29-year-old Joshua Allen Jubin of North Anderson Street in Morganton has been arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers.  Jubin was charged with fleeing to elude arrest, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and assault with deadly weapon on a government official.

Yesterday (June 28), Burke County Narcotics Officers were investigating drug activity on Mill Race Road in Morganton when they noticed a white Nissan Maxima as it pulled away from a suspected drug house and ran a stop sign.

Investigators attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver failed to stop.  Officers gave chase as the suspect continued to flee, traveling into Caldwell County where the driver jumped and ran.

Jubin was arrested and jailed under a $100,000 secured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for tomorrow (June 30).

29-year-old Christopher Markel Propst of Hickory will spend 35 to 51 months in prison after pleading guilty to trafficking cocaine by sale.

The sentence was handed down by the Honorable W. Todd Pomeroy, Superior Court Judge from Lincoln County, during Catawba County Superior Court yesterday (June 28).  Propst was also was given a suspended sentence of 14 to 26 months for possession of a firearm by a felon.  Judge Pomeroy also ordered that Propst pay a mandatory fine of $50,000.

The active sentence will be served in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.

Propst pleaded guilty to selling cocaine to an undercover Officer in February 2016.  During the same month, he was also was found to be in possession of a handgun and a shotgun when a search warrant was executed at his residence.  He previously had been convicted of possession of cocaine in February 2006.

Kyle Lawrence and Jessica McCray investigated the cases for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant District Attorneys Kyle Smith and Sean Baetjer handled prosecution for the state.

51-year-old Connie Lynn Morgan of Car Farm Road in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

She was arrested after Deputies were dispatched to a call on Car Farm Road at about 12:05 a.m. today (June 28).  Deputies were told that a knife had been used in the incident.

Officers arrived to find John Alford in a back bedroom suffering from a stab wound to the stomach.  Mr. Alford told Deputies he and Connie Lynn Morgan had been arguing over a truck with a blown motor.  When the victim walked into a bedroom, Morgan allegedly stabbed him with a pocketknife.  Lincoln County E.M.S. transported Alford to CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Morgan was arrested and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center where she was initially held without bond.  After a first appearance in Lincoln Co. District Court today, bond was set at $1,000, secured.  No additional court date is currently listed.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 11:21

Hickory Man Busted for Crack Cocaine

24-year-old Christian Dior Sifford of 12th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:40 last night (June 27) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.

He was arrested after Hickory Police responded to reports of illegal narcotics activity on the 100 block of 10th Avenue S.E.  While on the scene, Officers saw Christian Sifford with a marijuana cigarette behind his ear.  Sifford was stopped and, during a search, 0.7 grams of marijuana and 1.1 grams of crack cocaine were found.  

Sifford was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,500 secured bond.  He has since been released.  An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

30-year-old Miguel Christopher Sanchez of 17th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:40 last night for a felony probation violation.

Sanchez is on probation as he serves a 30-month suspended sentence following a Catawba County conviction in January of this year for felony possession of a scheduled II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of a scheduled IV controlled substance.

Sanchez was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department.  He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured.  An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for July 3 in Newton.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 14:40

Body Found Tuesday Morning in Hickory

A body was found Tuesday morning (June 27) in Hickory.  Hickory Police say the body of 37-year-old James Robert Smith was found at about 7 a.m. in a wooded area just north of the I-40 exit 125 off-ramp.

At this time, the incident is being treated as a death investigation.  No foul play is suspected.  The investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information regarding the death of James Robert Smith should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551 or contact Investigator Carlos DeLosSantos at 828-261-2621 or cdelossantos@hickorync.gov.

21-year-old Justin Sullivan of Morganton has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for plotting terrorist acts for an Islamic terrorist organization.  The sentence was handed down in the federal courthouse in Asheville today (June 27).  Sullivan was arrested in June 2016.  He is accused of plotting to kill up to 1,000 people in support of ISIS.  

Sullivan has also been indicted for the December 2014 murder of then 74-year-old John Bailey Clark, who was Sullivan’s neighbor on Rose Carswell Road.  The suspect allegedly shot Clark in the head three times with a gun he stole from his father and buried the victim in a shallow grave near his home.

In addition, Sullivan was indicted on federal charges for supporting a terrorist organization, lying to the FBI and using interstate facilities to plan the murder of his parents.  He also faces and several weapons and interstate commerce violations.

Federal charges against Sullivan do not include charges for Clark’s murder.  That case will be prosecuted in state court.  The state will seek the death penalty.

18-year-old Jason Daniel Sanchez Hopper of 2nd Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested at about 11:30 Friday morning on one felony count of larceny by servant or other employee.

He was arrested after Police Friday responded to a report of larceny by employee at the Dunkin’ Donuts on 2nd Street N.E. in Hickory.  The reporting party provided Officers with information that led to the arrest of Jason Hopper.  He was accused of taking money from the register.

Hopper was taken into custody at the restaurant without incident.  He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $3,500, secured.  A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday (June 26).  No additional court date is listed.

20-year-old Demarcus Marquise Beatty of 2nd Street Drive S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about ten o’clock last night (June 26) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

His arrest stems from an incident on June 18 when Officers responded to a robbery call at the Sears store in Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall.   The victim reported that two black males stole his vehicle from the mall parking lot.  20-year-old Joshua Ernest Robinson was arrested the following day, as reported on June 19 by WHKY.   

Beatty was taken into custody at a residence on 2nd Street Place S.E. in Hickory.  He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,500 secured bond.  An appearance in District Court was set for July 27 in Newton.

36-year-old Johnny Dwayne White, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:45 p.m. yesterday (June 26) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.

White was arrested in connection to one of the incidents that led to the arrest of Gregory Allen Glisson, Jr. of 3rd Avenue Place S.E. in Hickory early Monday morning (June 26).  Glisson’s arrest was reported yesterday on WHKY.

The two are accused of throwing a concrete block through a glass door at the Speedy Mart on Fairgrove Church Road, entering the store and taking multiple packs of cigarettes.  Both men were seen on surveillance video.  That incident occurred last Tuesday (June 20).

White was taken into custody without incident on the 1,000 block of 1st Street S.W. in Hickory.  He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,500 secured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

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