Thursday, April 17th
Today's headlines from www.unifournews.com
Bank robbery remains under investigation
A bank robbery that occurred Wednesday remains under investigation and two suspects are being sought. The Hickory Police Department is currently investigating a robbery that occurred Wednesday at approximately 10:40 a.m. at the Community One Bank at 2220 12th Avenue NE. Two suspects are wanted in relation to this incident. The subjects are black males, one being approximately 6’ 4" wearing dark clothing, sunglasses, and a winter hat. The other suspect is approximately 5’8"- 5’10" wearing a gray hoodie, black pants, sunglasses, and toboggan. There is no vehicle description.
Police: Woman caught in act of selling painkillers
A woman police say was caught trying to sell painkillers in Sawmills was arrested and charged by the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office. According to a news release issued Wednesday, 35-year-old Melisa Diana Triplett of Hudson is charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver oxycodone and maintain a vehicle to keep or store a controlled substance. According to the news release, Triplett was arrested by Ice Agents when she met with another person in Sawmills to sell the pills. She reportedly attempted to sell 34 oxycodone pills. Triplett did not have a prescription for the pills and they were found in a cigarette pack in her 2005 GMC truck. Following the arrest, Triplett was placed in the Caldwell County Jail under $5,000 secured bond, a court appearance is scheduled for today.
Fire breaks out at Hickory Daily Record pressroom
Fire broke out Wednesday morning at the offices of the Hickory Daily Record on 11th Avenue Boulevard Southeast in Hickory. According to reports, the fire started in the newspaper’s pressroom while employees were changing a roll of paper. The newspaper reports that while the roll was being changed, a loud pop was heard from one of the reels, employees then saw sparks and flames. The press is used to print several newspapers owned by the Hickory Daily Record’s parent company, that includes the Morganton News Herald and McDowell News. There were no injuries in the fire, which was reported at 9:56 a.m. and under control by 10:30 a.m. The extent of the damage to the pressroom is currently being evaluated. The Hickory Fire Department responded along with the Mountain View Fire Department, Catawba County EMS, and the Hickory Rescue Squad. (Photo above is a file photo.)
Man charged in break-in
A man arrested in Burke County is charged in connection with a break-in. According to records on file at the Morganton Department of Public Safety’s website, 44-year-old Anthony Tyron Davis was arrested Wednesday and charged with larceny after breaking and entering and failure to appear. Following the arrest, Davis was placed in jail under a total bond of $11,295 secured, a court appearance is scheduled for May 27.
Arrest on break-in, fuel theft charges
A suspect arrested in Burke County is charged in connection with a break-in. 24-year-old Cody Lee Wyatt was arrested Wednesday and charged with felony non forced breaking and entering, and larceny of motor fuel. Following the arrest, Wyatt was placed in jail under $150,000 secured bond, a court appearance is scheduled for next Monday.
Two charged with motorcycle, dirt bike thefts
Two have been arrested in connection with the theft of a motorcycle and dirt bikes from a Nebo home. Detective Billie Brown of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged 25-year-old Jarrid Baston Wells, of Nebo, and 25-year-old Shane Ney Riddle, of Marion, with one felony count each of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods. On April 9, Roger Curtis, of Mount Nebo Drive in Nebo, reported that someone stole two dirt bikes, a street bike, two helmets and a tubing bender, worth a total of $7,900, from his property. The suspects and victim were not acquainted. The street bike and one of the dirt bikes was recovered, but Brown needs help locating the second dirt bike. It is a 2000 blue and white Polini 50cc bike with #8 on it. Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of the dirt bike is asked to call Detective Billie Brown at 652-2237 or McDowell County Crimestoppers at 65-CRIME (652-7463). With Crimestoppers, your identity remains anonymous, and you could receive a cash reward.
Wednesday, April 16th
Today's headlines from www.unifournews.com
Two charged in discovery of meth lab in home with small child
Two Burke County residents are charged after authorities say a meth lab was found in a home with a small child. The Burke County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrests of 38-year-old David Dwayne Schnebelen and 38-year-old Jodi Michelle Brown, both of the same Jefferson Street Morganton address. They’re both charged with manufacture methamphetamine and possession of immediate precursor chemicals to manufacture methamphetamine. According to a news release issued Tuesday, the Burke County Narcotics Task Force, Morganton Public Safety, and the State Bureau of Investigation searched the suspects’ home and found a methamphetamine lab along with residue from previous methamphetamine cooks along with drug paraphernalia. Both suspects were found in the home along with a small child. The child was turned over to Burke County DSS. Schnebelen and Brown were each placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $250,000 secured bond apiece.
Stolen truck, driver sought
The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information to assist them in locating a bronze colored 1999 Toyota Tacoma that was taken from a residence on Connelly Springs Road in the area of Whitnel Pentecostal on Monday February 17. This vehicle is possibly being driven by James Robert Dula. Dula has been spotted in the Dudley Shoals/ Taylorsville area with the vehicle recently. If you have any information related to this case please contact Detective D. Dupell at 828-759-1554 or to remain anonymous please contact the Caldwell County Crimestoppers at 828-758-8300.
Forgery charges filed in morning arrest
Forgery charges have been filed against a Catawba County man arrested this morning. 56-year-old Gary Dan Barnes of Hickory was arrested by the Hickory Police Department. He’s charged with two counts of uttering a forged instrument. Following this morning’s arrest, Barnes was placed in the Catawba County Jail under $10,000 bond, a court appearance is scheduled for today.
Suspects wanted in string of crimes in the region arrested
The McDowell County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a man and his girlfriend who were wanted in connection with a string of crimes. Police had been searching for 37-year-old Damion Lee Gonzales of Nebo for more than a week. An investigation led them to Bakersville Monday night, where they located and apprehended Gonzales. He and his girlfriend, 30-year-old Gwendolyn Elaine Thompson, of Stockton Road in Marion, face multiple charges in connection with break-ins that occurred in January, February, March, and earlier this month at homes in Nebo and Marion. The charges against the suspects include felony larceny, breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods. Gonzalez has also been charged in connection with similar crimes in Glen Alpine and Yancey and Rutherford Counties.
Teacher from county neighboring Unifour charged with sex offenses
A Cleveland County middle school teacher has been arrested for sending videos of a sexual nature to a student, according to the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office. According to WBTV, 34-year-old Caron Blanton turned herself in to the sheriff's office Monday around 3 p.m. and was charged with three counts of indecent liberties with a child and six counts of disseminating obscene material to a minor under 16. Blanton posted $150,000 bond and was released around 6 p.m. Monday. According to the report from the Charlotte TV station, deputies say the investigation began when officials from Burns Middle School reported that a male student had "an inappropriate video" that had been sent to him by a female teacher. School administrators confiscated the student's cell phone and called the sheriff's office. Through the course of the investigation, deputies identified two students they say had received inappropriate videos as well as obscene pictures of Blanton. The sheriff's department launched the criminal investigation into her actions in early April. School officials say she was suspended from her job before she resigned on April 10. The investigation is continuing and authorities say there could be additional charges coming.