A man charged with murder in an incident that occurred at the accused shooters residence in April, is back in jail for reportedly violating pre-trial release conditions. 36-year-old Jason Daniel Clary of Taylorsville is charged with murder in connection with the April 11 shooting death of 35-year-old Travis Harold. The incident occurred at Clary's home on Mount Wesley Church Road. Clary is claiming self-defense.
Today (Wednesday, August 10) shortly after 9:30 a.m., members of the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Alexander County Director of Pre-Trial Release in going to Clary's residence to conduct a random drug test. The test was given and the results showed that a controlled substance, Suboxone, was detected in Clary’s system. Clary was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Alexander County Detention Center, where he was brought in front of Magistrate Watts. No bond was given.
A bond hearing was held on July 6 in Superior Court in front of Judge Mark Klass. Clary’s conditions for release included a stipulation that he could not test positive for any controlled substance. Any violations of that condition would result in immediate revocation of the bond, which was set at $500,000 secured, and the defendant was to be arrested without warrant.
Clary is scheduled for a first appearance in Alexander County Superior Court next Monday (August 15).
A police chase this morning (Wednesday, August 10) that started in Charlotte ended in Catawba County. The chase began after a reported carjacking. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police pursued the suspects, who were driving a truck, into Catawba County. The chase ended when the truck wrecked near the intersection of Buffalo Shoals Road and Highway 16. The Catawba County Sheriff's Office reports a passenger got out of the truck with a shotgun, and gunfire was exchanged between the suspect and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officers.
The suspect with the shotgun was injured and was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center. The driver of the truck was in custody. No officers were injured in the incident. The Catawba County Sheriff's Office and North Carolina State Highway Patrol are involved in the investigation. Fentress Chestnut will have details on tonight's WHKY-TV News at 5:30 and 10:00.
45-year-old Olga Maria Vargas of 18th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at eight o’clock this morning on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretenses and one misdemeanor count each of food stamp or welfare fraud and obtaining public assistance by false pretenses.
She was arrested after D.S.S. reported an overpayment in food assistance.
H.P.D.’s arrest report does not indicate if Vargas was jailed and no bond amount or court dates were listed. She was not in custody as of this afternoon.
54-year-old Middleton Darnell Miles of Rink Dam Road in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police at 10:30 a.m. yesterday on one felony count each of obtaining property by false pretense and possession of stolen goods.
Events leading to his arrest began when a manager at the Hobby Lobby store in Hickory received a call Monday (August 8) from Sonoco Recycling reporting that a white male had brought in two bales of cardboard. The bales of cardboard, valued at $65, had Hobby Lobby’s identification on them.
Management had noticed the cardboard missing from the loading dock two days earlier. Miles was identified as the suspect and a warrant for his arrest was issued.
He was taken into custody without incident Tuesday at Sonoco Recycling on 10th Street Place N.W. in Hickory. Miles was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,500 secured bond. He has since been released. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.
19-year-old Carlos Car’tre Ikard of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was served felony indictments by Hickory Police just after midnight yesterday (August 9) for the delivery of schedule I, II and VI controlled substances.
His arrest comes in connection to an incident on March 29 of this year when Officers conducted a traffic stop on Highway 70 S.W. 1.1 grams of crack cocaine, 3.5 grams of MDMA (Ecstasy) and 14.2 grams of marijuana were found. Ikard was charged and arrested at that time, and another subject in the vehicle, Taren Hairston, was charged with felony possession of cocaine, possession of a schedule I controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. The driver, Whitney Ikard, was charged with no operator’s license.
Carlos Ikard was taken into custody at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday at the Silver Springs Terrace Apartments on 20th Street N.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date was set for today in Newton.
22-year-old Chad Dylan Smith of John Beam Road in Vale and 19-year-old Megan Nicole Long of Pedal Court in Lincolnton were both arrested Tuesday (August 9) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. Smith is charged with one felony count each of trafficking cocaine by possession, possession of schedule I controlled substance (steroids), two felony counts each of sell and deliver cocaine, three felony counts each of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Long is charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Tuesday the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested a western Lincoln County man after seizing a large amount of cocaine and cash. They were seized during a search of a home near the 1100 block of John Beam Road in Vale.
During the search detectives seized approximately 63 grams of cocaine, more than $12,000 in cash, an AK-47 rifle with a 30 round clip, steroids, drug paraphernalia, and a small amount of marijuana. According to detectives, the search was a result of an ongoing operation where surveillance and undercover techniques were used to purchase cocaine from the residence.
Smith was jailed under $100,000 secured bond. Long's bond was set at $500 secured. No court date was listed for either suspect.
35-year-old Robert Alan Couch of Cloninger Street in Conover was arrested today (Wednesday, August 10) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with unlawfully obtaining a credit card, obtaining property by false pretense, misdemeanor larceny, and possession of stolen goods or property. Couch was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today and August 31.
A police chase this morning (Wednesday, August 10) that started in Charlotte ended in Catawba County. The chase began after a reported carjacking. After the chase ended, a shooting occurred between officers and a suspect. The suspect was reportedly injured. WHKY's Fentress Chestnut reports that the chase ended on Highway 16 at Buffalo Shoals Road. The suspect is in custody, no names have been released. Fentress Chestnut is following this story for WHKY.
26-year-old Casey James Kincaid of Kincaid Hill Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (August 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Kincaid was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (August 11).
34-year-old Michael Allen Wright of Brandywine Drive in Conover was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with first degree burglary, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods. Wright was jailed this morning (Wednesday, August 10) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, August 10).
The Burke County Sheriff's Office is continuing to seek information on suspects on the agency's Most Wanted List.
62-year-old Dean Allen Yancey is wanted on felony counts of discharging a weapon into occupied property and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Yancey's last known address was 7890 Will Hudson Road in Connelly Springs. He's been on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List since November 13, 2015.
28-year-old Eric Seth Adams is wanted for probation violation on counts of felony larceny and felony possession of stolen goods or property. Adams' last known address was 408 London Street in Glen Alpine. He's been on the Most Wanted List since February 12, 2016.
You can see the entire Most Wanted List at the Burke County Sheriff's Office website, www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of any of the suspects on the list you can call 828-438-5500 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333.
An Alexander County man will spend more than seven years in prison after pleading guilty in federal court to child pornography charges. 32-year-old Joshua Lynn Cook of Hiddenite was sentenced Monday (August 8) to 89 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard L. Voorhees. The sentence was announced Tuesday (August 9) by Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Cook was also ordered to serve a lifetime of supervised release and to register as a sex offender.
According to court documents and information introduced at the sentencing hearing, on April 14, 2014, law enforcement became aware that Cook was downloading and sharing child pornography on the Internet. On the same date, Cook shared child pornography with an undercover agent at least three times using a peer-to-peer network. During subsequent searches,law enforcement seized Cook’s electronic devices, including a computer and a cellphone.
Forensic analyses of those devices revealed that Cook possessed more than 6,000 images and 427 videos of child pornography, some of which depicted prepubescent minors engaging in sadistic and masochistic or other violent conduct. Some of the images and videos contained identified victims of 123 different series of child pornography produced in various places, such as Washington, Germany and France.
Cook pleaded guilty in January 2016 to one count of transportation, one count of receipt and one count of possession of child pornography. He is currently in custody and will be transferred to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility. All federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.
44-year-old Edward Lester Marlow of Love Road in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police just after noon Saturday (August 6) on two felony counts of larceny.
He is accused of taking 30 bundles of shingles from a property associated with Habitat for Humanity on 30th Avenue Loop N.E. in Hickory. The incidents occurred on two different occasions. The shingles were valued at just over $1,000. Marlow was identified by the vehicle’s registration tag, which was recorded on surveillance video.
He was taken into custody without incident at a residence on 7th Avenue N.W. in Hickory. Marlow was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $25,000, secured. A first appearance in court was scheduled yesterday (August 8) with his next court date coming up on August 22.
20-year-old Marquez Jayshun-Jerome Ikard of 7th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about three o’clock yesterday afternoon (August 8) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, Ikard was arrested for possessing 52.6 grams of marijuana. He also had a handgun at the time of his arrest.
Ikard was arrested on the 400 block of 7th Avenue S.W. in Hickory and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. No bond amount was listed. As of Tuesday afternoon, he was no longer in custody. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
17-year-old Xzavion Rashawn Watts of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 6:30 p.m. yesterday (August 8) on one felony count of possession of stolen goods and misdemeanor counts of larceny and carrying a concealed gun.
He was arrested at the Ridgeview Recreation Center where Police located a subject who matched the description of a man who was attempting to sell two stolen iPhones. According to police reports, the man, Xzavion Watts, had the phones and a concealed firearm on his person. He was taken into custody without incident.
Watts was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $12,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on September 20 in Newton.
There will be an olympic rally in Hickory this Friday (August 12). The "Rio Rally" will take place from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Downtown Hickory at The Sails on the Square. Hickory is one of 11 cities chosen to be on this pep rally tour to support the Rio Olympics.
An area college cycling team will be on hand, along with Boy Scout Troop 250. There will be a physical fitness presentation during the rally.
The public is encouraged to attend this event and cheer on Team USA from Hickory.
The Catawba County Schools Board of Education approved several administrative changes at their recent meeting.
Dr. Robin A. Honeycutt will be transferring from Principal at Banoak Elementary School to Principal at Webb A. Murray Elementary School effective immediately. Dr. Honeycutt has been employed with Catawba County Schools for 25 years. He has served in an administrative role since 2003. Dr. Honeycutt received his B.A. from Lenoir-Rhyne University and his M.A. from Gardner-Webb University. He earned an Ed.S. and his Doctorate from Wingate University.
Teresa H. Ritchie will serve as Interim Principal at Banoak Elementary School until a permanent Principal is named. Ms. Ritchie most recently served as Interim Assistant Principal at Startown Elementary School during the spring of 2016. Prior to this role, Ms. Ritchie spent her career in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School system. Ms. Ritchie obtained her B.A. from Appalachian State University and her M.A. from UNC Greensboro.
Mrs. Maria S. Ballard will be transferring from Principal at Mill Creek Middle School to Director of Student Services for the Catawba County School system effective immediately. Mrs. Ballard served as Assistant Principal at Maiden High School from 2003 to 2013. She has served as Principal of Mill Creek Middle School since 2013. Mrs. Ballard received a B.A. from Appalachian State University. She received her M.A. in Counseling and Guidance and another M.A. in School Administration also from Appalachian State University.
Mr. W. Rob Rucker, III will serve as Interim Principal at Mill Creek Middle School until a permanent Principal is named. Mr. Rucker served as an Assistant Principal at St. Stephens High School from 2002 to 2006. He served as Principal of Mill Creek Middle School from 2006 to 2013 prior to his retirement.
Mr. Rucker obtained his B.A. from Western Carolina University. He obtained his M.A. and an Advanced Degree from Appalachian State University.
Ms. Deborah K. Pitts has been named Assistant Principal at Fred T. Foard High School effective August 22. Ms. Pitts has been employed with Catawba County Schools since 2004 and has served a Math teacher at Jacobs Fork Middle School. Ms. Pitts received her B.A. from UNC Chapel Hill and her M.A. from Gardner Webb University.
47-year-old Serena Ann Jennings of Dry Ponds Road in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (August 8) by Caldwell county Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. In addition, Jennings is charged with probation violation out of county, misdemeanor possession of schedule II controlled substance, and misdemeanor simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance. She was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $40,000 secured bond. No court date is listed.
24-year-old Jessica Marie Hua of 20th Street SW in Hickory was arrested today (Tuesday, August 9) by Long View Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession of cocaine. Following the arrest, Hua was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. She was scheduled to appear in District Court today.
23-year-old Wesley Eric Wright of Old Shelby Road in Hickory was arrested by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with attempted common law robbery. Wright was incarcerated this morning (Tuesday, August 9) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A Superior Court date is set for October 3.