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City of Morganton, Crime Reports
Violent Crime:41
Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:0
Forcible Rape:5
Aggravated Assault:29
Property Crime:628
Larceny Theft:465
Motor Vehicle Theft:28
City of Morganton, Census Data
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Total population of residents16,918
White resident population recorded11,854
Black or African American resident population recorded2,057
American Indian and Alaska native resident population recorded144
Asian resident population recorded399
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander resident population recorded250
Hispanic or Latino of any race resident population recorded2,777
Resident population of some other race recorded1,730
Resident population of two or more races recorded484
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1:14-cv-00136 United States of America v. 1585 Amherst Rd., Morganton, NC, Burke County
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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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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 Warrant Service-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:

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