43-year-old Sabrina Suzanne Starnes, 22-year-old Dillan Wes Frye, and 16-year-old Mikall Lee Piercy, all of the same Snowhill Church Road Morganton address, were all arrested Monday (October 31). Starnes is charged with felony breaking and entering, Frye is charged with felony parole violation, and Piercy is charged with felony larceny after breaking and entering.
On Monday, officers with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office attempted to serve warrants on Sabrina Starnes and Mikall Piercy at their residence on Snowhill Church Road. The NCDPS-Community Corrections Division went to the same address to speak with Dillan Frye, who also resides there. Officers left the residence after finding no one at home but a deputy recognized Starnes’ vehicle traveling on Kathy Road and made a vehicle stop.
Sabrina Starnes was driving and her two sons, Dillan Frye and Mikall Piercy were passengers. During the stop, officers seized a stolen shotgun from the vehicle. Frye was taken into custody for the parole violation and ordered held with no bond. Starnes and Piercy were both taken into custody for outstanding felony warrants. Starnes received a $40,000 secured bond, and Piercy received a $20,000 secured bond. All three suspects were confined at Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility. Starnes and Piercy were both scheduled to appear in court earlier this week, Frye is scheduled to make a court appearance next Tuesday (November 8).
40-year-old Donald Gene Norris of Perth Trail in Denver was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule I, II, and IV controlled substances. In addition, Norris is charged with possession of schedule I and II controlled substances, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, and simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance.
Norris was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (Thursday, November 3) under $35,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
The investigation into the death of a woman found in a Hickory home is continuing. The Hickory Police Department has arrested two suspects and charged them with murder, however, as of this morning (Thursday, November 3) Hickory Police had not confirmed that the arrests are connected to the death case.
On Tuesday (November 1), shortly after 6 p.m., Hickory Police were called to 2043 9th Avenue NE in reference a death case. Upon arrival, officers found 66-year-old Patricia Diane Swink, deceased inside the residence. The victim’s vehicle was stolen from the residence, but was later recovered by police. Hickory Police have been investigating the incident as a homicide and it is believed that the suspect was known to the victim.
Online inmate records for the Catawba County Detention Facility show the arrest of 49-year-old Tina Louise Swink of Fireman's Lane in Taylorsville, and 33-year-old Micky Lee Swink of 9th Street SW in Hickory. Both suspects are charged with murder. Micky Swink is also charged with larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. A spokesperson with the Hickory Police Department could not confirm any connection between these arrests and the murder investigation. Both suspects were confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond, District Court dates were scheduled for today.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Hickory Police Department at 828-324-2060.
A Catawba County man received prison time after entering a guilty plea in a robbery case.
58-year-old Billy Ray Wilhelm of Claremont, will spend at least seven years in prison after pleading guilty to common law robbery and admitting his status as a habitual felon during Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday (November 2).
Wilhelm was given an active prison term of seven to nine years in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Kevin M. Bridges, Superior Court Judge from Stanly County.
The defendant’s sentence was enhanced by his habitual felon status, which includes prior felony convictions for uttering a forged instrument in Iredell County on September 18, 1989, and January 4, 1991, and selling a Schedule VI Controlled Substance on February 8, 2005, in Catawba County.
On December 7, 2015, Wilhelm approached an 83-year-old handicapped female in the parking lot of WalMart in Hickory, asking for money to assist his family as he gave her a false name. She gave him the money and also gave him her address to return the money at a later date.
The next day he showed up at her Conover residence and brought her newspaper to the house. She allowed him inside, but while he was in the home, he stole her purse. When she confronted him about it and tried to recover the purse, he shoved her and fled the residence. The victim was able to get the license plate number as the defendant drove away from her home.
Using that information along with some witness accounts and video footage from surveillance cameras at WalMart, investigators were able to develop Wilhelm as a suspect and arrested him on December 8, 2015.
Stacy Huffman led the investigation for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Learner and Kyle Smith prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.
A 14-year-old girl has been located and is safe. She was found Wednesday afternoon (November 2) by Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies walking along a street east of Boger City.
Abigail Grace Maguire was returned to her parent’s home and removed from NCIC as a missing person.
A student at Hudson Elementary School has been hospitalized with meningitis. The child was diagnosed after the child was home sick on Tuesday. The Caldwell County Schools confirmed that the child has not attended school the entire week, and no other students have been affected.
A letter from the Caldwell County Health Department was sent home to parents today regarding the case. All of the classrooms were sanitized last night.
The germs that cause bacterial meningitis are spread from person to person. the Centers for Disease Control says that some symptoms of meningitis, which can be deadly, include sudden onset of fever, headache, and stiff neck. Other additional symptoms are often Nausea, Vomiting, increased sensitivity to light and confusion. You can learn about the disease by going to cdc.gov.
Libby Brown, the PIO for Caldwell county schools said that the last time they’d heard from the family, the child was in good condition.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 14-year-old white female.
The father of Abigail Grace Maguire filed a missing person’s report on Tuesday (November 1). Detective Justin Link said the girl was last seen at her residence Tuesday at approximately 7:15 a.m. She is described as 5 feet-2 inches tall, 120 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.
Abigail Maguire may possibly be in the Shelby or Gastonia area. She has been entered in NCIC as missing.Anyone with information about the teen’s whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Justin Link at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202, or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
34-year-old Danny Allen Lawrence Jr. of 1st Street SE and 20-year-old Jeila Renee Dula-Ferguson of 9th Avenue SE, both from Hickory, were both arrested by Hickory Police Officers. Lawrence was arrested late last night (Tuesday, November 1) and Dula-Ferguson was arrested early this morning (Wednesday, November 2). Both suspects are charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule II controlled substance, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule VI controlled substance.
The charges are in connection to an incident that occurred on July 7 of this year. Police on foot patrol on the 800 Block of 1st Street SE saw a person who had been banned from Hickory Housing Authority Property and followed the person to a residence. Officers noticed the odor of marijuana coming from the home and conducted a search. Police found two grams of powder cocaine, 4.9 grams of crack cocaine, and 137.2 grams of marijuana, along with drug paraphernalia.
Bond for Lawrence was set at $5,000 secured, Dula-Ferguson's bond was set at $2,500 secured. Lawrence was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today (Wednesday, November 2), and Dula-Ferguson is scheduled to appear in Superior Court Thursday (November 3).
The Hickory Police Department is investigating a rape case. According to police records, the victim filed the report on Tuesday (November 1). The incident reportedly occurred at a location on 18th Street NW on Tuesday. The police report says that known subjects sexually assaulted the victim. No additional information was released, the investigation is continuing.
The murder of a woman whose body was found in a Hickory home is under investigation by the Hickory Police Department. Tuesday (November 1) at approximately 6 p.m., Hickory Police Officers responded to 2043 9th Avenue NE. Police found 66-year-old Patricia Diane Swink deceased inside the home.
Cause of death has not been released, it is believed that the person responsible for Swink's death was known by the victim. No arrest had been made as of this morning (Wednesday, November 2). Hickory Police are continuing to investigate. WHKY will keep you updated on this case as we receive further information.
There's another new name on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List. 50-year-old Scott Anthony Sanborn is wanted for felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. Sanborn's last known address was 2627 Setzer Street in Connelly Springs. He was added to the Most Wanted List last Friday (October 28).
You can see the entire list of Burke County's Most Wanted suspects at the Sheriff's Office website, www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list call the Burke County Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.
27-year-old Cordero Louis Thompson was arrested Tuesday (November 1) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Following the arrest Thompson was placed in jail in Morganton under $4,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Friday (November 4).
31-year-old David Robert Masten of Gatewood Drive in Hudson was arrested Tuesday (November 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three counts apiece of felony breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, misdemeanor larceny, and misdemeanor possession of stolen goods or property. Masten is also charged with failure to appear. Bond for Masten was set at $2,000 secured, A Superior Court date is set for January 9.
53-year-old Georgia Lynn Starks was arrested Tuesday (November 1) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, conspire to manufacture meth, and possession with intent to distribute meth precursor. The charges are on warrants from 2014. Starks was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, November 2).
41-year-old Paula Renee Cruz was arrested Tuesday (November 1) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with manufacture, sell, deliver, or possess controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and larceny in Catawba County. She's also charged with shoplifting with concealment of goods on a warrant from Lincoln County. The drug charge is from this year, the larceny charge is on a warrant from 2015, and the Lincoln County warrant is from 2014. Cruz was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $32,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (Wednesday, November 2) and December 7 in Catawba County, and November 29 in Lincoln County.
An Alexander County man received prison time following a guilty plea in Catawba County on Tuesday.
46-year-old James Maurice Wilson of Taylorsville, was sentenced to serve a minimum of more than six years in prison for habitual larceny and for admitting to being a habitual felon. The guilty plea was entered during Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday (November 1).
The defendant stole merchandise from Rugged Wearhouse in Hickory on October 6, 2014. Wilson was given an active prison term of 77 to 105 months by the Honorable Kevin M. Bridges, Superior Court Judge from Stanly County, following the guilty plea. That sentence was enhanced by the defendant’s habitual felon status, which includes prior felony convictions for breaking and entering (June 1, 1995), common law robbery (Dec. 1, 1999) and felony larceny (Aug. 19, 2003), all in Lee County.
He also has prior felony larceny convictions on June 1, 1995, and Dec. 1, 1999, and misdemeanor larceny convictions (July 12, 1999 and March 7, 2002), also in Lee County, as well as a host of other convictions.
Michael Rollins investigated the case for Hickory Police Department. David Learner and Kyle Smith handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
32-year-old Tommy Lee Lilly of Dallas, North Carolina, was arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with
one felony count apiece of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods.
The charges are in connection with a break-in at a Lincoln County residence on September 18. Detective Kelly Paris learned from a Gaston County Detective on October 28 that evidence connected to a break-in to a residence in the 1900 block of Maiden Salem Road in Lincolnton, was also linked to a case under investigation in Gaston County.
Gaston County detectives had seized a number of stolen items at a home on Hoyle Street in Dallas occupied by Tommy Lee Lilly. While detectives were conducting an inventory of the items they discovered a Walgreen’s Reward Card that was connected to the victim of the Lincoln County break-in.
Detective Paris contacted Detective Dalton who assisted him in identifying a computer and jewelry items that belonged to the victim in Lincoln County. The officers interviewed Lilly and, according to a news release, he confessed to the break-in. Lilly was also arrested on several charges in Gaston County.
Lilly's bond in Lincoln County was set at $25,000 secured. He was being held in the Gaston County Jail under a total bond of $77,500 secured. Lilly is scheduled to appear in District Court in Lincoln County today (Wednesday, November 2) and he's got a District Court date set for Gaston County on November 10.
Hickory City Council met in regular session last night. During the session, Government Affairs Manager, Yaidee Fox presented an update on the Catawba County EDC bus tour. The tour visited Lincoln County, Rock Hill, and Gaston County to look at their industrial parks and economic development growth.
Councilman Patton recognized Reed Baer as the new Deputy Chief of Police. Mayor Rudy Wright presented a proclamation for hunger and homelessness awareness week. the mayor also presented a proclamation to Hendrick Honda employees for their bravery during a flood when they pulled two women to safety.
Mr. Jim Campbell was appointed to the Bond Commission by Councilman Tarlton. Councilman Lail nominated Aaron Kohrs to the international Council. Mayor Wright nominated Jose Garcia and Tessa Rodriguez to the Youth Council.
Captain D. Reed Baer, a 19-year veteran of the Hickory Police Department was promoted to Deputy Chief of Police today (Tuesday, November 1). Since beginning his career with the department in 1997, Deputy Chief Baer has held supervisory roles in Special Investigations, Charles P.A.C.T. and Support Services. Baer continued to share his experience and leadership when he was promoted to Division Commander of Support Services in 2010 and Division Commander of Criminal Investigations in 2012.
Deputy Chief Baer is responsible for the addition of the Code Enforcement Unit to the Police Department. Baer is a graduate of East Carolina University and the 245th session of the FBI National Academy. He holds memberships in the North Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Association, the North Carolina Police Executives Association, The North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police and the FBI National Academy Associates. He has also been a strong advocate for the Catawba County Council on Adolescents where he currently serves as the Board Chair. Baer is also an active mentor in the Council on Adolescents’ Lunch Buddy Program.
A traffic stop conducted by members of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Interstate Criminal Enforcement (ICE) Team last Tuesday led to the largest seizure of Oxycontin pills in Iredell County Sheriff’s Office history.
According to a news release issued today by the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, 26-year-old Anthony Jaron Prettyman and 26-year-old Cory Michael Laurenson, both of Elmira, New York were arrested and charged with one felony count each of trafficking in schedule II controlled Substance by possession, maintain a vehicle for the transport of controlled substance and possession of marijuana.
Two men traveling South on Interstate 77 in a Land Rover were stopped by deputies with the ICE Team for traffic violations. While speaking with the men, deputies asked to see the vehicle registration. When Prettyman retrieved the paperwork from the glovebox, a bag of marijuana was noticed by one of the deputies. Based on the bag of marijuana being seen a search of the vehicle was conducted. A “false bottom” paint can was discovered and inside the can were 5330; 30 milligram Oxycotin pills. Also while searching the vehicle another half-ounce of marijuana was located in a Nike shoebox.
Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigators along with Special Agents of the Department of Homeland Security in Charlotte are working further on this case. Investigators seized the 2009 Land Rover and over 2000.00 dollars in cash.
Prettyman and Laurenson were taken to the Iredell County Detention Center. Both were jailed a two-million dollar secured bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for Thursday (November 3). The investigation is ongoing at this time.