58-year-old Michael Patrick Lind of Greenville, South Carolina, was arrested Thursday (November 17) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony soliciting a child under the age of 16 by computer. Lind was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (November 21).
42-year-old Kevin Allan Mcelroy of 26th Street SW in Hickory was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with five counts of trafficking opium or heroin, four counts apiece of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver heroin, sale of heroin, and delivery of heroin, single counts of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, conspire to sell heroin, conspire to deliver heroin, flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, reckless driving to endanger, and assault with a deadly weapon on a government official. Mcelroy is also charged with four counts of failure to appear.
Following the arrest, Mcelroy was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (Friday, November 18) under one-million, 550-thousand dollars (1,550,000) total bond. A District court appearance is scheduled for Monday (November 21), a Superior Court appearance is scheduled for December 5.
The Burke County Sheriff’s Office, Burke County Narcotics Task Force and Morganton Public Safety held a one day warrant roundup on Tuesday (November 15).
Among those charged during the roundup was 22-year-old Destiny Estelle Good of East Shores Drive in Morganton. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Good was jailed under $50,000 secured bond. A court date is set for December 12.
36-year-old Austin Charles Davis of Pete Brittain Road in Morganton is charged with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance. In addition, Davis is charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana paraphernalia, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of synthetic cannabinoid, and possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce. Davis was placed in jail under $21,000 secured bond, he has court dates November 29 and December 12.
29-year-old Joey Lee Canterberry of Icard School Road in Connelly Springs is charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods. Canterberry was jailed under $15,000 secured bond, his next District Court appearance is scheduled for December 6.
A total of 27 warrants were served on 21 individuals.
The Chestnut Knob wildfire burning at South Mountains State Park in Burke County has burned close to 6,000 acres according to the latest update. It's one of several wildfires burning in western North Carolina.
According to Inciweb, the fire is at 5,929 acres and is 29% contained. Today's plans are to mop up and hold the line in several divisions. Firefighters will also continue burnout operations and also continue to protect structures.
Governor Pat McCrory announced Thursday (November 17) that the state is offering a reward of up to $10,000 to be issued to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who are responsible for setting wildfires in western North Carolina. More than 46,000 acres have been burned by wildfires throughout the region, many of which are believed to have been man-made.
Speaking from the Bat Cave Volunteer Fire Department in Henderson County, Governor McCrory stressed that while wildfires may have been started by people, dry conditions are causing fires to spread so people throughout western North Carolina need to continue taking steps to prevent wildfires. He also expressed concern about air quality throughout western and central North Carolina.
Anyone having information concerning these wildfires should contact Macon County Crimestoppers at 828-349-2600 or Jackson County Crimestoppers at 828-631-1125.
The cases against two people accused of the deaths of two men in Burke County in September 2016 will proceed as capital matters.
Prosecutors for the State announced this week in Burke County Superior Court that they will pursue the death penalty in the double homicide cases against 26-year-old Icey Chennell Gooden of Morganton and 33-year-old Brian Jerome Robinson of Connelly Springs.
Gooden and Robinson are each charged with two counts of murder for the September 17 deaths of Spencer Murray and Albert Austin, whose bodies were found in the trunk of a burned vehicle.
The case remains under investigation by the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.
38-year-old Patricia Celess Ferrell of East Pine Street in Lincolnton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:20 last night (November 16) on two counts of felony larceny. One of the charges originated in Rowan County.
Ferrell was taken into custody without incident at Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton and on November 28 in Salisbury.
59-year-old Darry Augusta Fleming of 2nd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:45 this morning (on one felony count of possession of cocaine.
Fleming was arrested in connection to an incident on November 28 of last year. Officers on foot patrol on the 900 block of 2nd Street S.W. in the Terrace Hills area saw the suspect drop an item on the ground as he exited an apartment. The item was recovered and identified as two crack rocks weighing 0.3 grams.
A prosecution summary was submitted to the District Attorney, resulting in Fleming’s arrest today. He was taken into custody without incident on the 400 block of South Center Street in Hickory. Fleming was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,500 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.
35-year-old Tara Diane Aday was arrested Wednesday (November 16) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Aday was placed in jail in Morganton under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for December 6.
$1.7 million from the One North Carolina Small Business Program has been awarded to 29 small companies across 13 North Carolina communities, including one in Hickory. The companies will use the funds to develop new products, hire additional employees and purchase equipment and materials.
Advanced Hydrogen Technologies in Hickory was awarded a $65,000 grant. The funds will go toward a project intended to develop new materials for human joints. The company is located at 1055 Southgate Corporate Park S.W.
North Carolina’s Office of Science, Technology & Innovation is still accepting grant applications for the 2017 fiscal year. For more information, click here.
24-year-old Brandon Chadrick Aldridge of Gastonia and 34-year-old Pamela Dawn Mayer of Cramerton were both arrested Wednesday (November 16) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with four counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and two counts of conspire to traffic meth. Aldridge is also charged with resisting a public officer.
Both suspects were locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond apiece. Aldridge and Mayer are both scheduled to appear in District Court next Monday (November 21).
City of Morganton Water Resources workers planned to shut off water service to a section of Frank Whisnant Road this morning (Thursday, November 17), to repair a water line break.
A customer reported the break, near 3119 Frank Whisnant Rd, at about 7 a.m. today. About 100 customers will be affected on Frank Whisnant from Avery Road to Canoe Creek Farm, Cambridge Drive, Kinglet Drive, and any side streets.
Workers planned to have the line repaired by early to mid afternoon, barring any unforeseen problems. For more information, call the Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.
63-year-old Susan Janette Hopper of Robin Lane in Boone was arrested Wednesday (November 16) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen property. Hopper was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, November 17).
37-year-old Tisha Lasha Isaacs of Hickory Grove Road in Gastonia was arrested Wednesday (November 16) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony embezzlement.
On Monday (November 14), deputies responded to a framing shop on Cross Center Drive reference to an employee allegedly stealing money. The owner told officers the employee took money from a customer while acting as an employee but was conducting business on the side while she was being paid an hourly wage.
Isaacs' bond was set at $2,000 unsecured. She was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Thursday, November 17).
A new development in the murder trial of a Lenoir woman led to a continuance of the case just before the completion of jury selection and start of opening statements on Wednesday (November 16) in Caldwell County Superior Court.
Eleven of the twelve jurors needed to begin the trial of 59-year-old Nancy Benge Austin were seated when defense counsel asked the Court to continue the case. Within the last three weeks, a situation developed regarding a potential witness, leading to a need for certain records to be subpoenaed from a healthcare provider. Those records were received on Tuesday, which necessitated the trial being continued to a later date to allow both parties to make further evaluation and inquiry.
Austin is accused in connection to the shooting death of 20-year-old Dylan Joseph Short on December 26, 2013, at her Tara Place home in Lenoir. Prior to the homicide, Austin worked as a school bus driver in Caldwell County. The presiding judge granted defense counsel’s request, informing the jury members already seated that things not anticipated sometimes happen in trial settings, and there was no fault on the part of either party in this delay. The trial will be rescheduled at a later date, which had not yet been determined.
38-year-old Brandon Shawn Pendley of McDowell Church Road in Morganton was arrested Sunday (November 12) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on warrants from Caldwell County with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
According to a news release issued Wednesday (November 16) by the Burke County Sheriff's Office, on Sunday, Burke patrol deputies received information in reference to a red pickup truck being involved in several crimes within the county. While on Morning Star Church Road, deputies noticed a red pickup truck parked in a driveway at 4701 McDowell Church Road with a fictitious tag.
Although deputes believed the residence was occupied no one would answer the door. Detectives with the Burke County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division were contacted to assist and began their investigation. It was learned that numerous vehicles were stolen last week in Caldwell County and Brandon Pendley was the suspect.
Since last Friday afternoon (November 10), at least three of the vehicles stolen in Caldwell County had been recovered in Burke County. After securing a search warrant for the McDowell Church Road residence, Burke deputies found three individuals inside. One of those people was the suspect, Brandon Pendley. He was arrested on the two outstanding felony warrants from Caldwell County. Pendley's bond was set at $35,000 secured and he made his first court appearance yesterday (Wednesday, November 16).
Burke detectives are currently investigating several crimes throughout the county in connection to Pendley and the red pickup truck. Additional charges and arrests are pending as the investigation continues.
Firefighters are continuing to battle western North Carolina wildfires including the Chestnut Knob fire in Burke County.
The fire at South Mountains State Park is currently estimated at 5,689 acres in steep terrain with an estimated containment of 30%.
According to Inciweb, additional resources have been ordered to support suppression efforts and are arriving daily. Day shift and night shift crews are continuing burn-out operations, mop-up, and patrolling fire lines.
A community meeting is scheduled for tonight (Thursday, November 17) at the Enola Fire Department on Enola Road in Morganton at 7:00 p.m. Citizens are encouraged to attend. This meeting will be recorded and posted on the Burke County Website and Burke County social media sites.
The plans for fighting the Chestnut Knob fire today include mopping up and holding the fire line in Divisions B, C, D, and K. Continue line improvement and burnout operations in Divisions I and J to prepare for the upcoming frontal passage. There are currently 214 personnel on the scene with 24 engines and 4 dozers.
17-year-old Esan Mekhi Brawley of North Center Street in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:40 last night (November 15) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested after Police responded to an anonymous call reporting drug violations at the Celery Stalk apartment complex on 10th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory. Officers found two black males and a white female in the laundry room. No outstanding warrants were found, but Officers did find 7.2 grams of cocaine in Brawley’s book bag. The other two subjects were not charged.
Brawley was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
34-year-old Jennifer Elizabeth Allred of Springs Road in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police just before nine o’clock last night (November 15) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.
She was arrested after a Loss Prevention Officer at Walmart on Highway 70 S.E. saw the suspect making her way through the store, concealing various items on her person. The items included nine shirts, five pairs of pants, two pairs of shoes and two bras, all with a combined value of $167.
Allred was detained after she went past the last point-of-sale without paying. She had previously been banned from Walmart.
Following her arrest, Allred was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled today.
39-year-old James Fletcher Smith of Lyle Haven Drive NW in Conover was arrested today (Wednesday, November 16) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methampetamine and possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce. Smith was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A Superior Court date is set for tomorrow (Thursday, November 17).
A community meeting has been scheduled for residents living in the areas affected by the fire in South Mountains State Park.
The Florida "Green" Incident Management Team will be hosting a public meeting Thursday (November 17), for the communities affected by the Chestnut Knob Fire. This meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Enola Fire Department at 2510 Enola Road in Morganton. The community is encouraged to attend to receive information and ask questions.