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Monday, 09 October 2017 06:20

Woman Charged With Fleeing From Officers

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37-year-old Latricha Nicole Jones-Gatwood of Meadowdale Lane in Charlotte was arrested Saturday (October 7) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle, along with misdemeanor counts of larceny and possession of stolen goods or property. Jones-Gatwood was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $40,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (October 9).

A firefighter in Burke County was killed after being struck by a vehicle early this morning (October 9). According to a news release issued this morning by the Triple Community Fire Department, Sunday (October 8) at approximately 11:53 p.m., Triple Community firefighters were dispatched to a call for service for a tree blocking the eastbound and part of the westbound side of Highway 70 East near the Drexel intersection.

One Firefighter responded to the scene with an apparatus and another in his personal vehicle. The Firefighters were in the process of clearing debris from the roadway just after midnight when a vehicle traveling eastbound on Hwy 70 struck one of the Firefighters. 40-year-old firefighter Jason Keith Hensley was killed instantly upon impact.

An investigation into the accident is being conducted by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. No arrangements for Firefighter Hensley have been made at this time.

Monday, 09 October 2017 05:23

Multiple Drug Charges Filed Against Conover Man

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42-year-old Christopher Larry Anderson of August Street in Conover was arrested Friday (October 6) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, trafficking in methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Anderson was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $150,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (October 9).

The Hickory Police Department is continuing to investigate a bank robbery that occurred at about 1:30 Friday afternoon (October 6) at Carter Bank & Trust. The bank is located on 4th Street Drive S.W., near Highway 70 in Hickory. According to Hickory Police Chief Thurman Whisnant, the suspect made the threat of a weapon, but no weapon was shown. He fled the scene on foot. No one was injured.  

Warrants have been issued for the arrest of 46-year-old Ronald Maurice Jones on a charge of common law robbery. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Ronald Maurice Jones should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

A first court appearance was scheduled for today (October 9) for a man charged in connection to a fatal stabbing in Burke County. 61-year-old Gerald Dean Buff was arrested Friday (October 6) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers and charged with murder.

On Friday Deputies with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office responded to 4459 Bill Epley Avenue in Morganton, regarding a male who was suffering from stab wounds. Burke County Emergency Medical Service personnel along with First Responders from Brendletown and West End Fire Departments responded to the scene and treated the victim. The victim, Jimmy Ray Causby, who lived at the residence, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Investigators with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division (CID) responded and began their investigation which led them to the location of the stabbing at 4441 Bill Epley Avenue. Burke CID requested the assistance of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations. Following the investigation, Gerald Dean Buff was arrested and charged with murder.

Buff was placed in jail in Morganton under no bond, a District Court appearance was scheduled for today. The investigation is ongoing.

Violent weather spawned by Tropical Storm Nate moved through the Greater Hickory Metro during the late-afternoon and early evening hours Sunday (October 8). Tornado warnings were issued for parts of the Hickory Metro. The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado touched ground about ten miles southeast of Morganton. Caldwell County is reporting the most extensive damage as a result of Sunday's stormy weather.

Caldwell County Roads including Mt. Herman, Country Acres, Fairway Drive, Star Cross Road and Alfred Hartley Road were closed due to downed trees and power lines. Homes in various parts of Caldwell County including Hudson and Cedar Rock sustained damage, and the steeple was blown off Refuge Missionary Baptist Church on Mt. Herman Road in Hudson. A tractor-trailer overturned in the parking lot of Burger King on U.S. 321 at Mt. Herman Road in Hudson. There were also reports of power outages in Burke and Caldwell Counties.

Two Task Force Teams in Caldwell County were scheduled to begin evaluation of damaged homes by 11 a.m. today (October 9). Each team will consist representatives of the Caldwell County Health Department, Building Inspections, Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Medical Services. All evaluation reports will be sent to North Carolina Emergency Management. The Caldwell County Sheriff ‘s office requests that unless they are a resident, all members of the public should stay out of the storm damaged areas due to the danger of power lines down and other hazards.

Tornado warnings were issued in the late afternoon and early evening hours Sunday (October 8) for counties in the Greater Hickory Metro. Damage was reported in Caldwell and Burke Counties. Power outages were also reported. As of early Sunday evening, no information had been released regarding any injuries. 

Various sources were reporting that Hudson, in southern Caldwell County, was especially hard hit. A tractor-trailer reportedly overturned in the area of Burger King at Mt. Herman Road and U.S. 321.

WHKY.com and WHKY Radio, 1290 AM and 102.3 FM will provide updates as information becomes available Monday morning (October 9). First radio news is at 6:50. 

An arrest has been made in connection to a fatal stabbing in Burke County. 61-year-old Gerald Dean Buff was arrested Friday (October 6) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers and charged with murder.

On Friday Deputies with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office responded to 4459 Bill Epley Avenue in Morganton, regarding a male who was suffering from stab wounds. Burke County Emergency Medical Service personnel along with First Responders from Brendletown and West End Fire Departments responded to the scene and treated the victim. The victim, Jimmy Ray Causby, of 4459 Bill Epley Avenue was pronounced deceased at his residence.

Investigators with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division (CID) responded and began their investigation which led them to the location of the stabbing at 4441 Bill Epley Avenue. Burke CID requested the assistance of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations. Following the investigation, Gerald Dean Buff was arrested and charged with murder.

Buff was placed in jail in Morganton under no bond, a court appearance is scheduled for Monday (October 9). The investigation is ongoing.

Hickory Police are investigating a bank robbery that occurred at about 1:30 this afternoon (October 6) at Carter Bank & Trust.  The bank is located on 4th Street Drive S.W., near Highway 70 in Hickory.  According to Hickory Police Chief Thurman Whisnant, the suspect made the threat of a weapon, but no weapon was shown.  He fled the scene on foot.  No one was injured.  

Police are currently following up on what the Chief described as a “good lead”.   Warrants have been issued for the arrest of 46-year-old Ronald Maurice Jones on a charge of common law robbery

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Ronald Maurice Jones should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

The investigation is ongoing.

Friday, 06 October 2017 13:47

Bank Robbery in Hickory Under Investigation

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Hickory Police are investigating a bank robbery that occurred early this afternoon (October 6) at Carter Bank & Trust.  The bank is located on 4th Street Drive S.W., near Highway 70 in Hickory.

According to Hickory Police Chief Thurman Whisnant, the suspect made the threat of a weapon, but no weapon was shown.  He fled the scene on foot.  No one was injured.  Police are currently following up on what the Chief described as a “good lead”. The investigation is ongoing.

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