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Friday, 13 March 2015 10:26

Missing Man with Family in Newton Found

69-year-old Gary Marvin Brady, who had been the subject of two Silver Alerts this week, has been found. He was located at a hotel in the Durham area. No information was available regarding his condition.

Mr. Brady had been reported missing from North Carolina Central University. Authorities believed that he might have been traveling to his mother’s residence in Newton.

A Claremont man who shot and killed an intruder in his home has been officially cleared of any wrongdoing.

Bruce Fox was at his residence on River Bend Road in eastern Catawba County on February 23 when an intruder entered the house after kicking in the interior basement door. Mr. Fox fatally shot the intruder, identified as 47-year-old Vernon Bobby Dixon, with a 12-gauge shotgun.

After reviewing the evidence, District Attorney David Learner determined that Mr. Fox acted appropriately. His firearm was returned to him and he will NOT face charges.

After the shooting Dixon, Fox saw a blue mini-van driving away from his house. 26-year-old Brandon Lashan Lineberger was arrested on February 25 for his involvement in the break-in.

Thursday, 12 March 2015 11:08

Man with Family in Newton Remains Missing

As of noon today (March 12), Newton Police report that 69-year-old Gary Marvin Brady is still missing. The N.C. Center for Missing Persons had issued a Silver Alert for Mr. Brady. That Silver Alert has since been canceled; however, Mr. Brady has not been found.

Mr. Brady is described as a white male. He is 5’9” tall and weighs 250 pounds. He has blue eyes and gray, shoulder-length hair, bald on the top. Mr. Brady wears glasses and has a long, gray, stringy beard. He was last seen wearing a navy blue trench coat, light blue button-down shirt, dark blue dress pants and black wingtip shoes.

Mr. Brady was last seen at North Carolina Central University in Durham and was believed to be traveling west on Interstate 40 in a white 2012 Toyota Camry with N.C. license tag CBN-3132.

Mr. Brady’s possible destination is his mother’s residence on South Cline Avenue in Newton.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Gary Marvin Brady should call Officer B.J. Cloninger at the Newton Police Department at 828-465-7430.

Officials at N.C. Central initially declined to apply to the state for a Silver Alert. The Silver Alert that was issued late Tuesday night came as the result of an application from Newton Police. Campus Police in Durham have now reconsidered and, as the jurisdiction from which Mr. Brady went missing, they may now apply for the issuance of another Silver Alert.

42-year-old Timothy Wayne Poole of Norman-Caraway Drive in Morganton has been arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count of larceny and one misdemeanor count each for child support and larceny. He was also charged with a felony probation violation and with four counts of misdemeanor failure to appear on traffic violations.

At about noon on Tuesday (March 10), the Sheriff’s Office received information indicating that Poole was at his mother’s residence on Norman-Caraway Drive, off of Salem Road. Poole had six active warrants in Burke County and was wanted for questioning regarding a breaking & entering that occurred in February.

While investigating the B&E, Officers learned that Poole had been using large quantities of methamphetamine and was possibly in possession of a firearm. Responding Officers arrived at the scene and attempted to make contact, but the occupants inside refused to respond.

Shortly after arrival, Officers were contacted by DSS requesting that Officers check on the well-being of Poole’s mother. Approximately two hours later, Poole’s mother exited the residence and informed Officers that Timothy Poole was inside.

Officers continued to communicate with Poole by public address and telephone. On numerous occasions, Poole stood in the doorway and communicated face-to-face with Officers, asking to speak with his Probation Officer. The Probation Officer arrived and spoke to Poole numerous times by telephone.

Poole eventually exited the residence and was arrested without incident. During transport to the Magistrate’s office, Poole became unresponsive and was taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Morganton for treatment. Following treatment, Poole told Officers he had consumed an “eight ball of meth” and had taken numerous Xanax pills.

Poole was confined in the Burke Catawba Detention Facility with bond set at $64,500, secured. He will appear in court on March 11, April 20 and June 9.

The investigation is ongoing with additional charges pending.

22-year-old Ty’Shon Lamonte Chisholm of Cranford Drive in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning on one felony count each of possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a schedule I controlled substance, as well as one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. He was also arrested on an outstanding warrant from January 2014 for possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

No details were released regarding today’s charges. In the stolen vehicle case, Chisholm was charged in connection to the theft of a van from the 400 block of 23rd Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory. Officers found the van when Chisholm went through a traffic stop. He was originally charged on January 30, 2014.

Chisholm was taken into custody without incident at about 3:45 this morning and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. Appearances in District Court and Superior Court were set for tomorrow.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 14:42

Motorist Hits Conover Bojangles

A motorist ran into the Bojangles restaurant on Conover Boulevard in Conover yesterday (March 10) at about 6 p.m. The driver, Denice Cannon of Valdese, was unhurt, and no one in the restaurant was injured.

Cannon was traveling east on Conover Boulevard when she attempted to apply the brakes. She told Police the brakes failed and said she swerved into the restaurant parking lot to avoid a collision with another vehicle. The left front area of her 1995 Plymouth hit the side of the restaurant.

Conover Police Officer Steve Brewer said Cannon was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision.

40-year-old Rodriquez Lavan of 2nd Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:40 yesterday afternoon (March 10) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Events leading to his arrest unfolded when a 46-year-old male victim came to H.P.D. headquarters to report that his vehicle, a 2007 Chevrolet Impala, had been stolen from the parking lot at the Deluxe Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory.

A short time later, Officers spotted the vehicle at the intersection of 3rd Avenue S.E. and Highway 127 South. Police stopped the vehicle on the 500 block of 4th Street S.E. Two men jumped and ran from the vehicle. One of the men, Rodriquez Lavan, obeyed Officers’ commands to come back. He was taken into custody without further incident. The other suspect remains at large.

Lavan was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today.

A GMC Sierra truck ran off the roadway at about 12:30 today and hit two trailers before running up a hill and coming to a stop. The incident occurred at the Hickory Trace Village apartments on 5th Street N.E. in Hickory.

A Hickory Police spokesperson said emergency personnel responded to a possible cardiac event in connection to the accident, but it’s not clear if the victim was the driver of the truck. One person on the scene did receive C.P.R. and was transported to a local hospital.

Hickory Police, the Hickory Fire Department and E.M.S. personnel all responded to the scene.

No further details are available.

31-year-old Joshua Craig Wright of Columbus, Georgia was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5 a.m. yesterday (March 10) on one count of felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

He was arrested after Officers on foot patrol at the Red Roof Inn on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory detected the odor of marijuana coming from a hotel room. The occupants didn’t come to the door when Officers knocked, so a search warrant was obtained and executed.

The search led to the discovery of a marijuana roach, digital scales, a broken glass pipe, short straws, a printer, two-and-a-half counterfeit one-dollar bills and a .38-caliber Jiminez Arms handgun.

The other male occupant was not arrested.

Wright was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today.

Additional charges are possible.

A woman was struck by a train and killed early this morning in Hickory.  The victim is 45-year-old Betty Sue Propst Powell, who is believed to be a homeless person from Hickory.

The accident occurred at 1:05 a.m. as the victim was walking north on a sidewalk on the left side of the road, heading toward South Center Street. According to the train conductor and a witness, a westbound Norfolk Southern train approached with its horn sounding. The victim was hit by the train’s lead engine. It’s not clear why the victim stepped into the train’s path.

Hickory Police responded to the scene where they found the victim still alive, but unable to communicate. She was transported to Frye Regional Medical Center by Catawba County E.M.S. where she passed away a short time later.

Video footage shot from the train has been sent to Norfolk Southern’s offices in Roanoke, Virginia for processing. Corporate officials representing Norfolk Southern and the company’s own investigative team also responded to the scene.

At this time, it’s not known if the railroad-crossing gate was lowered prior to the accident.