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45-year-old Tonia Isenhour Miles of Pinnacle Drive in Catawba was arrested Tuesday (September 5) by Conover Police Officers. She's charged with two counts apiece of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering, single counts of flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon, reckless driving to endanger, aid and abet larceny, and attempted assault with a deadly weapon. In addition, Miles is charged with seven counts of misdemeanor larceny. Miles was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $35,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (September 6), September 29, and October 20.

19-year-old Emillio Jesus Villarreal and 19-year-old Kendra Renea Isaacs, both of the same East D Street, Newton, address, were both arrested by Newton Police Officers. They're each charged with maintain a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, possession of fortified wine, and misdemeanor child abuse. Both suspects were jailed this morning (September 6) in the Catawba County Detention Facility, Villarreal under $12,000 bond, Isaacs under $6,000 bond. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today.

32-year-old Jennifer Walker Blake of Tin Mine Road in Lincolnton was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with trafficking in methamphetamine. Blake was detained this morning (September 6) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (September 11).

Hickory City Council met in regular session last night (September 5).

Minutes, second readings, and consent agenda approved unanimously. Second readings included the consideration of amending the city's Code of Ordinance regarding Senate Bill 155, also known as the "Brunch Bill" which allows the sale of alcohol starting at 10 a.m. on Sundays. The first reading was approved unanimously on August 16. In addition, amendments to chapter four, Animals and Fowl of the Hickory City Code of Ordinance which allows the temporary keeping of large domestic animals used for ground clearing.  

Public hearings were held on a pair of voluntary, non-contiguous annexations presented by Planning Director Brian Frazier. The properties are at 4100 54th Avenue NE and 1034 25th Avenue Drive NW. Both items were approved unanimously, there were no speakers during either public hearing.  

Dave Leonetti presented the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER). The report focuses on Community Development Block Grant and how those funds were spent. The full report can be viewed at the City of Hickory website, www.hickorync.gov. There were no speakers during a public hearing and the report was approved unanimously. In addition last night, the newest officers at the Hickory Police Department were introduced.

Wednesday, 06 September 2017 04:19

Body Found In Lake Norman Identified

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The man whose body was found in Lake Norman in Iredell County over the weekend has been identified. On Saturday (September 2) Deputies and Detectives from the Iredell County Sheriff's Office responded to the area of Oak Tree Road in Mooresville to a reported body in Lake Norman. Upon arrival, Officers, assisted by rescue personnel, recovered the body of a man who at the time was unidentified. Detectives began the process of trying to identify the man and started with talking with people living in the area.

Detectives spoke with surrounding agencies and searched available data bases for anyone reported missing or suspected drowning victims with no matches immediately found. A news release was sent out in an effort to learn information about the man. Detectives soon received a call from a concerned parent who explained they had not seen their son in two days. Other information received from the concerned parent lead Detectives to believe it could the victim located earlier in the day.

According to a news release from the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, the medical examiner performed an autopsy and found the victim died from drowning. There were no indications or assault or other signs of foul play. The Autopsy has not been finalized at this point but nothing is expected to change the preliminary results. In addition the Medical Examiner was able to identify the man as 29-year-old Jonathan Michael Herran.

Mr. Herran has an address in South Charlotte but has a direct connection to a home not far from where the body was located. The investigation is still ongoing but all indications are that this is an accidental drowning with no evidence of foul play.

30-year-old Melissa Yvonne Wilkinson, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at 12:05 a.m. Friday (September 4) on felony counts of uttering a forged instrument, forgery of bank notes and obtaining property by false pretense, plus one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.  On August 7, she was charged with a felony out-of-county probation violation.  The other warrants for her arrest were issued in Burke County on August 17.

Wilkinson was taken into custody on the 1,300 block of 5th Avenue S.W. in Hickory.  She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $46,500, secured.  She has since been released.  An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Morganton.

37-year-old James Kelly Lynch of 12th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:40 Friday night (September 1) for failure to appear on one felony count each for the sale of heroin, possession of methamphetamine and conspiracy to sell or deliver heroin.  The warrants for his arrest were issued on July 14.

Lynch was taken into custody without incident at his residence.  He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $100,000 secured bond.  He’ll appear in Superior Court on October 2 in Newton.

41-year-old Yeng Ly of Stockton, California, was arrested today (September 5) by Claremont Police Officers. He's charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, and injury to personal property. Ly was jailed in the Catawba County Detentino Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (September 6).

Tuesday, 05 September 2017 13:00

Drug, Weapon Charges Filed Against Hickory Man

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30-year-old Bobby Lashannon Cook of 10th Street SW in Hickory was arrested late Monday night (September 4) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed gun, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving while license revoked.

Cook was arrested shortly before midnight on the 100 Block of 1st Avenue NE in Hickory. 6.8 grams of cocaine and 43.7 grams of marijuana were seized during the arrest. Following the arrest, Cook was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $40,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (September 5) in Newton.

Tuesday, 05 September 2017 12:51

Burke County Shooting Suspect Remains At Large

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55-year-old Paul Alan Hyler of Deer Creek Drive in Connelly Springs is wanted by the Burke Co. Sheriff’s Office in connection to a shooting yesterday (September 4) on Deer Creek Drive.

At about 11:30 a.m. yesterday, Sheriff’s Officers were dispatched to Deer Creek Drive, off of Baptist Camp Road.  Deputies arrived on a dead end road surrounded by woods in the South Mountains area.  There, they found 43-year-old Andrew Jackson suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen.  He was in serious condition.  Deputies transported Mr. Jackson to awaiting emergency medical services unit, which airlifted him to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.  The Sheriff’s Office says information regarding the victim's medical condition will be updated later.  

A preliminary investigation revealed that Mr. Jackson was shot in a domestic dispute by an acquaintance, Paul Alan Hyler.  Hyler was living in a camper trailer.  Deputies secured the area and called in the Burke County SWAT team.  The SWAT team deployed chemical agents and entered the trailer, but Hyler was not inside.

Detectives secured a search warrant and began their crime scene investigation.  A warrant for Hyler’s arrest was issued on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill.

During the incident, SWAT and other Deputies had to pull back from the trailer on two occasions to investigate the sighting of a subject on a power line overlooking the trailer.  Officers learned that the person was a local resident with an AR-15 assault rifle who was observing the scene from a distance.

Hyler has not yet been arrested.  The investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Paul Alan Hyler should call the Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333.  Crime Stoppers callers may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.

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