18-year-old Jonathan Matthew Clark of Harper Avenue in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (February 13) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of manufacture, sell, deliver, or possess a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, along with single felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, manufacturing marijuana, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance.
Clark was previously arrested Tuesday (February 11) on drug charges. The counts filed Thursday are in addition to the previously filed charges. Clark's bond is now $100,000 secured. He remained in the Caldwell County Detention Center as of earlier today (February 14). He's got upcoming District Court appearances next Monday (February 17) and March 4.
27-year-old William Marshall Shook of Lavina Lane in Claremont was arrested Wednesday (February 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with possession of heroin, possession of methamphetamine, and breaking or entering. Shook is also charged with parole violation. He was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A Superior Court date is set for March 16.
40-year-old Steven Eugene Hurst, who lists an address on Hickory Drive in Claremont and is also listed as a homeless person from Conover, has been arrested on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He is wanted by the Louisiana Dept. of Public Safety in East Baton Rouge Parish for a parole violation. He was initially charged with possession of stolen property.
Hurst was taken into custody yesterday (February 12) and jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is searching for the owner of an urn containing cremated ashes that was abandoned in a wooded area north of Lincolnton.
On February 1, 2020 a man was looking at two wooded lots to buy in the 900 block of Lakeland Avenue when he came across a red box. Inside the red box was a gold and black colored urn vase. The man told officers it appeared the vase had been in the wooded area for a long time.
Sheriff’s officers contacted the property owner but he was unaware who the urn belonged to and there are no identifying markings on the urn. Sheriff’s deputies are asking the public for information that may help find the owner. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050.
41-year-old Berry Allen Church of 18th Street SW in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (February 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Church was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (February 13).
34-year-old Bryan Keith Jackson, Jr. of Connelly Springs Road in Granite Falls was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff's Officers yesterday (February 12) for felony failure to register as a sex offender. Jackson is on the sex offender registry as the result of a May 2008 conviction in Catawba County for kidnapping against a minor. The offense occurred in January 2007. Following his arrest, Jackson was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center and then released under a $1,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make an appearance in District Court today in Lenoir.
52-year-old Kim Antwon Walton of N.W. Rankin Street in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (February 12) on felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance. Walton was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make an appearance in District Court yesterday in Lenoir.
60-year-old Dennis Blaine Robinson of Old North Road in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff's Officers yesterday (February 12) for felony possession of a weapon of mass destruction. Following his arrest, Robinson was jailed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $25,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday in Lenoir.
18-year-old Jonathan Matthew Clark of Harper Avenue in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (February 11) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance, and flee to elude arrest. Bond for Clark was set at $3,000 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled Wednesday (February 12).
One-Stop Early Voting starts today (February 13) for the 2020 primary election. The early voting period runs through February 29. There are several races on all of the party's ballots.
In Catawba County, on the Republican ballot, voters can choose among seven candidates for two slots to run in the Catawba County Board of Commissioners race in November. Other local races in Catawba County on the Republican ballot are for the North Carolina State Senate District 42, the Catawba County Register of Deeds, and U.S. House of Representatives District 10.
The Republican ballot in Catawba County also has choices for U.S. President, U.S. Senate, Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Auditor, Commissioner of Insurance, Commissioner of Labor, Secretary of State, and Superintendent of Public Instruction.
The Democrat ballot includes a race for U.S. House of Representatives District 5. In addition, voters have choices for U.S. President, U.S. Senator, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Auditor, Commissioner of Agriculture, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Treasurer. You can see a full list of candidates on ballots in Catawba County at http://www.catawbacountync.gov/county-services/elections/candidates/current-list-of-candidates/ For other counties in the area, check the local Board of Elections websites.
The early voting locations in Catawba County are the Newton Main Library in Newton, Highland Recreation Center in Hickory, Southwest Library in Mountain View, Conover Station in Conover, and the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Library in Terrell. Early voting was scheduled to start at 8 a.m. today and continue until 3 p.m. Saturday, February 29. The primary election is March 3.
39-year-old Mychel Pendley Hefner of Orders Drive in Morganton was arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony embezzlement of property.
According to information released on Wednesday (February 12), last Friday (February 7) Detectives with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office received a package from the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) stating that their former treasurer, Mychel Pendley Hefner, had been misusing funds. They provided Detectives with numerous items showing that approximately $26,119 had been taken.
ICAN is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve maternal-child health by reducing preventable cesareans through education, supporting cesarean recovery, and advocating for vaginal birth after cesarean. Detectives interviewed Hefner who admitted that she had been misusing funds and had attempted to pay back some of the monies.
She stated that she had also admitted this to the board of directors and advised them she would pay back the funds. Detectives charged Hefner with the felony embezzlement count and she was given a written promise to appear in court. She was scheduled to appear in District Court in Burke County Wednesday. Her next District Court date is March 4.
Wednesday afternoon (February 12), the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Sheriff Richard Vaughn of Grayson County, Virginia. This call was to inform the Sheriff’s Office that the medical examiner in Roanoke, Virginia had made a positive identification on the remains of 38-year-old Maria Calderon Martinez.
The victim's remains were found in a burned vehicle in Virginia on November 4, 2019. Martinez was reported missing from Alexander County on June 15, 2019, after an incident that occurred at a residence in the Sugar Loaf Community. The residence was burned and two children’s bodies were found inside the home. The victim's were Martinez' children, 11-year-old Angel E. Pacheco and 12-year-old America D. Pacheco.
Two other bodies were found in the vehicle along with Martinez. 30-year-old Areli Aguire-Avilez and his girlfriend, 16-year-old Heidi Wolfe have been charged in connection to this incident. They're each charged with three counts of first degree murder and are currently in custody at the Alexander County Detention Center.
Alexander County Sheriff’s Office is working with the medical examiner’s office in Roanoke, Virginia for further identification of the two other victims in this case, Juan Carlos Mendez-Pena and Luis Fernando Sanchez.
At 7:35 this morning (February 12), Burke County Deputies responded to a robbery at the Dollar General Store at 8269 N.C. Highway 18 South, near George Hildebran School Road. The store clerk said she arrived at the store and parked her vehicle. As she was walking to the front door, a male subject come up behind her and began making demands. When the front door was unlocked, the male subject demanded money from the safe. The man took an undisclosed amount of cash and the surveillance camera’s computer hard drive before leaving the store in a small passenger vehicle. The clerk was not injured.
The Burke County Sheriff’s CID/Narcotics Division responded to the scene. They are currently investigating the incident.
Anyone with information should call the Burke Co. Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or Morganton/Burke Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333. All Crime Stoppers tips are anonymous. Anyone with information leading an arrest may receive a cash reward.
22-year-old Branson Lee Severt of Blue Creek Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (February 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of stolen property. Severt was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $7,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (February 12).
42-year-old Joshua Michael Good of Redcliff Way in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (February 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Good was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (February 12).
33-year-old Victoria Khrysten Gore of Sleepy Hollow Drive in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (February 12) for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
She was arrested following a traffic stop at a convenience store on 2nd Avenue N.W. in Hickory. During the stop, Police found 2.3 grams of methamphetamine.
Gore was taken into custody without incident at about 2:25 a.m. today. She was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released under a $2,500 secured bond. An appearance in District Court is coming up tomorrow in Newton.
A Lincoln County man missing since January 16, 2020 has been found. 38-year-old Rene Garcia Gomez of Grassy Creek Road was located at a family member’s residence in Charlotte and is safe. As WHKY previously reported, he had last been seen leaving to go work on January 16, 2020 around 7:00 a.m.
34-year-old Michael Lance Owens of Falston Road in Shelby was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (February 12) for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance. He was also charged on a warrant out of Cleveland County with failure to appear in court for misdemeanor resisting a public officer.
Owens was arrested after Officers approached a suspicious person near the intersection of Highway 70 S.E. and 21st Street Lane S.E. During the incident, Officers learned that Owens had an outstanding warrant, and they found 0.3 grams of methamphetamine.
Owens was taken into custody without incident. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,500 secured bond, plus a $365 cash bond on the Cleveland County charge. An appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton, with a court date in Shelby on March 2.
49-year-old Steven Allen Little of Wilderness Trace in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:20 p.m. yesterday (February 11) on outstanding warrants for felony obtaining property by false pretense and misdemeanor larceny.
Little was arrested in connection to an incident on February 5 when Hickory Police responded to a report of fraud at the Target store on Catawba Valley Boulevard S.E. Loss Prevention reported that a male subject stole items on January 30. The man returned on February 4 to return the stolen items for store credit. He was identified as Steven Allen Little. The warrants for his arrest were issued on February 5.
Little was taken into custody without incident yesterday at the store. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
31-year-old Kenneth Mailon Adams of Conley Road in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:30 p.m. yesterday (February 11) on one felony count of larceny of a motor vehicle. The warrant for his arrest was issued in Burke County on February 5. Adams was taken into custody without incident at a residential address on 15th Street S.W. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $3,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for March 9 in Morganton.