|Burke County, Crime Reports (2011)
|Total Violent Crime:||97|
|Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:||0|
|Total Property Crime:||1,746|
|Motor Vehicle Theft:||69|
|Burke County, Census Data
|Information About People and Demographics|
|Total population of persons residing within the County in 2010 ||90,912|
|Estimate of the County's total residency as of April 1, 2000||89,153|
|Percentage change of the total resident population as of April 1, 2000 to April 1, 2010||2%|
|Net change of residents' total population from April 1, 2000 to April 1, 2010||1,764|
|April 1, 2000 complete count of Countywide resident population||89,148|
|Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age||5,291|
|July 1, 2009 estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age||6%|
|July 1, 2009 estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age||20,161|
|July 1, 2009 estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age ||23%|
|July 1, 2009 percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older||16%|
|July 1, 2009 estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older||13,934|
|July 1, 2009 total estimate percentage of female residents||50%|
|County's white resident population recorded in 2010||76,716|
|County's black resident population recorded in 2010||6,012|
|County's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations recorded in 2010||325|
|County's Asian resident population recorded in 2010||3,185|
|County's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population recorded in 2010||303|
|Countywide 2010 resident population of two or more races||1,597|
|Countywide 2010 resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin||4,634|
|Non Hispanic white resident population in 2010||75,472|
|Countywide percentage of white residents in 2010||84%|
|Countywide percentage of black residents in 2010||7%|
|Countywide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents in 2010||0%|
|Countywide percentage of Asian residents in 2010||4%|
|Countywide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander in 2010||0%|
|Countywide percentage of Two or more races in 2010||2%|
|Countywide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin in 2010||5%|
|Countywide percentage of non Hispanic white in 2010||83%|
|Births and deaths occurring in Burke County|
|Infant death occurring within the County of persons one year of age or less in 2007||6|
|Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more from 2005 to 2009||87|
Resident Background Information
|Education and background history of Burke County Residents|
|Percentage of foreign born population in the County from 2005 to 2009||5%|
|Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home from 2005 to 2009||8%|
|Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher from 2005 to 2009||75%|
|Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher from 2005 to 2009||15%|
|Total number of Veterans from 2005 to 2009||6,826|
Current Housing and Real Estate Data
|Households located in Burke County|
|Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence between 2005-2009||21|
|Housing unit estimates as of July 1, 2009||39,800|
|Net change of housing units estimates as of April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009||2,365|
|Housing unit estimates - percent change, April 1, 2000 (base) to July 1, 2009||6%|
|Percentage of the County's housing units being occupied by owners between 2005 and 2009 ||74%|
|Median value of the County's housing units being occupied by owners between 2005 and 2009
|Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units between 2005 and 2009||9%|
|Total number of households between 2005-2009||33,964|
|Average size of households between 2005-2009||3|
Burke County Employment Data
|Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the County|
|Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation in 2009 ||$18,341|
|2009 Countywide income of median households in Burke County||$36,177|
|Percentage of persons living in poverty in the year 2009||17%|
|The personal income of persons employed in 2007||$2,450|
|Per capita income of persons employed in 2007||$27,595|
|Labor force of civilian workers in 2009||38,823|
|The unemployment of the civilian labor force in 2009||5,637|
|The rate of unemployed civilian labor force in 2009 ||15|
|Employment of person relating to all industries in 2007 ||51,584|
|Net change of employment in all industries between 2000 and 2007 ||3,342|
|People employed by the government in 2007 ||8,650|
|Earnings by persons working in all industries in 2007||1,564,113|
|Average earnings per job in all industries in 2007||30,322|
|Number of private non farm establishments in 2008 ||1,553|
|The employment of non farm pay for the period of March 12, 2008 ||25,152|
|Percentage change of private nonfarm employment for the pay period of March 12, 2008
|Total of non employer establishment in 2008 according to NAICS ||5,461|
|Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls in 2007||107,721|
People and Businesses
|Firms and companies of Burke County |
|Total number of firms located in the County for the year 2007||6,778|
|Total percentage of black owned private firms in 2007||4%|
|Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms in 2007||0%|
|Total percentage of Asian owned firms in 2007||0%|
|Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms in 2007 ||0%|
|Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms in 2007||0%|
|Total percentage of Women owned private firms in 2007||24%|
|Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33 in 2007 ||2,271,177|
|Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42 in 2007||289,487|
|Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers in 2007 ||661,178|
|Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers in 2007 ||7,443|
|Property value and Burke County territory|
|2009 totals of building permits for new private housing units in 2009 ||142|
|The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits in 2009 ||27,272|
|Adjusted 2007 acres of land in farms||29,068|
|Total expenditures by the federal government for the 2008 fiscal year||497,010|
|Per capita total expenditures by the federal government for the 2008 fiscal year||5,562|
|Size in square miles of land as of 2000||507|
|Population per square mile in the year 2010||179||
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| Breaking and Entering and Larceny|
On July 15, 2014, Officers with Morganton Public Safety arrested Michael Brenton Leonard of 1362 Conley Road Morganton, NC. Leonard was charged with one count of breaking and entering and one count of larceny after breaking and entering.
Leonard was observed by officers removing metal sheets and pipes from a fenced in area at 121 Rand Street. Leonard was previously an employee of Case Farms Market where the items were stole from. Officers observed Leonard loading his vehicle with the stolen items and initiated a vehicle stop on West Fleming Drive.
This is the second incident involving Leonard as a suspect from this location. In May of 2013, Leonard was suspected of stealing metal from Case Farms while still employed there. No charges were filed at that time.
Leonard is being held in the Burke Catawba Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond after warrants were taken out by Inv. Tim Corriveau.
Happening July 18 2014
- Source: http://www.ci.morganton.nc.us/index.php/information-events/news/crime-releases/1404-breaking-and-entering-and-larceny
| Morganton man faces Statutory Sex Offense charges|
Barry Bruce Horton, 56, of 247 Eastview Street, Morganton, was arrested on June 5 2014 by PSO Corey Holland of Morganton Public Safety following an investigation into a possible inappropriate sexual relationship between Horton and a male juvenile. Information also held that Horton was in possession of inappropriate pictures of the juvenile as well. Subesequent investigation into the allegations by the MDPS Criminal Investigations Division revealed Horton had allegedly engaged in inappropriate sexual activity for the past several months with the male juvenile, and also resulted in the discovery of unlawful photographs of the juvenile on Horton's cell phone. Horton was later arrested on two felony counts of Statutory Sex Offense against a 13, 14, or 15 Year Old, and was confined at BCDCF under a $100,000 secure bond with a first appearance in District Court on June 6-2014. Multiple additional charges against Horton by Investigator Marty McNeely are pending further investigation.
Happening June 06 2014
- Source: http://www.ci.morganton.nc.us/index.php/information-events/news/crime-releases/1372-morganton-man-faces-statutory-sex-offense-charges
| Breaking and Entering and Larcey|
Victim, Monica Tolin, reported to Morganton Public Safety that, sometime between May 5 and May 12, her Alexander Avenue home was broken into and several thousand dollars in property and coins were stolen while the residence was unoccupied during her move to another city. Subsequent investigation by the MDPS Criminal Investigations Division resulted in the recovery of approximately $1900 in stolen property, as well as in the identification of two offenders, one of whom is Devon Wesley Downing. On 5-23-2014, Downing was charged with Felonious Breaking and Entering, Felonious Larceny, and Possession of Stolen Property and jailed at the Burke Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $10,000 secure bond. At least one additional arrest is forthcoming.
Happening June 04 2014
- Source: http://www.ci.morganton.nc.us/index.php/information-events/news/crime-releases/1370-breaking-and-entering-and-larcey
| MDPS Investigators served an arrest warrant on offender who allegedly scammed a 78 year old woman|
Arrestee: Richard P. Farrant, 52 yrs old.
Last known address: Riverview Road, Taylorsville NC
Date of Arrest: May 29, 2014
Location of arrest: Winding Creek community of Morganton NC
Charge: Obtaining Property by False Pretense (Buncombe County warrant). Additional charges pending further investigation.
On May 28 2014, Morganton Public Safety investigations was notified of a possible home improvement scam in progress in the Winding Creek community of Morganton NC. An unknown female had been calling senior citizen homeowners in the area, offering free in-home energy efficiency assessments. Once the offer was accepted, the arrestee, Richard Farrant, would call the homeowner to confirm the appointment. On one occasion, a male identifying himself as Farrant threatened to bill one elderly female for wasting his time when she was unable to keep her appointment. The frightened female called a neighbor, who suspected a scam was in progress and notified MDPS. Further investigation discovered Farrant had solicited at least four senior citizen homes in the Winding Creek community alone, and at least another two in Morganton. Investigators discovered a Buncombe County felony warrant for Farrant’s arrest, and also learned he has been the focus of multiple similar complaints in other jurisdictions. Farrant arrived for an appointment with another potential victim the morning of May 29, 2014, but MDPS investigators M.A. McNeely and J.R. Brown were waiting there to take him into custody.
Morganton Public Safety strongly urges citizens to be very suspicious of anyone making unsolicited offers for free services.
Be particularly wary of:
- callers asking the homeowner to give out personal information, bank or financial information, number of people living in the home, email or physical addresses or phone numbers or allow the stranger into the home;
-callers who fail or refuse to identify themselves, their business name or a return phone number;
-callers who claim to be affiliated with any branch of agency of local, state or federal government;
-callers who threaten to impose a bill or fine on behalf of a government agency;
-callers who attempt to bill you for work not yet completed;
-calls from unknown, unidentified or blocked numbers;
-calls claiming the homeowner has won anything, especially if no contest has been entered.
Also, be very suspicious of an unsolicited visit to your home where the visitor tries to pressure into signing any type of contract, claims the offer is time-limited, asks for up-front money to start a job, or asks for your personal debit/credit card to make job-related purchases. If a person is in any way suspicious of a business, inquire at the local city hall for a business permit, or call local law enforcement before signing anything.
Happening May 29 2014
- Source: http://www.ci.morganton.nc.us/index.php/information-events/news/crime-releases/1364-mdps-investigators-served-an-arrest-warrant-on-offender-who-allegedly-scammed-a-78-year-old-woman
| Robbery Suspect Arrested|
On May 26, 2014, at 10:41 pm, Morganton Public Safety responded to a 911 call at Fatz Café, 2111 South Sterling St. It was reported a white male approached employees of the restaurant near the back door and pointed a gun at them. The employees were led at gunpoint into the restaurant and to the back office.
The offender, later identified as Scottie James Hill, was described as wearing a gray shirt wrapped around his head and sunglasses. Hill was wearing work gloves and a blue hoodie. An employee noticed details of the gun that indicated it was an air-soft gun. When Hill attempted to leave, employees grabbed him and held him until police arrived.
Hill was charged with Attempted Armed Robbery and one count of Second Degree Kidnapping. Additional charges are pending and investigators are looking at other recent robberies in the area to connect to Hill. Investigators have found there are similar armed robberies in Lenoir, Hickory, Caldwell County and Catawba County.
The Criminal Investigations Division is working with other law enforcement agencies to verify or connect these robberies. They are also looking at the recent robbery of the Marquee Cinema in Morganton that occurred on May 6, 2014.
Scottie James Hill, DOB: 10/26/1979, of 2085 Enlos Place Lenoir was charged with one count of Attempted Armed Robbery, and one count of Second Degree Kidnapping. He was placed in the Burke Catawba Detention Facility under a $200,000 secured bond with a court date of May 27, 2014 in Burke County District Court.
If you have any information regarding these cases or Scottie Hill call Crimestoppers at 828-437-3333.
Happening May 27 2014
- Source: http://www.ci.morganton.nc.us/index.php/information-events/news/crime-releases/1360-robbery-suspect-arrested
| Morganton Public Safety Hosts Memorial Day Weekend DWI Checkpoint|
On Saturday, May 24th the Morganton Department of Public Safety hosted a DWI checkpoint on Independence Blvd. at NC HWY 126.
Along with Morganton Public Safety Officers, the North Carolina Highway Patrol and Glen Alpine Police Department also participated. The Morganton Public Safety Officers included the department's traffic unit which is funded through grant funds provided by the North Carolina Governor's Highway Safety Program. In addition, the Forensic Tests for Alcohol Branch participated with a mobile Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) Unit. There were a total of 14 officers present with the checkpoint starting at 8:00 PM and ending at 12:00 PM. The checkpoint was very productive resulting in a total of 45 various charges. These charges include the following:
No Operator License-17
Registration & Insurance Violations- 13
Driving While License Revoked-3
Motorcycle Helmet Violation-3
Driving While Impaired-2
Seat Belt Violation- 2
Simple Possession of a Controlled Substance- 1
Open Container Violation-1
Child Restraint Violation-1
Resist, Delay & Obstruct- 1
In conjunction with the North Carolina Governor's Highway Program, the Morganton Department of Public Safety is committed to improving traffic safety through these enforcement efforts as well as public education activities. Please remember to 'Buckle Up' and to never drink and drive.
Happening May 27 2014
- Source: http://www.ci.morganton.nc.us/index.php/information-events/news/crime-releases/1359-morganton-public-safety-hosts-memorial-day-weekend-dwi-checkpoint
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