49-year-old Kevin Lee Heil of Connelly Springs, pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent liberties with a child. He was sentenced to 12-24 months of active prison time by the Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Resident Superior Court Judge from Morganton. The sentence was imposed during last week's session of Burke County Superior Court.
The defendant engaged in a sexual conversation via Facebook with his then 13-year-old daughter on April 1, 2013, after he had lost his parental rights. Heil had been allowed to resume some phone/Internet contact with his daughter prior to this crime.
Det. Scott Carico of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case, which was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Frank Webster.
23-year-old Vince Gregory Ayers of Morganton, pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary, two counts of breaking and entering at a place of worship and two counts of larceny during Burke County Superior Court last week.
Ayers was sentenced to 4-6 years of active time in the custody of the North Carolina Department of Corrections for the burglary by the Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Resident Superior Court Judge from Morganton. Ervin also gave Ayers a suspended sentence of 12-24 months to run consecutively at the expiration of the active sentence for each of the place of worship break-ins.
On three different dates in October 2013, Ayers broke into two Burke County churches and stole various items totaling more than $7,800 combined. He also broke into a home but ran away when the 65-year-old female homeowner yelled at him to leave in the early-morning hours.
The case was investigated by Det. Stephen Ritchie of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Frank Webster.
A pair of assault charges were filed against a man arrested over the weekend in Burke County. 43-year-old Christopher Shawn Nichols was arrested Saturday (February 21) and charged with assault inflicting serious bodily injury and assault by strangulation. Following the arrest, Nichols was placed in jail under no bond on a 48-hour hold. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, February 23).
According to a release from the Burke Co. Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division, Dawayne Ray Fry II has died as the result of a gunshot wound. At about 2:15 p.m. on Saturday (February 21), Burke County Sheriff’s Officers responded to 110 U.S. Highway 70 East in Valdese where Fry was found, suffering from a gunshot wound.
Fry was transported to Valdese Hospital and then flown to Carolina’s Medical Center in Charlotte. He was pronounced dead at the hospital in Charlotte.
Investigators with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office have been in contact with the District Attorney’s Office regarding the case. The incident remains under investigation.
In addition to the Sheriff’s Office, responding agencies included the Valdese Police Department, Burke County Emergency Medical Service and Lovelady Fire & Rescue First Responders.
46-year-old David Alan Jenkins and 23-year-old Opie Alvers Jones III, who are both listed as homeless persons from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (February 22) on felony drug charges. Jenkins was charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of a schedule II controlled substance with intent to manufacture, while Jones was charged with possession of immediate precursor chemicals with intent to manufacture. Jones was also charged with failure to appear on one count of misdemeanor larceny.
The two were taken into custody without incident on the 1100 block of Catawba Valley Boulevard S.E. They were each given a $50,000 secured bond, plus a $5,000 bond for Jones for failure to appear. First appearances in District Court were set for today in Newton.
A person was killed in a shooting at a home north of Claremont, WHKY’s Fentress Chestnut went to the scene and spoke with Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid. The suspect was reportedly shot and killed after breaking into the home. Sheriff Reid told Fentress that one suspect is still on the loose. The incident occurred at approximately 9 a.m. today (Monday, February 23). The investigation is continuing and we will post more details and include them in radio and TV news later today.
32-year-old Kevin O’Neal Carroll of 33rd Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6 p.m. Saturday (February 21) on one count of misdemeanor larceny.
Carroll was arrested after a Loss Prevention Officer at the Kohl’s store on Catawba Valley Boulevard saw him swallow a pair of sterling silver earrings in an attempt to avoid detection. The earrings were valued at $25.
Loss Prevention detained the suspect until Police arrived. At last report, the earrings had not been recovered.
Carroll was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $900 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for March 19 in Hickory.
An eight-year-old boy was hit by a car on the 500 block of East Main Street in Maiden just before seven o’clock this morning (February 23). The child was transported to Carolinas Medical Center for emergency treatment. The extent of his injuries is not known.
The investigation is continuing, but initial findings indicate the boy was standing on the sidewalk in front of his residence, waiting for the school bus. The bus driver activated the bus’ amber warning lights and slowed as the driver prepared to bring the bus to a stop. Just before the bus’ red stoplights were activated and before the stop-arm was deployed, the child ran into Main Street’s eastbound lane where he was hit by an eastbound passenger vehicle. Officials said the collision happened in a 35 mph zone.
Multiple witness statements were taken and video from a camera mounted on the bus was viewed by Maiden Police. That information confirmed that the red stoplights and the stop-arm had not yet been activated prior to the collision.
The driver of the passenger vehicle was not injured. Maiden Police and emergency personnel responded to the scene.
The Catawba County School bus was making routine student pick-ups for Maiden Elementary School.
Maiden Police encourage anyone who saw the accident to contact them at 828-428-5005.
51-year-old Timothy Michael Sample of Hickory was arrested in Tennessee this morning (February 23) in connection to a robbery at the Taylorsville Savings Bank in Bethlehem on Friday (February 20).
According to a release from the Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Office, the suspect was arrested without incident by Officers with the Nashville Police Department at a Nashville hotel. The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of filing extradition paperwork.
The investigation is ongoing.
A published report says Sample has an extensive criminal history all over the country and has been charged with two previous bank robberies.
30-year-old Spencer Joseph Farrell of Woodsway Lane in Lenoir was arrested Friday (February 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with a felony for being a fugitive from another state. Farrell is wanted on unspecified charges in Brevard County, Florida. Following the arrest, Farrell was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Facility under $75,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, February 23).