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Tuesday, 03 June 2014 08:48

Four Face Drug Charges in Burke County

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28-year-old Jamie Lee Gray, 54-year-old Rhonda Raab Carswell, 20-year-old Roy Lynn Raab Carswell and 20-year-old Velvet Rose McGalliard have all been arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers on drug charges. Gray was charged with felony possession of marijuana and the other three suspects were each charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Gray also faces charges for possession with intent to sell & deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell & deliver marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and trafficking in opiates. In addition, Rhonda Carswell was charged with felony maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. Roy Carswell and Velvet Rose McGalliard were both charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Friday (May 30), the Burke Co. Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at a residence on Brentwood Road in Morganton after a lengthy investigation involving the use, sale and distribution of narcotics at the residence.

Upon arrival, a Burke County SWAT unit and a Morganton Department of Public Safety Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) entered the residence where they located five individuals and detained them. A search of the residence turned up methamphetamine, marijuana, oxymorphone, oxycodone, drug paraphernalia and numerous firearms.

Four suspects were placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility. Bond for Gray was set at $65,000, secured. Rhonda Carswell was given a $6,000 secured bond. Bond for Roy Carswell wasn’t specified and McGalliard’s bond was set at $1,500, secured. Gray and Rhonda Carswell will next appear in District Court on June 23 while Roy Carswell and McGalliard each have court dates on June 30.

20-year-old Dysheem Tyrae Hart and 18-year-old Rayshawn James Ivory, both of Statesville, have been arrested by Statesville Police in connection to an incident in which a 13-year-old juvenile and another man were struck with shot pellets from a shotgun. Hart and Ivory were both charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and discharging a firearm inside the city limits.

At about 8:40 Sunday night (June 1), Statesville Police responded to reports of a shooting on the 1400 block of Church Street. Upon arrival, Officers located both victims. Their injuries were said to be minor and consisted of welts to the skin.

Officers learned that two suspects had fired a shotgun from the back yard of a home on Woodruff Street. Officers went to the location and heard persons in the house yelling about the Police presence. Due to the nature of the situation, Officers established a perimeter around the house. Police saw several persons running in and out of the home to a nearby wooded area. The Statesville Police Department’s Special Response Team (SRT) was called to the scene.

The SRT Officers began evacuating nearby homes. The occupants of the suspect house were directed to exit the residence. Five individuals complied.

A search warrant was executed at the residence. Investigators and Officers interviewed numerous people at the scene. As a result of the investigation, Hart and Ivory were taken into custody. A shotgun was seized during the investigation.

Both men were held in the Iredell Co. Detention Center on $25,000 secured bonds. They will appear in District Court on June 23.

Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Detectives are asking for the public's help in locating 27-year-old Toasha Nicole Rice of Lackey Road in Vale.

Ms. Rice was last seen by relatives on May 26 when she left her residence with a white female in a black four-door car. Ms. Rice is also known as Nikki Green by some friends and on Facebook.

Family members have attempted to contact the woman on her cell phone, but it appears to be turned off. She is on medication but is not believed to have her medicine with her.

Ms. Rice is a white female with blue eyes and brown hair. She is 5’6” tall and weighs approximately 140 pounds.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Toasha Nicole Rice should call the Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln Co. Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

The man who was killed in yesterday’s (June 2) Officer-involved shooting in Hickory was 21-year-old Drew Marian Spencer of Taylorsville.

The shooting occurred at the Kangaroo Express store on North Center Street shortly before 4 a.m. No Officers were hurt. The SBI’s investigation is ongoing.

An Officer was questioning the man as he sat behind the wheel of a stolen City of Hickory work truck when Spencer pointed a handgun at the Officer. The Officer retreated and he and another Officer opened fire, killing Spencer.

The Officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave as the investigation continues.

Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers were involved in an incident last night (June 1) that ended when a knife-wielding suspect was taken into custody.

Officers were called at about 7:45 last night in reference to a man who had reportedly cut his wrists and the side of his neck with a five-inch-long razor blade knife. Officers arrived at the man’s residence on Wood Road, just off of Three Forks Church Road, where they quickly located the 42-year-old man. The subject then eluded Officers and fled the scene, on foot. Deputies caught up with the man about a quarter or half a mile from the residence in a grassy field off of Highway 90.

As Deputies approached the man, they saw the knife in his hand. He ignored multiple orders to drop the knife and said, “If you come any closer, I’ll cut you all,” and lunged toward the Officers. A beanbag was fired from a shotgun, striking the man in the leg.

He continued to lunge toward Officers while brandishing the knife. An Officer fired a single shot from his service revolver, but it missed. An explosive device known as a flash-bang, intended to disorient the subject, was deployed. The man was stunned and dropped to the ground, but as Officers drew closer they saw that he still held the knife and refused to drop it.

At that point, a Taser was deployed and the subject dropped his weapon. He was taken into custody without further incident.

The man was taken by Alexander Co. E.M.S. to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory for treatment of his injuries, which were described as non-life-threatening. According to Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman, the only injuries the man sustained were self-inflicted.

The subject, whose identity has not been released, remains in the hospital where he was served with commitment papers. Criminal charges are pending completion of a an ongoing investigation.

The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation was called in to assist with the investigation. Taylorsville Police also assisted at the scene, as did the Alexander County Fire Department.

Monday, 02 June 2014 13:24

Hickory Woman Arrested Twice in Two Days

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25-year-old Natasha Marie Chafin of O.E. Teague Road in Taylorsville was arrested Friday (May 30) on charges of simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance, simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and a felony parole violation.

She was arrested after Police were called to check on a suspicious female seated on the curb outside the Galaxy Foods store on Springs Road. She told Police she was waiting on a ride. Officers say Chafin’s speech was slurred. Police performed a routine records check and found an outstanding warrant for a parole violation.

Chafin was asked if she had any contraband on her person and she said she might have some needles. A search turned up a wooden box containing five Xanax pills and a small black bag in which were four syringes, one filled with a pink liquid later identified as oxycodone.

In a related incident, on May 31, a 39-year-old Hickory woman reported to Police that she had been at the Walgreens store on Springs Road N.E. the night before (May 30) between 9:25 and 9:40 p.m. That store is in close proximity to the Galaxy Foods store where Chafin was arrested. When the woman got back into her vehicle Friday night, she noticed the glove box was open, but didn’t think anything of it.

The next day, after realizing that some items were missing, she remembered a sign regarding video surveillance cameras at Walgreens and went back to the store to speak with the manager. They reviewed surveillance footage and saw a female entering the victim’s vehicle. The woman remained in the vehicle for just under 30 seconds.

At that point, Police were notified. The Officer remembered Chafin’s arrest from the previous night and remembered finding hair dye and checks with another woman’s name on them. Those were items that had been taken from the victim’s vehicle, along with a change purse.

Chafin was interviewed at the Catawba Co. Detention Facility, where she was incarcerated following the drug arrest. She was then charged with one felony count each of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and larceny after breaking & entering. Chafin remains in custody without bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today with additional court dates on July 3 & 16.

More details have been released in the arrest of 53-year-old Johnny Lee Roland of 19th Street S.W. in Hickory. Roland has been charged by Long View Police with one count of murder.

He is accused of killing 53-year-old Johnny Edward McGill of 20th Street S.W. Police responded to reports of a stabbing at McGill’s residence at 6:54 last night (June 1). Officers found McGill suffering from a stab wound to the chest. He was taken to the Hickory Regional Airport and airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Lincoln County. Within hours, authorities were notified that Mr. McGill had passed away.

The two men were involved in an altercation that led to the stabbing. Police would not speculate regarding the cause of the dispute. The two men were acquainted, but not related. They lived about a half a block apart.

Roland was treated and released at Frye Regional Medical Center for injuries received during the altercation.

Roland was jailed early this morning in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation is assisting with the ongoing investigation.

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners met this morning (June 2) in the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.

The Commissioners adopted the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 County Budget that leaves the property tax rate unchanged at 53 cents per $100 of property valuation while increasing investments in education, economic development and public safety.

The Board accepted a Carolina Thread Trail Implementation Grant for $87,000. The grant will be used to complete a portion of the Thread Trail near the Government Center and the Heritage Trail greenway in Newton. They also approved a set of outcome revisions in the current Social Services budget to reflect changes in state and federal policy or local decisions made since those outcome goals were originally set.

The Board adopted a new debt management policy that would be incorporated into the FY 2014-15 budget. The new policy establishes a framework for debt management as a part of the county’s efforts to improve its bond rating.

The Board declared a county vehicle as surplus with the purpose of donating it to the Catawba Fire Department. The Commissioners also voted to accept an Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant that will be used to purchase mobile equipment needed to provide families with child ID cards. The grant will also provide an upgrade to a system that extracts forensic data from mobile devices.

In addition, the Commissioners approved a request from Sheriff Coy Reid that his son, Sean Reid, be hired as a Deputy Sheriff.

The Board recognized an Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation Award, presented by the Alliance for Innovation, to Social Services’ Child Wellbeing Project, which works with families when children leave foster care under age 16 for their reunified, guardianship or adoptive families. Finally, the Board saw a presentation on the United Way’s 2-1-1 phone service that provides around-the-clock, free, confidential information and referrals regarding local agencies and services.

Monday, 02 June 2014 08:04

Hickory Police Involved in Fatal Shooting

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Hickory Police Officers were involved in a fatal shooting early this morning.

The incident occurred at about 3:40 a.m. at the Kangaroo Express Store, 2853 North Center Street in Hickory. Officers were at the store on routine patrol when they recognized a man exiting the store as the same man they had seen while responding to a fight call the night before at McCroskey’s Irish Pub & Grill on 29th Avenue Drive N.E. Officers saw the man get into a City of Hickory work truck with heavy damage to the right side of the vehicle.

One of the Officers reported smelling alcohol on the man’s breath as they spoke to him while he was seated in the truck’s driver’s seat. As the Officer continued to speak to him, the man produced a pistol and pointed it at the Officer. The Officer retreated and he and another Officer fired multiple shots at the man. Officers again approached the truck and found the man deceased with the handgun still in his hand.

Police would say only that the deceased is from the area. His identity has not been released pending notification of family. The Officers’ names will not be released. The Officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, in keeping with standard procedure.

The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation was called in. Their investigation is ongoing, but Police say there was a spent shell casing in the deceased man’s gun and it appears his weapon jammed. H.P.D. will also conduct its own administrative investigation.

The incident at McCroskey’s occurred at about 10:24 Sunday night. A second fight call was received from the same location at about 12:52 a.m. today. It’s not clear if the deceased was directly involved in the fight, but he was present at the first incident. It’s not clear if he was still there when Police were called back to the bar.

Officers would later learn that the work truck had been reported stolen from the residence of a City of Hickory employee on Cloninger Mill Road N.E. The city employee’s personal vehicle was also broken into and items were stolen from within. Officers also learned that the damage to the city work truck was pre-existing.

Police in the area prior to the shooting were also investigating reports of a man on foot on Cloninger Mill Road at about 2:45 a.m.

Catawba Co. E.M.S. and the Hickory Fire Department also responded to the scene at the Kangaroo Express.

36-year-old Jarrod Alan Johnson of Hunters Path in Granite Falls, 21-year-old Stephanie Denise Hammond of Lenoir and 41-year-old Kevin Lewis Greene, Sr. of Eagles Nest Lane in Granite Falls were all arrested on May 30 on drug charges. The three were taken into custody at Johnson’s residence.

Narcotics Agents with the Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Office I.C.E. Unit were initially at the residence to arrest Johnson on a felony warrant from an earlier drug investigation in which Johnson was caught with half an ounce of crystal methamphetamine. Agents went to the front door where they encountered Greene. During questioning, Greene concealed the fact that Johnson was hiding inside the residence. Agents eventually made contact with Johnson in the home and they located Hammond, who was asleep on the couch in the living room.

A search of the home turned up over five grams of meth, digital scales, a .40 caliber pistol and other drug paraphernalia. The drugs seized have a total street value of $2,895.

Johnson was charged with two felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver meth and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling to keep or store a controlled substance. Greene faces charges for possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. Hammond was charged with one count of felonious possession of meth.

All three were incarcerated in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center Johnson was given a $100,000 secured bond. Hammond and Greene were each given a $5,000 secured bond. Johnson and Hammond were both due in court today (June 2). Greene has a court date on July 14.

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