39-year-old Laurie Ann Hall of County Home Road in Conover was arrested Wednesday (July 26) by Conover Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Hall was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (July 27).
38-year-old Victor Scott Pressley of Hooper Street in Newton was arrested Wednesday (July 26) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony financial card theft. Pressley was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (July 27).
31-year-old Brian Keith Bentley of Lenoir, pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine and admitted his status as a habitual felon in Caldwell County Superior Court on Monday (July 24).
The Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, sentenced Bentley to serve an active prison term of 26 to 44 months in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections. Bentley’s sentence was enhanced by prior felony convictions for breaking or entering in Catawba County (September 2003), possession of cocaine in Caldwell County (June 2005) and discharging a weapon into occupied property in Caldwell County (March 2011).
Officers from Lenoir Police Department responded to a shoplifting call from a local business in July 2016. Using identification of a truck involved in the incident from the manager, officers pursued it until it was abandoned at an apartment complex.
Shortly thereafter, Bentley was located and found to be in possession of a crystalline substance in his front pocket when he was searched. The substance was sent to the North Carolina State Crime Lab for testing and found to be methamphetamine.
Officer Tyler Sanders investigated the case for Lenoir Police Department, and Nancy Lee handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
A Hickory man pleaded guilty to first-degree murder during Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday (July 26) and will spend the rest of his life in prison.
34-year-old Micky Lee Swink entered his guilty plea for the Oct. 31, 2016, murder of his 66-year-old great aunt Patricia Diane Swink at her Hickory residence. The Honorable Forrest D. Bridges, Superior Court Judge from Cleveland County, sentenced Swink to serve life in prison without parole. Swink will serve the life sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections. The State initially sought the death penalty until Swink agreed to plead guilty and accept the life sentence.
“I’m deeply sorry for the actions I committed … It has forever impacted everyone around me. For that I deeply apologize,” Micky Swink said when given an opportunity to address the Court.
A co-defendant in the case, 50-year-old Tina Louise Swink of Hildebran, Micky Swink’s mother, is charged with murder in connection with Patricia Swink’s death. District Attorney David Learner laid out the State’s case for the Court during his summary of the facts.
Patricia Swink was found deceased in her home on Nov. 1, 2016, and the residence showed signs of being ransacked. The defendant provided a statement that his attorneys shared with prosecutors that outlined the events that led to Patricia Swink’s death.
He indicated that he and his mother, the victim’s niece who once had lived with the victim, walked to Patricia Swink’s home where they broke in through the basement. They stayed there for some two to three hours waiting for other people upstairs with Patricia Swink to leave.
They crept up the basement stairs only to find the door locked. Patricia Swink made her way to the basement door, and when she opened it, the defendant admitted that he stabbed her multiple times in the neck and chest. He and his mother then walked over her body, took pills, money, a gun and other items then left the residence in Patricia Swink’s vehicle after darkness fell, eventually ditching it in Long View.
Justin Levey was the lead investigator on the case for the Hickory Police Department. District Attorney David Learner and Melanie Earles prosecuted the case for the State.
42-year-old Curtis Chad Morgan of Cindy Lane in Gastonia has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count each of breaking & entering a building, larceny and possession of stolen goods.
Events leading to his arrest began on July 20 when Deputies were dispatched to a breaking & entering and larceny call at a home on Norman Estates Drive in Denver. A work crew had arrived to find the front door open, though the door had not been forced open. Two 65-inch televisions were taken from the residence.
The summer home was being renovated while the owner was living out-of-state. During the investigation, Detective Frank Runyon received information from the homeowner and the homeowners’ association president that a gate entry code given to the contractor was used at about ten o’clock on the night of July 19. Investigators learned that the code had been given to a painting company employee, Curtis Chad Morgan.
After he was interviewed at the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office on July 25, Morgan was charged and arrested. He was jailed under a $9,999 secured bond. Morgan was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln Co. District Court today (July 26).
47-year-old Derek Jason May and 38-year-old Colleen Velma Jewell, both of Field Haven Court in Maiden, were both arrested Tuesday (July 25) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine by possession, trafficking meth by transport, and conspire to traffic meth.
The suspects were arrested during a traffic stop near the intersection of Lee Moore Road and Across Field Court.
According to detectives, a surveillance operation began after complaints of drug activity at the couple's residence. Detectives followed the couple to several locations on Tuesday. Authorities say the couple picked up a large amount of meth from a location in Charlotte and brought it back to Lincoln County.
Detectives conducted a traffic stop and seized 33 grams of meth from the couple. The meth has a value ranging from $1,200 to $3,000 depending on how it is distributed. Bond for both suspects was set at $40,000 secured. They were both scheduled to appear in District court today (July 26).
Detectives say the investigation is ongoing and May and Jewell may face additional charges.
31-year-old Crystal Diamanta Linebarger of 2nd Street Place S.E. in Hickory was served a bill of indictment by Hickory Police early this morning (July 26) on one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. She was initially arrested and charged in November of 2014 in connection to an assault that occurred at a convenience store on 1st Avenue S.W. in Hickory, near Long View.
Linebarger was taken into custody at about 12:20 a.m. today and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,500 secured bond. She was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today in Newton.
23-year-old Myles Alexander Foote, 22-year-old Martevis Jashawn Simpson, 33-year-old Brandi Nicole Brown, and 43-year-old Elizabeth Ann Hicks, all of Statesville, were all arrested Tuesday (July 25) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers.
Foote is charged with one felony count each of sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, sell and deliver schedule VI controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, and possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule VI controlled substance. He was also charged with two felony counts each of conspire to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance and conspire to sell and deliver schedule VI controlled substance. Simpson was charged with two felony counts each of conspire to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance and conspire to sell and deliver schedule VI controlled substance. He was also charged with one felony count each of possession of schedule II controlled substance and alter, destroy, steal evidence of criminal conduct.
Brown is charged with two felony counts each of conspire to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance and conspire to sell and deliver schedule VI controlled substance. She was also charged with one felony count each of possession of schedule I controlled substance and possession of schedule II controlled substance. She also received a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Hicks was charged with two felony counts each of conspiring to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance and conspiring to sell and deliver schedule VI controlled substance. She was also charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
The four suspects had a first appearance hearing in Lincoln County District Court on July 26, 2017.
On Tuesday, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit arrested the four suspects after an undercover drug operation. The arrests came after one of the alleged offenders contacted an undercover detective offering to sell drugs. According to detectives, the suspects unknowingly contacted an undercover detective offering to sell crack cocaine and marijuana. The undercover detective arranged a meeting at an undisclosed location in Lincoln County.
Detectives then set up a surveillance operation and waited for the suspect to arrive. Once the alleged offenders arrived, they reportedly sold crack cocaine and marijuana to the undercover detective and surveillance officers then arrived to arrest the suspects. One of the suspects attempted to destroy the evidence by throwing powder cocaine into the grass nearby. Detectives were able to retrieve the evidence. Detectives seized several grams of cocaine, a small amount of heroin, and more than 24 grams of marijuana during the undercover operation.
Bond for Foote, Simpson, and Brown was set at $25,000 secured apiece. Hicks' bond was set at $20,000 secured. All four suspects were scheduled to appear in Lincoln County District Court today (July 26).
33-year-old Javariss O’Brien Robinson, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (July 26) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged with failure to appear for driving while license revoked, possessing or displaying an altered, fictitious or revoked driver’s license; failure to surrender a title, registration card or tag; and operating a vehicle with no insurance.
Robinson was taken into custody without incident at about 3 a.m. today at a fast-food restaurant on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $13,000 secured bond. Appearances in District Court were set for today and August 14 in Newton.
Caldwell Co. Public Health Director Denise Michaud will retire, effective August 1. Ms. Michaud has worked in public health for 28 years. During her time at Caldwell County Health Department, she was a Public Health Nutritionist, Nutrition Program Director and Assistant Health Director before becoming Public Health Director in 2005.
During her time at Caldwell County Health Department, Ms. Michaud was a member of the Western North Carolina Public Health Association, the North Carolina Public Health Association, the International Lactation Consultant Association, the North Carolina Association of Local Health Directors, the National Association of City & County Health Officials and the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. She was also on the Chronic Kidney Disease Task Force and the N.C. Maternity Center Breastfeeding-Friendly Designation Review Committee, and she was appointed to the North Carolina State Health Coordinating Council by former Governor Pat McCrory.
In 1992, Ms. Michaud was awarded the Western North Carolina Public Health Association Nutritionist of the Year. In 2004, she was Caldwell County Health Department’s Employee of the Year.
Ms. Michaud started her career at the N.C. Department of Agriculture. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
25-year-old Devon Wesley Downing was arrested Tuesday (July 25) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony non-forced breaking and entering. Following the arrest, Downing was placed in jail in Morganton under $20,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for August 28.
Citizens in Division 13 of the North Carolina Department of Transportation are encouraged to provide their input on which projects they would like to see evaluated in the next State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). Division 13 includes Burke, Buncombe, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Rutherford and Yancey counties.
The plan includes the projects that the state intends to fund in a 10-year period and is updated every two years to reflect the state’s current financial situation. In the first phase of creating the draft, local NCDOT divisions and planning organizations submit projects for consideration for funding. Projects are then evaluated using a data-driven prioritization process and projects that score highly enough are included in the STIP.
This public comment period will provide feedback as divisions submit projects for the 2020-2029 STIP. The 2018-2027 STIP will be finalized in August. Each division will hold drop-in office hours for a week-long period to provide members of the public flexibility. To give suggestions and hear about potential projects in Division 13, residents can stop by the Division 13 Office from July 31 to Aug. 4. The office is located at 55 Orange St. in Asheville and is open for public comment from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In addition to these open office hours, from July 31 to Aug. 31 residents may submit comments to Division 13 Senior Planning Engineer Brendan Merithew at (828) 251-6171 or email@example.com, or by visiting NCDOT’s website.
17-year-old Pablo Samuel Laguna of Belmar Street in Newton was arrested Monday (July 24) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He was charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Laguna was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $9,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for August 15.
Hickory Police are continuing to investigate a shooting that occurred Monday night (July 24) on Union Square in downtown Hickory. A 51-year-old male victim was shot in the arm after a confrontation on the square. A potential Hispanic suspect has not been identified at this time. The victim was treated and released at Catawba Valley Medical Center. The incident was reported at about 2 a.m. Tuesday (July 25).
Anyone with information regarding the shooting should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.
33-year-old Hannah Lee Cannon of Hickman Avenue in Hudson was arrested Tuesday (July 25) by Hudson Police Officers. She's charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Cannon was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (July 27).
46-year-old Marty Stillwell Rogers of Jr. Quinn Road in Catawba was arrested Tuesday (July 25) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and receiving stolen goods. Rogers was arrested at the probation office on 26th Street NE in Hickory at 3:40 p.m. Tuesday.
Rogers was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for August 28.
25-year-old Justin Anthony Ferguson of Clydannie Drive in Newton was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (July 24) as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.
Ferguson is wanted in Clay County, Florida for lewd or lascivious battery with a minor. The alleged crimes took place on January 20 and February 4 of this year. Warrants for his arrest were issued by the Clay Co. Sheriff’s Office in Green Cove Springs.
Following his arrest, Ferguson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $75,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.
49-year-old Marijo Rudisill of Hickory will spend a minimum of six years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of a stolen motor vehicle and admitting her habitual felon status during Burke County Superior Court last Thursday (July 20).
Rudisill was given an active prison sentence of six to eight years by the Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County. She will serve her term in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
The defendant’s sentence was enhanced by her status as a habitual felon, which included prior felony convictions for breaking and entering (December 2010), larceny (February 2006) and uttering a forged instrument (December 2004), all in Burke County.
Investigators received a tip in August 2016 that a stolen vehicle was in Rudisill’s possession. The owner of the vehicle had last seen it in her driveway five days earlier and described a known subject who may have been responsible for stealing it. Rudisill was seen in possession of the vehicle some days later and was attempting to sell it without the owner’s permission.
David Anderson was the lead investigator in the case for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, and Michelle Lippert was the prosecutor for the District Attorney’s Office.
In Burke County Superior Court last Thursday (July 20), 46-year-old Charles Edward O’Neil of Morganton was given an active prison term of three-to-five years for fleeing to elude arrest. He was also sentenced as an habitual felon. The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County. He’ll serve his prison term in the custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
The defendant had previously been convicted of robbery with a dangerous weapon in June 1990; sale or delivery of cocaine in October 1996; and using or carrying a firearm during the commission of a drug trafficking crime in October 2000.
O’Neil’s sentence Thursday was the result of a January 2017 incident in which NCDMV Investigator Aaron Carver saw a motorcycle driven by O’Neil traveling at a high rate of speed and weaving through traffic. The motorcycle traveled more than 100 MPH in a 55 MPH zone and ran multiple stoplights. It also reached speeds of 80-to-90 MPH in a 25 MPH school zone while school was in session. In addition, O’Neil passed a stopped school bus while students were boarding.
The defendant eventually attempted to pass a State Trooper on the side of the road, but struck a fire hydrant and came to a halt. After a brief foot pursuit, O’Neil was taken into custody.
Carver investigated the case for the NCDMV. Assistant District Attorney Sean McGinnis handled the prosecution for the state.
35-year-old Tracie Michelle Shoemaker of Mount Hebron Church Road in Taylorsville was arrested Monday (July 24) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged in Catawba County with possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver marijuana, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Shoemaker was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court date is set for August 1 in Newton.