Update: Inmates who escaped from county neighboring Unifour apprehended
Authorities in McDowell County say two inmates who escaped custody in Avery County have been arrested. Cousins Calvin and Phillip Metcalf were arrested in Gordon County, Georgia. Officers across North Carolina and surrounding states were searching for the two inmates that escaped custody around 4 p.m. Tuesday from Avery County deputies. Calvin Metcalf, 20, of Bakersville, and Phillip Metcalf, 25, of Spruce Pine, were being held in McDowell County on Mitchell County break-in charges. They were taken by Avery County deputies Tuesday to Avery as part of an investigation. They reportedly assaulted an Avery officer and managed to escape. McDowell County authorities reported their capture Wednesday morning.
Report: New video released in Daniels case, apartment searched for more than seven hours
New video has been released of police searching an apartment in Newton just a few doors from where popular school teacher and counselor Maggie Daniels’ body was found. That’s according to WSOC-TV. The Charlotte TV station asked Newton’s police chief if the person who lives in the apartment is a person of interest in the case, but he declined to answer. Several police officers reportedly searched the apartment on Saturday. The report says the video shows that officers were still at the scene seven-and-a-half hours after arriving. According to reports, police initially got two search warrants for an apartment and phone records. But investigators said they discovered something inside the apartment that required them to get a third search warrant in the case, what was found is not being revealed. WSOC reports prosecutors have also been busy in the case filing three motions during the last 24 hours, asking a judge to seal the most recent search warrants and keep three others from becoming public this Friday. Those searches involved Daniels’ apartment and car and were conducted in the days after she was killed and were supposed to be unsealed this Friday. Daniels, who worked at Discovery High School in Newton, was found dead in her residence at Windsor Apartments on June 28.
Nine arrested, two sought following long meth investigation
Nine people were arrested and two more are being sought on drug charges after a months-long investigation into the manufacturing and distribution of meth in Catawba County. According to police reports, during the past several months, investigators looked at several suspects who specifically manufacture methamphetamine using the "One Pot" method that they say has become an epidemic across the country. They say the suspects buy or steal the precursor items from local businesses in and around the county to make the drug. During the investigation, known as "Operation Seven/Eleven," deputies identified eleven suspects who were involved in making methamphetamine or who assisted the cooks by providing the necessary items. Narcotics investigators presented cases to the Grand Jury in Catawba County on Monday, which lead to fifty-nine separate charges. The nine who were apprehended were all arrested on charges including manufacturing methamphetamine, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, trafficking methamphetamine by manufacturing and possession, and possession of immediate precursors to manufacture methamphetamine. The suspects who are being sought are Joseph Edward Morin and his mother, Georgia Lynn Starks, both Newton residents. They are charged with five counts apiece of manufacturing methamphetamine, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of immediate precursors to manufacture methamphetamine. Police say Morin and Starks may have left Catawba County and have not been apprehended. Both were entered into the National Crime Information Center database as wanted. Anyone with information about their location is asked to call the Catawba County Communications Center at 828-464-3112.
Woman charged with drug offense
A woman arrested Tuesday in Burke County is charged with a felony drug offense. 32-year-old Nikettra Twanette Mitchell was arrested and charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule six controlled substance. Following the arrest, Mitchell was placed in jail under $25,000 secured bond, a court appearance is scheduled for today in Morganton.
Search warrants executed in Daniels case, apartment at complex searched
According to information released Monday, three search warrants were executed in the investigation into the murder of a popular teacher and counselor in Newton. The body of 31-year-old Maggie Daniels was found on June 28 in her residence at Windsor Apartments. Newton Police and agents with the SBI searched an apartment in a building on the complex, but it was not where Daniels’ apartment was located. Authorities say they executed another warrant for cellphone records in connection with the Daniels case. They would not say what the third warrant was for, but did say they got assistance with the search warrants from the Davie County Sheriff’s Office. Late Friday night and early Saturday morning, police searched apartment 52, which is several buildings over from where Daniels (pictured) lived. Police have not said why they searched the residence or what they were looking for. Like the previous search warrants in the case, these have been sealed. Police say they had a large amount of people to interview about the case; and quite a few of those interviewed have been ruled out as persons of interest, but reports say not the majority. All of the evidence seized from the apartment has already been sent to the State Crime Lab in Raleigh for analysis. The cause of death has not been revealed by investigators, they did determine shortly after Daniels’ body was found that she was murdered.
Man charged with meth offenses following investigation, search of home and vehicle
A Caldwell County man has been arrested and charged with several meth offenses. Following an investigation, 27-year-old Jerry Duane Anderson of Hudson was arrested by the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office ICE Unit. Anderson (pictured) is charged with three counts of felony possession of firearm by a convicted felon, possession with intent to sell/deliver methamphetamine, and maintain a vehicle to keep/store a controlled substance. According to a news release, during the investigation, undercover purchases of methamphetamine were conducted from Anderson with Agents seizing approximately 27 grams of methamphetamine from him. The methamphetamine has a street value of $4,050.00. Based on those controlled substance purchases, an Agent with the ICE Unit applied for and received a search warrant for Anderson’s home and vehicles. Agents located three firearms in his Jeep Cherokee, along with packaging materials, methamphetamine, and a digital weighing scale. The firearms consisted of a .38 caliber pistol, a .22 caliber rifle, and a .12 gauge shotgun. Agents also searched his home on Beach Road in Hudson and located additional packaging materials and a small detectable amount of methamphetamine. The investigation is continuing and more drug charges are expected to be filed against Anderson. He was placed in the Caldwell County Jail under $265,000 bond, he made a first court appearance Monday.
Burke woman charged with meth offense in Catawba Co.
A Burke County woman faces a meth charge filed in Catawba County. The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office arrested 27-year-old Heather Lasha Tomlinson Monday and charged her with one count of possession of methamphetamine. Following the arrest, Tomlinson was placed in the Catawba County Jail under $10,000 bond.
Nebo man charged with choking another man
A Nebo man is charged in an incident in which he allegedly choked another man. Deputy Derrick McGinnis of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged 28-year-old Mark Bess of Pinnacle Church Road, with one felony count of assault by strangulation. Last Thursday evening, deputies responded to Cedarbrook Residential Center and spoke to Douglas Charles Bryant. Bryant told them Bess, who is also a resident of Cedarbrook, came into his room and choked him. McGinnis and other deputies noticed bruising on Bryant’s neck, so Bess was charged.
One month later, no arrest, few details released in Daniels murder investigation
It’s been exactly one month since the body of popular Newton guidance counselor and teacher Maggie Daniels was found in her apartment, police have still not made an arrest in the case. Daniels, who was 31-years-old and worked at Discovery High School, was found deceased in her residence at Windsor Apartments in Newton on June 28. Little information has been released by Newton Police and the State Bureau of Investigation regarding the probe into Daniels’ death. Following the discovery of the body, police quickly ruled Daniels’ death a homicide but have still not said how she died. According to reports, Investigators have followed even the smallest clues in an effort to find the killer. Newton Police have looked at hours of store security camera video searching for any trace of Daniels as they tried to assemble a timeline of the last hours of her life. They have also interviewed more than 100 people including friends and neighbors of Daniels (pictured), and in some cases gone back to re-question people a second or even a third time.
Caldwell man caught during Burke convenience store break-in, admits to several other break-ins
A Caldwell County man charged in connection with a break-in at a convenience store in Burke County was reportedly seen by police in the business he broke into. According to a news release issued over the weekend, on July 6 at 2:07 a.m. the Burke County Sheriff’s Office received a call for service in reference to a Break-in at Jack B Quick at 900 Lenoir Road in Morganton. The Patrol Division with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, was on routine patrol and heard an alarm activation at the store. Deputies first observed the suspect inside the convenience store and the suspect then fled into a wooded area. Deputies pursued the suspect who resisted arrest once apprehended. The suspect was identified as 40-year-old Jason Setzer of Lenoir. The Burke County Criminal Investigations Division was given the case. Detectives with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office interviewed Setzer who admitted to being involved in five other Break-ins to other convenience stores. Three incidents involving Setzer Breaking into businesses were at stores in Burke County, while the others were located in Caldwell County. The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office was able to obtain warrants on Setzer. In Burke County he’s charged with five felony counts and a misdemeanor and was placed in jail under $36,000 bond.
Burke man charged with store break-in
A Burke County man is charged in connection with a break-in to a convenience store. According to a news release, on July 5, at approximately 4:44 a.m., the Burke County Sheriff’s Office received a call for service in reference to a breaking and entering. Burke County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to the scene and met and spoke with Mr. Khalil Majeed, who advised that an unknown subject had broken into his convenience store, the Shop and Save #2 located at 2185 US 70 East in Morganton, and stolen several items from the business. The case was assigned to Investigators with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division for further investigation. Investigators obtained video surveillance footage of the suspect committing this crime and interviewed several witnesses. Investigators were able to identify the suspect in the footage as 35-year-old William Alan Abernathy, II. Subsequent to identifying Abernathy, Investigators made attempts to locate Mr. Abernathy but were unable to do so. Investigators issued an arrest warrant for Abernathy on July 11. On July 15, Investigators received an anonymous tip and were able to locate and arrest Abernathy (pictured) for these crimes. Abernathy was processed and confined at the Burke Catawba District Confinement Facility.
Nebo residents charged with break-in, robbery of home
Two Nebo residents are charged in connection with a break-in to a home. Detective Billie Brown of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged 33-year-old Jennifer Lee Hollifield and 35-year-old Joseph James Taylor, with four felony counts apiece of obtaining property by false pretense, one felony count of breaking and entering and one felony count of larceny. On June 30, Gracie Ferguson, of Old Highway 10 East in Marion, reported that someone entered her residence and stole her purse, which contained money, debit and credit cards and a pistol and holster. Brown said an investigation led to Hollifield and Taylor, who allegedly used the debit card on four occasions at Walmart, Ingles, Verizon Wireless and Sunoco to purchase approximately $2,200 worth of merchandise. The pistol, a Phoenix Arms .22-caliber semi-automatic, valued at $200, has not been recovered. Anyone with information about the location of the gun can call Detective Billie Brown at the Sheriff’s Office 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.
Two Unifour cities, one other area community, acheive statewide accreditation
The N.C. Department of Commerce, Office of Urban Development has announced that three area cities including the City of Morganton are among 20 communities across the state that have achieved accreditation from the National Main Street Center for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street programs, which have demonstrated exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street Four Point Approach. In addition to Morganton, the other North Carolina Main Street programs that have earned accreditation for their 2013 performance are Brevard, Burlington, Clayton, Concord, Elizabeth City, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Goldsboro, Hickory, Kings Mountain, Lincolnton, Marion, Monroe, New Bern, Spruce Pine, Statesville, Wake Forest, Waynesville, and Wilson. The Main Street Four Point approach focuses on Organization, Promotion, Design, and Economic Restructuring. Organization establishes consensus and cooperation by building partnerships among the various groups that have a stake in the commercial district. Promotion takes many forms, but the goal is to create a positive image that will rekindle community pride and improve consumer and investor confidence in your commercial district. Design means getting Main Street into top physical shape and creating a safe, inviting environment for shoppers, workers, and visitors. Economic restructuring strengthens the community's existing economic assets while diversifying its economic base. Coincidentally, the four points of the Main Street approach correspond with the four forces of real estate value, which are social, political, physical, and economic.