N.C. Governor Pat McCrory was in Hickory today to honor Catawba Valley Community College and to attend the Catawba Valley Furniture Academy's open house. The governor said manufacturing is a big part of the job market in North Carolina and recognized the importance of manufacturing in the state.
The governor also spoke briefly regarding the same sex marriage issue. The governor’s remarks came in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision this morning not to review rulings in five states. That decision has cleared the way for same sex marriage in Virginia, Utah, Oklahoma, Indiana and Wisconsin.
With the court’s decision, same sex marriages can begin immediately in those states. At 1 p.m. today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit issued an order that allowed those unions. Governor McCrory said he disagreed with the court’s decision, but would support the U.S. Constitution.
Among those attending this morning were Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright and several key members of the CVCC faculty.
35-year-old Larry Eugene Bradshaw, Jr. of Oak Grove / Clover Hill Church Road in Lawndale has been arrested by Lincolnton Police on charges of stalking and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
On September 17, a female victim reported to the Lincolnton Police Department that a white male was acting suspiciously in the parking lot at her place of business. The victim described the incident as an on-going situation and said the suspect had no business being in the parking lot. The victim said she confronted the suspect, who then became belligerent toward her. She said the suspect had arrived at the business at times when the victim was opening the business and had parked in an employee parking area.
The suspect was identified as Larry Eugene Bradshaw, Jr. and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Several attempts were made to serve the warrant by Lincolnton Police, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office.
On Wednesday, October 1, Det. Mark Stamey of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office learned that Bradshaw was at an address on Bill Lynch Road. Det. Stamey found Bradshaw there, but the suspect fled on foot and avoided arrest. An additional warrant for resisting was issued at that time.
On Friday, October 3, Bradshaw turned himself in at the Lincoln County Magistrate’s Office. He was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for October 17.
Bradshaw has prior convictions for a sex offender registration violation, felony indecent exposure, misdemeanor indecent exposure, felony disseminating obscenity, breaking & entering a motor vehicle, felony larceny of a motor vehicle, resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer and several traffic-related offenses.
The Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry (ECCCM) will host the 29th annual Catawba CROP Hunger Walk on October 19 at Southside Park in Newton.
Registration is at 1:30 p.m. and the walk will begin at 2 p.m. The walk will conclude at 4 p.m. when an ending celebration will begin. The ending celebration will consist of a 30-minute water balloon fight. Participants are encouraged to bring a towel. The ECCCM will provide light refreshments.
Walking is not mandatory for those who are unable. Everyone is invited to join in the festivities as the ECCCM works to alleviate hunger. Participants are welcome to bring folding chairs, grills, and sports equipment. The entire park will be reserved for the ECCCM.
The Crop Hunger Walk is a Church World Service-sponsored event that raises funds and awareness for hunger in the area and around the world. Each year, the Crop Hunger Walks help more than 3,200 food pantries, food banks and meal sites in the U.S., including the ECCCM. The proceeds go to support the ECCCM’s local hunger work and Church World Service’s global hunger campaign.
To participate, pick up a registration packet from Guynell Sears at the ECCCM office. For more information, contact her at email@example.com or 828-465-1702.
Morning Star Baptist Church on 4th Avenue S.W. in Hickory will hold a prayer vigil and request for information for Pierre Mayfield tonight (October 6) at 6 p.m.
Family and Law Enforcement will be in attendance at the event. Anyone wishing to pray or come forward with information in reference the disappearance of Pierre Mayfield is encouraged to attend.
The funeral for Alec Sigmon will be held tomorrow (October 7) at 2 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Claremont. Visitation will take place this afternoon from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.
The funeral for Justin Turner will take place at 10:30 tomorrow morning at the First Presbyterian Church in Newton. Visitation will be held tonight from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Willis Reynolds funeral home.
The two Bunker Hill High School students were killed in a crash Friday night.
24-year-old Keyona Shawantae Byrd of Cordia Circle in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before eight o’clock Friday night (October 3) for misdemeanor larceny, felony possession of stolen goods and felony fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle.
Events leading to her arrest unfolded as Police responded to the Kohl’s store on Catawba Valley Boulevard in Hickory just after 5 p.m. Friday. A Loss Prevention Officer said a female subject had concealed clothing and left the store without paying. Police viewed video surveillance footage and recognized the subject as Keyona Byrd.
Approximately 30 minutes later, an Officer heard the shoplifting report and spotted the suspect vehicle, a silver Chrysler, at a carwash on 4th Street S.W. The Chrysler left the carwash, and as it passed Police headquarters, the Officer attempted to catch up, but the Chrysler did not stop. It accelerated through at least two stoplights, traveling in excess of 75 MPH in a 20 MPH zone.
The Chrysler ran a stop sign at 11th Avenue S.W. While attempting to make a turn, the vehicle struck a building and came to rest on the roof of the Cigar Hut at 216 U.S. Highway S.W. Byrd, the Chrysler’s only occupant, was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center where she was treated and released. She was placed under arrest at the hospital.
Byrd was confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,000, secured. She has since been released. An appearance in District Court was set for today (October 6) in Newton.
15-year-old Alex Sigmon of Claremont and 15-year-old Justin Turner of Conover were both killed in an accident Friday night (October 3). They were students at Bunker Hill High School. At last report, the driver, 18-year-old Jacob Dalton of Claremont, a Lenoir-Rhyne student, was being treated at Catawba Valley Medical Center. A front passenger was in stable condition in intensive care at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. Another passenger was also being treated at CVMC.
The crash occurred at about 10 p.m. Friday when an eastbound 2002 Mercedes Benz on River Bend Road ran off the right side of the road, overcorrected, went off the left side and hit a culvert at the intersection of High Water Road and River Bend Road. The Mercedes was airborne for approximately 90 feet. It hit a tree and a fence before coming to a stop in a cattle pasture. The car overturned, ejecting two of the vehicle’s five occupants, who were not wearing seatbelts.
Investigators say speed was a factor in the crash. The Highway Patrol’s investigation is ongoing.
Counselors and support services will be in place this morning (October 6) for students, faculty and staff at Bunker Hill High School.
21-year-old Michael Lee Lyda of 18th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:40 Friday night (October 3) on four counts of statutory rape or sex offense of a 13, 14 or 15-year-old by a defendant at least six years older than the victim, two counts of indecent liberties with a child and one count each of solicitation by computer to commit a felony and felony dissemination of obscene material to a minor under 16.
Lyda was taken into custody without incident at his residence and jailed early Saturday in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $150,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (October 6) in Newton.
Arrested at the same time was 22-year-old Cary Allen Lyda of the same address. He was charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. Cary Lyda was given a $300 secured bond and has since been released. He was scheduled to appear in court today in Hickory.
Governor Pat McCrory will be in Hickory this morning (October 6) with an appearance at the Catawba Valley Furniture Academy Open House. The event is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at Hickory’s A.S.U. Center, 2760 U.S. Highway 70 S.E. The Governor’s appearance is not open to the general public.
25-year-old Jessie Dean Frye of 14th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested at about three o’clock this morning (October 3) by Hickory Police on one felony count of possession of methaqualone and misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
Frye was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $13,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.