News (831)

Thursday, 01 October 2015 05:29

Hickory Man Charged With Felony Weapon Offenses

Written by

28-year-old Deveion Eugene Johnson of 14th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested at about 9:30 a.m. yesterday (September 30) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon. The arrest comes in connection to a break-in at a business in Hickory last month (September 2015).

Johnson was taken into custody without incident at his residence and incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $110,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for tomorrow (October 2) in Newton.

The investigation is ongoing.

Thursday, 01 October 2015 05:17

Newton Man Charged With Sex Offense

Written by

41-year-old Luis Alberto Jacome-Lara of East 12th Street in Newton was arrested Wednesday (September 30) by Hickory Police Officers.  He’s charged with a felony sexual battery.  He was arrested on a warrant out of Gastonia.

Jacome-Lara was taken into custody without incident at Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall.  He was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond.  A District Court appearance was scheduled for tomorrow (October 2) in Gastonia.

A Special Workshop Meeting of the Morganton City Council will be held on Monday (October 5) from 4-5 p.m. to hear a presentation by Freese & Nichols on the Wastewater Aeration Process Conversion Study recommendations and the proposed project design. The meeting is for information only and no action will be taken.

The meeting will be held in Conference Room 4 of City Hall located at 305 East Union Street, Suite A100 in Morganton.

Thursday, 01 October 2015 05:01

Catawba County's Seventh Case Of Rabies Confirmed

Written by

Catawba County’s seventh confirmed case of rabies in 2015 has been recorded after an altercation between a dog and a raccoon at a residence northwest of Maiden.

On Sunday, September 27, Catawba County Animal Services received a call from a citizen saying a raccoon showed up in her yard and was acting strangely before someone at the residence shot the raccoon. The person reporting the case indicated that after the raccoon was shot, the family’s dog jumped a fence, attacked the raccoon and began carrying its body around before the people nearby could get the raccoon away from the dog.

The remains of the raccoon were sent to the North Carolina Public Health Laboratory in Raleigh. Catawba County Animal Services was notified on September 30 that the raccoon tested positive for rabies.

The dog is not current on the rabies vaccination and was brought to the Catawba County Animal Shelter and placed in quarantine. Animal Services officials have advised the dog owner about the options available in such cases.

Animal Services reminds pet owners that rabies is still present in the local wild animal population and is a threat to pets and humans, year-round. The best way to protect your pets from rabies is to have them properly vaccinated for rabies.

The Humane Society of Catawba County’s Newton Office also provides one year rabies vaccinations to pet owners year round, Monday through Friday between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., at the shelter at 201 Government Services Drive, Newton, NC 28658, off Radio Station Road for a fee of $7 per vaccination.

For more information on rabies or rabies vaccinations, you may call Catawba County Animal Services at 828-464-7686.

Catawba, NC

(Fentress Chestnut, Reporter)

Police are looking for three suspects after they attempted to break-in to a business in Catawba. One of those suspects ended up wounded, WHKY news reporter Fentress chestnut spoke to the owner of the business earlier today (September 30) to find out what happened.

The suspects parked right beside the Catawba Police station before going across the street and trying to break-in through the back of the business. The owner said he heard a knock at the door and that's when one of those suspects attacked.

"Luckily I went to the door with my gun, I walked over and I instantly got hit with a bottle over the top of the head and it floored me back" said owner, Jordan Lyons.

Lyons is currently remodeling the Catawba Feed and Supply Store, he usually stays overnight and he's never had any problems but last night he believes he could have lost of his life..

"I didn't expect anything like this ever in Catawba, I mean everybody knows everybody, so it's just shocking"

After the first suspect hit him in the head with a beer bottle and the next suspect hit him with a cinder block, Lyons went for his gun.

"When he did that I fired the first shot and hit him in the chest area, I want to say"

After shooting that suspect the other two tried to take off the other way, but Lyons continued to fire.

"Once the gun fired, he was trying to get back out, they were all trying to get back out and I fired another shot"

The next gunshot missed the suspects and instead left a bullet hole in Lyons pick up truck. All three of the suspects ran from behind the store leaving a trail of blood all the way to the police station where they were able to drive away.

"The trail of blood ends right here, beside the police station", said Interim Police chief Duane Cozzen.

Lyons had to go to the hospital earlier this morning, he had several cuts on his head. He told Fentress Chestnut he's just glad he owns a fire arm.

"I'm just thankful to be alive, and I'm just glad I had a firearm to protect myself, to save my life", said Lyons. 

The chief said he got a report about a shooting victim showing up to a hospital earlier this morning claiming that he was shot in Newton.  Catawba Police don't have anything to tie that person directly to the crime yet, but they have collected blood evidence.

There are also many surveillance cameras all over the small town, and Police are looking at the video to find out who was involved.

( To see this report go to our video tab on whky.com or visit Reporter, Fentress Chestnut's News Page on facebook.com/fentressontv)

37-year-old Jamie Cook Fox, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:30 yesterday afternoon on a warrant out of Burke County for a felony probation violation and another warrant from Alexander County on six counts of conspiracy to commit a felony.

She was taken into custody at an apartment complex on 11th Street N.E. in Hickory’s Highland area. Fox was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $90,000 secured bond. She’ll appear in District Court in Taylorsville on October 5 and in Superior Court in Morganton on November 9.

The Lincolnton Police Department continues to ask for the public’s assistance in connection to a missing persons case involving Patricia Linn Loveless. Ms. Loveless was last seen and was reported missing on March 13 of this year.

She is a white female, 62 years of age, 5’2” tall, weighing 98 pounds with brown eyes and gray hair. Ms. Loveless was last seen wearing a blue sweatshirt, gray pants and white tennis shoes.

Lincolnton Police say there is no new information in the case; however, the Agency is re-circulating the missing person information in order to keep her picture and information in the public eye. This case is still a priority and remains under active investigation.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Patricia Linn Loveless should contact Lincolnton Police at 704-736-8900 or call Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and information leading to Ms. Loveless’ location could result in a $1,000 reward.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 13:55

Two Arrested in Hickory on Various Charges

Written by

36-year-old Bobby Lee Edwards of Old Shelby Road in Hickory and 25-year-old Courtney Evelyn Calhoun of Indian Grave Road in Lenoir have both been arrested by Hickory Police. Edwards was charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance. Calhoun faces misdemeanor charges for simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The two were arrested when Officers conducted an investigative vehicle stop in the parking lot at the McDonald’s restaurant on Highway 321 N.W. in Hickory. The case under investigation originated in Granite Falls and concerned the fraudulent use of a credit card.

Officers found that there was an outstanding warrant out of Alexander County for Calhoun’s arrest on the schedule II narcotics charge. A search turned up drug paraphernalia in Calhoun’s purse. Also in her purse, Police found Edwards’ wallet, which contained one gram of methamphetamine.

Both suspects were taken into custody without incident. They were taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Edwards set at $5,000, secured, while Calhoun was given a $3,000 secured bond. Edwards was scheduled to make a first appearance in court today. Calhoun has court dates on October 26 and November 19.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 11:19

Hickory Man Jailed on Multiple Weapon & Drug Charges

Written by

67-year-old Dennis Carroll Gwaltney of 3rd Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:10 yesterday afternoon (September 29) on two felony counts of possession of a stolen firearm and single felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested after Officers responded to a complaint regarding a person selling drugs at a residence on the 1600 block of 3rd Street N.E. Police searched the residence and found 27 handguns, two long guns, ammunition, 123 grams of marijuana, 171 dosage units of prescription medication and more than $30,000 in cash.

Gwaltney was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

The entrance road and area around the Bunker Hill Covered Bridge, known as Connor Park, will be closed beginning next Monday (October 5), as waterlines to provide improved fire protection of the bridge are installed and a new access road leading to the bridge is constructed. The bridge is expected to be closed until the end of October.

The construction of the new access road will assist with fire protection because it will allow fire trucks to have access to the bridge if necessary. Fire trucks could not reach the bridge on the current narrow, graveled pathway. A $224,000 grant was secured from the Federal Highway Administration and used to fund this protection system.

The road is also part of a longer-range plan to create a new park setting around the bridge that would allow for easier access, including new trails connected to the Carolina Thread Trail system. The park could eventually include paved and natural surface trails; educational programs/guided tours/historical interpretation regarding the historic bridge provided by the Catawba County Historical Association; a community meeting/education center and interpretative signage; and restrooms, picnic facilities and an outdoor amphitheater.

M & M Construction Company is currently installing the water line that will lead to the bridge along Highway 70. Once that work is completed, installation of the water line to the bridge will begin and both the park and bridge will be closed for the public’s safety while construction is underway. M & M Construction will also build the new access road. Catawba County Utilities and Engineering is overseeing the water line work, while the County’s Planning and Parks Department is overseeing work on the access road.

Designated as a National Civil Engineering Landmark in 2001, the Bunker Hill Covered Bridge is the only remaining example in wood of the Improved Lattice Truss patented by General Herman Haupt. Only three other North Carolina landmarks, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Blue Ridge Parkway Linn Cove viaduct and Dorton Arena are on that list. The bridge was built in 1895 by Andy L. Ramsour. The Catawba County Board of Commissioners called on nearby owners of Bunker Hill Farm in 1894 to build and maintain a bridge that would cross Lyle’s Creek on the old Island Ford Road, a former Native American trail. The landowners hired Ramsour, the keeper of the Horseford covered bridge that spanned the Catawba River north of Hickory. According to the Catawba County Historical Association, Ramsour likely found Haupt’s design in a popular book on bridge building.

The Historical Association will be seeking volunteers to help clean up the area around the bridge and Connor Park following the water line and road construction. Anyone interested in helping with that clean up may contact Paul Beatty.