The investigation is continuing into the death of a child in Burke County. The three-year-old child was found, deceased, shortly before 8 a.m. yesterday (March 15) on the porch at a residence at 1259 Hopewell Road in Morganton.
An autopsy was performed today. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the autopsy showed no signs of trauma. Toxicology and other tests will not be available for approximately two weeks.
The Burke County Criminal Investigation Division is working on the case. The investigation is ongoing.
18-year-old Jared Neil Mecimore of Seven Springs Loop in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a charge of making a false report concerning mass violence on educational property.
Shortly before ten o’clock last night, the Sheriff’s Office was notified of a photograph that was circulated on social media throughout the North Iredell community. The photograph depicted a North Iredell High School student holding a rifle with text stating, “don’t come to school tomorrow.” The Sheriff’s Office immediately launched an investigation.
Deputies found the suspect, Jared Neil Mecimore. They interviewed him and determined that the incident was a false threat. The Sheriff’s Office contacted the North Iredell High School principal and informed her of the situation. The Sheriff’s Office spoke with the Iredell County School System officials again early this morning. Information concerning the situation was distributed to North Iredell students’ parents.
Mecimore was taken to the Iredell Co. Detention Center where he was given a $10,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.
East Parker Road in Morganton was closed earlier today by the Morganton Department of Public Safety due to a man being in the area with a gun. The Burke County Emergency Reporter Facebook page said the situation was resolved with no injuries.
There were no shots fired during the incident and the man was taken into custody. East Parker Road re-opened early this afternoon. According to a published report, Public Safety said a man showed up at Catawba Valley Behavioral Health threatening to hurt himself and another person. A handgun was reportedly found in the man's car.
52-year-old Gail Smart Phillips was arrested Wednesday (March 15) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with a felony count of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. Phillips was placed in jail in Morganton under $46,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for April 17.
34-year-old Karen Renee Harris was arrested Wednesday (March 16) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of manufacturing methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute meth precursor. Harris was placed in jail in Morganton under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (March 17).
40-year-old Billy Jack Doughty of 20th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (March 15) on felony counts of first-degree burglary, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of a firearm by a felon, plus one misdemeanor count of assault on a female. The warrants for his arrest were issued on March 9.
Doughty was taken into custody without incident at about 6:10 Wednesday evening on the 100 block of 8th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory. He placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility where he is being held without bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
39-year-old Andrea Torrence Laws of Vantage Heights Circle in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (March 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with trafficking in oxycodone by possession and trafficking in oxycodone by transport. Laws was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for May 1.
29-year-old Destiny Nicole Miller of Johns River Road in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (March 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, the sale of meth, and the delivery of meth. Miller was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $250,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, March 16).
The investigation is continuing into the death of a child in Burke County. Yesterday morning (Wednesday, March 15) at 7:45, the Burke County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to 1259 Hopewell Road in Morganton. A motorist called 911 saying that they thought there may be a child laying on the front porch of the home at that address.
Deputies arrived at 7:53 a.m. to discover a three-year-old child who was deceased. The Burke County Criminal Investigation Division began working on the case. An autopsy was scheduled to be conducted today (Thursday, March 16).
20-year-old Rodney Tyler York of Appalachian Trail in Claremont was arrested Wednesday (March 15) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three counts apiece of felonious breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny, two counts of injury to personal property, and single counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods or property.
York was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $26,000 bond. District Court dates were set for today (Thursday, March 16) and April 3.
43-year-old Johnny Shane Biles of Indian Springs Drive in Conover was arrested at about 9:40 a.m. yesterday (March 15) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Probation & Parole Officers also charged Biles with a parole violation.
Biles was taken into custody without incident at the Probation & Parole office on 26th Street S.E. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was set for today in Newton.
43-year-old Wesley W. Sizemore of Mount Juliet, Tennessee was arrested by a Trooper with the N.C. State Highway Patrol in Catawba County yesterday (March 14). He was wanted on a felony fugitive warrant for larceny from a building. The warrant was issued yesterday in Lancaster County, South Carolina.
Sizemore was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled this morning in Newton.
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29-year-old Logan David Turner and 26-year-old Emilee Louise MacCarroll, both of Blackwood Street in Gastonia, have been arrested by Lincolnton Police. Turner was charged with felony larceny by removal of an anti-theft device, felony possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. MacCarroll was charged with misdemeanor larceny.
Early this morning (March 15), Lincolnton Police responded to a shoplifting call at Walmart on North General’s Boulevard in Lincolnton. Officers and Loss Prevention personnel confronted the suspects, a man and woman, at the store. The suspects then ran into the parking lot where they attempted to discard the stolen merchandise. After a brief pursuit, Officers apprehended the suspects without further incident. All the stolen merchandise was recovered.
The suspects were identified as Logan Turner and Emilee MacCarroll. The theft was classified as a felony larceny because the suspects removed anti-theft devices from the items prior to taking them from the store. A search of Turner’s person turned up a small amount of heroin and drug paraphernalia.
Turner was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under an $11,000 secured bond, while MacCarroll was given a $1,000 secured bond. Turner was scheduled to appear in court today. A court date for MacCarroll was set for April 7.
Turner, who is currently on probation, has prior felony convictions for fleeing to elude arrest, possession of methamphetamine, identity theft, safecracking, breaking & entering and more. MacCarroll has pending charges in Gaston County for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
23-year-old Kaheem Tercell Pickett of Fairway Acres Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (March 14) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged on a felony fugitive warrant from another state. The state Pickett is wanted in and the charge he's wanted for are unspecified. Following the arrest, Pickett was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (March 16).
34-year-old Shannon Nichole Linebarger of Old Farm Drive in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early yesterday morning (March 14) for felony failure to appear on charges of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine and the sale of meth.
Linebarger was taken into custody without incident at 2:10 a.m. yesterday on the 1300 block of Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. She has since been released. A Superior Court date was set for May 1.
45-year-old Derrick Christopher “Moose” Mayfield of 8th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 10:10 yesterday morning (March 14) on five felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine. The warrants for his arrest were initially issued last year on August 2, August 17, August 31, September 13 and October 3.
Mayfield was taken into custody without incident at a residence on Blue Sky Court, just off of Robinson Road in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
The N.C. Department of Transportation making plans to expand N.C. Highway 150 from two lanes to a multi-lane roadway between the N.C. 16 Bypass in Catawba County and the U.S. 21/N.C. 150 interchange in Iredell County.
In February, a meeting was held involving state and federal agencies to review the proposed project and evaluate potential effects to the Historic Terrell District, an area comprised of 11 buildings built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Under federal law, the area is provided special protection.
The project team reviewed two proposed alternatives. The first alternative would have had adverse effects to the historic district. The second alternative was selected, bypassing the historic district to the north.
Public hearing maps for the project can be viewed on the NCDOT website. For more information, contact Karen Reynolds, NCDOT Project Manager, at 919-707-6038 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
31-year-old Jessie Allen Adams of Carolina Mill Circle Lincolnton entered a guilty plea in Lincoln County Superior Court to robbery with a dangerous weapon. As a result of the plea, which was entered during the February session of Superior Court, Adams was sentenced to eight years in prison.
The sentence was the result of an investigation conducted by the Lincolnton Police Department in December of last year. On Monday, December 5, at approximately 9:15 p.m., Lincolnton Police Department patrol officers were dispatched to the One Stop at 401 West Main Street in Lincolnton, for an armed robbery call.
Upon arrival, officers spoke with the clerk who advised an unidentified white male wearing a mask and armed with a large knife robbed the store of an undisclosed amount of money. Upon processing the scene and doing a canvass of the area, officers developed several leads that led them to investigate Jessie Allen Adams, who lived in a neighborhood right outside the city limits near the One Stop.
Adams was apprehended at his residence. Upon locating Adams, he was found to be in possession of the mask and clothing used in the robbery. Additionally, Adams was found to be in possession of a significant amount of crack cocaine that was packaged for sell and delivery as well as paraphernalia used to package crack cocaine. A small amount of U.S. currency, believed to be a portion of the stolen money, was also found with Adams.
An investigation is being conducted into the death of a child in Burke County. The Burke County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to 1259 Hopewell Road, Morganton at 7:45 a.m. today (March 15) by Burke County 911. 911 received a call from a motorist who said they thought there may be a child laying on the front porch of the Hopewell residence.
Deputies arrived at 7:53 a.m. to discover a three-year-old child who was deceased. The Burke County Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation. The Sheriff's Office will release additional information will as soon as possible.
46-year-old Antonio Davis Craft of Old Conover Road in Newton was arrested Tuesday (March 14) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on Grand Jury Indictments with two counts apiece of selling cocaine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver cocaine. Craft was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, March 15).