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A Man was killed in an accident in Caldwell County. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol reports the wreck occurred just after midnight this morning (Wednesday, November 9) on Highway 321A just outside the town limits of Granite Falls.

A red Dodge Neon operated by 37-year-old Mitchell S. Price of Taylorsville was driving south on 321A. He was traveling at a high rate of speed drove off the right side of the road and struck two utility poles. The drivers side door of the vehicle was impacted and Price was killed.

33-year-old Joseph Paul Mosteller of Sunrise Lane in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (November 8) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with first degree kidnapping, assault inflicting serious bodily injury, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and failure to appear. Mosteller was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $83,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (November 14).

There is a new name on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List.

33-year-old James Nelson Fields is wanted for felony possession of cocaine along with a count of driving while impaired. Fields' last known address was 605 11th Street Place SW in Hickory. He was added to the Most Wanted List last Friday (November 4).

The Burke County Sheriff's Office is still seeking Tong Xeng Yang Moua. He's wanted on felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver meth, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule VI controlled substance. Moua's last known address was 2650 Old Blue Ridge Lane in Connelly Springs. He's been on the list since August 14, 2014.

You can see the entire list of wanted suspects at the Burke County Sheriff's Office website, www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list, call the Sheriff's Office, 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail admin@burkesheriff.org. You can also submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.

Five men charged with the March 2016 deaths of two people in Catawba County will not face the death penalty, however they are still facing the possibility of life in prison without parole.

Prosecutors for the State announced this week in Catawba County Superior Court that they will not pursue capital punishment in the double homicide cases against 27-year-old Arsenio DeWayne Curtis, 23-year-old William Crawford Powell Jr., 25-year-old Jordan Alexander Rivera, 23-year-old Reand Pablo-Antonio Rivera and 26-year-old Devin Maurice Ussery. However, each may get life in prison without parole if convicted.

The five suspects are each charged with two counts of murder for the March 12, 2016, deaths of 34-year-old Mark Anthony Wilson and 39-year-old Deidra LaCarol Ramseur at the couple’s home on Rest Home Road in Conover. The case was investigated by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office.

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 18:46

2016 General Election Results

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*-Indicates Winners

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 10 (CATAWBA)   FINAL

*Patrick McHenry 63.15%

Andy Millard 36.85%


U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 5 (CATAWBA) FINAL

*Virginia Foxx 58.46%

Josh Brannon 41.54%


U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 11 (CALDWELL, BURKE) FINAL

*Mark Meadows 63.92%

Rick Bryson 36.08%


N.C. STATE SENATE DISTRICT 45 (CALDWELL) FINAL

*Deanna Ballard 64.79%

Art Sherwood 35.21%


N.C. STATE SENATE DISTRICT 46  (BURKE) FINAL

*Warren Daniel 66.23%

Anne Fisher 33.77%


N.C. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 86  (BURKE) FINAL

*Hugh Blackwell 62.58%

Tim Barnsback 37.42%


N.C. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 112 (BURKE) FINAL

*David Rogers 70.91%

Ben Edwards 29.09%


CATAWBA COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION  (3)  FINAL

*Cathy J. Starnes 14.77%

*Ronn Abernathy 14.62%

*Beth Gordon Isenhour 13.43%

Donna Lutz-Carpenter 13.37%

Becky Brittain 13.24%

Doug Brady 9.96%

Tracey Stracener 7.83%

Ron Jones 5.52%

Brannon S. Pittman 4.15%

Ray Cerda 2.70%

CALDWELL COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION (3) FINAL

*Darrell Clayton Pennell 27.55%

*Ann B. Edwards 24.05%

*Tim Hawkins 24.02%

Linda Coffey 23.65%

BURKE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS (3) FINAL

*Jeff Brittain 22.16%

*Scott Mulwee 20.26%

*Johnnie Carswell 19.81%

Emily B. Church 14.75%

Jeffrey V. Morse 11.30%

David L. Rust Jr. 11.71%


REFERENDUM – TOWN of GLEN ALPINE ABC STORE ELECTION  FINAL
(To permit the operation of ABC Stores)

For 54.38%

Against 45.62%


ALEXANDER COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS (2)  FINAL

*Ryan Mayberry 34.44%

*Jeffrey P. Peal 33.82%

Marty Loudermilt 31.74%


ALEXANDER COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION - DISTRICT 4 (1)  FINAL

*Brigette W. Rhyne 37.72%

Brian Walker 33.95%

Rodger (Peanut) White 28.04%

ALEXANDER COUNTY ALCOHOL REFERENDA  FINAL

Mixed Beverage Referendum- Passed with 57.52%

Malt Beverage Referendum- Passed with 57.18%

Unfortified Wine Referendum- Passed with 57.68%

ABC Store Permitting- Passed with 59.24%


TAYLORSVILLE REFERENDA  FINAL

Malt Beverage- Passed with 65.21%

Mixed Beverage- Passed with 65.43%


JUST A REMINDER… WE HAD A NUMBER OF LOCAL RACES IN WHICH CANDIDATES RAN UNOPPOSED.  SOME OF THOSE INCLUDE…

Lee Zachary -- N.C. House District 73 (Alexander County)

Sarah Kirkman – District Attorney, District 22A (Alexander County)

Destin Hall – N.C. House District 87 (Caldwell County)

Jeff Branch, Randy T. Church and Robbie Wilkie – Caldwell Co. Commissioners

Andy Wells – N.C. State Senate District 42 (Catawba County)

Jay Adams – N.C. House District 96 (Catawba County)

Barbara Gale Beatty and Dan A. Hunsucker – Catawba Co. Commissioners


FOR NORTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR… FINAL

Roy Cooper 48.97%

Pat McCrory  48.86%

Lon Cecil 2.17%


IN THE U.S. SENATE… FINAL

*Richard Burr 51.11%

Deborah Ross 45.33%

Sean Haugh 3.56%

Voter Turnout:  Catawba County 69.67%, Alexander County 75.92%, Burke 66.08%, Caldwell 66.29%

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 18:43

Election Day 2016, Results On WHKY's Media Platforms

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Voters are continuing to cast ballots in Election Day voting. The polls close at 7:30 p.m. WHKY Radio and whky.com will have updates starting at 8:00. WHKY-TV News will have a live update at 10:00.

Here are the 2016 candidates in contested Races. In Catawba County for Board of Education, there are ten candidates for three seats. They are Ronn Abernathy, Doug Brady, Becky Brittain, Ray Cerda, Beth Gordon Isenhour, Ron Jones, Donna Lutz-Carpenter, Brannon S. Pittman, Cathy J. Starnes, and  Tracey Stracener.

In Caldwell County there are four candidates for three seats on the Board of Education. Linda Coffey, Ann B. Edwards, Tim Hawkins, and Darrell Clayton Pennell. In Burke County there are six candidates for three seats on the Board of Commissioners. Jeff Brittain, Johnnie Carswell, Scott Mulwee, Emily B. Church, Jeffrey V. Morse,  and David L. Rust Jr.

In the race for U.S. House District 10 which includes Catawba County, Patrick McHenry and Andy Millard are vying for the seat. In the contest for U.S. House District 5, which includes a small portion of Catawba County, Virginia Foxx is competing against Josh Brannon. In the race for U.S. House District 11, which includes Caldwell and Burke Counties, Mark Meadows is being challenged by Rick Bryson.

The candidates for N.C. State Senate District 45, which covers Caldwell County, are Deanna Ballard and Art Sherwood. The N.C. State Senate District 46 race, which includes Burke County, is between Warren Daniel and Anne Fisher. N.C. House of Representatives District 86 race, which covers Burke County, features Hugh Blackwell and Tim Barnsback. The N.C. House of Representatives District 112 race which includes part of Burke County is between David Rogers and Ben Edwards.

In Alexander County, There are three candidates for two seats on the Board of Commissioners Ryan Mayberry, Jeffrey P. Peal, and Marty Loudermilt. In the race for Board of Education in District 4  there are three candidates for one seat, Brigette W. Rhyne, Brian Walker, and Rodger (Peanut) White.

There are alcohol-related referenda on ballots in Burke and Alexander Counties. There will be a vote to permit the operation of ABC Stores in the Town of Glen Alpine. In Alexander County there will be votes for the sales of Mixed Beverages, Malt Beverages, Unfortified Wine, and to permit ABC stores. In Taylorsville citizens can vote on the sale of Malt Beverages and Mixed Beverages.

We’ll have updates starting at approximately 8:00 here at whky.com and on 1290 AM WHKY.

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 15:38

Large Amount of Crack Cocaine Seized in Catawba

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Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers seized a large amount of crack cocaine found in Catawba last week, according to Captain Jason C. Reid of the Sheriff’s Drug Task Force.  

In the previous month, Investigators had made three-to-five arrests in the area in response to tips received from citizens.  Last week, an additional tip suggested that Officers had yet to find the bulk of the drugs involved, pointing Officers to a residence on Sherlock Street in Catawba and a wooded area about the size of a football field.

On Friday (November 4), a search warrant was obtained and executed.  Investigators found approximately 5.5 pounds of crack cocaine in a plastic bag under a 10x10-foot trash pile, approximately 100 yards from the residence.  The seizure is the largest crack cocaine seizure in Catawba County history.

No additional arrests have been made at this time.  The resident of the apartment on Sherlock Street is not considered to be a suspect.  The investigation is ongoing.

33-year-old Kevin Lamar Concepcion of Sapphire Drive in  Mooresville was arrested today (Tuesday, November 8) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with violation of the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry Laws. He's charged with a statute that prohibits registered sex offenders from Volunteering for Child Involved Activities.  

Deputy Craig Bess received information that Concepcion was coaching a Midget Football team in Mooresville, North Carolina.  After investigating, it was determined that Concepcion was a coach of the Mooresville Hornets Midget Football Team.  Concepcion and the Football Commission had previously been made aware that he was not eligible by law to be a coach for a team of children under the age of 18.

Concepcion is registered for a 2003 conviction of Misdemeanor Sexual Misconduct in Erie County, New York. He registered in Iredell County in May 2015 after moving to the county.  

Concepcion turned himself to Iredell County Deputies. Bond was set at $5000 unsecured. No court date is listed.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating 17-year-old Tamara Stansford of 3845 Oakwood Circle in Iron Station.  Ms. Stansford was last seen at her residence on November 2.  Relatives say she could possibly be in Charlotte.

Ms. Stansford is described as a black female, 5’2” tall, weighing approximately 175 pounds.  She has brown eyes and brown hair with red dye highlights.  

Ms. Stansford has been entered in the National Crime Information Center’s database as a missing person.   Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Tamara Stansford should call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.

43-year-old Dalton Smallwood of Chickamauga, Georgia was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. According to a news release issued today (Tuesday, November 8), he's charged with three counts of indecent liberties with a child.

Smallwood was recently charged with numerous sexual assault charges. After those charges were filed, another victim contacted Law Enforcement and stated that she had also been sexually assaulted by Smallwood when she was a child. Detective Sergeant C. M. Benfield began an investigation and spoke to the alleged victim. She stated that he was a family friend and that the assaults occurred while she was visiting his home in southern Iredell County. The victim was nine years old at the time of the assault.

Following the investigation, Smallwood was charged with the additional sexual assault counts. Bond on the new charges was set at $250,000 secured. Smallwood is currently being held in the Rowan County Detention Center under previous charges that were filed by authorities in Iredell and Rowan Counties.

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