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Monday, 04 May 2015 11:03

Weapon Charges Filed Against Hickory Man

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19-year-old Randall Kent Brank of Howell Street in Hickory was arrested by Long View Police Officers. He’s charged with carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a stolen firearm. Following the arrest, Brank was incarcerated this morning (Monday, May 4) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $19,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.

Monday, 04 May 2015 11:02

More Details Released in Shooting Incident

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More details have been released in the arrest of 33-year-old Lavonnie Lee White of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory. He was arrested by Hickory Police just before eight o’clock Friday morning (May 1) on one felony count each of discharging a firearm into occupied property inflicting serious bodily injury and assault with a deadly weapon.

Events leading to his arrest unfolded as Police responded to the Sunny Valley apartment complex where they found spent shell casings and a bloody shirt. Officers received information that the victim was at 9th Avenue Place S.W. There, they found a 68-year-old Hickory man suffering from a gunshot wound to the foot.

The shooter was identified as Lavonnie White. He was taken into custody at his residence. White was also injured as the result of an apparent assault. A Police spokesperson said White was uncooperative at the time of his arrest.

White and the victim, who were previously acquainted, were reportedly involved in an altercation prior to the shooting. The victim was shot when White allegedly fired into a different address on 9th Avenue Place S.W. Both men were transported to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries.

White was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $125,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (May 4) in Newton.

31-year-old Timothy Wayne Bolick was arrested Saturday (May 2) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Bolick was arrested at a residence in Connelly Springs. Following the arrest, Bolick was placed in jail under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, May 4).

In honor of our Nation’s heroes, the North Carolina National Guard Education & Employment Center, in partnership with Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, will host a Veterans Career Days event on Wednesday & Thursday, May 6 & 7, at 9 a.m. at the Goodwill corporate facility, 2701 University Parkway in Winston-Salem. Any person who is unemployed or underemployed who is serving or who has served in the U.S. military, active duty, Reserve, or National Guard, along with their spouses and their work age dependents, is invited to attend the event. To register for the event and for more information, go to www.NCNGEEC.com.

Monday, 04 May 2015 06:16

Apartments Destroyed In Weekend Fire

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Two apartments were destroyed by a fire in Burke County over the weekend. Saturday (May 2) at approximately 1:02 p.m. the Morganton Department of Public Safety received a call of a structure fire at 118 Jones Street. Once on the scene, units found one apartment full of smoke with flames coming from the windows. Firefighters started fire suppression and ventilation immediately. The fire burned vertical into the attic and spread to the adjacent apartment.

Firefighters were on the scene battling the blaze and completing overhaul and cleanup for approximately three hours. Nobody was inside the homes at the time firefighters arrived and there were no injuries. The cause of the fire was due to food left unattended on the stove top which caught on fire. Damage to the structure and its contents was in excess of $75,000.

The Morganton Housing Authority and The American Red Cross came to the scene to assist those residents that were affected. Additionally, Burke Co EMS and Burke Co REACT assisted on the scene with the incident.

27-year-old Steven Vandergrift of Shelby and 29-year-old Andrew Robert Labelle of Kings Mountain were both arrested Sunday (May 3) by Granite Falls Police Officers. Vandergrift is charged with felony larceny from a merchant using a posted exit door and misdemeanor possession of stolen goods or property. Labelle is charged with aid and abet misdemeanor stolen goods or property. According to authorities, the suspects allegedly attempted to leave a business with stolen items through a fire exit door. Following their arrests, both suspects were detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center, Vandergrift under $11,000 secured bond, Labelle under $10,000 secured bond.

Monday, 04 May 2015 05:00

Hickory Man Charged With Attempted Rape

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51-year-old Ronald Lee Gwynn of 4th Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested Saturday (May 2) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with attempted second degree rape. Following the arrest, Gwynn was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $45,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for today (Monday, May 4).

Monday, 04 May 2015 04:54

Local Restaurant Robbed At Gunpoint

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The armed robbery of a local restaurant is under investigation. Mt. View BBQ on NC 127 was robbed at gunpoint Friday night, according to reports from the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the Sheriff's Office, at approximately 9 p.m. a suspect who authorities believe may have been a white man wearing a black mask, black gloves, a black shirt and camouflage pants walked in the door, pulled out a black handgun and demanded money. The report says the restaurant keeps it’s cash in two locations and the Sheriff’s Office says the robber knew both of them. The suspect did steal an undisclosed amount of cash.

The restaurant was about to close for the night, however there was at least one customer in the business along with several employees when the crime occurred. There were no injuries in the robbery.

The Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the incident. Anyone with information about the suspect or the crime is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 828-464-5241.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol Troopers said they chased a motorcyclist through Catawba County before they called off the pursuit for safety reasons. According to a published report, officers tried to pull the rider over on Highway 321 Saturday afternoon but the motorcyclist kept going. The report says authorities have identified a suspect and they hope to make an arrest soon.

31-year-old Acquilla Booze Cain of Statesville was arrested Saturday (May 2) by Statesville Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of common law robbery and obtaining property by false pretense.

At about 7 p.m. on Saturday, The Statesville Police Department received information that a wanted person, Acquilla Cain was at 639 Harrison St. Preliminary information was received that Cain was possibly armed, and may have possibly been holding a female against her will inside the residence.

Officers responded, and got no answer at the door at 639 Harrison Street. Due to the information at hand, with the suspect possibly being armed, the Statesville Police Special Response Team was activated and responded to the scene. Statesville Police Negotiators attempted to make contact with the occupants of the residence to no avail.

After numerous exhaustive attempts to make contact were unsuccessful, the SRT unit made entry into the residence at about 10:25 p.m. After a diligent search, the suspect Cain and the female were located hiding in the attic. Cain was taken into custody without incident. The initial report that a possible kidnapping was taking place was eventually found not to be true. No one was injured.

Cain was incarcerated in the Iredell County Detention Center under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for today (Monday, May 4).