An arrest has been made in a case involving a fatal shooting. 46-year-old Tony Allan Brittain of Englewood Street in Claremont was arrested at his home at approximately 6:40 a.m. today (November 5) and charged with murder.
According to a news release, 28-year-old Kevin Hefner was found deceased in the doorway of his residence at 4077 Old Catawba Road in Claremont. He died from an apparent gunshot wound to the chest.
Individuals at the residence at the time of the shooting told officers that someone knocked on the door, Mr. Hefner answered, and he was shot one time in the chest.
Brittain is being held in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (November 6). Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Stacey Huffman at 828-465-8432 or the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office at 828-464-5241.
The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the fatal shooting Saturday (November 4) of a Claremont man. According to a news release, 28-year-old Kevin Hefner was found deceased in the doorway of his residence at 4077 Old Catawba Road. He died from an apparent gunshot wound to the chest.
Individuals at the residence at the time of the shooting told officers that someone knocked on the door at approximately 6 p.m. Saturday, Mr. Hefner answered, and he was shot one time in the chest. The suspect is described as a white male, in his mid 40s with gray facial hair, wearing a black shirt, dark pants, and a dark bandana on his head. He got into the passenger side of a shiny black car, which left the scene heading south on Highway 10.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Stacey Huffman at 828-465-8432 or the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office at 828-464-5241.
24-year-old Gregory Dylan Carnevale of 22nd Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:30 p.m. yesterday on one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Carnevale was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton with his next court date coming up on November 21.
40-year-old Marcus Lamont Beatty of 2nd Street Place SW in Conover was arrested today (November 3) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, maintain a vehicle, dwelling or place to keep controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Beatty was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (November 6).
Drexel Police have found the body of 52-year-old James Nelson Abernathy of Reed Street in Drexel. Mr. Abernathy had gone missing from his residence at about 9 p.m. on October 13.
Drexel Police Chief Craig Treadway told WHKY that the family searched for Mr. Abernathy that evening, but suspected he was safe at someone else’s home. They reported him missing the following day (October 14), about 17-to-18 hours after he left the residence.
Chief Treadway was searching on his own yesterday (November 2) at about three or four o’clock in the afternoon when he spotted a pair of shorts across a log in an overgrown area off of Reed Street. The Chief detected a faint odor and followed it further down into a ravine, where he found Mr. Abernathy’s body. Firefighters were called to the scene to clear undergrowth and brush from the area so the body could be carried out. Mr. Abernathy’s body was found about 200 yards from his residence and about 100-to150 feet from the roadway.
Chief Treadway said there were no signs of foul play. Mr. Abernathy was known to suffer from several health issues. The Chief suspects that the body had been in the ravine for some time and that Mr. Abernathy passed away a short time after he disappeared. The Chief could not speculate on a specific cause of death. An autopsy will be conducted at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.
Several organized searches had been conducted previously, including one on October 15 and another three days later, which included the use of cadaver dogs. Another search was conducted on October 20. Drexel Police, including Chief Treadway, had continued to look for Mr. Abernathy each day until his remains were found yesterday.
34-year-old Jennifer Lynn Anderson of Jennings Street in Hudson was arrested Thursday (November 2) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with three felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense. Anderson was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $60,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (November 6).
70-year-old John Arthur Coburn of Beech Bluff Drive in Morganton was arrested Thursday (November 2) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony statutory sexual offense with a child by an adult and felony first degree sexual exploitation of a minor.
On Thursday, the Burke County Sheriff`s Office Criminal Investigation Division assisted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security with the execution of a search warrant at 5137 Beech Bluff Drive in Morganton. Information was gathered during the search that resulted in the arrest of the homeowner, John Arthur Coburn.
Coburn was the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (November 3). The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be forth coming.
18-year-old Raymond Smith of Oak Park, Michigan and 18-year-old Dante Tariq Moody of Belleville, Michigan were both arrested Thursday (November 2) by Conover Police Officers. They're each charged with felony identity fraud along with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce and possession of stolen goods. Both suspects were detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. They have District Court appearances today (November 3).
Catawba County Emergency Services encourages residents to be aware of local and state resources available to help residents with recovery and clean-up efforts following last week’s damaging storms.
For residents with limited financial resources for debris removal or home clean up, the North Carolina Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and Crisis Cleanup, a not-for-profit disaster recovery organization, are working to connect residents with reputable and vetted relief agencies in the area. Services include chainsaw work, debris clean up, roof tarping and flood clean out. The services are provided free of charge by agencies in their network, but service is not guaranteed due to the overwhelming need.
From now through November 30, 2017, NC 2-1-1 call centers are registering residents for assistance through this program. Residents may dial 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162 to determine if they are eligible for services and get added to the registry.
According to Aaron Titus, Executive Director of Crisis Cleanup, “We are offering this service through November 30, 2017 to help facilitate cleanup by various aid agencies standing by to assist those affected by the storms. NC 2-1-1 will notify multiple relief agencies that survivors need help. Response times will vary, so we ask residents their patience while the teams receive and organize their response to help.”
NC 2-1-1 is provided by United Way of North Carolina with the support of local United Ways throughout the State. The information and referral service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and provides free, confidential, and multilingual help to citizens in all 100 counties of North Carolina. In addition to registering for storm clean-up, callers can ask for assistance with referrals for other needs such as food, clothing, healthcare, and other basic needs. The database of resources is also available at www.nc211.org.
63-year-old Dean Allan Yancey of Connelly Springs, will spend seven to eleven years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and two counts of discharging a weapon into occupied premises. The Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, imposed the prison term for Yancey following the plea on Monday (October 30) in Burke County Superior Court.
The defendant, who also was given an additional suspended sentence of 29-47 months with 36 months of probation, will serve his time in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
Investigators from Burke County Sheriff’s Office were called to a residence on May 1, 2013, in reference to a shooting that had occurred. The investigation showed that Yancey pulled his truck up to the front of the residence of his brother and sister-in-law, who were inside watching television. The defendant fired two shots from a shotgun through the window of the home, missing the victims by just inches.
While he was on pre-trial release, Yancey fled to Ecuador for more than two years but was extradited back to Burke County with assistance of the United States Marshal’s Service for his court appearance.
Scott Carico investigated the case for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. Michelle Lippert handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
51-year-old Frankie Lee Hollar of Connelly Springs, was given an active prison term of six to ten years for possession of child pornography. Hollar pleaded guilty to six counts of second-degree exploitation of a minor during Burke County Superior Court on Wednesday (November 1).
The Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, sentenced Hollar to serve the prison term in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections. Judge Ervin also gave him an additional suspended sentence of six to 10 years with 60 months of probation. If Hollar violates terms of his probation, that suspended sentence will be activated and served consecutive to the active sentence he will serve.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) was notified on April 7, 2015, of numerous images being posted on Twitter that contained child pornography. The Burke County Sheriff’s Office was notified by NCMEC of the postings based on Internet and service providers noted within the post properties.
Detectives Isaac Propst and Scott Carico were able to determine through their investigation that the account was operated and maintained by the defendant at his residence. They made contact with him at the residence, and he stated that some of the pictures he had on his computer and posted on Twitter were of girls that probably were “too young.”
Investigators seized the computer from Hollar and searched the contents of the hard drive, uncovering a substantial amount of child pornography.
Isaac Propst led the investigation for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant District Attorney Michelle Lippert prosecuted the case for the State.
At about 2 p.m. Tuesday (October 31), Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers and North Carolina Probation & Parole Officers conducted a compliance check for each of the 101 sex offenders living in Alexander County. Officers went to each registered sex offender’s residence and did a face-to-face check to insure that they were in compliance with the Sex Offender Registry. Registered sex offenders are checked a minimum of four times per year by Sheriff’s Officers and Probation & Parole Officers.
Five warrants were drawn as a result of the compliance checks. Four arrests were made yesterday (November 1).
26-year-old Joshua Michael Betzina was arrested for failure to change his address. He was taken into custody at an address different from his registered address. Betzina was given a $50,000 secured bond.
40-year-old Carlos Eugene Sutherland, Jr. was arrested for being on restricted premises where children are present. He allegedly was on Alexander Central High School property. Sutherland was taken into custody at the old hospital building. Bond was set at $10,000, secured.
42-year-old James Watt Warren was arrested for failure to verify his address. He was taken into custody at the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office and given a $7,500 secured bond.
Betzina, Sutherland and Warren will all appear in Alexander Co. District Court on November 6.
41-year-old William Louis Eggers was also arrested as the result of a previous compliance check. He was charged with failure to appear after failing to change his address. He was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on an Alexander County warrant. Eggers was taken to Alexander County and given a $45,000 secured bond with court dates on November 27 and December 11.
There is an outstanding warrant for Devon Duprea Barry, who is wanted in Alexander and Iredell counties failure to change his address. He was last known to be in Cabarrus County. A warrant is also out for James Landon Good for failure to change his address.
27-year-old Larry Allan Bolen was arrested Wednesday (November 1) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Bolen was arrested on Guy Heavner Road near Shoal Road in Lincolnton shortly after 10:00 last night. He was placed in jail under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (November 2).
Jeffery Ben Pavkovich of Gainsville, Georgia and Emily Ann Millsaps of Statesville, were both arrested last Saturday (October 28) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Both suspects were charged with possession with intent to sell and distribute methamphetamine, possession of schedule III controlled substance, possession of schedule IV controlled substance, possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana, and possession of non tax paid alcohol. Pavkovich was also charged with felony maintain a vehicle for the sale and transportation of a controlled substance.
According to a news release issued today, last Saturday at approximately 9:00 p.m. Sgt. L.J. Hayes with the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (A.C.E) Team stopped a vehicle in the 1300 block of 5th Street in Statesville for a traffic violation. After speaking to the occupants deputies noticed that their stories were inconsistent. Sgt. Hayes walked his K9 partner Danny around the vehicle and Danny alerted to the presence of illegal narcotics in the vehicle. While searching the vehicle deputies located a hidden compartment which contained methamphetamine, several prescription pills, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and Moonshine. The occupants of the vehicle, Jeffery Ben Pavkovich and Emily Ann Millsaps, were arrested and transported to the Magistrates Office.
Bond for Pavkovich was set at $45,000 secured. Millsaps' bond was set at $40,000 secured. Pavkovich is scheduled to appear in District Court next Monday (November 6). No court date is listed for Millsaps.
48-year-old Tammy Renee Kiziah of 2nd Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:40 a.m. yesterday (November 1) on one felony count of failure to appear and one misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. She was also charged with a misdemeanor probation violation. Warrants for her arrest were issued on October 18 & 26.
Kiziah was taken into custody without incident at her residence. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $11,000, secured. She has since been released. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for December 7 with a District Court date coming up on December 13.
41-year-old Melinda Mosteller of 19th Street NW in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (November 1) by Hickory Police Officers. She's charged with felony failure to return hired property. On July 24 of this year, Hickory Police responded to Hickory Used Car Superstore at 625 Highway 70 SE in reference to a rental vehicle not being returned. Warrants were obtained for the renter, Melinda Mosteller.
She was arrested without incident at a location on Highway 321 NW in Hickory shortly before 9:00 last night. Following the arrest, a $4,000 unsecured bond was set for Mosteller. She was not listed as an inmate in Catawba County as of this morning (November 2). A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today.
Unemployment rates decreased across the Greater Hickory Metro area and across most of the state according to the latest update. The September employment statistics were released Wednesday (November 1) by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.
Alexander County has an unemployment rate of 3.3 percent, that's down from 3.7 in August. Burke County's jobless rate is 3.8 percent, down from 4.3 percent in the last report. The September unemployment rate for Caldwell County is 4 percent even, down from 4.5 in August. Catawba County's jobless rate is 3.7 percent, down from 4.2 in the previous report.
The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area, or MSA, is 3.8 percent, that's down from 4.2 percent in August. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied for the 6th lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs in the state.
Statewide, the unemployment rate is 4 percent even, down from 4.5 percent in the last report. Unemployment rates decreased in 99 of 100 counties and remained unchanged in one. Scotland County shows the highest jobless rate at 6.9 percent, while Buncombe County has the lowest at 3.1 percent. All 15 of North Carolina's metro areas experienced rate decreases.
Both of the Beanstalk Adventure playgrounds at Catawba Meadows Park in Morganton will be closed for maintenance starting this upcoming Sunday, November 5. The City is staining all the wood at both playgrounds. The wood at the playgrounds is starting to weather. Staining the wood again will insure longer life of the equipment.
The playgrounds will be closed for at least a week to allow the stain to dry thoroughly. Parents are urged to not let their children play on the playgrounds before they are reopened; this could ruin the finish, and clothing and shoes could be permanently stained.
33-year-old Sarah Ashley Wright was arrested Wednesday (November 1) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Wright is also charged with larceny of property, receiving or possessing stolen goods. She was placed in jail in Morganton under $4,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (November 2).
31-year-old Jennifer Irene Ritter of Academy Street in Mooresville was arrested Wednesday (November 1) by Conover Police Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine and failure to appear on a count of misdemeanor larceny. Ritter was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $18,000 bond. District Court dates were scheduled for today (November 2) and December 8.