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The Burke County Sheriff's Office has provided an update on a story we first reported Wednesday (May 22) on WHKY regarding an officer-involved shooting. The incident occurred at a residence on Airport-Rhodhiss Road in Hickory. 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.

Following surgery, the suspect, 50-year-old Johnny Allen Kaylor, is in critical, but stable condition at an unnamed hospital. 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 and the Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the violations involving the drug charges, possessing a firearm by a convicted felon and other crimes. Kaylor has not yet been charged.

52-year-old Mark Rex Bowers of Warrior Road in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (May 22) by Lenoir Police Officers on one felony count of possession of cocaine. Bowers was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center with bond set at $5,000, secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (May 23).

42-year-old Nathan Jacob Pike of Abington Road in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (May 22) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He’s charged with one felony count of statutory rape of a 15-year-old child. Pike was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $1,000,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (May 23).

A Taylorsville man was assaulted and robbed after meeting a man at the Lincoln County Walking Trail in the 2600 block of Laboratory Road. The incident occurred Wednesday (May 22).

The 34-year-old victim, who met the man on a social dating website, agreed to meet with the suspect around 4:00 a.m. Wednesday. The victim told deputies that after the two met in a parking lot they walked down the trail for about five minutes before going through a wooded area to the South Fork River. They sat on the river bank talking until the suspect said he needed to go to the restroom.

The suspect walked behind the victim and struck him in the left side of the face. The victim blacked out for a short period of time and when he woke up he saw the suspect running down the path where they had walked in. The victim said the suspect took his cap and head light, $300 in cash and vape pen and tubes.

Because he was not familiar with the area he drove around for about 30 minutes before stopping at a convenience store in the 1400 block of East Main Street in Lincolnton. Law enforcement and Lincoln County EMS were dispatched to the scene. The victim was treated on the scene then transferred to Atrium–Lincoln for additional treatment for a laceration over his eye.

The suspect goes by the profile name of “Ethan” on the dating website. Anyone with information on 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 Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

Thursday, 23 May 2019 04:45

Hickory Man Charged With Stolen Vehicle Counts

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38-year-old Bobby Lewis Cloer of Sulphur Springs Road NE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (May 22) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, obtaining property by false pretense, and transferring a stolen vehicle. Cloer was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled Friday (May 24).

28-year-old Kennin Shammel Burns and 28-year-old Shaffon Keari Stokes, both of Jesup, Georgia, were arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. They're both charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, trafficking meth by possession and transport, possession of ecstasy, maintain a vehicle for the use and sale of controlled substances, and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana. They're also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

According to a news release issued Wednesday, last Saturday (May 18) deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, responded to a hotel on Sullivan Road in reference to a narcotics complaint. Upon arriving at the scene, the deputies made contact with Burns and Stokes. While speaking with them the deputies noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from their hotel room. The deputies also spotted marijuana in plain view inside of the hotel room.

After speaking with both suspects, the deputies received consent in writing to search the room. During the search of the hotel room, they found three individual baggies of marijuana, and ecstasy pills. A canine officer gave a positive indication to the odor of narcotics on the driver’s side door of the suspect's vehicle. During a search of the vehicle deputies found a plastic cup with crystal methamphetamine residue.

Burns and Stokes were brought to the Iredell County Detention Center where bond was set at $750,000 secured for each suspect. Burns was scheduled to appear in District Court today (May 23). Stokes has a District Court date June 11.

The Hickory Police Department is investigating the theft of money from area ATMs.

On May 18, 2019 an unknown white female and white male fraudulently accessed funds from three Wells Fargo ATMs in Hickory. The unknown white female and white male are also suspected of fraudulently obtaining funds from ATMs in the Asheville area. The suspects are possibly using “skimmers” placed at certain ATMs, obtaining the victim’s information and accessing funds with the victim's stolen debit/credit card information.

The white female appears to wear several wigs of varying length and colors, a black & white athletic jacket and dark colored hat. The suspects may be driving a dark gray or smoke colored Ford pickup truck.

Hickory Police have received multiple reports regarding these crimes. Anyone with information reference these incidents are asked to contact Investigator Anthony Horton at 828-261-2686, ahorton@hickorync.gov or our communications center at 828-328-5551.

The Burke County Sheriff's Office reports there was an officer involved shooting this morning (May 22). According to the Sheriff's Office, as part of a drug investigation, Narcotics investigators issued a no-knock search warrant at a mobile home on Airport-Rhodhiss Road in Hickory. Police were told that the suspect and others had firearms inside the mobile home and that some of the occupants, including the suspect, sometimes carried handguns.

Burke County SWAT Officers entered the mobile home and then a bedroom. At that time, the suspect's female companion was escorted out of the residence. With repeated officers' demands, the suspect, whose name was not released, refused to get out of the bed and refused to show officers his hands that were hidden under the covers. SWAT continued to negotiate with the suspect while he was threatening officers that he was going to kill them or make the officers kill him.

After numerous threats, the suspect quickly moved his hands beneath the covers and a SWAT officer fired his weapon. Officers immediately began administering first aid and a medic assumed medical care. The suspect was airlifted to a medical center. No further information was provided regarding his condition. The Sheriff requested that the State Bureau of Investigation look into the matter. The SWAT Officer was placed on paid administrative leave pending the results of the investigation. No officers were injured.

Wednesday, 22 May 2019 11:41

Hickory Man Re-Arrested on Felony Meth Charge

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49-year-old Anthony Ray Bolick of 27th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 8:10 last night (May 21) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

His arrest comes in connection to an incident in August of last year. At that time, Officers responded to a report of trespassers in the area behind a medical supply business on 13th Street S.E. Officers found Anthony Ray Bolick, who has an outstanding warrant for failure to appear. During the arrest, Police found 0.3 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Bolick was taken into custody without incident yesterday at the intersection of 15th Street S.E. and 25th Avenue Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.

38-year-old Benjamin Munoz Castanon of 14th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 10 a.m. yesterday (May 21) on one felony count of indecent liberties with children. Castanon was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $50,000, secured. He was no longer listed as an inmate as of this morning. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton. No further details were released.

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