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A Burke County man faces charges after allegedly stealing an SUV from the parking lot of a restaurant and then crashing it into another vehicle. According to court records, 28-year-old Jonathan Edward Barlow of Conley Bumgarner Road in Morganton, is charged with one count of felony larceny of an automobile, two counts of felony hit and run causing serious injury or death, and two counts of felony aggravated serious injury by vehicle.

The owner of the stolen SUV filed the stolen vehicle report with the Morganton Department of Public Safety. He said in the report that his vehicle was stolen from 1010 Burkemont Avenue in Morganton, which is Allison’s Family Restaurant. According to a published report, soon after receiving the stolen vehicle report, the arresting officer was alerted that troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol had found the SUV. When police arrived at the scene, state troopers and deputies with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office had chased the suspect into the woods.

The published report says Barlow crashed into another vehicle, causing a concussion to one occupant and a sprained neck to another, according to court documents. The report says officers believe he was driving while impaired at the time of the crash. Burke County EMS transported Barlow to the Morganton campus of Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge.

After treatment, Barlow was transported to the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility where he was detained under $55,000 secured bond. Court records show Barlow will appear in District Court June 1.

29-year-old Michael Tyler Lail of Teakwood Road in Hickory was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with breaking or entering, second-degree trespassing, and injury to personal property. Following the arrest, Lail was detained this morning (Thursday, May 14) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. He’s scheduled to appear in District Court on the charges June 29.

43-year-old James Finley Estep of Spring Grove Loop in Connelly Springs was arrested Wednesday (May 13) by Long View Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of burglary tools, misdemeanor first degree trespassing, misdemeanor larceny, and misdemeanor possession of stolen goods or property. Following the arrest, Estep was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $16,600 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (May 15).

33-year-old Justin Mikeal Freeman of Macarthur Lane in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (May 13) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Freeman was detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (May 15).

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 18, in the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton. The Commissioners will receive a presentation on the proposed update to the county’s 2007 Parks Master Plan, accompanied by a Planning Board recommendation to approve the update. The plan provides a guideline for future development, subject to available resources.  

The committee kept public comments in mind as they reviewed existing parks across the county and sites for potential future parks. The committee then updated existing plan. According to County Senior Planner Susan Ballbach, the plan incorporates significant community input. The plan was developed by county staff, in consultation with the county’s Parks Advisory Committee, over an 18-month period.

The Committee’s review included the existing parks: Baker’s Mountain, Riverbend and St. Stephens Park. The updated plan includes specific recommendations for improvements to the existing parks.

The proposed plan also recommends development of a regional park on Mountain Creek, a 589-acre site obtained by the County in 2010. In addition, it recommends smaller “historic parks” near the Catawba County Historical Association’s Bunker Hill Covered Bridge and Murray’s Mill.

The draft plan is currently available for review online at catawbacountync.gov/Parks. Questions may be directed to Ms. Ballbach at 828-465-8381 or sballbach@catawbacountync.gov.

31-year-old Joshua Glenn McRavion of Lincoln Street has been arrested by Lincolnton Police on charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Events leading to his arrest began during the early morning hours on Sunday, May 10, when Officers responded to reports of a shooting on the 1100 block of Lincoln Street in the Oaklawn community. Officers found two victims suffering from gunshot wounds. Both victims were taken to Carolina Healthcare Systems in Lincolnton for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. One of the victims was transferred to Carolina Healthcare Systems in Charlotte for additional treatment. That victim remains in the hospital.

Sgt. Dennis Harris and Officer Tiffany Cline processed the crime scene and took statements from the victims and several witnesses. As the investigation progressed, evidence was found indicating that multiple shooters with multiple firearms were involved in the incident. One of the shooters was identified as Joshua McRavion.

Officer Cline arrested McRavion Tuesday (May 12). He was given a $105,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today (May 13).

McRavion has previous convictions for felony habitual assault, robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of firearm by a felon, possession of a weapon of mass destruction, assault on a government official, simple assault, assault on a female, communicating threats and traffic-related offenses. McRavion was incarcerated for those offenses from March of 2003 until October of last year. He was out on parole at the time of the May 10 shootings.

The Lincolnton Police patrol division, criminal investigations division and narcotics division, along with North Carolina Probation & Parole, all assisted in the investigation.

The investigation is ongoing with additional arrests expected. Anyone with information regarding the shooting should contact Officer Cline at 704-736-8900 or Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. Crime Stoppers callers can remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is possible if an arrest is made.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 11:33

More Details in Hickory Heroin Arrest

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More details have been released in the arrest of 24-year-old Jeremy Kyle “Big Country” Goodrich of 14th Street Place N.E. in Hickory. He was arrested early yesterday (May 12) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule I controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged on an outstanding warrant for misdemeanor second-degree trespass. In addition, Goodrich faces charges from the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s dating back to 2012 for non-support of a child.

He was arrested just after midnight when Officers saw a silver Dodge Avenger parked in the middle of the parking lot at the Gateway Extended Stay Hotel on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Goodrich was behind the wheel with two passengers in the vehicle.

A routine records check showed the outstanding warrant for Goodrich’s arrest. A subsequent search of the vehicle turned up 0.5 grams of China white heroin.

He was taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $31,300 secured bond. The other two occupants of the vehicle were not charged. Goodrich will appear in District Court today in Hickory.

In an unrelated case, Goodrich faces one felony count of robbery with a dangerous weapon with a Superior Court date coming up on June 1 in Newton.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 05:26

Boone Woman Arrested On Meth Charge In Lenoir

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30-year-old Savannah Helene Underwood of Fallview Lane in Boone was arrested Tuesday (May 12) by Lenoir Police Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance, simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Underwood was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $33,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (May 14).

26-year-old Isreal Ramon Aguilera of NW Broadway Street in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (May 12) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with a felony for being a fugitive from another state. Aguilera is wanted in Cherokee County, South Carolina. In addition, Aguilera is charged in Caldwell County with two counts of misdemeanor breaking and entering to a coin or currency machine, and in Catawba County with felony obtaining property by false pretense. Following the arrest, Aguilera was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $85,000 secured bond, a District Court appearance is scheduled for May 28 in Lenoir.

35-year-old Scotty Emmanuel Dellinger of Emmanuel Church Road in Conover was arrested Tuesday (May 12) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with false imprisonment, assault on a female, injury to personal property, habitual misdemeanor assault, felony probation violation, and failure to appear for non-support of a child. Following the arrest, Dellinger was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $17,200 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (May 15).