Authorities in Alexander County are warning persons who have purchased kerosene from All-American Raceway at 6901 Millersville Road in Taylorsville to be aware that the substance is not kerosene, but is non-ethanol gasoline. Citizens should not use the fuel in kerosene heaters.

At three o’clock yesterday afternoon (October 12), Authorities determined that some Alexander County residents had purchased the non-ethanol gasoline, believing it to be kerosene. The mix-up reportedly occurred as All-American Raceway converted their kerosene pump to a non-ethanol gasoline pump. The fuel should not be used for heating purposes.

A press release issued by the Alexander Co. Fire Marshal states that the storeowner has been cooperative and has voluntarily placed the pump out-of-service until proper labeling is put in place.

The issue has been referred to the North Carolina Dept. of Agriculture’s Division of Motor Fuels.

According to a press release issued today (October 12) by Catawba County Schools, yesterday afternoon, Administrators were made aware of a Snapchat post that was shared in the Fred T. Foard High School feeder area. The post implied that an individual planned to cause harm at the school today.

Law enforcement was immediately made aware of the post and was on-site this morning to begin their investigation.

Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact the Catawba County Sheriff's Office at 828-464-5241.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 11:18

Body of Missing Long View Man Found

The body of 78-year-old Benny Daniels has been found in a shallow grave. Mr. Daniels had last been seen on Saturday, October 8, near 18th Street N.W. in Long View. Thomas Ball and Rodney Ball, who are brothers, have been arrested on murder charges. It’s not clear at this time if Tabitha Harrison, another subject who had been described as a person of interest, will face charges. Tabitha Harrison and Thomas Ball rented from Mr. Daniels and lived below him.

Deputies with the Catawba County Sheriff's Office said there was evidence of a break-in at Mr. Daniels home. Mr. Daniels' son said he thought he saw a third person on the property over the weekend. He described the person as a man with a teardrop tattoo coming down from an eye. It’s not clear if that person is Rodney Ball.

39-year-old Joseph Lee Rayburn of Persimmon Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police at 10 a.m. yesterday on two felony counts each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering. He also faces one count for possession of stolen goods.

He was arrested in connection to a shoplifting incident at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. Rayburn allegedly attempted to exit the store without paying for a number of items, including a Chevy-emblem front license plate, a tint film applicator kit, Mossy Oak floor mats and two 20-ounce soft drinks, all with a combined value of $56.

He was taken into custody without incident at the store. Rayburn was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $30,000 secured bond. Appearances in Superior Court and District Court were scheduled today in Newton.

51-year-old Jeffery Glenn Daniels of Silhouette Lane in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of assault on a female, first-degree kidnapping, resisting a public officer, assault with a firearm on a public official, assault on a child under 12 and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Daniels was arrested Monday night (October 10) after an armed standoff with Deputies. The incident began at about 7:30 Monday evening when Deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call at Friendship Road and Silhouette Lane. The caller said a man on Silhouette Lane was firing a gun at people in the neighborhood.

Deputy Will Goforth arrived to find the caller and other neighbors taking cover behind a garage on Silhouette Lane. As soon as the Deputy exited his vehicle, the suspect fired a shotgun in the Deputy’s direction. Deputy Goforth took cover behind the garage with the other citizens and called for further assistance.

Other Deputies arrived on scene and tried to communicate with the suspect. The suspect, Jeffery Glenn Daniels, barricaded himself in the house and refused to come out. The Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team was called to the scene. Negotiators tried to talk with the Daniels, but he refused to surrender.

After several minutes, Deputies captured Daniels as he attempted to escape from the house through a back door. Daniels was taken into custody without further incident.

Detectives interviewed witnesses at the scene and learned that the incident started over a neighborhood dispute. Daniels reportedly assaulted two juveniles who were riding a golf cart on Silhouette Lane. Witnesses also told Detectives that Daniels had taken an infant child from a neighbor and attempted to carry the baby into his house. When a parent attempted to confront Daniels, he responded by bringing a gun out of his house and firing it in the direction of the parent and other neighbors. The juveniles were treated for minor injuries and released. The infant was released unharmed.

Following his arrest, Daniels was placed in the Iredell County Jail under a $200,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.


Jeffery Daniels is a repeat offender with multiple previous arrests. Since 1983, Daniels has been sentenced to probation and active prison sentences several times. Records indicate Daniels was last on probation in 2008.

38-year-old David Paul Patterson II of 12th Street Place N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:40 Friday afternoon (October 7) on felony charges for possession of a counterfeit instrument and obtaining property by false pretenses.

He was arrested after Police were called to Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall where a subject allegedly passed a counterfeit $100 bill and received change at Charley’s Grilled Subs. An employee followed the suspect, who was in a 1992 Ford Ranger, along with a female. Hickory Police caught up with the Ranger and stopped it on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E.

David Patterson was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,000 secured bond. He has since been released. The female was not charged.   Patterson was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday (October 10) in Newton. No additional court dates are currently listed.

34-year-old Christopher Douglas Cook of Huie Street in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:20 yesterday morning (October 10) on charges of felony larceny and felony possession of stolen goods. He was arrested at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

Monday, 10 October 2016 14:13

Hickory Man Faces Felony Drug Charge

34-year-old Justin Morgan Hall of 17th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just after noon Friday (October 7) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

He was arrested at H.P.D. without incident and later released under a $10,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for tomorrow (October 11) in Newton.

Hall also faces charges for felony breaking & entering, felony and misdemeanor larceny and misdemeanor possession of a schedule II controlled substance, all in Catawba County, with a District Court date on November 1.

16-year-old Nolan Andre Smith of West Herman Street in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police just after ten o’clock Saturday night (October 8) on one felony count each of common law robbery and assault inflicting serious injury. He was arrested on warrants from Newton issued the same day.

Smith was taken into custody without incident at a service station on Highway 127 in Viewmont. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $18,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today.

No further details are available.

40-year-old Webb Massey King of Bruce Farm Road in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, displaying a fictitious tag and operating a vehicle with no insurance. He was also served with several outstanding warrants. At the same time, a second subject, Brittany Walker, was arrested on warrants for felony probation violations.

At about 2 p.m. yesterday (October 6), an Officer with the Sheriff’s Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (A.C.E) Team stopped a vehicle on the 300 block of Bruce Farm Road for displaying a fictitious tag. The driver, Webb King, was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia commonly used with methamphetamine. Deputies also learned that King was on probation for manufacturing meth. Sgt. Hayes then walked his

K-9 Officer “Danny” walked around the vehicle and alerted to the presence of narcotics. Deputies searched the vehicle and found meth and drug paraphernalia.

Brittany Walker was a passenger in the vehicle. Outstanding warrants were found for both subjects.

They were both placed in the Iredell County Detention Facility with bond for King set at $50,000, while Walker was given a $25,000 secured bond. King will appear in District Court on Monday. No court date is currently listed for Walker.

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