51-year-old David Bynam Walsh of Stone Mountain Road in Lenoir was arrested Friday (June 28) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a felony out-of-state fugitive warrant and with driving while license revoked. Walsh is wanted in Wisconsin on unspecified charges. He was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under no bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (July 1).
51-year-old Debra Kay Eden of Cara Drive in Connelly Springs and 39-year-old Michael James Teague of Magnum Road in Hickory were arrested Sunday (June 30) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Both suspects were jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility. Eden's bond was set at $15,000, Teague received a $4,000 bond. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (July 1).
32-year-old Salisha Michelle Cox of West 19th Street SW in Newton was arrested Friday (June 28) by authorities in Catawba County. She's charged with felony probation violation. Cox was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for this Friday (July 5).
On Sunday (June 30) shortly before 12 noon, the Burke County Emergency Communications Center received a call that a rock climber had fallen approximately 80 feet from Shortoff Mountain.
Shortly after 1:00 p.m., rescue crews reached the victim utilizing rappelling equipment while other climbers were performing CPR. The victim, 31-year-old Austin Howell of Chicago, Illinois, was pronounced deceased at approximately 2:30 p.m.
Mr. Howell was reportedly free climbing in one of the most difficult portions of the Linville Gorge. The specific details of the accident are unknown at this time.
Rescuers from Burke County Rescue Squad, Burke County Emergency Medical Service, Burke County Emergency Management, Burke County REACT, Lake James Fire Rescue, Chesterfield Fire Rescue, South Mountain Fire Rescue, Oak Hill Fire Rescue, Glen Alpine Fire Department, Avery County Rescue Squad, Parkway Fire Rescue, North Carolina Emergency Management, North Carolina National Guard, North Carolina Helo Aquatic Rescue Team, US Forest Service utilized equipment and manpower to extricate the victim.
The US Forest Service is investigating the accident.
28-year-old Christopher Lee Apperson of Donovan Street in Conover was arrested Saturday (June 29) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, and simple possession of schedule III controlled substance. Apperson was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $6,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (July 1).
26-year-old Jada Blair Mitchem, whose address was not listed, was arrested Saturday by Maiden Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. In addition, Mitchem is charged with misdemeanor possession of schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (July 1).
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is making low-interest disaster loans available to residents and businesses affected by the flooding that occurred in Catawba and Mecklenburg Counties in June. This is in response to a disaster declaration request from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper.
SBA loans are designed to help home and business owners where insurance does not fully cover the cost of repairs to a home or business. The loan can also be used to reduce the economic injury, or replace machinery, equipment and inventory loss caused by the storm.
Disaster Recovery Centers will be open at these locations for affected residents to submit applications from July 2 through July 11. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Centers will be closed on July 4th.
The Catawba County Disaster Recovery Center is at Springs Road Baptist Church, 3580 Springs Rd. NE, Hickory. In Mecklenburg County the Disaster Recovery Center is at the Fire Department at 2001 Mt Holly-Huntersville Road in Charlotte. The centers will be available to serve affected residents from all the counties included in the Governor’s requested disaster declaration: Mecklenburg, Catawba, Alexander, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, and Union.
Applicants may apply online now using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov. Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing email@example.com. Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov.
Completed applications should be returned to the Disaster Recovery Centers or mailed to:
U.S. Small Business Administration
Processing and Disbursement Center
14925 Kingsport Road
Fort Worth, TX 76155
The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Aug. 26, 2019. The deadline to return economic injury applications is March 27, 2020.
34-year-old Dustin Marshall Boggess was arrested Thursday (June 27) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony larceny along with misdemeanor counts of non-support, failure to appear, and probation violation. Boggess was arrested just before 2:30 a.m. Thursday. He was being held in jail in Lincolnton under $72,000 secured bond. A court date is scheduled for July 9.
32-year-old Eric Lee Miller of South Main Street in Granite Falls was arrested today (June 28) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony probation violation. Following the arrest, Miller was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for August 5.
26-year-old Travis Cody Dillard of Old Conover Startown Road in Newton was arrested Wednesday (June 26) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny. Dillard was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled Thursday (June 27).
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a rash of vehicle break-ins to unlocked vehicles on Carriage Lane, Lincolnton. According to information released earlier this week by the Sheriff's Office, residents began reporting the break-ins last Saturday, June 22, to vehicles parked at homes in the 2400 to 2600 blocks of Carriage Lane off Startown Road.
A total of four break-ins have been reported. The items stolen in the break-ins included a wallet, personal identification, money, Glock pistol and ammunition, debit cards, GPS, and sunglasses. The value of the stolen items was placed at $2,300. The Sheriff's Office reminds citizens that thieves have a tendency to break into unlocked vehicles because they want to get in and out of the area as quick as possible, so always remember to lock your vehicle.
Anyone with information on the break-ins should call 911, 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. All tips are investigated.
37-year-old Michael Pasquel Powell of NW Robbins Avenue in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (June 27) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Powell was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $2,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (July 1).
28-year-old Jonathan Dale Cox of Mount Herman Heights in Hudson was arrested Thursday (June 27) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with four felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense. Cox was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (July 1).
48-year-old Grecia Leann Barlowe of Log Cabin Place in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (June 27) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with two felony counts apiece of arson and first-degree attempted murder and a single felony count of insurance fraud. No further details were available this morning regarding the charges. Barlowe was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $500,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (July 1).
30-year-old Jessica Dawn Flynn of Harwell Road in Catawba was arrested by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. She's charged with felony death by vehicle, driving while impaired, reckless driving to endanger, driving left of center, child not in rear seat, misdemeanor child abuse, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.
According to published reports, Flynn is charged in connection to a fatal crash last week on Lowrance Road near Catawba. Reports from the Highway Patrol say that Flynn's Dodge Van crossed the center line and struck a motorcycle being operated by former Catawba County Detention Officer Randy Kyle Holmes, who died at the scene.
Flynn was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. Her next District Court date is July 15.
51-year-old Marcus Otto Gienger of Thomas Drive in Newton was arrested Thursday (June 27) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony probation violation on a warrant from 2015 Gienger was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. No court date was listed.
46-year-old Clarence Steven Moody of Friendship Church Road in Taylorsville was arrested Thursday (June 27) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with breaking and entering and felony larceny. Moody was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (June 28).
30-year-old Elvis Aron Presley Coleman of 18th Street Place NW in Hickory was arrested by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with two counts of habitual larceny, single counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering, and five counts of failure to appear on various charges. Coleman was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (June 28) under $58,500 bond. District Court dates were scheduled today, July 29, and August 8. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for August 5.
A Morganton woman will spend five to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple criminal offenses and admitting her status as a habitual felon during Burke County Superior Court on Monday, June 24, 2019.
42-year-old Jamesha Nakema Corpening was given the active prison term by the Honorable Louis A. Trosch, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, following her guilty pleas to breaking/entering, obtaining property by false pretense, two counts of felony larceny and two counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
Corpening’s sentence length was enhanced by her habitual felon status stemming from prior convictions for obtaining property by false pretense (March 2011) and financial card theft (March 2014), both in Burke County, and obtaining property by false pretense (November 2016) in Alamance County.
Investigators from Morganton Department of Public Safety investigated a string of crimes committed by Corpening during the last four months of 2018.
On Sept. 19, 2018, Corpening stole a cellular phone from an individual at a Morganton business. Later that day, she entered another business and deposited the phone in an eco-ATM system in exchange for cash.
A week later, the garage door of a local business was pried open, a cash register, jewelry, checkbooks, cash and a .22-caliber pistol were taken. Corpening was later identified as a suspect and admitted to her involvement in the crime.
On October 4, 2018, Corpening stole a Honda Accord from a Burke County resident. A day later, she was stopped in possession of the car, which had been reported stolen. The defendant had been at the victim’s house a week earlier asking for money, but he did not know her.
Corpening stole a Toyota Camry belonging to a 71-year-old Burke County woman on December 17, 2018. The defendant was spotted the next day with the vehicle. She also had other personal items belonging to the victim in her possession.
Investigators Kyle Goforth and Ryan Stotts handled the cases for the Morganton Department of Public Safety. Jonathan Greer prosecuted the matters for the District Attorney’s Office.
39-year-old Francisco Loyola Lopez of Conover, was given an active prison term of 31 to 47 months or two years, seven months to three years, eleven months after he entered a guilty plea. Lopez was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury from a 2003 offense during Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday (June 26).
The Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, imposed the sentence for Lopez after he entered a guilty plea to the charge. Lopez will serve his sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections. At the completion of his prison term, Lopez will be deported to Mexico.
The offense occurred on July 11, 2003. Lopez and two other men had been drinking that night. At some point, Lopez was found hanging off the edge of a highway overpass by the two men. They were able to get him back to the residence where the men were staying for his safety.
Later that night, the two men checked on a disturbance coming from inside the home where Lopez was staying. As one of the men opened the front door, Lopez stabbed him in the chest, causing substantial injuries that resulted in hospitalization at two medical facilities.
Lopez fled and made his way into Mexico, avoiding apprehension for nearly 15 years. When he tried to enter back into the United States on February 2, 2018, agents with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol in Arizona apprehended him. He was extradited back to Catawba County later that month and has been incarcerated since that time.
The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case, and Assistant District Attorney Sean Baetjer handled prosecution for the State.