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Tuesday, 23 February 2016 10:16

Newton Man Indicted in Connection to 2015 Assault

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21-year-old Vantrail Jamon Swain of Echo Drive in Newton was served an indictment by Hickory Police just before 6 p.m. yesterday (February 22) on one felony count of possession of a stolen firearm and one misdemeanor count of assault by pointing a gun.

The charges were the result of a domestic incident in April of last year. At that time, Police responded to a residence on 7th Avenue N.W. in Hickory where Swain was placed under arrest. The victim was not injured.

Swain was re-arrested without incident yesterday at a business on 7th Street S.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $7,500, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 10:10

Man Shot During Break-In Faces Charges

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36-year-old Brian Foster Eckard of Hendil Street in Conover has been arrested by Hickory Police on one count of first-degree burglary.

Eckard is the man who was shot twice during a residential break-in on February 15. He is accused of breaking into the residence on East Avenue S.E. in Hickory at 9:25 that evening. The 71-year-old male homeowner, who was the only person home at the time of the incident, told Police he heard someone entering the residence. Eckard allegedly forced a sliding back door open and was standing inside when the homeowner shot him. Eckard then turned and exited through the same sliding door.

Police found Eckard at the Wizard Lounge on 21st Street N.E. He was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center for treatment of gunshot wounds to his arm and back.

Eckard was arrested without incident as he was released from the hospital at about 9:25 a.m. yesterday (February 22). He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

H.P.D.’s investigation into the incident is ongoing. Their findings will be turned over to the District Attorney’s office.

20-year-old Griffin Douglas Sheppard of Eagle Drive in Conover was arrested Monday (February 22) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count each of Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Marijuana, Felony Possession of Marijuana, and Maintaining a Vehicle for Controlled Substances.  

Sheppard was arrested following a traffic stop near the intersection of Highways 16 and 73 in Denver. Detectives searched his vehicle after smelling the odor of marijuana. During the search, a quarter pound of marijuana was found inside the vehicle.  Detectives say the marijuana was packaged in separate individual baggies and hidden inside a protein shake container in an attempt to conceal the drug and to mask the smell.

Following the arrest, Sheppard was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center then released on a $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, February 23). 

24-year-old Elijah Alexander Curtis of Powell Brickyard Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (February 22) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense, and single felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen property. Curtis was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for May 2.

19-year-old Harley Dakota Hughes was arrested Monday (February 22) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony forced breaking and entering and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Hughes was placed in jail in Morganton under $16,000 secured bond, a District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, February 23).

29-year-old David Andrew Robbins was arrested Monday (February 22) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Robbins was placed in jail under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, February 23) in Morganton.

Last night (Monday, February 22) at 7:40 the Long View Fire Department responded to the 2300 Block of US 70 SW for a reported Traffic Accident. The first arriving unit confirmed two vehicles were involved in the accident. There was heavy damage to the vehicles and one person was pinned-In. The victim was extricated from the vehicle and transported to the hospital. The westbound lanes of US 70 SW were shut down during the incident. The Long View Fire Department was assisted by Catawba County EMS, Hickory Rescue & Long View Police.

27-year-old Linda Kay Slone was arrested Monday (February 22) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony forced breaking and entering. Slone was placed in jail in Morganton where bond was set at $59,000 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, February 23).

35-year-old Richard Eugene Hall of EP Boyd Drive in Marion was arrested Saturday (February 20) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense and misdemeanor larceny. Following the arrest, Hall was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $7,500 secured bond. His first District Court appearance was scheduled for yesterday (Monday, February 22), his next appearance, also scheduled for District Court, is April 12.

An open house and ribbon cutting for a new substation of the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office serving the Sherrills Ford-Terrell community will be held this Saturday (February 27).

The Sheriff’s Office substation, in the building that formerly housed a branch of the Catawba County Library, is located at 8456 Sherrills Ford Road, in Sherrills Ford. The open house will be held from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m., with the official ribbon cutting scheduled for 10 a.m. Blood pressure checks will be provided throughout the morning and demonstrations in the new method for performing CPR will be given.

Renovations to the former Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library were made in 2015 by Travis Construction and Drywall of Conover at a cost of $24,000. Their work created two detective offices, two interview rooms; an office for two Lake Patrol officers; a separate office for two road patrol deputies; a room reserved for other possible future uses by the County; renovated bathrooms that meet ADA requirements, renovations to sidewalks; and a resurfacing of the parking lot.

In addition to the ribbon cutting and open house, other activities are scheduled for the February 27 open house, including: Blood pressure checks provided by staff of Catawba Valley Medical Center, Demonstrations of the newest approved method for hands-on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) by Melanie Sigmon of Catawba County EMS, whose work to create this training program led to her being named Catawba County Employee of the Year for 2015, and Refreshments provided by Hopewell United Methodist Church

Those who wish are also invited to bring donations for the Christian Food Pantry of Sherrills Ford.

For more information on the new Sheriff’s Office substation in the Sherrills Ford-Terrell community or the February 27 ribbon cutting, you may contact Captain Joel Fish at 828-465-8345 or jfish@catawbacountync.gov.