42-year-old Nathan Brian Teague and 59-year-old Teresa Diane Petrea, both of Taylorsville, were arrested today (July 19) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. Teague is charged with felony counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling and possession of a firearm by a felon. Petrea is charged with felony discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle.
Shortly before 9 a.m. today, Alexander County Communications received a call from a residence located on Confederate Drive in the Wittenburg Community. Officers arrived on the scene and found a female, later identified as Teresa Petrea, at the scene who stated that her nephew, Nathan Teague had come to her camper on the property asking for money owed to him. An argument between Teague and Petrea ensued before he allegedly threatened to kill her.
Petrea then retreated to her camper and retrieved her gun before confronting Teague by firing a shot toward him striking his truck. Teague fled the scene and retrieved a shotgun before returning to the camper. Petrea said she heard a truck pulling to the camper a short time later and then a gunshot and the sound of pellets hitting the side of the camper.
Both suspects were jailed in the Alexander County Detention Center, Teague under $9,000 secured bond, Petrea under $5,000 secured bond. They both have District Court dates next Monday (July 23) in Taylorsville.
40-year-old Jason Shea Ali was arrested today (July 19) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture schedule II controlled substance along with misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia. Ali was arrested at 2:23 a.m. today and placed in jail in Morganton under $60,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (July 20).
49-year-old James Louis McWilliams of Sandy Circle in Newton was arrested today (July 19) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a true bill of indictment with felony larceny. McWilliams was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (July 20).
City of Morganton utility customers will not be able to pay their bills online or by phone on Saturday, July 28, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., due to scheduled maintenance on the payment portal services. Other payment options are available. Customers can visit Morganton City Hall any time between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and pay in-person at the customer service desk, or drop their payment in the designated drop boxes at Morganton City Hall.
One person was killed in an eastern Burke County house fire. According to the Burke County Fire Marshal's Office, on Wednesday (July 18) at 4:57 p.m. a fire was reported by a passerby at 5335 Rogers Road in Hickory. The George Hildebran Fire Department responded along with mutual aid from Icard, Lovelady, Mountain View, Enola, South Mountain and Cookesville Fire Departments. Personnel arrived on scene at approximately 5:00 pm discovering a two-story single-family residence fully involved in fire.
Neighbors told fire officials that only one person lived at the residence; however, they could not confirm if the occupant was home at the time of the fire. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control within 20 minutes. During overhaul operations, firefighters found a body believed to be the sole occupant; however, the name of the person is being withheld pending positive identification by the Medical Examiner’s Office.
The Burke County Fire Marshal’s Office was requested to aid in the origin and cause determination. Burke County Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation were also called in to investigate which is standard practice with a fire fatality.
Other Responding agencies were: the Burke County Fire Marshal’s Office, Burke County EMS, Burke County Sheriff’s Office, Burke County REACT, NC SBI and the Medical Examiner’s Office.
26-year-old Allen Davis Coffey of Abington Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (July 18) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. Coffey was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (July 19).
An Iredell County Sheriff's Deputy was killed in a vehicle crash Wednesday (July 18). The collision involved another deputy.
At 1:41 p.m. Wednesday a deputy contacted Iredell County Communications and said he had been involved in a motor vehicle collision. The accident occurred on Taylorsville Highway north of Statesville. One of the deputies involved in the collision was on duty and had slowed to make a left into a parking lot. The second deputy was traveling west towards Statesville on Taylorsville Highway and was off duty, riding a motorcycle. The second deputy was pronounced dead at the scene.
The on duty deputy involved in the incident is Justin Betts, he will be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. The deputy who was killed was Corporal Bill Wood. Corporal Wood had been employed with Iredell County Emergency Communications since 1993, he had transferred to the Sheriff’s Office in 2007.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating the accident at this time.
18-year-old Luca Tyler Buntic of Brookwood Drive in Maiden was arrested Wednesday (July 18) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of break or enter a motor vehicle, larceny of a firearm and larceny of a motor vehicle. Buntic was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (July 19).
37-year-old Jeremy Dominique Miller of Old North Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (July 17) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony breaking and entering to terrorize or injure, and first degree trespassing. Miller was detained in the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office under $7,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (July 19).
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a Kentucky man wanted for breaking into a motor vehicle and stealing the victim’s wallet. The suspect then used the victim's credit cards at Walmart on North Generals Boulevard in Lincolnton. The incident occurred near the 200 block of Car Farm Rd on June 27, 2018. The suspect is 30-year-old Tavaruse Amante Priest of Louisville, Kentucky.
According to detectives, the suspect was meeting family members on an unrelated matter at a location on Car Farm Road where the victim’s vehicle was parked. The suspect entered the vehicle and took the victim’s wallet containing multiple credit and bank cards. The suspect then went to Walmart in Lincolnton and used two of the cards to purchase a cell phone and a prepaid credit card.
Deputies obtained surveillance video from Walmart of the suspect. Over the course of a few weeks, detectives were able to identify the suspect and found he is also wanted on unrelated crimes in Virginia and Kentucky. Warrants were sought for the crimes here and the suspect has been entered as a wanted person in NCIC.
Priest has been charged with one felony count each of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, financial transaction card theft, and financial transaction card fraud. He is also facing one misdemeanor count each of larceny, possession of stolen goods, financial transaction card theft, and financial transaction card fraud.
Priest was last seen driving a late 90’s or early 2000’s model white, four-door, Dodge car, possibly an Intrepid, missing a hubcap on the rear driver’s side wheel. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Priest is asked to call Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. All callers can remain anonymous and you could receive a reward of up to $1,000 if the information leads to an arrest.