32-year-old Eric Lee Miller of South Main Street in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (August 22) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He's charged with failure to appear on a count of felony probation violation. Miller was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for September 23.
27-year-old Charlotte Victoria Sturgill of Ward Green Street in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (August 22) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine. Sturgill was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (August 23).
45-year-old Wesley Tyrone Ferguson of Stage Street in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (August 22) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver cocaine, possession of cocaine, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver controlled substances within 1,000 feet of a park, possession of a stolen firearm, and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Thursday, shortly before 10 a.m., officers from the Lenoir Police Department Narcotics Unit along with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit served a search warrant at the residence of Wesley Ferguson on Stage Street in Lenoir. While conducting the search of the residence investigators found and seized .7 grams of crack cocaine, 10.5 dosage units of Hydrocodone, and one dosage unit of Oxycodone.
Officers also found and seized a 9mm pistol, an SKS assault rifle, a 12 gauge Stevens pump shotgun, 72 rounds of ammo, and $216 in U.S. currency. The pistol was reported stolen to the Lenoir Police Department on March 23, 2019. According to North Carolina State guidelines, the seized drugs were valued at $250.
Ferguson was arrested at the scene. The arrest is the culmination of a three month long investigation. More charges are possible. The suspect was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center where bond was set at $75,000 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (August 23). Anyone with information relating to this or any other crime is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 758-8300 or the Lenoir Police Department at 757-2100.
21-year-old Jermichael Junior Hunt III was arrested on August 15 on two counts of possession of a stolen firearm.
According to the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, Hunt is a suspect in the theft of firearms and other equipment from several law enforcement vehicles. The incidents occurred in late July and early August. The Hickory Police Department and the Sheriff's Offices in Burke and Iredell counties were all involved in a total of five different break-ins.
At the time of his arrest, Hunt was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. He is no longer listed as an inmate in Catawba County. He has District Court dates scheduled on August 26 in Burke County and on September 5 in Catawba County.
22-year-old Austin Lee Hector of Kings Court in Hickory was arrested today (August 22) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hector was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A District Court date is scheduled for September 16.
32-year-old Brandon Dale Laney of Andrews Circle in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (August 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony probation violation and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Laney was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $11,500 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for September 23.
54-year-old Ger Love Lee of Piney Road in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (August 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine by transportation and trafficking in meth by possession.
The arrest was made at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday following a three-month investigation by the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office ICE Unit and Lenoir Police Department Narcotics Division. Lee was apprehended in an undercover sting when he allegedly agreed to sell three ounces of meth to an undercover officer. After the agent met with Lee and confirmed he had the drugs, Lee was taken into custody.
The total amount of meth seized during the investigation was 290.9 grams with a street value of $43,635. Lee was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $200,000 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled Friday (August 23). More charges are expected in this case.
31-year-old Larry Wayne Nance of Cape Hickory Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before midnight last night (August 21) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
He was arrested when Officers on patrol at a hotel on 13th Avenue Drive N.W. saw a vehicle that the Lenoir Police Department had reported as stolen. The suspect was identified as Larry Wayne Nance.
He was taken into custody without incident. Nance was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released under a $2,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for August 26 in Newton.
53-year-old Robert Ford Dale was arrested this morning (August 22) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony possession of stolen goods and misdemeanor resisting arrest. He's also charged with failure to appear. Dale was arrested shortly after 3 a.m. today and placed in jail in Morganton under $23,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for September 16.
29-year-old Blake Thomas Norman was arrested Tuesday (August 20) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of stolen goods. Court records show that the stolen item is a firearm. Norman was arrested shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday at an address at North Green Street and Bost Road in Morganton. He was placed in jail under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for September 9.
26-year-old Myles Patrick Hess was arrested Tuesday (August 20) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Hess was arrested shortly after 1:30 a.m. Tuesday at an address at Burkemont Avenue and Henredon Road in Morganton. He was not listed as an inmate today (August 22). A District Court appearance is scheduled for September 9.
33-year-old Charles Alexander Williams of Mountain Breeze Drive in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (August 20) by authorities in Burke County. He was charged with felony counts of kidnapping and assault inflicting serious bodily injury by strangulation. In addition, Williams was charged with misdemeanor assault on a female, interfering with emergency communications, fail to heed light or siren, driving during revocation, and fictitious or altered title, registration card or tag.
He was arrested in connection to an incident on Sunday, August 18 when Officers responded to an address on Mountain Breeze Drive. A female told Officers she had been held against her will, assaulted, and had her cell phone taken. The suspect, Charles Alexander Williams, left the scene before Deputies arrived. He was found and arrested following a traffic stop.
Williams was taken into custody shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday. He was being held in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under a total secured bond of $302,000 secured. He has upcoming District Court dates on September 9, September 16, and September 27.
The investigation is ongoing.
Catawba County Chief Financial Officer Bob Miracle has been elevated to Assistant County Manager/Chief Financial Officer effective September 2, 2019.
In his new role, Miracle will continue to manage the County’s financial operations and will assume additional departmental oversight responsibilities as part of the County’s management team alongside County Manager Mick Berry and Assistant County Manager Mary Furtado. His promotion enables a thorough transition period prior to the previously announced June 2020 retirement of longtime Assistant County Manager Dewey Harris.
County Manager Mick Berry said in a news release that “Bob brings a wealth of experience to the management team from the large and complex communities of Broward County, Florida and Charleston, South Carolina.” Miracle said “This is a great opportunity to continue working for this outstanding organization and community.”
Miracle, a Certified Public Accountant, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Ohio State University. Before joining Catawba County as Chief Financial Officer in 2016, Miracle was the CFO and Director of Finance and Administrative Services in Broward County, Fla. Prior to that, he served as the Deputy CFO for the City of Charleston, S.C. He also worked at his alma mater and at the Columbus, Ohio Airport Authority. Bob is married and has three children.
39-year-old Joshua Wesley Spencer of West 28th Street in Newton was arrested Wednesday (August 21) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny. Spencer was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. Superior Court appearances are scheduled for October 7 and October 27.
48-year-old Roxana Damron of North College Avenue in Newton was arrested Wednesday (August 21) by Newton Police Officers. The charges filed against Damron are possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. The suspect was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $1,500 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled next Monday (August 26).
Alexander Co. Sheriff's Officers are searching for a suspicious male following a residential break-in this morning (August 21). Officers were looking for the man in the area of the 1,200-to-1,400 blocks of N.C. Highway 127, near Stafford Mountain Road. The search was scaled back after multiple K-9 tracking attempts turned up no new leads.
The man was seen in the area at about 9 a.m. today. He was wearing camouflage pants, a green checkered flannel shirt, a green bandanna, and a ballcap. He may have been carrying a long gun.
Anyone with information should call Alexander County Communications at 828-632-2911 or call 9-1-1.
27-year-old Brannon Tyrek Beckham of Hagan Drive in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police at 5 p.m. yesterday (August 21) on one felony count of larceny by servant or other employee.
He was arrested after Officers responded to a reported larceny by employee at Burger King on Springs Road N.E. in Hickory. Charges were filed against Beckham, and he was taken into custody without incident at the restaurant.
The suspect was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an unspecified bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was set for August 26 in Newton.
26-year-old Candice Roxanne Sanchez of 29th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 4 p.m. yesterday (August 21) on one felony count of embezzlement.
She was arrested after Officers responded to a reported larceny by employee at Mike Johnson’s Toyota on Highway 70 S.E. Following an investigation, Sanchez was taken into custody without incident.
She was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released under a $5,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for August 26 in Newton.
Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday (August 20). Minutes and second readings approved. The consent agenda approved, with the removal of Items M and S, which were later approved separately.
A public hearing was held and City Council approved the appropriation and expenditure of City funds to purchase approximately 165 acres of property in Trivium Corporate Center. Another public hearing was held and council approved a voluntary non-contiguous annexation of property owned by Glenn & Nancy Winkler at 5017 Kennedy Street.
Hickory Mayor Hank Guess presented Finance Officer Melissa Miller with the City’s 23rd consecutive Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
for its comprehensive annual financial report. Captain Bryan Adams of the Hickory Police Department presented the Annual Code Enforcement Update.
City Council commented on the progress with the renovations to Union Square.
22-year-old Marcus Allen Whisnant of Neighborly Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (August 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony speeding to elude arrest. Whisnant was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $7,500 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (August 21).