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Wednesday, 14 January 2015 10:23

Drug Charge Filed in Burke County Arrest

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31-year-old Felicia Jean Knox was arrested Tuesday (January 13) by authorities in Burke County. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Knox was jailed under $7,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, January 14).

Wednesday, 14 January 2015 10:03

Man Arrested In Burke On Felony Drug Charge

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36-year-old Billy Lamour Jones was arrested today (Wednesday, January 14) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Jones was placed in jail under $15,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today.

Representatives of Catawba County law enforcement, the District Attorney's Office, Catawba County Social Services, and the Children's Advocacy and Protection Center of Catawba County have signed an inter-agency agreement pledging to work together to protect the child victims of sexual and serious physical abuse. The CAPC collaborates with these other agencies to respond to cases of suspected severe child physical abuse and child sexual abuse in a manner that reduces trauma to the child victim and non-offending family members. The agreement notes that the criminal justice system is "designed for and oriented to adults." The CAPC and partner agencies agreed to minimize the trauma to child victims while working to aggressively prosecute offenders.

Specifically, those signing the document agreed to minimize the number of interviews to which the child is subjected, work together to improve coordination, and attend training and educational events sponsored by the CAPC." Catawba County's CAPC is recognized throughout North Carolina as a model for its collaboration between law enforcement, prosecutors, and Child Protective Services," said John Eller, director of Catawba County Social Services. "We are pleased to have the continuing support of these agencies as we work together to ensure the safety of our county's children." There are 78 counties in North Carolina being served by a Children's Advocacy Center. Thirty of these, including Catawba County's CAPC,are accredited by the National Children's Alliance.

The City of Morganton Parks and Recreation will hold a public meeting at 6:00 p.m., next Thursday, January 22, at the Collett Street Recreation Center to collect final input and support for the City's submission of a North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant application for 2015 to help fund additions to the Catawba River Soccer Complex.

The funds would be used to construct Phase III of the Catawba River Soccer Complex. Phase III will consist of two additional regulation soccer fields for football and rugby; additional parking for approximately 150 cars; a one-fourth mile connecting trail from Carbon City Road to the greenway; walkways; 1.4-acre expansion of the existing dog park; and a championship croquet course.

Phase I and II of the Catawba River Soccer Complex were completed in 1999 and 2009. The project was funded by the City of Morganton, the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, and the United States Soccer Federation. The complex hosts the Parks and Recreation Department youth soccer program, Freedom High School boys and girls home soccer games, Patton High School games, Burke Soccer Association games, Latin America soccer league games, Asian soccer league games, Rugby league games, Field Hockey games, Lacrosse games and numerous tournaments, camps and practices.

In a news release issued by the City of Morganton, Parks and Recreation Director Gary Leonhardt said "The Soccer Complex is one of our most used recreation facilities in the City, Soccer has grown so quickly that the demand for practice and game fields cannot be met by our present facilities.” Leonhardt also said “We are playing and practicing in every open space we can find, which includes outfields of baseball and softball fields.”

Leonhardt said that the addition of these fields will create designated space for the teams to practice and play and will help meet the demand for safe, regulation soccer fields. This project follows the 20-year, comprehensive recreation master plan completed in 1997. The project is estimated to cost $795,000, which will include $250,000 from the trust fund grant, $197,500 from the Morganton Recreation Foundation, Inc., $197,500 from the City of Morganton, and $150,000 from private funds.

Anyone interested in this project is invited to attend the meeting. The Collett Street Recreation Center is located at 300 Collett St., Morganton. The public meeting will start at 6:00 pm, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015.


(News release from City of Morganton)

27-year-old Michael Kayleeon McBryde of 1st Street SW in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (Wednesday, January 14) on one count of felony possession of crack cocaine.

Events leading to his arrest unfolded at about 12:20 this morning when Officers responded to a request to remove a man from a residence on the 900 block of 1st Street S.W. in Hickory. Police found the man, Michael McBryde, attempting to gain entrance at the rear of the residence. As Officers conducted a search, McBryde lunged toward a downspout, where Police then found 2.3 grams of crack cocaine.

McBryde was taken into custody without incident at 1:18 a.m. and confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $3,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015 05:58

Lenoir Woman Charged With Safecracking

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42-year-old Marcie Michelle Craig of Blue Creek Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (January 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony larceny and safecracking. Following the arrest, Craig was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $7,500 secured bond. She made a first appearance in District Court Tuesday.

18-year-old Kevin Damon Williams Jr. of Campfire Trail in Clover, South Carolina was arrested Tuesday (January 14) by Maiden Police Officers. He’s charged on warrants from 2014 with first degree burglary, conspiracy to commit common law robbery, and common law robbery. Following the arrest, Williams was detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, January 14). 

A man who U.S. Marshals say went AWOL from Fort Hood in Texas was apprehended in Morganton. According to published reports, O'Jay Rufus Woods, Jr., was wanted by the U.S. Army in Fort Hood, Texas, for leaving the base after he was convicted on sex charges. Officials say the offense occurred in Texas. Authorities learned that Woods may have been staying in Burke County. The reports say U.S. Marshals conducted interviews and followed up on numerous leads before locating Woods in Morganton. Woods was detained at the Burke Catawba Confinement Facility and was scheduled to be extradited back to Texas. Authorities have not yet revealed what charges he will be facing.

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office announced the conviction of a man on a statutory rape charge. According to a news release issued Tuesday (January 13), on December 17th 2014, Joshua Michael Benfield entered a guilty plea in Burke County Superior Court to Statutory Rape of Person Who is 13, 14 or 15 Years old. Benfield was sentenced to a minimum of 21 years and 2 months to a maximum 30 years and 5 months. Benfield was a registered sex offender from a prior out of state sex offense conviction in Mississippi.

19-year-old Ethan Scott Kirby and 21-year-old Justin James Bordeaux, both of Hillcrest Avenue in Rhodhiss, were arrested Monday (January 12) by Hudson Police. They were each charged with felony second-degree burglary. Kirby was also charged with misdemeanor unauthorized use of a motor vehicle on a warrant from Burke County.

Last Sunday, (January 11) Hickory Police Officers responded to a residence in the 300 Block of 6th Street NW in reference to a breaking and entering call. Once on the scene, it was determined the residence had been entered and various items had been taken. The Hudson Police Department made contact with Hickory Police on Monday in reference information they had received while working a similar case in their jurisdiction. Follow-up of the suspect information linked both of the cases from the two jurisdictions and Hickory Police were able to charge Kirby and Bordeaux.

Kirby and Bordeaux were both taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond for Kirby set at $51,500, secured, while Bordeaux was given a $50,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled Tuesday (January 13) in Lenoir.