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Monday, 16 May 2016 11:05

Hickory Man Charged as Habitual Felon

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34-year-old Lavonnie Lee White of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11 o’clock Friday night (May 13). He was charged as an habitual felon.

The habitual felon charge comes after a drug round up in January conducted by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from Hickory Police. On January 14, White was the passenger in a vehicle that was stopped by Hickory Police. Officers smelled marijuana and White was found to be in possession of crack cocaine. At that time, he was charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.

White has numerous previous convictions, including felony convictions on schedule II drug offenses in March 1999, January 2000, January 2003 and May 2004, all in Catawba County.

Following his arrest Friday, White was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $100,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (May 16) in Newton.

29-year-old Jimmy Daniel Raybon of 18th Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (May 15) on felony charges of attempted murder, discharging a firearm into occupied property and possession of a firearm by a felon, plus misdemeanor counts of communicating threats and discharging a firearm in the city limits. In addition, he was charged on long list of outstanding warrants issued on May 2. Those include felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of cocaine, as well as misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed gun, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

His arrest comes in connection to an incident at about 8:30 a.m. yesterday (May 15) when Officers responded to the Fast-N-Fresh store on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. An altercation between subjects in two vehicles ended in the parking lot there when one man, Jimmy Raybon, fired a shot that hit the other vehicle and apparently also hit the front of the store.

A man in the vehicle sustained minor injuries as the result of broken glass. He sustained lacerations to his face. The victim was not hospitalized.

A short time later, Raybon’s vehicle, a 2006 Chevy Cobalt, was spotted at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. Raybon was taken into custody without incident at about 9:50 a.m. The handgun used in the shooting was recovered.

Raybon was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $400,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (May 16) in Hickory.

On Sunday night (May 15), just before midnight, Statesville Police officers responded to a home in the 400 block of 1st Ave. in regards to a shooting. Upon arrival, officers discovered one victim that had sustained a gunshot wound to the leg, and another victim that had been “pistol whipped”.  

The victims reported that two black male suspects armed with handguns entered the home, demanding money. The suspects were wearing hoodies and face masks. The suspects struck a victim with a handgun, and shot another victim in the leg. The suspects fled the scene after ransacking the house, taking money, jewelry, a cell phone, and clothing.

The shooting victim was transported to a local medical facility and was treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound. The suspects are described as followed: both are black males, one with a thin build, a face mask and a hoodie, the other was wearing all black with a long sleeve shirt.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Statesville Police at 704-878-3406, or Iredell Crimestoppers at 704-662-1340. Callers can remain anonymous.

28-year-old Steve Allen Woody was arrested Friday (May 13) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony forced breaking and entering. Following the arrest, Woody was jailed in Morganton under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, May 16).

42-year-old Bennett Lee Deyton was arrested Saturday (May 14) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony larceny. Following the arrest, Deyton was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, May 16).

50-year-old Robin Beam Surratt and 51-year-old Kevin Sherill Buchanan, both of  the same Quail Drive, Morganton address, were both arrested Sunday (May 15) by Lenoir Police Officers. They’re both charged with felony larceny. Surratt is also charged with possession of methamphetamine. Surratt was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond, Buchanan’s bond was set at $10,000 secured. No court date was listed. 

31-year-old Savannah Helene Underwood of Lincoln Street in Lincolnton was arrested Saturday (May 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of heroin. Following the arrest, Underwood was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, May 16).

Suspects have been arrested and charged in connection with the armed robbery of a Walgreens pharmacy in Hickory, one of the suspects is also charged in connection with the robbery of a convenience store in Caldwell County.

On Friday (May 13) 16-year-old Trystan Lee McClain of 20th Avenue Drive NE and 17-year-old Ahmad Shakim Smith of 1st Street NW, both from Hickory, were both arrested by Hickory Police Officers. They're charged with one count apiece of robbery with a dangerous weapon in connection with the armed robbery that occurred at approximately 3:45 a.m. last Thursday (May 12) at Walgreens at 2915 North Center Street.

McClain was also served with an outstanding arrest warrant for robbery with a dangerous weapon from the Granite Falls Police Department for the armed robbery that occurred at approximately 3 a.m. on Thursday at the Murphy Express convenience store at 4820 Hickory Boulevard in Granite Falls.

McClain was being held in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond, Smith's bond was set at $50,000. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today. McClain is also scheduled to appear in court Tuesday (May 17).

Investigators with the Hickory Police Department and the Granite Falls Police Department are still actively investigating both cases.

Monday, 16 May 2016 06:00

Hickory City Council Meets Tuesday Night

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Hickory City Council meets in regular session Tuesday night (May 17). Among the items on Tuesday's agenda, under the reaffirmation and ratification of second readings the board will vote on a pair of measures. One is the acceptance of the North Carolina Deparment of Transportation Municipal Maintenance Agreements, the other is the approval of a supplemental agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation for the roundabouts on Sandy Ridge Road at 21st Avenue NE and 29th Avenue Drive NE.  

Under new business, Hickory City Council will discuss the  approval to purchase the Town of Long View Water Pump Station and Intake in the amount of $401,852.55. On March 10, 2014 City Council approved an agreement to purchase water with the Town of Long View. A condition of the contract included the lease of the town's water pump station and intake property. Long View has notified the City of Hickory Public Utilities Department of their desire to sell the property.

Under persons requesting to be heard, Mr. Billy Sudderth will speak to City Council regarding the Multipurpose Resource Center at Ridgeview.

Council will also go into closed session to discuss closed session minutes and potential litigation. Tuesday's Hickory City Council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building at 76 North Center Street in Hickory.

Monday, 16 May 2016 05:57

Man Struck And Killed In Morganton Roadway

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On Sunday (May 15) at approximately 9:15 p.m., Morganton Department of Public Safety officers responded to a motor vehicle accident where a pedestrian was struck and killed on West Fleming Drive. The victim, identified as 34-year-old Isaac Tomoteo Ortiz Berduo of Morganton had been struck by a small pickup truck driven by a 21-year-old Nebo resident.

The driver of the pickup truck was traveling West, and struck Berdue, who was walking East in the middle of the travel lane near the ABC Store on West Fleming Drive. The driver of the truck could not see Berduo in time to miss him due to the darkness. No charges have been filed pending the investigation outcome.