42-year-old Mark Toua Yang of Brandon Road in Morganton was arrested February 26 by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He was charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance with that substance being methamphetamine.
According to a news release issued Friday (March 8) officers with the North Carolina Department of Probation and Parole and Burke County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search at a residence on Brandon Road in Morganton. Following the search and further investigation, Yang was arrested on the drug charge.
Yang was placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $10,000 secured bond. He was no longer listed as an inmate. A District Court appearance is scheduled for March 20.
54-year-old James Randy Hampton of Icard Dairy Burke Road in Hickory was arrested Sunday (March 10) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hampton was detained in the Catawba County Detention Center under $3,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (March 11).
40-year-old Flemon Jerome Ramseur of Ramseur Road in Maiden was arrested Sunday (March 10) by Maiden Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, non support of a child, and on an order for arrest for failure to perform community service hours. Ramseur was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $9,000 bond. Court dates were scheduled today (March 11), Thursday (March 14), and March 27.
36-year-old Kristopher Keith Childers was arrested Saturday (March 9) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, receiving, transferring, or possessing a stolen vehicle, speeding to elude arrest, and habitual felon. Childers was arrested at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Burke County Jail in Morganton. He was being held in jail under $251,000 total secured bond on the charges issued Saturday along with previously filed counts. He has a Superior Court date April 29.
57-year-old Jeffery Dean Kirby of Sandy Acres Lane in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers yesterday (March 7). He’s charged with two felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance in a penal institution.
Kirby was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center with bond set at $20,000, secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled for March 11.
24-year-old Jayson Christopher Corpening of Clay Apartment Court in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (March 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He’s charged with one felony count of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and two misdemeanor counts of simple possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and carrying a concealed handgun.
Corpening was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $120,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court yesterday.
50-year-old Jeffery Ben Pavkovich of Gainesville, Georgia was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff's Officers Wednesday (March 6) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He was also charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for a controlled substance. Pavkovich is wanted by the Sheriff's Office in Hall County, Georgia for a probation violation.
Following his arrest, the suspect was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $200,000 secured bond. Pavkovich was scheduled to appear in District Court today (March 8) in Newton on the fugitive warrant with another District Court appearance coming up on April 1 on the drug charges.
38-year-old Michael Leon Bryant of 4th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:45 last night (March 7) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon. Bryant was initially arrested in March of 2017.
Bryant was taken into custody without incident yesterday at a convenience store and fast-food restaurant on 12th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court was set for Monday (March 11) in Newton.
37-year-old Lori Jean Ward of Hidden Acres Lane in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:20 yesterday afternoon (March 7) on felony and misdemeanor counts of failure to appear. She allegedly failed to appear in court on charges of breaking & entering and communicating threats.
Ward was taken into custody without incident at a shopping center on Highway 127 South in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured. Ward was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.
27-year-old Tavious Dale Anderson of 2nd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 3:25 yesterday afternoon (March 7) on one felony count of robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons. He was also charged with a misdemeanor out-of-county probation violation.
Anderson was arrested in connection to an incident on January 2. At that time, Hickory Police took a report regarding a robbery that occurred in the parking lot behind a church in Viewmont. Tavious Dale Anderson was identified as the suspect and a warrant for his arrest was issued on February 19.
Yesterday, a Probation Officer brought Anderson to the Hickory Police Department where he was arrested. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $52,500, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton with another court date for the probation violation coming up on March 11.
The Hickory Police Department is investigating an armed robbery at a local restaurant. Thursday (March 7) at approximately 9:20 p.m., Hickory Police responded to Salsaritas at 944 2nd Street NE in reference to an armed robbery. During the robbery the suspect displayed a handgun and demanded the manager go to a back room of the business. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money the suspect fled.
The suspect is described as being a black male, wearing a mask, black Nike hooded shirt with a red stripe, black sweatpants and gloves. Anyone with information regarding this on-going investigation is encouraged to call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551 or contact Investigator James Crapps directly at 828-261-2626 or email@example.com.
28-year-old Chelsea Renee Peterson of Smithfield Drive NW in Conover was arrested Thursday (March 7) by Conover Police Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Peterson was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (March 8).
27-year-old Allen Jebriaun Audrey of NW Wheeler Street in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (March 6) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Audrey was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled yesterday (March 7).
30-year-old Jacob Raymond Clay of North Maple Lane in Connelly Springs was arrested Thursday (March 7) by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Clay was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (March 8).
47-year-old Nereyda Garcia Salazar of Pasadena, Texas, will serve an active prison sentence of at least six years following her conviction for trafficking opium/heroin during Catawba County Superior Court on Thursday, March 7, 2019.
The Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, imposed the mandatory active prison sentence of six to eight years for Salazar after she pleaded guilty.
The defendant will serve her prison term in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections. She also will be required to pay a mandatory fine of $50,000.
Agents of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) received information that a female would be bringing a large amount of heroin into Catawba County.
Salazar took a bus from Texas to Hickory and met with an undercover DEA agent on Dec. 13, 2018, to sell the drugs. When the defendant was approached and detained, she gave consent for a search, and 2.5 pounds of heroin was found packaged inside a T-shirt in her purse.
Sgt. Daniel Orders led the investigation for Hickory Police Department in collaboration with agents of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. Jessica Phillips prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.
A pick-up truck ran off the road and went completely into the basement of a home on Spencer Road in Conover this afternoon (March 7). The N.C. State Highway Patrol was on the scene and is leading the investigation.
A red Ford F-150 apparently pulled out of a side road and hit a white Dodge Dakota driven by Tim Lail. The Ford then ran through a ditch and across a field before crashing through a brick wall and into the basement, where a fire broke out.
Mr. Lail was not injured. The driver of the Ford has not been publicly identified. There is no word regarding anyone who may have been in the house. No further details, including news regarding any possible injuries, are available at this time.
A former narcotics officer from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office was placed on probation for four years and ordered by the judge to pay back more than $13,000 he took from the agency’s Narcotics Task Force during Burke County Superior Court Wednesday (March 6).
46-year-old Jody Wayne Price of Morganton, was given a suspended sentence of 13 to 25 months by the Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court from Burke County, following his guilty plea to embezzlement by a public official/trustee. Judge Ervin placed the former officer on probation with the order that he pay $13,329 in restitution.
Price was a lieutenant for the Burke County Narcotics Task Force and was relieved of his duties in March 2018 after it was discovered that he had been taking Task Force drug funds for his own personal use. Burke County Sheriff Steve Whisenant requested that the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation conduct an investigation of the embezzlement.
Findings showed that from August 1, 2017, to March 1, 2018, Price submitted check requests to the administrative finance office for special funds. If the funds were available, the check request was sent to accounts payable with a check issued directly to Price. Checks were mailed directly to the Narcotics Task Force, and Price would cash them using his personal bank account. He then distributed a portion of the funds for the Task Force’s operations. During that timeframe, he also took some of the funds for his own personal use.
Assistant District Attorney Lance Sigmon noted that Price violated the trust of the public and the Burke County Sheriff’s Office by taking advantage of his specialized role as head of the Task Force. As a result of Price’s involvement in a number of felony cases being prosecuted by the District Attorney’s Office, dozens of cases had to be dismissed or could not be prosecuted because of the compromised integrity of Price’s actions.
40-year-old Olantomus Lavoris Goode of Morganton has been sentenced to serve three-to-five years in prison after he was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. The Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, handed down the sentence during Burke Co. Superior Court Tuesday (March 5).
The assault occurred on June 13, 2014 at the Foothills Correctional Institute in Morganton where Goode was serving a prison term for felony convictions in Gaston County on charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon. On that date, Goode was engaged in an altercation with another inmate. The victim was sitting at a table in the prison’s common area when Goode began swinging a sock containing a sink spigot he had taken from his cell. Goode struck the victim in the head multiple times.
Lance Sigmon prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.
21-year-old Jose Adan Rios of Gastonia was given an active prison sentence of seven to nine years following his conviction for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Rios entered a guilty plea Wednesday (March 6) during Burke County Superior Court.
The Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, handed down the sentence for Rios following the guilty plea. Rios will serve his prison sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections at the end of a 28-year sentence he is currently serving for two second-degree murder convictions in Gaston County from July 2017. Upon his release from prison, Rios will be deported to his home country of Honduras.
On March 7, 2018, Rios stabbed a corrections officer at Foothills Correctional Institute in Morganton four times with a nearly seven-inch shank, striking him in the lower neck, left shoulder and twice in the back. Rios attempted to stab another officer before fleeing into a housing wing of the unit and being apprehended.
The officer involved in the stabbing was transported to a local hospital where he stayed for five days because of lung injuries. Assistant District Attorney Lance Sigmon prosecuted the case for the State.