Foothills Performaing Arts (FPA) has announced that it will be the resident theater at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center on Hickory Boulevard S.E. in Lenoir.
Approximately four months ago, FPA began negotiating an agreement with the Broyhill Center to become the theater in residence. All of FPA's productions will be performed on the Broyhill Center’s main stage. The move will enable the theater to stage more large-scale shows with more advanced technology incorporated into the productions.
FPA and the Broyhill Center will remain separate entities.
FPA has also announced that they have begun the process of hiring a new Company Manager. The Company Manager will manage and complete the theater’s routine administrative tasks in order to effectively run a non-profit organization and theater arts company. The Company Manager will facilitate effective communication between Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute, the Broyhill Center and FPA, and will improve communications between the FPA board and the theater’s artistic and technical directors.
The job will be a part-time position with a fixed schedule for ten hours per week. The Company Manager will start during the week of August 22.
For more information, visit fpatheatre.org.
52-year-old Randall Blake Whisnant of Little Gunpowder Creek Drive in Hudson was arrested Thursday (July 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. WHKY first reported on this arrest earlier today (Friday, July 22). He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana.
On Thursday, Agents with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office Ice Unit ended a month long investigation into a suspected methamphetamine and marijuana dealer. Randall Blake Whisnant was arrested at his home yesterday without incident. The investigation consisted of Agents conducting several undercover buys of drugs from Whisnant.
Agents served the warrant, searched the home and found more than one-quarter ounces of methamphetamine, 29 grams of packaged marijuana, 15 oxycodone pills, five hydrocodone pills, digital scales, cash, and other items of drug paraphernalia. The drugs seized have a value of $2,982 according to North Carolina State Guidelines. Agents say more charges are likely in the future.
Following his arrest, Whisnant was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (July 25).
An additional sex offense charge has been filed against a man arrested in Burke County. 32-year-old Jerry Mathew Anjerok was arrested in June by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He was charged at that time with felony counts of indecent liberties with a child, incest between certain relatives, and child abuse.
On Thursday (July 21) Anjerok was charged with felony first degree statutory rape. He's now being held in jail in Morganton under a total bond of $375,000 secured. A District Court appearance on the new charge was scheduled for today (Friday, July 22).
38-year-old Seram Enos was arrested Thursday (July 22) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with two counts of felony child abuse. Enos was placed in jail in Morganton under $175,000 secured bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (Friday, July 22) and next Wednesday (July 27).
24-year-old Jordan Alexander Rivera of 12th Street N.E. in Hickory and 26-year-old Devin Maurice Ussery of Breana Court in Conover have both been charged with two felony counts of murder. The two are accused of killing Mark Anthony Wilson and Diedra Lacarol Ramseur. They were shot to death on March 14 of this year in their home on Rest Home Road in Claremont.
Rivera was already in custody in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. He had been arrested on April 1 on a number of narcotics and firearms charges. He was served with the murder warrants at the jail at about 6 a.m. today (July 22). Ussery was taken into custody at about 6:10 this morning at his residence. He was also placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility.
Both men are being held without bond on the murder charges. Rivera also has a $151,000 bond on the other charges. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for Monday (July 25) in Newton.
29-year-old Tonya Elizabeth Bare of Bishop Drive in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (July 21) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense and misdemeanor larceny. Bare was given a custody release, a Superior Court date is set for September 12.
A pair of suspects have been wanted in Burke County for close to two years.
According to the current Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List 43-year-old Eric Sherard Jones is wanted for felony failure to report a new address as a sex offender. Jones' last known address was 2464 U.S. 70 in Morganton. He's been on the Most Wanted list since August 4, 2014. Jones has been wanted longer than anyone else currently on the list.
26-year-old Anthony Takeo Sherril is wanted for felony counts of breaking and entering a place of worship, larceny, and possession of stolen property. Sherril's last known address was 5521 Miller Mill Road in Hickory. He has been on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted list since August 14, 2014.
You can see the entire Most Wanted List at the Burke County Sheriff's Office website, www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information regarding the whereabouts any of the suspects on the list you can call 828-438-5500 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333.
31-year-old Zachary Ryan Moser of Bear Cove Road in Catawba was arrested Thursday (July 21) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three counts apiece of kidnapping and assault by pointing a gun. In addition, Moser is charged with assault on a female, assault with a deadly weapon with a minor present, resisting a public officer, attempted assault on a government official, and interfering with emergency communications. Moser was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $107,500 total bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, July 22).
The Burke County Sheriff's Office issued a news release saying that they've received reports of individuals calling citizens and saying they are with the IRS or the Sheriff’s Office. The callers are telling people they have outstanding warrants for past due taxes.
The scammers often provide the name and phone number of someone to call to take care of the problem. If you get one of these phone calls, do not call the phone numbers they provide. The IRS will never call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
To confirm if the call is legitimate, please do one of the following:
Call or email the Burke County Sheriff’s directly at 828-438-9500 or email@example.com. Please provide the name of the person who says they work for the Sheriff’s office.
Or, you can contact the IRS by calling 1-800-829-1040. They can confirm with you if any taxes are past due.
If you are confident the caller is trying to scam you, call 800-366-4484 to report the call. For more information go to www.irs.gov.
30-year-old Claydon Laural Turner of Hickory has been charged with felony death by motor vehicle and D.W.I.
He was arrested in connection to an incident that occurred just after seven o’clock last night. Mooresville Police responded to a call reporting that a pedestrian had been struck while crossing Williamson Road. Upon arrival, Mooresville Police and personnel with Mooresville Fire & Rescue found 52-year-old Jeffrey Patrick Archer of Troutman in the roadway. Mr. Archer was pronounced dead at the scene.
Turner will appear in District Court August 11.
The Mooresville Police Department is investigating.
25-year-old Tabitha Sage Hawkins was arrested Wednesday (July 20) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony credit card fraud. Following the arrest, Hawkins was jailed in Morganton under $2,000 bond. A court appearance is scheduled for September 12.
45-year-old Brian Wayne Rhyne of Maple Lane in Lincolnton has been charged with shooting at his sister with a handgun during an incident last night (July 20). He was charged with one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill.
Rhyne was arrested after Deputies responded to a suspicious circumstances call on the 1700 block of Maple Lane. A homeowner reported that three people were on his back porch ringing the doorbell and saying that someone was trying to kill them.
While Deputies were on the scene, they were notified that a female was at the Lincolnton Police Department to report an assault that occurred on Maple Lane. The female also requested medical attention for an injury that occurred during the incident.
The 36-year-old victim told Deputies that she and her family live with her brother, Brian Rhyne, at the Maple Lane address. At about 9:30 Wednesday night, the brother and sister got into an argument. The brother allegedly pulled a gun from his pocket and pointed it at his sister. The gun discharged, missing the woman’s head. The victim and her family fled the scene.
The victim contacted her husband, who picked them up and took them to the Police Department. She was transported by E.M.S. to CHS-Lincoln for treatment, but was found to have no injuries.
Deputies went back to the Maple Lane residence where the suspect was taken into custody without incident. The .380 caliber handgun used in the incident was recovered. It had been buried in the dirt underneath a lawn mower in an outbuilding on the property.
Rhyne was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (July 21).
24-year-old Ethan Eugene Sluder of Dry Ponds Road in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (July 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. Sluder is charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense. Sluder was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $6,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, July 21).
35-year-old Douglas Lee Edwards was arrested Wednesday (July 21) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of stolen goods. Edwards was placed in jail in Morganton under $5,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for September 12.
59-year-old Arnold Lee Carswell was arrested Wednesday (July 21) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony serious injury by vehicle. Carswell was jailed in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for September 12.
32-year-old Benjamin Patrick Nicholson of Spring Lake Mobile Home Park in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (July 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of fail to report a new address as a sex offender, fail to register as a sex offender, and incest. Nicholson was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under one-million dollars secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in Superior Court next Monday (July 25).
35-year-old Brandon Earl Little of Grizzles Point in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (Wednesday, July 20) on felony counts of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of simple assault & battery, larceny and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. The warrants for Little’s arrest were issued last month (June 2016) on three different dates.
Little was taken into custody at a Lutheran church on 12th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. He was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $17,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance on the B&E and larceny charges was scheduled for today with a District Court date coming up on August 1.
On Wednesday (July 20), the Catawba County Sheriff's Office conducted a drug suspect round-up entitled "Operation 98 Degrees." According to the most recent information released by the Sheriff's Office, the operation began at 6 a.m. Wednesday and concluded later in the day with 39 defendants in custody.
A majority of the charges stem from purchases of controlled substances made by undercover drug task force officers. The drug task force is made up of investigators from the Catawba County Sheriff's Office, Maiden Police Department, and Homeland Security.
22-year-old Rebekah Larae Arney of Bethel Road in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (July 20) by Newton Police Officers. She's charged with larceny of a motor vehicle and felony larceny. Following the arrest, Arney was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, July 21).
An early morning fire Wednesday (July 20) caused damage to a Morganton home along with a nearby residence, and displaced residents.
Wednesday at 4 a.m., the Morganton Department of Public Safety responded to a structure fire at 607 Alexander Avenue. Upon arriving on scene, public safety officers found that all occupants were out of the residence. The residence was fully engulfed in flames on the northwest end and flames were coming out of the roof. The fire spread rapidly through the structure within minutes and heat from the fire melted vinyl siding from a nearby house.
Burke County EMS and the Burke County Rescue Squad responded to assist firefighters with rehabilitation and to treat any injuries. The fire was brought under control within 45 minutes and was declared out within two hours. Firefighters and investigators were on the scene for over three more hours conducting overhaul to ensure the fire did not rekindle.
The American Red Cross was contacted to assist the family members, who were displaced by the early morning blaze. There were no injuries related to the fire and the cause of the fire is under investigation at this time. No damage estimate was released.