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.

Around 9:42 pm on April 5th, PSO McCarty initiated a traffic stop on a silver SUV on Burkemont Avenue near Walker Road for an expired registration plate. After speaking with the driver and passenger and having them exit, the vehicle was searched. 45 dosage units of Suboxone, $3,385 in cash, marijuana and various drug paraphernalia were found in the vehicle. The driver Brian Ted Carswell, 47, was arrested on an outstanding warrant. The passenger Bruce Allen Hanna, 61, was arrested for Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell, or Deliver Schedule III, Simple Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Hanna was transported to Burke Jail where he was confined under a $25,000 Secured Bond. Hanna has a first appearance on Wednesday April 8th.

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On February 14, 2021, PSO J. McCarty was patrolling the city parks and located a suspicious vehicle near the Greenway. The occupants were found to be trespassing after hours and the odor of Marijuana was coming from inside of the vehicle. The driver was identified as Robert Allen May, 30, of Morganton. May had been previously arrested 10 days prior for Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Cocaine and Marijuana. When Public Safety Officers instructed May to step out of the vehicle, he refused to do so and attempted to roll up his window. May was taken into custody shortly after when Officers were able to gain access to the inside of his vehicle.  A search of the vehicle resulted in 15.5 grams of Cocaine and 35 grams of Marijuana being located in addition to a scale and plastic baggies. A passenger, Katelyn Jump, 32, was present in the vehicle and arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Jump was also present during May’s first arrest on February 4th. May was transported to the Burke County Jail where jail staff located 3 baggies of Cocaine concealed on his body. May received a $35,000 secured bond along with an additional charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance in a Jail Facility. May will have a first appearance on his new charges on Monday, February 15th.

 

 

New Charges:

  • Possession with Intent to Sell & Deliver Cocaine
  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Resist, Delay, Obstruct a Public Officer
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Possess a Controlled Substance on Jail Premises

On February 4th, 2021 around midnight, Officers with the Morganton Department of Public Safety initiated a traffic stop on a Silver Infinity near Old NC 18 and Enola Road. The vehicle stop was due to several moving violations as well as a registration plate violation. Robert Allen May, 30, was found to be the driver of the vehicle. Officers detected the odor of Marijuana coming from inside of the vehicle and requested May perform Field Sobriety Tests. May was arrested following this investigation for Driving While Impaired. A search of the vehicle resulted in the following items being located and seized:

 

  • 50 grams of Marijuana
  • 34 grams of Marijuana Wax
  • 15 grams of Cocaine (packaged into 18 baggies)
  • One (1) Digital Scale
  • Measuring Units with Drug Residue

 

May was transported to the Burke County Magistrates office where he received the following charges:

 

  • Possession with Intent to Sell/Deliver Marijuana
  • Possession with Intent to Sell/Deliver Cocaine
  • Driving While Impaired
  • Possess Open Container of Alcohol in Passenger Area
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Failure to Maintain Lane Control

 

May received a $10,000 secured bond and a first appearance date of February 5, 2021.

MDPS units were dispatched to 112 Woodcliff Drive for a reported structure fire. Two occupants of the home were able to escape from the residence prior to calling 911. As personnel got closer to the scene, smoke could be seen from a good distance away. The first arriving officers observed that the single story residence was fully involved with fire extending along a wooden fence surrounding the back yard and threatening several vehicles in the driveway. Upon initial inspection the fire had already vented through the roof and gable ends of the residence. Units made a quick attack to knock the fire down from the exterior and then moved toward an interior attack on the seat of the fire. Units used tools on hand to remove portions of the ceiling to get at the fire in the attic as well as throughout the main level of the home. After approximately 30 minutes the fire was brought under control. The occupants of the residence were treated for minor burns and smoke inhalation on scene by Burke County EMS. The Red Cross was contacted to assist the displaced family. The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing at this time. MDPS wishes to thank the following agencies for their assistance in dealing with this call; Burke County EMS, Duke Energy, Triple Community Fire Department, City of Morganton Development and Design, and the American Red Cross. 

Morganton Public Safety Officers conducted a traffic stop on East Meeting St near Bouchelle St, after observing a dark vehicle run a stop light, nearly colliding with another vehicle.

The officer identified the driver as Tiffany Rene Traylor, age 20. A records check indicated that Traylor’s license were suspended. Traylor had active warrants from Catawba County for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill as well as assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

The officer asked Traylor to step out of the vehicle. Traylor refused, rolled up her window and sped away, travelling east on East Meeting Street. The officer observed Traylor’s vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed with no headlight/taillights. The officers tried to catch up with the vehicle Traylor was driving but lost sight of the vehicle at the curve on East Union Street, just past Center Street.

The officers attempted to locate the vehicle in the area of East Union Street, believing the vehicle had turned onto a side street or got away.

The officer noticed debris in the west bound lanes on East Union Street, in the curve.  The officer observed the suspect vehicle had left the roadway and travelled down an embankment.

Emergency medical services and Burke County Rescue Squad were immediately requested.

The driver, Tiffany Traylor of Hickory NC, was transported by Burke EMS for Medflight, but died enroute because of injuries sustained from the crash.

The front seat passenger, Matthew Lovette age 20 of North Wilkesboro, was ejected from the vehicle.  Lovette was transported to CHS Morganton and discharged the next day.

Two passengers were in the rear of the vehicle.  One passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.  The other passenger was transported by Medflight to Johnson City, TN Medical center with traumatic injuries in critical condition.  The names of those passengers is being withheld at this time, pending notification of family members.

Preliminary investigation indicates that Traylor entered a sharp curve on East Union at a high rate of speed, losing control of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata, in the curve.  The vehicle crossed a concrete median, left the roadway and struck a tree before coming to rest approximately 25’ down a steep embankment. 

North Carolina Highway Patrol’s crash reconstruction team is assisting Morganton Public Safety with the incident.

On December 6, 2020, at approximately 2:21 a.m., Morganton Public Safety Officers responded to a traffic accident where a pick-up truck had slid off the road down an embankment on Sanford Dr.

Contact was made with the driver, Tonya Baker, who stated she was traveling on Sanford Dr. Baker stated she noticed police lights and thought it was a checkpoint. Baker advised she attempted to turn around to avoid it but slid off the road. When Officer’s approached the pick-up truck they noticed a small safe located underneath the bed of the truck on the ground.

After further investigation and a search of the vehicle drug paraphernalia and the keys to the safe were located.  During a search of the small safe, approximately 190 grams of Methamphetamine was located along with a small bag of marijuana and other drug-related items. Morganton Public Safety Criminal Investigations was contacted and responded to the scene to take over the case.

Tonya Cook Baker DOB 04/15/1973 of 906 Jamestown Rd Apt F4 was arrested and charged with the following crimes:

-N.C.G.S. 20-28, DRIVING WHILE LICENSE REVOKED

-N.C.G.S. 90-95(H) (3b), TRAFFICKING METHAMPHETAMINE                                

-N.C.G.S. 90-95(A) (3), SIMPLE POSSESSION OF SCHEDULE VI

 

Baker was placed in the Burke County Jail under a $25,000 secure bond with an initial court appearance on December 7, 2020.

In November 2020, the Morganton Department of Public Safety began an investigation into a statuary sexual offense with a minor.

The Criminal Investigation Division followed up on the case and charged Wilbur James Robert Frasher Jr. DOB 04/02/1987 of 222 Pleasant View Loop Morganton, N.C. with N.C.G.S. 14-27.25, Statuary Rape of a person who is 15 years of age or younger. Frasher was arrested and placed in the Burke County Jail under a $100,000 secure bond with an initial court appearance on December 10, 2020.

Also arrested in connection with the case was Madison Diana Crisp DOB 11/06/1999 of 222 Pleasant View Loop Morganton, NC.  Crisp was charged with N.C.G.S 14-27.30, Statuary Sexual Offense of a person who is 15 years of age or younger. Crisp was placed in the Burke County Jail under a $100,000 secure bond with an initial court appearance on December 10, 2020.

The Burke County Sheriff’s Department, the Burke County Department of Social Services, and the Burke County Child Advocacy Center assisted with the case. The investigation into this case is still ongoing at this time.

On 11/28/2020 officers with Morganton Department of Public Safety served an order for arrest on Billy Lee Alman Jr. at 201 Carbon City Rd for Assault on a Female.  The arrest led to the following charges; five counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Simple Possession of Marijuana and Possession with Intent to sell Manufacture or Deliver Methamphetamine.  Alman appeared before a judge in Burke County on Monday morning and is currently being held on a $150,000.00 secured bond.  

In April 2019, Morganton Public Safety began an investigation into the statutory rape of a fifteen-year-old Hispanic female.  Investigators attempted to identify and locate a suspect in the case.  The Burke County Child Advocacy Center assisted with the investigations.  Since the investigation began the victim has given birth to a child.

On November 26, 2020, members of the victim’s family contact authorities to report the suspect had returned and made contact with the victim.  When officers arrived, twenty-seven-year-old, Anastacio Ajin Mejia was in the front yard of the residence.  Mejia was detained and later transported to Morganton Public Safety to speak with investigators. 

Mejia was arrested and charged with Statutory Rape of a Person less than fifteen years old.  He was placed in the Burke County Jail under no bond, pending court on November 30, 2020. 

The investigation is ongoing.  

On November 20, 2020 at 6:52 pm, Burke County Emergency Communication Center received a 911 call for shots fired in the area of Hogan Street and Valdese Ave. Morganton Public Safety Officers arrived to find a vehicle had struck a utility pole and twenty-one-year-old, Zion Peterson bleeding on the ground in front of 317 Valdese Ave.  Mykel Bennett was located standing near Peterson holding a small caliber rifle. 

The Morganton Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division was contacted and began an investigation.  Information was provided that Zion and Bennett had been involved in a drug transactions weapons were shown, followed by a struggle while Bennett was driving. 

The vehicle veered off the road striking a utility pole.  The struggle continued as both individuals exited the vehicle.  After the struggle, Bennett discharge his rifle striking Peterson twice in the leg. 

Peterson was taken to CHS Morganton, treated and later released.  Twenty-one year old, Mykel Lee Bennett of 2671 Table Rock Road Lenoir, NC was charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury.  Bennett was placed in the Burke County Jail under a $50,000 secured bond.  His next court date is November 23, 2020. 

On October 28, 2020, at 1:58 p.m., Morganton Department of Public Safety responded to Walmart Supercenter in reference to a report of a bomb in the building.  A Walmart employee received a call from a female who reported a bomb in the women's restroom.  Walmart management immediately evacuated the store.  Officers and fire personnel performed a safety sweep of the store and determined the bomb report was a hoax.

Further investigation by Morganton Public Safety criminal investigation department revealed the caller was Haley Wright Raper of 1329 Wright Road, Vale, NC.  A felony warrant for arrest was issued on Raper for Making a False Bomb Report to a Public Building.  Further investigations are ongoing at this time for additional charges.

On October 2, 2020 at 3:38 am, Public Safety Officers responded to Speedway Convenient Store located at 900 West Union Street, Morganton for an alarm activation.  The security company reported a male intruder was in the store and moving about the office area. 

Officers arrived to find the store locked and briefly observed the intruder enter the office area then close the door.  After the manager of the store arrived, Officers entered and found the intruder had climbed into the ceiling to conceal his location. 

Officers located the intruder in the ceiling above the office area and took him into custody.  The man was identified as, 32 year old, Johnny Lee.   Lee was found to have cigarettes, lottery tickets, keys, and a variety of gift cards in his pockets belonging to the store. 

Lee was arrested and charged with Misdemeanor Larceny, Resist Obstruct or Delay, and Possession of Stolen Goods. He was placed in the custody of the Burke County Jail under a $10,000 secured bond.  His first court appearance is set for October 30, 2020 in Burke County District Court.  

On Thursday, October 1, 2020, at approximately 1:01 p.m., Morganton Department of Public Safety officers conducted a traffic stop on a block Honda located at The Burke Mission Station at 305 W Union St in reference to a wanted fugitive from Michigan. The stop was made after receiving information from the U.S. Marshalls Carolinas Regional Task Force that Hardin may be at the location. The suspect, James Hardin, pulled across the street to the Shop and Save gas station at 301 W Union St before stopping and was taken into custody. James Paul Hardin DOB 11/09/1979 was wanted from the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department in Michigan for a Criminal Sexual Contact Warrant. Hardin was taken to the magistrate’s office and served with his fugitive warrant. Hardin was then transported to the Burke County Jail and is awaiting extradition back to Michigan.

 

 

UPDATE

 

The identity of the victim in this case is Joseph William Lawrence, DOB 12/08/1972. Mr. Lawrence was living in the RV at different locations in the Morganton area. The cause of the fire has been determined to be accidental in nature due to gasoline vapors from an open gas canister inside the RV being ignited by an open flame source. 

 

On Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at 7:14 p.m., Morganton Department of Public Safety Officers and Fire Fighters responded to a recreational vehicle (RV/Camper) fire in the parking lot of Walmart located at 120-G Morganton Heights Blvd. When officers arrived on scene the RV was fully engulfed in flames. MDPS firefighters arrived and extinguished the fire from outside of the RV. Entry was made into the RV to check for anyone that may be inside and to extinguish the remainder of the fire. Upon entry into the RV the body of a deceased subject was located inside.  Once the fire was extinguished completely a crime scene was established. MDPS Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene for further investigation. This case is still under investigation at this time and updates to the case will be provided when they become available.

On Friday September 25, 2020 at approximately 1:57 p.m., MDPS patrol units attempted to stop a silver Ford Fusion on Carolina St after seeing a hand to hand drug transaction from the driver of the vehicle. After the patrol vehicle activated its emergency lights and siren the vehicle fled down Hogan St towards E. Fleming Dr. The vehicle then made a right turn traveling towards S Sterling St. The vehicle then fled down S Sterling St and made a left turn onto Bethel Rd. The vehicle then made a left turn on Forest St and made a turn onto Perry St where the vehicle stopped in front of 113 Perry St. The driver then fled on foot towards the back of 113 Perry St. The driver was captured in the back yard and taken into custody. The driver was identified as Tron Lamon Francis DOB 10/15/1979 of 113 Perry St Morganton, NC. Francis had thrown a black in color bag in the back yard of the home as he was running. The black bag contained a set of digital scales along with several bags crack cocaine, powder cocaine, heroin, and some unknown tablets.

Narcotics Investigators with the Morganton Department of Public Safety responded to the scene to process the evidence and will be handling the investigation.  The vehicle was seized pursuant to the Run and Done law.

Tron Francis was transported to the magistrate’s office where he was charged with the following crimes:

 N.C. G.S 20-141.5, Speeding to elude arrest

N.C.G.S 20-157, Failure to Heed for Light and Siren

N.C.G.S 20-146, Driving Left of Center

N.C.G.S 90-95(h)(3), Trafficking Cocaine

N.C.G.S 90-95(h)(4), Trafficking Heroin

N.C.G.S 20-140, Reckless Driving

N.C.G.S 20-158, Failure to Sop for Red Light

Francis was placed into the Burke County Jail under a $105,000 bond and has an initial court date of September 28, 2020 in Burke County District Court.

On 09-03-20 MDPS officers responded to Rural King when a subject attempted to steal two generators valued at $1800.00. The male was stopped after he made it out the door by management and the property recovered. The male later identified as Vincent Harrison left the area in a white minivan. While PSO Gragg was investigating the larceny from Rural King, officers were dispatched to Walmart about a male and a female stealing items from the store valued at $400.00 and leaving in a white minivan. PSO Gragg noticed that the description of the van matched his call at Rural King. Officers responded to Walmart in an effort to apprehend the two suspects. The vehicle was observed turning onto Golf Course Road and leave at a high rate of speed. MDPS Investigator Dellinger observed the vehicle pass him at a high rate of speed on Hopewell Road, he was unable to catch up to the vehicle. MDPS officers requested assistance from BCSO and NCSHP in the area attempting to locate the vehicle. Upon learning that the van was rented out of Forest City, Rutherford County was notified to be on the look out. Shortly thereafter, officers with NCSHP and Rutherford County Sheriff's Office were able to get the vehicle stopped just inside Rutherford County on US HWY 64. MDPS officers responded, recovered the stolen property which was turned back over to Walmart, and took custody of Vincent Harrison of CC Hoyle Road in Rutherfordton as well as Lashonda Wells of Leach Street in Marion. Both subjects were arrested. Wells was charged with Larceny of Property (misdemeanor) with a court date of 10/29/20 and a five thousand dollar bond. Harrison was charged with Felony Larceny from Rural King, with a ten thousand dollar bond and a court date of 09/29/20, as well as Larceny of Property (misdemeanor) and Possession of Stolen Goods with a five thousand dollar bond and a court date of 10/29/20 for the Walmart charges.   Assisting agencies: North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Rutherford County Sheriff's Office. 

On August 22nd at approximately 10:20PM, Morganton Public Safety was dispatched to Smoke in the area of US 70, at the intersection of Industrial Blvd. and 219 Reep Dr. First arriving units searched the area trying to track down the origin of the smoke. After several minutes, Firefighters located the smoke coming from a house at 115 Franklin St. More than 50 percent of the house was involved in fire upon arrival of the first engine due on the scene. Power lines were down in the front yard and across the drive way hampering access and suppression efforts of firefighters. Water supply was quickly established and a defensive attacked was ordered originally, to knock the fire down from the outside. The structural integrity of the house was in question by Fire Command due to the amount of fire and length of time it had been burning. After gaining control of the fire, crews was able to enter the house to assure no one was inside the residence.

 

Duke Power was contacted to respond to disconnect the power to the residence. After investigation it was found that no power was connected to the house. Fire Personnel remained on the scene for approximately 1hour and 40 minutes. No injuries to victims or Fire personnel was found or reported. The fire is still under investigation by Morganton Public Safety fire investigators. It appears the fire possibly started in the bedroom. The house and contents was a total loss in damages.

 

Morganton Public Safety Fire Division wants thank everyone within the community for reporting possible hazards and smoke when appropriate. Early notification is the key to preserving property and life.      

 

 

 

On August 20, 2020 at approximately 3:00am, PSO W. Miller observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Interstate 40. PSO Miller was able to use his RADAR unit to confirm the speed of the vehicle at over 100 miles per hour. PSO Miller began to pursue the vehicle on Interstate 40 until it exited onto Jamestown Road (Exit 100). The vehicle continued onto Reep Drive and then stopped on Carbon City Road. The driver exited the vehicle and fled on foot behind a local business. PSO Miller deployed his K9 Partner, Echo, along with the assistance of other officers from Morganton Public Safety, Glen Alpine Police Department, and the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. The driver was apprehended after a short foot chase and identified as Landon Dale Foster (29). Another female, Madison Renee Gilliland (18), was inside of the vehicle and arrested for possession of a controlled substance. Both Foster and Gilliland will have a first appearance court date on August 21, 2020.

 

 

Landon Dale Foster      $65,000 Secured Bond

 

  • Felony Speed to Elude Arrest

  • Reckless Driving

  • Speeding

  • Driving Left of Center

  • Failure to Maintain Lane Control

  • Resisting Public Officer

  • Stop Sign Violation

  • Red Light Violation

  • Order for Arrest – McDowell County (Probation Violation)

 

 

Madison Renee Gilliland    $20,000 Secured Bond

 

  • Possess with Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Deliver Methamphetamine

  • Possess Controlled Substance on Jail Premises

  • Possess Drug Paraphernalia

 

 

 

 

On July 28, 2020 Investigators with the Morganton Department of Public Safety arrested Emiya K-Ron Wooten, DOB 07/13/1998 of Morganton, NC, for several burglaries that occurred in the area of Terrace Place from July 15, 2020 to July 26, 2020. Wooten was also charged with crimes for prior burglaries that were committed. Wooten was charged with the following charges:

N.C.G.S 14-51, First Degree Burglary- 2 Counts

N.C.G.S 14-71, Felony Possession of Stolen Goods

N.C.G.S 14-39, Second Degree Kidnapping

There are additional pending charges in this case.

Wooten was transported to the Burke County Jail where he was placed under a $100,000 secure bond. Wooten has an initial court appearance on July 30, 2020. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Inv. Goforth with the Morganton Department of Public Safety at 828-438-5395.

**Updated 07/13/2020**

Richard L. Peterson of Candler, NC died the following day as a result of injuries sustained from the incident.  Morganton Public Safety Investigators are continuing the investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Peterson's death and will consult with the district attorney's office when the investigation is completed.

 

On Friday July 10th, 2020 around 2:20 pm,  Morganton Public Safety responded to the area of Jamestown Road and Exit 100 Westbound off ramp for a report of a person lying in the roadway. Upon arrival, officers found a male with traumatic injuries being tended to by witnesses. Burke County EMS was also on scene and quickly transported the victim to CHS Morganton to be airlifted. The victim's name is being withheld pending notification of his family. Initial information from witnesses and dash cam video suggests this may be some type of a road-rage incident that led to an assault. The other driver involved that initially fled the scene has been identified and is cooperating with law enforcement. More information will be released at a later time. If anyone witnessed this incident that did not initially speak with officers on scene, please contact Morganton Department of Public Safety at 828-437-1911.

 

On July 7, 2020 Morganton Public Safety took a report of a runaway juvenile.  Further investigation revealed an additional runaway juvenile.  Through the cooperative efforts of the Burke County Emergency Communications Center, Houston County Sheriff’s Office (Georgia), and Morganton Public Safety Officers, the two juveniles were safely located by Houston County Sheriff’s Deputies in Georgia.  Bryan Luis Inocencio Febres, 30 years old, of Morganton and Michael Angelo-Linares Rodriguez, 21 years old, of Morganton have been charged by Morganton Public Safety with N.C.G.S 14-41, Felony Abduction of Children, and are currently awaiting extradition back to North Carolina.  Further charges are pending in this case.

On Monday July 6, 2020 at approximately 4:00 a.m., Officers with the Morganton Department of Public Safety responded to a burglary and armed robbery that occurred at 302 Hopewell Rd. The victims advised that were asleep when they heard their bedroom door being kicked open. The victims stated there were two suspects with firearms. The suspects demanded property and money from the victims. The suspects was described by the victims as a tall skinny black male and a short black male.

If you have any information about this case please contact Investigator Goforth with Morganton Public Safety at 828-438-5395.

On June 19, 2020 at 10:34pm, Officer with the Morganton Department of Public Safety were dispatched to 209 Herron Street in reference to a burglary. The victim in this case reported a male had entered his residence through a window and fled the scene after being confronted by the home owner. After an extensive search of the area, officers were unable to locate any suspects. Approximately 90 minutes later (June 20, 2020 at 12:04am), Officers with the Morganton Department of Public Safety were dispatched to 108 Lyman Court in reference to an armed robbery and burglary. Upon arrival, the victim was able to inform officers that a male had broken into his residence and held him at knifepoint until he gave him his cell phone and cash. The male then left the residence. Officers and Investigators canvassed the area and located Emiya K-Ron Wooten, 21, of 107 Lytle Street walking near the scene. Wooten matched the description from both victims in this case. Upon further investigation, numerous items of clothing matching the description of the suspect and property from one of the crime scenes were located at Wooten’s residence and seized by investigators. Wooten was arrested and charged with the following:

-          - First Degree Burglary (F)

-          - Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon (F)

Wooten received a $100,000 bond and will have a court date set for June 22, 2020

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On Thursday morning around 11:38, officers responded to a single vehicle collision on Walker Road near Burkemont Avenue.  First arriving units observed a male lying in the yard of 117 Walker Road.  The single occupant of the motorcycle was identified as Sammy Allen Moody Jr of Morganton.  Members of Morganton Department of Public Safety and Burke County EMS performed CPR on Moody. Moody was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.  Morganton Department of Public Safety will be investigating the crash further.

On 06/03/2020 at 1:10 officers with Morganton Department of Public Safety responded to Walmart located at 120-G Morganton Heights Blvd in reference to a man with a gun.  It was reported that a customer was threatening to shoot people inside the store.  Once officers arrived they detained one male until the scene was considered clear and safe.  It was later determined that two customers had a verbal altercation and no crime or assault took place.  One subject did not wish to be identified and left the scene as officers were arriving.  Walmart banned several individuals who were involved in the incident prior to officers clearing the call.