19-year-old Taren Ashley Hairston of 5th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just after 11:30 last night (July 24) for failure to appear on felony counts of possession of a schedule I controlled substance, possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.
She was initially charged in March 2016, along with 20-year-old Carlos Car’tre Ikard. The two were arrested after 1.1 grams of crack cocaine, 3.5 grams of MDMA (or, ecstasy) and 14.2 grams of marijuana were located during and investigative vehicle stop. The failure to appear warrants for Hairston’s arrest were issued in November of 2016.
Hairston was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $6,000 secured bond. She will appear in Superior Court on September 5 in Newton.
49-year-old Michael Raye Shuping was arrested today (July 25) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Shuping was placed in jail in Morganton under $60,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today.
31-year-old Joseph William Rudisill of Morganton, was given an active prison sentence of five to seven years after pleading guilty to failure to register as a sex offender and admitting his status as a habitual felon during Burke County Superior Court.
According to a news release issued yesterday (July 24), Rudisill entered his guilty plea on Monday, July 17, and was sentenced to his prison term by the Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County. The defendant will serve his sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
The habitual felon status enhanced Rudisill’s prison sentence. He has previous convictions for indecent liberties with children in Iredell County (February 2006), failure to register as a sex offender in Avery County (July 2012) and failure to register as a sex offender in Burke County (November 2013).
Between Sept. 27 and Oct. 2, 2016, Investigator Isaac Propst of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office made visits to the residence of Rudisill to conduct a random address verification of his sex offender registration. After a half-dozen failed attempts to make contact, investigators started checking hospitals for Rudisill. They determined he had a prescription filled in Rowan County and never returned to his registered residence.
Working with the Burke County Office of Probation and Parole, Inv. Propst determined that the defendant had absconded supervision and was in violation of sex offender registry requirements.
Propst led the investigation for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant District Attorney Michelle Lippert prosecuted the case for the State.
26-year-old Tony Curtis Minton of Moravian Kilby Road in Moravian Falls was arrested Monday (July 24) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Minton was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court date was set for today (July 25).
46-year-old Richard Darin Triplett of SW Tara Place in Lenoir was arrested Monday (July 24) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Triplett was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (July 25).
55-year-old Kenneth Elsworth Tant of Stallings Road in Zebulon was arrested Monday (July 24) by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with two counts of statutory sex offense with a child by an adult. Tant was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $150,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for August 7.
32-year-old Summer Michelle Coleman of West Highland Avenue in Granite Falls was arrested last Wednesday (July 19) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony identity theft.
According to a news release issued on Monday (July 24), on July 11, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation’s Division began investigating several reports of larceny of mail and identity theft across Burke County. Interviews were conducted and evidence was collected, which ultimately lead to the identification of Summer Michelle Coleman as being the suspect.
Following her arrest, Coleman was detained at the Burke/Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $90,000 secured bond. She was still in custody as of this morning (July 25). A court appearance is scheduled for August 8. The news release says the investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected.
31-year-old Raydene Little Jr. of Morganton will spend a minimum of six years in prison after pleading guilty to trafficking methamphetamine during Burke County Superior Court last Wednesday (July 19).
Little was sentenced to serve six to eight years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, after entering his guilty plea. In addition, he was assessed a mandatory fine of $50,000.
An officer with Glen Alpine Police Department initiated a traffic stop for an uninsured vehicle driven by the defendant on April 17, 2016. The officer observed drug paraphernalia in the floorboard of the vehicle and asked for consent to search.
During the search, the officer found a Crown Royal bag under the driver’s seat that contained digital scales and multiple plastic bags containing a crystalline substance. The State Crime Lab confirmed the substance to be methamphetamine.
Noah Spencer investigated the case for the Burke County Narcotics Task Force. Lance Sigmon handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
According to a Caldwell County fire inspection report, the sprinkler system in the Old Shuford Mills Building on Falls Avenue in Granite Falls was in need of repair. The inspection was done last Wednesday (July 19), two days before the huge fire that destroyed the building. The report, which was sent to WHKY, says "Repair Sprinkler System ASAP", then in parentheses it says put back in service. In addition, the report stipulates that the building be put on a 24 hour fire watch which requires walking the grounds every hour and documenting until the sprinkler system is back online.
The report included some additional instructions including repairing non-working exit and emergency lighting and mounting existing fire extinguishers and adding more extinguishers. The building was to be reinspected yesterday (July 24). It was not known if any of these violations had been corrected.
The fire, which is still being monitored, started at around 7 p.m. last Friday (July 21). All of the fire departments in Caldwell County sent firefighters, and departments from surrounding counties assisted in fighting the massive blaze. There were no serious injuries, however the building did contain a large amount of property. There were multiple businesses in the facility, 250 storage units which were all rented out, and three apartments. Monitoring of the fire could take several more days as officials were waiting for the interior to burn itself out.
Starting at eight o’clock Wednesday morning (July 26), a section of Riverside Drive from Pearson Drive to Montrose Street in Morganton will be closed to through traffic. Contractors will cut down trees at 202 Riverside Drive where the trees have grown into telephone, electric and cable lines.
CoMPAS Cable and electric services on Riverside Drive may be interrupted as the work takes place, but city staff will attempt to keep outages to a minimum. Residents will be able to get in and out of their driveways, as needed.
Contractors hope to complete the work Wednesday, but there is the possibility it could carry over to Thursday morning.
57-year-old James Edward Hayes of 11th Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 10:15 Saturday morning (July 22) on one felony count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Hayes was arrested in connection to an incident on July 17 when Police conducted an investigation at Hayes’ residence after they were contacted by Officers with Probation & Parole. During a search of the residence, Officers found 9.3 grams of a crystal-like substance, 0.5 grams of a white powder substance and drug paraphernalia. No arrests were made on that date. Warrants were issued on July 20.
Hayes was taken into custody without incident Saturday at his residence. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,500, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (July 24) in Newton.
Arrest warrants are outstanding for additional subjects.
24-year-old Joshua Douglas Winkler of SW Jason Place in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (July 23) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Winkler was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
37-year-old Mark Ray Hines of North Center Street in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before ten o’clock Saturday night (July 22) on one count of failure to appear on a felony embezzlement charge out of Forsythe County.
Hines was taken into custody without incident on the 1,400 block of 8th Street Drive S.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 unsecured bond. He has since been released. Hines was scheduled to appear in District Court in Winston-Salem tomorrow (July 25).
24-year-old Billy Lee Campbell of SW Melrose Street in Lenoir was arrested Friday (July 21) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense. Campbell was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (July 24).
27-year-old Cory Eugene Hefner of 14th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6 p.m. yesterday (July 23) for a felony probation. He was also charged with failure to appear for misdemeanor driving while license revoked. The warrants for his arrest were issue in May of this year.
Hefner is on probation as he serves a 30-month suspended sentence following a March 2017 conviction in Catawba County for felony sale or delivery of a controlled substance on school property. He had been listed as an absconder from probation.
Hefner was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,500 secured bond. He’ll appear in Superior Court today for the probation violation and in District Court on August 25 on the failure to appear charge.
28-year-old Brentley Jason Byers of 6th Street S.W. in Taylorsville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony statutory rape of child by an adult.
At about 1:25 Saturday afternoon (July 22), Deputies responded to a call regarding a possible sexual assault on Olin Loop Road. Deputies learned that the victim, a seven-year-old female, had obvious injuries consistent with a sexual assault.
Detectives interviewed the mother of the victim. The mother has four children, two with the suspect, Brentley Jason Byers. The mother said she left home at about 7 a.m. Friday to go to work and didn’t return until Saturday at about 1 p.m. When she came home, she found the victim sitting in a chair in the living room with blood on her. The suspect was asleep on the couch. The victim told her mother that Byers, who she refers to as her father, had sexually assaulted her.
Detectives learned that Byers had been left with all four children, but another family member had come by late Friday afternoon and picked up two of the children. Investigators believe the crime occurred during the night when only two small children and the suspect were in the home.
Evidence collected during a search of the home was consistent with a sexual assault. Detectives found clothing in the washing machine that was placed there in an apparent attempt to dispose of evidence.
The victim was taken by E.M.S. to the Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem. The victim suffered extensive injuries from the assault and will likely need surgery. The victim remains in the care of medical personnel.
Byers was taken into custody and jailed under a $1-million secured bond. He’ll appear in Statesville District Court today (July 24).
The investigation is ongoing and more charges are likely.
31-year-old Zachary Blake Hoyle of Magnolia Grove Road in Iron Station and 22-year-old Caleb Daniel Staley of Long Shoals Road in Lincolnton were both arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with three felony counts of sell and deliver schedule VI controlled substance and possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule VI controlled substance. Hoyle is additionally charged with maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances.
The arrests came after the conclusion of two separate investigations into marijuana sales in southern and eastern Lincoln County. Detectives used undercover and surveillance techniques to purchase various amounts of marijuana from the individuals. The investigations began after detectives received citizen tips about drug activity concerning both subjects. Investigators say the two cases are unrelated.
Hoyle received a $21,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court August 8. Staley received a $24,000 secured bond and has a District Court date set for September 12.
Morganton City workers planned to shut off water service to Bristol Creek Avenue this morning (July 24) to repair a water line break. About 50 customers will be affected on Bristol Creek and any side streets. Workers expected to make the repair and turn water back on sometime early this afternoon barring any unforeseen problems.
37-year-old Dequelle Kushawn Williamson of 2nd Street SW in Hickory was arrested Sunday (July 23) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with two counts of felony possession of cocaine. Williamson was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (July 24).
55-year-old James Earl Banner of Harpertown Circle in Lenoir was arrested Friday (July 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Banner was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (July 24).