22-year-old Jacqueline Amalia Mejia of 19th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (August 8) by Hickory Police Officers. She's charged with felony larceny, misdemeanor larceny, and resisting a public officer.
The arrest is in connection with an incident that occurred on August 1. Hickory Police responded to Best Buy Mobile at Valley Hills Mall in reference to the larceny of two iPhone 7 Plus devices. The suspect was identified as Mejia and a warrant was issued.
Mejia was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $4,500 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (August 9) and September 22.
23-year-old Carolina Renae Boyles was arrested Tuesday (August 8) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She's charged with two felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance. Boyles was placed in jail in Morganton under $30,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (August 9).
We have more details on the arrest of a Catawba County teenager on a murder charge, we first reported on this early this morning (August 9) here at whky.com and on WHKY Radio news. 16-year-old Lennon Riley Henderson of South Cline Avenue in Newton was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers and charged with murder. Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid told WHKY that the charge is in connection to the death of a man who was found inside a burning home in Newton Saturday morning (August 5).
40-year-old Harry Lewis Bruner Jr. was killed from a gunshot wound. Sheriff Reid said that investigators believe Henderson knew Bruner and was attempting to rob him. Authorities also believe that the fire was set to cover up the homicide. The fire occurred Saturday morning (August 5) at approximately 6:00 at 2622 South U.S. 321 in Newton. Bruner was the resident of that home.
Henderson was detained this morning in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today.
44-year-old Jason Edward Boggs of Ransom Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (August 8) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Boggs was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (August 10).
35-year-old Shannon Nichole Laws of Oliver Childers Drive in Connelly Springs was arrested Tuesday (August 8) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with the sale of methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver meth. Laws was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. She's scheduled to appear in Superior Court, no date was listed.
42-year-old Robert Mckinnley Miller of Conway Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (August 8) by authorities in Burke County on charges filed in Caldwell County. Miller is charged with failure to appear on felony counts of aid and abet trafficking opiates and aid and abet the sale and delivery of schedule II controlled substance. Miller was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for September 11 in Lenoir.
28-year-old Joshua Nathaniel Jones of 11th Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (August 8) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He was picked up in Caldwell County on charges filed in Catawba County. Jones is charged with failure to appear on counts of the sale of cocaine, probation violation, and driving while license revoked. Jones is charged with an additional count of felony probation violation. Following the arrest, Jones was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $219,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for next Monday (August 14) in Catawba County.
33-year-old Christopher Michael Martin of Newton, will spend at least the next seven years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple criminal offenses and admitting his status as a habitual felon during Burke County Superior Court last week.
Martin was given an active prison term of seven to nine years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, after pleading guilty to two counts of felony larceny, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and conspiracy to commit larceny.
His prison sentence was enhanced by his habitual felon status, which includes prior felony convictions for obtaining property by false pretense in Catawba County (November 2004), financial transaction card theft in Charleston County, S.C. (December 2007) and unlawful transport of firearms, a federal offense, in October 2011.
Martin’s plea stemmed from three separate offenses that occurred between January 2015 and January 2017. Detectives from Lincoln County provided information to Det. Stephen Ritchie of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office indicating that Martin’s phone records showed he had sold a trailer to a South Carolina man through Craigslist. Ritchie spoke with the purchaser of the trailer and identified it as one stolen from South Mountain Children’s and Family Services. Items from the trailer later were found at Martin’s residence.
In December 2016, a Polaris four-wheeler was stolen from a Morganton residence. A witness advised law enforcement that Martin and a co-defendant took the four-wheeler and placed it on a trailer. It was not strapped down and Martin lost control of the truck he was driving, jack-knifing the trailer and striking another vehicle. The four-wheeler was damaged in the crash.
In January 2017, two trailers, a lawnmower and an ATV were taken from a residence. A witness came forward with knowledge of Martin and a co-defendant stealing the items from a Morganton residence. He attempted to sell the property through Craigslist. The co-defendant confessed and implicated Martin in the theft as well as the December 2016 incident.
Ritchie investigated the cases along with Det. David Anderson and Det. Caleb Mace of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. Michelle Lippert prosecuted the cases for the District Attorney’s Office.
A Catawba County man pleaded guilty to sexual offenses with a child and was given a minimum prison term of 28 years.
29-year-old Derrick Allen Black, of Hickory, entered a guilty plea last Monday (July 31) to two counts of statutory sex offense with an 11-year-old child during Burke County Superior Court. He was sentenced to serve 28 to 34 years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County.
The defendant’s prison sentence will run concurrent to another conviction from Catawba County involving the same victim. He also will have to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life and will be subject to lifetime satellite-based monitoring.
The investigation into the Burke County offenses began after an April 2013 incident in Catawba County was investigated by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. It was determined that the defendant went to the victim’s house while her parents were away and had sexual intercourse with her. The sexual offenses in Burke County happened four years prior to the Catawba County incident, in June and July of 2009 when the victim was 11 years old.
Black touched her inappropriately and engaged in sexual acts with her on three separate occasions, according to information divulged by the victim during forensic interviews with the Child Advocacy Protection Center of Catawba County. The defendant also admitted to the sexual conduct described by the victim.
Isaac Propst investigated the case for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from Rick Younger of the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant District Attorney Michelle Lippert handled prosecution for the State.
Catawba County Planning & Parks is hosting a public forum next Tuesday (August 15) from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to gather input on the design plan for the County’s proposed Mountain Creek Park. The forum will be held at the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue Base at 4011 Slanting Bridge Road in Sherrills Ford.
The public is invited to view and comment on the proposed design plan for the park at any time during the forum. Formal presentations of the plan by design consultant Wirth & Associates will take place at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The design plan builds on public input received from previous forums and surveys coordinated in collaboration with Wirth & Associates.
The 588-acre Mountain Creek Park site, located off Little Mountain Road in the Sherrills Ford area, was created through a public-private partnership among Catawba County, the Catawba Lands Conservancy, Duke Energy, and Crescent Resources. Because the site’s acreage is covered by two conservation easements, site development is restricted to passive outdoor recreation opportunities. The park is intended to be a complementary addition to the County’s parks system, which includes Bakers Mountain Park, Riverbend Park, and St. Stephens Park.
For more information about Mountain Creek Park or the public forum, contact Catawba County Planning & Parks at (828) 465-8381 or visit the county's website at www.catawbacountync.gov and go to the parks section under the "services" tab.
40-year-old Dwelon Andelle Edwards of Jersey City, New Jersey was arrested Sunday (August 7) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
On Sunday (August 6), members of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Interstate Criminal Enforcement (ICE) Team, stopped a Northbound 2017 Cherokee with a Connecticut registration plate for a traffic violation. Deputies approached the car and began speaking with Dwelon Edwards. He told the deputies he was on his way from Savannah, Georgia to Jersey City, New Jersey. While speaking with the deputies about his residence in New Jersey and his registration being out of Connecticut, deputies received consent to search the vehicle.
While searching the vehicle, deputies located a loaded 40 caliber Taurus Semiautomatic handgun, along with two extra magazines, and a box of 40 caliber ammunition. While researching the weapon to determine if it was stolen, deputies learned Edwards was a convicted felon out of the state of New Jersey.
Edwards was a felon was arrested and taken to the Iredell County Detention Center. His bond was set at $25,000 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled for August 23.
51-year-old Timothy Carl Connelly of 12th Street SW in Hickory was arrested this morning (August 8) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Connelly was arrested without incident shortly after midnight at an address on South Center Street in Hickory. Following the arrest, Connelly was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $1,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
The probe into a fatal structure fire is now a homicide investigation. The Catawba County Sheriff's Office reports that the deceased man found inside a home that burned in Newton was shot to death. The victim in the case is 40-year-old Harry Lewis Bruner Jr., who was the resident of the home burned in the fire.
The fire occurred Saturday morning (August 5) at approximately 6:00 at 2622 South U.S. 321 in Newton. The news release from the Catawba County Sheriff's Office says the investigation is in it's early stages and more information will be released at the proper time.
A Hickory man faces a felony drug possession charge filed Monday night (August 7). 24-year-old Eldred Maliek Joe of 2nd Street Place SE was arrested just before 9:30 last night by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
Joe was arrested at his home without incident. He was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 8).
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office along with other emergency services and the Lincoln County Schools will conduct active shooter response training this Thursday (August 10) at Lincolnton Middle School on Startown Road in Lincolnton.
The training will focus on a potential response to an active shooter incident. The exercise will feature emergency vehicles from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and other departments. Sirens and fire alarms may be activated as part of the training. The school and surrounding area will be closed to the public during this time to ensure the safety of emergency responders and neighbors.
Signs will be posted around the school property to alert residents of the exercise and training boundaries. The public should avoid the school grounds until the training exercise is complete and all emergency vehicles have left the scene. The training is intended to help emergency personnel respond appropriately and anticipate the ever-changing circumstances of an active shooter situation. Participants receive instructions before heading into unlit hallways of the now empty school to run through the different scenarios they could face in an active shooter situation.
Unemployment rates did not change much for counties in the Greater Hickory Metro area. The latest report was issued last week by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division. The numbers reflect jobless rates for June.
Alexander County saw no change in it's unemployment rate, remaining at 3.5 percent. Burke County's jobless rate dropped from 4.1 percent in may to 4 percent even in June. Caldwell County also saw a slight decrease, from 4.3 percent to 4.2 percent. Catawba County's jobless rate remained steady at 4 percent even.
The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 4 percent even, same as in the previous report. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied for the fourth lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs.
The statewide unemployment rate is 4.2 percent, down from 4.3 percent in May. Unemployment rates decreased in 69 counties, increased in four, and remained unchanged in 27. Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 7.6 percent while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.2 percent.
33-year-old Troy Andre Johnson was arrested Monday (August 7) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony non-forced breaking and entering along with a count of failure to appear. Johnson was placed in jail in Morganton under $13,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for August 22.
20-year-old Austin Lewis Fulp of Grannyville Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Sunday (August 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony speeding to elude arrest, driving while license revoked, and reckless driving to endanger. Fulp was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for Monday (August 7).
39-year-old Antonio Darrell Saddler of Ponderosa Drive in Conover was arrested Sunday (August 6) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense. Saddler was arrested without incident shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday at an address on 7th Street SE. Following the arrest, Saddler was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. He was not listed as an inmate as of earlier today (August 8). A District Court appearance was scheduled for Monday (August 7).
18-year-old Tyler Lee Mcneil of Quarry Road in Granite Falls was arrested last Friday (August 4) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver marijuana, along with misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia, and hit and run with property damage.
Hickory Police responded Friday to a hit and run that occurred in the parking lot of Platos Closet following an altercation between the two drivers, who did know eachother. The suspect's vehicle was stopped in the area of 1835 Catawba Valley Boulevard SE. During the stop, police found ammunition, digital scales, 14 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, more than $3,200 in cash, and a Bersa Thunder .308 handgun. The driver of the second vehicle, whose name was not released, was also arrested on unspecified charges.
Mcneil's bond was set at $1,000 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled for Monday (August 7).