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More details have been released in the arrest Wednesday (February 25) of 26-year-old Brandon Lashan Lineberger of Pine Avenue in Cherryville. He was initially charged with felony breaking & entering, as reported that same day on WHKY.

Lineberger is the suspect in a February 23 break-in in Claremont that resulted in the death of 47-year-old Vernon Bobby Dixon, who was shot and killed by the homeowner during the incident. Lineberger was taken into custody without incident at his home shortly after eleven o’clock Wednesday morning.

He also faces three additional counts of breaking & entering, two counts each of attempted larceny and injury to personal property, and one count each of larceny after breaking & entering, possession of stolen goods or property and attempted breaking & entering. Those charges are from Burke County.

Lineberger has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $60,000 secured bond. He will appear in District Court today (February 27) with another court date coming up on March 2, both in Newton.

According to Catawba Co. Sheriff Coy Reid, Lineberger will not be charged in connection to Dixon’s death. The homeowner will not face any charges.

On Wednesday (February 25) Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10) welcomed Reverend Randy Cash of Lincolnton, NC to the U.S. House of Representatives to serve as guest chaplain, delivering the chamber's daily prayer.

Reverend Cash is a 26 year veteran of the United States Navy where he served as a Naval Chaplain supporting both the Navy and U.S. Marine Corps in operations around the world. Reverend Cash was in Washington this week for the 55th Annual Conference of the American Legion, for which he currently serves as National Chaplain.

Prior to addressing the House Reverend Cash met with Congressman McHenry, House Speaker John Boehner (OH-08), and the Reverend Patrick J. Conroy, the Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Hickory Police Department is requesting assistance in identifying the woman in this picture. Police are looking to identify her in reference to a recent vehicle breaking and entering in the area. You are asked to contact the Hickory Police Department with any information you may have at 828-328-5551.

39-year-old Marvin William Glenn of Will Glenn Road in Sugar Grove was arrested Thursday (February 26) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule VI controlled substance, false information to officer, and use of another license or permit. Following the arrest, Glenn was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (March 2).

34-year-old Cortney Lynn Perrigan of Shawnee Road in Bristol, Virginia, was arrested Thursday (February 26) by Lenoir Police Officers. She’s charged on a fugitive warrant from Tennessee. Perrigan is wanted on an unspecified felony charge. Following the arrest, Perrigan was detained at the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (March 2).

A lawsuit has been filed against the Town of Hildebran and the company hired to demolish the old Hildebran School building. According to a published report, the lawsuit has been filed by attorneys for the Hildebran Heritage & Development Association Inc. and Citizens United To Preserve The Old Hildebran School. The report says the suit asks Burke County Superior Court to issue a temporary restraining order and eventually a preliminary injunction preventing Foothills Recycling & Demolition LLC from continuing demolition of the school.

In the report, HHDA Vice President Johnny Childers says his organization's first concern was that the demolition company was removing things from the building that would be difficult, if not impossible, to replace. The lawsuit alleges the company is removing “radiators, chalk boards and other items necessary to preserve the subject structure.”

The report says the lawsuit further alleges the town violated several laws during the decision-making and bidding process leading up to the demolition. The complaint says the decision to demolish The Old Hildebran School was the product of actions that violated the Open Meetings Law and, therefore, is an improper and/or illegal decision or act which should be set aside.

The lawsuit contains other allegations as well. Hildebran Town Council voted in January to demolish the 98-year-old building and tower that sits on South Center Street. The Town of Hildebran bought the building in 1988 from the Burke County Board of Education for $10. Since that time, new windows and a new roof have been added to the building. At this time, the doors are padlocked and most of the first floor is just used only for storage. At this point in time the building has two tenants, a sign company, and HHDA. The company's monthly rent reportedly comes close to covering the building’s annual insurance.

More than a dozen people have been arrested in connection with drug operations in Watauga County. On Tuesday (February 24) the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the US Marshals Service, conducted an operation to serve numerous narcotics warrants in and around Watauga County. The narcotics warrants stemmed from various operations conducted by Narcotics Detectives over the last several months.

A total of 21warrants were drawn for a variety of drug offenses. Of the 21 individuals, 13 have been taken into custody; four individuals have been notified and will be turning themselves in. Two are currently in DOC, Department of Corrections, and will be served with the warrants, and two are out of State. Most of the suspects arrested thus far are from Watauga County. One of the 13 is a Catawba County resident.

The snowstorm that swept through the area Wednesday night and Thursday morning continues to affect the area’s school systems.

On Friday, February 27, Burke County schools will operate on a three-hour delay. Caldwell County Schools will be closed Friday for students and staff. Caldwell’s WrapAround Program will also be closed. Catawba County Schools will be closed with an optional teacher workday. Hickory Public Schools will operate on a three-hour delay for students and staff. Newton-Conover City Schools will also be on a three-hour delay for students. Staff should report when they can safely do so.

Alexander County Schools were already scheduled to have a teacher workday. Staff should report at 10 a.m.

Lenoir-Rhyne University is on a two-hour delay Friday. CVCC will open at 11 a.m. Friday.  Caldwell Community College's Hudson and Watauga campuses are on a regular schedule. Western Piedmont Community College is also on a regular schedule.

At about 1:45 yesterday afternoon (February 25), a Trooper with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper traveling northbound on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard near Interstate 40 attempted to make a left turn from L-R Boulevard onto the I-40 westbound access ramp. As he did so, the Trooper failed to yield the right-of-way and pulled into the path of a 1995 Honda Accord that was traveling south. There were no injuries as a result of the collision. No further details are available.

Thursday, 26 February 2015 13:57

Second Dog Attack Victim Released from Hospital

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The six-year-old boy attacked by dogs on North Gaither Avenue in Newton Sunday (February 22) has been released from the Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte. According to Major Tim Hayes with Newton Police Department, the boy’s condition has improved. He is back at home with his family. The 10-year-old boy who was injured in the same incident was treated and released from Catawba Valley Medical Center Sunday night, as reported previously on WHKY.

At last report, the dogs were being held at the Catawba County Animal Shelter. Investigators confirmed that the dogs are up to date on their vaccinations.

The investigation is ongoing.