57-year-old Donnie Blaine Spence was arrested today (Wednesday, March 1) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony non forced breaking and entering. Bond on the charge was set at $20,000 secured. Spence was previously charged with various offenses, he is now being held in jail in Morganton under $60,500 total secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Thursday.
36-year-old Kristy Michelle Jobe of Navajo Drive in Maiden was arrested Tuesday (February 28) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony financial card theft and two counts of failure to appear. Jobe was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (March 2).
44-year-old Michele Renae Yount of Benfield Drive in Hudson was arrested Tuesday (February 28) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with two felony counts apiece of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule IV controlled substance, sell or deliver schedule IV controlled substance, and deliver schedule IV controlled substance. Yount was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for May 1.
31-year-old Raydene Little Jr. of Morganton was arrested Monday (February 27) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule II controlled substance, simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance, driving while impaired, resist, delay, or obstruct an officer, and assault with a deadly weapon on a government officer.
On Monday (February 27) just before 8:45 p.m., Morganton Public Safety Officers responded to a reported impaired driver in the area of North Green Street near NC Hwy 126. The vehicle was located in the parking lot of the Gate Service Station and Convenience Store.
The responding officer approached the vehicle and found Raydene Little Jr. to be the operator of the car. The officer suspected that Little was impaired. While investigating the possible impaired driving offense. Another officer and K9 Shrek were called to the scene.
Once on the scene, K9 Shrek alerted to the possibility of controlled substance located in the car. As the investigation continued Raydene Little was found to be in the possession of
7.5 grams of methamphetamine, 5.3 grams of powder cocaine, one gram of Marijuana, and $716 in US Currency.
After a brief struggle, Raydene Little Jr. was taken into custody. Little was jailed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $127,000 bond. He was scheduled to make his first court appearance yesterday (Tuesday, February 28) in District Court.
35-year-old Cynthia Nicolette Babbitt of Hamptonville was arrested last Saturday (February 25) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with five felony counts of embezzlement.
According to a news release issued on Tuesday (February 28) the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report of embezzlement from a local business. Detective Sgt. D.R. Getz with the Economic Crimes Unit was assigned the case.
According to the incident reports the district manager for the company had come to audit the business. During the audit he noticed that the daily deposit slips did not match the days of the months that the deposits were supposed to have been sent to the bank. Upon investigating further the district manager was also unable to locate the deposit slip for the previous week.
Detective Getz requested all of the video, safe logs, and deposits for the time in question. During the course of the investigation detectives were unable to locate a total of five deposits that were never delivered to the financial institution used by the business.
The suspect was identified as Cynthia Nicolette Babbitt. Detective Sgt. Getz obtained the warrants for arrest and Babbitt was arrested Saturday. Her bond was set at $12,000 secured. Babbitt's next District Court date is set for March 22.
29-year-old Christopher Neil Chastain of Daybrook Court in Stanley was arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count of malicious conduct by a prisoner by emitting bodily fluids, and two misdemeanor counts of simple assault.
According to a news release, on Monday (February 27) Detention officers were assaulted by Chastain. The assault occurred when officers went to Chastain's cell to remove him at the request of North Carolina Probation and Parole officers for warrant service.
Chastain refused to leave his top bunk after being asked numerous times. When detention officers tried to forcefully remove the inmate from his cell he began swinging at the officers. While getting the inmate under control, he bit one of the detention officers on the right arm two times. While officers attempted to place the inmate in the probation officer’s car, Chastain began spitting at the detention officers striking one of them. At that time a decision was made by the probation officers not to transport Chastain to the magistrate’s office.
The skin of the detention officer who was bitten during the scuffle was not broken but several red marks were left on his arm consistent with teeth marks. As a result of the new charges, Chastain's bond was increased by $9,000 secured.
Chastain, who is a registered sex offender, was arrested on Sunday (February 26) by Probation and Parole for interfering with a lifetime electronic monitoring device. He was ordered to wear the device by the Lincoln County courts in 2009. He was jailed on a $50,000 secured bond on the charge filed Sunday.
34-year-old Ashley Wayne Goble of Springs Road in Conover was arrested Tuesday (February 28) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with first degree burglary. Goble was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, March 1).
A runaway teenager from Burke County has been found. Last Saturday (February 25), runaway juvenile Madison Gilliland was located in Buncombe County by the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office. Ms. Gilliland, who is 14-years-old, is now in the secure custody of the North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice.
The agencies who assisted in locating Ms. Gilliland safe are the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office, McDowell County Sheriff’s Office, Burke County Department of Social Services, and the North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice.
Several Caldwell County high school students won honors at the North Carolina Beta Club Convention held in Greensboro this month.
From South Caldwell High School, Lexi Bell placed first in Biology; and Meredith Ingram, Aubrey Miller, Amanda Winebarger and Cameron Connor all placed second in Advertising Design. For the Spotlight on Service, South Caldwell BETA club president Daniela Berry earned a second-place finish for her presentation.
Two students from the Caldwell Early College High School also placed in the competition. Caitlin Finley won first place in the Junior Agriculture competition and Deanna Kilby took second in Poetry. A freshman from Hibriten High School, Mason Smith, placed third in the Division I Social Studies competition.
The Caldwell County Schools BETA champion students were recognized by the Board of Education at the February Board meeting. Those who placed either first, second or third at the state level are eligible to compete at the National BETA Convention in June in Orlando, Florida.
A new restaurant has opened in downtown Newton. The Hen & Egg is located at 204 North College Avenue. A ribbon cutting ceremony, including remarks from Newton Mayor Anne P. Stedman, was held yesterday (February 27). The restaurant is owned and operated by Fred and Lamia Causby.
The Hen & Egg serves breakfast and lunch. Breakfast is available from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. and lunch is served from 10:30 a.m. through 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The breakfast menu includes classic items and some breakfast specialties, while lunch features meat and vegetable plates and a soup of the day. The restaurant also has an espresso bar.
The Hen and Egg has indoor seating, plus café tables in front and a deck in the rear.
For more information, call 828-994-4159.
26-year-old David Leon Simmons Jr. of Shelby was arrested earlier this month by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. According to information released today (Tuesday, February 28), Simmons was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance on prison or jail premises, and with being an habitual felon. Simmons was jailed under $115,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in Superior Court March 27.
47-year-old Adaira Ann Little of Taylorsville was arrested last Friday (February 24) by Alexander County Sherifff's Officers. She's charged with felony identity theft and felony financial card theft. Little's bond was set at $5,500 secured. She was scheduled to appear in court Monday (February 27).
27-year-old William Dominic Bullard of Gastonia was arrested earlier this month by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony burning personal property and with being an habitual felon. Bullard's bond was set at $115,000 secured. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for March 27.
31-year-old Raydene Little Jr. was arrested Monday (February 27) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony assault on a governmental officer or employee. Little was already being held in jail in Morganton, bond on the assault charge was set at $25,000 secured making his total bond amount $127,000. A court date on the assault charge was scheduled for today (Tuesday, February 28).
35-year-old Glenda Nicole Berry was arrested Monday (February 27) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Berry was placed in jail under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (March 1).
45-year-old Winfred Gregory Earls was arrested Monday (February 27) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felon larceny, possession, or receiving goods from a construction site. Earls was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for March 7.
43-year-old Bryant Marshall Warren of 3rd Avenue Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police late last night (February 27). He's charged with two counts of felony common law robbery and one felony count each of speeding to elude arrest and possession of cocaine. Warren was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of possession of stolen goods, resisting a public officer and hit & run leaving the scene with property damage, plus a parole violation.
He was arrested in connection to two robberies that took place last night at the One Stop store and the Fast Track store, both on Fairgrove Church Road. In each case, a black male entered the store and grabbed cash from the register.
A short time after the robberies, on Tate Boulevard, Police saw a gold, 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee matching the suspect vehicle description. Officers followed the Jeep until it hit a road sign at 1st Avenue S.W. and 12th Street S.W.
The driver, Bryant Marshall Warren, fled on foot, but was quickly apprehended. He was arrested at about 11 p.m. and placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $9,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for tomorrow in Newton.
36-year-old James Andrew Parks Byrd of Husbands Creek Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (February 27) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and failure to appear. Byrd was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $17,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
46-year-old Lisa Renee Baines Cline of Pathfinder Street in Newton was arrested Monday (February 27) by Long View Police Officers. She's charged with being an habitual felon. In addition, Cline is charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, forgery of an endorsement, obtaining property by false pretense, uttering a forged instrument, simple assault, and misdemeanor larceny.
Cline was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $11,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, February 28). District Court dates are set for Wednesday (March 1) and March 21.
35-year-old Edward Curtis Byrd III of SW Haven Circle in Lenoir was arrested Monday (February 27) by Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. He's charged with trafficking in heroin or opium. Byrd was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for next Monday (March 6).