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The Hickory Police Department is seeking public assistance in the investigation of a shooting that occurred on Thursday, July 23rd at approximately 10 p.m. in the parking lot of Rite Aid on Hwy 127 North. The business was closed at the time of the shooting.

The victim, 39-year-old Kambiz Saleh Tehrani of Hickory, followed the reported shooter's vehicle and repeatedly flashed his headlights and sounded his horn at the other driver attempting to get the vehicle to stop. The encounter between the victim and subject is believed to be the result of a possible road rage incident that both vehicles were involved in while traveling north on NC Highway 127.

The suspected shooter’s vehicle eventually pulled into the parking lot of Rite Aid and Tehrani followed the vehicle into the same parking and stopped. Tehrani exited his vehicle and approached the subject’s vehicle. A subject described as a black male exited the passenger side of the subject car and an altercation began between the two. During the altercation Tehrani was shot. Tehrani was transported to Frye Regional Medical Center and then later to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.

Hickory Police are currently looking for two individuals that were in the vehicle pictured. The driver was a white female described as having dark shoulder length hair, and the passenger was a black male described as being short, stocky, short hair, mid 20s, approximately 5’10”, 180 lbs, wearing jeans and a dark shirt. Both of these individuals are wanted for questioning by police in reference to this incident.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation or the identity is encouraged to call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551.

Lincoln County Sheriff's Detective Kelly Paris is investigating the theft of a cemetery plaque and granite slab containing human ashes from Forest Lawn Cemetery at 2858 East NC Highway 150. All of the stolen items except a wedding band were recovered.

An individual who travels Magnolia Grove Road daily discovered the missing items near a bridge around 5:45 p.m. Friday.

Deputies were dispatched to the cemetery shortly before 10:00 a.m. Friday after the cemetery site manager reported the incident. The plaque and granite slab containing the cremated remains of Trudy A. Bumgarner was completely removed leaving behind a hole in the ground and a bronze flower vase.

Investigation into the incident is continuing. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

Sunday, 26 July 2015 20:56

Teen girl accidentally shot, killed

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The Catawba County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a teenage girl died from a gunshot wound Sunday afternoon.

A 21-year-old man was considering purchasing a gun. Initially, officials said the man was dating the teen, but later confirmed the two were not dating.

Another person was with the teen and the man at the time that they stopped to look at a gun for sale in the back of a pickup truck on Rocky Ford Road, near Barrett Baxter Road.

Officials said the girl was taking a picture of the gun when the man accidentally pulled the trigger. She was shot in the chest just above her heart with a .22 rifle.

A medical helicopter was called, but the teen died before it arrived.

The Sheriff’s Office is not releasing names until they speak to families of both the victim and the suspected shooter.

At this time no charges have been filed, Officials plan to meet with the district attorney’s office at a later time.

Investigators with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation met with Amos Shook’s family today (July 24) regarding the recovery of a 1968 Pontiac Catalina that was found on July 21. Investigators spoke with family members about the case. Mr. Shook’s family has released the following statement:

“The family of Amos Shook would like to thank the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, North Catawba Fire & Rescue, Sheriff Jones, Detective Shelly Hartley and others who participated in the recovery of our father’s vehicle. We have waited for this day for 43 years. That the sonar was able to detect the car was God’s work. As a family, we will work with the Sheriff’s Office to bring the case to a final resolution, but for today we say ‘thank you’ for all of the prayers and condolences we have received since the car was found.”

16-year-old Ontorio Dymier “Bubbles” Metts of Linden Street in Lincolnton was arrested by Lincolnton Police today (July 24) on charges of first-degree forcible sex offense, second-degree forcible sex offense, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor (producing material) and second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor (circulating material).

On Wednesday (July 22), a juvenile victim and the victim’s guardian reported an on-going sexual assault by a known offender. The victim said Ontorio “Bubbles” Metts sexually assaulted her on multiple occasions from July 15 through July 22.

A forensic interview specialist with the Lincoln County Children’s Advocacy Center interviewed the victim and a search warrant was issued for Metts’ residence. Items relevant to the investigation were located at the residence and seized.  

Warrants were issued and Metts was arrested today without incident by Lincolnton Police Det. Robert Hayes. Metts was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $540,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for Monday (July 27).

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible.

Friday, 24 July 2015 14:24

Gas Leak in Lenoir Causes Street Blockage

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A street in Lenoir was blocked off for over an hour this morning after a gas line was hit.  The incident occurred just before 9 a.m. at a home at the intersection of Pennton Avenue and Westview Street in Lenoir’s Kentwood neighborhood.  No one was injured, but the home had to be evacuated to allow crews to work.  Lenoir Fire & Rescue and Piedmont Natural Gas responded to the scene to stop the leak.

Friday, 24 July 2015 11:34

School Supplies Drive Coming Up In Morganton

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The City of Morganton Parks and Recreation Department is holding a school supplies donation drive at the Mountain View Recreation Center Aug. 17-19. The donation drive will help local children get the basic supplies they need to help them succeed in the classroom, and will also help parents who may not be able to afford these items for their children.

The event will be taking place from August 17-19 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. each day. Supplies needed include Backpacks, Pencils, Pens, Crayons, Markers, Highlighters, Colored Pencils, Pencil boxes/Cases, Notebook Dividers, Paper, Spiral Bound Notebooks, 3-Ring Binders, Erasers, Rulers, Scissors, Glue Sticks, and two Pocket Folders.

Parents can pick up supplies August 22, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Ishmail Berry with Fleming’s Barber Shop will provide free haircuts for students Sunday, August 23, from noon to 3:00 p.m.

34-year-old Linsey Ann Cowles was arrested Thursday (July 24) by authorities in Burke County. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, and misdemeanor larceny by changing price tag. Following the arrest, Cowles was placed in jail under $8,000 secured bond. A first court appearance was scheduled for today. 

26-year-old Dominic Karan Derr of Heritage View Drive in Hickory was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police at about 7:35 last night (July 23) on one count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance.

The incident occurred in April 2015 at the City of Hickory parking deck on the 200 block of 1st Avenue N.W. Police saw two subjects loitering in a vehicle there. Officers approached, smelled marijuana and saw a baggie. The baggie contained 95.2 grams of marijuana, which was attributed to Derr.

The passenger, Antonio Devon Glover, was also charged at the time with possessing two grams of cocaine.

Derr was taken into custody without incident Thursday at a hotel on Fairgrove Church Road. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton.

23-year-old Isaac Sebastian Bolick of Cedar Place SW in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (July 23) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, and felony sell and deliver marijuana. Following the arrest, Bolick was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond.