday afternoon (November 29) on a felony failure to appear charge.  The warrant for his arrest originated in Iredell County.

Glaspy was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured.  He’ll appear in Superior Court on February 12 in Statesville for failure to report a changed online identifier.

32-year-old Leneil Randolph Green of 12th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:20 p.m. yesterday (November 29) on one felony count each of possession of a firearm by a felony and possession of cocaine, plus one misdemeanor count of driving while license revoked.

Green was taken into custody without incident on the 3,000 block of 12th Avenue S.E.  According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, he was in possession of a handgun at the time of his arrest.  Green was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

28-year-old Stephanie Nicole Buckner was arrested Wednesday (November 29) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Buckner was arrested at an address on Bill Epley Avenue in Morganton. She was placed in jail under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled yesterday.

47-year-old Rhonda J. Teague of Millersville Road in Taylorsville was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of schedule III and schedule IV controlled substances, and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Teague was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (November 30) under $8,500 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (December 1) and a District Court date is set for February 12.

27-year-old Amber Marie Pruitt of 32nd Street SW in Hickory was arrested by Long View Police Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, and failure to appear on counts of injury to personal property and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Pruitt was jailed this morning (November 30) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today and January 18.

22-year-old Allayah Danielle Riding Ray of Sparrow Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (November 29) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged in Caldwell County with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Ray is charged with a misdemeanor probation violation in Burke County and felony auto larceny in Wilkes County.

She was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (November 30) on the Caldwell County charges. Ray is also scheduled to appear in court in Burke County December 11 and Wilkes County February 14.

32-year-old Jasen Allen Drum of Boggs Road in Claremont was arrested Wednesday (November 29) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a felon, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Drum was also charged with felony probation violation by Probation & Parole.

Following the arrest, Drum was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A District Court appearance on the drug and weapon charges was scheduled for today (November 30). A Superior Court date on the probation violation charge is set for December 4.

On Wednesday (November 29) at 2:23 p.m., the Burke County Emergency Communications Center dispatched the Triple Community Fire Department to an outside fire with structures threatened on Windy Hill Drive in Morganton.

The fire department arrived on scene to find a detached garage fully involved in fire with approximately 1/4 acre of woodland burning behind the garage. Neighbors reported they were unable to make contact with the homeowner. Firefighters found a victim behind the garage. The victim was a white female in her mid 60s. The victim is believed to be the homeowner; however, the identity of the victim will not be released until an autopsy provides a positive identification.

Firefighters from seven Burke County Fire Departments responded with equipment and manpower to extinguish the fire, along with Burke County EMS, Burke REACT and the NC Forest Service supporting the operation. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze in approximately 30 minutes. The Burke County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the fire in conjunction with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, SBI and North Carolina Forest Service. The fire is  believed to be accidental at this time; however, the exact cause is still under investigation.

A Catawba man was given an active prison term of six to nine years after being convicted of multiple criminal offenses and his admission of habitual felon status during Catawba County Superior Court on Monday (November 27).

39-year-old Shane Lee Huffman was given his prison sentence by the Honorable Andrew T. Heath, Superior Court Judge from Wake County, after pleading guilty to common law robbery, second-degree kidnapping, larceny of a motor vehicle, assault on a female and flee/elude arrest with a motor vehicle. He will serve his sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.

Huffman’s prison term was enhanced by prior felony convictions for larceny (January 2000), larceny after breaking/entering (August 2006) and larceny of a motor vehicle (October 2013). All those convictions were in Catawba County.

In July 2016, the defendant was in a vehicle with two other subjects when an argument broke out. One of the occupants got out of the vehicle when he was threatened by Huffman, who drove away with the car with the other subject still in it. When the car stopped, the second subject managed to get away.

In April 2015, Huffman grabbed a female victim and dragged her to a vehicle that he then stole. The vehicle belonged to the female the defendant assaulted. On the same day, deputies attempted to stop the vehicle driven by Huffman, who attempted to elude the stop, traveling at speeds in excess of 75 mph before being apprehended.

The cases were investigated by Dustin Ladd, Maxwell Priest and Tyler Hefner of the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, and prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Melanie Earles.

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