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27-year-old Rusty Dwayne Johnson of Deerwood Trail in Vale was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:30 last night on one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. He was also arrested on outstanding warrants for felony larceny of a motor vehicle and two misdemeanor counts of larceny, plus single misdemeanor counts of second-degree trespassing and failure to appear, as well as another count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

He was arrested after Police responded to a civil disturbance at the Salvation Army in Hickory. Officers identified Johnson, who initially gave them an alias. Johnson then attempted to flee on foot, but was apprehended on 8th Street Drive S.E. after a brief foot chase.

Police learned Johnson’s true identity as he was processed and found the outstanding warrants for his arrest at that time.

Following his arrest, Johnson was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $28,400 secured bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for January 13 & 27 and February 2 & 15.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 08:13

Wanted Suspect Arrested In Iredell County

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34-year-old Brandon Eugene Gibbs of Primrose Drive in Stony Point was arrested Saturday (January 7) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with second degree kidnapping, assault on a female, and larceny.

Saturday at 11:26 a.m. Deputies responded to 820 Chal Drive in reference to an assault. Upon further investigation Brandon Eugene Gibbs was found to have outstanding warrants against him. The warrants stemmed from incidents that occurred January 5.

Detective Carron Griffiths had been assigned to investigate after a female victim came to the Sheriff’s Office to report an incident. Gibbs is alleged to have lured the victim to his home by claiming he needed help with a flat tire. When she arrived the suspect dragged the victim into his home and assaulted her numerous times.  The investigator took out warrants following the investigation but was unable to locate the suspect on that day.

Gibbs was taken into custody Saturday without incident and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center. He was jailed without bond due to the domestic nature of the charges. A District Court date is set for January 30.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 06:13

WHKY Radio Now On FM Dial

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WHKY Radio has been heard on the AM dial for more than 76 years, starting today, it can also be heard on the FM dial.

WHKY Radio in Hickory officially joined the FM dial today. Programming heard on 1290 AM can also be heard at 102.3 FM. The programming will be exactly the same on both frequencies. WHKY has aired a talk radio format since the late 1980s, featuring Doug Stephan, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Mark Levin in it's program lineup. Nighttime programming on WHKY includes NASCAR talk and sports talk. Coast to Coast AM with George Noory is on the air during the overnight hours.    

WHKY also airs local programming, including the weekday morning program "First Talk With Hal Row" which is on the air from 7-9 a.m. Monday through Friday. Hal Row has hosted that show since 2000. You can also hear local news with Rob Eastwood and local sports brought to you by Jason Savage. Local news and sports airs all-day, seven days a week on WHKY. You can also hear Jason Savage on “Sports Talk” Thursday nights at 9:00, along with local coverage of Hickory High School football and basketball games.

The addition of the FM frequency will allow WHKY to reach even more listeners in Catawba and surrounding counties. So starting today, you have the choice to tune to WHKY Radio on 1290 AM or 102.3 FM.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 05:57

Morganton Residents Charged In Shooting Incident

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Two Morganton residents are charged in connection with a shooting incident last week. 19-year-old Ryne Joseph Hartung of Jeeter Carswell Road and 18-year-old Austin Hunter Dyer of Sherwood Drive, were both arrested by Morganton Public Safety Officers. Hartung is charged with felony counts of discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling or moving vehicle and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana. Dyer is charged with felony aiding and abetting the commission of a felony.    

Last Wednesday (January 4) at approximately 9 p.m. Morganton Public Safety Officers were dispatched to a reported road rage incident where shots had been fired. The victims reported that the suspects shot their vehicle and were chasing them on Interstate 40, traveling east. Morganton Officers located the suspect vehicle as it was following the victim’s vehicle on I-40 near exit 105.

Public Safety with assistance from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and Burke County Sheriff’s Office conducted a felony traffic stop on I-40 at exit 107. The suspects were taken into custody without incident. During the traffic stop officers found marijuana and a firearm in the suspect vehicle. During the course of the investigation it was discovered that the incident stemmed from a drug transaction that took place in the parking lot of K-Mart on North Green Street in Morganton. The suspects chased the victims and shots were fired. At least one bullet struck the victims vehicle, shattering the back window.

According to a news release from Public Safety, Hartung  admitted to firing the gun. Dyer was the driver of the suspect's vehicle. The Burke County Narcotics Task Force is assisting with the drug investigation. Hartung was placed in jail in Morganton under $75,000 secured bond, his next District Court date is January 25. Dyer is not currently listed as an inmate in Burke County, he was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Tuesday, January 10).

51-year-old James John Spangler of Hope Mills was arrested Monday (January 9) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one count of embezzlement. Spangler was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 bond. No court date was listed.

A 20-year-old Morganton man will spend the next 25 years in prison after he was found guilty by a Burke County jury of committing a sexual offense with a child as an adult offender.

Christopher Isaiah Allen was sentenced to serve an active prison term of 25 to 35 years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County. Allen was sentenced on Friday (January 6) following a three-day trial in Burke County Superior Court. The jury returned its guilty verdict after deliberating for approximately two and a half hours.

The defendant had been living in Burke County for approximately a week when he molested a 4-year-old male child visiting the same home where Allen was staying on Jan. 23, 2015.

The case was investigated by Det. Isaac Propst of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. Beth Cali conducted the forensic interview of the victim for the Gingerbread House Child Advocacy Center in Burke County. Frank Webster was the prosecutor for the District Attorney’s Office.

Catawba County, Alexander County, Burke County, Caldwell County and Newton-Conover City Schools are all closed for students with an optional teacher or staff work day. Hickory Public Schools are closed for students, faculty and staff.

Catawba County and Alexander County are both asking staff members who choose to work to come in on a delay; three hours for Catawba and two hours for Alexander.

Catawba Valley Community College- All day and evening classes and activities are cancelled for students, faculty and staff. This includes campuses and centers in Catawba and Alexander Counties.

Caldwell Community College's Hudson campus is operating on a regular schedule, the Watauga campus will open at 9 a.m.

Western Piedmont Community College will operate on a two-hour delay for all students, faculty, and staff. Classes that begin before 10 a.m. will not meet.

Lenoir-Rhyne University- Day courses will operate on a two-hour delayed schedule, beginning at 10 a.m.

Catawba County Meals on Wheels closed today

Burke County Nutrition closed today

Catawba County District and Superior Court will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday. All offices will open at 8 a.m.

44-year-old Kevin Brian Wood of Icard Dairy Farm Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:40 Friday afternoon on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer and displaying a fictitious, revoked or suspended registration. He also had a warrant for assault on a female, issued in November of last year.

Wood was arrested after Officers saw a suspicious vehicle at an address on 23rd Avenue N.E. in Hickory. The vehicle, a 2003 Ford Escape, was driven by Wood with two passengers. Officers searched the vehicle and found two bags of methamphetamine with a total weight of one gram. Police also found a fictitious license tag in the vehicle’s trunk area.

Wood was charged with resisting after he gave Police a false name. His true identity was discovered as he was processed at the Hickory Police Department. At that time, Officers found the outstanding assault warrant for Wood’s arrest.

The other two persons in the vehicle were not charged or cited.

Wood was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $17,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton with another court date on the assault charge set for February 13.  Court today was canceled as a result of inclement weather.

35-year-old Maderkis Deyawn Rollinson of West Franklin Boulevard in Gastonia was arrested Friday (January 6) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with single felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, possession of cocaine, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place to sell controlled substance, along with two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official. Rollinson is also charged with misdemeanor counts of  possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The arrest stemmed from an undercover investigation which was conducted by members of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigation Unit. Investigators received information about “Crack” Cocaine being brought into Iredell County. During the investigation, the suspect, Maderkis Deyawn Rollinson was identified by investigators as the source of the cocaine.

An undercover drug purchase was arranged. The suspect arrived at the buy location. When members of the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team attempted to arrest the suspect, he drove his vehicle into two marked patrol units as he attempted to flee from the deputies. Undercover investigators assisted the ACE Team Deputies and they were able to take the suspect into custody.

Rollinson was placed under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, January 9).

Monday, 09 January 2017 09:52

Lenoir Man Charged With Various Offenses

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30-year-old Dustin Shawn Buchanan of NE Nuway Circle in Lenoir was arrested Friday (January 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with probation violation, breaking and entering, larceny, possession of stolen property, and habitual felon. Buchanan was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $35,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.

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