Fire Destroyed a Morganton home early Monday morning (March 13).
Monday at approximately 1:00 a.m., Morganton Public Safety responded to a structure fire at 105 Summit Street. Responding units arrived on scene and reported that the home was fully involved with heavy smoke and flames from the exterior.
A neighbor notified the occupants that their house was on fire and they were all able to make it out unharmed. Firefighters were on the scene for nearly four hours battling the blaze and extinguishing hot spots.
Morganton Public Safety says the structure was badly damaged, they also report there were no injuries reported during the fire. The American Red Cross was dispatched to the scene and offered assistance to the victims. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
36-year-old Clifford Davis was arrested Monday (March 13) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony assault by strangulation. Following the arrest, Davis was placed in jail in Morganton under no bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, March 14).
24-year-old Tanquvious Lachelle Williams of 3rd Avenue Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:40 Friday morning (March 10) on one felony count each of common law robbery and breaking & entering, plus one misdemeanor count of assault on a female.
He was arrested in connection to an incident earlier this year in which Officers responded to a reported civil disturbance at a residence on 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory. Upon arrival, Officers learned that the brother of the victim had taken her vehicle and cell phone. Later on the same day, the vehicle and items were returned. Warrants for Williams’ arrest were issued on February 16.
Williams was taken into custody without incident Friday on Tate Boulevard S.E. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $26,500, secured. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (March 13) in Newton.
46-year-old Thaddeus Lee McKinney, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (March 11) on three felony counts each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering. He was also charged as an habitual felon.
Events leading to his arrest began when Officers responded to the Crescent Moon Café in reference to three breaking & entering and larceny events that occurred on November 23 and December 7 of last year. Among the items taken were beer and a push mower.
After a review of surveillance, the suspect was identified as Thaddeus McKinney. Warrants for his arrest were issued.
McKinney was taken into custody at about 4:30 a.m. Saturday on North Center Street in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $30,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (March 16) in Newton.
33-year-old Matthew Edward Jonas of Taylorsville was arrested last Wednesday (March 8) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. Bond for Jonas was set at $5,000 secured. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 13).
34-year-old James Matthew Eggers of Hiddenite was arrested last Wednesday (March 8) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony assault by strangulation. Eggers was placed in jail under $20,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 13).
The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting next week regarding a proposed project to build a roundabout at the intersection of Cornelius Road, Liva Lane and Perth Road in Troutman.
The purpose of the project is to provide smoother, quicker and safer traffic flow. Driving through roundabouts at slower speeds reduces the frequency and severity of accidents. Travel time is also reduced due to smoother traffic flow, rather than stop-and-go conditions at signalized intersections.
The meeting will be held Tuesday, March 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Troutman Town Hall, located at 400 North Eastway Drive. Interested citizens may attend the meeting at any time as no formal presentation will be made.
For additional information about the proposed project, contact Bryan Sowell, NCDOT Division 12 Project Manager at P.O. Box 47, Shelby, N.C. 28151-0047, by phone at(704) 480-9047 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A federal jury sitting in Statesville convicted 34-year-old Carlos Antonio Flores of Statesville of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, following a three-day trial.
According to filed court documents and evidence presented at trial, Flores was involved in a drug trafficking conspiracy that operated mainly in Iredell, Alexander, Caldwell, Catawba, and Ashe Counties. Trial evidence established that from at least as early as April 2015 through October 30, 2015, Flores and his co-conspirators distributed more than 15 kilograms of methamphetamine, which has a street value of more than $1,500,000. According to trial evidence, law enforcement arrested Flores on October 30, 2015, when he and several coconspirators were caught distributing more than a kilogram of 96% pure crystal “ice” methamphetamine concealed in a cat litter box.
Flores has been in federal custody October 2015. At sentencing, Flores faces a statutory mandatory minimum sentence of ten years in prison and a maximum term of life in prison, and a fine of up to $10,000,000. The case was investigated by HSI in Charlotte, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, and the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office.
27-year-old Ethan Gilbert Fleenor of Plaza Street NW in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (March 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with felony possession of methamphetamine. Fleenor was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
44-year-old Ashlyn Culp Rebecca Lambert of Collettsville Road in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (March 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Lambert was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 13).
37-year-old Kristen Nicole Reitzel of 17th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Saturday (March 11) by Hudson Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place to keep controlled substance. Reitzel was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 13).
42-year-old Jerrie Whaley Pugh was arrested this morning (Monday, March 13) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony non forced breaking and entering. Pugh was placed in jail in Morganton under $20,000 secured bond. A court date is set for April 17.
28-year-old Kendra Leigh McQuinn of Cross Street in Granite Falls was arrested Friday (March 10) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. McQuinn was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 13).
29-year-old Russell Bruce Franklin of Helton Road in Granite Falls was arrested Friday (March 10) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession of a controlled substance in prison or jail, and possession of methamphetamine. Franklin is also charged with simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and two counts of probation violation.
Franklin was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $82,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 13).
27-year-old Zong Shia Yang of Highway 16 North in Conover was arrested Sunday (March 12) by Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. Yang is charged with possession of a stolen automobile. He was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 13).
34-year-old Joshua Joseph Ford of Deal Road in Claremont was arrested Saturday (March 11) by Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Ford was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 13).
A man and woman were found dead in an apartment complex in the Catawba County town of Long View early this morning (Sunday, March 12). The Long View Police Department confirmed to WHKY that it is a case of murder-suicide. Officers responded to Hilltop Apartments on 18th St. Place NW and found 26-year-old Shanice Williams and 27-year-old Markise Lineberger deceased. There was a child in the home as well who was not injured. The child's name and age are not being released.
Officers responded to the call at approximately 1 a.m. after receiving calls regarding a shooting. The Long View Police Department spokesperson told WHKY that the an assault and shooting occurred, and it is under investigation as a murder-suicide. No other details were released.
The man wanted in connection with an apartment fire in Caldwell County turned himself in today (Friday, March 10). 33-year-old Timothy Allan Harmon turned himself into law enforcement officers in Burke County at approximately 4:35 p.m.
Harmon is the primary suspect in a fire on Oak Tree Lane in the Sawmills Community of Caldwell County Thursday (March 9). Warrants have been issued against Harmon for First Degree Arson and First Degree Kidnapping. The warrants were expected to be served Friday evening.
The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, along with Fire and Rescue Personnel from multiple agencies, responded to a reported Structure Fire at an apartment complex located on Oak Tree Lane around 6 a.m. Thursday. Once the fire was contained Fire Investigators were able to determine that the fire was a result of Arson.
Fire Investigators along with Detectives were able to determine circumstances connected to the intentionally set fire, including the fact that the apartment complex was occupied at the time fire was set. Harmon was identified as a suspect in the fire and the warrants for arrest were issued. A news release from officials in Caldwell County says Harmon reportedly fled the scene prior to the arrival of Law Enforcement to the scene of the fire.
The City of Hickory’s Street Department is preparing for possible winter weather this weekend. Snowplows and spreaders are being prepared. Crews are on stand-by if they are needed Saturday evening or Sunday morning (March 11 & 12). Snowplows will continually plow the streets for the duration of the storm, starting with the major streets. Residential streets will be cleared after major streets have been cleared.
In the event of a winter storm, the Solid Waste Department will collect garbage as weather and road conditions permit. Residents should place their rollouts to the curb on their normal day and leave it there until it can be collected.
For the latest updates and cancellations from the city, visit hickorync.gov/news-room, or follow the city on Facebook and Twitter.
30-year-old Demarco Lamont McDowell of Charlotte pleaded guilty to felony breaking and entering, larceny and possession of stolen goods, along with other related felonies, during Caldwell County Superior Court on Wednesday (March 8).
The Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, sentenced McDowell to an active prison term of three to six years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
Officers with Hickory Police Department responded to Precision Sports, LLC in southern Caldwell County around 4 a.m. on Sept. 7, 2015, for a security alarm check. Surveillance videos from the business showed a break-in at the business with numerous guns stolen.
A tip from Charlotte led to an examination of cellular communications between Johnson and two other individuals by HPD Forensic Analyst Matt Rogers. Rogers’ analysis led to the recovery of some of the guns, identified by the business owners as those stolen.
Specifically, a photo showing guns on a bed was traced back to McDowell’s phone. Investigators seized bedding from the bedroom of the defendant that matched the bedding in the photo, and owners of Precision Sports identified some of the guns as those stolen during the break-in.
Jeff Pruett and John Patterson led the investigation for Hickory Police Department with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Nancy Lee prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.