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At about 11 a.m. today (June 18), Shelby Police arrested 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof of Lexington, South Carolina. Roof is the suspect in the murder of nine people last night in Charleston, South Carolina.

Tenth District Congressman Patrick McHenry released the following statement regarding Roof’s arrest:

“Last night’s shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina is a horrific and senseless tragedy, made worse that it occurred in a house of worship. It is with great relief we learn the perpetrator of this heinous crime has been brought into custody in Cleveland County. I would like to commend Chief Jeff Ledford and the Shelby Police Department for their professional and quick work taking this monster off our streets. We must also say thanks to the member of the public who spotted the suspect and reported his whereabouts to authorities.

“Now that the suspect has been captured, we can begin the mourning process. Giulia and I join the rest of the country in sending our deepest condolences and prayers to the victims and families impacted by this unspeakable tragedy.”

Hickory Police have made an arrest in a series of break-ins at the Wilco-Hess convenience store at 4431 North Center Street. A male juvenile under the age of 16 was caught while breaking into the store again at about 3:30 this morning. The suspect was apprehended by Officers who were in the vicinity.

Prior to this morning’s break-in, five incidents occurred from May 31 to June 16, each between 2:20 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. Tobacco products were stolen from the store. In one case, candy valued at $126 was taken.

No additional information regarding the juvenile suspect will be released.

Video surveillance footage showed one suspect in four of the incidents; however, two subjects were captured on video in one of the incidents. Police did not release any information regarding a second suspect.

26-year-old James Cruz Vaughan of Kiser Court in Catawba was arrested today (Thursday, June 18) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with trafficking, opium or heroin, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substances. Following the arrest, Vaughan was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (June 19).

A Special Meeting of the Hickory City Council will be held on Monday, (June 22) at 8 a.m. in Council Chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building at 76 North Center Street.

The purpose of this Special Meeting is for City Council to go into Closed Session to discuss pending litigation involving AGI Associates LLC vs. Profile Aviation Center Inc. and City of Hickory, and then discuss in open session the Lackey Project agreements.  

32-year-old Alvin William Ingram was arrested Wednesday (June 17) by Burke County Sheriffs’ Officers. He’s charged with felony forced breaking and entering, and misdemeanor resist, obstruct, and delay of an officer. Ingram was placed in jail under $12,500 secured bond. A District Court date is set for Friday (June 19) in Morganton.

25-year-old Arsenio Antoine Malone was arrested Wednesday (June 17) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony counts of trafficking heroin and possession with intent to manufacture schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Malone was placed in jail under $35,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (June 19) in Morganton.

At their meeting this week, Burke County Commissioners approved the county’s 2015-16 Fiscal Year budget in the amount of $76.2 million. The budget does not include a tax increase, as a result, the Burke County tax rate remains at 68 cents per $100 of property value. You can see the county’s full budget by going to the Burke County website.

According to a published report, in other action at this week's meeting, Burke County Commissioners approved a rate increase for the Glen Alpine fire department from six cents to eight cents per $100 of property value. The board also voted to split tax revenue 60/40 between the Glen Alpine and Lake James fire departments for two shared service areas, East Shores and North Powerhouse Road. Lake James would receive 60 percent of the revenue, while Glen Alpine would get 40 percent. Previously, Lake James got 75 percent of the revenue, while Glen Alpine received 25 percent. The fire district tax for Lake James will remain at eight cents per $100 of property value.

The report says the contract for the two departments for service of East Shores and North Powerhouse Road is for two years. County officials say the two-year contract period would allow the two departments to come to an agreement about service of the areas.

According to the report, among other items adopted at this week's meeting, the board Approved Hickory Construction Company as the construction manager at-risk for the proposed 15,000-square-foot library/senior center in Hildebran, in addition the board approved Holland Hamrick from Shelby to do the architectural facility design services for the proposed library/senior center in Hildebran. Also at this week’s meeting, the board approved the reappointment of Danny Isenhour as county tax administrator for a four-year term.

28-year-old Melissa Yvonne Wilkinson was arrested Wednesday (June 18) by authorities in Burke County. She’s charged with one count of felony larceny. Following the arrest, Wilkinson was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for July 6.

39-year-old Tyrobert Daryl Wilson of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory was served an indictment by Hickory Police at about 10:45 last night (June 17) on two felony counts of conspiracy to traffic in opium or heroin and one felony count for the sale of marijuana.

The indictment comes in connection to an incident in February of last year. Wilson was taken into custody without incident last night at the A&W Mini Mart on South Center Street in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $60,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

43-year-old Danny Ray Williams of Diamond Street in Claremont was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense and uttering a forged instrument, along with failure to appear on counts of forgery of an instrument and uttering a forged instrument. Williams was detained this morning at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (June 19).