A power outage at nine o’clock this morning (March 14) left 875 customers without electricity on the northwest side of Morganton. Personnel with the city’s Electric Services Department believes a squirrel interfered with some equipment, causing the outage. As of 9:30 a.m., crews were assessing the damage. Repairs are underway.
Call 828-438-5277 for more information.
20-year-old Jason Shawn Miller of Zacks Fork Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (March 13) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged on warrants from Burke County with felony robbery with a dangerous weapon, forgery of an instrument, and domestic violence protection order violation. In Caldwell County, Miller is charged with failure to appear on a count of misdemeanor larceny. He also faces two counts of failure to appear in McDowell County.
Miller was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $12,500 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District and Superior Court in Burke County next Monday (March 20), Miller also has a District Court date in Burke April 11. Miller's Caldwell County District Court appearance is scheduled for April 13, and he's scheduled to appear in District Court in McDowell County March 21.
An accident on Interstate 40 in Burke County closed the eastbound lanes this morning. The accident, which was reported shortly after 6:30 a.m. today (Tuesday, March 14), included multiple vehicles and resulted in lanes being closed just past exit 107, which is the Drexel exit. Drivers were detoured back on to the interstate while cleanup occurred. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol was among the agencies responding to the accident, no injuries have been reported. The lanes were reopened before 9 a.m.
33-year-old Jonathan David Massey of Regency Road in Mooresville was arrested Friday (March 10) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine precursors, and maintain a dwelling or place to manufacture methamphetamine. Massey is also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and simple assault.
Last Friday deputies of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office were called to a domestic violence situation at 127 Regency Road in Mooresville. When deputies arrived, they located the victim of the assault and learned the suspect, Jonathan David Massey, had fled the scene prior to their arrival.
According to a news release, while gathering details about the assault, deputies learned there was a possible meth lab on the property. Deputies searched an outbuilding on the property and saw containers and other materials used to manufacture methamphetamine.
The scene was secured and narcotics investigators responded to the location. The news release says upon closer inspection of the shed and two burnt trash piles also on the property, additional materials and evidence were observed. A search warrant was obtained and numerous items used to produce and manufacture methamphetamine as well a small amount of methamphetamine were located.
Massey was placed in jail under a $150,000 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled for March 29.
43-year-old Stephen Dennis Horner of Goldenrod Lane in Statesville was arrested Saturday (March 11) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts apiece of sell and deliver methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine.
Horner was arrested following a two month undercover investigation into the sale and distribution of methamphetamine in the area of South Statesville and Troutman.
In late December 2016, narcotics investigators obtained information about methamphetamine being sold in the area of Iredell Memorial Gardens between Statesville and Troutman. Investigators began a surveillance operation in this area and gained information that indicated that Horner was a possible suspect.
A news release says undercover investigators were able to make hand to hand purchases of meth from Horner at his residence.
Following the arrest, Horner was placed in jail under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for March 29. The investigation into the sale of methamphetamine in the areas of South Statesville and Troutman is continuing.
There's a new name on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List.
27-year-old Jordan Yates Hamby is wanted for felony counts of break or enter a motor vehicle, larceny of a motor vehicle, and possession of stolen goods. He also faces a misdemeanor count of larceny. Hamby's last known address was 2275 Shady Grove Road in Connelly Springs. He was added to the Most Wanted List on March 3.
The Burke County Sheriff's Office is continuing to seek 28-year-old Eric Seth Adams. He's wanted for probation violation on felony larceny and felony possession of stolen goods or property. The last known address for Adams was 408 London Street in Glen Alpine.
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.
Fire Destroyed a Morganton home early Monday morning (March 13).
Monday at approximately 1:00 a.m., Morganton Public Safety responded to a structure fire at 105 Summit Street. Responding units arrived on scene and reported that the home was fully involved with heavy smoke and flames from the exterior.
A neighbor notified the occupants that their house was on fire and they were all able to make it out unharmed. Firefighters were on the scene for nearly four hours battling the blaze and extinguishing hot spots.
Morganton Public Safety says the structure was badly damaged, they also report there were no injuries reported during the fire. The American Red Cross was dispatched to the scene and offered assistance to the victims. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
36-year-old Clifford Davis was arrested Monday (March 13) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony assault by strangulation. Following the arrest, Davis was placed in jail in Morganton under no bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, March 14).
24-year-old Tanquvious Lachelle Williams of 3rd Avenue Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:40 Friday morning (March 10) on one felony count each of common law robbery and breaking & entering, plus one misdemeanor count of assault on a female.
He was arrested in connection to an incident earlier this year in which Officers responded to a reported civil disturbance at a residence on 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory. Upon arrival, Officers learned that the brother of the victim had taken her vehicle and cell phone. Later on the same day, the vehicle and items were returned. Warrants for Williams’ arrest were issued on February 16.
Williams was taken into custody without incident Friday on Tate Boulevard S.E. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $26,500, secured. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (March 13) in Newton.
46-year-old Thaddeus Lee McKinney, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (March 11) on three felony counts each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering. He was also charged as an habitual felon.
Events leading to his arrest began when Officers responded to the Crescent Moon Café in reference to three breaking & entering and larceny events that occurred on November 23 and December 7 of last year. Among the items taken were beer and a push mower.
After a review of surveillance, the suspect was identified as Thaddeus McKinney. Warrants for his arrest were issued.
McKinney was taken into custody at about 4:30 a.m. Saturday on North Center Street in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $30,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (March 16) in Newton.
33-year-old Matthew Edward Jonas of Taylorsville was arrested last Wednesday (March 8) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. Bond for Jonas was set at $5,000 secured. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 13).
34-year-old James Matthew Eggers of Hiddenite was arrested last Wednesday (March 8) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony assault by strangulation. Eggers was placed in jail under $20,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 13).
The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting next week regarding a proposed project to build a roundabout at the intersection of Cornelius Road, Liva Lane and Perth Road in Troutman.
The purpose of the project is to provide smoother, quicker and safer traffic flow. Driving through roundabouts at slower speeds reduces the frequency and severity of accidents. Travel time is also reduced due to smoother traffic flow, rather than stop-and-go conditions at signalized intersections.
The meeting will be held Tuesday, March 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Troutman Town Hall, located at 400 North Eastway Drive. Interested citizens may attend the meeting at any time as no formal presentation will be made.
For additional information about the proposed project, contact Bryan Sowell, NCDOT Division 12 Project Manager at P.O. Box 47, Shelby, N.C. 28151-0047, by phone at(704) 480-9047 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A federal jury sitting in Statesville convicted 34-year-old Carlos Antonio Flores of Statesville of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, following a three-day trial.
According to filed court documents and evidence presented at trial, Flores was involved in a drug trafficking conspiracy that operated mainly in Iredell, Alexander, Caldwell, Catawba, and Ashe Counties. Trial evidence established that from at least as early as April 2015 through October 30, 2015, Flores and his co-conspirators distributed more than 15 kilograms of methamphetamine, which has a street value of more than $1,500,000. According to trial evidence, law enforcement arrested Flores on October 30, 2015, when he and several coconspirators were caught distributing more than a kilogram of 96% pure crystal “ice” methamphetamine concealed in a cat litter box.
Flores has been in federal custody October 2015. At sentencing, Flores faces a statutory mandatory minimum sentence of ten years in prison and a maximum term of life in prison, and a fine of up to $10,000,000. The case was investigated by HSI in Charlotte, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, and the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office.
27-year-old Ethan Gilbert Fleenor of Plaza Street NW in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (March 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with felony possession of methamphetamine. Fleenor was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
44-year-old Ashlyn Culp Rebecca Lambert of Collettsville Road in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (March 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Lambert was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 13).
37-year-old Kristen Nicole Reitzel of 17th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Saturday (March 11) by Hudson Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place to keep controlled substance. Reitzel was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 13).
42-year-old Jerrie Whaley Pugh was arrested this morning (Monday, March 13) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony non forced breaking and entering. Pugh was placed in jail in Morganton under $20,000 secured bond. A court date is set for April 17.
28-year-old Kendra Leigh McQuinn of Cross Street in Granite Falls was arrested Friday (March 10) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. McQuinn was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 13).
29-year-old Russell Bruce Franklin of Helton Road in Granite Falls was arrested Friday (March 10) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession of a controlled substance in prison or jail, and possession of methamphetamine. Franklin is also charged with simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and two counts of probation violation.
Franklin was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $82,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 13).