29-year-old Savanna Nicole Hall was arrested Thursday (March 22) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance and probation violation. Hall was placed in jail in Morganton under $55,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today, a Superior Court appearance is scheduled for May 14.
The North Carolina Court of Appeals has affirmed the practice of charging shoplifters for felony breaking or entering when they shoplift from a store after having previously been banned from that business. The Court of Appeals affirmed this practice when ruling on a recent Catawba County appeal.
In the case of State v. Allen, the defendant was banned from Belk department stores in November 2015 for a larceny offense. He returned to Belk in 2016 and was caught stealing again. The defendant was charged with felony B&E since he was previously banned. Without evidence of a ban from the store premises, the offense would have been a misdemeanor.
He was convicted of felony breaking or entering in February 2017 by a Catawba County jury and appealed the case to the North Carolina Court of Appeals. The defendant argued that he could not be convicted for felony breaking or entering because the store was open to the general public during normal business hours.
However, the Court held that Belk’s previous personal communication to the defendant banning him from all Belk stores was sufficient to show that his re-entry into Belk in January 2016 was unlawful. Therefore, the State presented sufficient evidence to prove every element under the felony breaking or entering statute in North Carolina.
A decision has been made regarding how repairs will be done to Castle Bridge and the plan includes good news for those who were concerned that the bridge would be closed for several months. The N.C. Department of Transportation has decided to take a different route to provide drivers a path over Lake Rhodhiss in the coming months and for decades to come.
As a result of multiple meetings and hearing the concerns of citizens, community business owners and leaders, it was evident that the community wanted an option that would be less impactful to traffic. Therefore, NCDOT officials have decided to make temporary repairs to Castle Bridge and begin planning for a new bridge beside it to connect Burke County and Caldwell County. The bridge links the two counties via Connelly Springs Road.
Instead of replacing steel beams and the concrete deck, a contractor will repair the beams so the bridge may remain in service for three to five more years while engineers plan, design, secure funding, environmental permits and right of way necessary for an additional bridge.
Engineers have begun drafting contract details for the repair process which should start this fall. The goal of making temporary repairs is to keep the existing bridge open as much as possible during the process. The repairs should take four to six months to complete and may require short-term bridge closures of two-to-five days and lane closures for longer durations.
General plans, decisions and details regarding the time schedule, funding and design of the new bridge will be determined in the coming months.
27-year-old Daniel Shawn Isaacs of Table Rock Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (March 22) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with failure to appear on a felony and failure to appear on a misdemeanor. Isaacs was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for April 19.
The Town of Hudson will receive assistance with bicycle and pedestrian planning, thanks to a $40,000 grant awarded this month by the N.C. Department of Transportation.
With an increasing population and a desire for accessible and connected multi-modal transportation options, the demand for more walkable and bikeable communities shows the need for local planning assistance to make this a reality.
“We are very excited to be awarded this $40k Bicycle/Pedestrian Planning Grant. More and more of our citizens are walking and biking these days. We need to ensure they have safe ways to reach their destinations and this grant will help to achieve that goal.” says Hudson Town Manager, Rebecca M. Bentley.
Recipients were selected from a pool of 23 applications by an awards committee comprised of representatives from regional planning organizations and councils of government, local governments, health professionals and NCDOT staff from multiple units.
Plans funded are not for one specific project, but represent a comprehensive strategy for expanding bicycle and pedestrian opportunities within a given municipality. These plans address facilities, programs, services and regulations that encourage safe walking and bicycling. Now in its fifteenth year, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant program has awarded over $5 million for 193 community plans.
37-year-old Grady Scott Bumgarner of Sunset Street in Newton was arrested Thursday (March 22) by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest Bumgarner was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (March 23).
39-year-old Carrie Suzanne Rhoden of Meadowood Street in Hudson was arrested Thursday (March 22) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with failure to appear on a felony and possession of drug paraphernalia. Rhoden was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $31,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for May 14.
37-year-old Samuel Ibarra of Pharr, Texas, was arrested Thursday (March 22) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Ibarra was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $200,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (March 23).
23-year-old Sulton Jaleel “Sooty” Jones of 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 4:50 p.m. yesterday (March 21) on one felony count of possession of counterfeit controlled substances and misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance and discharging a firearm in the city limits. He was also arrested on an outstanding warrant for felony trafficking in cocaine. That warrant was issued in January of this year in Catawba County.
Jones was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was processed at H.P.D. and then released under a $15,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
21-year-old Mekhi Aundrel Dula of Dulatown Heights Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (March 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession with intent to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor failure to appear. Dula was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $165,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (March 22).
28-year-old Dontea Devar Kennedy of Springhill Lane in Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:40 yesterday afternoon (March 21) on one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and possession of a schedule II controlled substance, plus misdemeanor count of possession of up to half an ounce of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer and displaying a fictitious, revoked or suspended registration.
According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, Kennedy was in possession of 12.5 grams of cocaine, 23 dosage units of oxycodone and 0.9 grams of marijuana at the time of his arrest. He was taken into custody without incident at an address on 15th Street N.E. in Hickory. Kennedy was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $25,000, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
56-year-old Sherman Laverne Banner of Lenoir will spend 26-to-44 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine. He was also convicted as an habitual felon. The Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, handed down the sentence during Caldwell County Superior Court on March 13.
In January of last year, Agents with the Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at the defendant’s home. When he was approached, Banner told Officers he had cocaine and he told them where it could be located. Officers then found a small bag of crack cocaine in that location.
Banner’s habitual felon status was the result of previous convictions for possession of cocaine (March 2012), sale or delivery of cocaine (February 1995) and possession of stolen goods (June 1989). Those convictions were all in Caldwell County.
J.T. Reynolds handled the investigation for the Sheriff’s Office. Nancy Lee prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.
39-year-old Adrian Douglas Corpening of Morganton was sentenced to 30-to-45 months in prison after a Caldwell County jury convicted him of possession of methamphetamine. The Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, handed down the sentence last Thursday, March 15. The jury deliberated for ten minutes before returning the guilty verdict.
Corpening’s sentence was enhanced by his status as an habitual felon. His habitual felon status is the result of prior felony convictions for breaking & entering (June 2012), possession of stolen goods (March 2009) and sale or delivery of cocaine (September 2003), all in Burke County.
In August 2016, a Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a call regarding a suspicious person. The Deputy found Corpening with a backpack. The defendant had outstanding warrants from Burke County and was taken into custody. A search of the backpack led to the discovery of five baggies of a crystalline substance. A test of the substance determined that one of the bags contained methamphetamine.
Matt January handled the investigation for the Sheriff’s Office. Assistant District Attorney Nancy Lee prosecuted the case.
Corpening will serve the sentence imposed last week at the end of another sentence he is currently serving in the Mountain View Correctional Institution in Spruce Pine. In May of last year, he was sentenced to two-to-3.5 years following a Burke County conviction as an habitual felon (two counts), felony possession with intent to sell a schedule VI controlled substance and felony failure to appear in court. That sentence is set to expire in March of next year.
63-year-old James Cedric Turner of Tab Lane in Harmony was arrested Wednesday (March 21) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged in Iredell County with six felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, five felony counts apiece of sell and deliver cocaine and maintaining a dwelling to sell cocaine, and one felony count of maintaining a vehicle to sell cocaine. Turner is charged in Davie County with two felony counts apiece of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and sell and deliver cocaine, one count of felony maintaining a dwelling to sell cocaine, and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
The arrest followed a two month investigation into drug activity in northern Iredell County. Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell stated he received information regarding the sale of crack cocaine at a residence on Tab Lane, in Harmony off Highway 901. Sheriff Campbell forwarded the information to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division to investigate.
Narcotics detectives identified James Cedric Turner as the suspect. During this time Narcotics detectives learned Turner had another residence inside of Davie County. After notifying the Davie County Sheriff’s Office, Iredell Narcotics Detectives along with the Davie County Narcotics Detectives began a joint operation into this suspect and the distribution of crack cocaine in the Northern end of Iredell County and Davie County.
According to a news release, while Turner was under surveillance he was observed selling crack cocaine at both residences in Iredell and Davie Counties. The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office and the Davie County Sheriff’s Office executed two search warrants simultaneously for 127 Tab Lane in Harmony and 140 Whitaker Road in Mocksville.
At the Tab Lane residence, Iredell County Narcotics Detectives located 8.4 grams of crack cocaine with an estimated street value of 3,360, as well as other items consistent with the packaging and sale of crack Cocaine. Turner was taken into custody and bond was set at $80,000 secured bond on the Iredell County charges and $30,000 dollars secured bond on the Davie County charges. A District Court date was scheduled today (March 22) in Iredell County and March 29 in Davie County.
51-year-old William Dean McLean of Lenoir, will spend at least five years in prison following his conviction for possession of a firearm by a felon and habitual felon status during Caldwell County Superior Court last Friday (March 16).
The Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, sentenced McLean to an active prison term of five to seven years after he entered his guilty plea. The defendant will serve his sentence in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections.
McLean’s sentence length was enhanced by his habitual felon status stemming from prior felony convictions for possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana (April 1988), sell/deliver marijuana (February 1989) and forgery (August 2006), all in Caldwell County.
In April 2016, the defendant was in the back seat of a motor vehicle with two acquaintances and had a .22-caliber pistol in his possession. The gun discharged accidentally and injured a front seat passenger. McLean readily admitted that the weapon was in his possession, and witnesses told investigators that the discharge was accidental.
McLean previously had been convicted of felony possession of cocaine in November 1997. Roger Crosby investigated the case for the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office. Nancy Lee handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
27-year-old Garfield Kenny Wilson of South Center Street in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (March 21) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with felony possession of marijuana, misdemeanor resisting a public officer, and failure to appear on two counts of felony probation violation. Wilson was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $35,000 bond. A District Court date is set for April 16, a Superior Court appearance is scheduled for April 19.
30-year-old Caira Leann Prysock of 2nd Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (March 21) by authorities in Catawba County. She was charged by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office on grand jury indictments with two counts apiece of the sale of heroin and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin. Probation and Parole charged Prysock with felony probation violation. She was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. Superior Court dates were scheduled today (March 22) and next Monday (March 26).
40-year-old Clinton Dean Cooper of Pinewood Road in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (March 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine and maintain a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Cooper was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (March 22).
34-year-old Manila Cha of Connelly Springs, 47-year-old Nancy Cha of Valdese, 41-year-old Yua Staci Cha of Drexel, 46-year-old Bounpheng Luanglath of Drexel, 47-year-old Linthong Lin Phimmachak of Drexel, 48-year-old Paulina Thao of Albemarle, and 25-year-old Linda Vang of Stanley, were all arrested Wednesday (March 21) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. They were initially charged with felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling or place for controlled substances. Additional felony counts of manufacture, sale, delivery or possession of controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia were later added for each suspect.
On Wednesday, Burke County Sheriff Office Investigators, assisted by Burke County SWAT, executed a search warrant at 104 Hollar Street in Drexel. Investigators had received information that the occupants of the residence had engaged in the distribution of a large quantity of methamphetamine in close proximity to Drexel Elementary School. During the search, investigators located a large quantity of meth, numerous items of drug paraphernalia, and U.S. currency, all inside the home.
All seven suspects were detained in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $500,000 secured bond apiece. They all have District Court dates Friday (March 23) in Morganton.
38-year-old Donnie Edward Stevens of Cameo Lane in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (March 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Stevens was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (March 22).