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39-year-old Davy Leonard Goodman of Greentree Acres in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (May 5) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, trafficking in amphetamine, maintaining a vehicle/dwelling or place to keep controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Goodman was placed in jail under $108,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for June 1.

29-year-old Lindsey Renea Settlemyre of Hemphill Road in Hickory was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with three counts apiece of maintaining a place to keep controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine, and sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance. In addition, Settlemyre is charged with two counts apiece of sell schedule II controlled substance and deliver schedule II controlled substance plus a single count of conspiracy to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Settlemyre was incarcerated this morning (Wednesday, May 6) at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $80,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for May 29.

According to a news release from the Western District Office of the U.S. Attorney General, the final three defendants charged in connection to drug trafficking and illegal firearm possession in Catawba County were sentenced Monday in federal court. A published report says the sentences round up the sentencing of more than 25 defendants connected to the investigation, according to the attorney general’s office in Asheville. The three men sentenced Monday are all Hickory residents, they are as follows:

27-year-old Lavoris Hector, who pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

36-year-old Kenneth Norman, who pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. He was sentenced to 15 months in prison followed by three years of probation.

22-year-old Tyree Rhinehardt, who was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison plus three years of probation. He pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

According to the news release, the defendants were charged following a seven-month-long investigation, which started in October 2012. During the investigation, law enforcement seized more than 80 firearms, including 53 handguns, 19 rifles, 10 shotguns and one short-barrel shotgun. Officers also found more than 1,125 grams of cocaine and 230 grams of marijuana, valued at more than $55,000.

The Catawba County Grand Jury, on Monday (May 4), declined to indict David Arthur Engelmann for the charge of felony death by vehicle. Engelmann, a 17-year-old Hickory High School student, initially was charged on a warrant with felony death by vehicle in connection with an Aug. 31, 2014, crash that killed fellow 17-year-old classmate Jay Brian Robertson II.

Engelmann allegedly was driving a Subaru Forester along 6th St. NW in the Viewmont community of Hickory when he allegedly ran off the road, overcorrected and flipped the vehicle. Robertson was ejected from the vehicle through its open sunroof and died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

Investigation by Hickory Police Department revealed that the Engelmann’s blood alcohol level was .09. The District Attorney’s Office has the option of resubmitting the charge to a later Grand Jury.

According to a published report, a man suffered serious injuries when he fell out of a nursery truck this morning (May 5) in Caldwell County.

The man, who has not been identified, was airlifted to a hospital. No update regarding his condition is available.  

The incident reportedly occurred at the intersection of Highway 90 and Morris Creek Road when the truck’s rear door opened as the truck turned off of Highway 90.

No further details have been released.

Tuesday, 05 May 2015 13:42

Man Pleads Guilty in 2013 Murder Case

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A Burke County man charged in connection with a murder in Caldwell County entered a guilty plea today in Caldwell County Superior Court. 24-year-old Cory Travis Vanover of Highway 70 East in Morganton entered a plea to second-degree murder and received a sentence of 18 to 23 years in prison.

Vanover was arrested February 6, 2013 by Lenoir Police and was charged with first-degree murder. He was charged in connection with the killing of 28-year-old Wade Michael Taylor, Jr., whose last known address was on Woodsway Lane in Lenoir.

Taylor’s body was found on January 23, 2013, behind the Lenoir Mall on Morganton Boulevard. Autopsy results indicated that Taylor died from injuries resulting from a severe assault.

Hickory Police continue to seek information regarding the whereabouts of 32-year-old William Pierre Mayfield. Mr. Mayfield was last seen at approximately 1 a.m. on September 21, 2014 leaving the Total Convenience Market on Highway 70 S.W. in a small, silver, late-model, four-door vehicle.

He is believed to have attended a party at a house on the 900 block of South Center Street during the evening of September 20 and was reported missing on September 24.

Mr. Mayfield is a black male. He is 5’8” tall and weighs 135 pounds. He is bald with brown eyes. Mr. Mayfield was last seen wearing a black ball cap with a white logo and a red bill, a long red t-shirt with a white & black logo on the chest, dark colored jeans and black shoes.

There is a reward for information that leads directly to Mr. Mayfield’s location. Anyone with information regarding Mr. Mayfield’s whereabouts (including persons who may have been with him on the night of September 20 & 21) should contact Hickory Police at 828-328-5551 or H.P.D. Investigator Kim Craig at 828-261-2616 or kcraig@hickorync.gov.

35-year-old Richard Emerson Clark of Merestone Drive in Wilmington was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:20 yesterday afternoon (April 4) on one felony count of larceny by anti-inventory device and misdemeanor larceny.

Clark was arrested at the Wal-Mart store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory after he allegedly removed the spider-wrap from two DVD players, concealed them in a plastic bag and passed the last point-of-sale without paying. He was stopped there by Loss Prevention Officers and taken into custody without incident by Hickory Police.

Clark was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $1,200, secured. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

19-year-old Chase Alexander Eckhoff of 19th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just after 10 o’clock last night (May 4) on a long list of charges. Among those was a true bill of indictment for possession of a schedule I controlled substance. Other charges include resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, carrying a concealed weapon, littering, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana up to half an ounce, felony speeding to elude arrest, reckless driving to endanger and failure to heed a light or siren. Eckhoff was also charged with failure to appear on felony counts of possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. In addition, he was charged on a number of failure to appear warrants from Burke County for four counts of breaking & entering, three counts of larceny after breaking & entering and one count of possession of stolen goods.

Some of the charges date back to a January 2014 arrest involving a residential break-in that included the theft of firearms.

He was taken into custody at the Red Roof Inn on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. Eckhoff has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $191,000 secured bond. He will appear in District Court on May 6, May 8 and May 27. Superior Court dates were set for May 6 in Newton and May 11 in Morganton.

On April 20th, 2015, the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, the NC Department of Public Safety (Probation/Parole), US Marshals Service, Boone Police, ASU Police and the NC State Bureau of Investigation conducted a joint operation.       

The operation consisted of six different teams composed of Officers and Agents from the participating agencies assisting Probation officers as they attempted to locate probationers and conduct warrantless searches on their residences to confirm each were in compliance with the rules and regulations set forth by the court system. More than fifty individuals on probation were contacted and their compliance confirmed.      

During the operation, eleven arrests were made of either probationers or suspects that were located that had outstanding warrants. Several citations were issued and one clandestine methamphetamine laboratory was found.