18-year-old Douglas Allen Shuford and 33-year-old Tabitha Brie Evans, both from the same address on Icard School Road in Connelly Springs, along with 18-year-old Justin Wayne Hatley of Simpson Avenue in Connelly Springs, have all been arrested in connection to an incident involving a firearm on school property in Burke County. Shuford was charged with possession of a firearm on educational property, a domestic violence protective order violation (issued on May 2) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Evans and Hatley were each charged with aiding & abetting possession of a firearm on educational property. All the charges are misdemeanors.
At about 9:17 yesterday morning (May 23), Burke Co. Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call from a citizen who was driving by Icard Elementary School property. The caller said three subjects, two males and one female, were on school property. The three were reportedly in the middle of the road, pointing what appeared to be a rifle at the school and at the caller. The suspects went into the woods near a utility right-of-way, walking away from the school.
Burke Co. Narcotics Officers were nearby and arrived at the school within minutes. The Officers drove their four-wheel drive vehicle onto the utility right-of-way, searching for the suspects. Other Deputies cut the suspects off on another road that intersected the utility road about a half-mile from the school.
At 9:26 a.m., the Deputies heard a gunshot fired within yards of them. Within seconds, the Narcotics Officers found the suspects at the edge of a field, near the utility road. One of the male suspects fled with a .410 bore shotgun in hand, exiting the woods near the Deputies. He complied with Deputies’ commands to drop the gun and was taken into custody. The other two subjects were taken into custody by the Narcotics Officers. All three suspects were apprehended by 9:29 a.m.
Shuford was given a $30,000 secured bond and placed on a 48-hour hold for the D.V.O. Hatley was given a $1,000 secured bond, while Evans’ bond was set at $3,000, secured. Shuford has a court date set for May 29. Hatley and Evans are both due in court on July 9.
Approximately 15 Deputies responded to the scene and were assisted by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
33-year-old Gary Allen Hutchinson of Tallent Road in Morganton was arrested today (May 23) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with three counts of felony larceny along with single counts of larceny by anti inventory device, habitual larceny, breaking and entering, and larceny after breaking and entering.
In addition, Hutchinson is charged with three counts apiece of larceny of a motor vehicle and break or enter a motor vehicle, two counts of misdemeanor larceny, and single counts of forgery of an instrument, uttering a forged instrument, sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule II controlled substance, and possession of stolen goods.
Hutchinson was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $120,000 bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for Friday (May 25), June 5, and July 6. A Superior Court date is set for Friday.
Three men were taken into custody this morning (May 23) after a shot was reportedly fired near an elementary school in Burke County. According to published reports, Icard Elementary was put under lockdown after the men allegedly came on school grounds with a loaded shotgun. All three suspects were taken into custody a short distance from the school after firing the gun. The lockdown has since been lifted, there were no injuries in the incident.
45-year-old Tami Farris Mcfall was arrested Tuesday (May 22) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of larceny of a financial transaction card and identity theft. Mcfall was arrested at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday at an address on Greenlee Drive in Morganton. She was not listed as an inmate in Burke County as of today (May 23). No court date was listed.
The Highway 127 bridge that connects Catawba and Alexander Counties in the Bethlehem community is open once again. The bridge was closed in both directions earlier this morning (May 23). The Hickory Fire Department reports that the cause of the shutdown was a bridge fire. No additional details were available.
The N.C. Board of Transportation has approved state and federal funds for much-needed improvements to 19 North Carolina airports. The $10.2 million in funding will be used to provide improvements such as better lighting, longer runways and repairs to hangars and terminal buildings.
Listed among the 19 airports to receive funding is Hickory Regional Airport. $915,000 has been allocated for reconstruction of the north ramp following tornado damage in 2017. Planes and vehicles were flipped over during the tornado in October of last year.
33-year-old Stephen Wayne Peyatt of Spring Lake Mobile Home Park in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (May 22) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with two counts of break or enter a motor vehicle and single counts of possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce and attempted larceny. Peyatt was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (May 23).
61-year-old Grover Denton of Taylorsville was arrested May 15 by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with a felony count of being an habitual felon. Bond for Denton was set at $5,000 secured. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for June 11.
55-year-old Timothy Keller of Taylorsville was arrested May 8 by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance, and conspire to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Bond for Keller was set at $20,000 secured. His next District Court date is July 16.
18-year-old Wynton Nehemiah Horton of Old North Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (May 22) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspire to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, and assault inflicting injury. Horton was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for June 12.
40-year-old Adam Starnes of Taylorsville was arrested May 14 by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of felony probation violation and two counts of misdemeanor probation violation. Bond for Starnes was set at $30,000 secured. He's scheduled to appear in District and Superior Court on June 11.
29-year-old Royce Hall of Taylorsville was arrested May 13 by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with attempted first degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, and assault while minor present. No bond information was given for Hall. His next District Court date is June 4.
45-year-old Robin Diane Horn of Zebulon Drive in Conover was arrested Tuesday (May 22) by Newton Police Officers. She's charged on a bill of indictment with two counts of trafficking, opium or heroin. Horn is also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting a public officer. Horn was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $27,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled today (May 23), a District Court date is July 6.
43-year-old Howard Lesley Redmon of Hickory, was given an active prison term of three to five years following his conviction for five counts of habitual larceny. Redmon entered a guilty plea during Catawba County Superior Court Monday (May 21).
The Honorable Casey Viser, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, imposed the prison term for Redmon, who will serve his sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections. Redmon pleaded guilty to five separate larcenies that ranged from July 2015 to October 2017 at a grocery store and two different convenience stores. In each case, the defendant stole multiple cases of beer with a monetary value of less than $150.
The defendant had four or more prior misdemeanor larceny convictions from 2000 to 2009 in Alexander, Caldwell and Catawba counties that factored into his habitual larceny conviction. The incidents were investigated by officers with Hickory Police Department. Chad Smith prosecuted the cases for the District Attorney’s Office.
30-year-old Caira LeeAnn Pyrsock of 21st Street S.W. in Hickory was served bills of indictment by Hickory Police shortly after ten o’clock last night (May 21) on two felony counts of trafficking heroin or opium. She was also charged with a felony probation violation.
Prysock was taken into custody without incident on the 1,800 block of Highland Avenue N.E. in Hickory. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. Appearances in Superior Court were scheduled today and tomorrow in Newton.
18-year-old Jacquez Markle Burrell of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested Monday (May 21) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of attempted breaking and entering, breaking and entering to a building, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods.
Burrell was arrested without incident shortly after 1 p.m. Monday at an address on the 600 Block of 12th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. Following the arrest, Burrell was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (May 22) in Newton.
30-year-old Randy Arthur Pacsay of North Anderson Street in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (May 22) on one felony count of failure to appear and two misdemeanor counts of failure to appear. He was also charged with misdemeanor resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer and a misdemeanor probation violation.
Pacsay was arrested when Hickory Police saw a vehicle in the parking lot at a sweepstakes business on 12th Avenue N.E. (Springs Road) in Hickory. During the incident, Pacsay gave false identification to Officers. Once his identity was established, he was arrested on six outstanding warrants from Gaston County and he was charged with resisting.
Pacsay was taken into custody without incident at about 3 a.m. today. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $61,000, secured. By late morning, he was no longer listed as an inmate in Catawba County. No court dates are currently listed.
38-year-old Christy Leann Avery of Herman Road in Claremont was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with larceny of a motor vehicle. Avery was detained this morning (May 22) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,500 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled Thursday (May 24).
29-year-old Christy Lynn Rodriguez of Rolling Hills Court in Lenoir was arrested Monday (May 21) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged on a warrant as a fugitive from another state. Rodriguez is wanted in South Carolina on a drug possession charge. In addition, she's charged with simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and littering. Rodriguez was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $102,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (May 22).
33-year-old Joseph Craig Dixon of Castleton Court in Belmont was arrested Monday (May 21) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying a concealed gun, and possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce. Dixon was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (May 22).