|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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| PSO Jeff Gillstrap Receives DRE of the Year Award!|
The Morganton Department of Public Safety would like to congratulate Public Safety Officer Jeff Gillstrap for receiving the North Carolina Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) of the Year award for 2014! PSO Gillstrap received the award when he attended the Drug Recognition Expert Training in Raleigh on December 1, 2014, hosted by the State Drug Recognition Expert Program Coordinator Brian Smith.
In order to earn the DRE award, a DRE officer must meet certain criteria, and perform certain tasks, above and beyond the scope of practice of a regular Public Safety Officer. In addition to the normal education in the field of law enforcement, such as firearms use and general traffic laws, a DRE officer must go a step further and gain experience and training in all fields associated with impaired driving, such as how different drugs can affect a person and learning to recognize those signs and symptoms of impairment. Although most Public Safety Officers can easily recognize a drunk driver and perform routine sobriety tests, recognizing a driver under the influence of prescribed or illicit drugs is more difficult. This is due to the varying effects of a wide array of drugs, as well a complicated evaluation process needed to identify this type of impairment. Performing these evaluations takes an extensive and more specialized learning environment.
The Drug Recognition Expert must learn a 12 step process of evaluating a suspected drug-impaired driver, as well as determine the category of the impairing substance or substances, learn how to best document any findings and gather evidence through a blood test. For every drug type – stimulants, depressants, etc. – there are different signs and symptoms specific to that class of drugs and DRE officers must learn it all. Also, at the completion of such classes, a DRE officer must then successfully complete a final comprehensive exam. By this process, the Drug Recognition Expert then becomes a valued community asset who is instrumental in investigating, detecting, and prosecuting the drug-impaired driver, whereby, making the roads safer in the community the DRE officer represents.
The successful completion of this training is not the end for a DRE officer. The Drug Recognition Expert must continue to perform a minimum number of evaluations each year as well as stay up to date on new training and information. An officer choosing to become DRE certified must be willing and able to continue learning as new drugs are constantly being manufactured. DRE officers must stay informed of the effects of these drugs and how to recognize them in a suspected impaired driver.
PSO Gillstrap has been a Drug Recognition Expert for 8 years. PSO GIllstrap is one of only 151 DRE officers in the entire state and is currently assigned to the Traffic Unit at Morganton Public Safety, a program funded through a grant awarded to Morganton Public Safety by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program. He qualified for, and ultimately received this award, due to successfully completing each step of the certification process as well as through the outstanding performance of his DRE duties. He has performed 49 drug-impaired driving evaluations for the year, successfully and dutifully maintained entries of these evaluations into the national database and worked tirelessly to remove impaired drivers from the road through continued learning and diligent work. Besides being the only DRE officer in Burke County, he is also 1 of only 22 instructors for the Drug Recognition Expert Program in the entire state of North Carolina.
PSO Gillstrap is an invaluable asset to the Morganton community and he is well deserving of this award. Again, congratulations to PSO Gillstrap and thank you for your service!
Happening December 17 2014
| Obtain Property by False Pretense|
On November 10th, 2014 the Criminal Investigations Division with MDPS investigated firearms sold and bought with counterfeit money. The victim in this incident sold three firearms for an undisclosed amount of counterfeit money. The investigation led to the suspect being indentified as Daniel Hanna. A warrant was issued for the arrest of Daniel Hanna and he was arrested on December 4th, 2014 by the Glen Alpine Police Department. Hanna was charged with obtaining property by false pretenses and possession of more than five counterfeit bills. Hanna is being held on a $10,000.00 bond at the Burke Catawba Detention Center.
Happening December 08 2014
| 12 Tips for Holiday Shopping|
12 Holiday Shopping Safety Tips for the 12 Days of Christmas
1.Be alert and aware! It’s easy to be distracted by the crowds, selecting the right gift or being preoccupied with holiday activities. Maintain confident body language so criminals pass you over for a “softer” target.
2.Keep shopping bags, valuables, purses and wallets close to you. Keep purses or bags closed. The more expensive an item, the closer to your body it should be. Keep a firm grip.
3.Supervise children at all times. If you feel you will be distracted from supervising them while shopping, make arrangements for a babysitter.
4.Recognize that there is safety in numbers. Shop with friends and relatives instead of going alone. Each of you can look out for each other.
5.Place any valuables in the trunk before you go shopping. Criminals are in the parking lots watching what you put in your car.
6.Do not be distracted when walking to your vehicle (talking on phone, texting, tweeting) and watch out for loiterers near your vehicle. Have an employee walk you to your car if you feel uncomfortable.
7.Park in a well-lit, well-trafficked area of the parking lot at stores and malls. Avoid secluded and dark areas, as confrontations won’t be seen and yells for help won’t be heard.
8.Have your keys in your free hand well before approaching the car. It will save time in getting into the car and the keys can be used as an improvised weapon if necessary. Lock the door immediately after getting in.
9. Get in your car and leave. Don’t start texting or talking on the phone or balancing your checkbook. Lock the doors and leave.
10.Watch out for friendly strangers. They may ask a question or offer to assist you with your bags to distract you or put you in a compromising situation.
11.When shopping online, make sure you are dealing with a reputable online store. On checkout, before entering your payment information, make sure the page is encrypted and secure. Keep your anti-virus, anti-phishing software up to date. Check the return policy before placing your order.
12.After opening gifts, don’t advertise to criminals of your big ticket item with your trash. Tear down and cut up product boxes into small pieces to fit into garbage and recycling cans.
Happening December 08 2014
| Larceny by Employee|
Investigators with Morganton Department of Public Safety received a report in reference to larceny by an employee. Lisa Kennedy reported that an employee Domnick Davis had taken over $8200.00 in cash by issuing checks to himself. The checks were supposed to be written to the vendors that were dropping off supplies. Bank records revealed that Davis had signed and cashed over $10,142.00 worth of unauthorized checks at Jerry's Neighborhood Store. Davis has been indicted on the charge of Larceny by Employee.
Happening December 04 2014
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