33-year-old Amanda Nicole Hollar was arrested Sunday (April 22) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Hollar was arrested at an address on Burkemont Avenue at 11 a.m. Sunday and placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court date is set for June 25.
25-year-old Merissa Ann Tipton was arrested Sunday (April 22) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession of schedule IV controlled substance and misdemeanor unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Tipton was arrested shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday and placed in jail in Morganton under $2,000 secured bond. She's scheduled to appear in court May 8.
Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care is warning the community about an organization named Hospice Support Fund, formerly Hospice Fund of America, who has been soliciting donations from local residents by phone and mail.
According to the Caldwell Hospice Facebook page, the organization recently learned that local residents have again been approached for donations. In the Facebook post, CEO Cathy Swanson is quoted, she says "we feel it is our responsibility to let our community know that Caldwell Hospice has no affiliation with the Hospice Support Fund, Caldwell Hospice wants to ensure the community that we never sell or share our patients, families or donors names with anyone." She adds “We are absolutely certain that not one penny of these donations will be given to Caldwell Hospice or spent on actually caring for hospice patients in Caldwell or surrounding counties.”
A legal disclosure placed discreetly on their website states that contributions to the Hospice Support Fund are used as follows: “69.39 percent to fundraising, 10.22 percent on administration, 5.93 percent on program services, and 14.46 percent on public education in conjunction with fundraising appeals”. Hospice Support Fund is associated with New Hope Foundation, which has been sued by the Hospice Foundation of America. New Hope reached a settlement agreement with the Hospice Foundation of America in March 2014, agreeing to stop the use of the name Hospice Fund of America and the abbreviation HFA. Since that time they have solicited donations under the name Hospice Support Fund.
Swanson says when you donate to Caldwell Hospice, 100% of your donations stay local and allows us to provide services, supplies, education, and patient care to our community. Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care is a not-for-profit organization, licensed by the State of North Carolina, certified by Medicare, and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care.
26-year-old Ashley Michele Smith of North Fairview Drive in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (April 21) by Hudson Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Smith was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (April 23).
26-year-old Rachel Breonna Grizzle of German Street in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (April 23) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of manufacture, sell, deliver, or possess controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a park, trafficking opium or heroin, possession of schedule I controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Grizzle is also charged with misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed gun, possession of stolen goods, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (April 23).
28-year-old Brianne Janell Lory of 12th Street SW in Hickory was arrested Sunday (April 22) by Hickory Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession of cocaine, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while impaired, and failure to perform community service hours. Lory was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,750 bond. District Court dates were scheduled today (April 23) and June 13.
25-year-old Adam Christopher Daly of Nuway Circle in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (April 21) on charges filed by the Lenoir Police Department and Probation and Parole. He's charged with two felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, deliver, or possess controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, single felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, maintain a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule I controlled substance. Daly is also charged with misdemeanor counts of simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He's also charged with probation violation.
Daly was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday (April 24).
46-year-old Christopher Allen Holden of Overland Road in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (April 22) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with four felony counts of assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm and one felony count of possession of methamphetamine. Holden was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $275,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (April 23).
49-year-old Marc Cleophas Williams of Germanton Road in Winston-Salem was arrested Sunday (April 22) on charges filed by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office and Hickory Police Department. Williams is charged by the Sheriff's Office with assault by strangulation. Hickory Police charged Williams with assault on a female. He was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. A District Court date is May 7.
25-year-old Malik Nanjeem Maynard of 17th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (April 20) on one felony count of possession of a stolen firearm and misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed gun and possession of a schedule VI controlled substance.
Maynard was taken into custody without incident at 12:15 a.m. today at a retail store on 2nd Street N.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
Jason Reid’s campaign has responded to widely circulated reports that broke yesterday (April 19) regarding an S.B.I. investigation into stalking allegations involving Reid. The former Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officer is a candidate for Sheriff of Catawba County.
The response came in the form of a video posted at 10 p.m. yesterday on the Reid campaign’s Facebook page. A transcript of that video, in its entirety, is as follows:
“Desperate people do desperate things.
I learned about this just like everyone of you, from my smartphone. This is the most unbelievable abuse of power I’ve ever witnessed in my entire career.
Special agents from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation who work unsolved murders, were instructed to look into accusations made against me on misdemeanor charges eight months ago from a woman I dated.
They also woke up a Superior Court Judge at 3:45 in the morning, two hours away, so they could execute and serve a search warrant on the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office at the exact same time the very first vote in Catawba County was cast.
I never placed any type of tracking device on that woman’s vehicle.
Unfortunately, I’ve made some very powerful enemies in my career. Most recently, we arrested an elected official’s wife for trafficking opioids in our county. We also arrested a local police department’s employee for trafficking 65 pounds of marijuana in our community.
What will the skeptics say next?”
28-year-old David Christopher Karis, Jr. of Rifle Range Road in Conover and 27-year-old Kenneth Scott Welborn of Damascus Church in Wilkesboro have both been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers. Karis faces charges for felony possession with intent to sell & deliver methamphetamine, felony possession of meth and possession of a schedule III controlled substance. Welborn was charged with felony possession of a stolen firearm.
Last Friday (April 13), a Deputy stopped a blue Nissan four-door car at the intersection of the Wilkesboro Highway and Bowles Farm Road. A short time later, another Deputy arrived with his K-9, Rex. The dog performed a search around the vehicle and gave a positive indication for narcotics.
A search of the vehicle was conducted. Deputies found a brown bag on the passenger side floorboard containing 16.02 grams of meth, Hydrocodone pills, Buprenorphine pills, hypodermic needles and a methamphetamine pipe. Deputies also found two handguns in the trunk. One of the firearms was listed as stolen in Pennsylvania.
Karis and Welborn were both arrested and taken to the Iredell Co. Detention Center. Karis was given a $7,500 secured bond and Welborn’s bond was set at $3500, secured. They’re both scheduled to appear in District Court on May 7.
41-year-old Christopher Lee Walker of 19th Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested at 11 p.m. Thursday (April 19) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
On March 6, 2018, Hickory Police responded to St. Stephens Mobile Home Park on 24th Street NE in reference to the larceny of a scooter. On Thursday, Hickory Police were notified by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol that the scooter was involved in a collision. A warrant was obtained for the driver of the scooter, Christopher Lee Walker.
Walker was arrested without incident on Fairgrove Churdch Road SE. His bond was set at $1,000 secured. He was not listed as an inmate in Catawba County as of this afternoon (April 20). A District Court appearance was scheduled today in Newton.
58-year-old Kathy Phillips Greene was arrested Thursday (April 19) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She's charged with felony possession of heroin. Following the arrest, Greene was placed in jail in Morganton under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled for Monday (April 23).
19-year-old Joshua Michael Shukis was arrested Thursday (April 19) by authorities in Burke County. He was charged with felony counts of breaking and entering a place of worship, larceny after breaking and entering, and motor vehicle theft. Shukis was arrested at 9:33 a.m. Thursday and placed in jail in Morganton under $50,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has canceled a Silver Alert that had been issued for a missing endangered man from Burke County, 47-year-old Shawn Russ Barlow. The alert was issued early this morning (April 20) and canceled shortly before 10 a.m. today after Mr. Barlow was found, safe.
Mr. Barlow was initially reported missing at about 10:30 last night (April 19) when staffers at McAlpine Adult Care contacted the Burke Co. Sheriff’s Office. They said a resident from the adult care center had left and had not returned.
Officers with the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division began to search, with assistance from the Morganton Department of Public Safety. Mr. Barlow was found sleeping on a bench outside the Food Lion store on Burkemont Avenue in Morganton.
He was taken back to the adult care center.
20-year-old Aaliyah Danielle Cline of Heritage Farm Road in Hickory was arrested Thursday (April 19) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with two felony counts of obtaining controlled substance by fraud or forgery. Cline was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $1,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (April 20).
50-year-old Charles Clay Sanders Jr. of Strawberry Way in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (April 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of identity fraud and financial card theft. Sanders was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $7,500 secured bond. A District Court date is set for next Monday (April 23).
58-year-old Reginald Eric Squarles of Newton, was given an active prison sentence of five to seven years following his conviction for breaking and entering, habitual larceny and admission of habitual felon status. The Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, issued the prison term for Squarles following his guilty plea during Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday (April 18).
Squarles’ sentence length was enhanced by his habitual felon status that came as a result of prior convictions for habitual larceny, (August 2015), breaking and entering (September 2008) and possession of cocaine (August 1994) in Catawba County. The habitual larceny charge stemmed from prior convictions for misdemeanor larceny in Catawba County on four previous occasions (December 1990, March 1991, January 2006 and January 2008).
Squarles was seen concealing goods and leaving a Conover business in October 2017. He was apprehended a short time later and found to be in possession of those items. After previously being banned from a Conover business, Squarles went into that same store in January 2018 and again was caught concealing goods and attempting to leave the property.
The cases were investigated by Landon Colley of the Conover Police Department. Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Greer handled the prosecution for the State.
34-year-old Jonathan Ray Bennett of Connelly Springs, was given an active prison sentence of five to seven years following his conviction for multiple offenses and admission of habitual felon status during Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday (April 17).
The Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, imposed the sentence for Bennett, who pleaded guilty to breaking and entering, breaking and entering a motor vehicle and obtaining property by false pretense. The defendant will serve his prison term in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
Bennett’s sentence length was enhanced by prior felony convictions for larceny in Yancey County (July 2010), possession of stolen goods and obtaining property by false pretense in Mitchell County (June 2008 and September 2004).
Bennett and a co-defendant broke into a Hickory business in December 2015 and stole numerous items, particularly electronics. Video surveillance helped investigators identify Bennett as the person involved in the crime. In February 2018, Bennett was identified by a witness who saw him break into several vehicles and go through them in search of property.
That same month, officers checked on a report of a suspicious person and detained Bennett, who was found to be in possession of a checkbook that belonged to another person. Further investigation showed that he had used a check from that book to make a purchase.
The cases were investigated by officers with Hickory Police Department and Long View Police Department. Assistant District Attorneys Scott Lippert and Chad Smith handled prosecution for the State.