41-year-old Sean Arthur Smail of County Home Road in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:30 Saturday night (July 25) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested after Police got behind a black B.M.W. with an expired registration tag, traveling south on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard. Officers stopped the vehicle and – as they approached – they smelled marijuana.
Officers found a small baggie containing a white powder substance on the driver’s side floorboard. Sean Smail was the driver and the vehicle’s only occupant.
During the booking process, a baggie containing marijuana and two empty baggies with a white residue were found in Smail’s right sock. In all, 0.65 grams of cocaine and 2.56 grams of marijuana were found.
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On April 21 of this year, the Boone Police Department began an investigation into a missing person case. James “Martin” Roberts. Roberts, a college student, was last seen in Boone, near the Appalachian State University Campus. A letter was found in his room indicating that he was leaving everyone behind, but the letter made no specific mention of harming himself. Police and Mr. Roberts’ family said that they know from the content of the letter that Roberts was experiencing some challenges in life and may have wanted to escape from his circumstances.
Boone Police Chief Dana Crawford says investigators have nearly exhausted their available leads and have begun looking at more unlikely scenarios. Recently, Boone Police Detective Kevin Wilson, the lead Investigator on the case, spent two days with experienced Investigators from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). Those Investigators will assist with technical aspects of the case.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of James “Martin” Roberts should call 828-268-6900.
60-year-old Bobby Gene Huffman, Jr. of Bethlehem was arrested Friday (July 22) by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers on three counts of second-degree exploitation of a minor.
The investigation leading to Huffman’s arrest stems from a tip from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, which notified the Sheriff’s Office on Friday. The incidents occurred from February through June of 2015. A search warrant was issued by a Superior Court Judge. The search warrant was executed at Huffman’s residence Friday.
Huffman was taken into custody and then taken before a Magistrate and given a $12,000 secured bond. Today (July 25), 11 more warrants were issued on the same charge. Those warrants stem from the same investigation. Huffman was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today.
This investigation is continuing.
53-year-old Ted McMurray Olson of Catawba Street in Glen Alpine was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:10 Saturday morning (July 23) on two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon.
He was arrested after Police were called to fight in progress at the Metro Treatment Center on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard, S.E. They found the victim, a 30-year-old Claremont man, on his knees in the parking lot, suffering from a knife wound on his upper, left back area. The victim pointed out the suspect, Ted Olson, who was still on the premises.
Police say the victim was waiting to pay inside the treatment center when he became upset that a slow computer was making it difficult for him to check out. He stepped outside to vent when the suspect allegedly came up from behind and hit the victim in the back of the head. The victim confronted Olson, who produced a knife and cut him.
The victim was not hospitalized. Olson complained of back pain and shortness of breath, but he refused treatment from E.M.S.
Olson was taken into custody without incident. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $45,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (July 25) in Newton.
45-year-old Thomas Victor Rinehart was arrested Friday (July 22) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony non-forced breaking and entering. Rinehart was placed in jail in Morganton following the arrest under $5,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for September 12.
24-year-old Devon Wesley Downing was arrested Sunday (July 24) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony breaking and entering to a motor vehicle. Following the arrest, Downing was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, July 25).
22-year-old Tristan Keith Rhymer of Early Place in Lenoir was arrested Friday (July 22) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony breaking and entering. Following the arrest, Rhymer was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, July 25).
26-year-old Thomas Allen Owens of Watts Street in Morganton was arrested Saturday (July 23) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Owens was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, July 25).
38-year-old Clee Eugene Blankenship of Dry Pond Lane in Conover was arrested Sunday (July 24) by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, second degree trespassing, and failure to appear. Blankenship was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $4,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, July 25).
Robert Winkler has been hired as the new City of Morganton Parks and Recreation Director. Winkler has spent the last nine years serving as the Parks and Recreation Director in Lenoir. He previously worked for the City of Morganton as well as Burke County.
Winkler grew up in Lenoir where he graduated from West Caldwell High School. Winkler was a standout athlete at West Caldwell and also played for Caldwell County's American Legion Baseball team. After graduation he attended North Carolina State University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Parks Recreation and Tourism Management.
In 1996, after graduating from NC State, Winkler moved to Morganton where he became Athletic Supervisor for the City of Morganton Parks and Recreation. He then went on to become the Athletic Director for Burke County in 1999. After a brief stint back with Morganton in 2007, Winkler was named Director of Parks and Recreation for Lenoir where he supervised 19 full time and 50 part time employees and managed three recreation centers as well as various parks and facilities.
Winkler replaces Brian Benton, who was hired as the City's Parks and Recreation Director in May. He resigned on June 28, after just one day on the job. Benton cited personal matters as the reason for his resignation. Benton replaced Gary Leonhardt, who served as the Director for 24 years. Leonhardt had been with the Recreation Department since 1966.
Winkler's first day will be August 30.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a shooting incident early Saturday morning (July 23) that left one man with a gunshot wound.
Around 1:45 a.m. Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a singlewide mobile home in the 3600 block of Gladden Drive in connection with a shooting incident. Someone called 911 and reported a shooting but hung up on the call.
Deputies arrived at the home to find all the doors locked and could not gain entry into the residence. They could see blood on the floor while looking in a window and blood on a back porch and the ground. The victim was transported to CHS-Lincoln by private vehicle.
Officers learned that five people were at the residence playing cards when someone came in the back door wearing a mask, armed with a gun and started shooting. Several shots were fired, however only one person was struck by a bullet. 43-year-old Timothy Dravon Burris of Gladden Drive in Lincolnton, was grazed by a bullet on the forehead. He was treated at CHS-Lincoln.
Detectives secured a search warrant and processed the shooting scene. The suspect was described as a black male, just under six feet tall and weighing about 170 pounds. Detectives were interviewing a person of interest in the shooting incident.
Three more suspects have been arrested in connection with a March double murder in Catawba County.
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office reports the arrests Friday (July 22) of 23-year-old William Crawford Powell Jr. of Fayetteville, 26-year-old Arsenio Dewayne Curtis of Hickory, and 23-year-old Reand Pablo-Antonio Rivera of Fayetteville. All three suspects are charged with two counts of murder. The charges are in connection with the murders of Mark Anthony Wilson and Diedra Lacarol Ramseur. They were shot to death on March 14 of this year in their home on Rest Home Road in Claremont.
Powell and Rivera were arrested in Fayetteville, Curtis was arrested in Statesville. 24-year-old Jordan Alexander Rivera of Hickory and 26-year-old Devin Maurice Ussery of Conover were arrested earlier in the day Friday, they were both charged with two counts of murder.
41-year-old Elmer Guicharquintero of Foxwood Drive in Maiden was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers Wednesday (July 20) as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Guicharquintero is wanted by authorities at the March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, California for a sex offense against a child ten years old or younger.
Guicharquintero was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $200,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday (July 21) with another court date coming up on August 18 in Newton.
Foothills Performaing Arts (FPA) has announced that it will be the resident theater at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center on Hickory Boulevard S.E. in Lenoir.
Approximately four months ago, FPA began negotiating an agreement with the Broyhill Center to become the theater in residence. All of FPA's productions will be performed on the Broyhill Center’s main stage. The move will enable the theater to stage more large-scale shows with more advanced technology incorporated into the productions.
FPA and the Broyhill Center will remain separate entities.
FPA has also announced that they have begun the process of hiring a new Company Manager. The Company Manager will manage and complete the theater’s routine administrative tasks in order to effectively run a non-profit organization and theater arts company. The Company Manager will facilitate effective communication between Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute, the Broyhill Center and FPA, and will improve communications between the FPA board and the theater’s artistic and technical directors.
The job will be a part-time position with a fixed schedule for ten hours per week. The Company Manager will start during the week of August 22.
For more information, visit fpatheatre.org.
52-year-old Randall Blake Whisnant of Little Gunpowder Creek Drive in Hudson was arrested Thursday (July 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. WHKY first reported on this arrest earlier today (Friday, July 22). He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana.
On Thursday, Agents with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office Ice Unit ended a month long investigation into a suspected methamphetamine and marijuana dealer. Randall Blake Whisnant was arrested at his home yesterday without incident. The investigation consisted of Agents conducting several undercover buys of drugs from Whisnant.
Agents served the warrant, searched the home and found more than one-quarter ounces of methamphetamine, 29 grams of packaged marijuana, 15 oxycodone pills, five hydrocodone pills, digital scales, cash, and other items of drug paraphernalia. The drugs seized have a value of $2,982 according to North Carolina State Guidelines. Agents say more charges are likely in the future.
Following his arrest, Whisnant was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (July 25).
An additional sex offense charge has been filed against a man arrested in Burke County. 32-year-old Jerry Mathew Anjerok was arrested in June by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He was charged at that time with felony counts of indecent liberties with a child, incest between certain relatives, and child abuse.
On Thursday (July 21) Anjerok was charged with felony first degree statutory rape. He's now being held in jail in Morganton under a total bond of $375,000 secured. A District Court appearance on the new charge was scheduled for today (Friday, July 22).
38-year-old Seram Enos was arrested Thursday (July 22) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with two counts of felony child abuse. Enos was placed in jail in Morganton under $175,000 secured bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (Friday, July 22) and next Wednesday (July 27).
24-year-old Jordan Alexander Rivera of 12th Street N.E. in Hickory and 26-year-old Devin Maurice Ussery of Breana Court in Conover have both been charged with two felony counts of murder. The two are accused of killing Mark Anthony Wilson and Diedra Lacarol Ramseur. They were shot to death on March 14 of this year in their home on Rest Home Road in Claremont.
Rivera was already in custody in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. He had been arrested on April 1 on a number of narcotics and firearms charges. He was served with the murder warrants at the jail at about 6 a.m. today (July 22). Ussery was taken into custody at about 6:10 this morning at his residence. He was also placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility.
Both men are being held without bond on the murder charges. Rivera also has a $151,000 bond on the other charges. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for Monday (July 25) in Newton.
29-year-old Tonya Elizabeth Bare of Bishop Drive in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (July 21) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense and misdemeanor larceny. Bare was given a custody release, a Superior Court date is set for September 12.
A pair of suspects have been wanted in Burke County for close to two years.
According to the current Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List 43-year-old Eric Sherard Jones is wanted for felony failure to report a new address as a sex offender. Jones' last known address was 2464 U.S. 70 in Morganton. He's been on the Most Wanted list since August 4, 2014. Jones has been wanted longer than anyone else currently on the list.
26-year-old Anthony Takeo Sherril is wanted for felony counts of breaking and entering a place of worship, larceny, and possession of stolen property. Sherril's last known address was 5521 Miller Mill Road in Hickory. He has been on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted list since August 14, 2014.
You can see the entire Most Wanted List at the Burke County Sheriff's Office website, www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information regarding the whereabouts any of the suspects on the list you can call 828-438-5500 or e-mail email@example.com. You can also submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333.