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The remains of 24-year-old Brooke Mashay Tollie have been found at an undisclosed location in Rutherford County. The N.C. Center for Missing Persons had issued a Silver Alert for Ms. Tollie last Wednesday (May 29). Ms. Tollie's body was found yesterday (June 5).

The McDowell Co. Sheriff's Office is currently awaiting the results of an autopsy. As of this morning, the Sheriff's Office has not released any information regarding the cause of death, nor have they classified Ms. Tollie's death as suspicious.

Ms. Tollie was reported missing after she was last seen at a residence on Riverview Acres in Marion.

A suspect in an officer involved shooting in Burke County is being sought after he left a hospital before he was discharged. 50-year-old Johnny Allen Kaylor of Airport-Rhodhiss Road in Hickory is wanted on felony counts of trafficking in opium or heroin and methampetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver meth, possession of meth, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place to keep controlled substance. He also faces misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

The incident occurred at a residence on Airport-Rhodhiss Road in Hickory on May 22. The suspect reportedly would not comply with officers commands and made a move under a bed cover that resulted in a Burke County SWAT officer firing a shot. Kaylor was transported to an out-of-county hospital and had been receiving medical care since that time. A Ruger semi-automatic handgun, 273 grams of methamphetamine, an assortment of prescription medications, and a small amount of marijuana were seized from the mobile home. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) street value guidelines, the meth had a value of $27,300.

The handgun and meth were located beside the bed that the suspect was in. The SBI is continuing their investigation regarding the shooting incident. Kaylor left the hospital on Monday (June 3) without a medical release. The Burke County Sheriff’s Office was waiting for Kaylor to be medically cleared to be released and incarcerated to serve the pending charges. Anyone with any information regarding Kaylor's whereabouts is asked to call the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or Morganton/Burke Crimestoppers at 828-437-3333.

[CORRECTION:  edited to indicate that the suspect left the hospital on June 3, rather than June 6, as initially stated]

26-year-old Cameron Austin Turner of Summerville, South Carolina, was arrested Monday (June 3) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, possession of marijuana, and maintain a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance.

On Monday, Iredell County Sheriff's Officers stopped a Kia Optima for traffic violations on Interstate 77 Northbound near the 63 Mile Marker. During the course of the traffic stop, deputies employed a K9 to perform a free air sniff of the car. The Sheriff’s Office K9 indicated for the presence and odor of a narcotics in the car.

Deputies conducted a hand search of the vehicle where they uncovered 714.3 grams of marijuana in several different forms, from liquid THC, to gummy candies, marijuana buds, and a vacuum packaging device.

Additionally, the deputies discovered a .223 caliber rifle and three fully loaded magazines for the rifle. Other items found included a hooded mask, gloves, and other head coverings throughout the vehicle.

Bond for Turner was set at $50,000 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled for June 25. Additional charges may be filed. Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Detectives are continuing to investigate this case.

Thursday, 06 June 2019 05:20

Stolen Vehicle Charge Filed Against Lenoir Man

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21-year-old Marcus Allen Whisnant of Underdown Avenue in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (June 5) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle and misdemeanor resist, delay, and obstruct a public officer. Whisnant was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $27,500 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled for June 26.

The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered man from Catawba County, 78-year-old Karlheinz Mueller. Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for Mueller, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

He's described as a white male, 5'6", 153 pounds, with short gray hair and blue eyes. When last seen, Mueller was wearing a purple and blue button down dress shirt, gray dress pants, and black shoes. He was last seen at 3627 31st Street Lane NE in Hickory.

Anyone with information about Karlheinz Mueller should call the Catawba County Sheriff's Office at 828-464-3112.

Unemployment rates decreased across the Hickory Metro area and across North Carolina, according to the latest report issued by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division. That report was released last week and it shows the jobless rates for the month of April.

Catawba County's unemployment rate is 3.3 percent, down from 3.8 in March. Alexander County has a jobless rate of 3.1 percent, down from 3.6 percent in the previous report. Burke County's unemployment rate fell to 3.3 percent from 3.9 in March. Caldwell County has a jobless rate of 3.8 percent, down from 4.4 in the last report.

The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 3.4 percent, that's down from 3.9 percent in March. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied for the 6th lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs in the state.

The statewide unemployment rate is 3.6 percent, down from 4.1 in the March report. Jobless rates fell in all 100 of North Carolina's counties. Hyde County has the highest unemployment rate in the state at 8.1 percent, Buncombe County has the lowest at 2.7 percent. Compared to the same month last year, unemployment rates decreased in 41 counties, increased in 28, and remained unchanged in 31.

Thursday, 06 June 2019 04:49

Conover Man Charged With Felony Drug Counts

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31-year-old Zane Lucas Auton of Conover was arrested Wednesday (June 5) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance, along with a count of expired or fictitious registration. Auton was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for June 26.

Thursday, 06 June 2019 04:33

Lenoir Man Charged With Cocaine Possession

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23-year-old Xzavian Jerrod Dula of NW Stonewall Street in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (June 4) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine. In addition, Dula is charged with failure to stop for a blue light and siren, no operators license, safe movement violation, and littering. Dula was released on $10,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court Wednesday (June 5).

Wednesday, 05 June 2019 13:44

Granite Falls Teenager Arrested On Drug Charges

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18-year-old Justin James Skylair Greer of Peachtree Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (June 4) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana. Greer was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center in Lenoir under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled Wednesday (June 5).

Wednesday, 05 June 2019 13:25

Lenoir Man Arrested On Break-in Charge

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31-year-old Alan Wayne Yost of Hickory Boulevard in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (June 4) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony forcible breaking and entering. Yost was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center following the arrest under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (June 5).

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