45-year-old Jerome Lee McNeely of Liberty Church Road in Hickory has been arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officer on charges of felony breaking & entering and felony safecracking.
Events leading to McNeely’s arrest began at about four o’clock Saturday morning (January 14) when Deputies responded to a break-in at a physician’s office on South Main Street in Hildebran. When Deputies arrived, a suspect fled on foot. Detectives arrived to process the scene.
At about 7:40 a.m. the same day, a Deputy saw a male subject walking along Wilson Road near 40th Street N.W., but the suspect ran when the Deputy approached him for questioning. After a short chase through the woods, the male subject was apprehended and identified as Jerome Lee McNeely.
McNeely was arrested and placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $50,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (January 17) in Morganton.
The investigation is ongoing.
30-year-old Jamie Louis Sullivan of 18th Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 2 a.m. yesterday (January 16) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
Sullivan’s arrest stems from an incident on September 8 of last year. He was involved in a single-vehicle accident on the 900 block of Highland Avenue N.E. in Hickory. The vehicle Sullivan was driving hit two telephone poles.
Investigators allegedly found 0.1 grams of methamphetamine on his person. At the time of his initial arrest, Sullivan was also charged with D.W.I. and driving while license revoked.
Sullivan was taken into custody without incident Monday at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.
Burke County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating an armed robbery at the Fast Track Convenience Store in Hildebran off of Interstate 40, exit 119.
The incident occurred just after 5:30 Sunday morning (January 15). Deputies responded to the scene and spoke to the store clerk. The clerk said a black male walked into the store, pulled something from his pants pocket and demanded money. The suspect took money and other items from the store. He then got into his vehicle, which was parked at the gas pumps, and fled the scene, heading towards Henry River Road.
The suspect was described as a black male, about five feet tall with dreads. He was wearing a hoodie and blue jeans. The suspect vehicle is a mid-90s model gold Mitsubishi.
The Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division is working the case. Anyone with information regarding the robbery should call Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333.
Shortly after 11 a.m. Morganton City workers were in the process of shutting off water service to a section of NC 181 to repair a water line break. At least 50 customers will be affected on NC 181 from Harmon Street to Henderson Mill Road, including side streets. Workers expect to make the repair and turn the water back by approximately 2 p.m., barring any unforeseen problems. For more information, call the Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.
26-year-old Joshua Shane Strickland of Blackburn Ridge Road in Lincolnton was arrested by Hickory Police at 7:25 Saturday night (January 14) on one felony count of possession of a schedule I controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of a schedule VI controlled substance.
He was arrested after Police responded to the parking lot at the Big Lots store on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory to perform a health check on a subject who was asleep in a black Nissan Sentra. Officers woke the man, Joshua Strickland, and saw a prescription pill bottle containing a small amount of marijuana. Strickland refused medical treatment.
A subsequent search turned up three used syringes and half of a Xanax pill. In all, 0.7 grams of methamphetamine and 0.6 grams of marijuana were found.
Strickland was taken into custody without incident. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with no bond amount listed. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was set for today (January 17) in Newton.
Strickland also has a District Court date coming up on January 23 for multiple felony breaking & entering and larceny charges, as well as a number of vehicular offenses. He will also appear in Superior Court on felony meth charge on March 6, all in Newton.
The annual Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s Holiday Booze It & Lose It enforcement campaign removed thousands of impaired drivers from roadways. State and local law enforcement arrested and charged 2,664 drivers for driving while impaired, of which 2,400 were alcohol-related and 264 were drug-related.
During the four-week campaign, law enforcement agencies across North Carolina issued 108,951 traffic and criminal violations at 8,439 sobriety-checking stations and saturation patrols.
The number of fatalities resulting from an impaired driver dropped 16.7 percent compared to 2015, with 359 deaths in North Carolina in 2016. The Booze It & Lose It education and enforcement campaign has created increased awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving, as well as the penalties associated with driving while impaired for the past 22 years.
There were no Hickory Metro area counties in the top five for DWI arrests during the Holiday Booze It & Lose It enforcement campaign. Those top five counties were Wake with 247, Guilford with 177, Mecklenburg with 162, Cumberland with 117, and Forsyth County with 110. Burke County had the most DWI arrests in the Hickory Metro with 43, Catawba had 15, Caldwell had ten, and there were five DWI arrests in Alexander County.
27-year-old Cory Eugene Hefner of 14th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before midnight Friday (January 13) on true bills of indictment for the sale of methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver meth, the sale of heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin and two counts for the manufacture, sale, delivery or possession of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a park.
Hefner was taken into custody without incident at the Wendy’s restaurant on 16th Street N.E., just off of Springs Road in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date was set for January 17 in Newton.
A Special Meeting of the City of Hickory's Community Relations Council will be held on Wednesday (January 18) at 5:30 p.m. at the Floyd W. Lucas Jr. Police Headquarters, in the Multipurpose Training Room at 347 2nd Avenue SW in Hickory.
During the meeting council members will take the oath of office. There will be a budget update. The 2017/2018 work plan will be discussed and developed. The plan is due to be completed February 7 and will be presented to City Council on March 7.
22-year-old Darriel Marquis Jefferson of 39th Street Circle SW in Hickory was arrested today (Tuesday, January 17) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with two felony counts apiece of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Jefferson was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
44-year-old Angela Lingerfelt Juarez was arrested Monday (January 16) by authorities in Lincoln County. She's charged with felony counts of possession of heroin and possession of methamphetamine. Juarez was arrested at an address on the Gastonia Highway in Lincolnton. Following the arrest, Juarez was placed in jail under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, January 17).
24-year-old Richard Harlond Fuller was arrested Monday (January 16) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering to a building, larceny, and possession of stolen goods. Fuller was arrested at an address on North Street in Lincolnton. Following the arrest, he was placed in jail under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court date was set for today (Tuesday, January 17).
46-year-old Berlie Leonard Michael III who is listed as a homeless man from Hickory was arrested Sunday (January 15) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen vehicle. Michael was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, January 17).
The Burke County Sheriff's Office is continuing to seek suspects on their Most Wanted List.
40-year-old Tong Xeng Yang Moua is wanted for felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacuture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule VI controlled substance. Moua's last known address was 2650 Old Blue Ridge Lane in Connelly Springs. He's been on the Most Wanted List since August 14, 2014.
41-year-old Travis Stuart Propst is wanted for felony counts of assault with serious bodily injury and assault by strangulation. The last known address for Propst is 3635 Clarks Chapel Road in Lenoir. Propst was added to the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List on November 18, 2016.
You can see the entire list of suspects wanted in Burke County at the Burke County Sheriff's Office website, www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list, call 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail information to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.
Hickory City Council meets in regular session tonight. On tonight's agenda under new business there is one public hearing scheduled. Council will receive comments on the consideration of a Vacant Building Revitalization Grant Performance Agreement with The Block 108 LLC, for property located at 26 1st Avenue SE. In addition under new business, council will hear a presentation for a proposal for Mountain Bike Trail improvements at Hickory City Park and Rotary-Geitner Park.
There are eight items listed under Reaffirmation and Ratification of Second Readings. All but one of those items were approved unanimously on first reading. Council will also hear updates from the Hickory Metro Jaycees and Hickory Young Professionals.
Tonight's Hickory City Council meeting gets underway at 7:00 in Council Chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building at 76 North Center Street in Hickory.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will meet in regular session tonight (Tuesday January 17). Commissioners typically meet on Monday, but this month's session was moved to Tuesday due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Monday (January 16).
Commissioners will hold four public hearings at Tonight's session. One public hearing is scheduled to receive citizen comments and consider an economic development agreement with GKN Driveline Newton LLC. Another is being held to hear comments on an amendment the 2009 economic development agreement with Apple Inc. Commissioners are also holding a public hearing to receive comments on amendments to the wall signage regulations, and another is to discuss and receive comments on the definition for conference/retreat centers in the Catawba County Unified Development Ordinance.
The Board will also consider appropriating grant funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities to the Catawba County Library. They'll consider transferring $126,705 in remaining funds from completed capital Catawba County Schools projects to replace a chiller at Mountain View Elementary. Commissioners will also discuss modifying two minor outcomes for Social Services to better align with state policy and the changing environment, and endorsing the updated Catawba County Children’s Agenda.
The Board will also consider approving a resolution and bylaws for the creation of an operating board of K-64. This is a proposed partnership with the three public school systems, Catawba Valley Community College, business and industry, county government and other community partners. It's goal is to create a world class education system.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners meets at 7 p.m. in the Robert E. Hibbitts Meeting Room at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.
19-year-old Allison Nicole Lynn was arrested Sunday (January 15) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony non-forced breaking and entering. Lynn was placed in jail in Morganton where she is being held under a total bond of $12,400 secured on the count filed Sunday plus previously filed charges. A court date is set for February 13.
59-year-old Stanley Eric Newell of South 8th Avenue in Maiden was arrested today (Monday, January 16) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with failure to appear on a count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin. Newell was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $22,000 bond. A Superior Court date is set for March 6.
30-year-old Jamie Louis Sullivan of 18th Street NW in Hickory was arrested today (Monday, January 16) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Sullivan was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A Superior Court date is set for Tuesday (January 17).
32-year-old Kristen Denise Childers of Starmount Lane in Taylorsville was arrested Sunday (January 15) by Hickory Police Officers. She's charged with possession of heroin, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Childers was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday (January 17).
24-year-old Cain Walter Prestwood of Clarks Chapel Road in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (January 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony speeding to elude arrest. Prestwood was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $7,500 secured bond. No court date was listed.