DA’s Office Swears in New Assistant District Attorney

Ryan Hamady was sworn in as the newest assistant district attorney for the 36th Prosecutorial District on Monday, January 4, 2021, at the Burke County Courthouse by the Honorable Robert C. Ervin. Hamady, originally from Charleston, W.Va., completed his undergraduate … Read More

Updates from District Attorney Scott Reilly on COVID-19

Updates from District Attorney Scott Reilly on Covid-19 Map data runs on a delay. You may have to click “+” to interact with the map.Source: North Carolina Department of Health and Human ServicesSee also: Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard December 11, 2020 … Read More

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Armed Robber Sentenced to 5-7 Years in Prison

Kamau Jarek Clark, 20, of Shelby, was sentenced to an active prison term of five to seven years for his involvement in a pair of robberies in Catawba and Burke counties. Clark pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery with a … Read More

Robbery and Assault Lands Defendant 8-12 Years

Ezra Harold Patton, 23, of Morganton, was given an active prison sentence of eight to 12 years following his conviction for multiple crimes during Burke County Superior Court on Monday, February 17, 2020. The Honorable Steve Warren, Superior Court Judge from Buncombe County, imposed the prison term for Patton after he pleaded … Read More

Valdese Man who Called 911 on himself Pleads Guilty to 2nd Degree Murder

Jeremy Shayne Baldridge, 23, of Valdese, was given an active prison term of 28 to 35 years following his conviction for second-degree murder during Burke County Superior Court on Monday, February 3, 2020. The Honorable Marvin P. Pope, Superior Court Judge from Buncombe County, imposed the sentence for … Read More

Morganton Woman Sentenced up to 11 Years for Robbery, Assault

Kristen Jewel Ellis, 26, of Morganton, will spend at least seven years in prison following her conviction for multiple criminal offenses during Burke County Superior Court on Monday, January 6, 2020. The Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke … Read More