32-year-old Taylor John Hodge of Matthew Allen Circle in Kannapolis was arrested Sunday (September 15) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and second degree trespassing. Hodge was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,500 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for September 23, a Superior Court date is October 21.
23-year-old Maurice Dashawn Springs of Bedford Avenue in Morganton has been arrested on one felony count of second-degree murder without regard for human life.
He was arrested in connection to the death of a two-month-old male. The child was taken to the hospital in Morganton on September 4 and then to Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte. The infant passed away on September 9.
Springs was jailed in Morganton where he is being held without bond. He'll appear in court on September 16.
23-year-old Samantha Leann Brooke Mclean was arrested Thursday (September 12) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She's charged with felony counts of trafficking drugs by possession, possession with intent to sell or deliver controlled substance, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance. Mclean was arrested just after 4 p.m. Thursday. She was being held in jail in Morganton under no bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled Monday (September 16).
20-year-old Derrick Baylee Robinson of Franklin Street in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (September 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony speeding to elude arrest. Robinson was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center where bond was set at $2,500 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled Monday (September 16).
Authorities in Burke County are continuing to seek information on wanted suspects. The following suspects have been on the Burke County most wanted list for several months.
38-year-old Jorge Dewayne Avery is wanted on a charge of probation violation which was imposed on a count of financial card fraud. Avery's last known address was 305 West Union Street in Morganton. He was placed on the Burke most wanted list May 3.
52-year-old Travis William Edenfield remains on the Burke County most wanted list. He's wanted on a count of probation violation imposed on a charge of driving under the influence. The last known address for Edenfield was 910A East Union Street in Morganton.
34-year-old Desta Theron Carson is another suspect who is still listed as wanted in Burke County. He's also wanted on a charge of probation violation. The probation was imposed on a charge of felony larceny. Carson's last known address was on 20th Street NE in Hickory.
You can see the entire list of suspects wanted by authorities in Burke County at www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list, call the Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail information to email@example.com. If you'd like to submit an anonymous tip you can do so through Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.
40-year-old Calvin Wayne Bowen of Deerbrook Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (September 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Bowen was given a custody release. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (September 16).
Contractors will be installing a new water line on South Sterling Street in Morganton at the entrance of Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge next week. This work will be performed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (September 16-19). Traffic patterns will be affected by the work.
Only one lane of South Sterling Street at the hospital entrance will be closed at a time while contractors work to install the new water line. Lane closure signage will be posted for motorists approaching the work zone, and Morganton Public Safety officers will be at the work site to direct traffic.
Motorists are asked to use caution when approaching the hospital entrance on South Sterling Street where the water line is being installed. Once the work is completed Thursday, traffic patterns will return to normal.
35-year-old Brandy Nicole Gragg of Enlos Place in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (September 12) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering to a house of worship and larceny after breaking and entering. Gragg was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center where bond was set at $10,000 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (September 16).
A Statesville man who was reported missing earlier this week and whose vehicle was found in Burke County, has been found safe. The vehicle belonging to 25-year-old Dustin Gray was found Monday night (September 9) off John's River Loop. The vehicle's key was in the ignition when it was found.
Burke County Emergency Services were contacted and organized a search. Members of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, Burke County EMS Special Operations, Burke County Rescue, Chesterfield Fire Department, NC Wildlife, the NC Department of Corrections and the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search utilizing a K9, and a drone. They were not able to find Mr. Gray.
On Thursday (September 12), shortly after 11:30 a.m., a man was spotted by a resident off of Johns River Road in Morganton. Upon arrival at the scene by the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and EMS, the man was identified as Dustin Gray and was transported by EMS to a local medical facility.
An interview with Burke County detectives revealed that he had left his workplace in Statesville, drove to Burke County and did not want to be found. He advised he walked through the N.C. Wildlife Game Lands until he found a shed where he spent two nights, surviving off of water from the river and corn from the food plots in the fields.
28-year-old Billy Joe Hahn of 16th Street Drive NE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (September 12) by authorities in Catawba County. Probation & Parole charged him with felony parole violation. The Catawba County Sheriff's Office charged Hahn with three counts of resisting a public officer, two counts of non-support of a child, along with single counts of fail to heed light or siren and rear lamps violation.
Hahn was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $6,000 bond. Court dates are scheduled for September 16 and September 19.
Catawba County Health Director Doug Urland has been named Director of the North Carolina Institute for Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and will be leaving his position at Catawba County Public Health October 24, 2019. The Catawba County Board of Health is expected to appoint an interim director at its next meeting October 14, 2019.
Urland joined Catawba County as Health Director in 2004. Under his leadership, Catawba County Public Health established innovative partnerships and earned multiple awards for major clinical and community health initiatives. These have included the expansion of the School Nurse Program in partnership with Catawba Valley Medical Center, the establishment of the Catawba Family Dentistry practice with Gaston Family Health Services, and the integration of Child Health Services with Catawba Pediatric Associates.
In addition to his work for the County, Urland has been active in a variety of local boards, civic groups and professional associations including the Lenoir-Rhyne University Board of Visitors, the Catawba County Partnership for Children Executive Committee and Board of Directors, the LiveWell Catawba Board of Directors, and the Unifour Air Quality Committee.
33-year-old Jason Robert Hill was arrested Wednesday (September 11) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony counts of common law robbery and possession of schedule II controlled substance along with a misdemeanor count of failure to appear. Hill was arrested just after 10:30 p.m. at an address on George Hildebran School Road in Connelly Springs. He was placed in jail in Morganton under $26,000 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled Friday (September 13).
32-year-old Jerome Lavon Connelly was arrested today (September 12) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Connelly was arrested at approximately 3:30 a.m. today and placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (September 13).
Catawba County is hosting a day-long celebration at Riverbend Park to officially open the park’s new trail system this Saturday, September 14. The grand opening celebration will take place on the park’s new property at the Riverbend Park Events Entrance at 7490 Riverbend Road in Claremont.
Riverbend Park has added 209 acres and seven miles of multi-use, natural surface trails adjacent to the park’s existing 450-acre, 12-mile trail system. The new property offers expansive views of Barrett’s Mountain, the Brushy Mountains, and the Catawba River on trails that wind through mature forests, rolling hills, open meadows and natural habitats ranging from riparian corridors to upland forests.
The day’s activities are free and open to the public and include a 9:00 a.m. Bird Walk with Ranger Dwayne Martin, 10:30 a.m. Music by Byron Bean and Friends, and an 11:00 a.m. Park Dedication Ceremony & Ribbon Cutting followed by a Wildflower Walk with Ranger Lori Owenby, a Hawk Watch Station and unguided trail walks and hikes. Refreshments will also be served.
Appraised at $1.2 million, the majority of the expansion property’s land value was donated to the county by the Byron Bean family in memory of the late Harriet Bean, whose family’s wish was for the land to be publicly used in perpetuity for education, conservation and recreation.
The property was acquired by the County through a grant from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF). Since 1997, Catawba County has received nearly $900,000 in PARTF grant funds to support the creation and enhancement of the County’s parks system.
For more information about the Riverbend Park Expansion grand opening, call Catawba County Planning & Parks at (828) 465-8380.
60-year-old Phillip Rocky Fuller was arrested this morning (September 12) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Fuller was arrested shortly after 2 a.m. at an address on Burke Drive in Morganton. He was placed in jail under $10,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for October 7.
21-year-old Shamari Hyasia Jackson of Woodmont Circle in Lincolnton was arrested Monday (September 9) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of a stolen firearm.
Jackson was charged in connection with a robbery and kidnapping that occurred in Belmont Monday night. According to the Sheriff's Office, Jackson was in possession of a 2011 Lexus with Colorado license plates stolen from two Belmont Abbey College baseball players. The victims lived at a residence in Belmont and were forced at gunpoint to get into the vehicle.
The suspects then reportedly drove to the 2900 block of Gastonia Highway in Lincoln County where they dropped the students off without injury. The suspects, 23-year-old Damarcus D. Dixon and 21-year-old Natori Dejhuan Benton both of Charlotte, then fled the scene. After officers interviewed the victims, the stolen vehicle was found in the 700 block of East Pine Street in Lincolnton. The vehicle was impounded and will be processed by Belmont Police. Deputies recovered cash, electronic equipment, and a shotgun stolen in the robbery.
The victims were then transported back to Belmont where they were interviewed by Belmont Police. The two suspects, Benton and Dixon, were charged by Belmont Police with two counts each of kidnapping and armed robbery, one count each of possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. The men were arrested Tuesday and placed in the Gaston County Jail under a $1.5 million bond each.
Jackson was taken before a Lincoln County magistrate and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $30,000 secured bond. Her next District Court appearance is scheduled for October 1.
35-year-old Anthony Wayne Brown of George Pitts Road in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (September 11) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He was served with an indictment for trafficking in methamphetamine by possession, conspiracy to traffic in meth by possession, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver meth. Brown was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $30,000 bond. A Superior Court date was scheduled for September 30.
36-year-old Travis Dean Gibbs of Maple Drive in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police at 11 a.m. yesterday (September 10) on felony counts of larceny of a firearm, larceny, and larceny of a motor vehicle.
He was arrested in connection to an incident on September 9. At that time, Officers responded to a reported motor vehicle theft at an address on 1st Avenue N.W. in downtown Hickory. The incident occurred between 11:30 and noon. The following day, Gibbs was taken into custody without incident at a restaurant on Old Shelby Road in Vale.
Gibbs was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
40-year-old Holly Brooke Reid of Hawthorne Drive N.E. in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (September 10) for a felony probation violation. Reid is on probation as she serves a 24-month suspended sentence following an October 2018 felony conviction in Caldwell County for possession of a controlled substance on penal institution premises.
Following her arrest yesterday, Reid was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $15,000 secured bond. She has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for September 23 in Lenoir.
There's a new name on the Iredell County most wanted list.
50-year-old Fredrick Hoffman, Jr. is wanted on eight counts of felony manufacture schedule VI controlled substance and two counts of felony possession with intent to sell schedule VI controlled substance. Hoffman's last known address was 127 Tuskarora Point Lane in Mooresville.
Authorities in Iredell County are continuing to seek information on the whereabouts of 42-year-old Linda Dannheim. She's wanted on a count of felony conspire to sell methamphetamine. Her last known address was 144 Shotgun Lane in Statesville.
21-year-old Quadarius Dewayne Bailey is still being sought by authorities. He's charged with felony strangulation, assault on a female, and common law robbery. The last known address for Bailey is 136 Hayes Street in Harmony.
You can see the entire list of wanted suspects with their photos at www.iredellsheriff.com. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call any tips into the Iredell County Sheriff's Office at their Statesville location, 704-878-3180, or the Mooresville office, 704-664-7500.