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Friday, 05 February 2016 15:02

Alleged Child Predator Faces More Charges in Boone

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34-year-old Terry Lynn Campbell II of Greeneville, Tennessee has been charged by Boone Police with ten counts each of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

As previously reported on WHKY, on December 27 of last year, Boone Police and Agents with the State Bureau of Investigation closed an ongoing online child predator investigation. The investigation was a proactive attempt by Boone Police to catch the individuals who seek to victimize children online.

Investigators saw a suspicious ad on a popular website. The ad indicated that a male was seeking a “young and inexperienced” girl. A Boone Police Detective posed as a 14-year-old girl in Boone and responded to the ad.

The poster, Terry Campbell, arranged a meeting for sexual purposes with what he believed to be a 14-year-old girl. When Officers saw the suspect travel to the meeting location in Boone on the arranged date and time, they confronted and arrested him. A search of the suspect’s vehicle led to the seizure of evidence that further indicated Campbell was there for sexual purposes.

After the arrest, an investigation into Campbell’s other online activities began. The investigation led to additional charges that were filed on Wednesday (February 3). He was arrested at the Watauga Co. Detention Center and given a $75,000 secured bond. A court date was set for March 3.

54-year-old Jeffrey Neill Bivens of Coley Fish Pond Road in Newton has been arrested by Hickory Police on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He was wanted for a probation violation connected to stolen property charge out of Yavapai County, Arizona.

Bivens was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility yesterday (February 4) under a $200,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in court today in Newton.

Friday, 05 February 2016 11:31

Two Arrested on Felony B&E and Larceny Charges

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29-year-old Timothy Cale Kyles of Perry Road in Troutman and 30-year-old Rayna Marie Williams of Davie Avenue in Statesville have both been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on two felony counts each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering, plus one count of misdemeanor larceny.

They were arrested after Deputies took a call on January 29 regarding a suspicious vehicle -- a primer-gray older model Ford Ranger -- in the area of Grandview Drive, off of Buffalo Shoals Road. Neighbors said the vehicle was traveling through the area slowly. The reporting parties said the vehicle’s occupants appeared to be looking for something to steal or a house to break into.

Deputies didn’t find the vehicle, but they did learn that Troutman Police had stopped this same vehicle a few days earlier. Deputies and Detectives continued the investigation and identified the driver as Timothy Kyles.

Detectives located and interviewed Kyles and also interviewed other witnesses. They learned of a house on Troutman Farm Road that had with an outbuilding that had been broken into twice. Witnesses saw the primer-gray vehicle and a male and female at the scene.

Detectives also reviewed video surveillance from a business in Troutman that showed Timothy Kyles and Rayna Williams as they pulled onto the property where they allegedly stole a gas can and gas. The gas can was later returned, empty.

At 1:30 a.m. on February 2, Kyles and Williams were arrested in the parking lot at the Sheetz store in Troutman. Kyles was given a $10,000 secured bond and Williams’ bond was set at $3,000, secured. Kyles will appear in District Court on February 15. No court date is currently listed for Williams.

Friday, 05 February 2016 11:27

Attempted B&E Leads to Arrest on Drug Charges

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30-year-old Joshua Aaron Bolick of 17th Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police on two felony counts of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. He was also charged with a misdemeanor parole violation on a warrant from November of last year.

He was arrested after Police responded to reports of a person attempting to break in to a residence on the 1700 block of 6th Avenue N.W. in Hickory. Officers were given a suspect description.

A short time later, Police saw four individuals outside the nearby Jack in the Box restaurant. Three subjects fled on foot. A white male did not run and a black male who initially fled came back to the scene. Those two subjects told Police that the two who fled were a white male and a white female who had been arguing and “tweaking” (a term used to describe the sensation a user often feels at the end of a drug binge). They said the white male was wearing dark clothing and carrying a book bag.

An Officer then spotted a male matching the description, crouching outside an apartment, carrying a box. He initially told Police his name was Jeremy Bolick, but he was eventually identified as Joshua Aaron Bolick. He said he had gathered his possessions in the box after he was told to get out of the apartment. A search of Bolick’s person and the box turned up one gram each of crack cocaine and methamphetamine, plus drug paraphernalia.

Bolick was taken into custody at about 11:40 last night (February 4) without further incident. No one else was charged. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond; however, he was held without bond pending a parole hearing. Bolick was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying possible breaking and entering suspects.

The owner of the residence in the 3200 block of Paul Elmore Road, Lincolnton, NC reported a break-in and larceny at the residence on Thursday (February 4). A number of items had been moved around inside the residence. It was determined that a camera and a Belk credit card had been stolen in the break-in.

A short time later the victim told officers that he had received a call from Belk’s Fraud Department saying the card had been used to make several purchases at the Lincolnton store.

Detective Dan Snellings obtained surveillance photos from the Belk’s store showing the suspects using the card. Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

25-year-old Gary Francis Stroman Jr. was arrested Thursday (February 4) by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.   

On Thursday, members of the Lincolnton Police Department’s narcotics division, criminal investigations division, and patrol division conducted an operation on Lantern Ridge Drive in Lincolnton. The operation was the result of numerous drug complaints about a specific residence in the apartment complex. As a result of the complaints, officers utilized drug interdiction techniques and surveillance on the residence.
The investigation led to the execution of a search warrant at the residence. The search warrant led to the discovery of approximately 1200 grams of high grade marijuana and paraphernalia. The drugs and paraphernalia seized are typically utilized in trafficking, manufacturing, selling, and delivering. A large sum of U.S. currency, several cell phones, and various records, ledgers, and record keeping items were also seized.  Additionally, the search warrant led to the arrest of Gary Francis Stroman, Jr., AKA “New Orleans”.  

The news release says the amount of marijuana, the style of packaging, and the evidence found is indicative of Stroman being a mid-level supplier of high grade marijuana to lower street level dealers. The seized marijuana has a street value of approximately $6,000.
Bond for Stroman was set at $25,000 secured. He has since been released. Stroman was scheduled to appear in Lincoln County District Court today (Friday, February 5).   

The investigation is ongoing and further arrests are possible.

Friday, 05 February 2016 06:22

Attempted Kidnapping Charge Filed

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35-year-old Joshua Alberto Florez of 1st Avenue NW in Hickory was arrested Thursday (February 4) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with attempted second-degree kidnapping, and felony probation violation. Florez was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $150,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for March 14.

34-year-old Edward Curtis Byrd III of SW Haven Circle in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (February 4) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture sell or deliver cocaine, marijuana, schedule II, and schedule IV controlled substances. Byrd is also charged with felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, and misdemeanor counts of assault on a female and resisting a public officer. Byrd was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $101,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (February 8).

Friday, 05 February 2016 05:45

Hickory Man Arrested This Morning On Meth Charge

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29-year-old Daniel Wayne Bumgarner of Short Road in Hickory was arrested this morning (Friday, February 5) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Bumgarner was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,950 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.

Friday, 05 February 2016 05:41

Sewer Spill Occurs At Wastewater Treatment Plant

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Heavy rain Wednesday (February 3) caused a sewer spill at the City of Morganton Wastewater Treatment Plant.

According to a news release issued Thursday (February 4) the spill started at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at a sewer junction box on Vine Arden Road near the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The overflow ended at 5 p.m. Approximately 10,500 gallons of sewer spilled into Hunting Creek and the Catawba River.

Ronnie Suttles, City of Morganton Water Resources Collection and Distribution Supervisor, said the overflow was mostly rainwater that infiltrated into the sewer system during the storm.

For more information. call the Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.

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