25-year-old Dennis Malcolm Chester of Old North Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (November 17) by Probation and Parole Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. In addition, Chester is charged with felony probation violation. He was confined in the Caldwell County Jail under $40,000 secured bond. He’s scheduled to make his next appearance in Superior Court December 7.
Burke County Commissioners have voted to build a new jail in the section of Morganton the Sheriff’s Office is currently located. During last night’s Burke County Board of Commissioners meeting, the board voted 4-1 to build a new 256 bed jail on Government Drive. The Sheriff’s Office and Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility are located on that road. The lone dissenting vote came from Commissioner Maynard Taylor, who had previously presented a motion to table the item until the December meeting. That motion was defeated 4-1.
Tuesday’s vote to build the new jail on Government Drive ends months of discussion regarding a new jail in Burke County. During last night’s meeting during the public comment period, Pat Messick, who identified himself as a former law enforcement officer, spoke against the new jail, saying the county did not need it. Currently, inmates in Burke County are housed at the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility, which, according to the most recent available statistics has 176 beds, and the smaller downtown jail at the courthouse, which has 60 beds.
In other action at Tuesday’s meeting, Burke Commissioners approved the rezoning of 2.51 acres at Highway 18 and DAV Avenue from R-3 Residential to General Business. The rezoning request was submitted for construction of a new Dollar General store at that location. There was one speaker during public comments who expressed her concerns regarding the construction of a Dollar General at that site.
46-year-old Tina Metcalf Sain of 28th Street SW in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (November 17) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony conspire to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance and felony probation violation. Sain was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $40,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (November 20).
27-year-old Natasha Marie Chafin of Teague Road in Taylorsville was arrested Tuesday (November 17) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance, habitual felon, misdemeanor escape local jail, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting a public officer. In addition, Chafin is charged on grand jury indictments with prostitution and solicit for prostitution. She was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $57,500 bond. A District Court date is set for December 10, a Superior Court appearance is scheduled for December 14.
42-year-old Michael Wayne Skinner of Lyle Haven Drive in Conover was arrested Tuesday (November 17) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with three felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine. Skinner was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $75,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (November 20).
38-year-old William Gary Ray Mozeley has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers and charged with one felony count of statutory rape when the defendant is more than six years older than the victim.
On November 2, the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report involving the sexual assault of a child less than 16 years of age by a family member. The assault occurred in June of last year in southern Iredell County.
The report was assigned to Detective Sergeant Amy Dyson with the Special Victims Unit. The child was interviewed at the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center. As a result of the investigation, Mozeley was charged.
He was jailed under a $75,000 bond. A District Court date was set for November 23.
17-year-old Dechealyn Montario Goode, 20-year-old Mary Elizabeth Ervin, 17-year-old Luqman Abdur-rahman Ali, and 16-year-old Carleton Javius Moneo Fuller were all arrested Saturday (November 14) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. Goode is charged with felony possession of marijuana with intent to sell and deliver, Ervin is charged with possession of a stolen firearm and driving while license revoked, Ali is charged with possession of a stolen firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, and felony larceny of a vehicle, and Fuller is charged with felony possession of a firearm.
Saturday at approximately 1 a.m., Morganton Public Safety Officers conducted a license checkpoint on South Sterling Street. At approximately 1:40 a.m., a gold Buick pulled up to the checkpoint. The driver, Mary Ervin did not have a valid license and was told to pull to the side of the road. During the interaction with the driver, Carlton Fuller who was sitting in the back seat dropped a jacket which was concealing a loaded AR-15 rifle. All six occupants of the vehicle were removed and another loaded firearm was found in the vehicle along with marijuana. Both firearms were stolen from a residential break in last Thursday, November 12.
Goode's bond was set at $10,000, Ervin's bond was set at $25,000, Ali's bond is $75,000, and Fuller's bond was set at $25,000. All four are scheduled to appear in District Court December 7.
The Hickory Fire Department responded to Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall last night after a water pipe leaked, causing damage at the Bed, Bath & Beyond store and at other locations in the mall.
The alarm sounded at 9:07 p.m. Firefighters arrived about five minutes later. First responders worked to stop the leak and contain the water. The Fire Department left the scene at 11:40 p.m.
The leak came from a pipe that is part of the mall’s sprinkler system. According to a Fire Department spokesperson, there was no fire. The mall was put on a “fire watch” last night as a precautionary measure because the sprinkler system was not fully functional as a result of the leak.
No damage estimates are available at this time.
35-year-old Aaron Josiah O’Neil of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning on one felony count of failure to appear on a felony and one misdemeanor count of failure to appear.
The charges come in connection to an incident in November of last year in which O’Neil allegedly took shoes from the Rugged Wearhouse on Highway 70 S.W. without paying. He fled the scene on foot, but was found behind the neighboring El Paso restaurant. The stolen shoes were recovered.
O’Neil was taken into custody without incident at about 2:10 a.m. today at a residence on 2nd Street Place S.E. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $14,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for November 20 in Newton.
No serious injuries were reported in a two-vehicle accident that occurred this morning in Brookford.
According to Brookford Police Chief Ken Hopkins, the accident occurred as a white Chrysler traveling southbound on Highway 127 attempted to turn left onto South Center Street. A northbound Toyota collided with the Chrysler. The accident happened shortly before 9 a.m.
The female driver of the Toyota was taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center complaining of possible chest pain caused by the steering wheel. The female driver of the Chrysler and an infant riding in the back seat were not injured.
Brookford Police, Hickory Police and the Hickory Fire Department were among the responding agencies.