39-year-old Javier Angel Galarza Nieves of Shane Lane in Hudson was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff's Officers yesterday (September 10) on felony counts for the sale & delivery of methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule I controlled substance. Following his arrest, Nieves was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Lenoir.
19-year-old Austin Ryan Setzer of Hurricane Hill Road in Granite Falls was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff's Officers yesterday (September 10) on felony counts of arson and breaking & entering.
Events leading to his arrest began yesterday afternoon when the Gamewell Fire Department responded to a fire call at an address on Ivey Stine Road in the Gamewell community. The fire was quickly brought under control.
Investigators with the Caldwell Co. Fire Marshal’s Office determined that the fire was incendiary in nature and had multiple points of origin. Deputies responded and began an arson investigation.
Based on information obtained from witnesses at the scene, Investigators determined that Austin Ryan Setzer was responsible for the fire. Investigators also learned that the house was occupied at the time Setzer set the fire. Prior to the fire, Setzer made forcible entry into the residence, causing damage to various parts of the home.
Warrants for Setzer's arrest were issued. He was taken into custody without incident later in the day at his residence. Setzer was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $150,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Lenoir.
Investigators are consulting with the District Attorney. Additional criminal charges are possible.
Morganton Woman Jailed on Quarter-Million Dollar Bond for Felony Trafficking (Updated, 1:55 p.m., 9/11/19)Written by Ralph Mangum
38-year-old Chasty Elaine Hinson of Michaels Street in Morganton was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff's Officers yesterday (September 10) on felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, trafficking in heroin or opium, and possession with intent to sell or deliver schedule I & II controlled substances.
Hinson was apprehended when stopped by a Sheriff’s Deputy for driving without a license and while detained, a Sheriff’s Office K-9 detected the presence of illegal drugs. As a result, Officers searched the vehicle and located just under two pounds of methamphetamine, 43 grams of heroin, a Taurus 9mm pistol, and $9,400 in cash.
The suspect has been suspected to be a major drug dealer in this area. The drugs have a street value of $124,050 according to North Carolina State Guidelines. Following her arrest, Hinson was jailed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $250,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Lenoir. If convicted, she is facing a mandatory prison sentence.
The Burke Co. Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation into the death of an infant earlier this week.
Last Wednesday (September 4), Sheriff’s Officers responded to Carolina Health Care System – Blue Ridge where an unresponsive two-month-old male had been brought to the Emergency Room by the child’s parents. The infant was transferred to Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte.
Based on reports from the Emergency Department staff in Morganton and the staff at Levine’s, Investigators with the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division and the Burke Co. Department of Social Services responded to Levine’s and launched an investigation. The infant passed away Monday (September 9).
Investigators have interviewed several witnesses and met with the Child Protection Team at Levine’s. The investigation is ongoing and will be presented to the District Attorney’s Office upon completion.
[NOTE: date corrected from Thursday (September 5) to Wednesday (September 4)]
A vehicle belonging to a missing man was reportedly found in Burke County. 25-year-old Dustin Gray of Statesville was reported missing and his car was found Monday night (September 9) off John's River Loop Road. Published reports say the missing man's family says he does not know anyone in Burke County. On Tuesday (September 10), crews were searching along the river and in some of the marshy brush along the river.
28-year-old Jason Dakota Campbell of Lower Lane in Taylorsville was arrested Tuesday (September 10) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three counts of felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Campbell was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled today (September 11).
47-year-old Andrea Bridges Marlowe of Statesville was arrested Tuesday (September 10) by Newton Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession of five or more counterfeit instruments and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Marlowe was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (September 11).
The City of Hickory and the community will remember the events of 9/11 at a Patriot Day Evening of Remembrance Ceremony tonight at 6:30 under The Sails on the Square in Downtown Hickory.
This time of remembrance will be led by Hickory Mayor Hank Guess, Rev. Andrew Weisner of Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hal Row of WHKY, and Rev. Reggie Longcrier of Exodus Church, with music by the New Horizons Band. The Colors will be presented by the Joint Color Guard of the Hickory Fire Department and Hickory Police Department. A three-volley salute will be performed by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.
In addition to the Evening of Remembrance Ceremony, the community was asked to participate that morning, as well. At 8:46 a.m., area churches were asked to toll their church bells for two minutes, after which, a community-wide moment of silence is requested for those who would like to participate.
The Patriot Day Evening of Remembrance Ceremony is open to the public and will last approximately 30 minutes. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be cancelled.
32-year-old Branson Howell Harrison of Hudson Chapel Road in Catawba was arrested Tuesday (September 10) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny. Harrison was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court date is set for September 30.
26-year-old Taylor Jo Lynn Hallyburton of Whisnant Road in Patterson was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (September 10) on an outstanding warrant for felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. 31-year-old Dusty Ray Whisenant of the same address was also arrested for misdemeanor possession of stolen property.
They were arrested when an Officer on foot patrol at a convenience store on 2nd Avenue N.W. in Hickory spotted a stolen tag on a vehicle in the parking lot. Whisenant (the driver) was arrested for possession of stolen property, while Hallyburton was taken into custody without incident on the outstanding warrant.
Hallyburton was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $2,500, secured. Whisenant was released under a $2,000 unsecured bond. Hallyburton will appear in District Court tomorrow in Newton. Whisenant has a court date on September 16.
35-year-old Priscilla Dawn Moody of 21st Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (September 10) for a felony probation violation. Moody is on probation as she serves a 30-month suspended sentence following a July 2019 felony conviction in Alleghany County for possession of a schedule II controlled substance. She had been listed as an absconder from probation.
Moody was taken into custody without incident shortly before 5 a.m. today at a convenience store on Springs Road N.E. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for September 20 in Sparta, N.C.
50-year-old Johnny Allen Kaylor was arrested Monday (September 9) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon. Kaylor was arrested at an address on Bethel Road in Morganton just before 1 a.m. Monday. He was not listed as an inmate in Burke County today (September 10). A District Court appearance is scheduled for September 27.
27-year-old Robbie Octavion Little of T&B Lane in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before noon yesterday (September 9) on one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver a schedule II controlled substance; maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for a controlled substance; and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver a schedule I controlled substance. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of driving while license revoked and careless & reckless driving.
Little was arrested after Police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that was traveling north on 10th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory. During the stop, Officers found 5.2 grams of crack cocaine; 12 grams of MDMA (Ecstasy), and drug paraphernalia
Little was taken into custody without incident on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. He was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released under a $20,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
25-year-old Nicholas Dalton Robinson was arrested Monday (September 10) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Robinson was arrested shortly after 2 p.m. Monday. He was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for September 30.
24-year-old Dalvin Lee Horton of NW Conley Place in Lenoir was arrested Monday (September 9) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. In addition, Horton is charged with nonsupport by a parent. Horton was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond and $1,285 cash appearance bond. A District Court date is scheduled Wednesday (September 11).
40-year-old Brandie Ranae Walker of 7th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:45 last night (September 9) on three felony counts of failure to appear. She failed to appear in court on charges of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering, and larceny of a motor vehicle.
The charges stem from an incident on April 16 of this year. Walker was initially arrested on April 26.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident yesterday at her residence. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $25,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for October 9 in Newton.
31-year-old Eric Andrew Collins of Hickory has been arrested in connection to a break-in at St. Stephens High School. He was charged with breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering
Collins was arrested at his residence in northeast Hickory at about 10:30 last night (September 9). He was identified from surveillance images captured during the break-in. Some of the items stolen from the school were recovered from Collins' residence. Additional leads were developed resulting in the recovery of a stolen laptop computer. The laptop was found at about 11:30 last night at a separate location in northeast Hickory.
Collins was not listed as an inmate in Catawba County as of 9:30 this morning. No court date or bond information is currently available.
The investigation is continuing as the Sheriff's Office works to recover the remainder of the property stolen from St. Stephens. Sheriff Don Brown expressed his appreciation to citizens who volunteered information following the original media release.
50-year-old Soutthanou Bandon of Hickory Street SW in Lenoir was arrested Monday (September 9) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession with intent to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance. Bandon was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center where bond was set at $10,000 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (September 11).
A former employee of Broughton Hospital has been charged with helping a patient at the facility escape. According to published reports, 39-year-old Jamie Lynn Patton of Morganton was arrested after allegedly checking into a Motel in Black Mountain with her patient, 40-year-old Joey Clipse. Patton is charged with harboring a fugitive, Clipse had recently been arrested this in Fairfax, Virginia.
The published reports say that court documents show that Patton became a suspect after her co-workers said she had an unusually friendly relationship with Clipse.
Police went through her cellphone records and determined she had called the motel numerous times after Clipse escaped. The reports say that Patton and Clipse spent four days at the roadside motel.
Clipse was sent to Broughton after it was determined he was incapable of standing trial for allegedly assaulting deputies in both Tennessee and North Carolina during a high-speed chase.
Lincoln County Sheriff's detectives are asking for the public's help in locating a missing teen. Deputies were dispatched to 1333 Rustic Trail where family members told them that 16-year-old Selena Rodriguez left the residence at around 10:00 p.m. September 5.
They say a vehicle was heard outside the home and believe she was picked up by the vehicle but were unable to provide a color or make of vehicle. Selena Rodriguez is described as 5' 3", approximately 220 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing light colored blue jeans, a multi-colored shirt and a black jacket. Rodriguez may have gone to the Spartanburg, S.C. area.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.