24-year-old Jacob Ballard Hensley was arrested Monday (October 17) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny. Hensley was placed in jail in Morganton under $20,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for December 12.
A second person has been charged in connection with child sexual assault incidents that reportedly occurred between January 2005 and December 2009.
43-year-old Beverly Kistler Sherbert of Davis Road in Lincolnton was arrested Monday (October 17) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged by with one felony count of accessory after the fact of a felony and one misdemeanor count of common law obstruction of justice. According to a news release, the charges stem from Sherbert’s knowledge of alleged incidents involving sexual assault and that she did not report them. She is also accused of encouraging the victim by text messages to drop the charges.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a report on September 16 in reference to the crime of indecent liberties that occurred when the victim was a juvenile. Detective Harrington began the investigation and following an interview on September 28 the suspect was charged.
47-year-old Scott Allen Sherbert, also of Davis Road in Lincolnton, was previously arrested and charged with two felony counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor. The victim and both suspects in the case are related. Scott Sherbert was released after posting a $100,000 secured bond. His next District Court date is December 13. Beverly Sherbert was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond. She was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Tuesday, October 18).
The Burke County Sheriff’s Office has made six arrests in connection to several breaking and entering with larceny cases. The crimes occurred in the western end of the county near Lake James over the past several weeks.
31-year-old Brandon Kelly Fox of Browning View Road in Morganton is charged with felony armed robbery with a dangerous weapon. 33-year-old Anthony Random Mull of Highway 70 West in Glen Alpine is charged with felony possession of stolen goods. 42-year-old Travis Alvalon Scott, 34-year-old Terry Joseph Brown, 38-year-old Johnnie Denise Hickman, and 34-year-old Heather Renee Brown, all of the same George Drive, Nebo, address, were all arrested and charged with felony larceny. Scott faces two counts and the other three George Drive residents face one count apiece.
Officers with the Burke County Sheriff's Office received information in regards to stolen goods being taken to an address in McDowell County. Officers followed up on the information and recovered a stolen Sea-doo with a trailer, and a Polaris four-wheeler at 96 George Drive approximately two weeks ago.
The investigation continued and officers returned to that address last week and arrested four of the suspects for their involvement. Officers recovered a motorcycle last week and a four-wheeler this week off Browning View Road in two separate fields and wooded areas. Anthony Mull was arrested at a garage off Highway 70 West near Glen Alpine last Thursday (October 13). On Friday (October 14), officers arrested Brandon Fox on Snowhill Church Road. Fox was hiding in the trunk of his girlfriend’s vehicle, Sabrina Starnes. There was a loaded 12 gauge shotgun lying beside Fox along with narcotics inside the trunk.
Bond for Fox was set at $200,000 secured, a District Court date is set for November 7. Mull's bond was set at $1,000 secured, his District Court appearance is scheduled for November 1. Scott's bond is $35,000 secured, he has District Court dates October 24 and 31. Terry Brown's bond is $10,000 secured, his District Court date is October 31. Hickman's bond was set at $5,000 secured, she's scheduled to appear in District Court October 31. Heather Brown's bond is $10,000 secured, she's scheduled to appear in District Court November 1.The investigation is ongoing and further arrests are expected.
City of Morganton Water Resources workers was planning to close a section of State Road today (Tuesday, October 18) to install a valve on a water line in the area. Workers were scheduled to close the road as early as 8 a.m. The road was expected to re-open by 4 p.m., barring any unforeseen problems.
Residents will still be able to access State Road via South College Street and Oak Grove Street. Wall Lumber Company will still be accessible via State Road.
Hickory City Council meets tonight (Tuesday, October 18) in regular session.
Among the items on the agenda, under reaffirmation and ratification of second readings, the board will consider three items related to the acceptance of a temporary construction and permanent sanitary sewer and storm drainage easement for the property of Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company, for installation of utilities infrastructure. The first reading votes were unanimous for all three items.
Also under second readings, council will consider the acceptance of the bid and award to the contract to General Services Inc. in the amount of $78,300 for repairs and coating at the Water Treatment Facility. Council will also consider approval of a close out deductive change order number one with Wilkie Construction related to Phase II of the planned improvements to Hickory Optimist Park. These items were also approved unanimously on first reading.
In addition, at tonight's meeting, under new business, council will consider the approval of the application for the North Carolina General Assembly and acceptance of the authorized grant-in-aid allocation of $250,000. These funds would be used to mitigate structural damage to Highway 70 as a result of the failed 96 inch storm drainage pipe at the site of the sinkhole.
Tonight's Hickory City Council meeting starts at 7:00 at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building at 76 North Center Street in downtown Hickory.
32-year-old Bobby Glenn Ray, Jr. of Bessemer City and 30-year-old Megan Smith Ray of Dallas, N.C. were both arrested yesterday (October 16) by Hickory Police in connection to a shoplifting incident. Bobby Ray was charged with felony habitual larceny and was also served with a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Megan Ray was charged with aiding & abetting larceny. Also arrested on a number of outstanding warrants was 35-year-old Jamie Marie Ballew of Gastonia. She faces two felony counts of failure to appear and misdemeanor counts of larceny and injury to personal property.
They were arrested after Police responded to a shoplifting call at the Lowe’s Home Improvement store on 21st Drive S.E. As Officers spoke to the store manager, Police dispatchers gave information on the suspect vehicle, which was being followed by a witness.
The N.C. State Highway Patrol stopped the vehicle at exit 28 on Highway 321 South. Megan Ray was the driver. Hickory Police arrived and assisted with the arrest at about 5:30 Sunday afternoon. A Husqvarna backpack blower and a 300-piece Kobalt tool set, valued at $488, were recovered.
Bobby Ray was wanted in Hall County, Georgia for a probation violation. The warrants for Ballew’s arrest were issued in Gaston County.
All three suspects were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond for Bobby Ray was set at $32,000, secured. Megan Ray was given a $2,000 secured bond and Ballew’s bond was set at $30,000, secured. Bobby Ray was due in court today. Megan Ray has a November 9 court date and Ballew will appear in Superior Court in Gastonia on November 15.
There was one fatality in a house fire last night (Sunday, October 16) in eastern Catawba County. The Catawba Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 5300 block of Hudson Chapel Road at 11:49 p.m. Sunday. When firefighters arrived they discovered a single story frame house completely engulfed in flames, its roof had already collapsed.
The fire was brought under control by 12:16 a.m. The body of a deceased individual was found inside the house during cleanup. The Catawba County Fire Marshal’s Office, the State Bureau of Investigation, and the Catawba Police Department were called in to investigate. The body was transported to the Medical Examiners Office. As of this afternoon, the body had not been identified. More information will be released following the completion of the Medical Examiner’s report.
The Catawba Fire Department received mutual aid from the Bandys Fire Department, the Claremont Fire Department, the Catawba Rescue Squad, Catawba County EMS and the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. The scene was cleared at 8:03 a.m. today (Monday, October 17).
47-year-old Michael Reid Hovis of Benny Shrum Lane, along with 25-year-old Christopher Mark Conte and 23-year-old Summer Leann Hoyle, both of the same address on South “D” Avenue, all from Maiden, have all been arrested by Hickory Police on drug charges. Hovis and Conte were charged with felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance. Hoyle was charged with misdemeanor possession of a schedule VI controlled substance. All three were charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
They were arrested shortly after nine o’clock Friday morning (October 14) after Officers on patrol at the Midland Plaza shopping center on Highway 70 S.W. saw a vehicle parked in the southern part of the parking lot, away from the businesses located there. Hovis was the driver. Conte was in the front passenger and Hoyle was a rear passenger.
Officers reportedly saw Hoyle attempting to conceal an item in the rear seat. A search turned up a pipe in the seat and 2.3 grams of marijuana on Hoyle’s person. In the passenger side, Officers found a syringe containing a brown liquid.
All three suspects were taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Hovis was given a $16,600 secured bond. Conte’s bond was set at $12,250, secured, and Hoyle was given a $575 secured bond. They have all been released. Hovis and Conte were due in District Court today (October 17). Hoyle has a court date on November 3.
45-year-old Michael Timothy Howard of Mays Chapel Church Road in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:45 Friday night (October 14) on one felony count of hit & run with failure to stop for personal injury and misdemeanor counts of careless & reckless driving, driving while license revoked and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged on outstanding warrants for felony failure by a sex offender to report a new address and two misdemeanor probation violations. In addition, Howard faces charges from the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office for injury to personal property, failure to perform work after being paid, possession of stolen goods and two out-of-county probation violations.
Events leading to his arrest began as Police responded to a single vehicle accident near the Cooperative Christian Ministry building on 1st Avenue S.E. in Hickory. A silver Nissan Altima had run into a utility pole.
Police arrived to find one subject still on the scene, but a second subject, Michael Howard, had left. Officers learned that the Nissan had previously been reported stolen from AVG Automotive and that Howard had been identified as the suspect in that theft.
Howard was located, on foot, on 9th Street S.W., near 7th Avenue S.W. On his person, Officers found a white bag containing a syringe with a crystal residue.
Howard was taken into custody without incident. The other subject at the accident scene was not charged. Howard was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a total bond of $87,500, secured. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (October 17), tomorrow and October 28.
Additional charges are possible.
30-year-old Joshua Anthony Allen of Roaring River, North Carolina was arrested Friday (October 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, and misdemeanor communicating threats. Allen was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for November 3.
31-year-old Cosbi Jeanette Stone of 23rd Street in Hickory was arrested Saturday by Caldwell County Sheriffs' Officers. She was charged with felony possession of a stolen vehicle. Following the arrest, Stone was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $1,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, October 17).
42-year-old Edgar Darrell Kent of Wescott Drive in Statesville was arrested Friday (October 14) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged on a felony fugitive warrant from another state. Authorities in Caldwell County do not have the information regarding what state issued the warrant. Kent was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $500,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, October 17) in Lenoir.
Hickory City Council meets Tuesday night (October 18) in regular session.
Among the items on Tuesday's agenda, under reaffirmation and ratification of second readings, the board will consider three items related to the acceptance of a temporary construction and permanent sanitary sewer and storm drainage easement for the property of Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company, for installation of utilities infrastructure. The first reading votes were unanimous for all three items.
Also under second readings, council will consider the acceptance of the bid and award to the contract to General Services Inc. in the amount of $78,300 for repairs and coating at the Water Treatment Facility. Council will also consider approval of a close out decuctive change order number one with Wilkie Construction related to Phase II of the planned improvements to Hickory Optimist Park. These items were also approved unanimously on first reading.
In addition, at tomorrow's meeting, under new business, council will consider the approval of the application for the North Carolina General Assembly and acceptance of the authorized grant-in-aid allocation of $250,000. These funds would be used to mitigate structural damage to Highway 70 as a result of the failed 96 inch storm drainage pipe at the site of the sinkhole.
Tuesday's Hickory City Council meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building at 76 North Center Street in downtown Hickory.
27-year-old Thomas Sherrill Graham of Parkview Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Saturday (October 15) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with break or enter a motor vehicle, felony larceny, and injury to real property on warrants from Iredell County. In addition, Graham is charged on warrants from Catawba County with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, driving while license revoked, and simple assault.
Graham was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $16,500 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Iredell County tomorrow (Tuesday, October 18). He's also scheduled to appear in District Court in Catawba County on November 29.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners meets tonight (Monday, October 17) in regular session.
The board will hold a public hearing to receive citizen comments and consider the submission of a grant application to the NC Department of Transportation for the enhanced mobility of seniors and individuals with disabilities. In addition, the board will consider entering into a contract with Attorney Mark D. Bardill to handle mortgage style foreclosures for delinquent real property taxes.
The Board will also consider approval of additional services from O’Brien Atkins for the design of the Jail Expansion Project in the amount of $203,010 for services not included in the original contract. This firm was awarded the contract for the basic design of the jail expansion in June 2016 and will now, upon Board approval, provide the design for programming, electronic security engineering, food/laundry service design, door hardware detention equipment, signage and cost consulting.
The Board will also receive and consider approval of the Fiscal Report and Settlement of 2015 taxes for Fiscal Year July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016, will be advised of budget transfers that have been approved by the County Manager, and consider approval of an application for a Governor’s Crime Commission Grant to create a new Family Justice Center. The goal of creating this center is to provide a long term solution for all victims of violence in the community.
Tonight's Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting starts at 7:00 at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.
Extensive damage was caused by a fire Saturday night (October 15) in Hickory.
At approximately 10:45 p.m. Saturday, Hickory firefighters were dispatched to a reported fire at 713 Old Lenoir Road. Initially firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder, one rescue truck, and two command units to the incident. However due to the size of the building and fire conditions, additional fire units were called to assist.
Upon arrival, firefighters reported heavy amounts of smoke coming from eaves of the building. After gaining access, firefighters worked to locate the source of the fire and to extinguish it.
No injuries were reported and the building sustained heavy fire damage to upper level and water damage to the basement section.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
37-year-old Wilbur Junior White of 11th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:45 Thursday morning (October 13) on one felony count each for the sale of cocaine and possession with intent to sell a schedule II controlled substance. He was arrested on warrants issued by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office on August 16 of this year.
White was taken into custody without incident at his residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $70,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today (October 14) in Newton.
The Iredell County Sheriff's Office is seeking a suspect who is wanted on multiple drug charges. 21-year-old Brandon Rasheed Rankins of Prosperity Place in Statesville is being sought by authorities.
According to a news release, at 3:01 a.m. today, Deputy C.L. Jarvis was traveling North on North Center Street when a passing vehicle failed to dim its high beam headlights. Deputy Jarvis initiated a traffic stop on the 2015 Nissan Sentra in the parking lot of the Forest Heights Shopping Center. There were three men in the vehicle. Upon making contact with the driver of the vehicle, Deputy Jarvis detected a strong odor of marijuana emitting from inside of the vehicle which subsequently resulted in a search.
As another Deputy arrived to assist Deputy Jarvis, Brandon Rasheed Rankins suddenly fled from the scene on foot heading towards Hartness Road. Due to the pursuing Deputy having to stop for an oncoming motorist traveling on North Center Street, Rankins escaped arrest. The other two male occupants remained on scene during the foot pursuit and each were issued citations for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.
Deputy Jarvis obtained warrants for arrest for Rankins on counts of felonious possession of marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia and resist, delay and obstruct a public officer. Rankins has a past criminal record including drug and weapon violations
Deputy Jarvis seized 49.8 grams of marijuana belonging to Rankins along with digital scales, numerous small clear plastic bags and several other items of paraphernalia. Anyone with information on the location of Mr. Rankins is encouraged to contact the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office
29-year-old Justin Fordyce was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers and charged with sex offender on school grounds.
According to a news release issued today (Friday, October 14), on September 15, Deputy David Price of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit was contacted by Deputy Jason Shumaker, the school resource officer at Harmony Elementary School in reference to a sex offender being on school grounds. Deputy Shumaker stated that Justin Fordyce, a registered sex offender from Maryland who had just registered in Iredell County that day, had come to the school with his girlfriend to register her child for school.
Deputy Price arrived at Harmony Elementary School and spoke to the principal. The principal stated he had spoken to Fordyce that morning and did not learn he was a registered sex offender until after he received the notification email from the N.C. Sex Offender Registry. The principal Mehall stated he observed Fordyce attempting to pick up his girlfriend’s child that afternoon and he confronted him about not being on school property. Fordyce admitted to the principal he knew he was not supposed to be there and left immediately. Deputy Price obtained a written statement and surveillance footage from the security camera of Fordyce in the school lobby.
After collecting all the evidence from the school, Deputy Price made contact with the county in the state of Maryland where Fordyce previously resided. Since most states have different sex offender laws than North Carolina, Deputy Price wanted to see if Fordyce was banned from schools there as well and that he was aware of the law. Deputy Price spoke with Detective David Wood of the Annapolis County Police Department and he said that Fordyce was indeed banned from being on school property and was aware of that. Detective Wood sent a copy of Fordyce’s Maryland sex offender registration.
On Tuesday (October 11) Fordyce was located and arrested at his residence by Deputy D.C. Wyatt of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division. Fordyce was transported to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center. Bond was set at $10,000 secured. A District Court date is set for November 2.
On Wednesday (October 12), Lincoln County Narcotics Officers arrested five people on drug charges during two different operations. All five subjects arrested possessed methamphetamine at the time of their arrests.
43-year-old Angela Lingerfelt Juarez of the Gastonia Highway in Lincolnton was charged with one felony count each of trafficking methamphetamine, sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.
41-year-old Jimmie Leonard Ward, Jr. of Mulberry Lane in Cherryville was charged with one felony count each of felon possessing a firearm by a felon and possession of a schedule II controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of failure to appear.
47-year-old Jimmy David Beard of Aderholdt Road in Lincolnton was charged with one felony count of trafficking meth.
31-year-old Leslie Katherine Shuford of North Grove Street in Lincolnton was charged with one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
26-year-old Logan Daniel Heafner of Pleasant Grove Church Road in Crouse was charged with one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
During one operation, Detectives say Angela Juarez sold meth to undercover Detectives. When Detectives took Juarez into custody at her residence, they saw, in plain view, nearly three ounces of meth in a plastic container.
During the other operation, Detectives went to Leslie Shuford’s residence after receiving information that a wanted subject was there. The homeowner gave Detectives consent to search the residence for the individual. During the search, Detectives saw a small amount of meth, pills and drug paraphernalia in plain view throughout the house.
As Detectives executed a search warrant at the residence, three subjects arrived at separate times. One subject, Jimmie Ward, showed up carrying a handgun in his back pocket. Detectives recognized him as a convicted felon and took him into custody. A search of Ward’s person turned up more than half an ounce of meth and a 9mm semi-automatic handgun.
A second subject arrived later with over an ounce of meth in his vehicle. That subject was taken into custody without further incident. A third subject arrived and quickly left the scene at a high rate of speed when he saw Detectives. The vehicle was stopped and Detectives seized meth and drug paraphernalia from the driver.
Juarez was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. Ward was jailed under a $16,000 secured bond. Beard was given a $40,000 secured bond. Shuford’s bond was set at $5,000, secured, while Heafner was jailed under a $5,000 secured bond. Juarez and Shuford have District Court dates on October 20. Ward and Beard are scheduled to appear in court on November 1, while Heafner has an October 31 court date.