The NC Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting for proposed widening of N.C. 181/North Greene Street between St. Mary’s Church Road and Clay Street in Morganton. The project’s purpose is to improve safety and mobility along N.C. 181/North Greene Street.
The meeting will be held on June 20th at Morganton Town Hall located at 305 East Union Street (Suite A100) from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Interested citizens may attend at any time during the meeting hours. NCDOT representatives will be available to answer questions and receive comments regarding the project. Please note that no formal presentation will be made. All comments received will be taken into consideration as the project progresses. Comments should be submitted by July 7, 2017.
A map of the proposed improvements may be viewed online at the NCDOT Public Meeting Website: http://www.ncdot.gov/projects/publicmeetings/.
Anyone desiring additional information may contact Jimmy Terry, PE (TGS Engineers) by phone at (704) 476-0003 (ext 314) or via e-mail at email@example.com.
NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in this meeting. Anyone requiring special services should contact Mr. Terry as early as possible, so that these arrangements can be made.
At about 5:30 Sunday morning (June 11), Hickory Police responded to a break-in in progress the Sprint Store at 1828 Catawba Valley Boulevard. The business’ alarm company reported that a black male wearing black pants, black Nike shoes with blue shoestrings and a towel or sheet wrapped around his head made entry after he threw a rock through the front door.
When Officers arrived, the suspect was no longer at the scene. He left in a dark colored four-door passenger car. Several display phones and tablets were taken from the store. An estimate of the value of the stolen property is pending inventory.
Anyone with information regarding the incident should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.
The Burke County Commissioners' recessed budget meeting tentatively scheduled for Tuesday (June 13) at 3 p.m. will not be needed and has been cancelled.
In addition, the Burke County Planning Board will hold a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. on June 22, in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the County Services Building at 110 N. Green St. in Morganton. At the meeting, the Planning Board will take public comment regarding the following matters:
The proposed rezoning of a 10.7-acre portion of an 886-acre tract of land from Residential-Three (R-3) to the Office-Institutional (O-I) zoning district. The property is located on the north side of NC 126, approximately 2.61 miles west of Independence Blvd. The applicant is Caldwell Timber Partners, LLC.
The proposed rezoning of one parcel of land from Residential-One (R-1) to the General Business (G-B) zoning district. The parcel is located at 2332 US 70 E. in the Drexel Township. The total acreage to be rezoned is approximately 1.23 acres. The applicant is Jesse Jones.
The proposed rezoning of nine (9) parcels totaling approximately 97.5 acres from the Conservation Estate Lot District (CD-E) to the Rural Mixed Use (R-MU) District. The parcels are located off of Roy McGallard Avenue in the Silver Creek Township. The applicant is Todd Bennick of DKA Enterprises LLN.
32-year-old Justin Trey Brown of Victory Grove Church Road and 23-year-old Audie Eugene Prestwood II of Flay Road, both from Lincolnton, along with 30-year-old Connie Janette Cherry of St. Matthews Church Road in Maiden, have all been charged by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers in connection to a break-in on April 21 of this year in which a gun safe and firearms were stolen.
The suspects were charged with one felony count each of breaking & entering a building, safecracking and possession of a stolen firearm. Cherry faces additional charges for felony larceny of a firearm, felony possession of stolen goods, felony conspiracy and misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Events leading to their arrests began on April 21 when the victim arrived at her home on Tyringham Drive in Crouse to find the front door open. She discovered that a gun safe containing an AR-15 rifle and a .22-caliber rifle was missing.
Utilizing evidence left at a nearby residence and information gathered from other subjects, Detectives learned that the empty gun safe might be located at Justin Brown’s residence. A search warrant was executed.
Investigators determined that two of the suspects and two male juveniles were responsible for the break-in at the Tyringham Drive home. Brown assisted by using heavy tools to break open the safe.
Cherry was arrested in Cleveland County and transported to Lincoln County on June 11. She was jailed under a $75,000 secured bond with a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court set for today (June 12). Prestwood was arrested on June 6. He remains in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $21,500 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on June 27. Brown was arrested on May 13 and has since been released on bond. No court date is currently listed. The two juveniles involved will be charged through the Juvenile Justice System.
41-year-old Hazal Leanor Hodge of Kite Lane in Statesville was arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers late Saturday night (June 10) on a charge of felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.
She was arrested after Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance call at Hodge’s residence at 11:47. The call was later changed to a shots-fired call. When Deputies arrived, they found a male victim suffering from two gunshot wounds to his lower body. E.M.S. transported the victim to the hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.
Detectives and other Officers interviewed witnesses, including the victim’s girlfriend, Hazal Hodge. During a search of the home, a firearm, ammunition and spent shell casings were found.
Officers say the victim and Hodge had been drinking and hanging out with friends earlier in the evening. At some point during the night, the victim and suspect got into an argument as the result of messages sent or received via social media. The argument continued for an extended period of time until suspect picked up a gun and shot the victim twice.
Hodge was arrested and jailed without bond due to the domestic nature of the offense. An appearance in District Court was set for today (June 12).
29-year-old Samantha Wilson Freeman was arrested Sunday (June 11) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and failure to appear. Freeman was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,500 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday (June 13).
44-year-old Lewis James Young was arrested today (June 12) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Young was placed in jail in Morganton under $5,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
28-year-old Christy Lynn Owens of Rolling Hills Court in Lenoir was arrested Friday (June 9) by Granite Falls Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle and simple possession of schedule V controlled substance. Bond for Owens was set at $2,000 secured. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (June 12) and August 24.
39-year-old Christopher Eugene Shook of NW Penley Court in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (June 11) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony speeding to elude arrest. Shook was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (June 12).
35-year-old Justin Robert Whisnant of Salem Road in Hickory was arrested Sunday (June 11) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with larceny of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon, and assault with a deadly weapon. Whisnant was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (June 12).
57-year-old William Glenn Berry of Carolina Drive in Lenoir was arrested Friday (June 9) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged on a felony fugitive warrant from another state, the state is not specified. In addition, Berry is charged with failure to appear on a count of second degree trespassing. Berry was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,500 secured bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (June 12) and tomorrow in Lenoir.
49-year-old Domingo Martinez Hernandez of Parsons Road in Hudson was arrested Saturday (June 10) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony statutory sex offense with a child by an adult. Hernandez was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court date was set for today (June 12).
31-year-old Michael Jonathan Cook of Hunterwood Drive in Hickory was arrested Saturday (June 10) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license revoked, and no liability insurance. Cook was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,500 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (June 12) and August 14.
42-year-old Michael Benton Pugh of U.S. 64 in Morganton was arrested Saturday (June 10) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance, simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and fraudulent disposal of mortgage property.
He was arrested after Hickory Police responded to a hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in reference the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. The victim told Officers the vehicle was at the hotel and was being used by Pugh. Officers located Pugh and found that he had two outstanding warrants.
During the arrest, Officers found 1.9 grams of methamphetamine, two dosage units of oxycodone, one dosage unit of Acetaminophen/Oxycodone, one dosage unit of Xanax, one dosage unit of Percocet and drug paraphernalia.
Pugh was taken into custody without incident and jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,775 bond. District Court dates were set for today (June 12) and July 27.
The Statesville Police Department continues to investigate the disappearance of 58-year-old Deborah Sabra of McLaughlin Street in Statesville. A silver alert was issued when Ms. Sabra was reported missing on June 1. Ms. Sabra has some medical and cognitive issues that could place her in danger if she is not able to get the proper treatment. The flyer shown here was created by her family, which has been handing out the flyers in the Statesville area.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Deborah Annette Sabra should call Statesville Police at 704-878-3406.
44-year-old Rafeal Jordan Norwood of Spainhour Street in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 3 p.m. yesterday (June 8) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed gun.
Norwood was arrested after Officers stopped a 1999 Ford Explorer near the intersection of 11th Avenue S.W. and South Center Street. During the stop, a concealed semi-automatic Ruger LC9 9mm handgun was found. Police also found 0.1 grams of cocaine and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. In addition to the drug and firearms charges, the driver, Rafeal Norwood, was cited for driving while license revoked and failure to stop for a stop sign. A passenger in the vehicle was not cited or charged.
Norwood was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $3,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.
39-year-old Nekita Denene Gaither of Riverview Drive of Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about three o’clock yesterday afternoon (June 8) on one felony count each of obtaining property by false pretense and insurance fraud.
Gaither turned herself in at the Hickory Police Department on the outstanding warrants, which were issued on June 2. She was processed and then released a little more than an hour later under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
30-year-old Joseph Alan McCracken was arrested Thursday (June 8) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny. Following the arrest, McCracken was placed in jail in Morganton under $5,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 31.
More information released in the arrest of 31-year-old Tony Timothy Martin of Gene Moretz Lane in Hickory. He was arrested by Hickory Police early Thursday morning (June 8) on one felony count each of larceny of a motor vehicle and obtaining property by false pretense, plus misdemeanor counts of injury to personal property and resisting a public officer. He was arrested on outstanding warrants dated June 2, 2017. The resisting charge was filed Thursday.
Events leading to his arrest began on June 7 when Officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot at a retail store on Highway 70 S.W. Upon arrival, Officers saw a green Toyota Camry parked on the southwest side of the building. The driver, Tony Martin, had two outstanding felony warrants and one outstanding misdemeanor warrant.
During the arrest, Martin resisted Officers, but was detained without further incident. In the vehicle, Officers found ammunition, two shotguns, a .45-caliber ACP rifle, an Airsoft handgun and a BB handgun. A male passenger was not cited or charged.
Martin was arrested at about 20 minutes past midnight Thursday. He remains in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,500 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on June 12 and July 19 in Newton.
58-year-old Brantley Blackburn of 1st Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before 8 a.m. yesterday (June 8) for failure to appear on one felony count of possession of stolen goods and misdemeanor counts of shoplifting and assault on a female.
He was taken into custody at an address on 1st Street S.W. in Hickory. Following his arrest, Blackburn was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $13,000 secured bond. He will appear in District Court on June 27 in Newton.