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The Statesville Police Department has learned that the victim in a shooting that occurred Friday (November 4) passed away late Saturday night (November 5) in Winston Salem. The victim is identified as 18-year-old Londale Samuel Williams of Statesville.

Just before 9:30 p.m. Friday, Statesville Police Officers responded to a reported shooting at a residence in the 1000 block of Wilson Lee Boulevard. Investigators are still working to determine what took place inside the victim’s residence on Friday night.

Anyone with information concerning this shooting is asked to contact Statesville Police at 704-878-3406 or Iredell Crime stoppers at 704-662-1340.  Callers can remain anonymous.

Today is Election Day, the polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

As far as local races are concerned, many candidates are running unopposed after winning in primaries earlier this year. As far as contested races are concerned, in Catawba County there are ten candidates for three seats on the Board of Education. In Caldwell County there are four candidates for three seats on the Board of Education. In Burke County six candidates are running for three available spots on the Board of Commissioners. In Alexander County, three candidates are running for two seats on the Board of Commissioners, and three candidates are running for the District 4 seat on the Board of Education.

Citizens in Burke and Alexander County will have the opportunity to vote on measures related to alcohol sales. In the Burke County town of Glen Alpine, there is a referendum on the ballot to vote for or against the operation of ABC Stores. In Alexander County citizens can vote on county-wide mixed beverage, malt beverage, and unfortified wine sales, along with the permission for the operation of ABC Stores. In Taylorsville, there are referendums for malt beverage and mixed beverage sales.

In District 10 there is a U.S. House race between Patrick McHenry and Andy Millard. Virginia Foxx is squaring off against Josh Brannon in the District 5 U.S. House contest. In District 11, Mark Meadows is challenged by Rick Bryson. There are also contested races for the North Carolina State Senate seats in District 45 and District 46 and for North Carolina House Of Representative seats in District 86 and District 112.

Voters everywhere in the Hickory Metro will be able to cast ballots in the U.S. Senate race, Governor's race, and in the contest for U.S. President. The polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. WHKY Radio, 1290 AM and whky.com will have election updates starting at approximately 8:00 tonight (Tuesday, November 8) and Ralph Mangum will have results live at 10 p.m. on WHKY-TV News.

At the request of the Lenoir Police Dept, the N.C. Center for Missing Persons has cancelled the Silver Alert for Bill Boone. Lenoir Police told WHKY this morning (Tuesday, November 8) that Mr. Boone was found safe Monday (November 7) and was returned to his home. Boone was reported missing last Friday night (November 4).

21-year-old Jackie Wayne Hicks of 39th Street N.W. in Hickory was served a felony indictment at the Hickory Police Department shortly after three o’clock Saturday afternoon (November 5). He was charged with one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen property.

Hicks was initially arrested on March 3 of this year at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. He was arrested after a store employee saw an alleged shoplifter concealing several items (mostly automotive accessories) and taking them past the last point-of-sale without paying.

Hicks was stopped and taken to the store office where he was arrested by Hickory Police. He had previously been banned from the store in May of 2015.

Following his arrest Saturday, Hicks was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today (November 7) in Newton.

41-year-old Miles Allen Thornburg of Bethel Road in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:15 Friday evening (November 4) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.

He was arrested after a Loss Prevention Officer at the Walmart Store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory saw a white male, allegedly removing items from their packaging and concealing those items on his person. The man, Miles Thornburg, took the items past the last point-of-sale without paying. The items included a cell phone mounting kit, men’s watches and a hands-free mico-earpiece, with a combined value of $65.

He was stopped and taken to the Loss Prevention office where Hickory Police took him into custody. Thornburg had previously been banned from the store in June of this year.

He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (November 7) in Newton.

Monday, 07 November 2016 12:44

Drug Trafficking Charge Filed Against Conover Man

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28-year-old Brandon Lavar Friday of Conover Boulevard West in Conover was arrested Sunday (November 6) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with trafficking opium or heroin and felony sale of schedule II controlled substance. Friday was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, November 7).

24-year-old Brandon Michael Beatty of North Main Avenue in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5 a.m. yesterday on one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods.

He was arrested following a break-in at the Hickory Jewelry Connection at 1475 Highland Avenue. Police responded to the store, where they saw a white male dressed in black running on the 1400 block of 9th Avenue N.E. He ran into the area near an abandoned factory at the corner of Highland Avenue N.E. and 14th Street N.E.

The suspect climbed onto the roof of the old factory and then dropped back to the ground, where he sustained minor injuries. The suspect, Brandon Beatty, was transported by E.M.S. to Frye Regional Medical Center.

Officers recovered multiple jewelry items on the scene, including rings, watchbands and bracelets. The stolen merchandise was valued a slightly over $6,000.

He was taken into custody and incarcerated in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility after being cleared by medical staff. Beatty’s bond was set at $50,000, secured, with an appearance in District Court scheduled today (November 7) in Newton.

Monday, 07 November 2016 10:43

Most Wanted Suspect Arrested In Burke County

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Another one of Burke County's most wanted suspects has been arrested. 24-year-old Dalton Gage Hughes, whose last known address was on Carswell Road in Valdese, was arrested last week by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. He's charged with two felony counts of accessory after the fact.

Last Wednesday (November 2), Hughes was arrested on two outstanding felony warrants issued by Alexander County. Hughes was on the Burke County’s Most Wanted list for two weeks and was wanted for additional questioning regarding recent crimes in the county.

Hughes' bond was set at $2,500 secured. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, November 7).

Monday, 07 November 2016 10:35

Meth Charge Filed Against Hudson Man

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31-year-old Carlos Deon Deal of Leclare Street in Hudson was arrested Friday (November 4) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Deal was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $1,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, November 7). 

48-year-old Brian Eugene Smith of Ester Lane in Hudson and 40-year-old Angel Dawn Sanders of 1st Avenue SE in Hickory were both arrested Friday (November 4) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. They're both charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine. Smith is also charged with maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Both suspects were placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $7,500 secured bond. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (Monday, November 7).

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