More counts have been filed against the Caldwell County teacher charged with indecent liberties. His bond was also increased. 29-year-old Justin William Biggs of Kincaid Hill Drive in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (December 5) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's now charged with five felony counts of indecent liberties with a child, he was initially charged with three counts.
On November 9, 2017, the Lenoir Police Department began an investigation into reports of physical assault by a teacher at William Lenoir Middle School. After a several week investigation, the case was heard by the Grand Jury in Caldwell County on Monday (December 4). Indictments were returned by the Grand Jury against Biggs.
Following his arrest, Biggs was initially detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bond. That bond has since been increased to $250,000 secured. Biggs is scheduled to appear in Superior Court January 8. Anyone with information relating to this incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300 or the Lenoir Police Department at 828-757-2100.
45-year-old Jerry Edward Killian Jr. of Granite Falls, will serve five to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to possession with intent to sell/deliver methamphetamine and possession of firearm by felon during Caldwell County Superior Court on Monday (December 4).
The defendant also admitted his habitual felon status, which enhanced the active sentence he was given by the Honorable Gregory R. Hayes, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County. Killian will serve the prison term in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
Killian’s sentence was enhanced by prior felony convictions for obtaining property by false pretense (May 2014), possession of stolen goods (February 2012) and breaking/entering a motor vehicle (September 2005), all in Burke County.
In December 2016, narcotics officers with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office arranged a purchase of methamphetamine from the defendant. When Killian arrived at the established meeting place, he was placed under arrest. A search of the vehicle he was driving turned up a coat with a clear plastic baggie containing methamphetamine and a 9-millimeter handgun in the pockets.
J.T. Reynolds was the lead investigator for the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, and Assistant District Attorney Nancy Lee prosecuted the case for the State.
31-year-old Jimmy Daniel Raybon of Connelly Springs will spend at least 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted first-degree murder and possession of firearm by a convicted felon during Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday (December 5).
The Honorable Julia Lynn Gullett, Superior Court Judge from Iredell County, sentenced Raybon to a prison term of 13 to 17 years. He will serve that sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
Officers from Hickory Police Department responded in May 2016 to a report of shots fired at a convenience store on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard in Hickory. Three people were in a car sitting at the gas pumps that were approached by the defendant. After a brief verbal exchange between Raybon and the driver, the defendant pulled out a shotgun and fired a round into the driver’s side window of the vehicle.
Raybon previously was convicted of common law robbery in Alexander County in June 2008, leading to the charge of possession of a firearm by felon. The Hickory Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division handled the case. Assistant District Attorney Kyle Smith prosecuted the matter on behalf of the State.
32-year-old Keith Roger Boughton, Jr. of Glen Hollow Court N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after nine o’clock last night (December 4) on one felony count of possession of marijuana.
According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, at the time of his arrest, Boughton was in possession of 78.1 grams of marijuana in three baggies and a cigarette box.
Boughton was taken into custody without incident on the 800 block of 6th Street N.E. He was processed and released under a $2,500 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled tomorrow in Newton.
36-year-old Romel Barta McDonald of 3rd Avenue Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:30 yesterday afternoon (December 4) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny.
On December 2, Hickory Police responded to a break-in at the Raceway convenience store on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. Two days later, the suspect was identified and arrested.
McDonald was taken into custody without incident at a business on 1st Avenue S.E. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
29-year-old Justin Biggs of Kincaid Hill Drive in Lenoir was arrested today (December 5) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with three felony counts of indecent liberties with a child.
On November 9, 2017, the Lenoir Police Department began an investigation into reports of physical assault by a teacher at William Lenoir Middle School. After a several week investigation, the case was heard by the Grand Jury in Caldwell County on Monday (December 4). Indictments were returned by the Grand Jury for the three felony counts. Following his arrest earlier today, Biggs was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bond. No court date had been scheduled.
Anyone with information relating to this incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300 or the Lenoir Police Department at 828-757-2100.
The Hickory Fire Fighters Association is providing over 100 Hickory-area children from low-income families with brand-new winter coats. For the second consecutive year, Hickory Firefighters have partnered with Operation Warm, a national non-profit that works with Firefighters across the U.S.A. and Canada.
This year, Hickory Firefighters has provided coats to children at Southwest Elementary School on 32nd Street S.W. in Hickory. The Firefighters were scheduled to arrive at Southwest Elementary this morning (December 5) to personally fit each child with a new coat.
The Firefighters receive support from the Hickory & Catawba County community and from the Professional Firefighters & Paramedics of North Carolina.
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22-year-old William Thomas Willet of Hiddenite was arrested last Tuesday (November 28) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. According to information released Monday (December 4), he's charged with felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance and possession of controlled substance on prison or jail premises. Willet was placed in jail under $8,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for December 18.
Caldwell County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will collect new, unwrapped toys for children with the first ever “Fill the Ambulance with Toys” event. EMS will have an ambulance with staff parked at Chick-fil-A Restaurant at Smith Crossroads, 116 Wilkesboro Blvd. SE, in Lenoir, on Saturday, December 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everyone is invited to help “Fill the Ambulance” with toys by bringing by a new, unwrapped toy for a child age toddler to pre- teens.
All toys collected will be given to the Caldwell County Department of Social Services to distribute to children in need. In addition to EMS and the ambulance, Santa Claus will be on the scene to visit with families and have photos taken with the children. The toys collected will be taken to DSS on the following Monday for them to distribute to families for Christmas. For more information about the EMS “Fill the Ambulance” event, contact Trista Hodges with Caldwell County EMS at 828-757-1424.
23-year-old Michael Coy Reed was arrested today (December 5) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony larceny by destroying antitheft device. Reed was placed in jail in Morganton under $5,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for January 22.
Hickory City Council meets in regular session tonight at 7:00 at Council Chambers in the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building. Ward 4 Alderman-Elect David Williams, Ward 5 Alderman David Zagaroli, Ward 6 Alderwoman Jill Patton and Mayor-Elect Hank Guess will all take the oath of office. In addition, council will elect the Mayor Pro Tempore for the Calendar Year 2018 and appoint a City Attorney for the Calendar Year 2018.
22-year-old William Austin Blankenship of Stony Point and 27-year-old Samantha Vono Blankenship of Taylorsville were both arrested last Tuesday (November 28) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. According to information released yesterday (December 4) they're each charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substances. Both suspects were placed in jail under $25,000 secured bond. They each have District Court appearances scheduled for December 18.
40-year-old Brenda Misty Story was arrested Saturday (December 2) by authorities in Lincoln County. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Story was arrested at an address on East Main Street in Lincolnton at 7:34 a.m. Saturday. She was placed in jail in Lincolnton under $7,000 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled for next Monday, December 11.
23-year-old Travis Hunter Edwards of Ann Avenue in Newton was arrested Monday (December 4) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with felony probation violation, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Edwards was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $12,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday, December 11. Hunter is also scheduled to appear in District Court January 30.