20-year-old Rodney Christopher Garland of Adam Street in Conover was arrested Wednesday (October 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and conspire to sell meth. Garland was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,000 bond. A Superior Court date was set for today (Thursday, October 13).
Two brothers have been charged in connection with the death of a Long View man whose body was found in a shallow grave.
38-year-old Thomas Gregory Ball of 18th Street N.W. in Hickory and 27-year-old Rodney Adam Ball of Cedar Bluff, Virginia, were both arrested Wednesday (October 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. They're both charged with murder and concealing or failing to report a death. 31-year-old Tabitha Lynn Harrison, who was living with Thomas Ball, had previously been identified as a person of interest in the case. She was also arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of felony larceny and two counts of possession of stolen goods.
The body of 78-year-old Benny Daniels was found Wednesday in a shallow grave near his residence after authorities searched for him for more than a day. Mr. Daniels had last been seen on Saturday, October 8, near 18th Street N.W. in Long View. The victim lived below Thomas Ball and Tabitha Harrison. Deputies with the Catawba County Sheriff's Office said there was evidence of a break-in at Mr. Daniels home.
Thomas and Rodney Ball are both being held at the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. They were scheduled to appear in District Court today (Thursday, October 13). Harrison was jailed under a $30,000 bond. Her District Court dates are November 2 and November 22.
34-year-old Charlene Ann Dockery of Trout Pond Road in Claremont was arrested by Newton Police Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor larceny. Dockery was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (Thursday, October 13) under $3,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (October 14).
According to a press release issued today (October 12) by Catawba County Schools, yesterday afternoon, Administrators were made aware of a Snapchat post that was shared in the Fred T. Foard High School feeder area. The post implied that an individual planned to cause harm at the school today.
Law enforcement was immediately made aware of the post and was on-site this morning to begin their investigation.
Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact the Catawba County Sheriff's Office at 828-464-5241.
The man charged with arson in connection to an August fire in Watauga County is now charged with additional offenses including murder.
30-year-old Benjamin Draughon Williford of Boone was initially arrested August 31 and charged with first degree arson in connection with a fire at Valle Landing on Highway 194 South in Sugar Grove. The additional charges are first degree murder, and three counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.
On Friday, August 12, the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at 5:38 a.m. in reference to the fire at Valle Landing. Several agencies responded, when they arrived the structure was engulfed in flames and had already been completely destroyed by the fire. 25-year-old resident Macie Dove Pietrowickz was killed in the fire and other occupants were injured.
Williford is being held in jail without bond. He was given a probable cause court date of October 25.
The body of 78-year-old Benny Daniels has been found in a shallow grave. Mr. Daniels had last been seen on Saturday, October 8, near 18th Street N.W. in Long View. Thomas Ball and Rodney Ball, who are brothers, have been arrested on murder charges. It’s not clear at this time if Tabitha Harrison, another subject who had been described as a person of interest, will face charges. Tabitha Harrison and Thomas Ball rented from Mr. Daniels and lived below him.
Deputies with the Catawba County Sheriff's Office said there was evidence of a break-in at Mr. Daniels home. Mr. Daniels' son said he thought he saw a third person on the property over the weekend. He described the person as a man with a teardrop tattoo coming down from an eye. It’s not clear if that person is Rodney Ball.
39-year-old Joseph Lee Rayburn of Persimmon Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police at 10 a.m. yesterday on two felony counts each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering. He also faces one count for possession of stolen goods.
He was arrested in connection to a shoplifting incident at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. Rayburn allegedly attempted to exit the store without paying for a number of items, including a Chevy-emblem front license plate, a tint film applicator kit, Mossy Oak floor mats and two 20-ounce soft drinks, all with a combined value of $56.
He was taken into custody without incident at the store. Rayburn was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $30,000 secured bond. Appearances in Superior Court and District Court were scheduled today in Newton.
37-year-old Sydna Raquel Littlejohn was arrested Tuesday (October 11) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession of schedule IV controlled substance. Following the arrest, Littlejohn was placed in jail in Morganton under $4,000 bond. A court date is set for November 7.
30-year-old Kayvoss Cordell Lewis was arrested Tuesday (October 12) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony sell or deliver schedule I controlled substance. Lewis was placed in jail in Morganton under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (October 14).
28-year-old Ryan Allan Colley of North Davis Avenue in Newton was arrested Tuesday (October 11) on charges filed by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers and Conover Police Officers. Colley is charged with felony breaking and entering with larceny on a warrant from the Sheriff's Office. He was charged by Conover Police with felony larceny after breaking and entering. Colley was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, October 12).
A missing 78-year-old man is being sought in Catawba County, and the circumstances surrounding his disappearance are suspicious. Benny Daniels was last seen on Saturday, October 8, near 18th Street NW in Long View. Deputies with the Catawba County Sheriff's Office say there is evidence of a break-in to the home. Daniels is a white male with a white beard, no further description is given.
Two people renting from Daniels, Tabitha Harrison and Thomas Ball, who lived below him, are being sought as persons of interest. Daniels' son said he thought he saw a third person on the property over the weekend. He described the person as a man with a teardrop tattoo coming down from an eye.
If you have any information on this case or the whereabouts of Benny Daniels, call the Catawba County Sheriff's Office at 828-465-0671.
51-year-old Jeffery Glenn Daniels of Silhouette Lane in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of assault on a female, first-degree kidnapping, resisting a public officer, assault with a firearm on a public official, assault on a child under 12 and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Daniels was arrested Monday night (October 10) after an armed standoff with Deputies. The incident began at about 7:30 Monday evening when Deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call at Friendship Road and Silhouette Lane. The caller said a man on Silhouette Lane was firing a gun at people in the neighborhood.
Deputy Will Goforth arrived to find the caller and other neighbors taking cover behind a garage on Silhouette Lane. As soon as the Deputy exited his vehicle, the suspect fired a shotgun in the Deputy’s direction. Deputy Goforth took cover behind the garage with the other citizens and called for further assistance.
Other Deputies arrived on scene and tried to communicate with the suspect. The suspect, Jeffery Glenn Daniels, barricaded himself in the house and refused to come out. The Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team was called to the scene. Negotiators tried to talk with the Daniels, but he refused to surrender.
After several minutes, Deputies captured Daniels as he attempted to escape from the house through a back door. Daniels was taken into custody without further incident.
Detectives interviewed witnesses at the scene and learned that the incident started over a neighborhood dispute. Daniels reportedly assaulted two juveniles who were riding a golf cart on Silhouette Lane. Witnesses also told Detectives that Daniels had taken an infant child from a neighbor and attempted to carry the baby into his house. When a parent attempted to confront Daniels, he responded by bringing a gun out of his house and firing it in the direction of the parent and other neighbors. The juveniles were treated for minor injuries and released. The infant was released unharmed.
Following his arrest, Daniels was placed in the Iredell County Jail under a $200,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.
Jeffery Daniels is a repeat offender with multiple previous arrests. Since 1983, Daniels has been sentenced to probation and active prison sentences several times. Records indicate Daniels was last on probation in 2008.
38-year-old David Paul Patterson II of 12th Street Place N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:40 Friday afternoon (October 7) on felony charges for possession of a counterfeit instrument and obtaining property by false pretenses.
He was arrested after Police were called to Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall where a subject allegedly passed a counterfeit $100 bill and received change at Charley’s Grilled Subs. An employee followed the suspect, who was in a 1992 Ford Ranger, along with a female. Hickory Police caught up with the Ranger and stopped it on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E.
David Patterson was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,000 secured bond. He has since been released. The female was not charged. Patterson was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday (October 10) in Newton. No additional court dates are currently listed.
Firefighters from the Hickory Fire Department, along with Hickory Police Officers and Catawba County Emergency Management, responded to a truck fire at about 11:45 Tuesday morning (October 11) on Highway 70 S.W. The vehicle's driver escaped unharmed and no one else was injured.
The truck, from H.D. Supply out of Charlotte, contained cleaning supplies, some in aerosol cans, which resulted in multiple small explosions. Hickory Firefighters responded with one engine, one ladder and one rescue truck. The vehicle was fully involved in flames when Firefighters arrived. Firefighters used water and foam to battle the blaze, which was extinguished in approximately ten minutes.
Traffic was stopped in both directions on Highway 70 S.W. Some lanes were re-opened by mid-afternoon. Terri Byers with the Hickory Fire Department said crews, including a hazardous materials company, expected to have the scene completely cleared by early evening.
The truck sustained extensive damage and is thought to be a total loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
28-year-old Paul Robert Perkins of 10th Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested today (Tuesday, October 11) by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with first degree burglary, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Perkins was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $75,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (October 12).
34-year-old Christopher Douglas Cook of Huie Street in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:20 yesterday morning (October 10) on charges of felony larceny and felony possession of stolen goods. He was arrested at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
20-year-old Austin Michael Neece was arrested Monday (October 10) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of controlled substance in prison or jail. Bond for Neece was set at $2,000 secured. A court appearance is scheduled for November 14 in Morganton.
28-year-old Steve Allen Woody was arrested Monday (October 10) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny. Woody was placed in jail under $10,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for November 14 in Morganton.
28-year-old Chad Ashford Causby was arrested Monday (October 10) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony break or enter a motor vehicle. Causby was placed in jail in Morganton under $11,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, October 11).
The Caldwell County Veterans Service Office will be closed Monday through Friday, October 17 – 21, while the staff attends a training conference.
Anyone needing assistance regarding claims during this time may contact the Veterans Administration (VA) Regional Office at 1-800-827-1000. More general information can be found at the VA website at www.va.gov.
The Caldwell County Veterans Service Office will reopen for regular business, Monday, October 24 at 8 a.m. For more information regarding the closing, contact Kathy Hutchings at 828-757-1345.