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37-year-old Timothy Neil Galligher of 21st Street Drive S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:30 last night (June 13) on one felony count of possession of heroin and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested after Police responded to the 200 block of 17th Street N.W. in Hickory where a white male was unresponsive and was slumped over in the driver’s seat of a white pick-up truck. Officers were able to communicate with the man, who was identified as Timothy Galligher. E.M.S. was called to the scene, but Galligher refused treatment.

A search of Galligher’s person turned up a syringe loaded with a clear liquid. In a cigarette box in the vehicle, Officers found a baggie containing a white, rock-like substance that proved to be 0.6 grams of heroin.

Galligher was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

Lenoir Caldwell Crime Stoppers is requesting assistance from the public in solving a pair of crimes currently under investigation.

The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office is seeking information regarding the theft of a white and burgundy Ford F150. The truck was stolen June 7 from a residence on Watson Road in the area of Gamewell Superette. If you have any information related to this case contact Detective Corporal Dupell at 828-759-1554. You can also call Lenoir Caldwell Crime stoppers at 828-758-8300.

The other crime under investigation occurred May 28. On that date just before 4 p.m. an unknown suspect took a Hobart plasma cutter without paying from Tractor Supply in Lenoir. The suspect was a white male operating a dark blue Honda Civic. The suspect entered the business, which was open at the time, through a rear bay door and took the merchandise. Police reports say the item was still in it's shipping box. Following the theft, the suspect left the area. The plasma cutter has a value of approximately $1500.

Anyone who has any information regarding this crime or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300. A cash reward will be paid to anyone with information leading to the arrest of criminals or the recovery of property or illegal narcotics. You do not have to reveal your name.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating a two-car collision this morning that claimed the life of one driver and sent two other people to the hospital, one of them in critical condition. The head-on collision shut down a portion of Highway 64 in Burke County at 8:23 this morning (Monday, June 13).

According to the N.C. State Highway Patrol, a 1992 Lexus northbound on Highway 64, driven by 20-year-old Dalton Rhom of Morganton, crossed the centerline and collided with a southbound 2016 Dodge Charger driven by 64-year-old Edward Braren, Jr. The accident occurred about nine miles south of Morganton.

Mr. Braren died en route to the hospital. A helicopter was initially called to the scene, but Mr. Braren was not stable enough for air transport. As of 3:30 this afternoon, Mr. Rhom was in critical condition at Mission Memorial Hospital in Asheville with what were described as life-threatening injuries. A passenger in the Lexus, 30-year-old Roger Franklin of Morganton, was treated at Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge in Morganton. He has been released.

The Highway Patrol is conducting an ongoing investigation. As of this afternoon, they had no comment regarding any factors that might have contributed to the accident.

51-year-old William Jeffery Hughes of August Street in Conover was arrested today (Monday, June 13) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with fail to register as a sex offender. Hughes was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for August 1.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating an accident that reportedly sent three people to the hospital. The head-on collision shut down a portion of Highway 64 in Burke County this morning (Monday, June 13).

According to reports, two vehicles were traveling at a high rate of speed on U.S. 64 when one vehicle crossed the center line and collided with the other vehicle. The accident occurred just south of Morganton.

Published reports say three people were transported to the hospital, one by helicopter. The reports say two people remain in critical condition. A spokesman for the State Highway Patrol in Morganton told WHKY that more information on the accident would be released later in the day.

54-year-old Bryan Lee Parks of 7th Avenue Court S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 6 p.m. yesterday (June 12) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count each of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested when Police at Kiwanis Park in Hickory saw a large group of people gathered around an individual pushing a moped on 7th Avenue S.E. Officers learned that the man, Bryan Parks, had a knife on his person. As Police secured the knife, they found 1.9 grams of crack cocaine and 1.7 grams of marijuana.

Parks was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (June 13) in Hickory.

Monday, 13 June 2016 11:54

Two Arrested on Multiple Drug Charges

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20-year-old Kaslyn McMahan Wallace of Williams Drive and 28-year-old Nicholas Brennan Hand of Starnes Lane, both from Taylorsville, were arrested by Hickory Police at 10:20 Saturday night. Wallace was charged with one felony count each of sale of delivery of a schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture sell or deliver schedule II, III and IV controlled substances, plus on misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Hand faces misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed gun, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of a schedule II controlled substance (two counts).

They were arrested after Officers on patrol at Twin Cedars on 20th Avenue Drive N.E. saw several subjects standing near a vehicle in the parking lot.  Nicholas Hand was in the driver’s seat.  Officers spoke to Hand a learned that he had a handgun.  As they removed Hand from the vehicle, Officers saw several pills in the driver`s side door.  Those included one Morphine Sulphate, three Oxycontin and five Clonazepam.

Officers then searched the vehicle. In the glove box, on the passenger side where Kasylyn Wallace had been seated, Police found four Zolpidem Tartrate pills and one syringe containing a dark colored liquid. In addition, Officers found five plastic straws with white powder residue and one syringe in the zipper pouch in Wallace`s green bag. Finally, on Wallace’s person, Police found ten Clonazepam, 29 Morphine Sulfate, oneDiazepam and one Buprenorphine Hydrochloride.

Both subjects were taken into custody without incident. Wallace was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facilty under a $100,000 secured bond, while Hand was given a $1,500 secured bond. Hand has since been released. A first appearance for Wallace was set for today (June 13). Hand will appear in District Court on October 11.

Monday, 13 June 2016 10:48

Lenoir Woman Charged With Possession Of LSD

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30-year-old Jessica Danielle Laws of NW Harrington Street in Lenoir was arrested Friday (June 10) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession of LSD. Following the arrest, Laws was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, June 13).

Monday, 13 June 2016 10:39

Hickory Woman Charged with Arson & Assault

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18-year-old Kaitlyn Marie Coronado of Main Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7 p.m. Friday (June 10) on one felony count of first-degree arson and one misdemeanor count of simple assault & battery.

She was arrested after Police responded to a disturbance at Coronado’s residence. Officers arrived to find various household items on fire on the front lawn. They also located a 22-year-old male assault victim in the basement. He had been struck in the face. No medical treatment was required.

Coronado was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention facility where she was initially held without bond. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (June 13) in Newton.

An officer-involved fatal shooting remains under investigation in Iredell County.

On Friday (June 10) at 9:41 p.m. the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a civil disturbance at 124 Estes Road. Deputies arrived at the scene and it was determined to be a domestic situation.  

After deputies arrived they were told the suspect, 29-year-old Clayton Thomas Millsaps of Brookhaven Road in Statesville, was harassing the people who live at that address. Millsaps had also reportedly issued threats earlier in the evening in Harmony.  

According to a news release from the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, While deputies were speaking with the callers, the suspect ran from a concealed location at the edge of a wooded area. Millsaps was armed with an aluminum ball bat, he immediately began assaulting one of the individuals he had knocked to the ground with the bat. The news release says the suspect then assaulted another victim with the bat who had tried to intervene.

During the assault deputies tried to intervene, at this time Millsaps, who was still armed with the bat, charged them while swinging the bat at deputies. Deputies had been giving and continued to give commands for the suspect to stop and drop the bat during the entire altercation. As Millsaps charged and closed in on deputies they were forced to fire killing the suspect.

The news release says the investigation is ongoing, but it appears the deputies responded appropriately to the threat they and the others were faced with.

The Deputies involved were David Golden, and Danny Wyatt. They both have more than ten years in Law Enforcement and are on administrative leave which is normal procedure. Standard procedure is for the State Bureau of Investigation to investigate the officer involved shooting.
                  

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