38-year-old Brian Duane Martz of Pepper Lane in Hudson was arrested today (October 19) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine and sale and delivery of schedule II controlled substance. Martz was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond, a District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (October 23).
Early voting for the November 7 general election is underway, today (October 19) was the first day that voters could cast their ballot at one-stop locations.
In Catawba County, voters can cast their ballots early at the Newton Main Library at 115 West C Street in Newton, or at the Highland Recreation Center at 1451 8th Street Drive NE in Hickory. In Burke County, early voting will be held at the Board of Elections, Burke County Senior Center, Glen Alpine Town Hall, Rutherford College Town Hall, and the Hildebran Library/Senior Center.
In Caldwell County one-stop voting is being held at the City/County Meeting Room at the Caldwell County Offices in Lenoir, and at the Shuford Recreation Center in Granite Falls. There are no seats up for election this year in Alexander County.
In all area counties, you can vote weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and on Saturday November 4 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. There will be no early voting the weekends of October 21-22 and 28-29.
27-year-old Brad William Clark of Pennton Avenue in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police at about 9:30 yesterday morning (October 18) on felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule I controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, manufacturing a schedule I controlled substance, manufacturing marijuana and possession of a stolen firearm.
He was arrested when Lenoir Narcotics Officers and Officers with L.P.D.’s Criminal Investigations Division served a search warrant at Clark’s residence. During the search, Detectives found 151.1 grams of meth, 35.3 grams of marijuana, 1.7 grams of mushrooms and 17 Xanax pills. Also found and seized were three pistols and an AK-47 assault rifle. One of the pistols had been reported stolen from Bedford County, Virginia. According to North Carolina State Guidelines, the drugs are valued at $22,945.
Following his arrest, Clark was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Facility under a $350,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Lenoir.
Additional charges may be forthcoming.
18-year-old Erik Ivan Rodriguez of English Oak Drive in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers and charged with felony indecent liberties with a child.
Detective Dan Renn charged Rodriguez in connection to an incident that occurred between September 1 and October 9 of this year. The parents of a 13-year-old female filed a report with the Sheriff’s Office on October 9.
The victim and suspect met and began talking on the social media app “Snapchat” and eventually met in person at the victim’s residence.
Rodriguez was arrested yesterday (October 18) and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond. A first appearance in Lincoln County District Court was scheduled today.
The Western Piedmont Symphony has announced four finalists, one of whom will be chosen as the symphony’s new conductor. The current conductor, Maestro John Gordon Ross, will retire at the end of the current season after 27 years behind the baton. Each of the finalists will conduct one Masterworks Concert during the 2018-2019 season.
The four finalists are as follows:
Matthew Troy has led orchestras across the country, including at least two in North Carolina. He is currently the Music Director of the Piedmont Wind Symphony and Education Conductor for the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. He will conduct the first 2018 Masterworks Concert on October 6, 2018.
Arthur Post was Music Director for Canada's Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra from 2010-2017. He has conducted a number of distinguished ensembles including at least one in North Carolina. He will lead the Western Piedmont Symphony for a Masterworks Concert on November 3, 2018.
Bruce Kiesling currently conducts the University Orchestra and Opera at the University of California Santa Cruz. He has conducted at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, among others. His previous positions include resident conductor of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. He’ll conduct a Masterworks Concert on February 2, 2019.
Mélisse Brunet is one of the six conductors selected from 161 applicants for the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera and she regularly guest conducts five French professional orchestras. Currently, Brunet is the Director of Orchestral Activities at Appalachian State. She will conduct the fourth Masterworks Concert on March 3, 2019.
The Western Piedmont Symphony’s new Music Director & Conductor will be selected following the March 3, 2019 concert.
39-year-old Holly Renee Saulman was arrested this morning (October 19) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. Arrest records also show that Saulman is facing two counts of common law robbery. She was placed in jail in Morganton under $25,000 total secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Friday (October 20).
25-year-old Dustin Tevin Horton of NW Conley Place in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (October 18) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Horton was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (October 19).
27-year-old Brad William Clark of Pennton Avenue SW in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (October 18) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of manufacturing schedule I controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule I controlled substance, and trafficking in methamphetamine. Clark was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $350,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (October 19).
46-year-old Derrick Timothy Davis of Rhoney Farm Road in Vale was arrested by Conover Police Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with possession with intent to distribute meth precursor. Davis is also charged with manufacture methamphetamine and an additional count of possession with intent to distribute meth precursor. Following the arrest, Davis was detained this morning (October 19) in the Catawba County Detention Facility without bond. A Superior Court date is set for next Monday (October 23).
32-year-old James E. Caldwell, whose address was not listed, was arrested Wednesday (October 18) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and one count of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Caldwell was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $75,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (October 23).
35-year-old Ronald Earl Smith of Hickory Street in Rhodhiss was arrested Tuesday (October 17) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Smith is also charged with misdemeanor possession of stolen goods. He was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date on the stolen goods charge is scheduled for December 7. A Superior Court appearance on the drug charges is scheduled for January 8.
37-year-old Amanda Leanne Napier of South Gaither Avenue in Newton was arrested Wednesday (October 18) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Napier was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (October 19).
We have more information on arrests we first reported yesterday on WHKY. 51-year-old Robert Ford Dale Jr. and 46-year-old Rebecca Lynn Icard, both of the same Pax Hill Road, Morganton address, were arrested Tuesday (October 17) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. Dale is charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny, possession of stolen property and obtaining property by false pretense. Icard is charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny, and possession of stolen property.
Burke County Sheriff’s Office detectives had been investigating several reported breaking, entering and larcenies in the Chesterfield community. Their investigation resulted in the detectives executing a search warrant on Tuesday at the Pax Hill Road home of the suspects.
The search led to over 190 stolen items being located in and around the searched home, including a washer and dryer, welder, furniture, a violin, tool boxes and mechanics’ tools. Those items were processed and returned to the victims. Dale and Icard were arrested without incident and placed in the Burke Catawba District Confinement Facility. Dale's bond was set at $115,000 secured, Icard was given a $15,000 secured bond. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court yesterday (October 18).
The investigation is continuing with additional charges expected.
27-year-old Damion Christopher Payne of West Wilson Avenue in Mooresville and 35-year-old Wendy Slone Mathena of Cherry Street in Statesville have both been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers. Payne was charged with failure to register as sex offender, while Mathena faces a charge of failure to report a noncompliant sex offender.
Events leading to the arrests began when the Sheriff’s Office received information that Damion Christopher Payne, a sex offender from Catawba County, was living in Statesville. Deputy John Adams’ investigation confirmed that Payne was staying at the Cherry Street address with Mathena, who is also a registered sex offender.
Payne was placed on the sex offender registry in 2013 for a 2011 conviction on a charge of indecent liberties with a minor. He faces a number of pending charges and has multiple previous convictions on a variety of charges including failure to report a new address and indecent liberties with a child. Mathena was placed on the registry in 2011 for a 2009 conviction on a charge of indecent liberties with a minor. Her prior convictions include two counts of indecent liberties with a minor and two counts of sex offense by an offender in a parental role.
Payne was arrested on September 16 and given a $20,000 secured bond. Mathena was arrested on October 17. She was given a $3,500 secured bond. Payne will appear in court on the failure to register charge on December 6. Mathena has a court date on October 23.
A woman reported missing from Alexander County earlier today (October 18) has been found. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 74-year-old Christine Barnes StClair was found in Matthews. Authorities did not release any further details and did not have any information as to whether or not she had been harmed during the time she was missing. StClair was reported missing early this morning and a Silver Alert was issued.
In Lincoln County Superior Court, 25-year-old Alomar Teracious Edwards of Lee Avenue in Lincolnton pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree kidnapping. He was given a sentence of 30-to-96 months. Edwards also pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent liberties with a child. He received 36 months of supervised probation on each charge. Two charges of statutory rape of a child were dismissed by the District Attorney’s Office as part of the plea agreement.
The investigation into the case began when Deputies responded to a call at Carolinas HealthCare System-Lincoln regarding a missing 15-year-old juvenile. Detective Kelsey Harrington was notified on December 28, 2016.
Investigators learned that the juvenile had engaged in sexual intercourse with Alomar Teracious Edwards. The incidents occurred between January 1, 2016 and January 12, 2017. The victim knew the suspect.
Detective Harrington interviewed Edwards on January 13 of this year while he was in the Lincoln County Detention Center on other charges. He admitted to having sex with the female and was charged with two counts of statutory rape or sex offense of a victim 13, 14 or 15 years old by a defendant at least six years older. He was indicted by the Lincoln County Grand Jury on the second-degree kidnapping charge.
Edwards has been transferred to the North Carolina Department of Corrections.
Contractors in Morganton plan to close a section of Bouchelle Street tomorrow morning (October 19) for utility work related to the construction of the new Mountain View Elementary School. Bouchelle Street will be closed after 8 a.m. from Morehead Street to First Street. The street should be back open by the afternoon. Drivers should seek an alternate route.
54-year-old Timmy King of Douglas Fox Road in Morganton has been cited for manufacturing non-tax paid liquor and possession of non-tax paid liquor.
The citation was the result of a tip received by the Burke County Narcotics Task Force regarding a working liquor still on Old Highway 18. N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement Agents and a Burke County Deputy went to Douglas Fox Road and found a 30-gallon still in operation.
The still and 15 quarts of non-tax paid brandy were seized. 140 gallons of mash was destroyed.
King will appear in District Court on December 15 in Morganton.
The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered woman from Alexander County, 74-year-old Christine Barnes StClair. Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for this missing woman, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.
She's described as a white female, 5' 9", 190 pounds, with short red and gray hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a pink shirt and jeans. StClair was last seen at 171 Eastview Court in Taylorsville. She may have been heading toward Land Cemetery Lane or County Home Road in Taylorsville. The vehicle description is as follows, a 2016 blue or gray Nissan Sentra with a North Carolina license tag reading EB-S6582.
Anyone with information about Christine Barnes StClair should call Heath Pennell at the Alexander County Sheriff's Office at 828-632-2911.
51-year-old Robert Ford Dale and 46-year-old Rebecca Lynn Icard were both arrested Tuesday (October 17) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. Dale is charged with two felony counts of non-forced breaking and entering and one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense. Icard is charged with felony non-forced breaking and entering. Both suspects were arrested at the same Pax Hill Road, Morganton address. They were each placed in jail in Morganton. Dale's bond was set at $55,000 secured, Icard was given a $15,000 secured bond. They both had District Court appearances scheduled for today (October 18).