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31-year-old Andrew James Kemp of West 19th Street in Newton was arrested Sunday (June 26) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Kemp was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was set for today (Monday, June 27).

44-year-old Samuel Grady Carver of 2nd Street East in Newton was arrested Friday (June 24) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking and entering, and another felony larceny count. Grady was jailed at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, June 27).

21-year-old Meguel Greylen Robinson of 1st Avenue Place SE in Hickory was arrested Friday (June 24) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts apiece of selling cocaine and delivering cocaine, along with one count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver cocaine. Robinson was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 11.

In light of the normal rise of crime during the summer months, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office is aggressively serving warrants within the county. 45 warrants were served on 30 people within a three day span between June 20–23.

Among those arrested as part of this campaign is 43-year-old Kevin Brian Wood of Icard Dairy Barn Road in Connelly Springs. He's charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, misdemeanor assault on a female, and several traffic violations including hit and run leave the scene with property damage. Wood was placed in jail in Morganton under $20,000 secured bond. Court records show his next appearance is scheduled for District Court on September 26.

Also arrested as part of the campaign is 54-year-old Elizabeth Spence Surrett of Jamestown Road in Morganton. She's charged with five felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense. Surrett was placed in jail under no bond. A court appearance is scheduled for August 1.

People who have pending warrants can voluntarily turn themselves in. Anyone who has any information on the location of suspects with pending warrants can contact the 911 Center or utilize Crime Stoppers by calling 828-437-3333, texting 274637 with the keyword BURKETIPS and then texting your tip, or go to and download a free TipSubmit application to submit pictures and videos.

The Governor's Office and the North Carolina Department of Commerce have announced the award of Building Reuse grants to support the growth of two Burke County manufacturers. The details were outlined in a news release issued by Burke Development Incorporated or BDI. PEDS Legwear received a $500,000 grant to support the expansion of its facility in Hildebran and will add 50 new jobs. Fonta Flora Brewery received a $150,000 grant to aid in the company's renovations of the Whippoorwill Dairy Farm where they will create 12 new jobs.
PEDS Legwear is located in Hildebran and currently has 184 full-time employees in North Carolina. The company manufactures and distributes socks under the Peds, Medi-Peds and Growing Socks brands. Major customers include Wal-Mart, Target, Sears, K-Mart, TJ Maxx, Payless, and  The Canadian-based company has seen tremendous growth since opening its doors in Burke County in 2015.
PEDS will utilize grant funds to renovate a building on their campus in Hildebran. Upfits include roof repair, HVAC replacement, electrical upgrades and office renovations. Increased use of the building will support their need for additional manufacturing capabilities. The five percent local match was provided by the Town of Hildebran and Burke County.
Fonta Flora Brewery is a locally owned business that has garnered national attention since opening only two and a half years ago. The Whippoorwill Dairy will allow them to increase production while maintaining their current location in downtown Morganton.
The Dairy Farm, which is located adjacent to the North Carolina State Park at Lake James, has buildings that date back to the 1940s. Grant funds are for various renovations including HVAC, plumbing, electrical, flooring, doors and finish hardware. The facility will be used for brewing, storing of brewing equipment and materials, and barrel aging. The five percent local match was provided by Burke County.  

Burke Development, Inc. and the Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG) assisted with the grants. Burke Development, Incorporated is a nonprofit organization supported by private and public funding that is charged with accelerating economic growth in Burke County. For more information about BDI visit

Officials with the Department of Public Safety have requested that law enforcement look into the cause of death of an inmate at Alexander Correctional Institution.

While conducting rounds, a correctional captain found 31-year-old Justin Cauble unresponsive in his cell at approximately 10:30 Saturday night. Correctional staff initiated CPR and called EMS. They also notified the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office. Attempts to resuscitate the inmate were not successful and EMS pronounced Cauble deceased.

Preliminary indications are that the inmate may have overdosed on a drug. An internal investigation has been launched. The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office will investigate.

Cauble was serving a 10 year sentence as a habitual felon. He was convicted in Buncombe County in 2011.

58-year-old Juan Antonio Luciano of Turnberry Lane in Mooresville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count each of first-degree sex offense with a child and indecent liberties with a child.

He was arrested after a report was filed regarding the sexual abuse of a 12-year-old child between September and October of 2013. The investigation was turned over to Detective Jason Lowrance with the Sheriff’s Special Victims Unit. The juvenile victim was interviewed at the Dove House Child Advocacy Center where she stated that a family member sexually abused her at a home in Mooresville. Numerous other witnesses were also interviewed.

As a result of the investigation, warrants were issued and Luciano was arrested on June 22. He was placed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center under a $100,000 bond. Luciano’s next appearance in District Court was set for July 11.

22-year-old Scott Nathaniel Presnell of Arlington Circle in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (June 23) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with two counts of felony breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, two counts of felony larceny after breaking and entering, and two counts of felony possession of stolen goods.

On June 3, members of the Lenoir Police Department Criminal Investigations Division conducted a search warrant on the apartment of Scott Nathaniel Presnell at 435 Arlington Circle, Apartment D, in Lenoir. This search warrant was the result of an investigation into a breaking and entering with larceny case at 435 Arlington Circle, Apartment E. During this search officers found evidence from this break-in along with evidence from several breaking and enterings to automobiles. On June 3,  Presnell was arrested on the charges of felony breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking and entering, and felony possession of stolen goods.  He received a $50,000.00 secured bond.
As a result of the search of Scott Presnell’ s apartment officers were able to link him to vehicle break-ins at 419 Norwood Street in Lenoir and 510 Kentwood Street in Lenoir.  Both of these incidents took place on May 19. During these incidents Presnell reportedly walked the streets and found vehicles whose doors were unlocked. Presnell then entered the unlocked vehicles and stole approximately $102 in property. As a result of these crimes warrants were obtained on Presnell for the charges mentioned at the beginning of this story, they were served on him while he was still in jail for the previous charges.

He received a court date of June 27 and an additional secured bond of $100,000. The Lenoir Police Department is continuing to investigate this matter and more charges are likely in the future. 

37-year-old Billy Wayne Barrett, Jr. of 17th Street S.E. and 32-year-old Stephanie Gwynne Patrick of 16th Avenue Place N.E., both from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 10 a.m. yesterday (June 23). They were each charged with one felony count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.

Events leading to their arrests began as Officers were working a traffic accident near the Speedway store on Springs Road N.E. Police saw a 2013 Hyundai Sonata pull into the parking lot. The Hyundai’s occupants did not get out of the vehicle. One patrol car stayed in the parking lot as Officers continued to observe the Hyundai and its occupants, who remained in the vehicle.

Officers eventually approached the Hyundai and identified the driver as Billy Barrett and the passenger as Stephanie Patrick. Officers conducted a search, leading to the discovery of a container in the vehicle’s center console. In the container were 4.3 grams of methamphetamine.

The suspects were not involved in the accident.

Both were taken into custody without incident. They were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for each set at $5,000, secured. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for Monday (June 27) in Newton.

27-year-old James Wesley Bare of Hartland Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (June 23) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony larceny and domestic violence protective order violation. Following the arrest Bare was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond on the larceny charge and no bond on the domestic violence count. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (June 27).

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