The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance is locating 14-year-old Madison Gilliland.
Ms. Gilliand is 5’3” tall, weighing 115 pounds. She has green eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing a camo-colored jacket, blue jeans and survivor boots.
Ms. Gilliland is considered a runaway juvenile and authorities believe she ran away voluntarily. At this time, authorities do not believe she is in danger. Ms. Gilliland is believed to be in the area of McDowell and Buncombe counties.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Madison Gilliland should contact the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500.
51-year-old Janice Denise Ramseur of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was served bills of indictment by Hickory Police early Saturday morning on one felony count of conspiracy to sell or deliver cocaine. She was also charged as an habitual felon. The warrants for her arrest were issued on February 6.
Ramseur was taken into custody at 6:35 a.m. in a residential area on 10th Avenue S.E. in Hickory. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today (February 20) in Newton.
24-year-old Kaila Ollie Corvin of Teaberry Lane and 26-year-old Taryn Michelle McCurry of West 1st Street, both from Newton, have both been arrested in connection to an armed robbery that took place early Saturday morning in Hickory. Corvin was charged with felony robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons, while McCurry was charged with flony aiding & abetting armed robbery.
The incident happened at about 6:30 a.m. Saturday in a room at the Red Roof Inn, just of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard in Hickory. Two male victims met the two women at the hotel room. Corbin allegedly pulled a handgun and took cash and a cell phone from one victim. The second victim did not with to press charges. It’s not known what, if anything, was taken from him.
The suspects left the hotel, but were stopped by Newton Police just before 9 a.m. the same day. They were both taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for each set at $2,500, secured. They have since been released. First appearances in District Court were scheduled today (February 20) in Newton.
Hickory Police are investigating a shooting that took place in downtown Hickory early Saturday morning. A 41-year-old male victim sustained a gunshot wound and was treated at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.
Events leading to the shooting began with an altercation at Randolph Billiards. At about 30 minutes past midnight, the parties involved encountered each other again after leaving the business, in the area of 1st Street S.W. and 2nd Avenue S.W. The suspect fired his weapon at the sidewalk and a ricochet hit the victim.
No arrests have been made and there are no suspects at this time. Anyone with information should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.
A Statesville Police Officer was victimized by thieves in Hickory some time over the weekend.
A Glock 23 handgun, a range bag, hearing protection, two flashlights, two magazines and other ammunition was stolen from the Officer’s personal vehicle. The stolen items have a total estimated value of $915.
The theft occurred between 12:40 Friday afternoon (February 17) and 10 a.m. on Sunday. It’s not clear at this time if the vehicle was unlocked or if it was broken into.
On Friday, the Officer went to a shooting range on Springs Road and then ran several other errands. He did not initially notice that the items were missing. The victim believes the theft may have occurred in a parking lot near Harbor Freight on Highway 70 S.E.
Anyone with information should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.
47-year-old John Frank Martin of Morning Sun Drive in Mooresville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count each of manufacturing marijuana and possession of marijuana.
On February 8, Iredell Co. Narcotics Officers and Officers with the Sheriff’s Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team executed a search warrant at an address on Southway Lane in eastern Iredell County. The search was conducted after Investigators received information from a concerned citizen about a possible marijuana growing operation in area of River Hill Road and Chestnut Grove Road. A surveillance operation was established. Investigators identified the Southway Lane residence as the grow house.
As Investigators entered the home, they detected the very strong odor of marijuana. The search led to the discovery of 43 marijuana plants of various sizes, water pumps, fertilizer and indoor grow lights. In another room, they found more than 100 pots used to grow marijuana, power inverters, insulation, piping and a marijuana processing machine.
John Frank Martin is the second suspect arrested on February 14 in connection to the grow operation. He turned himself into Deputies and was taken to the Iredell County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond. Martin will appear in District Court on May 3.
The Burke County Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7 in the County Board Room in the Burke County Services Building, 110 North Green Street in Morganton. The Board will also hold a 3 p.m. pre-agenda meeting that could run longer than an hour.
The purpose of the special meeting is to discuss the county’s draft animal ordinance. Action is not anticipated. The Sheriff's Office has the responsibility to enforce all North Carolina laws and Burke County ordinances that pertain to animals.
Citizens are welcome to attend; however, public comments will be not accepted at the March 7 special meeting.
26-year-old Jalisa Nicole Jones of Spring Lake Road, 28-year-old Thomeka Jernaiya Collins of Laberth Drive and 30-year-old Jessica Louise Mungo of High Meadow Lane, all from Charlotte, are each facing charges in Lincoln County in connection to a fraudulent prescription scheme. All three were charged with felony conspiracy and attempting to obtain a controlled substance by forgery or fraud. Jones was also charged with obtaining a controlled substance by forgery or fraud. Jones is currently in custody. Collins and Mungo remain at-large.
The incidents involving fraudulent prescriptions occurred on January 23 & 24 at different pharmacies in Denver, N.C. Detectives say the women conspired to produce fake prescriptions using the names of Charlotte businesses and forged the prescribers’ signatures. The prescriptions were for highly addictive opioid-based pills, including Oxycodone. During one incident, the women were able to get away with 60 tablets.
Lincoln County Narcotics Detectives obtained surveillance video of the transactions and were able to identify the suspects. Following an investigation, arrest warrants for the three women were issued yesterday (February 16). Jones is currently in jail in Iredell County on similar but unrelated charges. The other two women have not yet been taken into custody. Jones will appear in an Iredell County courtroom on February 24. No Lincoln County court date is currently listed.
Detectives say the investigation is ongoing and more charges may be forthcoming. Anyone with information regarding the case or the whereabouts of Collins or Mungo should call the Drug Tip Line at 704-736-8606 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. All callers may remain anonymous. Each tip will be investigated.
26-year-old Jeremy Harrison Blackwell of Boundary Street in Hog River, N.C. has been arrested by Hickory Police on one felony count of larceny by servants or other employees.
Blackwell is a former employee of Unifour Fire & Safety on Tate Boulevard in Hickory. According to Police, Blackwell was separated from the company and failed to turn in various items that belonged to his employer.
Blackwell was taken into custody without incident at about 2:40 yesterday afternoon (February 16) at Unifour Fire & Safety. He was processed and released under a $1,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
21-year-old Destiny Dawn Bentley of East Berkley Street in Granite Falls and 23-year-old Joseph Lee Eaker of Carriage Lane in Hudson have both been arrested in Caldwell County in connection to a February 5 armed robbery and carjacking in Lincoln County.
Bentley turned herself in at the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office yesterday (February 15). Eaker was arrested by Lenoir Police today. Both suspects were charged with one felony count each of robbery with a dangerous weapon.
The two suspects and one other man are accused of robbing a male victim from Lincolnton at Lincolnton Optimist Park, off of Startown Road. The victim was robbed at gunpoint. His wallet (containing credit cards, identification and cash) and his 2003 Mazda 6 were taken.
Deputies say the victim had been talking to Bentley on Facebook and they agreed to meet near the park. Bentley arrived in an older model blue car and got into the victim’s car. While the two were talking, they were interrupted by two white males knocking on the window. The men pulled the victim out of his car. One of the men was armed with a handgun and the other had a knife. They left with the victim’s wallet and his vehicle. The vehicle has not been found.
Detectives are continuing to interview Bentley and Eaker, who are being held in the Caldwell County Jail without bond due to a probation violation. Officers have not identified the third suspect. No court dates are currently listed.