The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the person in the picture included with this story. The individual is wanted for questioning regarding a breaking and entering to an out building on Antioch Road in Burke County. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or Morganton-Burke Crimestoppers at 828-437-3333. All Crimestoppers tips are anonymous, and anyone with information leading an arrest may receive a cash reward.
45-year-old Cathy Louise Parker Hubbard of Union Street in Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:35 p.m. Sunday (September 30) on one felony of habitual larceny.
She was arrested in connection to an incident Sunday in which Officers responded to a shoplifting call at the Kohl's store on Catawba Valley Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. The suspect allegedly concealed items and attempted to exit past the last point-of-sale. She was detained by Loss Prevention Officers.
Hickory Police arrested Hubbard without incident. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday in Newton with another court date coming up on October 22.
36-year-old Christopher James Shuford of 10th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:15 p.m. yesterday (October 1) on one felony count of possession of cocaine. He was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department. Shuford was processed and released under a $2,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.
42-year-old James Joshua Harren of Ellison Place in Lenoir was arrested Friday (September 28) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession with intent to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance. Harren was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (October 2).
33-year-old Darragh Lynn Mcneill of Hudson Chapel Road in Catawba was arrested Monday (October 1) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with two counts apiece of possession of methamphetamine and simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Mcneill was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $16,000 bond. A District Court date is set for October 12.
30-year-old Matthew Lawton Headden of Winchester Drive in Lenoir was arrested Monday (October 1) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged on a felony fugitive warrant from another state, that state is not specified. Headden is also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Headden was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $151,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is set for October 15.
34-year-old Roger Lee Sparks of Spann Street in Connelly Springs was arrested Monday (October 1) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, and failure to appear on a count of misdemeanor larceny. Sparks was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $26,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for October 15.
34-year-old Jenny Xiong of Tolley Street in Claremont was arrested Monday (October 1) by Claremont Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of uttering a forged instrument, attempt to obtain property by false pretense, larceny, and obtaining property by false pretense. Xiong was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $9,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (October 2), a Superior Court appearance is scheduled for November 26.
We have more information on the arrest of a man on a break-in charge in Burke County. WHKY first reported the suspect's arrest last Friday (September 28). 40-year-old Mark Francis Hodsden was arrested last Thursday (September 27) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony breaking and entering to a building.
Over the past two months Detectives with the Morganton Department of Public Safety have been investigating multiple business break-ins. Several of the businesses had the front door smashed and cash registers taken. Last Wednesday (September 26), Friday Friends Restaurant was broken into and the suspect was caught on surveillance video.
Investigators were able to identify the suspect, Mark Francis Hodsden, from the surveillance video of Friday Friends and other business break-ins with the help of the community and social media. Hodsden has been linked to at least 12 local business break-ins from June to September of this year. Investigators are looking into an additional 16 similar break-ins to see if there is a connection.
Hodsden was detained in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $5,000 secured bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (October 2). His next District Court date is October 22.
37-year-old Melissa Jo Rector of Conover, was given an active prison term of three to five years following her conviction for discharging a weapon into a moving vehicle and three counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.
The Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, imposed the sentence for Rector after she pleaded guilty during Catawba County Superior Court on Monday (October 1). The defendant will serve her sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
An argument broke out between Rector and a female victim at her residence in the early-morning hours of May 12, 2017, and the victim left the location with two acquaintances who picked her up.
As they traveled along Springs Road, another vehicle driven by Rector began to follow them. She opened fire at the other car, striking it multiple times and hitting one of the occupants in the vehicle with gunfire.
Investigators later found the vehicle driven by the defendant abandoned and recovered spent shell casings from it. They also located the weapon used in the shooting near the location where the car was found.
A search of the defendant’s residence revealed an empty, open gun safe, and video surveillance at the home showed the victim leaving the residence. The same video showed Rector leaving the home with a firearm in hand as well as her driving away in the vehicle involved in the shooting.
Kerry Penley led the investigation for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant District Attorney Jamie Adams handled prosecution for the State.
34-year-old David Alan Hopkins of West 13th Street in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at seven o’clock Friday evening (September 28) on five felony out-of-county probation violations. Hopkins is on probation following a November 2017 felony conviction in Lincoln County for possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
He was taken into custody without incident at a hotel on 13th Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory. Hopkins was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $50,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (October 1) in Newton.
A Stanley man was sentenced to a minimum of more than a year in prison today (October 1) in Lincoln County Superior Court after pleading guilty to felony child sexual assault charges. He was charged in connection to incidents that occurred between January and December of 2016.
On July 2, 2017 the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a report regarding the sexual assault of a child. The victim is a female who was nine years old at the time of the incident and is related to the suspect, 67-year-old Gilbert Donald List, Jr. The victim was interviewed at the Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center where she disclosed the sexual assaults.
Detective Kelsey Harrington interviewed the suspect on July 12, 2017 at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. During the interview Mr. List admitted to the incidents. Today, he pleaded guilty to two felony counts of taking indecent liberties with a child.
Superior Court Judge Athena Brooks sentenced List to 15 to 27 months incarceration. He was taken into custody and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center awaiting assignment to the North Carolina Prison System. When he is released he must also register on the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry as a sex offender for 30 years.
List is still facing charges in Catawba County which are related to the incidents in Lincoln County.
32-year-old Curtis Shamone Rogers of 2nd Street SW in Hickory was arrested Sunday (September 30) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, misdemeanor larceny, and three counts of misdemeanor probation violation. Rogers was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $27,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (October 1).
49-year-old Mavis Yvette Clark and 61-year-old Everette Lewis Propst, both of 2nd Street Place S.E., along with 52-year-old Thomas Christopher Holmes of 4th Street Place S.E., all from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police shortly after nine o’clock last night (September 30). They were each charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Clark was also arrested on an outstanding warrant for a felony probation violation.
They were arrested when Police responded to Clark and Propst’s residence to assist Catawba Co. Probation Officers. Clark was arrested on the outstanding warrant and all three suspects were charged after Officers found 0.7 grams of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia.
The suspects were taken into custody without incident and jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond for Clark was set at $23,000, secured, while Propst was given a $10,000 secured bond. Holmes’ bond was set at $2,000, secured. Propst has since been released. First appearances in District Court were scheduled today in Newton. Clark has an appearance on the probation violation coming up on November 9.
The Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in finding a woman suspected of stealing valuable jewelry. The suspect is 27-year-old Kimberly Nicole Parker, formerly of Lincolnton. Parker has been charged with one felony count each of larceny, possession of stolen goods and obtaining property by false pretense.
Last Thursday (September 27), the Sheriff’s Office filed charges against Parker for stealing a ring. The theft occurred on August 10 of this year at the victim’s residence after she had hired the suspect to clean her home on Christopher Road in Denver.
Detectives say the victim asked Parker about the ring. The suspect reportedly admitted to taking the item and said she would return it, but never did. On September 26, a report was filed with the Sheriff’s Office. Detectives determined that the suspect sold the ring to a pawnshop in Gastonia on August 11.
The ring was custom-made in the 1980s and was a gift from the victim’s late husband. It was valued at over $2,000. The suspect received $100 in payment for the ring when she sold it to the pawnshop.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Kimberly Nicole Parker should call Detective Jon Propst at 704-732-9050, Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
42-year-old Hieu Trung Bui of 24th Street Drive NW in Hickory was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with breaking and entering with intent to terrorize or injure, assault on a female, injury to real property, and second degree trespassing. He was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (October 1) under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance is set for Tuesday (October 2).
Hickory City Council meets in regular session Tuesday night (October 2). The meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building at 76 North Center Street in Hickory.
Under reaffirmation and ratification of second readings, council will vote on amending the traffic ordinance designating the speed limit as 25 miles-per-hour on 9th Street NW between 6th Avenue NW and 9th Avenue NW, and on 7th Street NW and 13th Avenue Place NW between 12th Avenue NW and 6th Street NW.
There are no public hearings on Tuesday's agenda. Under departmental reports council will consider the approval of the Greater Hickory Tennis Association's requests to name the upper level tennis courts at Hickory City Park. Court 1 would be named for Kathy Kim and David and Elaine Myers. Court 2 would be named for Steve White Motors Inc. Court 3 would be named for Benefit Solutions Inc. and Linney Teague, and Court 4 would be named for Corning Inc. The naming rights would be valid for 20 years.
Among the items on tomorrow's consent agenda is the approval of a Utility Relocation Agreement with Duke Energy Carolinas in the amount of $326,380.19. In addition, the consent agenda includes the acceptance of a North Carolina Department of Transportation Grant in the amount of $150,000 for airport improvements.
Under special presentations, council will honor outgoing Fire Chief Fred Hollar. In addition, there will be a presentation of a Fire Prevention Week Proclamation. There is one person requesting to be heard by council. Mr. Robert Russell of Willowbottom Road wishes to discuss the progress of kudzu cleanup, an evacuation plan, and telephone poles with council.
34-year-old Jennifer Nicole Lain of Eckard Road in Conover was arrested Saturday (September 29) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and probation violation. In addition, Lain is charged with resisting a public officer and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $11,000 bond. District and Superior Court appearances were scheduled today (October 1).
36-year-old Walter Scott Smith of 22nd Street in Newton was arrested Friday (September 28) by Claremont Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny and breaking and entering. Smith was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $4,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (October 1).
31-year-old Adrian Lamar Wiggins of Starmount Circle in Morganton was arrested last Monday (September 24) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and probation violation.
According to a news release issued Friday (September 28), last Monday, Deputies with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office were called to assist NC Probation and Parole Officers on Ross Street in Morganton. Officers made contact with Adrian Lamar Wiggins, who had an outstanding warrant for a felony probation violation.
Wiggins was taken into custody on that probation violation charge. According to the news release, while searching Wiggins, methamphetamine was found in his possession. Officers seized the meth and transported Wiggins to the Burke County Magistrates Office where he was served with the felony warrants.
Wiggins was detained in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $13,000 secured bond. His next District Court appearance is scheduled for October 16.