33-year-old Justin Mikeal Freeman of K T Lane in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (June 24) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of heroin. Following the arrest, Freeman was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $200,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, June 25).
19-year-old Chang Cheng Vang of 29th Avenue Drive NE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (June 24) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with traffic methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver meth, possession of meth, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Vang was also arrested on a federal detainer. Following the arrest, Vang was incarcerated at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for August 26.
Duralee Fabrics Limited and Duralee Fine Furniture, a manufacturer that has had a presence in Burke County since 2005, is expanding operations at it's Morganton facility. According to a news release from Burke Development Incorporated, the company has committed to adding 41 new jobs for which they received a $410,000 Building Reuse Grant from the N.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority. Company executives anticipate hiring significantly more workers over the next two years.
The Duralee Fine Furniture facility, located at 647 Hopewell Road, is 180,000 square feet and was constructed in 1963. The grant funds will be used for upgrades to the building’s offices, roof, lighting and HVAC. Duralee Fine Furniture is one of the main divisions of Duralee Fabrics and the first to create its own furniture in-house.
North Carolina Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III and Assistance Secretary for Rural Development Dr. Patricia Mitchell announced the grant on June 18. The Building Reuse Program provides grants and loans to local governments to renovate vacant buildings, renovate and/or expand a building occupied by an existing North Carolina company, and/or renovate, expand or construct health care facilities that lead to the creation of new, full-time jobs.
This grant round was extremely competitive as only six projects were selected for funding. The City of Morganton split the required local match with Burke County. The Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG) and Burke Development, Inc. (BDI) assisted with the grant.
The company plans to start hiring immediately and will seek new employees through NC Works. Those interested should visit www.ncworks.gov or visit the NC Works office located at 720 East Union Street in Morganton.
Burke Development, Inc. (BDI) is a nonprofit organization supported by private and public funding that is charged with accelerating economic growth in Burke County. BDI works with industry leaders, site selection consultants, government agencies and other entities to facilitate expansion strategies for existing businesses and recruit target industries to Burke County. For more information about BDI visit www.BurkeDevInc.com.
The McDowell County sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating woman from Morganton who might have relevant information in a homicide investigation.
Authorities are looking for 27-year-old Danielle Esther Bradley whose last known address was 149 Ginger Snap Drive in Nebo. She is from Morganton and also frequents that area.
Bradley is being sought for questioning in the case of 39-year-old Christopher Wayne English, who was shot to death near his Pinnacle Heights Drive home on Wednesday morning, June 17.
Bradley is described as a white female who stands 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs about 130 pounds. She has brown hair, green eyes and a tattoo on her left arm. Anyone with information concerning Bradley’s whereabouts is asked to call the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office at 652-2235.
23-year-old Kyle Adams Glenn of East Meadow Trail in Connelly Springs was arrested Monday (June 22) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon.
According to a news release issued Wednesday, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident that occurred on East Meadow Trail on Sunday (June 21) at approximately 10:30 p.m. A juvenile was injured and was transported to the hospital for medical treatment.
On Monday, a magistrate issued the warrant for Glenn following a complaint by the juvenile’s mother. Due to conflicting statements the Burke County Criminal Investigation Division has an ongoing investigation. When the investigation has been completed, the District Attorney’s Office will make a determination of any additional charges that may be made.
Glenn's bond was set at $5,000 secured. A District Court date is set for July 7.
26-year-old Megan Nichole Billings of Church Street in Valdese was arrested Tuesday (June 23) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with single counts of felony larceny by trick, felony possession of stolen goods, felony probation violation, and misdemeanor probation violation. In addition, Billings is charged with six counts of misdemeanor failure to appear.
She was arrested without incident while exiting an apartment building in Valdese. Billings was placed in jail under $52,500 secured bond. She’s scheduled to appear in District Court July 14.
38-year-old John Samuel Aldridge of Lanier Street in Mount Holly, 40-year-old Penny Moore Self of South Hawthorne Street in Mount Holly and 34-year-old Brandon Jackson Kirby of Ash Street in Lowell have all been arrested in connection to several break-ins at cell tower sites in Lincoln and Mecklenburg counties.
Aldridge faces felony charges on six counts of larceny, one count of breaking & entering a building and three counts of possession of stolen goods. He was also charged with a number of misdemeanors, including two counts of first-degree trespassing, two counts of injury to real property, one count of injury to personal property and one count of interfering with an electronic monitoring device.
Self was charged with one felony count each of larceny and possession of stolen goods. Kirby faces charges in Lincoln, Gaston and Mecklenburg counties on multiple counts of felony larceny and felony breaking & entering, as well as misdemeanor counts of first-degree trespass, larceny, injury to real property and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
Aldridge was arrested yesterday (June 23) in Gaffney, South Carolina by Lincoln Co. Detective Frank Runyon on a warrant as a fugitive from justice. Aldridge waived extradition and was returned to Lincoln County where additional warrants were served.
Aldridge is charged in connection to an April 26, 2015 break-in at a cell tower on the 3400 block of Fox Meadow Lane in Iron Station. Air conditioning units and ground wires for the tower were removed with total property loss estimated in excess of $150,000. He is also charged with breaking into an AT&T cell tower site on Sadler Road on May 12. Ground wires and air conditioning units were taken. In addition, he is accused of causing $10,000 worth of damage and air conditioning thefts from a site on County Line Trail on May 1. Warrants were also served for similar incidents in Lincolnton, Mecklenburg and Gaston Counties.
Aldridge is being held in the Lincoln County Detention Center under a $251,000 secured bond. Following her arrest, Self was given a $10,000 secured bond. Kirby remains in the Gaston County Jail. No bond amount is listed for Kirby. Aldridge’s next court date is on June 29 in Mecklenburg County. Self will appear in a Lincoln County courtroom on July 2, and Kirby has a Superior Court date in Gaston County on July 7 and a District Court appearance in Lincoln County the following day.
The investigation is continuing and additional charges are expected.
23-year-old Candice Marie Cooper of Boyce Street in Gastonia, 34-year-old Larry Antwan Chambers of Lowland Dairy Road in Mount Holly, and 29-year-old Christopher Obryan Adams of Ashwood Court in Gastonia were all arrested Tuesday (June 23) by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. Cooper and Chambers are each charged with one felony count each of Trafficking Cocaine, Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell and Deliver Cocaine, and Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine. Chambers was also served two outstanding warrants for Failure to Appear. Adams is charged with one felony count each of Trafficking Cocaine, Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell and Deliver Cocaine, and Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine, Maintaining a Vehicle/Dwelling for a Controlled Substance and one misdemeanor count of Possession of Marijuana.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators arrested the three suspects while conducting a surveillance operation. Narcotics Lt. Jon Propst said, “Investigators watched as a drug deal occurred south of Lincolnton in the 3200 block of Gastonia Highway. Detectives then approached the area and apprehended three suspects involved in the transaction.”
Investigators seized more than 28 grams of cocaine, a small amount of marijuana and over $1,700 in cash during the operation. Baker District Patrol deputies assisted in the operation.
Bond for Cooper was set at $60,000 secured, Chambers’ bond was set at $80,000 secured, and Adams is being held under an $85,000 secured bond.
21-year-old Marquez Antonio Lipscomb was arrested Tuesday (June 23) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony larceny after breaking and entering and possession with intent to manufacture schedule VI controlled substance. Lipscomb was placed in jail under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (June 25).
20-year-old Randtavious Montrese Leonard of 1st Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (June 23) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, and resisting a public officer. Following the arrest, Leonard was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $102,500 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (June 29).