WMNC News, Friday, March 7th
Another round of winter weather moved into the area late in the day Thursday, bringing snow, rain and sleet to the region. The precipitation started during the late afternoon hours and continued through the night, leaving roads snow and ice covered across the region. The winter weather has resulted in numerous school, daycare, and business delays. The precipitation was expected to turn to all rain during the midday hours. There will be a sharp turn in the weather for the weekend, highs are expected to be in the 60s and possibly close to 70 through Tuesday.
Two have been charged in connection with an armed robbery at Walmart. According to the Morganton Department of Public Safety, on Wednesday 25-year-old Dustin Wayne Sanders and 30-year-old Kelli Elizabeth Ledford, both of Morganton, entered the Walmart store at Morganton Heights Shopping Center and stole a computer. As Sanders was exiting the store an employee of Walmart working the front door asked him to stop. According to the employee and surveillance video, Sanders displayed a large knife to the clerk then fled out the front door. Sanders got into a silver Ford Crown Victoria driven by Ledford and fled the area. A short time later the vehicle was found in the parking lot of Food Lion on E Union St. Officers stopped the vehicle and found Sanders and Ledford as the occupants. Both suspects were identified as the subjects that stole the computer and displayed a knife. Sanders was arrested and charged with Felony Armed Robbery, Larceny and Possession of Stolen Goods. He was placed in the Burke/Catawba Jail under a $75,000 secured bond. Ledford was charged with Felonious Aid & Abet Armed Robbery, Larceny and Possession of Stolen Goods. She was placed in the Burke/Catawba jail under a $53,000 secured bond.
An Alexander County man faces a meth charge filed in Catawba County. 34-year-old Daniel Lee Nance of Taylorsville was arrested by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office Thursday and charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Nance was placed in the Catawba County Jail under no bond, a court appearance is scheduled for today.
A Catawba County man is charged with a felony for allegedly violating the terms of his probation agreement. 22-year-old Keshawn Markevious Mayfield of Hickory was arrested Thursday and charged with two counts of felony probation violation. Following the arrest, Mayfield was placed in the Catawba County Jail under $20,000 bond pending a court appearance.
A North Carolina judge says Duke Energy must take immediate action to eliminate the source of groundwater pollution at its coal ash dumps. According to the Associated Press, Wake County Judge Paul Ridgeway says state regulators failed to properly apply the law. The ruling stems from legal action taken by the Southern Environmental Law Center in 2012. The group asked the Environmental Management Commission to force Duke to take immediate corrective action when groundwater problems were discovered at the state's 32 ash dumps. However, the AP report says the commission ruled against the environmental group in December 2012 and they appealed the ruling. The judge's ruling comes a month after a massive coal ash spill from a Duke facility in Eden coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic gray sludge.
A McDowell County woman faces a meth charge following an arrest earlier this week. According to a news release issued Thursday, Deputy Jason Cook of the McDowell County Sheriff's Office charged 44-year-old Carol Maxine Hensley of Summey Road in Old Fort, Monday with one felony count of possession of methamphetamine. At approximately 10:30 p.m. Monday, Cook stopped a pickup truck on Bat Cave Road for displaying a revoked license plate. Hensley was a passenger in the truck. She was wanted for failure to appear and was taken into custody. A subsequent search of Hensley revealed .80 gram of methamphetamine.