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Thursday, 21 January 2016 14:50

Local School Systems Announce Friday Closings

Due to winter weather, Catawba County Schools, Hickory Public Schools, Alexander County Schools, Burke County Schools and Caldwell County Schools will be closed tomorrow (Friday, January 22) for all students and staff.  Appalachian State University has also announced that Friday classes are canceled.

Additional closings will be posted here (whky.com) as they are announced.

48-year-old Richard Eugene Graham of Pecan Grove Circle in Gastonia was arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers Sunday (January 17) and charged with two felony counts each for the sale or delivery of a schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance. He was also served with two outstanding failure to appear warrants.

Warrants for his arrest were issued after the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit conducted a three-month-long investigation in 2015. Detectives say Richard Graham sold various amounts of methamphetamine to Undercover Officers.

Detectives looked for Graham for several weeks, but were unable to find him at various locations in Gaston and Lincoln Counties. Graham’s name was entered into the National Crime Information Center’s database as a wanted person. He was arrested after he was involved in a motor vehicle accident in Lincolnton. During the accident investigation, Lincolnton Police ran Graham’s license and found the outstanding warrants for his arrest.

Graham was held without bond on the failure to appear charges and bond was set at $25,000, secured, on the drug charges. His next appearance in Lincoln County District Court was set for January 25.

36-year-old Adam Marshall Stone of Summer Paradise Lane in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police just before 9:30 Saturday morning (January 16) on one felony count of possession of heroin and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested in connection to an incident in August of last year when Officers on patrol in the area of 3rd Avenue S.E. and 1st Street S.E. saw a group of people on the sidewalk. They spoke to one man who appeared to be behaving nervously. They searched the man, Adam Stone, and found a case containing a used syringe, along with two pieces of tin foil. In one piece of foil was a heroin rock weighing 0.3 grams.

Stone was taken into custody without incident Saturday at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a total bond of $35,000, secured. Stone was scheduled to appear in Superior Court Tuesday (January 19) in Newton. Another Superior Court date is coming up on March 3 for a felony probation violation and felony possession of cocaine.

45-year-old James Allen Norville of T.S. Mull Road in Morganton has been arrested by Troopers with the N.C. State Highway Patrol in Burke County. He faces two counts of failure to appear in court. For the last four weeks, Norville had been on the Burke County Sheriff’s Most Wanted List.

Norville was placed in the Burke Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $53,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on January 26 for a variety of vehicular offenses, including failure to heed a light or siren and reckless driving to endanger. He also has a Superior Court date coming up on February 29 on felony methamphetamine and firearms charges, plus another District Court on the same date for more vehicular offenses, including fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. All of the court dates are in Morganton.

Three Iredell County Sheriff’s Deputies are on administrative leave following the officer-involved shooting death yesterday (January 19) of 55-year-old Samuel Edward Grady.

According to a news release from the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, at 9:57 a.m. yesterday, Deputies John Fletcher and Reggie Allen went to 518 Virginia Avenue in Statesville to serve the final phase of an eviction. Grady confronted the two Deputies with a large knife. A third Deputy, Deputy Roger Vargas, responded to the scene to assist.

At 10:09 a.m., Iredell County Emergency Communications received information from the Deputies regarding shots fired at the scene. The Deputies requested E.M.S. and the residence was secured by law enforcement.

Additional units from the Sheriff’s Office, the Statesville Police Department, the Statesville Fire Department and Iredell County E.M.S. all responded. The Sheriff’s Office also called in the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to assist with the investigation.

After serving a search warrant at the home later in the day, the S.B.I. located a possible explosive device inside the residence. The S.B.I.’s Bomb Disposal Unit was called to the scene where they neutralized the device.

Deputy Fletcher has 14 years of full-time law enforcement service. Deputy Allen has 16 years of service and Deputy Vargas has approximately three years of service. All three Deputies are on administrative leave with pay, pending the results of an internal investigation.

The Sheriff’s press release states that, at this time, it appears the Deputies acted in accordance with the Sheriff’s Office’s policies and procedures.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016 12:02

More Details in N.E. Hickory Assault Case

More details have been released in the arrest of 19-year-old Darien Caleb Walter of 20th Avenue N.E. in Hickory, who was taken into custody by Hickory Police at 4 p.m. Monday (January 18). He faces charges for felony assault by strangulation and misdemeanor battery of an unborn child. He was also charged with misdemeanor failure to appear in court for possession of marijuana.

Events leading to Walter’s arrest began on November 16 when Police responded to Walter’s residence in reference to an assault. In the residence, Officers found Walter’s girlfriend, who is eight weeks pregnant, face down in a bedroom. She was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. According to Police, she did not suffer any serious injuries.

Walter turned himself in at H.P.D. headquarters. He remains in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $13,000 secured bond. Walter was scheduled to appear in District Court yesterday (January 19) with his next court date coming up on February 9.

16-year-old Robert Dijuan Nelson, Jr. of 10th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory was arrested early Sunday morning (January 17) on one felony count each of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle, first reported yesterday on WHKY.

He was arrested after Police responded to 4th Avenue S.E. where a victim said he had gone outside at about 12:30 a.m. to start his 1996 Ford F-150 so it could warm up for his drive home. The victim left the vehicle unsecured as it warmed up.

A short time later, he heard a noise, looked outside and saw his truck traveling west on 4th Avenue S.E. About 30 minutes later, Officers found the truck on 11th Avenue S.W.

Based on a witness’ statement, Officers identified Robert Nelson as the suspect. He was taken into custody without incident on the 1,000 block of South Center Street.

Nelson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $14,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (January 19) in Newton.

39-year-old Nathan Monroe Myers of Bess Chapel Church Road in Cherryville turned himself in at the Lincoln County Magistrate’s Office yesterday (January 18) on charges of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. On January 11, a Lincoln County Grand Jury returned a True Bill of Indictment against Myers.

The indictments come in connection to an incident on December 8 of last year in which two Collateral Recovery employees attempted to repossess Myers’ vehicle while Myers was hunting. The suspect fired a shot from his tree stand with a .308 hunting rifle, striking the back of the tow truck. The bullet pierced the back of the cab, went through the seat and struck a 30-year-old Lawndale man in the side. Brown and his brother drove about two miles to Cat Square Road where they called 9-1-1.

Myers was taken into custody at the scene. He was interviewed at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and charged at that time with one felony count each of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, discharging a firearm into an occupied conveyance in operation and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Yesterday, Myers was transported to the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center where he was jailed under a $50,000 secured bond. Myers will appear in Lincoln County Superior Court on February 4.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 11:36

Hickory Man Arrested for Felony B&E; Larceny

36-year-old Jason Duane Colley of 8th Avenue Drive S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10 a.m. Friday (January 15) on felony charges from the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office for breaking & entering, larceny and obtaining property by false pretense. The warrants for his arrest were issued the previous day.

Colley was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today (January 19) in Newton.

No further details are available.

22-year-old Martavios Steven Isbell of Jefferson Place in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:15 Saturday night (January 16) on one felony count of speeding to elude arrest and one misdemeanor count of careless & reckless driving.

Events leading to his arrest unfolded when Officers on patrol in the Blue Ridge Heights area saw an unfamiliar vehicle there. At about the same time, Officers received information regarding the sale of controlled substances at the apartment where the suspicious vehicle was parked.

Officers watched and followed as the vehicle left the apartment complex. The vehicle ran a stop sign at 2nd Street S.W. and someone in the vehicle threw an object from the driver’s side window. The vehicle continued at increased rate of speed and ran another stop sign. The vehicle turned off of Highway 70 S.W. onto 4th Street S.W. At that point, Officers discontinued their pursuit due to safety concerns.

A short time later, the vehicle crashed at 4th Street S.W. and 8th Street Drive S.W. Isbell was taken into custody a short distance away on the 900 block of 2nd Street S.W. A female passenger in the vehicle was not charged. The object thrown from the vehicle was not recovered.

Isbell was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $17,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (January 19) in Newton.