37-year-old Kevin Ray Bumgarner of Maple Grove Lane in Connelly Springs was arrested Saturday (September 10) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of manufacturing methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place to keep controlled substance along with a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest. Bumgarner was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $252,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for October 31, a District Court date is set for December 8.
30-year-old Preston Sentel Woods of South Derby Avenue in Newton was arrested Saturday (September 10) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of fail to register as a sex offender, along with single counts of misdemeanor larceny and second degree trespassing. Woods is also charged with being an habitual felon.
Following the arrest, Woods was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,500 bond. District and Superior Court appearances were scheduled for today (Monday, September 12).
29-year-old Jim Dale Rathbun of Palm Tree Drive in Vale was arrested Friday (September 9) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of first degree burglary, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and second degree kidnapping. Rathbun was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, September 12).
Investigators with the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office are looking for a Nebo woman who was last seen on Friday, August 19.
According to a news release issued last Friday (September 9) by the McDowell County Sheriff's Office, the mother of 38-year-old Robin Daniels Eudy of 157 Blue Bird Meadows Drive, reported her missing on Tuesday August 23. She said she dropped Eudy off at a residence in Nebo on August 19 and hasn’t heard from her since.
Eudy is described as a white female who stands 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs approximately 100 pounds. She has long brown hair and green eyes and tattoos on her left wrist and forearm, navel area, and shoulder and upper back.
Anyone with information concerning Eudy’s whereabouts is asked to call the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office at 828-652-2235 or the McDowell County 911 center at 828-652-4000.
Another Most Wanted suspect in Burke County has been apprehended. 45-year-old Ricky Lee Propst of Hubert Lane in Connelly Springs, who had recently been added to the list, was arrested last Wednesday (September 7). He's charged with felony breaking and entering into coin and currency machines.
Last Wednesday, detectives with the Burke County Sheriff's Office located Propst at a family member's home on High Peak Road in Morganton. He'd been on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List since the previous Friday, September 2.
Propst was wanted by multiple agencies on outstanding felony charges for breaking into coin and currency machines.
Following his arrest, Propst was detained at the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $25,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first court appearance last Friday (September 9). His next District Court date is September 28 in Morganton.
Propst is the second suspect on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted list arrested in less than a week. Jesse Joe Potter of Drexel, who was wanted on multiple felony charges, was arrested on September 1.
The Silver Alert issued for 54-year-old William Bruce Stewart of Iredell County has been canceled. According to the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office, Mr. Stewart has been found and is safe.
41-year-old Bradley Allen Sherrill of 31st Avenue Court N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:20 yesterday afternoon (September 9) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance. He is accused of possessing cocaine.
Sherrill was taken into custody without incident near the Lenoir-Rhyne campus in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
29-year-old Jamie Louis Sullivan of 18th Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8 p.m. last night (September 8) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of driving while impaired and driving while license revoked.
He was arrested after Police responded to a single-vehicle collision on the 900 block of Highland Avenue. A 1998 Mazda 626 driven by Sullivan struck two telephone poles. Police say Sullivan appeared to be impaired, and a search turned up 0.1 grams of methamphetamine. No injuries were reported as a result of the accident.
Sullivan was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
38-year-old Ruby Adeline Smith was arrested today (Friday, September 9) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony first degree forced burglary. Smith was placed in jail in Morganton under $100,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Monday (September 12).
46-year-old Sandra Lynn Gaul of Clarence Beam Road in Cherryville was arrested Wednesday (September 7) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with twelve felony counts of identity theft and eight misdemeanor counts of illegal possession and use of food stamps or an EBT card.
On Tuesday (September 6) a Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Patrol Deputy conducted a traffic stop of a van driven by Sandra Lynn Gaul on unrelated charges. During the review of the report, it was discovered that among items located in Ms. Gaul’s purse was a food stamp card belonging to a female who lived on Hoover Road in Vale, but was now institutionalized in a nursing facility where she has been since May of 2016.
After confirming that the individual was still in the nursing home Detective Snellings checked with the Lincoln County Department of Social Services to see if the EBT card had been used. He discovered that purchases were made at a number of businesses since June 1, 2016. Follow-up visits were conducted at several locations where the card had been used and video surveillance confirmed it was Sandra Lynn Gaul who used the card.
On Wednesday deputies went to the residence to arrest Gaul but she fled the house through a back window. Deputies gave chase and located Gaul in a nearby wooded area. Gaul was transported to the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center and detained under a $52,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for September 27.
28-year-old Gary Clay Ingram was arrested Thursday (September 8) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Ingram was apprehended by authorities on Conley Street in Morganton. He was placed in jail in Morganton under $20,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for October 3.
The City of Hickory and the community will be remembering 9/11 at a Patriots Day Remembrance Ceremony on Sunday (September 11), under The Sails on the Square in Downtown Hickory at 4 p.m. WHKY 1290 AM First Talk program host, Hal Row, will emcee the ceremony, as he has in past years, and there will be two guest speakers; Fire Captain James Patrick Auton of the Hickory Fire Department, and Master Police Officer John R Wienbrock, of the Hickory Police Department.
Auton has been with the Hickory Fire Department since 1991, and has had a military career with both the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard and is currently a member of the North Carolina Air National Guard and serves with the civil engineer squadron in Fire Protection and Emergency Services. Auton has served four tours of duty, including deployments for Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and most recently supported air operations for Operation Freedom Sentinal against ISIS targets in the Middle East. Auton is decorated with the Bronze Star Medal, among numerous other medals and badges.
Wienbrock has been with the Hickory Police Department since 2008, and has had a military career with the United States Marine Corps and the North Carolina Army National Guard. He spent a deployment in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the 113th Sustainment Brigade. He was awarded two Army Achievement Medals and numerous other medals and badges.
Additional ceremony participants include Hickory City Councilman David Zagaroli, Rev. Antonio Logan, Pastor Andrew Weisner, Hickory High School Band and Junior ROTC Cadets, as well as members of the Hickory Fire and Police Honor Guards and staff.
32-year-old David Alan Hopkins of Barrett Baxter Drive in Newton was arrested Thursday (September 8) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with five counts of felony probation violation. Hopkins was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $200,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (September 12).
39-year-old Chad Allen Hames of Allendale Circle in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (September 8) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Following the arrest, Hames was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a District Court appearance Thursday.
38-year-old James Douglas Whitener of Liberty Trail in Morganton was arrested Thursday (September 8) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, and possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce. Whitener is also charged with being an habitual felon. Following the arrest, Whitener was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $45,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, September 9).
28-year-old Bradley Jerrell Dorsey of Whitley Road in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (September 7) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony counts of discharge a weapon into occupied property and possession of a firearm by a felon.
On Wednesday at 5:45 p.m., Public Safety Officers responded to the area of Kirk Street in response to a report of shots being fired. While searching the area, officers were notified of a fight in progress at the Jet Express Convenience Store at 408 Vine Arden Road. When officers arrived, Bradley Jerrell Dorsey and Charles Young were involved in a physical altercation. Young claimed Dorsey had shot into his vehicle while on Kirk Street.
Young reported he was sitting in his vehicle when Dorsey exited the residence at 107 Kirk Street and fired two shots into the drivers side door. Young and Dorsey had been in an argument minutes before the shooting occurred. Further inspection of the vehicle found two bullet holes in the drivers side door. There were no injuries as a result of the shooting.
Dorsey was arrested and placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $60,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make his first District Court appearance yesterday (Thursday, September 8).
The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered man from Iredell County,54-year-old William Bruce Stewart.
Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for William Bruce Stewart, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.
Stewart is a white male, 5'9", 160 pounds with black and grey medium length hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a green camo hat, dark colored t-shirt, pants, white socks and brown cowboy boots. He was last seen at a location on Cranfill Road in Harmony.
Anyone with information about William Bruce Stewart should call 704-878-3100 at the Iredell Co Sheriff's Office at 704-878-3100.
48-year-old Steven Louis Russo of South Main Avenue in Maiden was served felony indictments by Hickory Police at 10 a.m. yesterday (September 7) on felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a stolen firearm.
He was initially arrested on the same charges on July 12 of this year after Police were dispatched to the 300 block of 1st Street S.W. where a white male was allegedly attempting to sell a handgun. Officers found the man, Steven Louis Russo, on South Center Street. They found the weapon, a .40-caliber Glock handgun, in his bag. The gun had been reported stolen from Hickory.
Russo was taken into custody without incident yesterday near Frye Regional Medical Center on North Center Street. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton.
19-year-old Elijah Paul Fowler of Huntington Hills Drive and 17-year-old Jacob Lee Griffey of River Road, both from Lincolnton, were arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. Fowler is charged with two felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, seven felony counts of receiving stolen property, and nine felony counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count of preparing to break and enter a Vehicle and eight misdemeanor counts of larceny. Griffey was charged with one felony count each of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, larceny, larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen goods.
The arrests are in connection with vehicle thefts from a residence on Riverview Road and vehicle break-ins in a nearby area. The incidents occurred during the month of August in the area of Riverview Road, Pete’s Road and Rhodes Rhyne Road.
On August 25, Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 1400 block of Riverview Road in connection with the theft of a 2015 Nissan Altima where the doors had been left unlocked and keys left in the vehicle. A Chevrolet pick-up was parked beside where the stolen vehicle was located. It had been rummaged through but nothing reportedly taken. The Nissan Altima was found damaged and abandoned the same day as the theft in the driveway of a residence on Windy Knob Trail. The vehicle was towed to the Sheriff’s Office impound lot.
On August 30, the owner of the Chevrolet pick-up reported it had been stolen from the Riverview Road residence. The truck was found wrecked in Catawba County on Finger Bridge Road. That vehicle was also towed to the Sheriff’s Office impound lot for processing. During the investigation Detective Matt Burgess found items in the vehicles that led to the suspects in the two vehicle theft cases as well as vehicle break-ins that had occurred on Pete’s Road and Rhodes Rhyne Road.
On Wednesday, Detectives Burgess and D.S. Snellings went to a residence on Jarrett Road in Catawba County looking for the suspects. After about an hour of knocking on the door and identifying themselves as officers one of the suspects came to the door. They were arrested without incident. Fowler was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $72,500 secured bond. Griffey was placed in jail under a $12,000 secured bond.
The investigation is continuing.
24-year-old William Charles Church, Jr. of Young Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:45 yesterday afternoon (September 7) on one felony count of speeding to elude arrest.
Events leading to Church’s arrest began at about 3:25 a.m. yesterday as Officers conducting a property check at the Quality Suites hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. saw a Dodge Dakota truck making evasive maneuvers to avoid contact with Police. They followed and attempted to initiate a traffic stop when the truck failed to yield.
The truck did not stop. Officers pursued the vehicle on Highway 127 South, Mountain Grove Road, Old Shelby Road and Bakers Mountain Road. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol assisted with the pursuit.
The Dodge ran into in the back yard of a residence where it hit some cinder blocks and continued about another 150 yards to the edge of a wooded area. At that point, the driver, William Charles Church, Jr., exited the vehicle and ran into the woods. A female passenger in the vehicle was not charged.
Warrants for Church’s arrest were issued. He was taken into custody without incident at an auto parts store on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. The suspect was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.