54-year-old Debra Brown Ferguson of 23rd Street NW in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (October 31) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance and the sale and delivery of schedule II controlled substance. Ferguson is also charged with conducting a licensed premise for controlled substances, gambling or prostitution. Ferguson was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (November 1).
There's a new name on the Burke County Sheriff's Office most wanted list.
32-year-old Joseph Michael Hallyburton is wanted by authorities in Burke County for failure to appear on a felony count of possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Hallyburton's last known address was 1774 Deerborne Extension, Lot 3 in Drexel. Hallyburton was added to the most wanted list last Friday (October 27).
20-year-old David Yoseph Mally remains on the Burke County most wanted list. He's being sought by authorities on a charge of probation violation. The probation was imposed for felony breaking and entering. Mally's last known address was 202 State Road Unit C in Morganton. Mally was added to the most wanted list September 22.
Authorities in Burke County are continuing to seek 45-year-old Larry Christopher York. He's wanted on a charge of probation violation. His probation was imposed as a result of drug charges. York's last known address was 4946 Old Highway 18 in Connelly Springs. He was also added to the list on September 22.
You can see the entire list of suspects wanted by authorities in Burke County at www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list, call the Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail information to email@example.com. If you'd like to submit an anonymous tip you can do so through Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.
51-year-old Amy Riddle Sharpe of 34th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 11 a.m. yesterday (October 30) on one felony count each of larceny of chose in action and uttering a forged instrument. Larceny of chose in action is the theft of a check, banknote or other financial instrument issued by a bank. Warrants for Sharpe’s arrest were issued in Caldwell County in November of 2016.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident at an Auto Parts Store on 12th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. Sharpe was locked up in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $3,000, secured. A District Court date in Lenoir was scheduled for November 2.
39-year-old Sidney Guy Owens of Jay Street in Gastonia was arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three felony counts each of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods. He was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Owens is charged in connection to several eastern Lincoln County home break-ins that occurred on September 29, 2017. The break-ins occurred at homes in the 8000 and 4000 block of Highway 73 and a residence on Beth Haven Church Road in Denver. During the investigation Detective Greg Hager learned that two I-Pads stolen from a home in the 8000 block of Highway 73 had been recovered by Gaston County Police in an investigation of Sidney Guy Owens.
The subsequent investigation led to the discovery that Owens, when he was arrested by Gaston County Police, had in his possession multiple items stolen in the Lincoln County break-ins. The warrants were served on Owens at the Gaston County Jail. He is being held under a $250,000 secured bond on the Gaston and Lincoln County charges. He has a Lincoln County District Court date scheduled for November 20.
41-year-old Bryantae Monreek “Spunk” Evans of Ione Baker Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before nine o’clock last night (October 30) on one felony count of possession with intent to sell cocaine and misdemeanor count each of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer and second-degree trespass. According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, Evans was in possession of 5.7 grams of crack cocaine at the time of his arrest.
Evans was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.
37-year-old Eddie Carlos Linder of South Center Street in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 10:30 a.m. yesterday (October 30) on two felony counts of selling cocaine and one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine. He was also charged as an habitual felon.
Linder was taken into custody without incident at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. He had been hospitalized following a shooting early Saturday morning (October 28) at the La Rumba nightclub on Highway 70 S.W. Linder was arrested yesterday on an outstanding warrant.
He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. He has since been released. Linder will appear in Superior Court on January 2 in Newton.
30-year-old Kenneth Edwards Hobgood was arrested Monday (October 30) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He was charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and assault on a female. Hobgood was previously charged with kidnapping. He was placed in jail in Morganton, bond was set at $165,000 secured on all charges. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (October 31).
81-year-old Deward Charles "D.C." Gray has been found. According to a press release issued by Hickory Police, Mr. Gray is safe. A Silver Alert had been issued this morning (October 31) for Mr. Gray, who suffers from dementia. He had last been seen on the 100 block of 39th Avenue Court N.W. in Hickory.
Caldwell County Animal Control, located at 829 Fairview Dr SW, Lenoir will be closed November 10 and 11, due to Veterans Day. This is a change from Animal Control’s normal Saturday business hours, they are typically open the second Saturday of the month from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Instead, Animal Control will be open on November 18.
The regular schedule of being open on the second Saturday of the month will resume on Saturday, December 9. For more information, please contact Caldwell County Animal Control at (828) 757-8625.
22-year-old Dustin Alexander Vines was arrested Monday (October 30) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony larceny, possession, or receiving goods from a construction site and felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Vines was placed in jail in Morganton under $20,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for January 8.
The Hickory Parks and Recreation Department seasonally changes the hours of operation for all City owned parks. Effective November 1, the new park hours will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. This coincides with all parks closing a half hour after sundown. Residents are asked to plan their outings accordingly.
This applies to the following parks: Civitan Park at 460 17th Avenue, NE, Cliff Teague Park at 1125 2nd Street, SE, Glenn C. Hilton, Jr. Memorial Park at 2000 6th Street, NW, Henry Fork River Regional Recreation Park at 5655 Sweet Bay Lane, Hickory Optimist Park at 751 2nd Street Drive, NW, Jaycee Park at 1515 12th Street Drive, NW, Geitner–Rotary Park at 2035 12th Street Drive, NW, Kiwanis Park at 805 6th Street, SE, Southside Heights Park at 1400 2nd Street, SW, Stanford Park at 1451 8th Street Drive, NE, Taft Broome Park at 735 3rd Street, SW, West Hickory Park at 830 16th Street, SW, and Winkler Park at 2500 Clement Blvd, NW.
A reported home invasion is under investigation in Lincoln County. According to a news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, on Saturday night (October 28) a family dinner was interrupted by someone kicking in the front door of the home and brandishing a black handgun.
The victim told deputies he and his family were eating dinner at their Loop Road, Lincolnton, home at approximately 7:00 p.m. Saturday when the incident occurred. The unknown male entered the house pointing a gun at everyone inside. He then ordered the men in the house to place their wallets on the kitchen table.
At that time the suspect, who had his face covered, grabbed the wallets and ran out of the house. When the victim heard the vehicle leave the residence he went outside to see where the suspect went. He also noticed that the right front tire of his truck had been shot and was flat. Deputies found two shell casings near the truck. They believe a second suspect was waiting in the truck.
The thief got away with more than $1,400 in cash and personal papers. There are no reports of any injuries. The suspects fled the scene in a pickup truck but the victims were unable to provide a description. Detective Frank Runyon is continuing the investigation.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. If your Crime Stoppers tip leads to an arrest you could receive a reward of up to $1,000.
A standoff reportedly occurred after a man appeared to have poured gasoline on himself during a traffic stop in Catawba County Monday (October 30). According to published reports, the incident began at approximately noon on South Center Street in Brookford, just south of Hickory. The suspect, who published reports say was identified by police as 33-year-old Tony Devin Boyles, was pulled over after officers saw a pickup truck that had been reported stolen from Burke County.
The reports say when the officer initially attempted to pull over the truck, Boyles turned into a neighborhood and was blocked by a tree cutting crew. When the officer approached the vehicle, he said Boyles appeared to "douse himself" with gasoline and wouldn't come out of the vehicle. The officer called for backup.
The published reports say that a SWAT (STAR, Special Tactics And Response) team was called in and nearby residents were evacuated. Boyles was taken into custody at around 1 p.m. when officers pulled him out of the pickup truck. He was taken to a nearby hospital for a mental evaluation. No weapons were found. It was not known what charges Boyles may be facing, he was not listed as an inmate in Catawba County as of this morning (October 31).
An armed robbery at a Hickory convenience store is currently under investigation. Sunday (October 29) at approximately 8:00 P.M., officers with the Hickory Police Department responded to Jack B Quick at 1120 Old Lenoir Road NW in reference to an armed robbery. The clerk reported that the suspect came into the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money. The suspect took money from the store and left the scene.
The suspect is reported as being a light-skinned black male, approximately 5’ 5” – 5’ 8”, short curly black hair and 17-24 years of age. The suspect was wearing a black flat-brim hat, red bandanna across his face, black zip up jacket (possibly weather proof), black shoes and black pants.
Anyone with information regarding this on-going investigation is encouraged to call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551 or contact Inv. S. Hudson directly at 828-261-2620 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
24-year-old Chaz Tylor Roark of Mutual Way in Iron Station was arrested Sunday (October 29) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury
Deputies were dispatched to the 2900 block of Brady Hoffman Road in Lincolnton early Sunday morning following a report of an assault. When they arrived, they found a 24-year-old woman who was bleeding from wounds in her leg and side. The victim told deputies that she was in a fight with another female when she was allegedly stabbed by Roark. Roark left the scene but his vehicle was pulled over in a traffic stop a short time later.
The victim was transported by Lincoln County EMS to Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia where she was treated for her injuries. Roark was taken into custody and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $30,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (October 30).
28-year-old Brittney Nichole Barfield was arrested Friday (October 27) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Barfield was being held in jail in Morganton under $24,999 secured bond on the charge filed Friday plus previously filed counts. A District Court appearance on the drug charge was scheduled for today (October 30).
69-year-old Johnny Lee Finandis and 55-year-old Felicia Case Finandis, both of the same address on Aster Lane in Stanley, have been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Deputies as the result of a domestic dispute that spiraled out of control Sunday evening (October 29). Johnny Finandis is charged with one felony count each of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and discharging a firearm into occupied property. Felicia Finandis was charged with one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill inflicting serious injury.
Events leading to the arrests unfolded as Deputies were dispatched to the Aster Lane residence at about 7 p.m. yesterday. Deputies found that the property owner, Johnny Finandis, had fired a shot from a 12-gauge shotgun through the front door.
The incident started when Finandis’s wife, Felicia, and her son got into an argument because the son’s girlfriend was laughing at something they were watching on television. Felicia Finandis came out of an adjacent bedroom and the two females got into an altercation. The son stepped between the two women. At that point, Felicia Finandis began swinging a knife, striking and injuring the son’s finger.
Johnny Finandis entered the residence as the argument continued. He and his wife then went outside. While they were gone, those who remained inside locked the door. At that time, Johnny Finandis returned with a shotgun and fired through the front door. Just inside the door was a small child on an inflatable mattress. No one was hit by the pellets.
Both suspects were placed in the Harven A.Crouse Detention Center. Johnny Finandis was held without bond. Felicia Finandis was given a $25,000 secured bond. No court dates are currently listed.
Hickory Police are investigating a shooting that occurred Saturday (October 28) at La Rumba de Cache (Club Rumba), 534 U.S. Highway 70 S.W.
The incident was reported at 2:12 a.m. Saturday when two men suffering from gunshot wounds were treated at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. Investigators learned that the shooting occurred in the parking lot outside the nightclub. The two men, whose injuries were not life-threatening, are a 37-year-old and a 28-year-old, both from Hickory.
No one has been charged or arrested. No warrants have been issued.
No other injuries were reported. A 1982 Nissan was damaged during the incident.
The Hickory Police Department’s investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551 or contact Investigator Shanna Hudson directly at 828-261-2620 or email@example.com.
25-year-old Rebecca Nichole Larcinese, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (October 30). She was charged with a felony probation violation. Larcinese is on probation as she serves an 18-month suspended sentence following a May 2017 conviction in Catawba County for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance. The warrant for her arrest was issued in Burke County.
Larcinese was taken into custody without incident at about 1:50 a.m. today at an address on 1st Avenue Place N.W. in Hickory. She was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. As of 10:30 this morning, she was not listed as an inmate. An appearance in Superior Court was set for November 6 in Morganton.
Starting this week, contractors working for the City of Morganton will start replacing the decking on both bridges on the Morganton Greenway. Brushy Mountain Builders is doing the work, and they plan to start working on the Silver Creek greenway bridge Wednesday (November 1). The bridge will be closed during the day while contractors are working, but should be reopened in the evening, barring any unforeseen issues.
City staff estimates it will take three to four weeks to replace all the decking on both bridges. The Silver Creek greenway bridge was built around 1995 and the Catawba River greenway bridge was built in 2004. Several boards on each bridge have deteriorated and need to be replaced.