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16-year-old Jordan Luke Harwood of Providence Mill Road in Maiden was arrested Saturday (April 11) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction and possession of stolen goods. Following the arrest, Harwood was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $11,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (April 17).

30-year-old Timmie Ray Beam of Glimmering Sand Lane in Conover was arrested Saturday (April 11) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with fail to register as a sex offender, and felony probation violation. Following the arrest, Beam was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for April 20.

A fatal shooting in Lenoir involving a 15-year-old victim remains under investigation.

According to a news release issued Sunday by the Lenoir Police Department, on Friday, (April 10) at 11:19 p.m, Lenoir Police Officers responded to a 911 call from Atwood Drive in Lenoir reporting there was a shooting victim inside an apartment. Upon arrival, Officers found a gunshot victim inside Apartment C-9 at 307 Atwood Drive. The Lenoir Fire Department and Caldwell County EMS assessed the victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

The name of the victim has not been released, the news release just identifies him as a white male. Various published reports state the victim was a student at Hibriten High School. Investigation into this incident by the Lenoir Police Department Criminal Investigations Division and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations is continuing.

The news release from Lenoir Police says no further information is available for release at this time. Anyone with information about the case should call the Lenoir Police Department at 828-757-2100 or report anonymously to Lenoir/Caldwell County Crimestoppers at 828-758-8300.

As of this morning the name of the victim in a fatal head-on collision in Hickory Friday afternoon had not been released. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol did not have the information when contacted by WHKY.

The accident happened shortly after 1 p.m. Friday on Kool Park Road. According to Highway Patrol reports, a Lincoln Navigator was traveling south when it crossed the center line and collided with a 1995 Mack truck heading north. The Mack truck attempted to swerve to avoid the collision but was unable to prevent the crash. Both vehicles were sent into a ditch.

The driver of the Mack truck was not injured, the driver of the Navigator was killed. There were no passengers in either vehicle.

A two-year-old boy was airlifted to the hospital after being in a lawn mower accident over the weekend in Hildebran. According to a published report, officials are calling it a "tragic accident."

Fire officials said the Hildebran boy was on a riding lawn mower with a relative when the accident happened Sunday afternoon. The boy was reportedly let off of the mower and got his foot caught by the blade. According to the published report, the extent of the boy’s injuries have not been specified. The report does not specify what hospital the boy was airlifted to.

The U.S. Forest Service reported late Sunday (April 12) that trails and roads were closed for a wildfire burning near Linville Gorge. According to the Forest Service, the Blue Gravel wildfire is burning in a remote area east of Shortoff Mountain outside of the Linville Gorge Wilderness area on the Pisgah National Forest.

The size of the fire was estimated at 100 acres late yesterday. The Forest Service is assessing the fire to identify management actions. The wildfire, which started Saturday afternoon, was reported to be moving slowly. Precipitation in the forecast could aid firefighting efforts.

Due to the wildfire and to protect public safety the following roads and trails are temporarily closed to public use: Back Irish Creek Road (Forest Service Road 118), also known as the Blue Gravel Road, Shortoff Trail (TR 235), and Mountains to Sea Trail (TR 440) from the Pinnacles trailhead to the Table Rock Picnic Area.

Approximately 73 firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service, N.C. Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy and local fire departments were assigned to the fire Sunday. The wildfire is burning in an area where wildfires have frequently occurred, allowing the use of previously established containment lines. Those lines were successful in achieving containment in the past. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Lenoir Police and the NC SBI are investigating the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy that happened Friday night.

According to a release from the Lenoir Police department, Officers responded to a 911 call from Atwood Apartments around 11:00 pm after someone reported there was a gunshot victim.

When officers arrived they found the 15-year old victim inside of an apartment on the 300 block of Atwood Drive.

Police have not released the victim's name at this time, but the investigation is continuing.   

Friday, 10 April 2015 16:58

Fatal Crash Reported on Kool Park Road

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Preliminary reports today indicate that at least one person was killed in a traffic accident on Kool Park Road. The call came in at about 1:12 this afternoon.

According to a spokesperson with the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office, the Highway Patrol was still on the scene as of about 3:30 today. Also responding were a variety of rescue, E.M.S. and fire department personnel. A medical examiner was also called to the scene. In addition, a hazmat unit responded to the site of the crash.

At least one victim was reportedly airlifted from the scene.

Details are sketchy, but a dumptruck and an S.U.V. were apparently involved in the accident.

23-year-old Jordan Shea Byrd of 21st Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before midnight last night (April 9). He’s charged with two felony counts each of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Byrd also faces one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods, as well as two misdemeanor probation violations and one misdemeanor count of resisting a public officer.

His arrest stems from an incident yesterday in which an employee at the Blue Skies Veterinary Hospital said her 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee had been stolen from the parking lot. The victim told Police she left the keys in the unlocked vehicle.

Thursday evening, H.P.D. received information from the Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Office regarding the location of the stolen Jeep. Police found the vehicle and the suspect, Jordan Byrd, at an address on 34th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory. Byrd was taken into custody without incident.

Following his arrest, Byrd was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $112,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today.

Friday, 10 April 2015 14:19

Two Arrested on Drug Charges in Hickory

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50-year-old Bryan Steven Lutz of 10th Avenue S.W. in Hickory and 37-year-old Heath Allen McPherson of Kiplin Drive in Taylorsville were both arrested by Hickory Police at about ten o’clock last night. McPherson was charged with one felony count of possession of a schedule I controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of driving while impaired and speeding. Lutz faces one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Events leading to their arrests began at about 9:15 p.m. when Officers stopped a vehicle driven by McPherson on the 200 block of 10th Avenue S.W. for traveling at a high rate of speed. McPherson was the vehicle’s only occupant.

Police smelled alcohol on McPherson’s breath. He told Officers he was in the area to see “Bryan.” As Officers conducted a field sobriety test, Lutz approached, on foot, and made verbal contact with McPherson.

Officers then conducted a consent search of Lutz’s person and found 0.3 grams of crack cocaine. After both suspects were detained, a search of McPherson’s belongings conducted at H.P.D. headquarters turned up 0.4 grams of MDMA (or Ecstasy).

Both men were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Lutz set at $7,000, secured, while McPherson was given a $5,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for today.