47-year-old Rhonda J. Teague of Millersville Road in Taylorsville was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of schedule III and schedule IV controlled substances, and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Teague was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (November 30) under $8,500 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (December 1) and a District Court date is set for February 12.
27-year-old Amber Marie Pruitt of 32nd Street SW in Hickory was arrested by Long View Police Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, and failure to appear on counts of injury to personal property and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Pruitt was jailed this morning (November 30) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today and January 18.
22-year-old Allayah Danielle Riding Ray of Sparrow Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (November 29) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged in Caldwell County with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Ray is charged with a misdemeanor probation violation in Burke County and felony auto larceny in Wilkes County.
She was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (November 30) on the Caldwell County charges. Ray is also scheduled to appear in court in Burke County December 11 and Wilkes County February 14.
32-year-old Jasen Allen Drum of Boggs Road in Claremont was arrested Wednesday (November 29) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a felon, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Drum was also charged with felony probation violation by Probation & Parole.
Following the arrest, Drum was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A District Court appearance on the drug and weapon charges was scheduled for today (November 30). A Superior Court date on the probation violation charge is set for December 4.
On Wednesday (November 29) at 2:23 p.m., the Burke County Emergency Communications Center dispatched the Triple Community Fire Department to an outside fire with structures threatened on Windy Hill Drive in Morganton.
The fire department arrived on scene to find a detached garage fully involved in fire with approximately 1/4 acre of woodland burning behind the garage. Neighbors reported they were unable to make contact with the homeowner. Firefighters found a victim behind the garage. The victim was a white female in her mid 60s. The victim is believed to be the homeowner; however, the identity of the victim will not be released until an autopsy provides a positive identification.
Firefighters from seven Burke County Fire Departments responded with equipment and manpower to extinguish the fire, along with Burke County EMS, Burke REACT and the NC Forest Service supporting the operation. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze in approximately 30 minutes. The Burke County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the fire in conjunction with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, SBI and North Carolina Forest Service. The fire is believed to be accidental at this time; however, the exact cause is still under investigation.
A Catawba man was given an active prison term of six to nine years after being convicted of multiple criminal offenses and his admission of habitual felon status during Catawba County Superior Court on Monday (November 27).
39-year-old Shane Lee Huffman was given his prison sentence by the Honorable Andrew T. Heath, Superior Court Judge from Wake County, after pleading guilty to common law robbery, second-degree kidnapping, larceny of a motor vehicle, assault on a female and flee/elude arrest with a motor vehicle. He will serve his sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
Huffman’s prison term was enhanced by prior felony convictions for larceny (January 2000), larceny after breaking/entering (August 2006) and larceny of a motor vehicle (October 2013). All those convictions were in Catawba County.
In July 2016, the defendant was in a vehicle with two other subjects when an argument broke out. One of the occupants got out of the vehicle when he was threatened by Huffman, who drove away with the car with the other subject still in it. When the car stopped, the second subject managed to get away.
In April 2015, Huffman grabbed a female victim and dragged her to a vehicle that he then stole. The vehicle belonged to the female the defendant assaulted. On the same day, deputies attempted to stop the vehicle driven by Huffman, who attempted to elude the stop, traveling at speeds in excess of 75 mph before being apprehended.
The cases were investigated by Dustin Ladd, Maxwell Priest and Tyler Hefner of the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, and prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Melanie Earles.
49-year-old Marijo Rudisill of Hickory, will spend at least an additional 14 years in prison after being found guilty of drug offenses by a Catawba County jury, then pleading guilty to other drug-related charges and admitting her status as a habitual felon.
Rudisill was found guilty by a Catawba County jury of selling methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine. After the jury returned the guilty verdict, Rudisill then pleaded guilty to another set of the same charges during Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday (November 28).
The Honorable Andrew T. Heath, Superior Court Judge from Wake County, sentenced Rudisill to serve an active sentence of 14 to 19 years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections. She will serve that term at the end of the current sentence of six to eight years she is serving for a conviction of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and habitual felon status in Burke County in July 2017.
The defendant’s sentence for her Catawba County offenses was enhanced by prior felony convictions for possession of a Schedule VI Controlled Substance (May 2003) and uttering a forged instrument (August 2005) in Burke County, and larceny of a firearm (January 2011) in Catawba County.
Rudisill has 50 prior misdemeanor convictions, six prior DWIs and 22 prior felony convictions. She is expected to remain in prison until sometime between 2037 and 2044. Rudisill’s drug charges in Catawba County both came as a result of undercover buys made by officers with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 18, 2015, and Sept. 28, 2015, at two different locations in the county.
Sgt. Dennis Smith investigated the cases for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant District Attorneys Sean Baetjer and Lance Sigmon handled prosecution for the State.
33-year-old Tony Devon Boyles of Null Road in Lincolnton has been charged with single counts of assault with a deadly weapon, injury to personal property and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. He also faces two counts of assault on a female.
Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Deputies responded to reports of a domestic-related physical disturbance involving a knife at about eight o’clock last night in northern Lincoln County. Deputies were told that the man threatened people at the residence with a knife before running into a nearby wooded area. A female at the home identified Boyles as the suspect.
Deputies went to the back of the house in an attempt to locate Boyles, who had threatened to harm himself. Officers found the man near an abandoned house next door and ordered him to drop the knife. Boyles refused and approached the Officers with the knife when a Sergeant fired a non-lethal beanbag, striking the suspect in the left thigh.
Boyles fell to the ground and Officers confiscated two knives. Lincoln County E.M.S. was dispatched to treat lacerations on the suspect’s hand. Deputies then took Boyles to Carolinas HealthCare System Lincoln for evaluation.
In a previous incident on June 20 of this year, Deputies were dispatched to the same residence where Boyles was standing outside his vehicle holding a gas can above his head, as though he intended to light himself on fire. Boyles got back into his vehicle and poured gas over himself and the vehicle. A standoff ensued until Sheriff David Carpenter arrived and convinced Boyles to throw the gas can and lighter out of the car. He then exited the vehicle and agreed to go with E.M.S. personnel for treatment.
Arrest warrants will be served on Boyles after an evaluation has been completed.
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35-year-old Jennifer Ann Barlow of Wayfound Church Road in Hiddenite was arrested Tuesday (November 28) by authorities in Alexander County on charges filed in Catawba County. She's charged with failure to appear on a felony count of possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and shoplifting with concealment of goods. Barlow was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $37,000 bond. Superior Court appearances are scheduled for January 2 and February 2, a District Court date is set for January 17.
18-year-old Austin Dean Williams of Winding Oak Drive in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 7:20 p.m. yesterday (November 28) on two felony counts of larceny by servant or other employee.
He was arrested after Officers responded to a larceny by employee call at the Speedway convenience store on Highway 70 S.E. The employee, Austin Dean Williams, is accused of stealing scratch-off lottery tickets and claiming the winnings.
Williams was processed at the Hickory Police Department and later released under a $10,000 unsecured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.
27-year-old Stephen Ray Fowler was arrested today (November 29) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Fowler was arrested at 8:43 a.m. at an address on Keener Road in Lincolnton. He was placed in jail under $10,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
22-year-old Randall Kent Brank was arrested Tuesday (November 28) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Brank was placed in jail under $10,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (November 29) in Morganton.
26-year-old Franklin Dean Underwood III of Bluefield, West Virginia was arrested Tuesday (November 28) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of stolen property. Underwood was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (November 30).
32-year-old Benjamin Troy Sims of Lower Creek Drive in Lenoir and 25-year-old Marcus Gunnar McDowell of Harbor Drive in Taylorsville were both arrested Tuesday (November 28) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, breaking and entering, and larceny after breaking and entering. McDowell is also charged with misdemeanor larceny.
Both suspects were jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility. Sims' bond was set at $22,500, McDowell was jailed under $23,500 bond. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (November 29). McDowell has an additional District Court date January 10.
32-year-old Richard Lee Short was arrested Tuesday (November 28) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony larceny by destroying antitheft device. Following the arrest, Short was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to make a court appearance December 6.
47-year-old Leslie Gerald Davenport was arrested Tuesday (November 28) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony first degree forcible sex offense. Davenport was arrested at an address on Alexander Avenue in Morganton. He was not listed as an inmate in Burke County as of earlier today (November 29). He has a District Court date scheduled for December 13 in Morganton.
31-year-old Dennis William Cali was arrested Tuesday (November 28) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony common law robbery. Following the arrest, Cali was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for January 2.
20-year-old Marcus Allen Richard Whisnant of Neighborly Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (November 28) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged in Burke County with felony first degree kidnapping. In Caldwell County Whisnant is charged with assault on a female, communicating threats, false imprisonment, and failure to appear.
Whisnant was wanted in connection to a kidnapping incident that occurred on November 20 in Burke County. On that date, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division was called to investigate a possible kidnapping at 2676 Lot 122, Timmerill Mobile Home Park on US Highway 18/64 in Morganton. Investigators interviewed witnesses, processed the scene and they were able to retrieve video footage that led to arrest warrants being issued for Whisnant and Krisie Melissa Parrish of Virginia Street SW in Lenoir. The charges are in connection with the kidnapping of Taylor Sierra Kirby. Parrish was arrested last Tuesday, November 21.
Parrish, who was no longer listed as an inmate in Burke County, is next scheduled to appear in District Court on December 13. Whisnant was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $12,500 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court in Burke County today (November 29). A District Court date on the Caldwell County charges is set for December 12.
The Lenoir Police Department has released the identity of a teenager killed in a traffic accident this morning (November 28) in Lenoir. The deceased is 15-year-old Wesley Alfred Oliver of Lenoir, who was a tenth-grade student at Hibriten High School.
The accident occurred at 7:43 this morning at the intersection of Wilkesboro Boulevard (N.C. Highway 18) and Taylorsville Road (Highway 90). Based on their preliminary findings at the scene, Investigators say a logging truck, owned by Pack Brothers Logging & Grading, LLC, was turning right onto Taylorsville Road from Wilkesboro Boulevard. The other vehicle involved, a Ford F-150, was preparing to go through the intersection when it hit a log extending from the rear of the logging truck. The impact resulted in Wesley Oliver’s death. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the truck was a 66-year-old male from Marion. The F-150 was driven by the father of the deceased. Officers are currently investigating the crash and reviewing statements. As of 12:45 this afternoon, no criminal charges had been filed.
32-year-old Curese Devin McIlwain of 8th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 6 p.m. yesterday (November 27) on one felony count and one misdemeanor count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
McIlwain was arrested as Hickory Police assisted Probation & Parole Officers at the suspect’s residence. During the incident, Officers found 4.3 grams of crack cocaine, two dosage units of Oxycodone, 3.4 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a firearm.
McIlwain was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released under an $11,900 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.