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Wednesday, 04 June 2014 08:19

Body Found in Abandoned House in Lenoir

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Lenoir Police report that a body was found at an abandoned home on Meadowlane Drive in Lenoir yesterday morning (June 3).

A 30-year-old Lenoir woman was walking to her mother’s house at about 9:30 a.m. when she decided to investigate a foul odor that had been coming from the house for several days. After entering the home, she found the body of a man face down on the floor with a belt wrapped around his neck and tied to a closet door.

According to neighbors, the house had been vacant for several months.

Lenoir Police Captain Brent Phelps says the victim has been identified, but his identity has not been released to the public, pending notification of family.  The investigation is ongoing, but -- at this time -- Police do not suspect foul play.

Wednesday, 04 June 2014 06:59

Maiden Police Investigate Pharmacy Robbery

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Maiden Police report a robbery Monday (June 2) at TAS Drug, located at 201 Island Ford Road in Maiden. The incident occurred at 11:27 a.m. as an unidentified white male entered the store and presented a threatening note to pharmacy staff declaring he had a gun and demanding specific medications.

The suspect is described as a white male in his late 20s or early 30s. He is approximately 6’1” tall and has a slender build. He was wearing black shorts, a black long-sleeved shirt, black shoes, black sunglasses and a dark-colored hat with a red bill and a large Cincinnati Reds logo on the front.

The suspect left the scene in a white car described as an older model vehicle, possibly a GM, Ford or Chrysler.

Anyone with information about the robbery or the suspect should contact the Maiden Police Department at 828-428-5005.

Wednesday, 04 June 2014 06:57

Hickory Vehicle Break-In Suspects' Names Released

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43-year-old David Brian Brown and 53-year-old Jessica S. Roten of North Wilkesboro have been identified as the suspects charged in connection to a series of vehicle break-ins that were discovered at various hotels and other locations in the City of Hickory Sunday morning (June 1).

An online service was used to track some of the stolen items to a location in Wilkes County. When Wilkes County Deputies went to the address to investigate, they found an assortment of stolen items from Hickory and other jurisdictions, as well as a meth lab.

Both suspects have been charged with multiple counts of breaking & entering motor vehicles and larceny. Additional charges are pending.

Brown and Roten will appear in a Wilkes County courtroom on the meth charges on July 16.

The Hickory Police Department has released the names of the two Officers involved in the fatal shooting of Drew Marian Spencer early Monday morning (June 2). They are Officer Clayton Albrecht and Master Police Officer John Ray.

Officer Albrecht was hired by the department in July of 2012. Master Officer Ray was hired in August of 2008. Both Officers are on paid administrative leave as an investigation into the incident continues.

Spencer was killed when he allegedly pointed a handgun at one of the Officers while he was seated behind the wheel of a stolen City of Hickory work truck at the Kangaroo Express store on North Center Street in Hickory.

In Burke Co. Criminal Superior Court, 29-year-old Melvin Woodrow Wilson of Morganton was convicted on felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, manufacturing methamphetamine and fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle.

The conviction follows a January 2013 arrest when Burke County Narcotics Agents stopped a vehicle on Zero Mull Road and found various items consistent with the manufacture of meth. Wilson was taken into custody, along with 43-year-old Michael Allen Conley.

Wilson was sentenced to no less than 50 months and no more than 72 months in the Division of Adult Correction.

Tuesday, 03 June 2014 15:14

Lenoir Man Convicted of Attempted Murder

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50-year-old Cecil Everette Saunders of Lenoir was convicted recently in Caldwell Co. Criminal Superior Court on two felony counts of attempted murder and one felony count each of first-degree arson and burning personal property.

He was convicted of setting fire to a Renwick Street residence in Lenoir where his 43-year-old girlfriend and her 12-year-old son lived. The incident occurred on April 1, 2011.

Saunders was sentenced to no less than 165 months and no more than 207 months in the N.C. Division of Adult Correction.

During the early morning hours on Sunday, June 1, Hickory Police report that several vehicles were broken into at area hotels and other locations in the City of Hickory.

One of the victims was able to use an online service to track aome of the stolen property to an address in Wilkes County on Yellow Banks Road. Hickory Police contacted the Wilkes Co. Sheriff’s Office to request that they contact someone at the residence.

A Deputy found a back door open where evidence had been thrown out of the house. The items were confirmed as having been stolen from a vehicle in Hickory. During the subsequent investigation at the residence, Wilkes County Deputies uncovered a methamphetamine lab. The occupants were arrested by authorities in Wilkes County.

Hickory Police then obtained and executed a search warrant at the residence, leading to the discovery of more stolen property. Police found evidence indicating that additional stolen items were located at another location in Wilkes County. A search was conducted at that location and more stolen property from other vehicle break-ins in Hickory was found.

Evidence of other crimes throughout multiple jurisdictions was uncovered during the investigation. Charges related to the vehicle break-ins have been issued for two suspects. Additional charges are pending.

A free, public workshop on stormwater best management practices for landowners, developers and educators will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Western Piedmont Community College in Morganton on Saturday, June 21.

Anyone interested learning more about how to implement stormwater best management practices on their property is encouraged to attend. The free workshop includes field trip transportation from WPCC.

Registration is required no later than Thursday, June 19. Call Dena Chandler at 828-253-6856 ext. 210 or email dena@equinoxenvironmental.com.

Tuesday, 03 June 2014 10:44

Hickory Man Busted for Marijuana & Crack

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24-year-old Antonio Carnell White of 3rd Avenue in Hickory was arrested Sunday (June 1) by Hickory Police on felony charges of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, as well as one misdemeanor count of second-degree trespass.

White was arrested after an Officer saw him on the 1100 block of 2nd Street Place S.E. where he had previously been banned from Hickory Housing Authority property. The Officer asked White if he had anything illegal on his person and he said he might have some weed.

Officers patted White down and found a large bulge in his front mid-section that turned out to be 19 baggies containing marijuana and four baggies containing crack cocaine. In all, 10.1 grams of marijuana and 4.9 grams of crack were found.

White was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $18,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday (June 2) with his next court date coming up on June 12.

Tuesday, 03 June 2014 08:48

Four Face Drug Charges in Burke County

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28-year-old Jamie Lee Gray, 54-year-old Rhonda Raab Carswell, 20-year-old Roy Lynn Raab Carswell and 20-year-old Velvet Rose McGalliard have all been arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers on drug charges. Gray was charged with felony possession of marijuana and the other three suspects were each charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Gray also faces charges for possession with intent to sell & deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell & deliver marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and trafficking in opiates. In addition, Rhonda Carswell was charged with felony maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. Roy Carswell and Velvet Rose McGalliard were both charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Friday (May 30), the Burke Co. Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at a residence on Brentwood Road in Morganton after a lengthy investigation involving the use, sale and distribution of narcotics at the residence.

Upon arrival, a Burke County SWAT unit and a Morganton Department of Public Safety Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) entered the residence where they located five individuals and detained them. A search of the residence turned up methamphetamine, marijuana, oxymorphone, oxycodone, drug paraphernalia and numerous firearms.

Four suspects were placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility. Bond for Gray was set at $65,000, secured. Rhonda Carswell was given a $6,000 secured bond. Bond for Roy Carswell wasn’t specified and McGalliard’s bond was set at $1,500, secured. Gray and Rhonda Carswell will next appear in District Court on June 23 while Roy Carswell and McGalliard each have court dates on June 30.