63-year-old Dean Allan Yancey of Connelly Springs, will spend seven to eleven years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and two counts of discharging a weapon into occupied premises. The Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, imposed the prison term for Yancey following the plea on Monday (October 30) in Burke County Superior Court.
The defendant, who also was given an additional suspended sentence of 29-47 months with 36 months of probation, will serve his time in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
Investigators from Burke County Sheriff’s Office were called to a residence on May 1, 2013, in reference to a shooting that had occurred. The investigation showed that Yancey pulled his truck up to the front of the residence of his brother and sister-in-law, who were inside watching television. The defendant fired two shots from a shotgun through the window of the home, missing the victims by just inches.
While he was on pre-trial release, Yancey fled to Ecuador for more than two years but was extradited back to Burke County with assistance of the United States Marshal’s Service for his court appearance.
Scott Carico investigated the case for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. Michelle Lippert handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
51-year-old Frankie Lee Hollar of Connelly Springs, was given an active prison term of six to ten years for possession of child pornography. Hollar pleaded guilty to six counts of second-degree exploitation of a minor during Burke County Superior Court on Wednesday (November 1).
The Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, sentenced Hollar to serve the prison term in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections. Judge Ervin also gave him an additional suspended sentence of six to 10 years with 60 months of probation. If Hollar violates terms of his probation, that suspended sentence will be activated and served consecutive to the active sentence he will serve.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) was notified on April 7, 2015, of numerous images being posted on Twitter that contained child pornography. The Burke County Sheriff’s Office was notified by NCMEC of the postings based on Internet and service providers noted within the post properties.
Detectives Isaac Propst and Scott Carico were able to determine through their investigation that the account was operated and maintained by the defendant at his residence. They made contact with him at the residence, and he stated that some of the pictures he had on his computer and posted on Twitter were of girls that probably were “too young.”
Investigators seized the computer from Hollar and searched the contents of the hard drive, uncovering a substantial amount of child pornography.
Isaac Propst led the investigation for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant District Attorney Michelle Lippert prosecuted the case for the State.
At about 2 p.m. Tuesday (October 31), Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers and North Carolina Probation & Parole Officers conducted a compliance check for each of the 101 sex offenders living in Alexander County. Officers went to each registered sex offender’s residence and did a face-to-face check to insure that they were in compliance with the Sex Offender Registry. Registered sex offenders are checked a minimum of four times per year by Sheriff’s Officers and Probation & Parole Officers.
Five warrants were drawn as a result of the compliance checks. Four arrests were made yesterday (November 1).
26-year-old Joshua Michael Betzina was arrested for failure to change his address. He was taken into custody at an address different from his registered address. Betzina was given a $50,000 secured bond.
40-year-old Carlos Eugene Sutherland, Jr. was arrested for being on restricted premises where children are present. He allegedly was on Alexander Central High School property. Sutherland was taken into custody at the old hospital building. Bond was set at $10,000, secured.
42-year-old James Watt Warren was arrested for failure to verify his address. He was taken into custody at the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office and given a $7,500 secured bond.
Betzina, Sutherland and Warren will all appear in Alexander Co. District Court on November 6.
41-year-old William Louis Eggers was also arrested as the result of a previous compliance check. He was charged with failure to appear after failing to change his address. He was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on an Alexander County warrant. Eggers was taken to Alexander County and given a $45,000 secured bond with court dates on November 27 and December 11.
There is an outstanding warrant for Devon Duprea Barry, who is wanted in Alexander and Iredell counties failure to change his address. He was last known to be in Cabarrus County. A warrant is also out for James Landon Good for failure to change his address.
27-year-old Larry Allan Bolen was arrested Wednesday (November 1) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Bolen was arrested on Guy Heavner Road near Shoal Road in Lincolnton shortly after 10:00 last night. He was placed in jail under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (November 2).
Jeffery Ben Pavkovich of Gainsville, Georgia and Emily Ann Millsaps of Statesville, were both arrested last Saturday (October 28) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Both suspects were charged with possession with intent to sell and distribute methamphetamine, possession of schedule III controlled substance, possession of schedule IV controlled substance, possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana, and possession of non tax paid alcohol. Pavkovich was also charged with felony maintain a vehicle for the sale and transportation of a controlled substance.
According to a news release issued today, last Saturday at approximately 9:00 p.m. Sgt. L.J. Hayes with the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (A.C.E) Team stopped a vehicle in the 1300 block of 5th Street in Statesville for a traffic violation. After speaking to the occupants deputies noticed that their stories were inconsistent. Sgt. Hayes walked his K9 partner Danny around the vehicle and Danny alerted to the presence of illegal narcotics in the vehicle. While searching the vehicle deputies located a hidden compartment which contained methamphetamine, several prescription pills, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and Moonshine. The occupants of the vehicle, Jeffery Ben Pavkovich and Emily Ann Millsaps, were arrested and transported to the Magistrates Office.
Bond for Pavkovich was set at $45,000 secured. Millsaps' bond was set at $40,000 secured. Pavkovich is scheduled to appear in District Court next Monday (November 6). No court date is listed for Millsaps.
48-year-old Tammy Renee Kiziah of 2nd Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:40 a.m. yesterday (November 1) on one felony count of failure to appear and one misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. She was also charged with a misdemeanor probation violation. Warrants for her arrest were issued on October 18 & 26.
Kiziah was taken into custody without incident at her residence. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $11,000, secured. She has since been released. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for December 7 with a District Court date coming up on December 13.
41-year-old Melinda Mosteller of 19th Street NW in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (November 1) by Hickory Police Officers. She's charged with felony failure to return hired property. On July 24 of this year, Hickory Police responded to Hickory Used Car Superstore at 625 Highway 70 SE in reference to a rental vehicle not being returned. Warrants were obtained for the renter, Melinda Mosteller.
She was arrested without incident at a location on Highway 321 NW in Hickory shortly before 9:00 last night. Following the arrest, a $4,000 unsecured bond was set for Mosteller. She was not listed as an inmate in Catawba County as of this morning (November 2). A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today.
Unemployment rates decreased across the Greater Hickory Metro area and across most of the state according to the latest update. The September employment statistics were released Wednesday (November 1) by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.
Alexander County has an unemployment rate of 3.3 percent, that's down from 3.7 in August. Burke County's jobless rate is 3.8 percent, down from 4.3 percent in the last report. The September unemployment rate for Caldwell County is 4 percent even, down from 4.5 in August. Catawba County's jobless rate is 3.7 percent, down from 4.2 in the previous report.
The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area, or MSA, is 3.8 percent, that's down from 4.2 percent in August. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied for the 6th lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs in the state.
Statewide, the unemployment rate is 4 percent even, down from 4.5 percent in the last report. Unemployment rates decreased in 99 of 100 counties and remained unchanged in one. Scotland County shows the highest jobless rate at 6.9 percent, while Buncombe County has the lowest at 3.1 percent. All 15 of North Carolina's metro areas experienced rate decreases.
Both of the Beanstalk Adventure playgrounds at Catawba Meadows Park in Morganton will be closed for maintenance starting this upcoming Sunday, November 5. The City is staining all the wood at both playgrounds. The wood at the playgrounds is starting to weather. Staining the wood again will insure longer life of the equipment.
The playgrounds will be closed for at least a week to allow the stain to dry thoroughly. Parents are urged to not let their children play on the playgrounds before they are reopened; this could ruin the finish, and clothing and shoes could be permanently stained.
33-year-old Sarah Ashley Wright was arrested Wednesday (November 1) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Wright is also charged with larceny of property, receiving or possessing stolen goods. She was placed in jail in Morganton under $4,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (November 2).
31-year-old Jennifer Irene Ritter of Academy Street in Mooresville was arrested Wednesday (November 1) by Conover Police Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine and failure to appear on a count of misdemeanor larceny. Ritter was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $18,000 bond. District Court dates were scheduled for today (November 2) and December 8.
18-year-old Zachery Noah Bumgarner of Colt Court in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (November 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with statutory rape of a victim four to five years younger than the defendant. Bond for Bumgarner was set at $25,000 secured, he was no longer listed as an inmate at the Caldwell County Detention Center as of this morning. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (November 2).
Savannah Cheyenne Stahl of Con Lee Drive in Olin and Christopher Wayne Johnston of Branchwood Road in Statesville were both arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and safecracking. Johnston is also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
On Friday, October 20, a report was filed with the Sheriff’s Office regarding a break-in to a residence at 109 Top View Lane in the Northern Iredell County community of Olin. At the time of the report the victim stated his wife and her boyfriend had broken into the residence and taken several household items, including bedroom furniture, kitchen utensils, televisions, gaming systems, and a gun safe with three guns and cash. Deputies spoke with neighbors who said they'd seen Savannah Stahl and a man at the residence loading up the furniture. One of the neighbors stated that Savannah and the man had backed a U-Haul truck up to the front door of the mobile home where they loaded the items.
The victim told officers that his wife no longer lived at the residence, she left in June of this year. The victim stated that the household items that were stolen would be considered marital property. However, the guns that were stored in the safe were given to him as gifts by various family members, and the cash that was stored inside the safe was also given to him personally as a gift. According to a news release, during the investigation, it was determined that Savannah Stahl and Christopher Johnston were indeed the suspects who had broken into the single wide mobile home.
The victim stated that he had changed the locks on the doors just a few days prior to the break-in. The news release says Stahl and Johnston admitted that they had been at the residence, and furthermore admitted to taking the bedroom furniture and other household items. However, Stahl and Johnston insisted that they did not remove the safe from the residence.
Bond was set at $15,000 secured for both suspects. They both have District Court dates November 13 in Statesville. Johnston has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 2007 and had been placed on probation on October 26 for charges in Alexander County of possession of controlled substance in jail or prison.
A man reported missing in Lincoln County Wednesday (November 1) has been found. Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives say relatives have talked to 34-year-old Dustin Shawn Grooms of River Meadows Court, Lincolnton, by telephone and believe he is safe. Relatives reported that Mr. Grooms was last seen around 10:30 p.m. last Thursday (October 26) when he left the residence.
47-year-old Scotty Ray Swink of Clarks Creek Circle in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:15 a.m. yesterday (October 31) on one count of failure to appear on a felony. He failed to appear on a charge of felony possession of a firearm by a felony, as well as misdemeanor marijuana charges.
Swink was taken into custody without incident at the Office of Probation & Parole on Main Avenue N.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $30,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for January 5 in Newton.
26-year-old Derek Andrew Moser of 10th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:30 last night (October 31) on one felony count of first-degree burglary. The Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office also charged Moser with two counts of non-payment of child support.
He was arrested in connection to an incident on May 14 of this year. At that time, Hickory Police responded to a burglary at an address on 9th Avenue S.E. The suspect was identified as Derek Andrew Moser and warrants for his arrest were issued.
Moser was taken into custody without incident Tuesday at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $75,000, secured, plus a $1,000 bond on the non-support charges. Appearances in District Court were set for today and tomorrow.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Lincoln County man. Relatives reported that 34-year-old Dustin Shawn Grooms of River Meadows Court in Lincolnton was last seen around 10:30 p.m. last Thursday, October 26, when he left the residence. Grooms is described as a white male, five feet-nine inches tall and weighing 140 pounds. He has brown eyes and brown hair.
He was last seen wearing blue sweat pants, a Dallas Cowboy shirt and orange/blue athletic shoes. Grooms was entered NCIC as missing and relatives say he may be in the Huntersville area. Anyone with information about Groom’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.
45-year-old Jerry Edward Killian was arrested Tuesday (October 31) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture schedule II controlled substance and possession of a weapon by a felon. Killian was placed in jail in Morganton under $55,500 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for January 22.
26-year-old Brittany Lauren Yancey of Fat Avenue NE in Valdese was arrested Tuesday (October 31) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense and uttering a forged instrument. Yancey was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for January 22.
29-year-old Courtney Elaine Harmon of Ponderosa Drive in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (October 31) by authorities in Burke County on charges filed in Catawba County. She's charged with felony counts of sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Harmon is also charged with four counts of felony probation violation. She was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $40,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for yesterday, a Superior Court date is set for November 6.