25-year-old Sabrina Autumn Belcher of Shangri La Drive in Conover was arrested Monday (August 7) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Belcher was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 8).
The City of Newton will be smoke testing sanitary sewers today through Thursday (August 8-10) in the downtown Newton area.
The tests will be conducted on West A Street from U.S. 321 to Ashe Avenue, Ashe Avenue from 4th Street to D Street, Main Avenue from 2nd Street to A Street, and College Avenue from Second Street to A Street.
Smoke tests assist the Public Works and Utilities Department in locating breaks and defects in the sewer system. Door hangers explaining the tests will be left at homes and businesses prior to testing.
During the tests, customers may see smoke coming from vent stacks on buildings or from holes in the ground. The smoke has no odor, is non-toxic, is non-staining, creates no fire hazard, and dissipates within a few minutes.
If smoke enters your home or building during the testing, it probably means there are defects in the plumbing that could allow sewer gas to enter. If you see smoke during the tests, note the location of the smoke and call 828-695-4289 to arrange a meeting with the city’s inspector. Open doors and windows to ventilate any smoke that enters.
If you have any questions, contact Newton Collections and Distribution Superintendent Todd Crutchfield at 828-695-4289.
44-year-old Richard David Miller Jr. of Hawk Drive in Claremont was arrested Friday (August 4) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony breaking and entering to a building and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Hickory Police responded to 108 1st Street SW in reference to a report of a stolen bicycle. The suspect was located and arrested at an address on 3rd Avenue SE after a witness spotted him in the area. The bicycle was recovered from another person who had purchased it from the suspect. No charges were filed against the buyer.
Miller was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 7).
25-year-old Marcus Deshawn Mayfield of 13th Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested Sunday (August 6) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon along with misdemeanor counts of going armed to the terror of the public and discharging a firearm in the city limits.
Sunday afternoon, shortly before 3:00, Hickory Police Officers responded to the 900 Block of 1st Street SW in reference to a report of shots being fired. Mayfield was arrested at an address on 3rd Avenue SW after officers heard additional shots being fired. There were no injuries during the incident.
Mayfield was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $9,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 7).
26-year-old Brittany Danielle Wiles of 13th Street SW in Hickory was arrested Friday (August 4) by Hickory Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession of methamphetamine and trafficking in methamphetamine.
The arrest occurred after a vehicle stop that occurred Friday night shortly before 11:00. Officers learned that the vehicle had been stolen in Catawba County. During a search, 41.8 grams of meth and drug paraphernalia were found. Along with Wiles, who was driving the vehicle, 46-year-old Michael Timothy Howard of Mays Chapel Road in Newton was arrested. He was charged with misdemeanor driving violations and was given a $500 secured bond with a District Court date August 23.
Wiles was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 secured bond, a District Court date was scheduled for today (August 7).
A Lincoln County teenager reported missing last Tuesday (August 1) has been located and returned home. According to a news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, 15-year-old Gloria Marie Castillo of NC 27 Highway West in Lincolnton was located at a relative’s home in Catawba County. She is not reported to have been harmed.
43-year-old Jill Elizabeth Rowell of Randolph Street in Morganton was arrested Saturday (August 5) by Hickory Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of habitual larceny and larceny by anti-inventory device along with a misdemeanor count of larceny. Rowell was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 7).
46-year-old Milton Gregory Horton of Oxford School Road in Claremont was arrested Saturday (August 5) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and attempted breaking and entering along with a misdemeanor count of injury to real property. Horton was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court date was set for today (August 7).
56-year-old Michael Anthony Jones of 7th Street Lane SE in Hickory was arrested Saturday (August 5) by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with felony larceny by anti-inventory device and misdemeanor possession of stolen goods or property. Jones was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled for today (August 7).
38-year-old Joshua Alan English of SW Lutz Street in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (August 6) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. English was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 7).
26-year-old Seigfred Albert Jackson of Enlos Place in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (August 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of felony speeding to elude arrest, possession of methamphetamine, assault on a female, possession of drug paraphernalia, injury to real property, resist, delay, and obstruct a public officer, and injury to personal property willful and wanton. Jackson was jailed at the Caldwell County Detention Center under no bond on the assault charge and $100,000 secured bond on the other charges. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (August 7) and August 28. A Superior Court date is set for September 11.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) was scheduled to begin replacing the two bridges over Berea Church Road in eastern Burke County today (August 7).
NHM Constructors of Asheville was scheduled to close Berea Church Road in Connelly Springs by today in order to begin a two-year process to replace the eastbound and westbound bridges. The bridges were built in 1956 and 1958 respectively.
A local detour has been established for Berea Church Road to help accelerate construction on the $8.56 million contract. NHM will construct an on-site detour to allow I-40 traffic to flow in all four lanes.
The Berea Church Road detour directs westbound traffic to Burke Boulevard, then to U.S. 70, then to Knobs Landing Road, then back to Berea Church Road. The opposite applies to eastbound vehicles on Berea Church Road. The project is expected to be completed by September, 2019.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the theft of lottery tickets from two eastern Lincoln County convenience stores last Tuesday (August 1). A suspect has been named by the Sheriff's Office.
Last Tuesday at around 5:30 a.m. deputies were dispatched to Sam’s Mart in Denver, NC in connection with the theft of lottery tickets. The clerk told officers she was cleaning the store when a white male came into the store and stole several lottery tickets. The scratch-off lottery tickets were valued at $20.
Then at around 8:30 a.m. deputies were dispatched to the Denver Mart, also in reference the theft of lottery tickets. The tickets were stolen while the clerk was distracted. The man reportedly came into the store several times during the early morning hours and on one occasion cashed a lottery ticket valued at $60. A total of 45 lottery tickets were stolen from the store. After reviewing the surveillance video at each store detectives were able to identify the man as 32-year-old Marcus Tyler Holloway of Statesville.
The suspect returned to the Denver Mart on Wednesday (August 2) and deputies attempted to stop the vehicle the man was driving but he eluded officers on Business Highway 16. The attempt to stop the vehicle was terminated because it was a high traffic area. Deputies later discovered the vehicle abandoned on Glen Crest Drive in Denver.
Holloway is charged with obtaining property by false pretenses in Lincoln County but has a number of outstanding warrants in surrounding counties. Anyone with information about Holloway’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or the nearest law enforcement agency.
Three suspects have been charged in connection to a traffic stop in Burke County. 30-year-old Josh Lee Franklin of Oak Hill Drive in Morganton, 24-year-old Haley Sierra Stokes of Bollinger Gap Street in Morganton, and 44-year-old Thomas Hayes Frank of San Diego, California were all arrested by authorities in Burke County. Franklin is charged with felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver opana. Stokes and Frank are each charged with felony trafficking methamphetamine.
Last Wednesday, (August 3), Burke County Narcotics Task Force Investigators, the Morganton Department of Public Safety, N.C.State Highway Patrol, and Burke County Sheriff's Deputies arrested the suspects following a vehicle stop near Hwy. 18 South. A motorcycle being operated by Josh Franklin was spotted by officers. They attempted to stop Franklin when he pulled into a what a news release says is a known drug house off Della Drive in Morganton. Franklin attempted to elude arrest by driving behind the residence while throwing approximately two ounces of methamphetamine away. Officers caught up with Franklin, removed him from the motorcycle and recovered the drugs.
While trying to stop Franklin, investigators noticed a truck leaving from the Della Drive residence. Further investigation revealed the truck was occupied by Thomas Frank and Haley Stokes. The truck was later stopped by the Highway Patrol. 14 grams of meth and approximately $700 in cash were seized and Stokes was arrested and placed into custody.
Haley Stokes made bond at 9:50 p.m. and was picked up by Thomas Frank. Frank and Stokes were subsequently observed at a local hotel by Morganton Department of Public Safety Officers several hours later. When Thomas Frank left the motel he was stopped and was in possession of a small amount of meth. Further investigation resulted in a search of the motel room where Officers seized approximately four ounces of meth. Frank and Stokes were arrested early Thursday morning.
A total of approximately seven ounces of methamphetamine was seized. All three suspects were detained at the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility. Franklin was jailed under $50,000.00 secured bond. Stokes Bond was set at $25,000 secured. Frank was jailed under $35,000 secured bond. All three suspects have District Court dates scheduled for August 23.
A house fire in Catawba County resulted in a fatality over the weekend. According to published reports, the fire occurred at a home located off Business Highway 321, north of Maiden. Firefighters responded to the blaze Saturday morning (August 5), the fire reportedly resulted in the death of one person, whose identity was not revealed over the weekend.
Firefighters had not released the cause of the fire but the published reports say there is no evidence of foul play. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation has been called in to assist with the probe into the fire.
Sarah Hinojoza of Claremont has won $110,000 in the N.C. Education Lottery’s Cash 5 game. She beat odds of one in 749,398 to match all five numbers in the July 28 drawing.
Hinojoza bought the winning $1 ticket at the S.M. Mart on Springs Road N.E. in Hickory. She claimed her prize Thursday (August 3) at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, Hinojoza took home $76,451.
For details on how lottery funds have made a difference in Catawba County, click on the “For Education” section at nc-educationlottery.org.
55-year-old Ellis Eugene Anderson of Oxford School Road in Catawba was arrested Thursday (August 3) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine, possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance.
Thursday, at approximately 10:00 p.m. a Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy on routine patrol stopped a motorcycle on NC 16 Highway North near Optimist Club Road intersection for not having tail lights on the vehicle. While speaking with the operator of the motorcycle, identified as Ellis Eugene Anderson, Deputy A.D. Sherwood noticed he appeared very nervous and continuously made movements toward his pocket. During the investigation Deputy Sherwood learned that Anderson had been charged with several felony drug offenses in a neighboring county which are still pending.
Anderson admitted to having drugs in his possession during the traffic stop and the officer found approximately 18 grams of methamphetamine and 4 grams of heroin. The drugs along with the Yamaha motorcycle and $650 were seized and placed in evidence.
Anderson was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $40,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
38-year-old David Lee Brittain of 6th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:30 a.m. yesterday (August 3) on Magistrate’s orders for felony breaking & entering and misdemeanor breaking & entering. He currently faces charges in both Catawba and Caldwell counties for felony breaking & entering and felony larceny after breaking & entering.
Brittain was taken into custody at an address on Highland Avenue N.E. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton. Brittain has additional court dates in Catawba County on September 7 and in Caldwell County on September 11.
50-year-old Billy Ray Potter of Pioneer Trail in Hudson was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and maintain a dwelling to keep or store a controlled substance.
Sheriff Alan Jones announced the arrest was made after SWAT executed an Ice Unit drug related search warrant at Potter's home at 2941 Pioneer Trail. The Sheriff’s Office Ice Unit had been investigating Potter for suspicion of distributing methamphetamine. A search warrant was issued after undercover buys for methamphetamine were conducted at his residence.
The home was searched and Narcotic Agents located and seized 26 grams of methamphetamine, digital weighing scales, and paraphernalia. The meth has a street value of $3,900 according to North Carolina State Guidelines. Potter was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $250,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court in Lenoir on Monday (August 7).
30-year-old Joshua Lee Franklin was arrested Thursday (August 3) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony trafficking methamphetamine. Franklin was arrested at an address on Della Drive in Connelly Springs. Following the arrest, Franklin was placed in jail in Morganton under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 4).