Both of the Beanstalk Adventure playgrounds at Catawba Meadows Park in Morganton will be closed for maintenance starting this upcoming Sunday, November 5. The City is staining all the wood at both playgrounds. The wood at the playgrounds is starting to weather. Staining the wood again will insure longer life of the equipment.
The playgrounds will be closed for at least a week to allow the stain to dry thoroughly. Parents are urged to not let their children play on the playgrounds before they are reopened; this could ruin the finish, and clothing and shoes could be permanently stained.
33-year-old Sarah Ashley Wright was arrested Wednesday (November 1) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Wright is also charged with larceny of property, receiving or possessing stolen goods. She was placed in jail in Morganton under $4,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (November 2).
31-year-old Jennifer Irene Ritter of Academy Street in Mooresville was arrested Wednesday (November 1) by Conover Police Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine and failure to appear on a count of misdemeanor larceny. Ritter was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $18,000 bond. District Court dates were scheduled for today (November 2) and December 8.
18-year-old Zachery Noah Bumgarner of Colt Court in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (November 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with statutory rape of a victim four to five years younger than the defendant. Bond for Bumgarner was set at $25,000 secured, he was no longer listed as an inmate at the Caldwell County Detention Center as of this morning. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (November 2).
Savannah Cheyenne Stahl of Con Lee Drive in Olin and Christopher Wayne Johnston of Branchwood Road in Statesville were both arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and safecracking. Johnston is also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
On Friday, October 20, a report was filed with the Sheriff’s Office regarding a break-in to a residence at 109 Top View Lane in the Northern Iredell County community of Olin. At the time of the report the victim stated his wife and her boyfriend had broken into the residence and taken several household items, including bedroom furniture, kitchen utensils, televisions, gaming systems, and a gun safe with three guns and cash. Deputies spoke with neighbors who said they'd seen Savannah Stahl and a man at the residence loading up the furniture. One of the neighbors stated that Savannah and the man had backed a U-Haul truck up to the front door of the mobile home where they loaded the items.
The victim told officers that his wife no longer lived at the residence, she left in June of this year. The victim stated that the household items that were stolen would be considered marital property. However, the guns that were stored in the safe were given to him as gifts by various family members, and the cash that was stored inside the safe was also given to him personally as a gift. According to a news release, during the investigation, it was determined that Savannah Stahl and Christopher Johnston were indeed the suspects who had broken into the single wide mobile home.
The victim stated that he had changed the locks on the doors just a few days prior to the break-in. The news release says Stahl and Johnston admitted that they had been at the residence, and furthermore admitted to taking the bedroom furniture and other household items. However, Stahl and Johnston insisted that they did not remove the safe from the residence.
Bond was set at $15,000 secured for both suspects. They both have District Court dates November 13 in Statesville. Johnston has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 2007 and had been placed on probation on October 26 for charges in Alexander County of possession of controlled substance in jail or prison.
A man reported missing in Lincoln County Wednesday (November 1) has been found. Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives say relatives have talked to 34-year-old Dustin Shawn Grooms of River Meadows Court, Lincolnton, by telephone and believe he is safe. Relatives reported that Mr. Grooms was last seen around 10:30 p.m. last Thursday (October 26) when he left the residence.
47-year-old Scotty Ray Swink of Clarks Creek Circle in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:15 a.m. yesterday (October 31) on one count of failure to appear on a felony. He failed to appear on a charge of felony possession of a firearm by a felony, as well as misdemeanor marijuana charges.
Swink was taken into custody without incident at the Office of Probation & Parole on Main Avenue N.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $30,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for January 5 in Newton.
26-year-old Derek Andrew Moser of 10th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:30 last night (October 31) on one felony count of first-degree burglary. The Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office also charged Moser with two counts of non-payment of child support.
He was arrested in connection to an incident on May 14 of this year. At that time, Hickory Police responded to a burglary at an address on 9th Avenue S.E. The suspect was identified as Derek Andrew Moser and warrants for his arrest were issued.
Moser was taken into custody without incident Tuesday at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $75,000, secured, plus a $1,000 bond on the non-support charges. Appearances in District Court were set for today and tomorrow.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Lincoln County man. Relatives reported that 34-year-old Dustin Shawn Grooms of River Meadows Court in Lincolnton was last seen around 10:30 p.m. last Thursday, October 26, when he left the residence. Grooms is described as a white male, five feet-nine inches tall and weighing 140 pounds. He has brown eyes and brown hair.
He was last seen wearing blue sweat pants, a Dallas Cowboy shirt and orange/blue athletic shoes. Grooms was entered NCIC as missing and relatives say he may be in the Huntersville area. Anyone with information about Groom’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.
45-year-old Jerry Edward Killian was arrested Tuesday (October 31) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture schedule II controlled substance and possession of a weapon by a felon. Killian was placed in jail in Morganton under $55,500 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for January 22.
26-year-old Brittany Lauren Yancey of Fat Avenue NE in Valdese was arrested Tuesday (October 31) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense and uttering a forged instrument. Yancey was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for January 22.
29-year-old Courtney Elaine Harmon of Ponderosa Drive in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (October 31) by authorities in Burke County on charges filed in Catawba County. She's charged with felony counts of sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Harmon is also charged with four counts of felony probation violation. She was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $40,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for yesterday, a Superior Court date is set for November 6.
54-year-old Debra Brown Ferguson of 23rd Street NW in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (October 31) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance and the sale and delivery of schedule II controlled substance. Ferguson is also charged with conducting a licensed premise for controlled substances, gambling or prostitution. Ferguson was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (November 1).
There's a new name on the Burke County Sheriff's Office most wanted list.
32-year-old Joseph Michael Hallyburton is wanted by authorities in Burke County for failure to appear on a felony count of possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Hallyburton's last known address was 1774 Deerborne Extension, Lot 3 in Drexel. Hallyburton was added to the most wanted list last Friday (October 27).
20-year-old David Yoseph Mally remains on the Burke County most wanted list. He's being sought by authorities on a charge of probation violation. The probation was imposed for felony breaking and entering. Mally's last known address was 202 State Road Unit C in Morganton. Mally was added to the most wanted list September 22.
Authorities in Burke County are continuing to seek 45-year-old Larry Christopher York. He's wanted on a charge of probation violation. His probation was imposed as a result of drug charges. York's last known address was 4946 Old Highway 18 in Connelly Springs. He was also added to the list on September 22.
You can see the entire list of suspects wanted by authorities in Burke County at www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list, call the Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail information to email@example.com. If you'd like to submit an anonymous tip you can do so through Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.
51-year-old Amy Riddle Sharpe of 34th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 11 a.m. yesterday (October 30) on one felony count each of larceny of chose in action and uttering a forged instrument. Larceny of chose in action is the theft of a check, banknote or other financial instrument issued by a bank. Warrants for Sharpe’s arrest were issued in Caldwell County in November of 2016.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident at an Auto Parts Store on 12th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. Sharpe was locked up in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $3,000, secured. A District Court date in Lenoir was scheduled for November 2.
39-year-old Sidney Guy Owens of Jay Street in Gastonia was arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three felony counts each of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods. He was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Owens is charged in connection to several eastern Lincoln County home break-ins that occurred on September 29, 2017. The break-ins occurred at homes in the 8000 and 4000 block of Highway 73 and a residence on Beth Haven Church Road in Denver. During the investigation Detective Greg Hager learned that two I-Pads stolen from a home in the 8000 block of Highway 73 had been recovered by Gaston County Police in an investigation of Sidney Guy Owens.
The subsequent investigation led to the discovery that Owens, when he was arrested by Gaston County Police, had in his possession multiple items stolen in the Lincoln County break-ins. The warrants were served on Owens at the Gaston County Jail. He is being held under a $250,000 secured bond on the Gaston and Lincoln County charges. He has a Lincoln County District Court date scheduled for November 20.
41-year-old Bryantae Monreek “Spunk” Evans of Ione Baker Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before nine o’clock last night (October 30) on one felony count of possession with intent to sell cocaine and misdemeanor count each of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer and second-degree trespass. According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, Evans was in possession of 5.7 grams of crack cocaine at the time of his arrest.
Evans was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.
37-year-old Eddie Carlos Linder of South Center Street in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 10:30 a.m. yesterday (October 30) on two felony counts of selling cocaine and one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine. He was also charged as an habitual felon.
Linder was taken into custody without incident at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. He had been hospitalized following a shooting early Saturday morning (October 28) at the La Rumba nightclub on Highway 70 S.W. Linder was arrested yesterday on an outstanding warrant.
He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. He has since been released. Linder will appear in Superior Court on January 2 in Newton.
30-year-old Kenneth Edwards Hobgood was arrested Monday (October 30) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He was charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and assault on a female. Hobgood was previously charged with kidnapping. He was placed in jail in Morganton, bond was set at $165,000 secured on all charges. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (October 31).
81-year-old Deward Charles "D.C." Gray has been found. According to a press release issued by Hickory Police, Mr. Gray is safe. A Silver Alert had been issued this morning (October 31) for Mr. Gray, who suffers from dementia. He had last been seen on the 100 block of 39th Avenue Court N.W. in Hickory.