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Wednesday, 15 October 2014 13:55

A.S.U. Police Seek Assault Suspect

22-year-old Shawn George Hamilton is wanted by the Appalachian State University (A.S.U.) Police Department and High Country Crime Stoppers.

He is wanted in connection to an incident Monday (October 13) at approximately 11:30 p.m. when A.S.U. Police were called to assist a student in distress behind her residence hall. Police found the female student on the northwest side of campus where the student said she had been physically assaulted by a non-student ex-boyfriend.

The alleged perpetrator, Shawn Hamilton, is a black male, 5’10” tall, weighing 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing dark pants and a black hoodie. Hamilton was reportedly driving a black BMW sedan.

A.S.U. Police are continuing to investigate the incident.  

Anyone with information regarding the crime should call the A.S.U. Police Department at 828-262-2150 submit tips anonymously at http://police.appstate.edu/crime-tip-submission-form.

Citizens may also contact Crime Stoppers at https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtips.aspx?AgencyID=1251 or text "NCTIP” plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Information leading to an arrest could result in a reward up to $1,000.

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EnergyUnited’s Austin Story, a lineman from Taylorsville, will join 23 other electric cooperative line workers from across the state tomorrow morning (October 16) at the Pole Top Rescue competition in Raleigh.

The competition pits line workers against the clock and each other as they demonstrate essential lifesaving skills. Each competitor had to win a local competition in order to advance to the championship in Raleigh. Story won EnergyUnited's local competition with a time of two minutes and 4.42 seconds. John Brown, a journeyman lineman also from Taylorsville, will serve as an alternate for EnergyUnited.

At the Pole Top Rescue competition, a line worker must perform in a scenario that finds a fellow worker unconscious atop a utility pole. The competitor, dressed in full climbing gear, must radio for help, scale 20-feet up a utility pole, rig a rope, lower a 105-pound mannequin and begin CPR. Previous winners have completed the competition in less than two minutes.

The event kicks off at 9 a.m. tomorrow and will conclude by 1 p.m. For more information, visit www.ncelectriccooperatives.com/email/poletop14.html.

The Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office will charge two juveniles with five counts each of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and one count each of damage to property.

At about 10 p.m. on September 27, the Sheriff’s Office received five reports from various victims who said they were traveling south on I-77 near mile marker 39 at the Rankin Hill Road overpass when their vehicles were struck by some type of rocks or concrete. Deputies responded to the area, took reports from all the victims and searched for the persons responsible for the crimes.

Officers found that all the vehicles had damage to their roofs and the windshields. In one case, a rock went through the window, causing minor injury to a passenger in the vehicle. The victim had minor cuts on her hand and a piece of glass in her eye. She was treated by E.M.S. A victim who lives on Rankin Hill Road also reported that someone threw rocks at their house, damaging the siding. Damages to the five vehicles and the house were estimated at approximately $5,000.

A School Resource Officer received information from a student at Lake Norman High School regarding a possible suspect. A student at Lake Norman reportedly told other students about throwing rocks at passing vehicles on I-77. Detectives interviewed students and obtained information that a 15-year-old male who lives in the area of Rankin Hill Road was bragging about his involvement in the incident.

Two 15-year-old males were then interviewed and admitted that they were responsible for the incidents. One suspect is a student at Lake Norman High School and the other is a student at Mooresville High School. Their names have not been released. Charges against the suspects will be filed through the Department of Juvenile Justice.

34-year-old James Kelly Lynch of Springs Road N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:25 p.m. yesterday (October 14) on one felony count each of common law robbery, larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen goods.

Events leading to his arrest unfolded as Police responded to the Cupboard Express store on 16th Street N.E. in Hickory. The victim and Lynch, who were previously acquainted, were together when Lynch left with the victim’s 2006 Ford.

Police were able to utilize the vehicle’s G.P.S. system to track the vehicle to a location in Catawba County and then to a second location on Springs Road N.E. There, they located the vehicle and the suspect and placed Lynch under arrest without incident.

Lynch was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $50,000, secured. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.

A Catawba County school bus was involved in an accident yesterday afternoon (October 14). The bus was carrying about 44 Blackburn Elementary students home from school when the accident occurred. No injuries were reported and no one was transported to a hospital.

The accident occurred at about 3:30 p.m. as the school bus was traveling west on Catawba Valley Boulevard S.E. As the driver attempted to turn left onto 21st Street S.E., the bus was hit by a white Suzuki van. The front end of the bus sustained heavy damage to its front end. The van was severely damaged, as well.

21-year-old David Carden Britt was arrested last Friday (October 10) by Boone Police on a charge of felony discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling.

Just after 12 a.m. Friday, Boone Police responded to a reported gunshot at an apartment on Kimberly Drive in Boone. An investigation revealed that Britt was cleaning a firearm inside his apartment when it discharged. The bullet went through the floor into an adjacent apartment. Police say Britt was intoxicated at the time of the incident.

No one was injured.  

After his arrest, Britt was given a $75,000 secured bond. He will appear in Watauga County District Court on November 18.

Governor Pat McCrory is scheduled to be in Asheville today (October 15) for the G.E. Aviation Asheville grand opening. The governor’s appearance is set for 10:30 a.m. at 502 Sweeten Creek Industrial Park Road in Asheville.

Governor McCrory will offer remarks prior to the ribbon cutting. Afterward, the governor will be joined by company employees and state and local officials to tour the facility and learn more about the company's advanced manufacturing and production.

In July of 2013, Governor McCrory and N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced G.E. Aviation facility expansions in Asheville, Durham, West Jefferson and Wilmington.

Today’s event is closed to the general public.

32-year-old Corey Dixon of August Street in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (October 13) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

He was arrested after Police responded to the Kangaroo Express store on Highway 70 S.E. to assist the Highway Patrol. A man there told a Trooper he was, “scared for his life.” The man said he had been in a trailer where a group of men broke in and assaulted him and were still following him. Police found no evidence to support the man’s story.

Meanwhile, Officers ran the tag number and found the vehicle was stolen out of Maryland. The man initially gave Officers a false name, but he was later identified as Corey Dixon.

Dixon was taken into custody without further incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

35-year-old James Wallace Jernigan III of River Road in Hickory was arrested shortly after 11 o’clock Friday night (October 10) on one felony count of fleeing to elude arrest and misdemeanor counts of driving while license revoked and careless & reckless driving.

Events leading to Jernigan’s arrest unfolded as Police attempted to conduct a vehicle stop on the 600 block of 4th Street S.W. when they saw a 2003 Ford Explorer with a cardboard tag that read, “stolen tag.” Officers activated their blue lights and siren, but the Ford accelerated and ran several stop signs and stoplights.

Officers gave pursuit as the chase continued into Burke County, with assistance from the Burke Co. Sheriff’s Office and the N.C. State Highway Patrol. The Ford was brought to a stop in a parking lot at 2320 Icard School Road in Rhodhiss. Jernigan got out of the vehicle and led Officers on a brief foot chase before he was found lying in a field and taken into custody.

A passenger in the vehicle was cited for allowing the vehicle to be driven with no insurance.

Jernigan was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (October 13) in Newton.

Maestro John Gordon Ross, the Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestra and Morganton-based pianist Greg Knight have been selected for national broadcast on “Performance Today.”

Nearly a year ago, the symphony presented its 49th Masterworks II concert, entitled “Fun & Romance,” featuring guest artist Gregory Knight on piano. The concert featured works by Dvorak, Rachmaninoff & Hanson. It was held at the P.E. Monroe Auditorium on the Lenoir-Rhyne University campus.

That performance will be broadcast on “Performance Today,” a production of American Public Media, airing on public radio stations across the country. The concert will also be broadcast on “Carolina Live,” a regional radio program featuring recordings of live classical performances from across the Carolinas.