25-year-old Meguel Greylen Robinson of 1st Avenue Place S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:40 p.m. yesterday for a felony probation violation. He is on probation as he serves a 30-month suspended sentence following a March 2019 felony conviction in Catawba County for malicious conduct by a prisoner and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Robinson was taken into custody without incident at an apartment on 11th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for Monday (August 10) in Newton.

44-year-old Clyde Dwayne Teague of 37th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:20 yesterday afternoon (August 5) for a felony parole violation. Teague was paroled in March of this year following a felony B&E conviction in Caldwell County in January 2019.

Teague was taken into custody without incident at in the area of the I-40 off ramp on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. Following his arrest, Teague was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. No bond amount or court date are currently listed.

33-year-old Larry Jermaine Linebarger, Jr. of 12th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday afternoon (August 5) on one felony count of speeding to elude arrest with two aggravating factors and one misdemeanor count of driving while license revoked.

Linebarger was initially arrested on July 10, 2019 in connection to an incident that occurred on the same date. At that time, he was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, speeding 15 MPH more than speed limit, speeding to elude arrest with two aggravating factors, careless & reckless driving, and driving while license revoked.

Linebarger was taken into custody without incident at 12:57 p.m. yesterday at a business address on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was processed and later released under a $20,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in Superior Court is coming up tomorrow in Newton.

26-year-old Marcus Deontae Williams and 25-year-old Anton Delrico Harris are both wanted by Hickory Police in connection to an August 3 shooting in Hickory. Warrants for their arrests have been issued.

19-year-old Tylee Shahiem Street and 20-year-old Demarcus Leeshan Brown were both injured during the incident. The shooting occurred at about 1:50 p.m. in the parking lot at the Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham at 1725 13th Avenue Drive N.W. After the shooting, both victims walked to the Waffle House on Highway 321 N.W.

Williams, who is currently out on bond from charges in a shooting that occurred in June of this year, is now wanted on additional warrants for of assault with deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm by a felon. Harris is wanted on an outstanding warrant for possession of a firearm by a felon.

Citizens are cautioned not to approach the suspects due to the violent nature of the crime. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Williams or Harris should contact Hickory Police at 828-328-5551 or 828-261-2626.

Thursday, 06 August 2020 10:05

Missing Person Sought in Burke County

The Burke Co. Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing person. He is 48-year-old Dean Anthony Yelton of 801 State Street in Marion.

Mr. Yelton who was last seen on July 31 of this year. At that time, a friend dropped him off near Linville Falls, off of N.C. Highway 105 in Burke County. He was in possession of camping & hiking equipment.

Mr. Yelton is a white male. He is 5'7" tall and weighs 200 pounds. He has blue eyes and brown hair.

The Sheriff’s Office is attempting to verify Mr. Yelton's current whereabouts and ascertain his condition. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500.

37-year-old Richard Todd Frady of Suburban Drive and 29-year-old Curston Shay Graybeal of Peeler Street, both from Morganton, have been arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff's Officers. Frady was charged with felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance on prison or jail premises. Graybeal faces one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

They were arrested in connection to an incident Monday (August 3) when a Morganton Public Safety Officer traveling on Greene Street saw a sedan traveling north with a fictitious tag. A traffic stop was conducted and the occupants of the vehicle were identified as Richard Todd Frady and Curston Shay Graybeal.

Burke County Sheriff’s Detectives were nearby and assisted with the investigation. A search of the vehicle turned up substantial amounts of methamphetamine from the vehicle and on Graybeal’s person. Both suspects were taken into custody.

During the booking process, Frady admitted that he had concealed controlled substances on his person. Frady and Graybeal were placed in the Burke County Jail. Frady's bond was set at $25,000, secured, while Graybeal was given a $10,000 secured bond. They will both appear in District Court tomorrow (August 6) in Morganton.

Wednesday, 05 August 2020 11:02

Morganton Man Wanted on Felony Assault Charge

The Burke Co. Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in locating 25-year-old Randall Kent Brank of Piney Road in Morganton. Brank is wanted for felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

He was charged in connection to an incident at about 4:15 p.m. yesterday (August 4). At that time, Deputies were dispatched to a shooting at an address on Goat Farm Street in Hickory. Upon arrival, Deputies found a resident of the house who had been shot in the face and arm by what appeared to be pellets from a shotgun blast.

According the victim and witnesses, Randall Kent Brank drove by the victim's residence and fired the shot from a black S.U.V., possibly a Range Rover or Land Rover. The victim was standing in his front yard when the suspect fired the shot from the roadway. The victim was transported to the hospital by Burke County E.M.S.

A warrant for Brank's arrest was issued. The suspect should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information regarding Brank’s whereabouts should call the Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or Morganton/Burke Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333. Crime Stoppers tips are anonymous. Anyone with information leading to an arrest may receive a cash reward.

34-year-old James Allen Jones of Spring Street in Granite Falls was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff's Officers yesterday (August 4) for felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was also charged with four counts of failure to appear in court on charges of assault on a female, resisting a public officer, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, and possession of marijuana up to half an ounce. Following his arrest, Jones was jailed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $40,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Lenoir.

55-year-old Karen Marie Audet of Guy's Hidden Place in Granite Falls was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff's Officers yesterday (August 4) on felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and speeding to elude arrest. Following her arrest, Audet was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $30,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Lenoir.

34-year-old David Brandon Mullins of Love Road in Claremont was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff's Officers today (August 5) as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.

Mullins is wanted by the Sheriff's Office in McDowell County, West Virginia on warrants issued in October of last year. He was charged with domestic assault, brandishing a deadly weapon, domestic battery, assault, battery, and child neglect creating a risk of injury.

Following his arrest, Mullins was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $85,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

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