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Monday, 12 February 2018 10:37

Scott Reilly to File as Candidate for D.A.

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Catawba County resident Scott Reilly announced his intentions to file today (February 12) as a Republican candidate for District Attorney in the 25th Prosecutorial District. The district currently includes all of Catawba, Burke and Caldwell counties. A reception was planned this evening at the Blue Moon Tavern in downtown Newton.

Mr. Reilly is an attorney, small business owner and former prosecutor. He started his legal career in 1989 as an assistant district attorney focused on prosecuting sex offenders. In 1994, Mr. Reilly opened a private law practice in Newton, concentrating on criminal cases. He has personally tried more than 250 jury trials.

Mr. Reilly earned his undergraduate degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University and completed his law degree at Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. He lives in Conover with his wife, Beth, and their children.

For more information, visit or follow the campaign on Facebook.

Monday, 12 February 2018 09:48

Stolen Vehicle Charge Filed Against Lenoir Man

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27-year-old Tyler Keith Killian of Connelly Springs Road in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (February 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Killian was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond, a District Court appearance was scheduled today (February 12).

Michelle Morgan has announced her candidacy for the Catawba County Board of Commissioners.

Ms. Morgan is a longtime resident of Catawba County and a Development Specialist for Women’s Resource Center. She volunteers her time as a court-appointed child advocate with the Catawba Valley Guardian Ad Litem Association and has served on several area boards, including the Western Piedmont Symphony, Hickory Community Theatre and the Guardian Ad Litem Association.

Ms. Morgan and her husband, Bill Morgan, live in Hickory. She has one daughter, Sydney, who was raised in Catawba County and now lives in New York City.

34-year-old Timothy Wayne Bolick of SE Hibriten Drive in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (February 10) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and possession of methamphetamine. In addition, Bolick is charged with failure to appear on a count of felony discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling or moving vehicle. Bolick was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (February 12) and a Superior Court appearance is set for March 5.

Monday, 12 February 2018 05:51

Filing Period For 2018 Election Opens Today

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Filing for some of the races in the 2018 election begins at 12 noon today (February 12) and ends at 12 noon on February 28. Primary elections will be held on Tuesday, May 8, with the general election on Tuesday, November 6.

Candidates can file in various races around the Hickory Metro. For specifics on what seats are available in the 2018 election, you can contact your local Board of Elections or go to their website. There will be additional filing later in the year, In Catawba County, for example, candidates will file for some races in June.

Monday, 12 February 2018 05:37

Morganton Woman Charged With Felony Drug Offense

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35-year-old Patricia Gail Brookshire of U.S. 70 West in Morganton was arrested last Thursday (February 8) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and failure to appear.

Last Thursday, investigators with the Burke County Narcotics Task Force (BCNTF) along with Burke County Sheriff's Office Deputies went to 1986 U.S. 70 West, Morganton, to follow up on an anonymous tip. While on the scene, officers located Patricia Gail Brookshire who was in possession of two glass smoking pipes, powder residue, digital scales, and a syringe containing methamphetamine.

Brookshire was taken into custody and transported to the Burke County Magistrates Office on an outstanding Order for Arrest out of Caldwell County, she was also charged with the drug offense. Brookshire received a $5,500 secured bond and was transported to Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility. A court appearance is scheduled Tuesday (February 13).

Monday, 12 February 2018 05:35

Catawba County Man Charged In Fatal Weekend Crash

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55-year-old Jeffrey Blain Bumgarner of NC Highway 10 West in Hickory was arrested Saturday (February 10) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony death by vehicle, driving while impaired, failure to reduce speed, and hit and run, leave the scene with property damage.

Saturday at approximately 8:30 a.m., Hickory Police responded to the 3100 block of Hwy 70 SE in reference to a hit and run crash with injuries. Once on the scene, the driver of the vehicle, 58-year-old Charles Thomas Shook Jr. of Newton, was pronounced deceased by Catawba County EMS.

The suspect vehicle and driver were located nearby. The suspect was identified as Jeffrey Blain Bumgarner. Following his arrest, Bumgarner was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (February 12).

42-year-old Jarrett Lee Francis of Pleasant View Drive in Bostic was arrested Sunday (February 11) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with possession of heroin. Francis was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (February 12).

Two suspects have been charged in connection to a reported attempted robbery during which one person was killed. The person killed was also allegedly involved in the robbery attempt. That individual’s name has been released, it is 17-year-old Shane Cauthen of Lincolnton.

As WHKY previously reported, at approximately 6:10 p.m. Wednesday (February 7) the Catawba County Sheriff's Office responded to a shooting call in the area of Startown Road and Blackburn Bridge Road. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office found a vehicle stopped on the side of the roadway along with a person who had been shot. The man was transported to CMC Lincoln.

Investigators learned that the shooting occurred at a residence in the 4000 Block of Fairview Drive near Maiden. After interviewing several individuals, investigators learned that there was an exchange of gunfire at the residence. Officers found out that the person shot was a 17-year-old resident of Lincolnton. Cauthen was later pronounced deceased at CMC Lincoln.

According to a news release issued Friday (February 9) by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, after witness statements and evidence found at the scene investigators determined that the three suspects, Cauthen, 16-year-old Dylan Lee Gates and 22-year-old Cory Aaron Ingram, all of Lincolnton, attempted to rob a person that lived at the residence on Fairview Drive. During the robbery attempt there was an exchange of gunfire and Cauthen was shot.

On Friday the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office arrested Gates and Ingram and charged them both with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon. They were detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. They will have first appearances in District Court Monday (February 12) in Newton.

The U.S. Attorney's Office announced the sentencing of three suspects in connection to cases in the Hickory Metro Area. U.S. Attorney R. Andrew Murray announced Wednesday (February 7) that 34-year-old Joseph Howard Davis of Charlotte was sentenced to 260 months in prison on drug trafficking and firearms offenses. U.S. District Judge Richard L. Voorhees also ordered Davis to serve 10 years under court supervision upon completion of his prison term. In July 2017, a federal jury convicted Davis of charges of distribution and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by convicted felon.

According to filed court documents and evidence introduced during Davis’ two-day trial, from in or about 2014 to October 2016, Davis participated in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in and around Catawba county and elsewhere in the Western District. Court records show that over the course of the investigation law enforcement seized from Davis approximately two ounces of 96% pure methamphetamine and two rifles. Davis has a previous felony conviction and is prohibited from possessing a firearm.

In a separate case, Judge Voorhees also sentenced 44-year-old Shea David Byrd of Lenoir to 15 years in prison, and 50-year-old Patrick Neal Bates of Hickory to 10 years in prison on methamphetamine trafficking offenses. Byrd and Bates were each ordered to serve five years of supervised release after their prison terms are completed.

All defendants are currently in federal custody and will be transferred to the custody of the federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility. All federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole. These prosecutions stem from an investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) that has resulted in the conviction of more than 200 defendants on methamphetamine trafficking and firearms charges. OCDETF is a joint federal, state and local cooperative approach to combat drug trafficking.

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