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Monday, 04 August 2014 10:53

Marion Man Accused of Murdering Neighbor

23-year-old Roger Tully Keith Frady of Cherokee Way in Marion has been charged with felony murder by McDowell County Sheriff’s Detective Paul Alkire.

At approximately 8:30 p.m. Saturday (August 2), McDowell County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to Frady’s residence in reference to a gunshot wound. Authorities arrived to find the victim, 41-year-old Ronnie Eugene Lewis, from another residence on Cherokee Way, suffering from a single gunshot wound to the torso. Lewis was pronounced dead at McDowell Hospital.

An investigation led to Frady’s arrest. He is being held without bond.  A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (August 4).

Agents with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation are assisting with the case.

45-year-old David Vincent Flowers of Highland Avenue N.E. in Hickory and 32-year-old Gary Wayne Romska of August Street in Conover were both arrested by Hickory Police on one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny of a firearm and larceny of a motor vehicle. Flowers was also charged with a misdemeanor probation violation and Romska faces additional charges on outstanding warrants from July 17 for failure to appear on charges of felony breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.

The two are accused of breaking into Doug White's Auto Wholesale Mart on Highway 70 S.E. in Newton late Thursday night or early Friday morning (July 31 or August 1). They allegedly gained entry by removing a metal panel that covered an opening in the basement.

Once inside, the suspects went to the main floor and ransacked desks and stole a number of items, including a Beretta .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun, a personal checkbook, a business checkbook, a watch, vehicle keys, dealers tags and two laptop computers. They then took a 2002 Porsche Boxter convertible and rammed through a gate.

The theft was discovered on the morning of August 1 by the business owner, who then contacted Hickory Police. There was no surveillance video.

It’s not clear how the suspects were identified nor if the stolen property was recovered.

Flowers was arrested at his residence at about 10 o’clock Friday night. Romska was taken into custody just past midnight Saturday at the Wendy’s restaurant on 16th Street N.E.

Both men have been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Flowers set at $25,000, secured, while
Romska was given a $47,500 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for today (August 4) in Newton.

29-year-old Trea Beth Nicole Rosenberger of Circle Street in Granite Falls was arrested by Granite Falls Police Friday (August 1) on two counts of misdemeanor larceny and one count each of possession of stolen goods or property and first-degree trespass.

After her arrest, Rosenberger was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $6,000, secured. She currently has District Court dates in Lenoir scheduled for August 14, September 11, October 16 and November 13.

A section of South Chestnut Street in Morganton will be closed this morning (August 4) while city contractors repair a piece of sewer line.

South Chestnut Street will be closed between East Meeting and East Concord streets starting at 8 a.m. and should be open by 4 p.m., weather permitting. Residents who live on Kenmore Street can access Kenmore via Church Street.

For more information, call 828-438-5276.

The Pedal Shack at 10 East First Street celebrated its re-location to Newton with a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 31. According to owner Steven Fish, the new location offers twice the amount of space as the former location in Maiden. The store continues to offer a variety of bicycles, accessories and bike services.

For more information about The Pedal Shack, visit www.thepedalshack.net or call 828-469-6150.

34-year-old Sharman Howard Odom of 100 West 17th Street in Newton has been arrested and charged with murder. He is accused of killing 31-year-old Margaret Elizabeth “Maggie” Daniels.

Odom was taken into custody in Winston-Salem Saturday afternoon (August 2) after a warrant for his arrest was issued the previous day. Newton Police will hold a press conference regarding the case at 2 p.m. today (August 4).

Newton Police say physical evidence obtained during the course of the investigation and analyzed by the North Carolina State Crime Lab led to Odom’s arrest. Interviews and other corroborating evidence supported the arrest. Odom lived in the same apartment complex as Ms. Daniels. His apartment had been searched previously by law enforcement.

Ms. Daniels was a teacher, coach and counselor with Newton-Conover City Schools, most recently serving as a counselor at Discovery High School. Her body was found in her apartment at the Windsor Apartment Complex off north Main Street in Newton on June 28.

Odom has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond. He will make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

35-year-old Joshua James Swanson of N.C. Highway 16 South in Maiden is wanted by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office on charges of possession of methamphetamine and manufacturing meth.

Officers with the Sheriff’s Narcotics Division executed a search warrant at Swanson’s home yesterday (July 31) as the result of an ongoing drug investigation. Investigators collected information on Swanson for an extended period of time in reference to the manufacture of methamphetamine at the residence.

Investigators and Agents with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation located, documented and seized meth and precursors used in the manufacture of meth. As a result of the investigation, warrants for Swanson’s arrest were issued yesterday.

As of this afternoon (August 1), Swanson is still at large. The investigation is ongoing as authorities seek to identify and arrest any other individuals who assisted Swanson in the manufacture of meth or who have assisted in supplying the necessary precursors.  

This investigation comes just eight days after Narcotics Officers conducted Operation Seven/Eleven, which identified 11 different people involved in the manufacture of meth.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Joshua James Swanson should call the Catawba Co. Communications Center at 828-464-3112.  

Friday, 01 August 2014 13:02

Man Held on $300K Bond on Drug Charges

52-year-old Anthony Lyron Saunders was arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday on felony charges of trafficking in opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule III controlled substance, sale or delivery of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule IV controlled substance.

Saunders has been jailed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $300,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today.

High Country Crime Stoppers and the Watauga County Sheriff's Office are seeking the public’s assistance in solving a July 29 break-in at New River Building Supply.

The incident occurred at 4:19 a.m. when an unknown white male entered the business, located at 3148 N.C. Highway 105 South in Boone, by breaking a window and entering a warehouse door. The suspect removed various items from the store, including flashlights, drills, a saw and food items.

Anyone with information regarding the break-in should call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 / 828-737-0125 or the Watauga County Sheriff's Office at 828-264-3761.

High Country Crime Stoppers pays rewards for information leading to an arrest, the recovery of stolen property, the seizure of drugs or the location of wanted persons.

The regular Granite Falls Town Council meeting scheduled for Monday, August 4 at 6 p.m. has been cancelled. The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 18 at 6 p.m. in the Town Council Chamber at 4 South Main Street.

For more information, call Granite Falls Town Clerk Paula M. Kirby at 828-396-3131.