26-year-old Kimberly Arlene Hall of Benfield Drive in Hudson was arrested Friday (January 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Hall was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, January 23).
21-year-old Santiago Callejas of 16th Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Saturday (January 21) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking opium or heroin and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep a controlled substance. Callejas is also charged with misdemeanor counts of simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license revoked, resisting a public officer and driving while impaired, along with five counts of failure to appear.
Callejas was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a total bond of $173,000. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (Monday, January 23), February 8, and March 2.
34-year-old Ashley Wayne Goble of Hendil Street in Conover was arrested Friday (January 20) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony first degree burglary. Goble was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, January 23).
50-year-old Anthony Ryan Hoyle of Charlotte has been arrested in Gaston County in connection to a break-in at a storage building on Highway 73 in Iron Station.
On January 17, after speaking with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Pawn Unit, Lincoln County Detective Kelly Paris responded to a pawnshop on Highway 16 Business where a backpack leaf blower and a tool bag had been sold to the store by the suspect. The items were reported stolen from an address on Highway 73 on December 23 of last year. The leaf blower was recovered, but the tool bag, containing a number of tools, had already been sold.
Yesterday (January 19), Hoyle was taken into custody by Belmont Police. He was taken before a Gaston County magistrate and placed in jail under a $100,000 secured bond. He was charged with one felony count each of breaking & entering, obtaining property by false pretense, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods. No court date is currently listed.
30-year-old Melissa Eloise McCurry of Brandwine Drive N.E. in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police just after 11:30 last night (January 19) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
She was arrested after Officers on foot patrol at the Days Inn on Fairgrove Church Road saw a vehicle parked behind the building. The tag and description matched a vehicle that was the subject of a “be on the lookout” call issued by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office. Hickory Police confirmed that the vehicle had been reported as stolen.
Officers approached two female subjects who were removing clothing from the vehicle. Through the course of their investigation, Officers determined that McCurry was in possession of the vehicle.
She was arrested on the scene without incident. The other female was not charged. McCurry was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for January 23.
On Wednesday (January 18), the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office received 18 reports of Breaking & Entering to Motor Vehicles that occurred in the Bethlehem area, near Greenlea Circle, Hillsboro Road, and Wittenburg Springs. The incidents occurred in the early morning hours Wednesday. Vehicles were both locked and unlocked when entry was made.
Items stolen include change, women’s purses, backpacks, etc. The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office is asking for any information in reference to these incidents. A photo of a possible suspect has been released. The Sheriff’s Office is seeking identification of this suspect. Contact Detective Daniel Millsaps with Alexander County Sheriff’s Office with any information at(828) 632-1111 extension 617.
29-year-old Ashley Rebecca Church of Rocky Knob Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police at 2:20 yesterday afternoon (January 19) on one felony count each of counterfeiting, obtaining property by false pretense and larceny by servant or other employee.
Church was arrested in connection to incidents at the Total Convenience Market on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Yesterday, the reporting party told Police that an employee, Ashley Church, stole five lottery tickets. She also allegedly used a fleet gas card and exchanged counterfeit currency for genuine U.S. currency. In all, property loss was estimated at about $250.
Church was taken into custody without incident at the Total Convenience Market. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
43-year-old Kristie Dawn McCrain of 11th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:40 yesterday afternoon (January 19) on two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense. The warrants for her arrest were issued in Watauga County.
Events leading to her arrest began as Officers at the Sunny Valley apartment complex saw a gold Toyota blocking the west entrance. Officers saw two people in the car and a male approaching, on foot. After Officers turned around, the Toyota pulled away and drove past them.
A traffic stop was initiated on the 700 block of 2nd Avenue S.E. The driver was cited for driving while license revoked. McCrain, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was arrested on the outstanding warrants. A third subject was not charged or cited.
McCrain was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $30,000 secured bond. She was no longer listed as an inmate there this morning. A Superior Court appearance was set for March 20 in Boone.
22-year-old Zachary Elijah Puckett and 25-year-old Summer Brianna Lewis, both of Taylorsville, were both arrested by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. Puckett is charged with three counts of felony child abuse. Lewis is charged with accessory after the fact to felony child abuse.
On January 5 Investigators from the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office received a report from Alexander County Department of Social Services regarding possible child abuse. The victims are seven-weeks-old and 16-months-old.
Investigators responded to Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston Salem. Through an ongoing investigation in conjunction with Medical Staff and DSS, it was learned that the suspect in this case was Zachary Elijah Puckett. A second suspect was identified as Summer Brianna Lewis.
The victims are now in the custody of Alexander County DSS. Puckett's bond was set at $750,000 and bond for Lewis was set at $75,000. They're both scheduled to appear in District Court Monday (January 23).
24-year-old Jessica Lynn Exline was arrested Thursday (January 19) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony uttering counterfeit coin. Exline was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, January 20).
44-year-old Edward Laine Jackson was arrested Thursday (January 19) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of stolen goods. Jackson was placed in jail in Morganton under $15,000 secured bond. A District court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, January 20).
28-year-old Gary Dean Starr was arrested Thursday (January 19) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony malicious conduct by a prisoner. Bond on the charge was set at $3,000, a court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, January 20).
31-year-old Eric Chase Avery of Laurel Street in Hudson was arrested Thursday (January 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with failure to appear on felony counts of break or enter a motor vehicle, larceny, and possession of stolen goods or property, along with misdemeanor counts of interfering with an electronic device, and resisting a public officer. Avery was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $181,000 secured bond. District and Superior Court appearances are scheduled for March 6.
38-year-old Timothy Shawn Byrd of Oran Yount Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (January 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with possession of a firearm by a felon and habitual felon. Byrd is also charged with resisting a public officer. He was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $102,500 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for March 6 and a District Court appearance is scheduled for March 21.
25-year-old Ronnie Claude Burchette III of Gatewood Drive in Hudson was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff's Officers yesterday on one felony count each of trafficking in opiates and possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine.
Agents had been on the alert for Burchette after receiving numerous complaints regarding the sale of illegal narcotics in the Sawmills area. During an undercover operation, Agents with the Sheriff’s I.C.E. Unit arrested Burchette after he was caught with a trafficking amount of hydrocodone pills at an apartment complex on Benfield Drive in Hudson. Burchette was also found to be in possession of a small amount of meth, packaged for sale.
The arrest came after he was seen sitting in his Toyota Camry at the apartment complex. He fled the area when Agents approached. After an extensive search, he was found parked at the end of a cul-de-sac on Troy Drive where he was taken into custody without incident.
Burchette was jailed under a $100,000 secured bond. A court date was set for Monday (January 23). If convicted, Burchette will face mandatory prison time.
56-year-old Sandra Stallings Green was arrested Thursday (January 19) by authorities in Lincoln County. She's charged with two felony counts of identity theft, single felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense, trafficking stolen identities, and conspiracy, along with three misdemeanor counts of financial transaction card fraud. Green was arrested in Lincolnton and placed in jail under $25,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, January 20).
Work is scheduled to begin soon on a sewer main replacement project on Westside Drive and at the 1000 block of South Main Avenue in Newton.
Dellinger Inc., along with their subcontractor, will work within sewer easements and rights-of-way to install the new sewer line. The project is expected to be completed by the end of August.
A news release from the City of Newton states that the city will work to make sure the project causes as little inconvenience as possible. The news release also thanks residents for their patience and cooperation as this much-needed improvement is made.
If you have any comments or concerns, please contact Collection and Distribution Superintendent Todd Crutchfield at 828-695-4289 or email@example.com or Assistant Public Works and Utilities Director Dennis Falder Jr. at 828-695-4298 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A man wanted on charges filed in multiple counties was apprehended following a chase in Alexander County. 21-year-old Randall Kent Brank of Lenoir is charged with flee to elude arrest. He also faces charges on warrants from three other counties. In Catawba County Brank is charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon, felony possession of a stolen firearm, and misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon. In Burke County Brank is charged with felony counts of flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, larceny, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and failure to appear, along with a count of misdemeanor larceny. He's been on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List Since December 22. Brank faces multiple traffic related charges in Lincoln County.
Wednesday (January 18) at approximately 7:20 p.m., Officers with the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office and Taylorsville Police Department attempted to stop an older model Nissan Maxima gold in color near Wayside Church Road and NC 16 South of Taylorsville. When the Officers activated their blue lights and siren the vehicle refused to stop. Officers chased the vehicle for a short period and were able to get the vehicle stopped.
The driver of the car Randall Kent Brank, was arrested at the scene. Bond was set at $328,000, he has District Court appearances scheduled in Alexander County on March 6 and Lincoln County February 23. Brank is scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Burke County February 27 and Catawba County March 6.
Hickory Police are investigating 13 recent business break-ins, mostly in the vicinity of the Highway 127 corridor in northeast Hickory. The first incident was reported on December 19 with the most recent reported on January 15.
In most cases, the suspect or suspects have gained entry by breaking a window, though in several incidents a pry tool was used to force open a door. In cases where video or photographic evidence is available, the suspect appears to wear similar clothing and has a similar build. The suspect’s M.O. is similar in each case, leading Investigators to believe at least some of the incidents may be connected.
The break-ins occurred as the businesses were closed, either in the early morning hours on the day they were reported or the previous night. In two instances over the New Year’s holiday, the break-ins may have happened two days prior to the filing of a police report.
A wide variety of items were taken, including cash, firearms, a portable A/C unit, a microwave oven, computer tablets & accessories, cash register drawers, a safe and power tools. Numerous windows and doors have been damaged, along with a security gate and an outdoor motion light.
No injuries have been reported.
Anyone with information regarding the break-ins should contact Investigator Shanna Hudson at 828-261-2020 or email@example.com.
Investigators encourage citizens and business owners to be vigilant and contact Police if suspicious persons are observed near businesses or residences. In addition, business owners should ensure that camera systems are functional and operating effectively, verifying that images are clear and encompass entries, exits and register areas. Business owners should also check lighting in and around the business and review money-handling procedures.
Security surveys are provided free of charge by the Hickory Police Department’s Community Services Unit. Call 828-261-2644 to make an appointment.
Morganton City Water Resources workers planned to shut off water service to customers in the Eastview Street area to repair a water line break. According to a news release issued shortly before 11 a.m., workers were planning to shut off the water as soon as they were able to locate the valves.
Customers could be affected on Eastview Street, Lane Street, Curlee Street and Forest Street. Workers expect to repair the line and restore water service by sometime early this afternoon (Thursday, January 19). For more information, call the Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.