Friday, November 21st
Today's headlines from www.unifournews.com
Two more arrested in fatal shooting
Two more suspects have been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting in Nebo. The two have been charged in connection with the August 16 shooting death of 39-year-old James Lionel Ferguson of Marion. Captain Shanon Smith of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged 39-year-old Brian Keith Guzman of Marion, with murder and felony conspiracy. He also charged 24-year-old Tiffany Dawn Milam of Marion, with felony accessory after the fact. Two other men – 24-year-old Shane Edward Webb, of Forsythe Street in Marion and 24-year-old Andrew Clifton Johnson, of Maces Park Drive in Marion – were previously charged with murder. Smith said an investigation shows that the three males allegedly conspired to rob Ferguson. During the robbery, the victim was shot and subsequently died. Smith also said that Milam allegedly aided the three men after the shooting by driving them away from the residence. The shooting occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 16 at a house on Blunt Way in Nebo.
Man charged with sex offense
The Burke County Sheriff's Office reports the arrest of a suspect on a sex offense charge. According to a news release issued Thursday, in October D.S.S. received a report from a high school in reference to allegations of indecent liberties with a juvenile. The victim alleged that Adam Gilliam inappropriately touched her. Detectives from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and Social Workers from the Department of Social Services interviewed Gilliam regarding the allegations. Following the interview, Gilliam was arrested and charged with indecent liberties with a child. He was placed in jail under $15,000.00 Secured Bond.
Multiple drug charges filed
A Catawba County man is charged with multiple drug offenses following an arrest Thursday. 24-year-old Orlando Lavern Jones of Hickory was arrested by the Hickory Police Department. He's charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of schedule two controlled substances, resisting a public officer, and possession of marijuana. Following the arrest, Jones was placed in the Catawba County Jail under $10,000 bond, a court appearance is scheduled for today.
Suspect charged in eastern Burke break-in
A man is charged in connection with a break-in in eastern Burke County. According to a news release issued Thursday by the Burke County Sheriff's Office, in late October, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a Breaking and Entering in the Connelly Springs area. Upon arrival deputies spoke to an eye witness who was able to provide a description of the vehicle and suspects along with a partial vehicle tag number. Deputies and investigators quickly located information on a vehicle matching the description with a matching tag number in the DMV database. The vehicle was registered to 25-year-old Byron Darius Elrod of Connelly Springs. Upon searching the area deputies located the vehicle at a nearby convenience store occupied by Elrod. Elrod was detained at that time until investigators could arrive. He was arrested on scene and transported to the Burke County Magistrate where he was charged with felony breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Elrod was placed in the Burke Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $5,000.00 secured bond. The incident is still under investigation at this time.
Holiday events this weekend, Hickory Christmas Parade today
You can ring in the holiday season with events this weekend. The City of Hickory Christmas Parade is today at 6 p.m. in downtown Hickory. The City of Morganton will hold it's annual Memorial Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Saturday on the Historic Burke County Courthouse Square downtown. Marion will hold it's Christmas Parade at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Thursday, November 20th
Today's headlines from http://www.unifournews.com/
Man charged in triple murder to face death penalty
The man accused in a triple murder in Burke County in August will face the death penalty. 56-year-old Donald Eric Kincaid is charged with beating three people to death at a residence at 419-1/2 West Concord Street in Morganton. 54-year-old Barbara Ann Johnson, her son, 21-year-old Freddie Charles Thompson, and 75-year-old Zakiya El Bey were all found dead in the home on the morning of August 10. It was announced this week that prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Kincaid (pictured), who is currently being held in jail under no bond. Jail records show Kincaid's next court appearance is scheduled for December 2.
Man charged with child sex offense
A Nebo man is charged with a sex offense against a child. Detective Paul Alkire of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged 30-year-old David Wayne Willis of Nebo, with one felony count of first-degree sex offense of a child. It is alleged that, on August 14, Willis (pictured) had inappropriate sexual contact with a 12-year-old female acquaintance. Alkire said family members learned of the incident and reported it to the Sheriff’s Office.
Forgery charge filed
A woman arrested in Burke County Wednesday faces a forgery charge. 43-year-old Ellen Yvonne Ervin was arrested and charged with felony counts of forgery and uttering and obtaining property by false pretense. Following the arrest, Ervin was placed in jail under $20,000 secured bond, a court appearance is scheduled for Friday.
Controlled burn planned for today
The U.S. Forest Service will be conducting a controlled burn today near Miller Mountain in Burke County. Approximately 70 acres will be burned and it is expected that smoke will be seen until approximately 5:30 p.m.
Authorities seeking suspect in residential break-ins
McDowell County detectives are asking for the public's help in finding the person who broke into a Nebo home twice in a little more than a year. Rick Green, of Asheville, reported on Nov. 12 that someone broke into a residence he owns on Forest Lake Heights in Nebo, between Nov. 7 and 12 and stole more than $6,000 worth of property, including a shotgun, a front-loading washing machine and dryer, a TV, money, stereo equipment, a DVD player, assorted bottles of wine and bourbon, assorted DVDs, food items and small household decorations. Green also reported on July 15, 2013 that someone broke into the house and took stereo equipment, a TV, a portable radio and a satellite radio docking station with a total value of $1,250. Anyone with information concerning the crimes or suspects is asked to call Detective Billie Brown of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office at 652-2237 or McDowell County Crimestoppers at 65-CRIME. With Crimestoppers, your identity remains anonymous, and you could receive a cash reward.
City hall to be closed two days for holiday
Morganton City Hall will be closed next Thursday, Nov. 27, and Friday, Nov. 28 in celebration of Thanksgiving Day. The Collett Street Recreation Center, Mountain View Recreation Center, and the Aquatics Center will also be closed Thursday. Garbage collection will be affected. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday's routes will be collected on the regular schedule. Thursday's route will be picked up a day early on Wednesday.