34-year-old Abraham Leng Thor of Berry Road Extension in Connelly Springs was arrested today (June 7) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Thor was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A Superior Court date is set for July 24.
23-year-old Donald Clay Helton of White Eagle Ranch Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 12:30 yesterday afternoon (June 6) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense.
Helton was arrested in connection to an incident on May 23 when Officers responded to a larceny at Best Buy. An investigation led to the identification and arrest of 24-year-old Chelsea Olivia Fox of the same address on White Eagle Ranch Road. She was charged with misdemeanor larceny. Officers then learned that multiple items had been pawned by Fox and Helton. A warrant for Helton’s arrest was issued on June 1.
Helton was taken into custody without incident at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,500 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
30-year-old Mineka Gibson of Wandering Trail in Lincolnton was arrested this morning (June 7) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Gibson was also charged on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant with failure to comply.
Deputies were dispatched to the 2500 block of Teague Street in Lincolnton at around 3 a.m. today in connection with a possible stabbing incident. When they arrived officers found Ashley Logan Ritchie with a puncture wound in her neck.
Detective Justin Link was called to the scene and during his investigation it was determined the suspect in the case was Mineka Gibson. The victim told officers that she and Demory Jerquan Williams were sitting in a car listening to music and drinking when they heard a car door open on a vehicle behind them. Ritchie said Gibson jumped in the vehicle and stabbed her one time with a sharp object. The suspect then fled the scene. The victim was transported by Lincoln County EMS to CHS-Lincoln for treatment.
Gibson was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $15,380 secured bond. No court date was listed. Detective Link said Ms. Gibson was already on probation for assaulting Ritchie.
34-year-old Edgar Alrcon Romero of Taylorsville was arrested Tuesday (June 6) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a child.
On May 18, Investigators from the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office received a report from Alexander County Department of Social Services regarding possible sex abuse to an 11-year-old. An investigation was conducted by the Alexander County Department of Social Services and the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center. As a result of the investigation, it was learned that the suspect in this case was 34 year old Edgar Romero of Taylorsville.
Romero was taken into custody and placed in jail under a $150,000 Secured Bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (June 7).
33-year-old Brandon Eugene Anthony was arrested Tuesday by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony counts of larceny and breaking and entering. Anthony was placed in jail in Morganton under $27,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (June 7).
54-year-old Lester Ray Bradshaw, Jr. of Johnstown Road in Crouse has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with one felony count each of trafficking heroin or opium by possession and possession with intent to sell & deliver schedule II controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance.
Yesterday (June 6), Officers with the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit arrested Bradshaw for trafficking a large amount of opioid pain pills. The arrest came during a traffic stop near the intersection of N.C. Highway 27 East and Orchard Road in Iron Station. Officers stopped the vehicle for an expired registration plate.
During the stop, Detectives saw a passenger, Lester Ray Bradshaw, shoving plastic zip-lock bags in his pants. After a search of the subject’s clothing, Detectives seized more than 33 grams (80 tablets) of Hydrocodone pills and more than half an ounce of marijuana. Detectives say the man was attempting to hide the drugs, but part of the plastic bag was sticking out of the front of his pants, in plain view. Investigators interviewed the man, who admitted to purchasing the pills to re-sell for profit.
Bradshaw faces the highest level of trafficking charges, carrying a possibility of 225 months in prison if convicted. The investigation is ongoing.
Following his arrest, Bradshaw was given a $50,000 secured bond. A first appearance in Lincoln County District Court was set for today.
41-year-old Eric Scott Hefner of 16th Avenue SW in Long View was arrested Tuesday (June 6) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, larceny of a firearm, assault on a female, domestic criminal trespassing, and communicating threats. Hefner was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (June 7) and June 14.
19-year-old Tydre O’Brian Dumornay of 29th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested last night (June 6) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine, plus misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and assault on a female.
Events leading to his arrest began as Officers responded to a disturbance at the Cubbard Express store on 16th Street N.E. in Hickory. Tydre Dumornay was then served an outstanding warrant for assault on a female and he was charged with possessing 0.3 grams of cocaine and drug paraphernalia.
Dumornay was taken into custody without incident at about 9:40 p.m. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
30-year-old Jennifer Lynn Moss of West 19th Street in Newton was arrested Tuesday (June 6) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of larceny and flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. In addition Moss is charged with two counts apiece of misdemeanor possession of stolen goods and failure to appear, along with single counts of aggressive driving and driving while license revoked. Moss was also charged by the Conover Police Department with a count of failure to appear. She was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $27,750 total bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (June 7), June 15 and June 21.
28-year-old Brandon Eugene Scronce of River Run Circle in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (June 6) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of stolen goods or property. Scronce was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $40,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (June 7).
30-year-old Joshua Leon Barnes of Cobbs Place in Connelly Springs was arrested last Thursday (June 1) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with a felony count of sex offender use of social media.
According to a news release issued yesterday (Tuesday, June 6) the Burke County Criminal Investigations Division began an undercover operation after an anonymous informant provided a tip. The individual came forward with information regarding Joshua Leon Barnes utilizing social media to make contact with women online. Barnes, a registered sex offender, is prohibited from using social media outlets where children can be members and/or create online accounts.
An investigation revealed that Barnes was utilizing a false online moniker to access social media. Undercover detectives made contact with Barnes who requested to meet at a local church, which is also a prohibited action for registered sex offenders. Barnes arrived at the vacant parking lot of the requested church and was apprehended without incident by the Burke County Criminal Investigations Division. Following the arrest, Barnes was confined at the Burke Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. His first court appearance was scheduled for Monday (June 5), his next District Court date is set for June 26.
33-year-old Ricky Lee Lackey Jr. of Fletcher Street in Morganton was arrested Monday (June 5) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony solicitation of a minor by electronic device.
The Burke County Criminal Investigations Division began an undercover operation after receiving numerous complaints regarding Ricky Lee Lackey, Jr. Several concerned citizens gave anonymous tips regarding Lackey’s suspicious activity while he was employed at a local restaurant. According to a news release from the Burke County Sheriff's Office, during the course of the operation, Lackey had inappropriate conversations and approached whom he believed to be a juvenile for the express purpose of establishing a sexual relationship.
Lackey traveled to a predetermined location for what he thought was to meet the juvenile; however, when he arrived he was taken into custody without incident. Following the arrest, Lackey was confined at the Burke Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. His first court appearance was scheduled for Tuesday (June 6), his next District Court date is set for June 27.
Hickory's new mayor was sworn into office last night. During the regular Hickory City Council meeting, Jeff Cline took the oath of office and assumed the position of Mayor of the City of Hickory. Cline was appointed on May 16 to fill the position following the death of sitting Mayor Rudy Wright on May 11. Rudy Wright had been in that position since 2001. Jeff Cline is a former City Councilman, having served from 1995-1999. He has served on various boards in Catawba County over the years.
Also at last night's Hickory City Council meeting, City Manager Warren Wood introduced the Fiscal Year 2017/2018 budget, which totals $95,696,964. The budget presentation was given by Assistant City Manager Rodney Miller. The city's tax rate will remain at 56.65 cents per $100 valuation. There is a 1.7% increase in utility rates. A public hearing was held to receive comments on the budget. There were no speakers in opposition, one citizen spoke in favor of the budget encouraging council to continue to maintain and build upon the city's assets. Following the public hearing the budget was approved unanimously.
Following another public hearing Hickory City Council approved the rezoning of property at 1329 Zion Church Road unanimously. The property will be rezoned to medium density residential. The property was zoned residential by Catawba County but was recently annexed into Hickory. Council also heard a presentation on a new business district in the city, the University Mill District. The district's vision, mission and bylaws were discussed. City Council approved the creation of the University Mill District Unanimously.
21-year-old Antaisha Adell Allred of Triangle Circle in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 5:10 yesterday afternoon (June 5) on one felony count of insurance fraud. On H.P.D.’s arrest report, the complainant is listed as the Department of Insurance and the suspect’s employer is listed as a local home healthcare company.
Allred was arrested without incident at the Hickory Police Department. She was released about 30 minutes later under a $4,500 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
29-year-old Justin Martin Williams of Archie Carroll Road in Boone was arrested by Watauga County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill, assault by strangulation, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with a minor present, and attempted first degree murder. The charges were filed on May 31 and yesterday (June 5) in connection to an incident last week.
Last Tuesday, (May 30), shortly after 6 p.m. the Watauga County Communications Center received a 911 call in reference to a female who had sustained gunshot wounds at 415 Archie Carroll Road, Boone. Watauga County Sheriff's Officers, the Boone Fire Department and Watauga Medics responded to assist with the incident. The female was transported to Johnson City Medical Center for treatment.
The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Social Services conducted an investigation which led to Williams' arrest. The suspect was jailed under no bond on the on the initial assault charge filed and $750,000 secured on the other charges. He's scheduled to appear in court July 18.
23-year-old Sarah Marie Ibrahim of Bethel Road in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:40 p.m. yesterday (June 5) on one felony count of defeating an anti-shoplifting device, plus misdemeanor counts of shoplifting, failure to appear on a larceny charge and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
She was arrested after Police responded to a shoplifting call at the Dollar General store on Highway 70 S.W. The reporting party said a white female concealed items while in the store. The subject, later identified as Sarah Ibrahim, initially provided false identification. She was arrested and charged with shoplifting and resisting, and was also charged on two outstanding warrants, which were issued last month.
Ibrahim was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $7,500, secured. She’ll appear in a Burke County courtroom on June 27 with a court date in Newton the following day.
35-year-old Jennifer Michelle Taylor of Keener Acres Street in Lincolnton was charged with one felony count each of larceny by servant or other employee and possession of stolen goods.
Taylor is accused of stealing lottery tickets from the business where she worked. The missing tickets were discovered when a representative of the Lottery Commission came to the Handy Corner Convenience Store on Startown Road in Lincolnton to conduct a routine audit of their records. The tickets were discovered missing during the investigation. They were cashed at a convenience store in Cherryville.
Detectives viewed surveillance video from the store in Cherryville and sent a photo of the suspect to the owner of the Handy Corner. The owner identified the suspect as Jennifer Taylor, who was an employee. Detectives interviewed Taylor, who confessed to the crime.
Taylor was arrested on June 1 was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center. She was then released under a $1,500 secured bond. She’ll appear in District Court on June 27.
22-year-old Morgan Gabrielle Ellis was arrested this morning (June 6) by authorities in Lincoln County. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering to a building and larceny of horses, dogs, mules, swine, and cattle. Ellis was arrested shortly after 2:00 this morning and placed in jail under $5,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today.
34-year-old Jason Todd Hayes was arrested Monday (June 5) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of non-forced breaking and entering and one felony count of possession of stolen goods. Hayes was placed in jail in Morganton under $25,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 31.
The recommended Catawba County budget for Fiscal Year 2017/18 was approved Monday (June 5). The budget amount is $259,225,614, which maintains a property tax rate of $0.575 per $100 of valuation and reflects a 1.9 percent increase in the total budget without CVMC debt accounted for. The General Fund budget is $195,271,953 of this total, a 2 percent increase over the current year.
The budget projects increases in both property tax revenue ($2.7 million) and sales tax revenue ($3.5 million), which will allow for needed investments to further grow the local economy and deliver services to citizens. Catawba County has committed $1.3 million for each of the next two years in investment capital for the K-64 educational initiative, and these funds will be used to leverage additional public and private resources. Additionally, the budget invests in current expense, annual capital, and construction needs of the county's schools and CVCC.
The budget also includes an investment of $8.45 million for water and sewer projects. The initiatives the money will be used for are the Balls Creek Water Project on Highway 16, Duke Energy Water, and Highway 150 Sewer Phase II and III. The budget includes just under $17 million in general capital projects, roughly $11.4 million more than the current year budget. This increase is driven by the long-planned 320-bed expansion of the Catawba County Detention Facility in Newton.
You can get more details on the 2017/2018 Catawba County budget at www.catawbacountync.gov.