New names were recently added to the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List.
32-year-old Callie Ruth Sloan AKA Callie Ruth Gray is wanted by the Burke County Sheriff's Office on a felony count of child abuse. Sloan's last known address was 115 Brentwood Road in Morganton. Sloan was added to the Most Wanted List on January 27.
Jamie Lee Gray, whose age is not listed, is wanted on felony counts of child abuse and possession of stolen goods. He's also wanted on unspecified felony drug charges. Gray's last known address was 376 Hill Creek Drive in Marion. He was also added to the list on January 27.
You can see the entire list of wanted suspects at www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information regarding any of the people on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List you can call 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail information to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.
47-year-old Bruce Eugene Nations of Connelly Springs Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (February 7) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with felony breaking or entering a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny. Nations was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $2,500 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for March 6.
51-year-old Leonard Everett Wilcox of Rattlesnake Lane in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (February 7) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Wilcox was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $1,500 secured bond. No court date was listed.
The City of Newton's Water Treatment Plant was shut down early this morning due to a gas leak. According to reports, the Newton Fire Department responded to a chlorine gas alarm at the plant just after midnight. A hazmat team went inside the plant to investigate.
The plant was shut down when the alarm went off. The city will serve it's customers with water that is in tanks, and there are not any concerns about running out of water. WHKY contacted the Newton Fire Department this morning, they did not have any updated information regarding the re-opening of the water plant. We will keep you updated as we receive information.
Hickory City Council met in regular session last night (Tuesday, February 7). During the meeting, Council voted unanimously to approve the professional services contract with Design Workshop, Incorporated to design the Riverwalk project.
The Riverwalk project is part of the bond referendum that voters approved in 2014. The Riverwalk will be a pedestrian pathway, running along the shore of Lake Hickory between Rotary-Geitner Park and the US 321 bridge. The design for the Riverwalk will likely be completed by summer of 2018.
44-year-old Rickey Allen Payne of Hickory, will spend at least the next 26 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and concealing/failing to report a death during Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday (February 7).
The Honorable Lori Hamilton, Superior Court Judge from Davie County, sentenced Payne to an active prison term of 26 to 32 years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections following his guilty plea to killing 48-year-old Loretta Joyce Chadwick of Hickory and concealing her body under the bed in a Hickory motel room.
Chadwick’s body was found by motel employees when they went to clean the room and readjust the box springs and mattress on June 7, 2013, four days after the offense took place, and after another guest had stayed in the room, unaware that Chadwick’s decomposing body was under the bed. The autopsy report from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner showed the cause of Chadwick’s death as asphyxiation due to manual strangulation.
The defendant and the deceased had been in a relationship for approximately seven years. They checked into the motel on June 3, 2013, and Payne checked out a day later, though he stayed in another room at the motel for a couple more days.
Payne told several different stories regarding Chadwick’s whereabouts. He told a friend that he killed Chadwick, indicating that she wanted him to end her life, which he did by strangulation. He later told detectives that he killed Chadwick.
David Rockett was the lead investigator on the case for Hickory Police Department with assistance from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Jamie Adams and Michelle Lippert prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.
A Lenoir man pleaded guilty to breaking into and entering numerous Caldwell County homes during a two-month time period in late 2014.
31-year-old Tyler Lawson Potter was sentenced to an active prison term of 44 to 92 months in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, during Caldwell County Superior Court on Monday (February 6).
Judge Kuehnert ordered 60 months of supervised probation to follow Potter’s active sentence. Failure to successfully complete probation will result in another 11-23 months in prison for Potter.
The defendant’s active sentence will begin at the expiration of another active term of 32 to 51 months he is currently serving for a related Burke County case.
During the months of September-November 2014, investigators with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office and Lenoir Police Department received reports of residential break-ins with similar details. Between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., suspects would enter the home and remove one pillow case, using it to transport valuables including jewelry, small electronics and currency.
On Nov. 23, 2014, video surveillance footage from a business break-in case showed a silver Ford Mustang driven by two white males. Officers from Lenoir Police Department located the vehicle a short time later. Potter was identified as one of the males from the video footage. Law enforcement continued to investigate the break-ins and developed Potter as a suspect.
On Nov. 25, 2014, Potter was interviewed by detectives from the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office. Following the interview, detectives drove Potter throughout the county, and he identified residences he had broken into. Stolen property was then recovered from the woods off of Beacher Anderson Road, Rocky Road and Broadway Street.
Cpl. Doug Dupell was lead investigator for the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office. Sgt. Mark Barlowe was lead investigator for the Lenoir Police Department. Jennifer C. Mathews handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
24-year-old Jeffrey Emmanuel Nazario of 3rd Street Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday (February 4) on one felony count of making a false bomb report.
The charge stems from an incident on October 27, 2016 in which Nazario allegedly phoned in a bomb threat to the Kangaroo Express store on Highway 70 S.E. The threat was determined to be false.
Nazario was taken into custody without incident Saturday on the 900 block of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday in Newton.
32-year-old Erica Renee Bevins of Taylorsville was arrested Sunday (February 5) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana. Bond for Bevins was set at $5,000 secured. A court appearance was scheduled for Monday (February 6).
28-year-old Carrie Marie Adkins of Taylorsville was arrested Friday (February 3) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony financial card theft. Adkins was placed in jail under $25,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for Monday (February 6).
44-year-old Purvis Gene Bryant was arrested Monday (February 6) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule VI and schedule II controlled substances, sell or deliver schedule VI and schedule II controlled substances, and trafficking in opium or heroin. Bryant was arrested shortly after 1 a.m. Monday near the intersection of Maiden Highway and Bethel Church Road in Lincolnton. Bond was set at $175,000 secured. A court date is February 16.
24-year-old Kadeem Jamal Albright of 8th Street Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:25 Saturday night (February 4) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.
Albright was initially arrested in June of last year when Officers on patrol on the 900 block of 1st Street S.W. noticed a gathering at the Blue Ridge Heights apartment complex. Police smelled marijuana and approached three subjects.
One man, Kadeem Jamal Albright, attempted to conceal a controlled substance in his mouth. A subsequent search turned up 1.2 grams of crack cocaine and 0.3 grams of marijuana.
Albright was served a true bill of indictment at Hickory Police headquarters Saturday. The suspect was processed and released under an $11,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in Superior Court yesterday (February 6) in Newton.
38-year-old Mary N. Hinson of Merriman Road in Statesville was arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (February 6) on charges of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule IV controlled substance, felony possession of cocaine, felony maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance, possession of a schedule III controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
An Officer with the Sheriff’s Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (A.C.E.) Team was working in the area of Starlight Road in Statesville when he came into contact with Mary Hinson. The Officer learned that the address on Hinson’s registration card did not match the address on her driver’s license. The Officer noticed that a passenger in the vehicle appeared to be extremely nervous and her hands were shaking.
The Officer took Hinson to his patrol car while he issued her a citation. He told Hinson he’d noticed that the passenger was behaving nervously and spoke to her about the possibility that illegal contraband might be in the vehicle. Hinson gave consent to search the vehicle.
The search resulted in the discovery of a plastic bag containing a large amount of Xanax pills and a plastic container containing a Subutex pill. Police also seized assorted drug paraphernalia, including multiple plastic bags, plastic containers and digital scales. Hinson was also found to be in possession of a cigarette pack containing a short plastic straw and a plastic bag containing a small amount of cocaine.
Hinson was arrested and taken to the Iredell County Jail under a $10,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today.
27-year-old William David Anders was arrested this morning (Tuesday, February 7) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, along with misdemeanor counts of driving while license revoked and carrying concealed weapons. Anders was placed in jail under $12,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today.
22-year-old Stephanie Leighann Harris, who is listed as a homeless person from Lenoir, was arrested today (Tuesday, February 7) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony breaking and entering. Harris was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (February 8).
A man was killed in an accident involving an ATV in Burke County Monday afternoon. According to published reports, the incident happened at approximately 2:30 p.m. near the intersection of Highway 64 and Salem Road in Morganton.
The victim is identified in published reports as 79-year-old Bill Smith of Morganton. His ATV reportedly overturned into a creek. The cause of death is still under investigation.
The North Carolina Department of Justice has issued a warning regarding a tax-season scam. In the scam, a worker in the human resources or payroll department of a company receives an email from the CEO or a top executive. The message requests W-2s or other private information about the organization’s employees. But it is a phishing email, a convincing-looking fake, and the confidential information is delivered into the hands of crooks. Last week, the IRS issued a warning to all employers about this scam.
There have been numerous reports of data breaches in North Carolina since 2015. Six data breaches in the state in 2015 were blamed on phishing and a total of 156 consumers were affected. Last year that number ballooned to 209 data breaches, with more than 19,000 North Carolinians impacted. As of late last week, the Attorney General’s Office has received reports of 18 W-2 phishing breaches in North Carolina since the beginning of 2017, with 10 of those reports coming in the last week.
The NCDOJ is offering tips to avoid falling for a fraudulent email seeking money or personal information:
Verify that the message is authentic. This can be as simple as picking up the phone to confirm that the person named in the email actually sent the message.
Set a strict policy for wire transfers and disclosure of employee information. For example, require that such requests cannot be made solely by email or must be confirmed by telephone.
Warn employees about email scams and encourage them to report fraudulent emails they get.
Businesses, organizations and private citizens can report email scams to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by filing a consumer complaint online or calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM toll-free within North Carolina. Consumers who are victims of a security breach can also get tips on steps to take to minimize the damage at ncdoj.gov.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a carjacking and robbery that occurred Sunday (February 5) at approximately 5 a.m.
Deputies say a Lincoln County man, 20-year-old Colby Ryan Pridmore, had been talking to 21-year-old Destiny Dawn Bentley of Lenoir on Facebook and they agreed to meet near the Optimist Park on Startown Road.
Bentley arrived in an older model blue car and got into Mr. Pridmore’s car. While the two people were talking they were interrupted by two white males knocking on the window of the vehicle. They pulled the victim out of his car. One of the men was armed with a handgun and the other had a knife. They took the victim’s billfold which contained cash, credit cards and identification.
One of the men got into the victim’s 2003 Mazda 6 and drove away. Bentley and the other male got back into the blue car and left the scene. Pridmore, who was not injured, walked to a nearby residence and called 911. The vehicle was entered as stolen in NCIC and several hours after the incident it was spotted in Hudson. Police there were unable to stop the vehicle.
Destiny Dawn Bentley is charged with Robbery with a Firearm and has not been apprehended. Anyone with information about the incident or the whereabouts of the suspects 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.
50-year-old Rodney Adam Stanus of 25th Street Drive NE in Hickory was arrested Monday (February 6) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with common law forgery, identity theft, and false certification of title. Stanus was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, February 7).
41-year-old Billy Earl Murphy of States Avenue in Morganton was arrested Saturday (February 4) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of robbery, larceny of a motor vehicle, and possession of stolen goods. Murphy is also charged with misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon.
On Saturday at approximately 11:45 a.m., the Burke County Sheriff’s Office responded to Hampson Road, Morganton in reference to a robbery. Deputies spoke to the victim who stated she was robbed by a known black male by the name of Billy Murphy. The victim lives out of state and had arrived at her mother’s residence on Saturday where she learned that Murphy and an unknown female were living at her mother’s residence without permission.
Murphy and the female were told to leave the residence. Later when the victim returned to the residence she was struck on the head and in the face with a hard object. When she attempted to get up, the man began choking her. The suspect took the victim’s keys and left in her 2016 Hyundai Elantra. The victim identified her attacker as Bill Murphy.
Deputies located the stolen vehicle at the Thrifty Mart in Glen Alpine and arrested Murphy inside the store. Detectives responded to the scene and collected evidence inside the vehicle linking Murphy to the crime and the vehicle was returned to the victim. The victim was transported to Carolina’s Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.
Murphy was confined at the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $105,000 secured bond. A first court appearance was scheduled for Monday (February 6). Additional charges are pending in the case.