36-year-old Robert Joshua Miller of Sain Road in Hickory was arrested Sunday (July 22) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, resisting a public officer, driving while impaired, and fail to stop for a red light. Miller was detained in the Catawba County Detention Center under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (July 23).
40-year-old Jason Shea Ali of Sequoia Circle, Morganton was arrested last Wednesday (July 18) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with possession with the intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, possession of meth, maintaining a dwelling for the sale and distribution of controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A search warrant was granted after a Morganton Narcotics Investigator presented probable cause to a Burke County Magistrate about suspected on-going, drug transactions at 230 Sequoia Circle, Morganton.
Morganton Public Safety’s SWAT Team conducted a “No-Knock” Search Warrant Operation last Wednesday at approximately 4p.m. Officers found Jason Shea Ali inside the residence. Ali was in possession of approximately two grams of meth and drug paraphernalia. Additional narcotics were found inside the residence.
Additional charges are likely in this case. Narcotics Investigators are reviewing witness statements, previous arrest, previous complaints and incident reports focusing on 230 Sequoia Circle.
Investigations and complaints regarding the residence have been on-going for more than a year and have resulted in three previous search warrants. Multiple suspects from other counties were arrested on a variety of drug and other offenses.
Ali has pending charges of possession with intent to sell and deliver meth and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in Burke County and possession of meth in Caldwell County. The Burke County Sheriffs Office SWAT Team and Narcotics Investigators assisted with this operation.
Ali remained in jail in Morganton as of earlier today (July 23) under $60,000 secured bond. His next District Court date is August 8.
A pipe failure on Valley Street in Morganton caused a sewer spill Thursday (July 19) at approximately 12 p.m. Approximately 1,700 gallons of sewer spilled into Hunting Creek, which flows into the Catawba River. The City of Morganton’s Water Resources Department said the pipe has already been repaired and the spill stopped Thursday at about 7 p.m. Residents will not need to take any action before consuming their tap water.
53-year-old Steve Mahnke of 3rd Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before midnight last night (July 19). He was charged as an habitual felon.
At 9:30 last night, Hickory Police responded to a larceny call at the Speedway convenience store on Highway 70 S.E. A subject stole a 24-ounce beer valued at $4 and left the store before Police arrived. The subject was identified as Steve Mahnke. A warrant for his arrest was issued.
Mahnke was later found and taken into custody without incident at an address on Highway 70A West in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (July 20) in Newton.
54-year-old Terry Eugene Huffman of 18th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:15 p.m. yesterday (July 19) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, plus misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce, possession of marijuana paraphernalia and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, Huffman had four grams of crack cocaine on his person at the time of his arrest.
Huffman was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $9,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (July 20) in Newton.
32-year-old Donald Lee Beaver of Ketchie Road in Cleveland, NC, was arrested Thursday (July 19) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. he's charged with three felony counts apiece of breaking and entering, larceny, and possession of stolen goods, and one felony count of larceny of a motor vehicle. In addition, Beaver is charged with three misdemeanor counts apiece of larceny and possession of drug paraphernalia, two misdemeanor counts of failure to appear, and single misdemeanor counts of resist obstruct or delay of an officer and probation violation.
On Thursday a call was received by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office about a domestic violence incident in the area of Hobbs Lane in Mooresville. When the deputies arrived they located the caller and she told them the suspect, Donald Lee Beaver had been at her home and he had assaulted her earlier. She also told them she believed the suspect walked to her home and may possibly be in a wooded area nearby.
Beaver was later seen driving a truck. He was picked up following a short foot chase that followed a traffic stop at the intersection of Ridge Bluff Road and High Bluff Circle. The charges stem from investigations conducted by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, Mooresville Police Department, Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, Surry County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina Probation and Parole and the Statesville Police Department.
Beaver's bond was set at $195,000 secured. No court date was listed.
32-year-old Jennifer Ann Dixon of Liberty Church Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:40 yesterday afternoon on one felony count each of obtaining property by false pretense and malfeasance of corporation officers and agents.
She was arrested after Hickory Police responded to a larceny by employee call at Amy's Hallmark in Hickory's Valley Hills Mall. An employee, Jennifer Ann Dixon, allegedly embezzled money from the store.
A warrant was issued and Dixon was taken into custody without incident at the store. She was processed at the Hickory Police Department and released about two hours later under a $10,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today (July 20) in Newton.
27-year-old Kendrick Schwarting was arrested today (July 20) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and larceny of chose in action. Schwarting was arrested in Morganton at 8 a.m. today. He was being held in jail under $141,000 total secured bond on the counts filed today and previously filed charges. His next court date is July 30.
28-year-old Michael Allen Benfield was arrested Thursday (July 19) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. He was arrested at 10:33 p.m. Thursday. Benfield is not listed as an inmate in Burke County, no court date was listed for the charge.
59-year-old Bruce Allen Hanna, 38-year-old Charles Matthew Hall, and 40-year-old Shannon Hughes Furr, all of Morganton, were all recently arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. Hanna is charged with felony counts of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin and methamphetamine, and possession of heroin and methamphetamine. Hanna is also charged with two misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce.
Hall is charged with felony counts of possession of heroin and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin and misdemeanor resist, delay, and obstruct a public officer. Furr is charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor simple assault and assault and battery. 30-year-old Danielle Leigh Turbyfill of 3491 Ridge Court in Morganton was also being sought on charges of felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to a news release issued Thursday (July 19), On July 6, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation at 4382 Valley Trail Crossing in Morganton. During the investigation, meth and drug paraphernalia were seized from the home. Warrants for arrest were issued on Bruce Allen Hanna.
On July 13, 2018, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and NC Probation and Parole initiated an investigation at 4388 Silver Creek Church Road in Morganton. During the investigation, various controlled substances were seized, they included meth and heroin. Hanna was found at the residence and was arrested. Charles Mathew Hall and Shannon Hughes Furr were also arrested at the residence.
Hanna's bond was set at $35,000 secured, Hall's bond is $10,500 secured, and Furr received a $7,000 secured bond. Hanna's next District Court date is August 7. Hall is scheduled to appear in District Court August 8, and the next court date listed for Furr is July 31.
Warrants have been issued on Danielle Leigh Turbyfill for the previously mentioned drug charges. The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is seeking any information on her whereabouts. If you have information, call the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or Morganton/Burke Crimestoppers at 828-437-3333. All Crimestoppers tips are anonymous, and anyone with information leading an arrest may receive a cash reward.
47-year-old James Edgar Roberts of Zacks Fork Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (July 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony accessory after the fact. A spokesperson with the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office says the arrest is connected to the case involving the shooting of a deputy.
21-year-old Caldwell County Sheriff's Deputy Jordan Sherrill was injured in a shooting during a traffic stop late Sunday night (July 15) on Cheraw Road near the intersection with Pisgah Church Road. The suspect in that shooting, Kerry Edwin Townsend, was shot and killed during a confrontation with SWAT Team officers at a residence on Zacks Fork Road Tuesday (July 17).
40-year-old Stephanie Lee Sipes of Caldwell Place NW in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday and charged with accessory after the fact, she was jailed under $1,002,000 secured bond. The spokesperson at the Sheriff's Office did not release any details regarding Roberts' involvement in the case. He was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $1,000,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (July 23).
57-year-old Mark Russell Triplett of Rhodhiss Road in Connelly Springs was arrested Thursday (July 19) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Triplett was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (July 23).
40-year-old Angelo Lamar Jackson of 7th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:40 last night on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance. He was also charged as an habitual felon.
Jackson was initially arrested on November 18 of last year as Officers served a warrant from the Dept. of Probation & Parole. As Jackson was taken into custody, a controlled substance was found on his person.
He was taken into custody yesterday at an address on 5th Street S.E. Jackson was processed and released under a $1 unsecured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.
25-year-old Tikoh Inthavong of Ashley Street in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:20 last night (July 18) on one felony count each of larceny and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. The warrants for his arrest were issued in Burke County on July 13.
Inthavong turned himself in and was taken into custody without incident. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,500 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was set for July 23 in Morganton.
49-year-old Penny Jeane Yount of Old Conover Startown Road in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (July 19) for a felony probation violation. Yount is on probation as she serves an 18-month suspended sentence following a May 2018 conviction in Catawba County on multiple counts of felony larceny. She had been listed as an absconder from probation.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident at about 12:40 a.m. today at an address on 1st Street S.W. in Hickory. Yount was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $9,500 secured bond. She has since been released. She’ll appear in District Court on July 23 in Newton.
42-year-old Nathan Brian Teague and 59-year-old Teresa Diane Petrea, both of Taylorsville, were arrested today (July 19) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. Teague is charged with felony counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling and possession of a firearm by a felon. Petrea is charged with felony discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle.
Shortly before 9 a.m. today, Alexander County Communications received a call from a residence located on Confederate Drive in the Wittenburg Community. Officers arrived on the scene and found a female, later identified as Teresa Petrea, at the scene who stated that her nephew, Nathan Teague had come to her camper on the property asking for money owed to him. An argument between Teague and Petrea ensued before he allegedly threatened to kill her.
Petrea then retreated to her camper and retrieved her gun before confronting Teague by firing a shot toward him striking his truck. Teague fled the scene and retrieved a shotgun before returning to the camper. Petrea said she heard a truck pulling to the camper a short time later and then a gunshot and the sound of pellets hitting the side of the camper.
Both suspects were jailed in the Alexander County Detention Center, Teague under $9,000 secured bond, Petrea under $5,000 secured bond. They both have District Court dates next Monday (July 23) in Taylorsville.
40-year-old Jason Shea Ali was arrested today (July 19) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture schedule II controlled substance along with misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia. Ali was arrested at 2:23 a.m. today and placed in jail in Morganton under $60,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (July 20).
49-year-old James Louis McWilliams of Sandy Circle in Newton was arrested today (July 19) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a true bill of indictment with felony larceny. McWilliams was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (July 20).
City of Morganton utility customers will not be able to pay their bills online or by phone on Saturday, July 28, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., due to scheduled maintenance on the payment portal services. Other payment options are available. Customers can visit Morganton City Hall any time between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and pay in-person at the customer service desk, or drop their payment in the designated drop boxes at Morganton City Hall.
One person was killed in an eastern Burke County house fire. According to the Burke County Fire Marshal's Office, on Wednesday (July 18) at 4:57 p.m. a fire was reported by a passerby at 5335 Rogers Road in Hickory. The George Hildebran Fire Department responded along with mutual aid from Icard, Lovelady, Mountain View, Enola, South Mountain and Cookesville Fire Departments. Personnel arrived on scene at approximately 5:00 pm discovering a two-story single-family residence fully involved in fire.
Neighbors told fire officials that only one person lived at the residence; however, they could not confirm if the occupant was home at the time of the fire. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control within 20 minutes. During overhaul operations, firefighters found a body believed to be the sole occupant; however, the name of the person is being withheld pending positive identification by the Medical Examiner’s Office.
The Burke County Fire Marshal’s Office was requested to aid in the origin and cause determination. Burke County Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation were also called in to investigate which is standard practice with a fire fatality.
Other Responding agencies were: the Burke County Fire Marshal’s Office, Burke County EMS, Burke County Sheriff’s Office, Burke County REACT, NC SBI and the Medical Examiner’s Office.