There's a new name on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List.
27-year-old David Loransa Young II is wanted on felony counts of probation violation, possession of a stolen weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine. Young's last known address was 4295 South Fork Avenue In Hickory. He was added to the Most Wanted List last Friday (December 30).
The Burke County Sheriff's Office is continuing to seek information on the whereabouts of Dean Allen Yancey. He's wanted for felony discharging a weapon into occupied property and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Yancey's last known address was 7890 Will Hudson Road in Connelly Springs. He's been on the list since November 13, 2015.
You can see the entire list of suspects on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted list at www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information about any of the individuals on the list, call the Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail information to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.
Hickory City Council announced during their Tuesday (January 3) meeting that Warren Wood has been hired as the city’s new city manager. Wood will begin working for the city on April 10, after completing his role as Town Manager in Waxhaw, NC.
Wood has served as town manager of Waxhaw since March of 2015 and was previously with the City of Hickory for 22 years, working in a variety of professional and management positions. His final position in Hickory, before moving to Waxhaw, was Assistant City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, overseeing the City’s Administrative Services, Police, Fire, Parks and Recreation, as well as budget development and budget administration.
A native of Hickory, Wood began his career as Town Manager of Badin, North Carolina in 1991 before beginning work for the City of Hickory in 1993. In Hickory, he worked as Purchasing Agent, Human Resources Director, Director of Administration and Budget, and ultimately, Assistant City Manager and Chief Financial Officer.
In other activity at last night's Hickory City Council meeting, there were five public hearings the agenda. Those hearings included one to hear comments on the consideration of a text amendment to the land development code to change the number of units allowed in the Central Business District. The proposed change allows for a maximum rate of 50 dwelling units per acre. There were no speakers during the public hearing and the text amendment passed unanimously. All of the other items under consideration during public hearings were approved.
Captain John Crane has retired from the Hickory Fire Department after 31-and-a-half years of service. Captain Crane began his employment with the city on November 2, 1987 after his father, Larry Crane, retired as a Captain with the department.
Previously, Captain Crane worked with Granite Falls Fire Department for over a year. He has also volunteered with the Grace Chapel Fire Department since 1985, where he has served as the Fire Chief for the past five years.
After starting his Hickory career as a Firefighter, Crane advanced through the ranks until he was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1995, a position he held for 21 years until his retirement, earning numerous certifications along the way. He served on several city and department committees, including the Chief’s Improvement Team as well as the Rules, Regulations & Policy committee.
Captain Crane plans to continue volunteering with the Grace Chapel Fire Department and serving the community as Fire Chief. He also plans to hunt, fish and work on the farm.
Captain Crane lives in the Grace Chapel area with his wife Kimberly. Together, they have two children Phillip, who is a firefighter with Lenoir Fire Department, and Megan who is currently a senior at Christian Family Academy.
31-year-old Crystal Nicole Randleman of 21st Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 6:15 Saturday evening (December 31) on one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance; the sale or delivery of a schedule II controlled substance; and conspiracy to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance. She was also charged with misdemeanor larceny and a misdemeanor probation violation. Randleman was wanted on warrants issued on December 14 in Lincoln County.
Randleman was taken into custody without incident Saturday at her residence. She was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 3) in Lincoln County.
Prosecutors for the State announced during Catawba County Superior Court today (Tuesday, January 3), that they will not pursue capital punishment in the murder case against 27-year-old Rodney Adam Ball. The Cedar Bluff, Virginia resident still faces the possibility of life in prison without parole.
The State announced last month that it will not seek the death penalty against Ball’s co-defendant and brother, 38-year-old Thomas Gregory Ball of Hickory. They are accused of killing 78-year-old Benny Daniels of Long View.
Daniels’ body was found in a shallow grave on his property on Wednesday, October 12, 2016, after he had been missing since October 8. The defendants were arrested and charged in connection with the murder and concealment of Daniels’ body.
24-year-old Donovon Tyrell Lortz of 5th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 4 p.m. Friday (December 30) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
The arrest comes in connection to an incident in July of last year at the Hillside Gardens apartment complex. Officers on patrol there saw Lortz and knew there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest. According to Police, Lortz initially went behind some bushes. When he came out, he was detained and a black, .38-special handgun was found in the bushes where Lortz had been.
Lortz was taken into custody without incident Friday at a relative’s house and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today (January 3) in Newton.
31-year-old John Lee Brooks III of Car Farm Road in Lincolnton was arrested today (Tuesday, January 3) by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule III controlled substance, sale of schedule III controlled substance, and delivery of schedule III controlled substance.
The warrants were the result of a recent undercover drug investigation conducted by Det. Brent Heavner of the Lincolnton Police Department. Bond for Brooks was set at $11,000 secured, he's scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court Wednesday (January 4).
31-year-old Buck Harrison Soots of Welch Drive in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at 2:30 yesterday afternoon (January 2) on one felony count of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and misdemeanor counts of larceny and possession of stolen property. He was arrested on warrants from Caldwell County that were issued on December 21.
Soots was taken into custody without incident at the intersection of Grace Chapel Road and Highway 321. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $13,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Lenoir.
We have more information on an arrest we first reported last week. 51-year-old Jeffrey Alan Churchwell of Minnesota Road in Charlotte was arrested last Wednesday (December 28) by detectives with the Lincolnton Police Department. They charged him with one count of solicit a child for an unlawful sex act by a computer and appearing to meet such child, four counts of disseminating obscene material to a minor, and one count of third degree sexual exploitation of a child, all felony charges.
Churchwell was arrested following a month long undercover operation. The investigation involved undercover detectives portraying a child on various social media outlets. During the operation, detectives and Churchwell developed a dialogue in which an agreement was made for Churchwell to meet the child in Lincolnton in order to have an unlawful sexual relationship. Churchwell arrived to the pre-determined location to meet the child where he was then arrested without incident.
Churchwell was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under $250,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Tuesday, January 3). This case is still active and additional charges are possible.
24-year-old Eldred Maliek Joe of 8th avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:20 yesterday morning (January 2) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor counts of injury to personal property and discharging a firearm in the city limits.
His arrest stems from an incident on December 27 when Police responded to reports that someone had fired a gun inside Joe’s residence. Officers found Joe outside the residence.
He was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory for observation and evaluation. He was taken into custody without incident upon his release from the hospital.
Joe was confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (January 3) in Newton.
A New Years Eve shooting incident is under investigation in Burke County. A teenager was injured in the incident.
Saturday (December 31), at approximately 11 p.m. Burke County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Blue Ridge Health Care in Morganton in regards to a juvenile who had suffered a gunshot wound. Information gathered during interviews with witnesses led detectives to an open field near 1419 Havenwood Drive in Morganton.
Witnesses said several dozen individuals had gathered at that location for a New Year’s Eve celebration. 21-year-old Devan Nathaniel Mojica and 22-year-old Nathan Allen Brewer reportedly began firing a handgun in the direction of a bonfire and the 17-year-old female victim was struck. The victim was transported to a local hospital then was later transferred to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte where she is currently listed in stable condition.
Investigators will be conferring with the District Attorney’s Office in reference to charges. This incident is still under investigation.
40-year-old Gerardo Antonio Cerros, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police Sunday (January 1) on one felony count of malicious conduct by a prisoner and misdemeanor counts of second-degree trespass, misuse of the 9-1-1 emergency telephone system and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
Events leading to his arrest began as Police were called to escort Cerros from the Salvation Army on 3rd Avenue Place S.E. in Hickory after Cerros had exhausted the 90-day limit at the facility. He initially left without incident.
About three minutes later, Cerros called 9-1-1, stating that he was in need of shelter. He was then arrested for misuse of the 9-1-1 system. In the course of his arrest, Cerros refused to cooperate and allegedly spit in an Officer’s face. No injuries were reported.
He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,900 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (December 3) in Newton.
21-year-old Morgan Blake Parsons of 44th Avenue Drive NE in Hickory was arrested Saturday (December 31) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, along with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana paraphernalia, resisting a public officer, and possession of marijuana. Parsons was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, January 3).
28-year-old Sade Brianna Ison of Old North Road in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (January 1) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver marijuana, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Ison was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $2,500 unsecured bond. A Superior Court date is set for March 6.
24-year-old Mary Elizabeth Nance and 20-year-old Jorge Antonio Garcia, both of the same West 27th Street, Newton, address, were both arrested Monday (January 2) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. Nance is charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Garcia is charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Both suspects were detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility, Nance under $3,000 bond, Garcia under $21,000 bond. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (Tuesday, January 3). Garcia also has a District Court appearance scheduled for February 13.
33-year-old Derrick Shay Bishop of Lenoir was arrested Monday (January 2) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Bishop was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, January 3).
52-year-old Deborah Anderson Ervin of Ken Dar Lane in Hudson was arrested Saturday (December 31) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged on a bill of indictment with one count of felony possession of methamphetamine and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Ervin was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for March 6.
22-year-old Travis Hunter Edwards of Ann Avenue in Newton was arrested Sunday (January 1) by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of schedule I and schedule II controlled substance along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Edwards was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, January 3).
Wood products manufacturer Woodgrain Millwork, Incorporated announced it is building a $4-million pellet mill at its Lenoir manufacturing site along Complex Street that will create 15 new full-time jobs.
The 15,000-square-foot project, which is expected to be completed this spring, will manufacture and package wood fiber pellets to be used for animal bedding and fuel products. Woodgrain Millwork will sell its products to retail outlets and distribution centers.
Based in Fruitland, Idaho, Woodgrain Millwork currently manufactures wood moulding products at its Lenoir facility and employs approximately 150 people. Founded in 1954, Woodgrain Millwork is the largest wood moulding products supplier to Home Depot.
In August, Caldwell County approved a local jobs incentive of $2,000 per job for up to 30 new jobs to be created in Lenoir. Payments will be made only after the jobs have been created and maintained for one year. In addition, Woodgrain Millwork was approved for a five-year tax grant that is based on the increased property tax value from the new project.
Woodgrain Millwork located its manufacturing business in Lenoir in 2014 through an $8 million investment at the former Blue Ridge Panels site.
22-year-old Dustin Lee Fortenberry of Caroleen Road in Forest City was arrested Saturday (December 31) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, misdemeanor larceny, posession of marijuana paraphernalia, and simple possession of schedule II controlled substance. Fortenberry was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $17,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled for today (Tuesday, January 3).