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20-year-old Dyllan Sean Wyke of Three Way Lane in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (December 9) by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers and Probation & Parole Officers for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and a probation violation. Wyke is serving a 60-month probation following felony convictions in 2012 in Cleveland county for arson and attempted breaking & entering.

Following his arrest yesterday, Wyke was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $20,000, secured. No court date is currently listed.

31-year-old Daniel Christopher Hanna was arrested on December 4 on felony charges of obtaining property by false pretense and possession of more than five counterfeit bills

On November 10, the Morganton Dept. of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division began an investigation into firearms that were bought with counterfeit money. The victim sold three firearms for an undisclosed amount of counterfeit currency.

The investigation led to the identification of Daniel Hanna as the suspect. A warrant for his arrest was issued. He was taken into custody by the Glen Alpine Police Department.

Hanna is being held under a $10,000 secured bond at the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility. He will appear in District Court on December 17 in Morganton.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 14:46

Missing Avery County Woman Found Dead

60-year-old Dorothy Ann Barber, who had last been seen at 287 Ruffin Street in Linville on the morning of December 6, has been found dead. Her body was found near her vehicle in Ashe County Tuesday night (December 9).

Ashe County Sheriff’s Detectives are continuing to investigate Ms. Barber’s death. At this time, there is no indication of foul play. Her family was notified last night.

Ms. Barber was on her way to visit family in King, N.C. She never arrived and did not answer her cell phone. A Silver Alert was issued by the N.C. Center for Missing Persons.

Avery Co. Sheriff Kevin Frye requested assistance from the Watauga Co. Sheriff’s Office at about 11:15 a.m. yesterday (December 9). Units from Watauga County met with an N.C. State Highway Patrol helicopter unit at the Wilkes-Watauga county line where they coordinated a fly-over with an air observer and a pilot.

Units from Watauga County, along with Parkway Rangers and the Blowing Rock Police, were all involved in the search.

23-year-old Kurt Alexander Hammons of 27th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:45 yesterday afternoon on one felony count of possession of heroin and misdemeanor counts of simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of marijuana up to half an ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia and D.W.I.

Hammons was arrested after Officers noticed a possible impaired driver at a stoplight at 13th Avenue N.E. and Highway 127 North. H.P.D. had received several reports of reckless driving involving the same vehicle, a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado truck. Officers saw the vehicle weaving and pulled it over in a rear parking lot on 2nd Street N.E., near Lowes Foods.

A K-9 Unit was called in and the dog gave a positive response on the vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle turned up six used syringes, nine new syringes, 0.4 grams of marijuana, five Hydrocodone pills, digital scales, 0.6 grams of heroin and $196 in cash.

Hammons, the truck’s only occupant, was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $16,500 secured bond. He will appear in District Court on December 10 in Newton.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 14:08

Catawba Co. Commissioners Meeting Canceled

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting scheduled for Monday, December 15 at 7 p.m. in the Robert E. Hibbitts Meeting Room at the 1924 Courthouse on North College Avenue in Newton has been canceled.

Last night (December 9) at a retirement home in Morganton, over 30 veterans stood in unison and recited the pledge of allegiance as they marked the anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day. On December 7, 1941, the Japanese made a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. 18 ships and 300 airplanes were hit. The attack claimed the lives of over 2,400 men. Over 1,000 more were injured.  

The Grace Ridge Retirement Community is home to many of the area’s World War II veterans, including a survivor of Pearl Harbor, 98-year-old Blanch Beam. David Beam, a retired U.S. Navy veteran, attended the program and shared his father’s story with the audience.

At the end of the ceremony, three “quilts of valor” were presented to select individuals, including Mr. Beam.

WHKY reporter Fentress Chestnut asked Mr. Beam what it was like to be a survivor of Pearl Harbor. Blanch Beam replied, “I feel lucky. Very lucky!”

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 10:37

Hickory Teen Arrested on Felony Drug Charges

19-year-old Morgan Blake Parsons of Serenity Drive in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning (December 7) on felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana. He was also charged with carrying a concealed gun and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Events leading to his arrest began at about 12:45 a.m. Sunday when Officers stopped a 2014 GMC Sierra truck with temporary tags on the 3300 block of North Center Street because the headlights were not on. While speaking to the driver, the Officer smelled marijuana. The Officer asked if there was anything illegal in the truck. The truck’s occupants handed the Officer a bag containing a plastic cylinder with 169 grams of marijuana in it.

The driver and four passengers were asked to get out of the truck where they were all handcuffed as the vehicle was searched. In the truck, Officers found a Bushmaster rifle, two marijuana cigarettes weighing three grams, a pipe, a grinder with 0.5 grams of marijuana, another plastic cylinder containing 48 grams of methamphetamine, two containers each containing approximately 35 grams of marijuana wax and an additional one-tenth of a gram of marijuana. Marijuana wax is a marijuana-derived concentrate, also known as butter or honeycomb, that looks and feels like lip balm and is said to be far more potent than marijuana.

One male juvenile in the vehicle was also charged with misdemeanor offenses. The other three persons were not charged.

Following his arrest, Parsons was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $45,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court Monday (December 8) in Newton.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 10:17

Used Bikes Wanted for Bikes for Tykes Program

Hickory Firefighters are encouraging citizens to donate used bicycles to the Bikes for Tykes program before December 12. The bikes will be refurbished and distributed during the Catawba County Christmas Bureau.

The Christmas Bureau starts on Monday, December 15. The "Bikes for Tykes" program is an effort to benefit needy children served by the Christmas Bureau. Toys and bikes will be distributed at the American Legion Fairgrounds.

Bikes or tricycles can be dropped off at any of the Hickory fire stations between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. For more information, call 828-323-7420.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 07:08

Draughn High School Principal Resigns

According to published reports, Emily Garrison has resigned as principal at Draughn High School in Valdese. Her resignation was effective last Friday (December 5).

Garrison becomes the sixth employee to resign from Burke County Public Schools in the past two months. More than 70 have left their positions since July.

Garrison’s resignation was voluntary. She reportedly said that she intends to focus on her family and the pursuit of higher education.

On the Level Home Services is hosting and sponsoring a Christmas event for needy children in Catawba County. The event will be held on December 20 at 902-B Conover Boulevard from noon until 3 p.m. Donations will be accepted through December 18.

On the Level Home Services is a family owned and operated company that specializes in mold removal, waterproofing, structural repair and general home repairs.

For more information, call 828-750-5712.