52-year-old Carolyn Snyder Leonard and 54-year-old Ricky Chris Reep, both of the same Conley Road, Morganton, address, were both arrested Wednesday (June 14) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, and maintaining a dwelling, vehicle, or place for controlled substances.
On Wednesday Investigators with the Burke County Narcotics Task Force conducted a search at 1169 Conley Road in Morganton. Officers found 46 grams of methamphetamine, two firearms and $500 cash. Following the search, Carolyn Snyder Leonard and Ricky Chris Reep were taken into custody.
Both suspects were confined at the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility. Bond for each Leonoard and Reep was set at $100,000 secured. They were both scheduled to make first court appearances in Morganton today (June 16), they're also scheduled to appear in District Court July 5.
About 70 people came out to the Mountain View Recreation Center in Morganton on June 8 to hear an update and to provide input on the City of Morganton’s Parks & Recreation Master Plan. The plan will impact the City’s parks and recreation programs for the next 20 years.
The consultants - Toole Design Group and The Landplan Group South – were hired by the city earlier this year. The group started gathering research for the plan in April and will continue the research phase through July 4.
During the June 8 meeting, LandPlanSouth Project Manager Rick McMackin shared the group’s progress, to date. The consultants have held multiple meetings with the public, stakeholders, the master plan steering committee and city staff. They have visited all city parks and facilities and completed a park inventory and they created a public input survey. The public has turned in more than 340 completed surveys so far. The survey will be available online through July 4 at http://bit.ly/morgantonrecsurvey.
McMackin said his team collected more than 100 of those surveys during a “greenway intercept” held on June 3 on the Catawba River Greenway. Among those participating was a family of five from Hickory who carted their bikes from Hickory to Morganton to ride the greenway.
The consultants will hold another intercept on Tuesday, July 4, during the Independence Day Celebration at Catawba Meadows Park (the final day of the Red, White & Bluegrass Festival).
The group will hold its next public meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 3, at the Collett Street Recreation Center. They will present their findings and make preliminary recommendations at that time. The group plans to present a final report and Master Plan to the City Council in September or October of this year.
37-year-old Latissa Decona Price of Lyle Haven Drive N.W. in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:45 last night on one felony count of larceny by anti-inventory device and one misdemeanor count of larceny.
Price was taken into custody without incident at Dick’s Sporting Goods on Catawba Valley Boulevard in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,600 secured bond. Appearances in District Court were scheduled today and on August 29 in Newton.
17-year-old Taylon Nolan Williams of Wesley Drive in Morganton was arrested by McDowell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of first-degree statutory rape.
Williams is accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with a female acquaintance when she was 11 and he was 15 and 16. The suspect used to live in Marion. The McDowell Sheriff's Office says the crimes occurred multiple times in 2015 and 2016. The victim told family members, who reported the incidents to the Sheriff’s Office.
Williams was jailed under $100,000 bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court Wednesday (June 14).
27-year-old Az Thor was arrested Wednesday (June 14) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged as an habitual felon. Following the arrest, Thor was placed in jail in Morganton under $25,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for July 31.
Five suspects are charged in connection to an investigation into the sale of drugs in Lincoln County. Four of the alleged offenders have been arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers, one was still being sought.
28-year-old Rusty Dewayne Johnson of Plateau Road in Vale, was charged with two felony counts each of Sell and Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance and Possession With Intent to Sell and Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance. 40-year-old Michael Shawn Yoder, also of Plateau Road in Vale, was charged with one felony count each of Sell and Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance, Possession With Intent to Sell and Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance, and Maintaining a Dwelling for Controlled Substances.
22-year-old Morgan Gabrielle Ellis of Grandview Lane in Lincolnton was charged with one felony count each of Sell and Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance and Possession With Intent to Sell and Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance. 43-year-old Christopher Lee Hayes of Plateau Road in Vale was charged with one felony count each of Possession of Methamphetamine and Maintaining a Vehicle for Controlled Substances.
32-year-old Jarvis Leonard Miller of Woodstream Drive in Maiden has been charged with one felony count each of Sell and Deliver Schedule I Controlled Substance and Possession With Intent to Sell and Deliver Schedule I Controlled Substance. Miller had not yet been located to be served with the outstanding warrant.
The arrests were made on Wednesday (June 14) and during the early morning hours today (June 15). The arrests come after the conclusion of several investigations targeting methamphetamine and heroin sales. According to detectives, the individuals sold various amounts of methamphetamine and heroin to undercover detectives. Detectives used undercover and surveillance techniques to purchase the drugs over a three to four month period earlier this year.
Detectives say they conducted the arrests in the evening and early morning hours to catch the suspects off guard and when they least expected it. The operation is the continuation of ongoing investigations targeting methamphetamine and heroin. Johnson received a $50,000 secured bond. Yoder's bond was set at $25,000 secured. Morgan received a $40,000 secured bond. Hayes bond was set at $47,000 secured. He was already in jail on an unrelated drug charge. All of the suspects were scheduled to appear in court today.
54-year-old Ricky Chris Reep was arrested Wednesday (June 14) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with trafficking methamphetamine. Reep was placed in jail in Morganton under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (June 16).
36-year-old Jason Isaac White of North Fairview Drive in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (June 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm. White was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $7,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (June 15).
26-year-old Michael William Watkins of NW Wheeler Street in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (June 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and with being an habitual felon. Watkins was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 24.
37-year-old Zachary Osborne Lyle of Old Drag Strip Street in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (June 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a felony fugitive warrant from Indiana. In addition, Lyle is charged with two counts of failure to appear, along with single counts of assault on a female, possession of schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resist, delay, and obstruct a public officer. Lyle was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $106,500 secured bond. District Court dates were scheduled for today (June 15) and August 3.
Norfolk Southern Railroad was scheduled to perform maintenance on their crossing at 2nd Street NE in Hickory, beginning this morning (Thursday, June 15), which will require temporarily closing the crossing. The crossing is located across from the former Hickory Soup Kitchen location and is a moderately low traffic volume area.
Appropriate signage will be present and flaggers will assist drivers to keep their workers safe. This should take no longer than one week, weather permitting.
The Statesville Police Department is investigating the discovery of a body. On Wednesday (June 14), just after 12:30 p.m., Statesville police officers were called to Rolling Lane at Diamond Street in regards to a deceased person that had been found. Upon arrival, officers discovered the body of a deceased black female in a creek behind a residence.
The body was partially submerged in the creek. It took several hours for Investigators to get to and process the crime scene. The body was transported from the scene and an autopsy was scheduled to be performed at Baptist Hospital today (June 15). The identity of the deceased female is not known at this time.
The news release from the Statesville Police Department says it is still too early to speculate on whether the deceased woman is Deborah Sabra, who was reported missing on June 1. An update will be provided once an identification is made following the autopsy. The investigation is continuing.
The City of Hickory was scheduled to conduct repairs to the sanitary sewer system starting today (Thursday, June 15) at approximately 7 a.m. The repairs will take place in the 700 block of 2nd Avenue SW, between 7th Street SW and 8th Street SW.
Detour routes will be marked. Construction is expected to take approximately four days. Two Brothers Utilities has been awarded the project and will be completing the work. If you have questions, contact the City of Hickory Public Utilities Department at 828-323-7427.
40-year-old Robert Gregory Wray of Gastonia, 27-year-old Amanda Dawn Armstrong of Bessemer City and 27-year-old Elizabeth May Buchanan of Gastonia were all arrested early this morning (June 14) by Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Officers. Wray was charged with one felony count each of manufacturing a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. He is also charged with one misdemeanor count each of driving while license revoked, failure to dim high-beam headlights and driving left of center. Armstrong and Buchanan were each charged with one felony count of manufacturing a schedule II controlled substance.
At 12:42 a.m. today, Deputies were traveling southbound on Salem Church Road when the driver of an approaching vehicle failed to dim the headlights as it passed by. The Deputies turned around and stopped the vehicle near the Boggs Street intersection in Lincolnton after they saw the vehicle cross the centerline on several occasions. The driver, Robert Gregory Wray, was asked to exit the vehicle because he was appeared to be nervous and could not produce a driver’s license.
The driver gave consent to search the vehicle as Deputies asked two female passengers to also step from the vehicle. At that time, a Deputy noticed smoke coming from a black bag in the rear seat. The bag was emitting what was described as a very strong chemical odor. The occupants were placed in custody and moved a safe distance away. It was determined that there was a clandestine meth lab in the vehicle. Officers then learned that there were three active one-pot meth labs in the process of cooking methamphetamine and releasing dangerous gases inside the vehicle.
To ensure safety of personnel and the motoring public, Salem Church Road was shut down from Dean Lane to Keener Road while the Lincolnton Fire Department and Lincoln County E.M.S. decontaminated the three suspects and the Deputies who were involved in the traffic stop. The vehicle was seized and placed in the Sheriff’s Office impound lot. It was later processed and cleaned.
Wray was given a $100,000 secured bond during a first appearance hearing in Lincoln County District Court. Armstrong's bond was set at $20,000 secured, while Buchanan was given a $30,000 secured bond. No additional court dates are currently listed.
50-year-old Cathy Michelle Chapman of Granite Falls was arrested Sunday (June 11) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, reckless driving, driving while license revoked, and fail to stop at a stop sign.
According to a news release issued today (June 14), on Sunday at approximately 5:21 p.m., a car was observed speeding and failing to stop at a stop sign and stoplight at the intersection of Shiloh Church Rd and NC Hwy 127 in Bethlehem. An Alexander County Sheriff’s Officer attempted to stop the white Honda Civic by activating blue lights and siren. The vehicle proceeded on NC Hwy 127 into Catawba County. The pursuit of the vehicle proceeded into Catawba County for approximately 6-7 miles, back and forth on various streets in the Kool Park/Springs Road area.
The Hickory Police Department was asked to assist in the pursuit of the vehicle. The Hickory Police Department attempted to stop the suspect behind the Fresh Air Galaxy, where the driver also eluded them by driving over a curb. HPD identified the suspect as Cathy Michelle Chapman.
Upon officers’ identification of the suspect, the pursuit was called off. The suspect was found at her residence approximately two hours later in Caldwell County, where she confessed to being the driver of the told the officers where the vehicle was located. The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office assisted Alexander County in taking the suspect into custody.
Chapman was jailed under a $25,000 secured bond. Her first court appearance was scheduled for Monday in Alexander County District Court. Her next District Court appearance is scheduled for July 3.
35-year-old Jason Anthony Riddle, 37-year-old Daniel Lee Nance and 34-year-old Holly Ann Kiser, all from Taylorsville, have been arrested in Alexander County. They were each charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sale or delivery of a schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance and possession of a schedule II controlled substance, plus misdemeanor counts of simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of marijuana paraphernalia and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Riddle also faces charges for driving while license revoked, operating a vehicle with no insurance and driving on a revoked tag.
They were arrested yesterday (June 13) when Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers and Taylorsville Police stopped a vehicle on Boston Branch Road in Taylorsville for displaying fictitious plates. The driver, Jason Riddle, had a suspended license. Due to the nature of the vehicle stop, the vehicle was searched, leading to the discovery of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
All three suspects were taken to the Alexander County Law Enforcement Center. Riddle was given a $50,000 secured bond. Bond for Nance and Kiser was set at a $30,000, secured. They were all scheduled to make first appearances in Alexander Co. District Court on June 26.
28-year-old Michael Scott Owens was arrested today (June 14) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony larceny after breaking and entering. Owens was placed in jail in Morganton under $5,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Friday (June 16).
25-year-old Morgan Brooks Sumpter of Bee Mountain Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (June 13) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and obtaining property by false pretense. Sumpter was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 24.
48-year-old Mavis Yvette Clark of Emmanuel Church Road in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:15 last night (June 13) on a bill of indictment for felony habitual larceny.
She was arrested in connection to an incident on January 14, 2015. Clark was accused of stealing an alcoholic beverage from the Total Convenience Market on Highway 70 S.W. She was initially arrested on that date.
The N.C. Dept. of Public Safety lists felony convictions for Clark in April of 2009 for breaking & entering and in November of 1998 for possession of a schedule II controlled substance. She also has multiple misdemeanor larceny convictions in the mid-90s in Catawba and Rockingham counties.
Clark was taken into custody without incident yesterday at a residence on 9th Avenue S.E. in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.
Due to severe weather late Tuesday afternoon (June 13), N.C. Department of Transportation crews had to temporarily close the exit ramp from I-40 East to Fairgrove Church Road, which is exit 128, in Catawba County.
During an earlier storm, a utility pole snapped, causing power lines to hang down across the area. NCDOT maintenance forces blocked the exit ramp so Duke Energy crews could work on removing the pole. They also lowered power lines. Motorists were re-routed to the Old U.S. 70 exit for several hours while the work was done.