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WMNC News, Monday, July 28th

It's been exactly one month since the body of popular Newton guidance counselor and teacher Maggie Daniels was found in her apartment, police have still not made an arrest in the case. Daniels, who was 31-years-old and worked at Discovery High School, was found deceased in her residence at Windsor Apartments in Newton on June 28. Little information has been released by Newton Police and the State Bureau of Investigation regarding the probe into Daniels' death. Following the discovery of the body, police quickly ruled Daniels' death a homicide but have still not said how she died. According to reports, Investigators have followed even the smallest clues in an effort to find the killer. Newton Police have looked at hours of store security camera video searching for any trace of Daniels as they tried to assemble a timeline of the last hours of her life. They have also interviewed more than 100 people including friends and neighbors of Daniels (pictured), and in some cases gone back to re-question people a second or even a third time.


A Caldwell County man is charged in connection with a break-in at a convenience store in Burke County. According to a news release issued over the weekend, on July 6 at 2:07 a.m. the Burke County Sheriff's Office received a call for service in reference to a Breaking and Entering at Jack B Quick at 900 Lenoir Road in Morganton. The Patrol Division with the Burke County Sheriff's Office, was on routine patrol and heard an alarm activation at the Jack B Quick #10. Deputies first observed the suspect inside the convenient store and the suspect then fled into a wooded area. Deputies pursued the suspect who resisted arrest once apprehended. The suspect was identified as 40-year-old Jason Setzer of Lenoir. The Burke County Criminal Investigations Division were given the case. Detectives with the Burke County Sheriff's Office interviewed Setzer who admitted to being involved in 5 other Break-ins to other convenience stores. Three incidents involving Setzer Breaking into businesses were at stores in Burke County, while the others were located in Caldwell County. The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office was able to obtain warrants Setzer. In Burke County he's charged with five felony counts and a misdemeanor and was placed in jail under $36,000 bond.


A Burke County man is charged in connection with a break-in to a convenience store. According to a news release, on July 5, at approximately 4:44 a.m., the Burke County Sheriff's Office received a call for service in reference to a breaking and entering. Burke County Sheriff's Office Deputies responded to the scene and met and spoke with Mr. Khalil Majeed, who advised that an unknown subject had broken into his convenience store, the Shop and Save #2 located at 2185 US 70 East in Morganton, and stolen several items from the business. The case was assigned to Investigators with the Burke County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division for further investigation. Investigators obtained video surveillance footage of the suspect committing this crime and interviewed several witnesses. Investigators were able to identify the suspect in the footage as 35-year-old William Alan Abernathy, II. Subsequent to identifying Abernathy, Investigators made attempts to locate Mr. Abernathy but were unable to do so. Investigators issued an arrest warrant for Abernathy on July 11. On July 15, Investigators received an anonymous tip and were able to locate and arrest Abernathy for these crimes. Abernathy was processed and confined at the Burke Catawba District Confinement Facility.


Two Nebo residents are charged in connection with a break-in to a home. Detective Billie Brown of the McDowell County Sheriff's Office charged 33-year-old Jennifer Lee Hollifield and 35-year-old Joseph James Taylor, with four felony counts apiece of obtaining property by false pretense, one felony count of breaking and entering and one felony count of larceny. On June 30, Gracie Ferguson, of Old Highway 10 East in Marion, reported that someone entered her residence and stole her purse, which contained money, debit and credit cards and a pistol and holster. Brown said an investigation led to Hollifield and Taylor, who allegedly used the debit card on four occasions at Walmart, Ingles, Verizon Wireless and Sunoco to purchase approximately $2,200 worth of merchandise. The pistol, a Phoenix Arms .22-caliber semi-automatic, valued at $200, has not been recovered. Anyone with information about the location of the gun can call Detective Billie Brown at the Sheriff's Office at 652-2237 or McDowell County Crimestoppers at 65-CRIME (652-7463). With Crimestoppers, your identity remains anonymous, and you could receive a cash reward.


The N.C. Department of Commerce, Office of Urban Development has announced that three area cities including the City of Morganton are among 20 communities across the state that have achieved accreditation from the National Main Street Center for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street programs, which have demonstrated exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street Four Point Approach. In addition to Morganton, the other North Carolina Main Street programs that have earned accreditation for their 2013 performance are Brevard, Burlington, Clayton, Concord, Elizabeth City, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Goldsboro, Hickory, Kings Mountain, Lincolnton, Marion, Monroe, New Bern, Spruce Pine, Statesville, Wake Forest, Waynesville, and Wilson. The Main Street Four Point approach focuses on Organization, Promotion, Design, and Economic Restructuring. Organization establishes consensus and cooperation by building partnerships among the various groups that have a stake in the commercial district. Promotion takes many forms, but the goal is to create a positive image that will rekindle community pride and improve consumer and investor confidence in your commercial district. Design means getting Main Street into top physical shape and creating a safe, inviting environment for shoppers, workers, and visitors. Economic restructuring strengthens the community's existing economic assets while diversifying its economic base. Coincidentally, the four points of the Main Street approach correspond with the four forces of real estate value, which are social, political, physical, and economic.