24-year-old Billy Lee Campbell of SW Melrose Street in Lenoir was arrested Friday (July 21) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense. Campbell was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (July 24).
27-year-old Cory Eugene Hefner of 14th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6 p.m. yesterday (July 23) for a felony probation. He was also charged with failure to appear for misdemeanor driving while license revoked. The warrants for his arrest were issue in May of this year.
Hefner is on probation as he serves a 30-month suspended sentence following a March 2017 conviction in Catawba County for felony sale or delivery of a controlled substance on school property. He had been listed as an absconder from probation.
Hefner was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,500 secured bond. He’ll appear in Superior Court today for the probation violation and in District Court on August 25 on the failure to appear charge.
28-year-old Brentley Jason Byers of 6th Street S.W. in Taylorsville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony statutory rape of child by an adult.
At about 1:25 Saturday afternoon (July 22), Deputies responded to a call regarding a possible sexual assault on Olin Loop Road. Deputies learned that the victim, a seven-year-old female, had obvious injuries consistent with a sexual assault.
Detectives interviewed the mother of the victim. The mother has four children, two with the suspect, Brentley Jason Byers. The mother said she left home at about 7 a.m. Friday to go to work and didn’t return until Saturday at about 1 p.m. When she came home, she found the victim sitting in a chair in the living room with blood on her. The suspect was asleep on the couch. The victim told her mother that Byers, who she refers to as her father, had sexually assaulted her.
Detectives learned that Byers had been left with all four children, but another family member had come by late Friday afternoon and picked up two of the children. Investigators believe the crime occurred during the night when only two small children and the suspect were in the home.
Evidence collected during a search of the home was consistent with a sexual assault. Detectives found clothing in the washing machine that was placed there in an apparent attempt to dispose of evidence.
The victim was taken by E.M.S. to the Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem. The victim suffered extensive injuries from the assault and will likely need surgery. The victim remains in the care of medical personnel.
Byers was taken into custody and jailed under a $1-million secured bond. He’ll appear in Statesville District Court today (July 24).
The investigation is ongoing and more charges are likely.
31-year-old Zachary Blake Hoyle of Magnolia Grove Road in Iron Station and 22-year-old Caleb Daniel Staley of Long Shoals Road in Lincolnton were both arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with three felony counts of sell and deliver schedule VI controlled substance and possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule VI controlled substance. Hoyle is additionally charged with maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances.
The arrests came after the conclusion of two separate investigations into marijuana sales in southern and eastern Lincoln County. Detectives used undercover and surveillance techniques to purchase various amounts of marijuana from the individuals. The investigations began after detectives received citizen tips about drug activity concerning both subjects. Investigators say the two cases are unrelated.
Hoyle received a $21,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court August 8. Staley received a $24,000 secured bond and has a District Court date set for September 12.
Morganton City workers planned to shut off water service to Bristol Creek Avenue this morning (July 24) to repair a water line break. About 50 customers will be affected on Bristol Creek and any side streets. Workers expected to make the repair and turn water back on sometime early this afternoon barring any unforeseen problems.
37-year-old Dequelle Kushawn Williamson of 2nd Street SW in Hickory was arrested Sunday (July 23) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with two counts of felony possession of cocaine. Williamson was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (July 24).
55-year-old James Earl Banner of Harpertown Circle in Lenoir was arrested Friday (July 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Banner was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (July 24).
27-year-old Brittany Danielle Sain of 19th Street NW in Hickory was arrested Saturday (July 22) by Long View Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Sain was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. A District Court date was set for today (July 24).
A teenager was killed and another sustained serious injuries when a SUV struck a four-wheeler in Burke County Saturday evening (July 22). According to published reports, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol says a 14-year-old was driving a four-wheeler on Baptist Camp Road in Connelly Springs at around 6:30 p.m. Saturday The 14-year-old and a 13-year-old passenger were then struck by the driver of an SUV.
The 13-year-old was killed and the other teen was airlifted to a Charlotte hospital with serious injuries. The reports say both of the teens were not wearing helmets. There were reportedly two people inside the SUV including a three-year-old. They sustained minor injuries.
The driver of the SUV has reportedly been charged with driving while impaired and driving with a revoked license in addition to other highway violations. More charges are pending, troopers said. The teenagers names have not been released.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit released photos Friday (July 21) of a vehicle and person of interest in a Thursday (July 20) home invasion. Detectives say the vehicle is believed to be a gold or tan in color 1990’s model Ford Taurus. The right front hub cap is missing from the car. A photo of the driver of the car was obtained from a Charlotte area convenience store.
On Thursday around 12:15 p.m. an elderly woman returned to her residence on Sifford Road in eastern Lincoln County. She noticed that a light brown or tan colored sedan was parked in her carport. The door to the home was partially open and she entered the residence. She thought a relative was inside the home so she went inside. The door had actually been kicked in.
She encountered a slim built black male approximately 18 to 22 years old and armed with a black handgun. He took the woman into a back room of the house and placed her in a chair telling her he didn’t want to hurt her. She called 911 while the suspect was in the residence. The suspect left with the residence with a flat screen tv and a lock box.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
Firefighters continue to monitor the remnants of the old Shuford Mills building in Granite Falls following Friday night's (July 21) massive fire. Responders from three counties fought the huge blaze that burned for several hours at plant on Falls Avenue. The fire started shortly after 7 p.m. Friday and resulted in the evacuation of residents and businesses. The evacuation was lifted and residents were allowed to return home at approximately 11 p.m.
Firefighters from all of the departments in Caldwell County responded. In addition, firefighters from Catawba and Burke Counties responded to assist. The smoke from the fire could be seen from miles away. The warehouse is 75,729 square feet and housed five businesses including Smith Thread Sales, an Art Studio and Gallery, Foothills Workshop and a storage rental business. It sits on a 19 acre property and firefighters were able to save five buildings that surround the warehouse.
Several firefighters were treated on the scene for heat related conditions Friday night. All were okay by Saturday morning (July 22). Kevin Brown, Caldwell County Fire Marshal, met with the owner of the old Shuford Mills Plant to determine all the contents of the plant. The owner is Mike Granger. There is no estimate of total damage at this point.
In addition to the five businesses, there were three apartments in the plant that are now destroyed. There were 250 storage units in the plant, all rented out. It is not known the cost damage estimate of the contents of those units. Monitoring of the fire could continue for the next several days as investigators wait until the interior burns itself out. The cause of the fire was not known.
25-year-old Bradley Craig Nelson of Barringer Circle in Newton was arrested Sunday (July 23) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with possession of schedule I controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Nelson was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (July 24).
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) issued a news release Friday (July 21) stating that the bridge on the Rocky Road in the Gamewell Community of Caldwell County was open. The bridge reportedly passed inspections Friday and was open to traffic.
Firefighters from three counties fought a large fire that burned for several hours at a southern Caldwell County plant Friday (July 21). The fire started shortly after 7 p.m. at the Old Shuford Mills facility on Falls Avenue in Granite Falls. Published reports say residents and businesses were evacuated due to the heat from the fire. The evacuation was reportedly lifted and residents were allowed to return home at approximately 11 p.m.
Firefighters from all departments in Caldwell County responded. In addition, firefighters from Catawba and Burke Counties responded to assist. The smoke from the fire could be seen from miles away.
The published reports said the Granite Falls Recreation Center, the Granite Drug Center, and Town Offices were opened to serve as cooling and rehab centers for firefighters. The American Red Cross set up additional rehab centers for firefighters. Water, Gatorade, and snacks were donated to assist those working the fire.
The factory in the Shuford Mills building was closed years ago, but several small businesses were still using the building, and WHKY was told it was also being used for storage.
No injuries had been reported as of Saturday morning (July 22). WHKY learned that at least one firefighter suffered from smoke inhalation and dehydration but was expected to be okay. As of Saturday morning, the cause of the fire was not known.
Firefighters were continuing to fight a large fire at the Old Shuford Mills plant on Falls Avenue in Granite Falls, not far from the Granite Falls Police Department. Firefighters remained on the scene as of late Friday night (July 21) The fire broke out late Friday afternoon. Smoke from the fire could be seen for miles in all directions. Fire departments were dispatched from Caldwell, Catawba and Burke Counties.
No injuries had been reported as of late Friday. WHKY learned at least one firefighter suffered smoke inhalation along with dehydration, but was expected to be okay. No additional details have been released, whky.com will continue to update this story as we receive information.
Will Locke, Business Development Director of Carolina Moon Hospitality, announced his campaign for mayor of Hickory Thursday evening (July 20) on the plaza at Hollar Mill. The event was attended by community leaders, family, and friends. In his comments during the announcement, Locke stressed his desire to create jobs, grow the population, and increase the tax base.
Will Locke is the Business Development Director at Carolina Moon Hospitality. He is a graduate of Hickory High School and received a BA in Political Science/International Studies from the University of South Carolina. Locke is committed to community involvement that focuses on business development in the City of Hickory. Locke serves on the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the City of Hickory Bond Commission, the Friends of Hickory Board of Directors, the United Arts Council Board of Directors and is a member of the Rotary Club of Lake Hickory.
31-year-old Ashley Renee Stone and 29-year-old Zachrey G. McCrae, who are both listed as homeless persons from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:45 yesterday afternoon (July 20). They were each charged with one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and possession of a schedule II controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count each of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia. Stone was also charged on failure to appear warrants issued in late June for driving while license revoked and possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.
Events leading to their arrests began as Officers investigated a suspicious vehicle at the V.F.W. on 12th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory. The vehicle was occupied by McRae and Stone. A records check uncovered the outstanding warrants for Stone’s arrest. She was taken into custody. While searching the vehicle, Police found drug paraphernalia and controlled substances in the vehicle and in Stone's belongings. McCrae was then taken into custody.
Both suspects were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Stone set at $22,000, secured, while McRae was given a $20,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled today in Newton.
28-year-old Nathaniel Hastens Wood of 2nd Street Drive S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (July 21) on one felony count each for the sale of heroin and possession of methamphetamine, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested as Officers conducted an investigation into illegal narcotics activity in a room at a hotel on 13th Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory. Nathaniel Wood was one of the room’s occupants. A search of the room and Wood’s person turned up illegal controlled substances and drug paraphernalia. Wood was taken into custody at about 1:50 a.m. Two other occupants of the room were issued citations for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Wood was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for Monday (July 24) in Newton.
24-year-old Wesley Eric Wright of Old Shelby Road in Hickory was arrested Thursday (July 20) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver meth, sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance, misdemeanor probation violation, attempt to and obtain property by false pretense. Probation and Parole also charged Wright with a parole violation. Following the arrest, Wright was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $45,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (July 21) and Monday (July 24).
63-year-old Mary Elizabeth Dula of Eastside Drive in Newton was arrested Thursday (July 20) by Newton Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Dula was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $1,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (July 21).