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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
31-year-old Nicholas Thorne Jamison of Kela Drive in Morganton was arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Acccording to a news release issued today (May 22), on May 9, 2019, Burke County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 1300 Block of Watermill Road in Morganton, in reference to a man who was passed out in a vehicle in the middle of the roadway. The news release says the vehicle was occupied by Nicholas Thorne Jamison who appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance.
Upon further investigation, deputies located and seized heroin and drug paraphernalia from the vehicle. Jamison received a $25,000 secured bond and was held at the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility. He was no longer listed as an inmate in Burke County. A District Court appearance is scheduled for May 31.
Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday night (May 21). Minutes, second readings, and the consent agenda were approved.
A public hearing was held and City Council approved a resolution confirming and levying assessments for street improvements for 1344 4th Street NW. Another public hearing was held and City Council approved a resolution to install curb and gutter along a portion of the 800 block of 17th Avenue Drive SE.
City Council appointed members to boards and commissions. Councilwomen Jill Patton and Charlotte Williams commented on last week’s successful NCLM CityVision conference. Patton thanked City staff who helped with the event. Several other council members echoed positive feedback on the conference. Mayor Hank Guess also thanked City staff who were involved with planning and executing the conference.
54-year-old Timmy Lee Elkins of Nebo was given an active prison term of five to seven years following his conviction for three counts of habitual impaired driving.
The Honorable Joseph N. Crosswhite, Superior Court Judge from Iredell County, imposed the prison sentence for Elkins after he pleaded guilty to the offenses during Burke County Superior Court on Monday, May 13. The defendant will serve his prison sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
The three driving while impaired offenses were elevated to habitual impaired driving based on prior DWI convictions in Caldwell County (July 2008) and two additional convictions in Catawba County (September 2008).
The first of these offenses occurred on October 1, 2015, when the defendant was stopped for speeding. The State Highway Patrol responded and upon additional investigation, it was determined that Elkins was under the influence of alcohol.
The second offense occurred on February 27, 2016, when Elkins was stopped in Burke County by the North Carolina State Highway patrol for a registration violation and was determined to be driving under the influence of alcohol.
The final offense occurred on December 11, 2016. The Highway Patrol investigated a motor vehicle collision in Morganton and determined Elkins had been the driver and that he was under the influence of alcohol.
The cases were investigated by Troopers K. Robinson, J. Shuffler and C. Hallyburton of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. Jonathan Greer handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
35-year-old Omar Christian Regino Vera of Morganton, was sentenced to an active prison term of three to five years following his conviction for two counts of taking indecent liberties with children.
The Honorable Joseph N. Crosswhite, Superior Court Judge from Iredell County, imposed the prison sentence for Vera after he pleaded guilty to the offenses during Burke County Superior Court on Monday, May 13.
The defendant will serve his prison sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections. He will be required to register as a sex offender for a period of 30 years and will be deported upon his release from prison.
The offenses occurred in April 2016 and involved a pair of minor female children, ages 8 and 11 at the time. Vera committed sex acts on both victims, and their claims were disclosed during forensic interviews with the Gingerbread House Child Advocacy Center in Burke County.
Melanie Robinson led the investigation for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at the time of the offenses. Assistant District Attorney Michelle Lippert prosecuted the cases for the State.