A Caldwell County man charged in connection to the death of a woman in Burke County in June will face the death penalty.
Prosecutors for the State announced during Burke County Superior Court on Monday (August 13) that they will seek the death penalty in the murder case against 37-year-old Joshua Nathaniel Beard of Mountain View Circle in Lenoir.
Beard was arrested by law enforcement officers in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on June 27 in connection with the June 17, 2018, death of Robin Berry Teague and returned to jail in Burke County. The victim was found deceased June 17 in a residence on U.S. 70 in Connelly Springs. She died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head. The incident was reported to authorities by a family member.
Beard remains in jail in Morganton, he's being held without bond. His next court date is scheduled for September 10. The case remains under investigation by the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.
24-year-old Taya Aleque Shaquae McCathern of 18th Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested today (August 14) by Hickory Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of common law robbery, larceny of a motor vehicle, and second degree kidnapping.
This morning at approximately 12:45, Hickory Police responded to Cubbard Express at 954 16th Street NE in reference to an armed robbery. During the robbery, the suspect entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money the suspect made the clerk drive her from the business in the clerk’s vehicle. After a period of time, the suspect released the clerk unharmed.
The suspect was identified as McCathern. She was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $150,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (August 15).
Anyone with information regarding this on-going investigation is encouraged to call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551 or contact Investigator Kim Craig directly at 828-261-2616 or email@example.com.
The City of Hickory, Catawba County, and the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) announced today (August 14) that they have signed the first tenant for the Trivium Corporate Center, a 270-acre Class A business park to be built in southeast Hickory. Corning Incorporated plans to build a cable manufacturing facility in the park for its Optical Communications business segment, creating approximately 110 jobs over the next five years and investing $60 million in this location.
Trivium Corporate Center, located between Robinwood Road and Startown Road in Hickory, is being jointly developed by the City of Hickory, Catawba County, and the EDC, as one of the four City of Hickory bond projects. Bond funds totaling $4.5 million have been allocated to Trivium Corporate Center.
As part of the project, 26.82 acres owned by the Trivium Corporate Center Inc., a non-profit entity jointly developed and funded by Catawba County and the City of Hickory, will be transferred to Corning for its new facility. Corning plans to add manufacturing capacity to maintain its market-leading position and ensure reliable supply for its customers as it addresses growing worldwide demand for optical fiber and cable, the company has indicated.
Corning plans to hire a variety of workers for the new manufacturing operations, including operators, distribution staff, maintenance personnel and other workers. Salaries will vary by position, but the average annual compensation for the company’s new jobs will be above the Catawba County average wage.
Corning employs more than 4,000 people in North Carolina across its Optical Communications and Life Sciences business segments, making North Carolina the company’s largest U.S. employment center after New York state. Corning Incorporated is a global company with approximately 45,000 employees. For more information about Corning Optical Communications, including job opportunities, visit www.corning.com.
30-year-old Ying Lor of Emmanuel Church Road and 35-year-old Nou Lee of Fairway Drive S.W., both from Conover, were arrested by Hickory Police at about 12:40 yesterday afternoon (August 13). Lor was charged with one felony count of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and two misdemeanor counts of larceny. One of the larceny warrants was issued in Burke County on July 27 of this year. Lee faces one misdemeanor count of possession of stolen property.
They were arrested after Hickory Police responded to a larceny call at the A.B.C. store on 1st Avenue S.W. in downtown Hickory. The suspect allegedly took a cell phone from the victim’s vehicle. Officers found the suspect with another individual on 2nd Street S.E., between Main Avenue S.E. and 1st Avenue S.E.
Lor and Lee were both taken into custody without incident. They were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Lor set at $6,500, secured, while Lee was given a $1,000 secured bond. Lor was due in District Court today. Lee has a court date coming up on September 7.
29-year-old Kayla Marie Whisnant of Carbon City Road in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:15 a.m. Monday on grand jury indictments for felony obtaining property by false pretense and felony conspiracy. Those warrants were issued on July 9 of this year. She was also arrested on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Whisnant was wanted by the Martinsville Police Department in Henry County, Virginia for possession of heroin.
She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $80,000, secured. A District Court date on the fugitive warrant was scheduled today in Newton. Whisnant will appear in Superior Court in Burke County in December.
30-year-old Amanda Renee Miller was arrested Monday (August 13) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Miller was placed in jail in Morganton under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (August 14).
39-year-old James Lee Maple Jr. of Underdown Avenue in Lenoir was arrested Monday (August 13) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense, and single felony counts of breaking and entering and habitual felon. Maple was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for September 10.
26-year-old Cody Duane Hampton of Perry Court in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (August 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony conspiracy to sell and deliver marijuana. Following the arrest, Hampton was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (August 14).
32-year-old Christopher Allen Weaver of Jennifer Lane in Claremont was arrested Monday (August 13) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and larceny of a motor vehicle. Weaver was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,500 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (August 14).
67-year-old Jesse Lee Mize of Bassett, Virginia, was arrested Monday (August 13) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony fail to register as a sex offender. Mize was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (August 14).
56-year-old Douglas Edward Staley of Gerald Road in Morganton was arrested last Friday (August 10) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering.
Last Monday, August 6, Morganton Public Safety Officers responded to the Dollar General Store at 1324 Burkemont Avenue in reference to an alarm. When officers arrived, they saw the front window of the business broken in with store items scattered on the floor. Surveillance video showed a black male entering the store immediately after the window was broken, he stole multiple items. The suspect was described as an older, skinny, bald, black, male with no facial hair. He was wearing a black shirt, camouflage shorts with black and white tennis shoes.
The suspect took a large amount of cigarettes from behind the counter and rummaged through filing cabinets. It was later learned that the suspect had been in the store earlier in the day during business hours. Investigators were able to identify the suspect as Douglas Edward Staley.
Following his arrest, Staley was placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court in Morganton Monday (August 13).
A Granite Falls woman will spend at least four years in prison after a Caldwell County jury found her guilty of robbery with a dangerous weapon and second-degree kidnapping during Caldwell County Superior Court last week. The jury returned a guilty verdict for 50-year-old Judy Potter Norris last Wednesday (August 8), and the Honorable Hugh B. Lewis, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, sentenced her to an active prison term of four to six years. Norris will serve that sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
An employee of a Granite Falls convenience store was in the parking lot on January 19, 2017, when Norris pulled into the parking lot wearing a mask, sweatshirt and camouflage pants. Upon exiting the vehicle, she pointed a .22-caliber handgun at the employee, told him he was being robbed and forced him into the store bathroom, locking him in from the outside. The defendant then walked to the cash register and took money from it along with rolled coins found under the counter.
The employee had his cell phone with him and contacted law enforcement. Officers from the Granite Falls Police Department arrived and were able to watch video surveillance of the robbery with managers of the store. They were able to help investigators identify Norris as a suspect by her walk, build, blonde hair protruding from the mask and the fact she was not wearing shoes, which she was known to do when coming into the store on other occasions.
The vehicle driven to the store by the defendant was found at her residence along with the mask, sweatshirt and items taken from the store. Det. Clint Ferguson investigated the case for the Granite Falls Police Department. Andrew Jennings handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
18-year-old Bryson Daniel Griffin of Sunshine Lane in Lenoir was arrested last Friday (August 10) by authorities in Caldwell County. He's charged with felony speeding to elude arrest. Griffin was released on $10,000 secured bond. His next District Court date is September 4.
39-year-old Rocky Dwain Fowler Jr. of Cedar Creek Court in Lenoir was arrested last Friday (August 10) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Fowler was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. His next District Court date is set for September 4.
44-year-old Richard Lee Dean Jr. of Fieldstone Circle in Statesville was arrested Saturday (August 11) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of heroin and possession of methamphetamine along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Saturday, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a call from 711 Tomlin Road in reference to suspicious activity. A truck driver at this location was claiming he was hearing voices coming from the trailer attached to his truck. An officer responded and spoke with the driver, Richard Lee Dean Jr.
The officer noticed several motor carrier violations in addition to the suspicious activity of the driver. The State Highway Patrol responded to assist. A K9 officer indicated that there were illegal drugs in the truck. The truck was searched and officers found two grams of heroin, 2.6 grams of methamphetamine, and several items of drug paraphernalia.
Dean was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (August 13).
30-year-old Ryan Allen Colley of Old North Road in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (August 12) by authorities in Brunswick County. He's charged on warrants from Caldwell County with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods. Colley was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (August 13).
21-year-old Laython Ryan Sloop of Hugo Lane in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff's Officers on single counts of felony possession of firearm by a convicted felon and misdemeanor resisting a public officer.
On August 6, an Iredell County Officer assisted Probation Officers with a search at Sloop’s residence. Sloop, who is currently on probation, is subject to warrantless searches. The search turned up a 9mm handgun.
Sloop was arrested and taken to the Iredell Co. Detention Center. When the patrol car’s rear door was opened, Sloop attempted to flee on foot, but was captured a few feet away.
The suspect was jailed under a $25,000 secured bond. Sloop will next appear in District Court on September 4. He has a criminal history that includes felony assault inflicting serious injury, misdemeanor second-degree trespass and misdemeanor obstruction of justice.
22-year-old Edwin Guerrero-Hernandez of Miller Avenue in Marion was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 11 o’clock Friday night (August 10) on a misdemeanor D.W.I. charge. He was also charged with felony habitual impaired driver.
He was arrested after Officers responded to a hit-and-run vehicle crash the Carmike Cinemas on Catawba Valley Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. The suspect, Edwin Guerrero-Hernandez, was found in the parking lot at a nearby fast-food restaurant where he was taken into custody without incident.
Guerrero-Hernandez declined consent for a blood draw, so a search warrant was issued. The suspect was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $7,500, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (August 13) in Newton.
29-year-old Edgar Palafox Mendoza of 27th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just after three o’clock Friday afternoon (August 10) on two felony counts of larceny by servant or other employee.
On Friday, Loss Prevention at Harbor Freight notified Police of a larceny by employee. The employee, Edgar Palafox Mendoza, allegedly made fraudulent transactions in which he returned items selected from the store for a refund.
Mendoza was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department. He was processed and released about 30 minutes later under a $7,500 unsecured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today (August 13) in Newton.
29-year-old Marquice Tyrone Streeter of Parlier Avenue N.E. in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:30 Sunday afternoon (August 12) on one felony count each of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a stolen firearm, plus one misdemeanor count each of discharging a firearm in the city limits and assault on a female.
He was arrested after Police responded to a “shots fired" call at a residence on 17th Street Place N.W. During the incident, a 9mm Taurus handgun was found.
Streeter was taken into custody without incident. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today (August 13) in Newton.