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53-year-old Danny Tildon Harris was arrested Sunday (February 7) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony larceny after breaking and entering and misdemeanor assault on a female. Harris was placed in jail in Morganton under $27,000 bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, February 8).

Monday, 08 February 2016 06:32

Bank Robbery Suspect Reportedly Killed In Gunfight

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The suspect in an Iredell County bank robbery was shot and killed in a reported gunfight with deputies.

Last Friday, (February 5), at approximately 5 p.m. an alarm was received in the Iredell County Emergency Communication Center from the Capital Bank at 1439 West Memorial Hwy in Union Grove. As Deputies were responding to the bank it was confirmed a robbery had occurred and according to witnesses the suspects note stated he was armed with a gun. The suspect was described as an hispanic or a white male last seen running from the bank.
Deputies arrived on the scene and officers from the NC Highway Patrol assisted in establishing a tight perimeter in the area in order to contain the suspect and keep him isolated away from residential neighborhoods. After two hours of attempting to locate the suspect with K-9 units, he was found in a wooded area south of West Memorial Hwy. After several commands from Deputies, the suspect fired on Deputies, who in turn returned fire. The suspect, who was later identified as 51-year-old Vinson Ray Strickland of Arden Avenue in Kannapolis, was killed during the exchange of gunfire. The suspect’s vehicle was located at a nearby business later that night by detectives.

The Deputies that were involved have been placed on administrative leave. They are Derrick Stutts, Leonard Hayes, and Carl Adams. The North Carolina SBI will be conducting an investigation into the incident at the request of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office.

The Catawba County Board of Elections has announced that eligible voters residing in Catawba County who wish to register for the March 15 primary election must register by Friday, February 19. During one-stop early voting beginning on March 3, an unregistered resident of Catawba County may register and vote with valid photo ID and proof of residency.

Absentee voting by mail is allowed but requests for an absentee ballot must now be made in writing on an official North Carolina Board of Elections Absentee Ballot Request Form, which may be found online at www.catawbacountync.gov/elections.  Requests must be received in the Board of Elections office by 5 p.m. on March 8. The last day to return an absentee ballot in-person is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15. Ballots will be timely only if the envelope is postmarked on or before March 15, and received by March 18.

One-stop early voting will begin on Thursday, March 3, and end on Saturday, March 12, at 1:00 p.m. One-stop sites will be open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  For the first time this year, one-stop voting places will also be open on a Sunday, March 6, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

There will be five one-stop locations: at the main Catawba County Library at 115 West C Street in Newton; at Conover Station, 403 Conover Station SE in Conover; at the Highland Recreation Center, 1451 8th Street Drive NE in Hickory; at the Southwest Branch of the Catawba County Library in Mountain View at 2944 Highway 127 South in Hickory; and at the Sherrills Ford Branch of the County Library at 8456 Sherrills Ford Road in Sherrills Ford, which is a new location.

A complete schedule of polling hours for the one-stop sites may be seen at the Catawba County Government website on the elections page.  

Voters at four precincts will vote at different polling places in this year’s general election on November 8, 2016.  The voting location for Mountain View #2 (Precinct 24) has permanently moved to the Mountain View Fire Department Headquarters, 3571 Highway 127 South, Hickory, NC 28602, at the corner of Highway 127 South and Mountain Grove Church Road. The voting location for North Newton Precinct 25 has permanently moved to Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church, 111 W 13th St., Newton, NC 28658, at the corner of W 13th St. and Main Avenue (Highway 16 Business) in Newton. The voting location for Oakland Heights Precinct 26 has permanently moved to Resurrection International Church, 2010 Clement Blvd. NW, Hickory, NC 28601, beside L.P. Frans Stadium.  And the voting location for Lake Norman Precinct 41 has permanently moved to Rehobeth United Methodist Church’s Connor Recreation Center at 4015 McGee Point Rd, Terrell, NC 28682 off Hob Lane, four-tenths of a mile south of Rehobeth United Methodist Church, the previous polling location.

Another change in North Carolina law requiring voters to show an ID card at the polls is scheduled to go into effect this year.  Voters who did not have an ID card in the past should have been sent information by the North Carolina Board of Elections on how to obtain an ID card.

For more information on the 2016 general elections, you may call the Catawba County Board of Elections office at 828-464-2424 or go to the county's website.

Monday, 08 February 2016 05:31

Newton Man Charged With Breaking Into Vehicle

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21-year-old Travis Hunter Edwards of Ann Avenue in Newton was arrested Saturday (February 6) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with felony break or enter a motor vehicle, along with misdemeanor counts of larceny, possession of stolen goods, injury to personal property, and resisting a public officer. Following the arrest, Edwards was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, February 8).

24-year-old Jordan Lee Kennedy of 1st Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Saturday (February 6) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with felony malicious conduct by a prisoner. In addition, Kennedy is charged with breaking or entering, two counts of communicating threats, assault on a female, and resisting a public officer. Catawba County Sheriff's Officers also charged Kennedy with non-support of a child. Kennedy was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $86,200 bond. a District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, February 8).

51-year-old Randy Keith Isenhour of 19th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers Friday on felony counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, second-degree kidnapping and larceny of a motor vehicle.  

Isenhour is the suspect in an armed robbery at the Bo Peep Restaurant in Brookford early Friday morning.  Sheriff’s Detectives followed up on leads obtained during their investigation, leading to the issuance of a warrant for Isenhour’s arrest.  He was taken into custody without incident between 5:30 and 6 p.m. Friday in Long View.  

Isenhour was locked up in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $420,000 bond.  A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, February 8).

There are no other suspects at this time.  The Sheriff’s Office is conducting an ongoing investigation to determine if others may have been involved.

A Maiden woman will spend at least the next five years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple drug charges during Catawba County Superior Court last Wednesday (February 3).

33-year-old Pamela Jean Propst was sentenced to serve five to seven years in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Gregory R. Hayes, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, following her guilty plea to trafficking opiates, conspiring to traffic opiates, selling Schedule III and IV controlled substances, and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.

Propst also must pay a mandatory $50,000 fine on the trafficking charges.

Her offense dates covered a period of time from November 2014 to January 2015. During that period, undercover officers made a number of purchases of Oxymorphone, Clonazepam and Buprenorphine from Propst at her Klutz Street residence in Maiden and from a vehicle in the parking lot of a local grocery store.

Matt Farra of Maiden Police Department was the lead investigator, with assistance from Newton Police Department and the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Wes Hawn prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.

Friday, 05 February 2016 15:02

Alleged Child Predator Faces More Charges in Boone

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34-year-old Terry Lynn Campbell II of Greeneville, Tennessee has been charged by Boone Police with ten counts each of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

As previously reported on WHKY, on December 27 of last year, Boone Police and Agents with the State Bureau of Investigation closed an ongoing online child predator investigation. The investigation was a proactive attempt by Boone Police to catch the individuals who seek to victimize children online.

Investigators saw a suspicious ad on a popular website. The ad indicated that a male was seeking a “young and inexperienced” girl. A Boone Police Detective posed as a 14-year-old girl in Boone and responded to the ad.

The poster, Terry Campbell, arranged a meeting for sexual purposes with what he believed to be a 14-year-old girl. When Officers saw the suspect travel to the meeting location in Boone on the arranged date and time, they confronted and arrested him. A search of the suspect’s vehicle led to the seizure of evidence that further indicated Campbell was there for sexual purposes.

After the arrest, an investigation into Campbell’s other online activities began. The investigation led to additional charges that were filed on Wednesday (February 3). He was arrested at the Watauga Co. Detention Center and given a $75,000 secured bond. A court date was set for March 3.

54-year-old Jeffrey Neill Bivens of Coley Fish Pond Road in Newton has been arrested by Hickory Police on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He was wanted for a probation violation connected to stolen property charge out of Yavapai County, Arizona.

Bivens was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility yesterday (February 4) under a $200,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in court today in Newton.

Friday, 05 February 2016 11:31

Two Arrested on Felony B&E and Larceny Charges

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29-year-old Timothy Cale Kyles of Perry Road in Troutman and 30-year-old Rayna Marie Williams of Davie Avenue in Statesville have both been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on two felony counts each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering, plus one count of misdemeanor larceny.

They were arrested after Deputies took a call on January 29 regarding a suspicious vehicle -- a primer-gray older model Ford Ranger -- in the area of Grandview Drive, off of Buffalo Shoals Road. Neighbors said the vehicle was traveling through the area slowly. The reporting parties said the vehicle’s occupants appeared to be looking for something to steal or a house to break into.

Deputies didn’t find the vehicle, but they did learn that Troutman Police had stopped this same vehicle a few days earlier. Deputies and Detectives continued the investigation and identified the driver as Timothy Kyles.

Detectives located and interviewed Kyles and also interviewed other witnesses. They learned of a house on Troutman Farm Road that had with an outbuilding that had been broken into twice. Witnesses saw the primer-gray vehicle and a male and female at the scene.

Detectives also reviewed video surveillance from a business in Troutman that showed Timothy Kyles and Rayna Williams as they pulled onto the property where they allegedly stole a gas can and gas. The gas can was later returned, empty.

At 1:30 a.m. on February 2, Kyles and Williams were arrested in the parking lot at the Sheetz store in Troutman. Kyles was given a $10,000 secured bond and Williams’ bond was set at $3,000, secured. Kyles will appear in District Court on February 15. No court date is currently listed for Williams.