29-year-old Joshua Allen Jubin of North Anderson Street in Morganton has been arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers. Jubin was charged with fleeing to elude arrest, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and assault with deadly weapon on a government official.
Yesterday (June 28), Burke County Narcotics Officers were investigating drug activity on Mill Race Road in Morganton when they noticed a white Nissan Maxima as it pulled away from a suspected drug house and ran a stop sign.
Investigators attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver failed to stop. Officers gave chase as the suspect continued to flee, traveling into Caldwell County where the driver jumped and ran.
Jubin was arrested and jailed under a $100,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for tomorrow (June 30).
29-year-old Christopher Markel Propst of Hickory will spend 35 to 51 months in prison after pleading guilty to trafficking cocaine by sale.
The sentence was handed down by the Honorable W. Todd Pomeroy, Superior Court Judge from Lincoln County, during Catawba County Superior Court yesterday (June 28). Propst was also was given a suspended sentence of 14 to 26 months for possession of a firearm by a felon. Judge Pomeroy also ordered that Propst pay a mandatory fine of $50,000.
The active sentence will be served in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
Propst pleaded guilty to selling cocaine to an undercover Officer in February 2016. During the same month, he was also was found to be in possession of a handgun and a shotgun when a search warrant was executed at his residence. He previously had been convicted of possession of cocaine in February 2006.
Kyle Lawrence and Jessica McCray investigated the cases for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant District Attorneys Kyle Smith and Sean Baetjer handled prosecution for the state.
44-year-old Kolon Lewis Johnson was arrested Wednesday (June 28) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretenses. Johnson was arrested at an address on Maiden Highway in Lincolnton and placed in jail under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court date was set for today (June 29).
28-year-old Russell Jerald Poole of East Bandys Crossroad in Catawba was arrested Wednesday (June 28) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with obtaining property by false pretense. In addition, Poole is charged with assault on a female. Following the arrest, Poole was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (June 29) and a District Court date is set for July 31.
A Burke County man is facing charges after authorities say he fled from a suspected drug house. According to a news release from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, on Wednesday (June 28), the Burke County Narcotics Task Force was investigating drug activity on Mill Race Road in Morganton, when they noticed a white Nissan Maxima leave a suspected drug house and run a stop sign.
Task Force investigators attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver failed to stop and fled in the Maxima. Officers gave chase as the suspects continued to flee traveling into Caldwell County where the driver jumped and ran. The driver who fled has been identified as 29-year-old Joshua Allen Jubin of Morganton. The investigation is continuing with multiple pending charges.
26-year-old Kwan Develle Gibbs Of Luke Lane and 25-year-old Nigel Brooks Gibbs of NW Arlington Circle, both from Lenoir, were arrested Wednesday (June 28) by Lenoir Police Officers. They're each charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule VI controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver cocaine. Kwan Gibbs is also charged with maintaining a vehicle or place to keep controlled substance. Both suspects were jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center. Kwan Gibbs under $25,000 secured bond, Nigel Gibbs under $9,500 secured bond. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (June 29).
32-year-old Joshua Garris Hamby of Gristmill Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (June 28) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Hamby was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 24.
Unemployment rates increased slightly in all but one Hickory-Metro area county, and in about two-thirds of the counties in the state. The monthly employment report was released Wednesday (June 28) by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division. The report details unemployment rates for May.
Alexander County's unemployment rate rose to 3.5 percent, from 3.3 percent in April. Burke County has a jobless rate of 4.1 percent, up from 4 percent even in the previous report. Caldwell County's unemployment rate increased to 4.3 percent from 4 percent even in the April report. Catawba County's jobless rate did not change from April to May, remaining steady at 4 percent even.
The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 4 percent even, up from 3.9 percent in the April report. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied for the fourth lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs in North Carolina.
North Carolina's unemployment rate is 4.3 percent, up from 4.2 percent in the April report. Unemployment rose in 67 of the state's 100 counties, decreased in 13, and remained unchanged in 20. Edgecombe and Scotland Counties were tied with the highest unemployment rates in the Tar Heel State at 7.8 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest jobless rate at 3.3 percent.
51-year-old Connie Lynn Morgan of Car Farm Road in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.
She was arrested after Deputies were dispatched to a call on Car Farm Road at about 12:05 a.m. today (June 28). Deputies were told that a knife had been used in the incident.
Officers arrived to find John Alford in a back bedroom suffering from a stab wound to the stomach. Mr. Alford told Deputies he and Connie Lynn Morgan had been arguing over a truck with a blown motor. When the victim walked into a bedroom, Morgan allegedly stabbed him with a pocketknife. Lincoln County E.M.S. transported Alford to CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Morgan was arrested and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center where she was initially held without bond. After a first appearance in Lincoln Co. District Court today, bond was set at $1,000, secured. No additional court date is currently listed.
24-year-old Christian Dior Sifford of 12th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:40 last night (June 27) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.
He was arrested after Hickory Police responded to reports of illegal narcotics activity on the 100 block of 10th Avenue S.E. While on the scene, Officers saw Christian Sifford with a marijuana cigarette behind his ear. Sifford was stopped and, during a search, 0.7 grams of marijuana and 1.1 grams of crack cocaine were found.
Sifford was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,500 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
30-year-old Miguel Christopher Sanchez of 17th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:40 last night for a felony probation violation.
Sanchez is on probation as he serves a 30-month suspended sentence following a Catawba County conviction in January of this year for felony possession of a scheduled II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of a scheduled IV controlled substance.
Sanchez was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for July 3 in Newton.
44-year-old Robert Dale Ellis of Parkridge Drive in Charlotte was arrested today (June 28) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony fail to register as a sex offender. Ellis was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. No court date was listed.
35-year-old William Jerome Wilson was arrested Tuesday (June 27) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance along with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and driving left of center. Wilson was arrested early Tuesday morning at a location near Salem Church Road and Keever Dairy Farm Road in Lincolnton. He was placed in jail under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for July 11.
The N.C. Department of Commerce’s Main Street & Rural Planning Center announced Tuesday (June 27) that 39 North Carolina communities, including several in this region, have achieved accreditation from the National Main Street Center for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
According to a news release from the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Main Street communities in this region that have earned accreditation for their 2016 performance are Hickory, Lenoir, Morganton, Valdese, Statesville, and Boone. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street programs, which have demonstrated best practices in community revitalization through the Main Street Four Point Approach.
North Carolina is one of the original states to administer the National Main Street Program. The North Carolina Main Street & Rural Planning Center evaluates each of the state’s local Main Street organizations annually to identify those programs that meet ten performance standards.
The performance standards set the benchmarks for measuring an individual Main Street community’s application of the Main Street Four Point Approach to commercial district revitalization. Evaluation criteria determine the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings. More information is available at National Main Street Accreditation.
Since 1980, The North Carolina Main Street program has generated more than $2.54 billion in private and public investment. In 2016, North Carolina Main Street downtown districts generated 319 net new businesses, 154 business expansions in existing businesses, 1,555 net new jobs, 393 façade rehabilitations and 328 building renovations. More than 114,336 volunteer hours were recorded.
Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today, it is a network of more than 1,000 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $71.35 billion in new public and private investment, generated 583,869 net new jobs and 131,974 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 267,800 buildings. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
28-year-old Robert Hubert Long of 16th Street NE in Hickory was arrested this morning (June 28) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, trafficking, opium or heroin, resisting a public officer, and misdemeanor child abuse. Long was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
58-year-old Danny Blackburn of Painter Lane in Lincolnton was arrested by Hickory Police Officers at about 11:30 last night (June 27). He's charged with felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanor resisting a public officer.
He was arrested after Hickory Police responded to reports of illegal narcotics activity and loitering on the 900 block of South Center Street. Upon arrival, Officers saw Blackburn attempting to conceal items in his mouth. He was detained and five plastic baggies were found near his person. 1.1 grams of crack cocaine were seized.
Blackburn was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,500 bond. A District Court appearance was set for tomorrow in Newton.
56-year-old James Ward Moody of NC 18/US 64 in Morganton was arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of first degree exploitation of a minor, secret peeping, and indecent liberties with a minor.
According to a news release issued Tuesday (June 27), on June 2, 2017, deputies with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a residence in Burke County after receiving a report alleging that James Ward Moody was secretly video recording a minor who was attempting to bathe and was in the state of undress.
Officers arrived on scene and discovered that Moody had set up a recording device in the bathroom of a residence where he knew the juvenile would be bathing. Officers recovered the recording device and contacted the Criminal Investigation Division. Once on the scene criminal investigators conducted a consent search and onsite preview of the recording device and discovered a video recording of a minor child being secretly video recorded while in a state of undress. Investigators interviewed Moody, who confessed to placing the device in the bathroom area and setting it to record. Moody claimed the incident was an isolated accidental encounter.
The suspect was arrested without incident. His bond was set at $50,000 secured. He was scheduled to make a first court appearance Tuesday. His next District Court date is set for July 11.
Two suspects were arrested in Troutman Tuesday (June 27) following a drug investigation. The arrests were made by members of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigation Unit. 41-year-old Sara Elizabeth Luffman and 38-year-old David Wendell Brooks, both of the same Vegas Lane, Troutman, address were each charged with felony counts of possession of schedule I controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. They were also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Luffman was also charged with two counts of child abuse.
Narcotics investigators had been receiving information about prescription medications and heroin being sold in the area of Carrigan Road in Troutman. Surveillance operations were established and additional information was received from community members and soon the last house on Vegas Lane was identified as a location for use and sale of illegal drugs.
When narcotics detectives arrived at the home they were met by a female who gave them a false name, however they were quickly able to determine her correct identity. Consent was obtained to search the residence. Inside the home investigators located over 30 used needles, and various items of drug paraphernalia consistent with heroin use.
Inside the residence were two juveniles and another male who lived in the home. Investigators contacted the Iredell County Department of Social Service to come and assist in the investigation due to the children being in the home with the drugs and also as a result of the condition of the residence.
As a result of this investigation, Luffman and Brooks were taken into custody and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center. Luffman's bond was set at $25,000 secured, Brooks was jailed under $15,000 secured bond. Both suspects were scheduled to appear in District Court today (June 28).
A body was found Tuesday morning (June 27) in Hickory. Hickory Police say the body of 37-year-old James Robert Smith was found at about 7 a.m. in a wooded area just north of the I-40 exit 125 off-ramp.
At this time, the incident is being treated as a death investigation. No foul play is suspected. The investigation is continuing.
Anyone with information regarding the death of James Robert Smith should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551 or contact Investigator Carlos DeLosSantos at 828-261-2621 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
21-year-old Justin Sullivan of Morganton has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for plotting terrorist acts for an Islamic terrorist organization. The sentence was handed down in the federal courthouse in Asheville today (June 27). Sullivan was arrested in June 2016. He is accused of plotting to kill up to 1,000 people in support of ISIS.
Sullivan has also been indicted for the December 2014 murder of then 74-year-old John Bailey Clark, who was Sullivan’s neighbor on Rose Carswell Road. The suspect allegedly shot Clark in the head three times with a gun he stole from his father and buried the victim in a shallow grave near his home.
In addition, Sullivan was indicted on federal charges for supporting a terrorist organization, lying to the FBI and using interstate facilities to plan the murder of his parents. He also faces and several weapons and interstate commerce violations.
Federal charges against Sullivan do not include charges for Clark’s murder. That case will be prosecuted in state court. The state will seek the death penalty.