At 5:22 p.m. Thursday (April 12), Hickory firefighters were dispatched to 905 2nd Ave SW. Firefighters responded with three engines, one ladder, one rescue truck, and a command unit.
Upon arrival at 5:24, firefighters reported fire and smoke coming from the back of the building. They worked to extinguish the fire coming from burning spare automobile parts within a fenced area behind the building. Fire from the burning parts threatened the interior of the business.
No injuries were reported and fire damages were considered heavy. Fire investigators determined the fire to be caused by a mechanical failure from an outdoor air compressor.
Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detectives are looking for a 43-year-old Brian Edward Leatherman on a number of charges, including kidnapping and domestic violence.
Leatherman, who lives on Matthew Miller Road in Vale, was last known to be in McDowell County on April 11, where the person he is accused of kidnapping jumped from a vehicle moving at a high rate of speed. She is a 46-year-old female from Tallent Road in Vale. The incident occurred on Interstate 40 near mile marker 86. The victim was transported to Mission Hospital in Asheville where she is listed in stable condition.
The victim went missing on April 8. Family members last saw the victim when she went to her mother’s home and said she would be back in a couple of hours. The next day, Deputies went to a location on Matthew Miller Road after Catawba County Deputies said a woman who had been assaulted in Catawba County might be on Matthew Miller Road. The victim had been at a residence on Old Shelby Road in Catawba County when Leatherman broke in and forcibly removed her.
Leatherman was charged with one felony count each of attempt first-degree forcible rape, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, first-degree kidnapping, restraint of an adult without that person’s consent, possession of stolen goods, larceny of a motor vehicle, a felony probation violation and obtaining property by false pretenses. He was also charged with two misdemeanor domestic violence protective order violations. In addition, Leatherman faces charges from Catawba County for a domestic violence order violation and assault with a deadly weapon.
The investigation is ongoing. Additional charges may be filed.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Brian Edward Leatherman should contact the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202.
41-year-old Webb Massey King of Frank Smith Mobile Home Park in Taylorsville was arrested Wednesday (April 11) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, possession of meth, possession with intent to manufacture meth precursors, possession of pseudoephedrine after conviction of manufacturing meth, and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling to sell controlled substance, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Wednesday, a deputy was patrolling in the area of Branchwood Road in Northern Iredell County, when he noticed a suspicious vehicle parked on the side of the roadway. As the deputy approached the vehicle to speak with the occupant, he saw an open container of alcohol in the driver’s area. The officer asked the driver, Webb Massey King, to step out of the vehicle.
A subsequent search of the vehicle uncovered several items consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine. They included pseudoephedrine, magnesium sulfate and cold packs, which were found inside the vehicle, along with an amount of actual meth and several items of drug paraphernalia.
King was taken into custody and charged. He was given a $75,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
22-year-old Byron David Aguirre of Pasadena, Texas has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine by transportation and trafficking meth by possession.
On Monday (April 9), Iredell County Deputies stopped a black Nissan pickup truck for a traffic violation on Interstate 40 westbound at mile marker 144. As Deputies interacted with Byron David Aguirre, a narcotics K-9 gave a positive indication, leading to a search of the vehicle.
Deputies found approximately 4,983 grams of crystal meth concealed in the vehicle. The drugs have an estimated value of $1,993,200.
Aguirre was arrested and taken to the Iredell Co. Detention Center under a $1,000,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on May 1.
31-year-old Bobby Ray Mounts of Butler, Tennessee was arrested by Hickory Police at 4:30 this morning (April 12) on one felony county of a schedule II controlled substance. Mounts was taken into custody without incident at a pool hall on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $1,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
28-year-old Joe Clifford Tipps, Jr. of Pea Ridge Road in Lawndale was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 4 p.m. yesterday. He was charged with a felony probation violation.
Tipps was one of four people who were injured during a shooting early Sunday morning (April 8) outside The Vault Bar & Lounge on 1st Avenue N.E. in downtown Hickory. One person died as a result of his wounds. Tipps was treated and released at the hospital in Valdese.
Another subject who was injured in the same incident was also arrested yesterday on three misdemeanor counts of failure to appear and a warrant from the Dept. of Probation & Parole. He is 23-year-old Keeuntae Kaleel Kee of Conover.
Tipps and Kee have both been jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond for Tipps was set at $20,000, secured, while Kee was given a $1,500 secured bond. Tipps is due in Superior Court on April 16. Kee will make an appearance in District Court on May 8.
A Hickory man will spend at least nine years in prison after being found guilty by a Catawba County jury of habitual larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia and habitual felon status during Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.
56-year-old Gary Lynn Johnson was sentenced to an active prison term of nine to 12 years by the Honorable Carla N. Archie, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, following the jury’s verdict after a short period of deliberation brought the two-day trial to a close. The defendant will serve his prison term in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections at the conclusion of the sentence he currently is serving.
The sentence imposed by Judge Archie was enhanced by Johnson’s habitual felon status that included prior convictions for breaking and/or entering (April 1994) and break or enter a motor vehicle (January 2002), both in Catawba County, along with breaking and/or entering (September 2007) in Guilford County.
Johnson went into a Hickory business on Dec. 30, 2015, concealed multiple items on his person and left the establishment without paying for them. The actions were reported to Hickory Police Department, and he was confronted a short time later by an officer who located the items taken from the store along with items of drug paraphernalia.
The defendant had at least four prior larceny convictions in Catawba County (April 1994, December 1997, July 2000) and Guilford County (September 2007). James Crapps investigated the case for Hickory Police Department. Assistant District Attorney Melanie Earles handled prosecution for the State.
37-year-old Jensen Creed Reinhardt of Vale was arrested Tuesday (April 10) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny.
On Tuesday, Deputies from the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office received a report in reference to a 24’ Coachman Camper being stolen from the Bethlehem Community. After meeting with the victim, physical evidence was collected at the scene and turned over to Detectives. Further investigation resulted in a suspect being connected to the physical evidence.
In a joint effort with Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, investigators were able to locate and charge Jensen Creed Reinhardt with the theft of the Camper. Reinhardt was arrested without incident and transported to the Alexander County Detention Center where he was placed under a $7500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court is scheduled for next Monday (April 16).
A fundraiser will be held Sunday, April 15, for Robert “Robbie” Fenton, hosted by Shooters of Viewmont, the Standard Oyster Company and Granny’s Country Kitchen.
The event will run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Shooters, 2149 North Center Street in Viewmont. Tickets are $10, which includes barbecue, mac & cheese and more. Two bands will perform in the parking lot.
For more than 20 years, Mr. Fenton has tended bar at the Hickory Tavern, Sundries, Alessio’s Lounge & Grill, Shooters and most recently at the Standard Oyster Company. He is currently battling a rare condition called a spinal fistula, which is an abnormal connection between an artery and a vein that are normally not connected. All proceeds from Sunday’s event will be used to defray his medical expenses.
For those who would like to help but are unable to attend Sunday, donations can be made at the Standard Oyster Company, 2147 North Center Street in Viewmont.
28-year-old Michael Roam Bass of Charles Avenue in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:25 Wednesday morning (April 11) on one felony count of failure to appear on a felony.
On April 7, Hickory Police responded to a call for service at a hotel on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. During the incident, Officers found 0.4 grams of methamphetamine, one gram of marijuana, counterfeit bills and drug paraphernalia. Bass was initially arrested on that date.
He failed to appear in court on charges of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a counterfeit instrument, currency or check, simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.
Following his arrest yesterday, Bass was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make an appearance in District Court today (April 12) in Newton.
33-year-old Gary Allen Hutchinson was arrested Wednesday (April 11) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance and sale or delivery of schedule II controlled substance. Hutchinson is also charged with misdemeanor larceny by trick. He was being held in jail in Morganton under $113,000 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled for Friday (April 13).
36-year-old Jama Mikhail Puma of Yadkin View Drive in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (April 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine. Puma was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (April 12).
The 2018 Foothills Veterans Stand Down will be held tomorrow (Friday, April 13) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Catawba Valley Community College. The opening ceremony will take place at 8:45 a.m.
All homeless and needy veterans in western North Carolina are invited to attend the event. The day will start with a home cooked breakfast provided and served by area veterans. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to meet with Veteran's Administration personnel and County Veteran's Services Officers to talk about the opportunity to receive and apply for benefits.
Services available to those who attend will be medical care, dental needs, blood pressure checks, vision care, and other medical necessities. Employment resources will be available to include job services, resume assistance, and free tax preparation. There will be military surplus items available to veterans including boots, clothing, duffle bags, blankets, and more as available. Attendees will receive personal hygiene items, camping supplies, and shoes/work boots (if available). Mental health and pastoral counseling/chaplain services will be on site.
Lunch will be provided, as well as, fellowship with veteran volunteers and veteran advocates. The event will be held in CVCC's Tarlton Complex.
38-year-old Danny Carl Lackey of Carolina Beach was arrested Wednesday (April 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon. Lackey was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (April 12).
46-year-old Parker Lee Cox of Greer Street in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (April 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, maintain a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, and possession of a weapon of mass destruction.
On Wednesday, Narcotic Agents and Detectives with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant due to the suspicion that there were illegal drugs present at 1016 Greer Street in Granite Falls. The search warrant was issued after several undercover purchases of methamphetamine from the residence. Agents also conducted surveillance on the premise and noticed an unusual amount of traffic coming and going.
During the search, a small amount of meth, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and a sawed off shotgun were located and seized by Agents. Cox was arrested and detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (April 12).
56-year-old Carol Jean Dunn of Calico Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (April 11) on charges filed by the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office and Probation and Parole. She's charged by the Sheriff's Office with felony counts of traffic in methamphetamine, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon. Probation and Parole charged Dunn with felony probation violation. Following the arrest, Dunn was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $300,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (April 12) and a Superior Court appearance is scheduled for August 20.
33-year-old Antoine Durel Reid was arrested Wednesday (April 11) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of trafficking heroin and one felony count of possession of schedule II controlled substance. Reid was arrested at 12:30 p.m. and placed in jail in Morganton under $110,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled Friday (April 13).
Three people were found dead at a residence in the northern McDowell County community of North Cove Wednesday morning (April 11). At approximately 6:30 a.m., McDowell County sheriff’s deputies and EMS paramedics responded to 182 Lonon Lane to find two men and a woman with fatal gunshot wounds. An unknown man had called and reported a possible shooting at the residence.
Inside the home, investigators found the bodies of 39-year-old Kacey Case Haney, who resided at the home where the bodies were found, and 49-year-old Christopher Scott Childres, of Oakwood Drive in Nebo. Outside the home, they found the body of 48-year-old Jeffrey Dale Haney whose address is also listed as 182 Lonon Lane.
In a news release, McDowell County Sheriff Dudley Greene says his office's investigation is very much ongoing, but, at this time, it appears most likely that Jeffrey Haney may have shot the other two victims then turned the gun on himself after making the call to 911.
Jeffrey Haney is the estranged husband of Kacey Haney. Agents with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation are assisting the McDowell County Sheriff's Office in the investigation.
At approximately 8:30 Tuesday evening (April 10), Hickory Firefighters were dispatched to a fire at 230 5th Avenue N.E. Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder, one rescue truck and a command unit.
Upon arrival a few minutes later, Firefighters reported a small fire in a room on the second floor of the house. Firefighters worked to extinguish the fire and keep it from spreading.
No injuries were reported and damages were considered minor. Investigators determined the fire was accidental and was caused by an electrical failure.
28-year-old Dallas Loyd Gragg of 19th Avenue Place N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:35 yesterday morning (April 10) on one felony count each of possession with intent to sell a schedule II controlled substance and the sale or delivery of a controlled substance within 300 feet of school property. The warrants for his arrest were issued on April 8.
Gragg was taken into custody without incident at the Probation & Parole Office on Main Avenue N.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $11,000, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.