Two suspects who were on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List have been arrested in separate cases.
On Wednesday (July 5) 29-year-old Eric Seth Adams of Spring Way Drive in Charlotte, turned himself in to the Burke County Sheriff's Office. He was wanted on a probation violation for felony larceny and possession of stolen goods or property. Adams had been on the Burke County Most Wanted list for 73 weeks. He was given a $500 secured bond. A court date is scheduled for September 11.
On Thursday (July 6), the Burke County Sheriff’s Office received a Crimestoppers tip regarding the location of 34-year-old Kristopher Keith Childers of Moon Valley Court in Morganton. Childers had been on the Burke County Most Wanted list for approximately four weeks. He was wanted on various charges by authorities in Burke County and was also wanted by Adult Probation and Parole for absconding. When officers arrived at 1930 Moon Valley Court, they saw 39-year-old Elizabeth Chaney Stilwell in a bedroom of the residence watching Childers crawl under the bed. Neither Childers nor Stilwell would acknowledge the officers. Eventually, Stilwell opened the door and Childers was taken into custody. Burke County DSS was contacted in reference to a small child who was inside the residence.
Childers was charged with several misdemeanor offenses along with felony probation violation. Stilwell was charged with misdemeanor resisting a public officer. Childers was jailed under no bond, Stilwell's bond was set at $1,000 secured. Childers has court dates scheduled for July 19 and 25 and August 7. Stilwell's court appearance is scheduled for August 17.
Sutter Street Manufacturing plans to create 72 new jobs with an expansion in Catawba County. The upholstered furniture manufacturing company plans to invest $1.9 million over three years to upgrade its 411,000 square foot facilities in Claremont.
Sutter Street Manufacturing produces upholstered home furnishings for Williams-Sonoma, Inc. through brands like Pottery Barn, West Elm and Williams-Sonoma Home. Williams-Sonoma established the operation in 2007 with 25 associates. Sutter Street Manufacturing now employs 583 artisans. The 72 new jobs will be phased in over the next three years.
While compensation will vary by position, average salaries for the new jobs are expected to be $47,840, above the Catawba County current average annual wage of $39,780.
A performance-based grant of $300,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate Sutter Street Manufacturing’s expansion in Catawba County. All One North Carolina grants require a matching grant from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.
For more information about Williams-Sonoma, including job opportunities, visit careers.williams-sonomainc.com.
30-year-old Matthew Blaine Helms was arrested Wednesday (July 5) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Helms was arrested just before 6 p.m. Wednesday at an address on Bynum Road in Lincolton. He was jailed under $5,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (July 6).
29-year-old Keon Rashawn Harrison of 4th Street Drive NW in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (July 5) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with failure to appear on a count of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine. Harrison was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for August 7.
30-year-old Jordan Michelle Wiseman was arrested Wednesday (July 5) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine. Wiseman was placed in jail in Morganton under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for July 26.
21-year-old Brittany Nichole Pearson of Abington Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (July 5) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony probation violation. Pearson was arrested on June 26 by Probation and Parole Officers on the same charge, as previously reported on WHKY. Following Wednesday's arrest, Pearson was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for July 24.
25-year-old India Mariel Green of Business Highway 74 in Ellenboro was arrested Wednesday (July 5) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon. Following the arrest, Green was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (July 6).
North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein wrote the federal government this week, urging the FCC to adopt rules that would allow telephone providers to block illegal robocalls. Attorney General Stein wrote the FCC in response to proposed rules that would allow providers to block several types of “spoofed” calls, in which a call appears to be coming from one number, but is actually coming from a different number.
In a news release from the North Carolina Department of Justice, the Attorney General says “Scammers frequently use so-called spoofed calls to hide their identity and trick consumers into believing that their calls are from legitimate businesses.” He added that He "will do everything I can to protect North Carolinians from these fraudulent calls that can lead to people losing their money to criminals.”
Currently, regulatory roadblocks prevent telecommunications companies from blocking many illegal robocalls. If the new rules are adopted, providers would be allowed to block calls coming from invalid numbers, unallocated numbers and numbers whose owners have requested to be blocked. For example, phone providers would be able to block a scammer that is using a telephone number that clearly can’t exist because it hasn’t been assigned. Attorneys general from 29 states joined Attorney General Stein in signing this letter.
The storms that moved through the Greater Hickory Metro area late Wednesday afternoon (July 5) caused significant damage in southern Caldwell County. Caldwell County Emergency Services reports several trees fell, including several on homes and garages. One mobile home was destroyed by a fallen tree.
No injuries have been reported. The American Red Cross is assisting residents affected by the storms. The National Weather Service has been called in for an evaluation of the damage.
46-year-old Timothy Frederick Phillips, who is listed as a homeless person from Newton, was arrested Wednesday (July 5) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with felony probation violation out of county. Following the arrest, Phillips was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for July 10.
27-year-old Eric Jason Stout of Windover Creek Lane in Claremont was arrested Wednesday (July 5) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with felony fail to report a new address as a sex offender and two counts of felony probation violation. Stout was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 10.
17-year-old Luca Tyler Buntic of Brookwood Drive in Maiden and 17-year-old Andrew Joseph Auten of Falling Creek Road N.E. in Hickory have both been arrested by Hickory Police. They were each charged with one felony count of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and larceny after breaking & entering.
Events leading to the arrests began early Tuesday morning (July 4) when Officers responded to a civil disturbance on 29th Avenue N.E. Upon arrival, Officers encountered the victim of a vehicle break-in, along with Andrew Auten, who was one of the suspects. Auten was taken into custody without incident on the scene just after 1 a.m. yesterday.
An arrest warrant was issued for Luca Buntic, who fled the scene before Police arrived. Buntic was located and arrested shortly before nine o’clock last night (July 4) at a gas station on Highway 70 S.E., near Fairgrove Church Road.
Both suspects were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond for Buntic was set at $15,000, secured, while Auten was given a $5,000 secured bond. They were both scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today in Newton.
45-year-old William Henry Bristow Jr. of Cat Square Road in Vale was arrested today (Wednesday, July 5) by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged with misdemeanor larceny. The warrant was sworn out by Det. Tony Potts of the Lincolnton Police Department as a result of an investigation conducted concerning a victim having their wallet taken from a shopping cart at Wal Mart, which was previously reported on WHKY. A surveillence photo of the suspect was issued following the theft.
Following the release of the photograph, the suspect was identified as Bristow. A news release from the Lincolnton Police Department says citizens assisted in this case by contacting law enforcement with the identity of the suspect. Upon seeing the photograph in the local media, Bristow also made voluntary contact with Det. Potts about the case. Bristow was given a $1,000 unsecured bond and is scheduled to appear in District Court July 21. Det. Potts served the warrant on Bristow. Bristow has no prior criminal convictions.
27-year-old Michael Adrian Dula of Virginia Street in Lenoir was arrested Monday (July 3) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine, along with a count of failure to appear. Following the arrest, Dula was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $6,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (July 6).
28-year-old Rusty Dwayne Johnson of Plateau Road in Vale was arrested Tuesday (July 4) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, along with misdemeanor counts of resisting a public officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested when Officers on foot patrol at a business on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory saw two subjects, a male and a female, loitering in a 2002 Honda Civic. The registration on the Honda came back to a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
While speaking with both of the vehicle’s occupants, Officers found 1.0 grams of methemphetamine on Rusty Johnson’s person. In the vehicle, Police found two glass pipes, a digital scale and a plastic baggie. Johnson was arrested. The female subject was not cited or arrested.
Johnson was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. A District Court date was set for today (July 5) in Newton.
48-year-old Floyd Homer Wright was arrested Monday (July 3) by authorities in Burke County. He was charged with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance. Wright was placed in jail in Morganton under $40,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (July 5).
34-year-old Steven Lee Michael of Dave Chester Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (July 4) in Catawba County by Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, along with a count of communicating threats. Michael is also charged with numerous highway violations including unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, speeding, driving while impaired, driving the wrong way on a dual lane, and following too closely. Following the arrest, Michael was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (July 5) and July 26.
26-year-old Shawn Malcolm Davis of Edna Street in Catawba was arrested Monday (July 3) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a stolen firearm, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce. Davis was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $70,000 bond. A District Court date was set for today (July 5).
44-year-old Lamont Edgerton of Grassy Knob Road in Rutherfordton was arrested Monday (July 3) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony habitual larceny.
He was arrested at about 9:15 Monday night when Hickory Police responded to the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. Loss Prevention had detained Lamont Edgerton for allegedly attempting to return items he was attempting to steal. The suspect was taken into custody without incident at the store.
Edgerton was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was set for today (July 5) in Newton.
Projects in Caldwell and Watauga County are included among a dozen new transportation initiatives in Division 11 in the North Carolina Department of Transportation's updated version of the state's draft ten-year transportation plan. Division 11 includes Caldwell, Watauga, Avery, Alleghany, Ashe, Surry, Wilkes and Yadkin counties.
New projects include the widening of Connelly Springs Road from the Catawba River to South-West Boulevard in Caldwell County. The accelerated projects include the widening of N.C. 105 from Clarks Creek Road to N.C. 105 Bypass in Watauga County.
A new project in Burke County is included among the additions in Division 13, which includes Burke, Buncombe, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Rutherford, and Yancey Counties. Improving the I-40/Old N.C. 10 interchange is the new project added in Burke County.
The plan, called the Draft 2018-2027 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), includes a total of 144 new projects and hundreds of projects with accelerated construction schedules. The adjustments reflect updated financial information, including projected revenues, and lower inflation and construction cost overruns.
The plan was initially scheduled to be approved by the Board of Transportation at its June meeting, but approval was delayed to allow the department to update the document to reflect the changes.
NCDOT is now holding a public comment period on the updated version of the document. The public comment period runs now till July 12. Anyone who would like to provide comments should contact Diane Wilson at email@example.com or (919) 707-6073. The final 2018-2027 STIP is expected to be approved by the Board in August.