55-year-old John Michael Wall of Hickory will spend three to five years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple criminal offenses and admitting his habitual felon status. The guilty plea was entered during Burke County Superior Court last Tuesday (June 26).
The Honorable Casey Viser, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, imposed the active prison term for Wall following the guilty plea to attempted larceny of a motor vehicle and attempted possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
Wall’s sentence was enhanced by his habitual felon status that included prior convictions for flee to elude arrest in Burke County (August 2002), obtaining property by false pretense in Guilford County (July 1991) and breaking and entering in Catawba County (December 1987). This is the defendant’s second habitual felon status conviction.
On November 18, 2015, the defendant took a vehicle that did not belong to him and sold it to a local scrap yard for $160. David Anderson handled investigation for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, and Lance Sigmon prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.
21-year-old Devin Tyler Turner of Shoupes Grove Church Road in Hickory was arrested last Monday (June 25) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine along with misdemeanor counts of simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to a news release issued Friday (June 29), last Monday a Burke County Deputy initiated a vehicle stop. After speaking with the driver of the vehicle, identified as Devin Tyler Turner, the driver admitted that he had been smoking marijuana inside the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, marijuana and a large amount of methamphetamine were located.
Turner was detained in the Burke–Catawba District Confinement Facility under $25,000 secured bond. He was no longer listed as an inmate in Burke County as of today (July 2). His next District Court date is July 10.
A Burke County jury returned a guilty verdict against a Morganton man on first-degree burglary charges last Thursday (June 28) in Burke County Superior Court. 30-year-old Steven Allen Woody was found guilty to conclude a three-day trial and was given an active prison sentence of four to six years by the Honorable Casey Viser, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County.
Woody entered the home of a local pastor in the early-morning hours of November 25, 2016, while the victims were asleep. The victims chased Woody from the home and gave investigators a description of him. During a probation search some time later, officers were able to identify some of the clothing described by the victim, who later identified the defendant from a photo lineup.
During execution of a search warrant, investigators collected the clothing described by the victim along with a lock picking kit. The victim also made an identification of the defendant during the court setting.
Stephen Ritchie investigated the case for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant District Attorney Michelle Lippert handled prosecution for the State.
35-year-old Karen Renee Harris of Morganton, was given an active prison term of four to six years following her conviction for attempted manufacture of methamphetamine and a pair of driving while impaired (DWI) offenses. The Honorable Casey N. Viser, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, handed down the sentence for Harris after her guilty plea during Burke County Superior Court last Thursday (June 28).
Agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and officers from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force served a search warrant at Harris’ residence on March 14, 2017, discovering materials being used to manufacture methamphetamine. Harris also pleaded guilty to DWI offenses that occurred on May 9, 2016, and August 21, 2017.
Assistant District Attorney Lance Sigmon prosecuted the cases for the State.
An arrest has been made in connection to a fatal shooting last week in Caldwell County. 37-year-old Michael Vincent Osborne of Rual Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Saturday (June 30) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of murder and possession of a firearm by a felon.
The charges are in connection to an incident that occurred last Monday (June 25) in the 3800 block of Grace Terrace Drive in The Dudley Shoals section of southern Caldwell County. According to reports, a man showed up at a house next door to him with a gunshot wound. Officials say a person inside the home called 911. The victim, 34-year-old Edgar Medoza Picaco, died from injuries sustained during the shooting.
Following his arrest, Osborne was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under no bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (July 2).
26-year-old Robbie Octavian Little of 1st Street SE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (June 28) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance along with misdemeanor counts of possession of schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Little was arrested without incident just before midnight Thursday night at an address on 13th Avenue Drive NW in Hickory. Following the arrest, bond for Little was set at $15,000 secured. He was not listed as an inmate in Catawba County as of earlier today (June 29). A District Court appearance was scheduled today in Newton.
53-year-old Arnold Joe Eberhart of Umberger Road in Cleveland, NC, was arrested Sunday (June 24) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony soliciting a child by computer.
According to a news release issued today (June 29), on Thursday June 14, a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, by the parent of a minor child, stating the child had received text messages that raised concerns. Those messages, according to the parent, came from Arnold Joe Eberhart.
According to a news release from the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, an investigation revealed that Eberhart had sent multiple text messages to a 12-year-old female in an attempt to entice her to come meet him at a location near her home. The text messages were sexual in nature and discussed about how Eberhart would like for her to meet him outside and how he wanted to commit a sexual act.
Eberhart was arrested Sunday by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office. Following the arrest, he was given an $8,000 dollars secured bond. A District Court date is July 16. Eberhart was placed on the Rowan County Sex Offender Registry for one count of Second Degree Rape which occurred in 1995. He was released from the North Carolina Department of Corrections in 2003 and placed on the sex offender registry.
38-year-old William Clay Brookshire of Piper Place in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (June 28) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Brookshire was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $1,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled for Thursday.
Former Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Captain and former candidate for Sheriff Jason Reid was scheduled to appear in court today (June 29) after being indicted on multiple charges following an SBI investigation. Reid, who is 46-years-old, is charged with felony counts of larceny by employee and embezzlement along with misdemeanor counts of cyberstalking, stalking, and willful failure to discharge duties.
Reid has been under investigation since a former girlfriend reported finding a tracking device on her vehicle that she claims Reid placed there. She also said Reid sent her multiple text messages with her location. Reid has denied the allegations. Reid was scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Lincoln County today.
A natural gas leak has forced the closure of U.S. 421 in both directions just outside of Boone city limits. Transportation and other local officials were scheduled to meet this morning (June 29) to discuss possible solutions. Early estimates indicated that U.S. 421 could be closed at least through midday today.
The detour routes drivers to U.S. 421 Exit 286A for N.C 16 South, then N.C. 18 South for 23 miles to Lenoir and then U.S. 321 North to Boone. The reverse applies for traffic leaving Boone. Transportation officials remind drivers to obey all posted signs, drive with caution in work zones and in this case, allow extra time for the detour.
The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking assistance in identifying a man in a case in which a suspect passed a financial transaction card to make unauthorized purchases. The suspect, whose picture is with this story, may possibly be operating a burgundy colored SUV. If you know this person, please call Detective Sergeant Daniel Icard at 704-878-3100.
27-year-old Roberto Javier Polanco Osorio of Charlotte was arrested Wednesday (June 27) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on warrants from Winston-Salem with felony counts of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and first degree burglary. We first reported Osorio's arrest Thursday (June 28) on WHKY.
The charges are in connection to an attempted armed robbery that reportedly occurred at a residence in Winston-Salem on June 22. Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers learned that a wanted person, the suspect Osorio, was possibly at a residence in the 3200 block of Falcon Ridge Road in Maiden.
Officers arrived at the residence at approximately 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and spotted the suspect's vehicle in the driveway. Contact was made with the occupants of the residence and four people came out of the home but not Orosio.
Deputies made repeated attempts to get Osorio to come out of the residence before finally entering the home. Osorio was found hiding in a back bedroom.
He was placed in custody without incident and a cell phone in his possession was seized along with his vehicle. Officers were given permission to search the home but no other evidence was found. Osorio was initially placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center without bond. He was turned over to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Thursday. He had a District Court date today (June 29) in Forsyth County.
28-year-old Michael Allen Benfield of Pea Ridge Road, 28-year-old Tiffany Samantha Whitney of Vine Arden Road, and 29-year-old Aaron Ralph Gragg of Razor Ridge Road, all from Morganton, and 25-year-old Jordan Nicole Beatri Lollis of Edwards Avenue in Swannanoa, were all arrested last Friday (June 22) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers.
According to a news release issued Thursday (June 28), Benfield, Whitney, and Lollis are all charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Benfield is additionally charged with felony counts of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance and possession of a firearm by a felon along with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Lollis is also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and shoplifting with concealment of goods. Gragg is charged with a felony parole violation in McDowell County.
Earlier this month, the Burke County Criminal Investigations/Narcotics Division initiated an investigation at 5130 Pea Ridge Road in Morganton, in reference to suspected drug activity. The investigation led to the arrests of the suspects.
Benfield, Whitney, and Lollis were all confined at the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility. Benfield's bond was set at $38,000 secured, Whitney received a $5,000 secured bond, and Lollis was also jailed under $5,000 secured bond. Gragg was turned over to the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office to be served on his outstanding warrant. Benfield, Whitney, and Lollis all have District Court dates July 9. No court date was listed for Gragg.
51-year-old Camillia Crews Furches of 12th Street SW in Hickory was arrested Thursday (June 28) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony conspiracy. Furches was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for July 9.
Former Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Captain and former candidate for Sheriff Jason Reid has been indicted on multiple charges following an investigation conducted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.
WHKY News spoke with a representative at the Lincoln County Clerk of Courts Office, who confirmed they had an indictment against Reid on file at their office. The indictment reportedly charges Reid with felony embezzlement, larceny by employee, cyber-stalking, misdemeanor stalking, and willful failure to discharge duties.
Reid has been under investigation by the SBI since a former girlfriend reported finding a tracking device on her vehicle that she claims Reid placed there. She also said Reid sent her multiple text messages with her location. Reid has denied the allegations.
Reid ran unsuccessfully for Sheriff, he was defeated in the May Primary by Newton Police Chief Don Brown.
46-year-old Brian Kelly Ferguson of Rankin Street in Lenoir was arrested this morning (June 28) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of schedule II controlled substance. In addition, Ferguson is charged with misdemeanor counts of communicating threats, driving while license revoked, and expired inspection.
Ferguson was arrested without incident just after midnight this morning at an address on Highway 70 SW in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,500 secured bond. A Superior Court Date is scheduled for August 2 in Lenoir.
29-year-old Dominique Terrell Stinson of 29th Street Place SW in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (June 27) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of first degree burglary, and second degree kidnapping along with misdemeanor counts of assault on a female and interfering with emergency communication. The arrest report issued by the Hickory Police Department lists the complainant as the Long View Police Department.
Stinson was arrested just before 6 p.m. Wednesday at an address on 1st Street SW in Hickory. He was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (June 28) in Newton.
41-year-old Timothy Marone Cloud was arrested Sunday (June 24) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine, along with misdemeanor counts of possession of schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license suspended or revoked, and open container. Cloud was arrested at 2:26 a.m. Sunday at an address on NC 16 in Denver. He was placed in jail in Lincolnton under $9,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for July 17.
Morganton’s water treatment plant is one of 69 water treatment plants being honored by the N.C. Division of Water Resources for surpassing federal and state drinking water standards in 2017. The plant recently received the prestigious N.C. Area Wide Optimization Award, which is part of a state effort to enhance the performance of existing water treatment facilities. It is the city’s ninth time receiving the award.
Awards are given each year to water systems that demonstrate outstanding turbidity removal, a key test of drinking water quality. Turbidity is a measure of the cloudiness or haziness of water caused by individual particles that can interfere with disinfection and provide a medium for microbial growth. Microbes are microscopic particles that occur naturally but can include harmful bacteria and viruses. A news release from the city says Morganton received this award because of its outstanding water quality.
The Charles D. Dixon Memorial Splash Pad, located at Kiwanis Park in Hickory, will be closed Thursday, July 26, through Sunday, July 29, at 3:00 p.m. due to the Tar Heel Leagues, Inc. State Baseball Tournaments.
The City of Hickory will host 44 teams for the Tar Heel Leagues, Inc. State Baseball Tournaments, with games being held at Kiwanis Park, Stanford Park, Jaycee Park, and the Lenoir-Rhyne University softball field. Due to limited parking at Kiwanis Park, splash pad visitors cannot be accommodated during the tournaments.
In lieu of the splash pad, residents and visitors are encouraged to enjoy the interactive water feature available at Lowes Food City Park in downtown Hickory. For more information about the Tar Heel Leagues, Inc. State Baseball Tournaments and City parks, contact the Hickory Parks and Recreation Department at (828) 322-7046.