48-year-old Ernest Ray Messer of Sleepy Hollow Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (March 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with ten counts of second degree felony sexual exploitation of a minor and five counts of felony third degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Messer was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for April 29.

36-year-old Melissa Ann Austin of Deal Road in Claremont was arrested Monday (March 11) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance. Austin was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $34,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for March 18, a Superior Court date is April 15.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019 02:55

New Names Added To Burke Most Wanted List

There are three new names on the Burke County most wanted list. All three of the suspects were added to the list last Friday (March 8).

29-year-old Seth Dixon Stepp was recently added to the list of suspects wanted in Burke County. He's wanted on charges of felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle and multiple counts of larceny of a motor vehicle. Stepp's last known address was 4859 Mayfield Drive in Granite Falls.

26-year-old Tracey Diane Teague was also added to the Burke County most wanted list. She's wanted on a charge of felony possession of a stolen vehicle. Teague's last known address was 8231 B Tom Smith Avenue in Connelly Springs.

29-year-old Tyler Dwayne South, AKA "Shaft", is also wanted by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. The last known address for South was 5202 Rainhill Church Road in Morganton.

You can see the entire list of suspects wanted by authorities in Burke County at www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list, call the Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail information to admin@burkesheriff.org. If you'd like to submit an anonymous tip you can do so through Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.

24-year-old Thomas Utah McDonald of St. James Church Road in Denver, NC, was arrested Saturday (March 9) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest, felony possession of methamphetamine, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless driving, left of center, failure to stop at a stop light, driving while license revoked, and speeding 15 miles per hour over the posted speed limit. He was also served with outstanding orders for arrest from Mecklenburg and Catawba Counties.

On Saturday, deputies observed a suspicious vehicle in the Walmart parking lot at 7131 NC 73 Hwy moving from parking space to parking space. At approximately 9 p.m.
the pickup truck left the parking lot traveling on Highway 73 to a convenience store across the street. The driver was recognized as Thomas Utah McDonald when he exited the vehicle at the store. A criminal search revealed that McDonald had Orders for Arrest from Mecklenburg and Catawba Counties.

After a deputy activated his emergency equipment the driver fled on Highway 73 and then continued on to NC Highway 16. The driver turned onto Optimist Club Road and several other roads before finally returning to St. James Church Road where he pulled into a driveway in the 1900 block and got out of the vehicle. Deputies gave McDonald verbal commands for him to get on the ground and he complied.

Officers smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and a search of the truck turned up a briefcase containing marijuana, drug paraphernalia, empty plastic baggies and digital scales. McDonald was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $45,000 secured bond. He had a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court on Monday (March 11), his next District Court Date is April 1. 

A fire that caused extensive damage at a Hickory residence Monday afternoon (March 11) is under investigation. Hickory Firefighters conducting a pre-plan on a building noticed smoke behind the complex. They responded to the area and discovered a fire at 1154 15th Street Drive N.E. Firefighters responded with three engines, one ladder, one rescue truck, and two command units.

Firefighters found smoke and flames coming from a house that had been split into two apartments. During their search, they found one person in the front apartment. Firefighters carried that person outside the building where he was examined by Catawba County E.M.S. He was then transported to a local hospital for injuries unrelated to the fire. No other injuries were reported.

Firefighters worked to extinguish the fire, which was under control just before 1:30 p.m. In a press released issued this morning (March 12), the Hickory Fire Department says the fire may have been intentionally set.

Fire damages were considered to be major. The Red Cross responded to the incident and will assist the occupants.

32-year-old Aaron Bernard Faulkner of Sharpe Street in Mooresville was arrested Saturday (March 9) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of cocaine and possession of schedule I controlled substance, with that substance being ecstasy. Faulkner is also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Saturday (March 9) deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office were following up a lead stemming from a break-in to a business in Mooresville. The deputies found the suspect truck which was involved in the crime. They spoke with the occupants of the truck and after gaining further information searched the suspect vehicle.

The search of the truck resulted in the discovery of cocaine, ecstasy, and marijuana. The drugs were reportedly in the possession of the driver of the truck, Aaron Faulkner.

Faulkner was arrested on scene and taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where he received a $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for April 1.

25-year-old Dustin Ray Ingle, who is listed as a homeless person from Lincolnton, was arrested by Maiden Police Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with second degree arson. Ingle was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (March 11) under $2,500 bond. A Superior Court date was scheduled today.

40-year-old Lisa Marie Williams was arrested Friday (March 8) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Williams was arrested shortly after 4 p.m. Friday at an address on Edgewood Avenue in Morganton. She was placed in jail in Morganton under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (March 11).

27-year-old Christy Dawn Mcgalliard was arrested Sunday (March 10) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Mcgalliard was arrested shortly after 11 a.m. Sunday at an address on Sunnyside Drive in Morganton. She was not listed as an inmate in Burke County, no upcoming court dates were listed.

Monday, 11 March 2019 05:11

Maiden Man Arrested On Drug Charges

39-year-old Jeremy John Howard of South 8th Avenue in Maiden was arrested Sunday (March 10) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methampetamine, simple possession of schedule III controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting a public officer, and driving while license revoked. Howard was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $6,000 bond. District Court dates were scheduled today (March 11) and March 25.

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