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A fire destroyed dozens of storage units and shut down portions of U.S. Highway 70 for hours Wednesday morning. Firefighters responded to the fire at Bingham Storage on U.S. 70 in Valdese, at approximately 10 a.m. Wednesday (April 6).

One storage building that held more than 40 units burned in the fire. The cause of the fire had not been determined as of late in the day Wednesday, according to firenews.net, Burke County Fire Marshal Mike Long has deemed it an accidental fire. He is reportedly looking at surveillance video from the site.

No injuries were reported in the fire. Highway 70 reopened at approximately 2:15 p.m.

In addition to Valdese and Triple Community fire departments, Lovelady, Icard Township, Enola, Drexel, Chesterfield, Salem, Rhodhiss, Oak Hill, North Catawba, Hickory, Longview, and Mountain View fire departments responded to the scene. The Valdese Police Department, Burke County Fire Marshal’s office, Burke County EMS and Burke REACT were also on scene.

44-year-old Kimberly Dawn Baines of South D Avenue in Maiden was arrested Wednesday (April 6) by Long View Police Officers. She's charged with felony break or enter a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny. Following the arrest, Baines was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, April 7).

Thursday, 07 April 2016 05:17

Multiple Felony Charges Filed Against Newton Man

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24-year-old Michael Jimmy McKinney of Barrett Baxter Drive in Newton was arrested Wednesday (April 6) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods. McKinney was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (April 8).

Wednesday, 06 April 2016 14:16

Hiddenite Man Charged with Statutory Rape; More

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21-year-old Eric Rangel Nieves of Hiddenite has been arrested by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers on one count of felony statutory rape when the defendant is between four and six years older than the victim and one felony count of disseminating obscenity.

On Friday, March 25, Alexander County Investigators were notified of sex acts against a minor that began in 2014. According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office, further investigation revealed that the suspect was most recently disseminating obscenity.

Nieves was arrested without incident and placed under a $45,000 secured bond. He had a first appearance in District Court on Monday, March 28, with his next court date coming up on April 18.

Wednesday, 06 April 2016 14:07

Two Taylorsville Men Charged with B&E and Larceny

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34-year-old Jeffery Lynn Bustle and 42-year-old Chad Eugene Fox, both from Taylorsville, have been arrested by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers on charges of breaking & entering with larceny, safe cracking and larceny of a firearm.

The charges stem from an investigation into a break-in that occurred Monday (April 4) near Icard Ridge Road in Bethlehem. A safe and a firearm were stolen. Sheriff’s Deputies recovered some of the stolen property

Bustle and Fox were both jailed with bond for each set at $50,000. First appearances in court were scheduled for April 11.

More arrests are possible as the investigation continues.

Wednesday, 06 April 2016 11:32

Three Hickory Men Arrested on Drug Charges

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45-year-old Michael Devonne Dixon of 1st Avenue S.E., 35-year-old James Anthony Foust of “F” Avenue S.E. and 26-year-old Donovan Corda Hunt of 1st Avenue S.E., all from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police yesterday evening on a variety of drug charges. Dixon was charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. Foust was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce. He was also served indictments for felony sale or delivery of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, plus he was indicted as an habitual felon. Hunt faces one felony count of possession of a schedule I controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.

All three men were arrested without incident when Police went to serve the indictments on Foust at Dixon’s residence. Arrest reports indicate that Foust was arrested at about 5:25 p.m. Tuesday, while Dixon and Hunt were arrested at 6:10 p.m.

Dixon was processed and released under a $10,000 secured bond. Foust and Hunt were both placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Foust set at $15,500, secured, while Hunt was given a $15,000 secured bond. Hunt has since been released. They were all scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.

Wednesday, 06 April 2016 11:29

Storage Facility Fire Reported In Burke County

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Firefighters responded to a storage facility fire in Valdese this morning. According to published reports, Firefighters from eight different departments fought the fire at Bingham Storage, which is located along Highway 70 just west of Valdese. Firefighters arrived at approximately 10:30 a.m. Flames were reportedly seen shooting out of several units.

Reports say a total of 46 storage units were in danger as a result of the fire. It was not known how the fire started. Traffic advisories were issued for the area surrounding the fire.

WHKY's Fentress Chestnut was at the scene and will have a report on tonight's WHKY-TV News at 5:30 and 10 p.m.

38-year-old Tony Shemain Everhart of West Raleigh Avenue in Statesville and 36-year-old Fredrick Daniele Bryant of Sikeston Court in Troutman were both arrested Tuesday (April 5) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Everhart is charged with two felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, one felony count of sell and deliver cocaine, two felony counts of maintain a dwelling, vehicle or place to Sell controlled substances, two felony Counts of assault on a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon, one felony count of trafficking cocaine by sale, one felony count of trafficking cocaine by possession, and one felony count of trafficking cocaine by transport. Bryant is charged with one felony count of trafficking cocaine by delivery, with being a wanted person for being an absconder from Probation and Parole, and two separate warrants for failure to appear on outstanding warrants.

The investigation began when information was gathered by detectives about Tony Everhart selling cocaine in the city of Statesville.  A surveillance operation was initiated on Everhart and soon evidence was gathered to validate the initial information. Undercover purchases of cocaine were made by investigators from Everhart in the Statesville area. A deal was set to purchase an ounce of cocaine from Everhart which was to take place at a business parking lot in Statesville. When the purchase was finished, deputies approached to arrest Tony Everhart and an unknown male who was also in Everhart’s car.

When the deputies identified themselves, Everhart, the driver, saw the deputies and backed into one of the vehicles deputies were riding in. He then pulled out of a parking space and aimed his 2010 Dodge Charger at two deputies who were out of their vehicle on foot. Everhart’s car was struck another deputy’s car which prevented the suspects escape from the scene and prevented the two other deputies from being struck. After securing both individuals, a search of the car resulted in the discover of over $1400 in cash. Everhart was also found to be in possession of more cocaine.

Everhart was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $500,000 secured bond, Bryant's bond is $231,000 secured. Both suspects were scheduled to appear in District Court today (Wednesday, April 6).

19-year-old Joshua Ernest Robinson of South Center Street and 19-year-old Carlos Car-Tre Ikard of 3rd Avenue S.E, both from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (April 5) on a variety of charges. Robinson was charged with one count of carrying a concealed gun; 16 counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance; two counts for the sale or delivery of a schedule II controlled substance; four counts for the manufacture, sale, delivery or possession of a controlled substance on or near a playground; and one count for the sale or delivery of a controlled substance within 300 feet of school property. With the exception of the firearms charge, all of the charges filed against Robinson are felonies. Ikard was charged with misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed gun and possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, plus felony counts for possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, the sale of cocaine and the delivery of cocaine.

The two were arrested at about 9:30 last night when Police saw a vehicle with no headlights, eastbound on Highway 70 S.W. Officers initiated a traffic stop in the area of Highway 70 and South Center Street, ultimately stopping the vehicle in the parking lot at Udderly Delicious on Highway 70 S.E. Robinson was the driver and Ikard was a passenger.

Officers smelled marijuana, resulting in a search of the vehicle. In the front passenger compartment, they found a semi-automatic handgun, and in the front passenger seat, they found 26.3 grams of marijuana. Both subjects were charged in connection to those items.

All the other charges came from outstanding warrants from September 2015 through January 2016 in Robinson’s case and from November 2015 in Ikard’s case.

Both were taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Robinson’s bond was set at $300,000, secured. Ikard was given a $46,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for today in Newton.

Robinson was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $300,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, April 6).

50-year-old John Karl White of Shumaker Drive in Statesville was arrested Tuesday (April 5) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with 14 felony counts of 3rd Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.

On Tuesday, Detectives with the Special Victims Unit of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, executed a search warrant at 111 Shumaker Drive in Statesville.

The investigation began when law enforcement received information that an occupant of that residence was sharing child pornography images of young children with people in other states.  Detective Sergeants Jason Lowrance and Mike Benfield were assigned the case. Detectives and FBI agents seized several items of evidence for examination. As a result of the investigation, White was arrested and charged.   

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be filed. White was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $75,000 bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Wednesday, April 6).