Crime and Incident Releases

ps-patch-111x90pxThe Morganton Public Safety Department issues press releases to help keep local media and residents informed of crime and incidents in the City. Crime and incident releases are written and published by Public Safety platoon captains, and managed by the Public Information Officer.

View crime and incident information online at the Public Safety Police to Citizen (P2C) website.

At 4:26 pm on July 4th, Morganton Public Safety officers responded to a call at the Greenway near Judges Riverside Restaraunt about a missing kayaker. Upon arrival, Officer J. Bess met with the father of the missing youth, Brandon Fore. Fore told Officer Bess that his 15 year old son, who is an experienced kayaker, did not exit the river at the designated point on Watermill Road with the others in his party. His friends said he had floated downstream around a bend in the river ahead of them and missed the exit point. Public Safety officers and Fire Engineer J. Burnett quickly staged at different points along the river in the city and spoke to anyone in the area about having seen the boy. 

It was quickly determined that the youth had not come past the dam and spillway at the city's water treatment plant. Officers changed locations to points at and above the spillway to search for the boy. Lt. Triplett called for assistance from Burke County Rescue and Emergency Management. Both agencies were enroute within minutes to Watermill Road to begin searching downstream toward the city officers already on the scene. Lt. Triplett and PSO Paterno walked the river's edge from the spillway to a point approximately 300 yards upriver where the trees thickened and line of sight upriver was nearly impossible.

At 4:56 pm, Lt. R.Triplett and PSO A. Paterno were leaving the river's edge when Officer Paterno saw a young man walking away from the river toward a tree nursery off NC 126 about 350 yards above the spillway. Both officers called out to the youth and identified him as the missing teenager. Lt. Triplett alerted Burke County Communications and other officers that the missing kayaker had been found safe. All assisting units were released as officers ensured the teenager was not injured or suffering any medical issues from the heat. PSO Paterno assisted the youth with recovering his kayak and fishing gear, then the officers led the boy out of the woods to the patrol vehicles where they waited. PSO Bess led the father from the Greenway to where he could be reunited with his son.

The total time from dispatch to the youth being located was 30 minutes. Morganton Public Safety thanks all responding agencies and civilian persons who assisted us with narrowing our search area and bringing this to a happy conclusion.

 

Today at 11:40 am, the Burke County Emergency Communication Center received a call from a concerned citizen reporting a man matching the description of wanted fugitive; Ezra Patton was at Healthy Petz Veterinarian Clinic on Enola Road.  Morganton Public Safety Officers arrived and positively identified Ezra Patton taking him into custody. 

Patton has been on the run since May 18, 2019 for armed robbery.  Patton was indicted by a grand jury after three subjects were injured at 118 Lenoir Road during the robbery.  Authorities served a true bill of indictment for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and assault by pointing a gun. 

Patton was placed in the Burke Catawba Detention Facility under a $500,000 secured bond and has a court date in Burke County Superior Court on July 29, 2019.

Ezra Harold Patton

DOB:  5/24/1996

 

Patton

The third suspect in the June 13th armed robbery of the Speedway Convenience Store in Morganton turned himself in at the Cleveland County Magistrate's Office Saturday June 15th.  He was served with warrants for Kidnapping and Armed Robbery.  He received a $25,000 secured bond and was release at the magistrate's office.  He has a scheduled court date for Burke County District Court on June 24, 2019.  

Authorities continue to investigate this crime that is connected to additional robberies in surrounding counties.  

Just before 5:00 am on Thursday, June 13, 2019, officers with Morganton Public Safety responded to Speedway Convenience Store on South Sterling Street reference an armed robbery in progress. After arriving on the scene, officers came into contact with 3 black males dressed in dark clothing with handguns. The three suspects fled on foot.  The store clerk was forced at gun point out back door and over an embankment at the rear of the business.  The clerk was not harmed in the robbery.  Officers conducted a search of the immediate area and were unable to locate the suspects. 

Just after 5:30 am, a resident on West Parker Road called 911 to report two male suspects stealing a truck from the driveway.  Public Safety Officers located the truck on Interstate 40 East.  Officers engaged in a vehicle pursuit and chased the suspects to the Mineral Springs Mountain area where they crashed the stolen truck and fled again on foot. 

Around 1:15 pm, Investigators with Morganton Public Safety located one suspect, Kamua Jarak Clark of Shelby, walking on the side of the road on Hwy 18 South.  Clark was arrest and charged with Armed Robbery and Kidnapping.  He is confined in the Burke Catawba Detention Facility under a $500,000 Secured Bond. 

ClarkKamua Jarak Clark

DOB:  01/20/2000

Address:  113 Davis Ridge Dr. Shelby, NC 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A multi-agency manhunt was conducted and continued into the late evening hours of June 13, 2019. Authorities from Morganton Public Safety and Burke County Sheriff’s Office remained in the area of Mineral Springs Mountain over night to ensure the safety of the area residents.

Around 1:00 pm on June 14, 2019, Burke County Deputies responded to 5313 Mineral Springs Mountain Ave. regarding a breaking and entering.  Deputies discovered the second robbery suspect, Darik Montre Williams inside the residence. 

Morganton Public Safety has charged Darik Williams with Armed Robbery and Kidnapping.  He is confined in the Burke Catawba Detention Facility under a $500,000 secured bond. 

 

Williams

Darik Montre Williams

DOB:  4/16/99

Address:   835 Lincoln Drive Shelby, NC 

A third suspect, Stephen Jamal Craig, is still at large.  He is considered armed and dangerous and is wanted for Kidnapping and Armed Robbery.   If located, the public should not approach this individual.  Please contact your local law enforcement agnecy or Morganton Department of Public Safety at 828-437-1211.

                Wanted Person

Craig

Name: STEPHEN JAMAL CRAIG

DOB: 10/3/2000                                Age: 18

Race: Black                                      Hair: Black

Sex: Male                                          Eyes: Brown

Height: 5’8”                                       Weight: 140

 

Last Known Address: 2600 Elizabeth Ave., Shelby, NC

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.  Investigators have made direct links from this investigation to additional armed robberies in Kings Mountain on June 6th and June 11th, as well as an armed robbery in the City of Newton on June 12. 

 

On May 17, 2019, at 10:41 am, Morganton Public Safety Officers responded to 118 Lenoir Road in reference to reports of a robbery where the caller, Richard Edgardo Hidalgo, was found to be suffering from gunshot wounds to the pelvic region.  Hidalgo reported that Ezra Harold Patton of 5543 White Oaks Drive in Morganton and Kristen Jewel Costner of 7860 Deerfarm Road in Morganton, arrived at his residence where a physical altercation began.

 

Officers were able to locate the Costner’s vehicle on Bouchelle Street where pursuit ensued.  The pursuit led officers down Bouchelle Street, to Sanford Drive and on to Kirksey Drive. The occupants of the vehicle stopped at the old Star Light Fish Camp on Amherst Rd.

 

Officers found the driver, Costner and the passenger, Patton, had life threatening stab wounds to the body.  Both Patton and Costner were transported to CHS Morganton where they were treated for their wounds.  Hidalgo was transported to CHS Morganton, where he was found to have gunshot wounds and a broken jaw. He was later transported to CHS Charlotte where he continues to receive medical treatment. Officers recovered a firearm that was tossed from the vehicle near Riverview Apartments.

 

Costner was released on May 19th from CHS Morganton where she was arrested on charges for Felonious Flee to Elude, Reckless Driving to Endanger, and a Stoplight Violation. Patton was later released from CHS Morganton on May 20, 2019.

 

Morganton Public Safety Investigators continue to speak with those involved and follow up on leads. Investigators with the State Bureau of Investigation assisted with the crime scene processing.  Anyone having information regarding this incident should contact Morganton/Burke Crime Stoppers.

 

On May 9 2019 at 6:18 pm, Morganton Public Safety Offices responded to a 911 call of a missing four year old male child.  Authorities responded to 105 Redbud Drive located inside the Council Oaks Development and began to search in and around the residence. 

The child’s mother, Victoria Howell, reported she had not seen the child in the residence for about 5-10 minutes when she began to look for him.  She then searched the area for a short time before calling 911.  When officers arrived at the development several adult and teens from the neighborhood were already searching the streets around the development.

Morganton Public Safety utilized the reverse 911 system to alert neighbors of the missing child and requested the assistance of Burke County Search and Rescue, On-duty NC Probation Officers and EMS to assist in the search. 

Officers were informed that the child had walked off before and usually walks toward Maplewood Drive which is about 200 feet from the residence. 

Approximately 30 minutes after the initial call was received Sgt. Carswell of Morganton Public Safety located the child floating face down in the pool behind 304 Maplewood Drive.  Officers began CPR and when EMS arrived the child was transported to CHS Morganton.  EMS and hospital staff attempted to revive the child without success.  The child was pronounced deceased at 7:52 pm. 

The Morganton Criminal Investigations Division is continuing with the investigation.

 

After a month long investigation into drug activity, The Morganton Department of Public Safety, Criminal Investigations Division executed a search warrant on the resident of Lisa and Angela Santana located at 200 Rockyford Street Morganton. 

 

As a result of the search, investigators located 16 grams of methamphetamine, heroin, prescription medications and multiple items of drug paraphernalia.  Lisa and Angela Santana were charged with felonious possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule II substance.  Each received a $25,000 secured bond and has a pending court date of May 6, 2019 in Burke County District Court. 

 

Robert Francis Watlington and Dean Allen Oneil Jr. were also arrested at the residence.  Watlington was charged with felonious possession of a schedule II substance and Oneil was charged with felonious possession of a schedule I substance.  Both received a $25,000 secured bond and have a pending court date of May, 6, 2019 in Burke County District Court. 

 

 

 

On April 23, 2019 at approximately 8:44 p.m., Officers with Morganton Department of Public Safety were dispatched to a Breaking and Entering to a Vehicle at 100 Carbon City Rd that was in progress. BCECC advised that a male subject was inside a vehicle at 100 Carbon City Rd. The suspects fled the area when confronted by the owner and was described as a male with a dark colored hoodie and dark backpack. The suspects was reported to have gone behind the businesses at the Mimosa Shopping Center. Officer Beaver arrived shortly after the call was given out and located a subject matching the description walking behind Flex Gym.  The subject, James Staley (Age 26 of Morganton), was confirmed to be the suspect from the Breaking and Entering.  Staley was arrested and transported to the Magistrates office. Staley was charged with N.C.G.S. 14-56, Breaking and Entering into an Automobile, and then transported to Burke Catawba Detention Center.  Staley received a $10,000 secure bond and has an initially appearance on April 24, 2019.

 

Officers with Morganton Public Safety C Platoon responded to a Breaking and Entering in progress at 224 Summit Street, the Iglesia Terio Bet-El Church on 3/31/19. Upon the arrival the officers discovered that 2 bikes were on one of the sides of the church. Once a perimeter of the church was established, officers conducted a search. Two subjects one identified as Bernardo Garcia and the other a juvenile were locked in one of the rooms of the church. 

Bernardo Garcia was arrested and charged with Breaking and Entering Building That is a Place of Worship, Possession of Burglary Tools, and Larceny of Property, Receiving or Possessing Stolen Goods. Garcia was given a $5,000.00 bond. The juvenile was turned over to his mother and the Department of Juvenile Justice was notified. 

A search warrant was obtained for Garcia's residence and officers found a laptop that was taken the night before in a previous breaking and entering. All property that was taken on both occurrences was returned to the church. 

On March 28, 2019 at 6:30 AM Morganton Public Safety Officers responded to Everett Chevrolet at 145 Bush Drive, for a Larceny of wheels and tires from a 2019 Chevrolet Truck.  The 2019 Chevrolet Truck was found sitting on the frame in the lot of Everett Chevrolet missing the wheels and tires. 

Investigators with Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office identified the vehicle from surveillance video belonging to Michael Leroy Whisenant.  Mr. Whisenant was located at Walmart in Lenoir NC, with the stolen wheels and tires mounted to his truck. 

After further investigating, Investigators with Morganton Public Safety were able to link Whisenant’s vehicle to a prior larceny at Cloniger Ford on Jamestown Rd from March 13, 2018.

Michael Leroy Whisenant was arrested for Felony Larceny of Motor Vehicle Parts, Felony Possession of Stolen Property, and Damage to Property.  He is being held in the Burke Catawba Detention Facility under a $25,000 secure bond. 

Surrounding counties are currently investigating similar cases involving Mr. Whisenant’s vehicle observed on camera as the suspect vehicle in their cases. 

On March 30, 2019 at 12:38 a.m., Morganton Department of Public Safety responded to a reported structure fire on Woodlawn Drive. 

The fire was reported to have started on the front porch and was moving into the residence. When units arrived on scene all occupants were outside of the residence. The first arriving units could see smoke coming from the front porch and garage area. Firefighters began fire suppression tactics quickly to bring the fire under control and prevented the residence from becoming fully involved. Firefighters were on scene for several hours extinguishing all existing hot spots inside the garage and roof line. Firefighters used thermal imaging cameras to check the residence and garage for any additional hot spots.

The residence had smoke and water damage. The estimated damage to the residence is $50,000. The fire likely stated in a cigarette butt container on the front porch and spread to the wall and roof area. 

 

Morganton Department of Public Safety was assisted by City of Morganton Electric and Piedmont Natural Gas.

 

 

 


          High winds and low humidity were major contributors to the rapid spread of a fire in a single family home on Friday afternoon.  The Morganton Department of Public Safety was dispatched to a structure fire at the corner of Vinearden Road and Jessie Drive on March 22, 2019 at 3:48 pm. Calls began coming in to the Burke County Communications Center at 3:47 pm and fire units were dispatched less than a minute later. The first units arrived on scene within two minutes to find heavy black smoke and flames pushing out of every door and window on the front of the structure. The smoke column could be seen from downtown according to several reports. Public Safety police and fire units combined to extinguish the fully involved structure. The fire had engulfed the rear of the house and was being pushed by the wind out the front and into the surrounding yard and wood line. A brush fire that was burning toward a neighboring house was quickly extinguished while crews put water from hoses on the fire in the house. Two nearby homes that were threatened by the fire were spared from damage by the quick actions of the firefighters.

            Initial reports were that the house may be occupied, but the four occupants of the home were quickly found to be out of town and accounted for. The house was a total loss but no loss of human life or injury occurred. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Morganton Public Safety Criminal Investigation Division as standard procedure but no indication of wrong-doing has been discovered or reported. Morganton Public Safety was assisted by Burke County EMS with an ambulance crew on hand to care for any injured victims or firefighters, but there were none. No mutual aid fire departments were called due to another large fire in the Triple Community Fire District requiring the aid of multiple departments and the NC Forest Service. Off duty officers from Morganton Public Safety were called in to assist with handling other police and fire calls within the city. Public Safety personnel rapidly extinguished another small outside fire near Burger King at the Plaza during this time as well, highlighting the hazardous conditions present Friday afternoon.

            With the coming of spring, the warming temperatures, low humidity and unstable weather conditions mark the beginning of wildfire and storm seasons. Strong, gusty winds will occur frequently and conditions can change very rapidly. The men and women of Morganton Public Safety want to encourage everyone enjoy the nice weather safely and to practice fire safety during camping and cook-outs. Plan for changing weather and be prepared to take shelter quickly in case of storms, including those that can generate lightning, tornadoes, falling trees and other hazardous conditions.

On 3/19/19 Kenneth Patrick Robinson was taken into custody following a traffic stop. This stemmed from a report of a stolen firearm from a residence in the City on 3/18/19. After Morganton Public Safety Officers on D platoon investigated this further it was found that Kenneth Robinson stole a Glock 23 (40 cal) pistol from the residence with several other items. During this traffic stop, information was gathered by officers which led them to another subject (juvenile) that was given the firearm to keep at his residence. Both Robinson and the juvenile (petition) were charged. 

Kenneth Robinson was charged with Breaking and Entering, Larceny of a Firearm, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, Possession of Marijuana and Cyberstalking.

The juvenile was charged with possession the stolen firearm. 

In the early morning hours of 3-16-19 Nicholas Dalton Robinson (white male DOB 05-12-1994) went on a breaking and entering of motor vehicle spree in the neighborhoods of Dellwoods Heights, Conley Rd, and Foxfire Dr.  During this time he stole several items from vehicles that he broke into. While at 202 Dellwood Dr. Robinson stole a 2014 Silver Toyota Camry. At around 6:15 am Robinson went to Wal-Mart on West Fleming Drive and used a debit card that he had stolen from 213 Conley Rd to purchase several items.

Later on the same date the owner of the stolen Toyota Camry went to Wal-Mart where he spotted it in the parking lot with a white male asleep behind the wheel (Robinson). The owner called the police and officers responded to his location and took Robinson into custody, while he was still asleep.  When officers searched him the stolen debit card was found in his wallet.

 Officers immediately noticed that the aftermarket wheels on the Camry had been spray painted black while parked the the Wal-Mart parking lot. This was due to the fresh paint on the wheels and on the ground. Officers also noticed that Robinson had black paint on both of his hands. Once the officers saw the painted wheels they discovered that Robinson had started spray painting other parts of the vehicle. Several cans of black spray paint (purchased From Wal-Mart) were inside the vehicle. We believe Robinson was planning on spray painting the whole vehicle black. Officers located several other stolen items inside the vehicle from the other breaking and entering.  

Robinson was charged with the following charges

1 Felony count larceny of motor vehicle

1 Felony count possession of stolen vehicle

4 Felony counts of B& E to motor vehicle

4 Felony counts of possession of stolen property

2 misdemeanor counts of B& E to a motor vehicle

2 misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen goods

1 misdemeanor count of financial card fraud

1 misdemeanor count of damage to personal property

1 misdemeanor count of possessing of schedule IV

 

Robinson was placed in the Burke/Catawba jail under a $55,000.00 secured bond

All the vehicles that Robinson broke into were unlocked. So on behalf of the Morganton Department of Public Safety we remind you to please lock your doors and take valuables inside.   

On March 3, 2019 at approximately 7:50pm Officers with Morganton Public Safety responded to 118 Lenoir Road in reference to shots being fired into this residence. Upon arrival they spoke with Richard Hidalgo. Hidalgo, a female and a juvenile were present when they heard a loud noise and what they believed to be a firearm. A black passenger car and a white SUV were two vehicles in the area but it is not confirmed as to being associated with the incident. Morganton Public Safety Criminal Investigations responded and located 5 bullet holes at the residence. Further investigation is pending regarding this incident.  

On March 1, 2019 at 2:20 pm, Investigator’s with Morganton Public Safety executed a search warrant on the residence of Kolon Johnson located at 401 Bouchelle Street.  After a brief investigation, Mr. Kolen Johnson was identified as a suspect in recent breaking and enterings.  It was learned that Johnson was in possession of items stolen from those reports.

Morganton SWAT Team assisted with the search warrant execution.  After a search of the residence, investigators were able to locate some of the stolen property from nearby thefts. 

Kolon Lewis Johnson, age 45, was arrested and served with a warrant for Felonious Larceny from a person. These charges stem from an incident where a female victim had her purse stolen from her lap at the Family Coin Laundry on North Green Street.  Johnson is being held in Burke Catawba Detention Facility under a $10,000 secure bond. 

Additional warrants for felony breaking and enter, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods have been issued for larcenies and break-ins near Jonson’s residence.  These warrants are pending service at this time. 

Johnson has a court date set for March 4, 2019 at the Burke County Courthouse. 

On 02/15/2019 an investigation into a head on collision on Sanford Drive occurred. 

A dark colored SUV operated by Anndrel Royal was traveling SW on Sanford Drive. A Burke County F350 dually work truck operated by Jeffrey Cook was traveling NE on Sanford Drive. Witnesses stated that the dark colored SUV crossed over the double yellow lines into the travel lane of the F350 truck. This resulted in a head on collision with the vehicles. Both lanes of travel were blocked for a couple hours while officers investigated. 

The incident remains under investigation and further details will be released at a later time. 

     On 1/21/2019 Morganton Department of Public safety responded to 404 N. Green St. for a working structure fire.  Arriving units advised there was smoke coming from all windows and the eve of a house.  Fire fighters had the fire under control within 40 minutes.  The house was a complete loss.  Morganton Public Safety was assisted by Burke County REACT, Morganton Street Department, Morganton Electric and Burke County EMS.  At this time the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

  On Sunday January 13th at approximately 0900 Morganton Public Safety received a call of a possible structure fire at 304 Roper St. First arriving units reported heavy fire and smoke showing from the residence. Firefighters performed interior fire suppression tactics and extinguished the fire. All occupants and family dog were out of the structure upon arrival by fire personnel. No injuries to occupants or firefighters were reported.

  Firefighters brought the fire under control in approximately 30 minutes, but remained on the scene for around 2 hours. Morganton Public Safety responded with 16 personnel and 4 apparatus. American Red Cross responded to assist the occupants of the home with clothing and lodging. Morganton was also assisted by the city building inspector and city electric. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but is presumed to be unintentional at this time.

 

On September 29th and October 11, 2018, Morganton Public Safety Officers responded to Dollar Tree on Morganton Heights Blvd.  It was reported on both days that an unknown male suspect had exposed himself to two different juvenile girls under the age of 16.

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On Tuesday, January 8, 2018, Morganton Public Safety was notified of a man lying face down on the ground under the bridge on North Green Street.  Officers responded to find thirty-year-old Casey Mack Miller of 111 Johnson Street Morganton, deceased. Investigators are working to retrace Miller’s activities leading up to his death. 

 

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 On Tuesday afternoon, Jamurary 08, 2019, Morganton Public Safety Officers responded to a report of a man lying face down on the ground under the bridge on N. Green Street. Upon officer’s arrival they discovered a white male that was deceased. This incident is still under investigation, names will be released at a later date.

 

After a two month investigation into drug activity at 116 Edgewood Ave, Morganton Public Safety Narcotics Investigators charged three people with drug and weapon charges.

 

On January 3, 2019, Morganton Public Safety served a search warrant on the residence of James Jason Sparks located at 116 Edgewood Ave.  With the assistance of the State Bureau of Investigation, the Burke County Narcotics Unit and the Morganton SWAT Team, Moganton Investigators seized over seven grams of methamphetamine, eleven dosage units of morphine, drug paraphernalia, a shotgun and cash. 

 

James Jason Sparks was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by felon and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substance.  Sparks was also served with 5 unrelated outstanding warrants for failure to appear on a felony, obtaining property by false pretense and threatening phone calls. Sparks was placed in the Burke Catawba Detention Facility under $115,000 secured bond.  He has a pending court date of January 4, 2019 in Burke County District Court. 

sparks Jason James Sparks

 

Joshua Shane Steffey was also in the home and arrested for two unrelated outstanding warrants for failure to appear.  He was placed in the Burke Catawba Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond.

JoshuaSteffey  Joshua Shane Steffey

 

Jennifer Nichole Steffey was issued a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia and released.

 

This investigation is still ongoing and may result in additional drug related charges. 

 

                The Morganton Department of Public Safety responded to a reported structure fire at the Molded Fiberglass plant at 213 Reep Drive on Wednesday. The call was dispatched at 9:07 am on January 2, 2019 and was the first actual fire response for the city this year. Upon arrival, responding units were met with smoke and flames coming from the roof and around one of the ovens inside the plant. All employees had evacuated after trying initially to knock down the flames with a fire extinguisher. The sprinkler system activated when the fire blew out the top of an oven used to mold fiberglass vehicle parts and ignited dust and resin collected on the building’s structural beams above. The fire spread to the ceiling and through a wall to the roof quickly. Morganton Public Safety credited the quick alerting of the fire department and the evacuation of personnel by plant management for the fact that no one was injured and property damage was confined to one section of the roof and a vent system.

            Morganton fire units were on the scene for over two hours extinguishing the blaze and checking for fire extension. Burke County EMS responded to assist Morganton with any medical issues or injuries. The damage to the building was minimal and plant operations resumed as soon as the fire equipment and personnel were removed from the roof and oven room. Plant personnel told firefighters the oven and immediate area had just been thoroughly cleaned and maintenance performed over the holiday break from production operations. The cause was listed as unintentional.

 

 

On December 18, 2018 at approximately 10:10 p.m., Officers with Morganton Department of Public Safety responded to the area of 1519 S Sterling St in reference to Vincente Forney trespassing on the property. Forney was last seen walking towards the property of 1517 A S Sterling St, which was his mother’s apartment.  Forney had several felony and misdemeanor warrants for his arrest and was banned from the property. Officers had responded to the same area earlier in the evening for a report of a tall skinny black male with dark clothing that was flashing a handgun but were unable to locate that subject.  Officers knocked on the apartment door of 1517 A S Sterling St multiple times and announced they were the police with no response. Officers could hear people and movement inside the apartment but nobody would answer.  The Officers smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside the apartment. Officers located a stolen vehicle near the residence in the area where Forney had been reported to be at the time of the call. Officers then secured a search warrant for the residence.  Officers served the search warrant on the residence and found Vincente Forney, Angela Hedrick, and Christopher Smith hiding in a back bedroom. Officers located a small amount of narcotics, drug paraphernalia, and the keys to the stolen vehicle in the bedroom where the subjects were hiding. A BB gun that looked like a real revolver was located in the living room. The stolen vehicle near the residence had multiple items belonging to Angela Hedrick inside of it.

 

Vincente Omar Forney DOB 03/31/1989 of 1517 A S Sterling St. Morganton, NC was served with three failure to appear warrants for Misdemeanor Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Felony Identify Theft, Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, and a criminal summons for Misdemeanor Second Degree Trespassing. Additional charges that were issued were Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Misdemeanor Second Degree Trespassing. He was transported to Burke Catawba Detention Facility where he was placed under a $46,000 secured bond with an initial court appearance of 12/19/2018.

 

Angela Dawn Hedrick DOB 12/13/1979 of 814 Pond Rd. Spruce Pine, NC was served with warrants for Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, Felony Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  She was transported to Burke Catawba Detention Facility where she was placed under a $15,000 secured bond with an initial court appearance of 12/19/2018.

 

Christopher Allen Smith DOB 07/06/1975 of 307 Walker Rd. Morganton, NC was served with warrants for Felony Possession of Methamphetamine and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  He was transported to Burke Catawba Detention Facility where he was placed under a $5,000 secured bond with an initial court appearance of 12/19/2018.