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27-year-old Steve Allen Woody was arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers at about 1 p.m. yesterday (December 8) and charged with felony breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods. He was also charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle

Woody is accused of vandalizing the Bost Road transmitter site for WCIS Radio, a Christian radio station operating out of Morganton. Yesterday, a Ford F250 truck was reported stolen from property near the radio station. Officers found the truck at an address off of N.C. 181. They learned that Woody had been driving the truck earlier in the day.

As Officers waited for Woody to come out of the residence, he climbed out through a side window. He was captured about 300 yards away. Evidence found in the back of the truck connected Woody to the radio station vandalism, which resulted in approximately $50,000 in damages and knocked WCIS off the air.

Woody was placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Morganton.

The investigation is ongoing with additional arrests possible.

Tuesday, 09 December 2014 06:59

Another Wal-Mart Larceny Reported in Boone

Another Wal-Mart store has been hit by a man authorities believe may have been involved in similar crimes at other area Wal-Mart stores.

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police are seeking the public’s assistance in solving a crime that occurred on December 3. An unidentified African-American male attempted to steal a large amount of merchandise from the Boone Wal-Mart on Watauga Village Drive. The man was dressed in green, military BDU-style pants, a black hoodie and a black toboggan.

Authorities believe the suspect was assisted by an unknown subject or subjects driving a white sedan. Investigators also believe the man is connected to recent Wal-Mart larcenies in Lenoir and Conover.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 or 828-737-0125; or call Boone Police at 828-268-6900. High Country Crime Stoppers pays rewards for information that leads to arrests, recovery of stolen property, seizure of drugs or the location of wanted persons.

The Department of Public Safety this week is opening two new Confinement in Response to Violation (CRV) centers to house and provide intensive behavior modification programs for those who have violated probation. One of the two centers will be located in Burke County with the other in Robeson County.

The new CRV centers are recently closed state prisons that have been re-purposed to incarcerate probation violators for 90-day periods of confinement in response to technical violations of probation, parole or post-release supervision.

The Burke CRV Center is housed in a portion of the former Western Youth Institution in Morganton, which closed on January 1 of this year. It is a 248-bed facility with a staff of 46 employees.

Both facilities will utilize dormitory style housing similar to a minimum-security prison and will offer intensive programming designed to modify the behavior of probation violators. Probation Officers and case managers will work closely with offenders as they progress through treatment and programming, including cognitive behavioral therapy, substance abuse interventions, employment readiness and life skills training.

Offenders will begin entering the new centers next week. The facilities will house male inmates. The Department of Public Safety anticipates opening a similar CRV center for females in the future.

46-year-old Reginald Eugene Jones of Catawba Street in Lincolnton was arrested by Lincolnton Police yesterday (December 7) on charges of first-degree burglary and felony larceny.

At about 10:22 last night, Lincolnton Police responded to a residence on the 1100 block of South Aspen Street in Lincolnton regarding a burglary in progress. Upon arrival, Officers found Reginald Eugene Jones trying to leave the residence carrying a television set. Jones was taken into custody without incident.

Following his arrest, Jones was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $30,000.00 secured bond. No court date is currently scheduled.

The investigating and arresting officer was Officer Tyler Hart.

Jones has prior convictions for involuntary manslaughter, distributing controlled substances on school property, selling counterfeit controlled substances, possession of cocaine, breaking & entering, larceny, injury to real property, intoxicated & disruptive, first-degree trespassing, second-degree trespassing, open container of alcohol, resisting a public officer, communicating threats, possession of marijuana, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, domestic criminal trespass, carrying a concealed weapon, failure to pay child support, assault on a law enforcement officer, DWI and several other traffic offenses.  

Monday, 08 December 2014 15:08

Suspect in Theft of Purse Turns Self In

59-year-old Donald Addison Masters of Waters Road in Lincolnton has been arrested in connection to the theft of a purse in Lincolnton last month. He was charged with misdemeanor larceny.

On Thursday, November 20, at approximately 5:20 p.m., an unknown white male stole a purse out of a buggy at Wal-Mart on North Generals Boulevard in Lincolnton. Police say the victim is an elderly female. The purse was described as an orange purse containing a black wallet, a checkbook, numerous credit cards and approximately $50.  

The case was assigned to Lincolnton Police Det. Brent Heavner. Det. Heavner worked with Wal-Mart loss prevention and released photos to the media that were taken from surveillance video footage. When the suspect saw his picture in the media, he turned himself in to Lincolnton Police.

Masters was given a $1,000 unsecured bond. He has a court date set for January 9 in Lincoln County District Court.

Since 2010, Saint Stephens High School Play Production (an auditioned troupe of artists) has collaborated with a chosen local charity or organization to raise awareness and funds to foster communication and art between teens and the community.

The group has worked with the Children's Advocacy Center, Safe Harbor Rescue Mission, the Women's Resource Center, the Family Guidance Center, Pace@Home (All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) and The Grace House Day Shelter for the Homeless. This year, the Tractor Shed Theatre will partner with the Catawba Valley Guardian Ad Litem Association (GAL) as they present a unique original performance piece sharing the stories of foster children in the Unifour area.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 18, at the Hickory Museum of Art on the SALT Block. Tickets are $10 with all proceeds going to the Children's Assistance Funds. Hors d'Oeuvres will be served.

18-year-old Joel Tremayne Michaux of N.W. Gabriel Lane in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police last Thursday (December 4) for felony indecent liberties with a child. He was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $20,000, secured. Michaux will appear in Superior Court on January 12 in Lenoir.

Monday, 08 December 2014 13:30

Hiddenite Man Arrested on Felony Meth Charge

50-year-old James Wesley Wilson of R.E. Johnson Lane in Hiddenite was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (December 6) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Events leading to his arrest unfolded as Police ran the tag on a 1997 Dodge Avenger, spotted at the Sun House convenience store in northwest Hickory. The plate came back to a driver whose license was expired. Officers also learned that the vehicle had been pulled about 40 minutes earlier for a burned out tag light.

Police stopped the vehicle in the area of 10th Street Place N.W. and 2nd Avenue N.W. with a female driving and a male in the passenger seat. A search of the passenger, James Wesley Wilson, turned up a digital scale, brown bags containing 4.9 grams of methamphetamine, a bag containing 2.7 grams of marijuana and a pipe. The driver, 33-year-old Tanya Hoke of Hiddenite, also had a pipe on her person and was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wilson was arrested without incident and taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (December 8) in Newton.

Lincolnton Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect in the theft of a purse last month.

On Thursday, November 20, at approximately 5:20 p.m., an unknown white male stole a purse out of a buggy at Wal-Mart on North Generals Boulevard in Lincolnton. Police say the victim is an elderly female. The purse is described as an orange purse containing a black wallet, a checkbook, numerous credit cards and approximately $50.  

Anyone with information should contact Lincolnton Police Detective Brent Heavner at 704-736-8900 or contact Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. Crime Stoppers callers may remain anonymous and could be eligible for up to $1,000 reward if a tip leads to an arrest.

Southeast Retirement Planners will hold a ribbon cutting and open house at 2 p.m. on Friday, December 12, in celebration of their new location at 74 8th Street S.E., Suite 105 in Hickory. Southeast Retirement Planners’ new facility is in the Moretz Mills complex.

Chamber members and the public are invited to attend. Representatives from the Chamber of Commerce and elected officials will be on hand to offer congratulatory remarks.