Cody Myers, an employee at HSM Solutions, was the winner of a new car last week in Hickory. Myers’ windfall was the culmination of the Catawba County United Way Board of Directors’ 2014 New Car Giveaway Celebration. The event was held in the Paramount Automotive Kia showroom at 1234 South Center Street in Hickory.
The new car was donated by the Paramount Automotive Group and Benny Yount, who presented Myers with the keys. Myers was one of ten finalists.
McDowell County Sheriff’s Deputies are seeking the public’s help in locating 21 firearms stolen earlier this week from the Boy Scout camp on Vein Mountain Road in Nebo.It was reported that someone broke into a storage facility at the Scout reservation and took 13 Marlin .22-caliber single-shot, bolt-action competition rifles; four Weatherby 12-gauge pump shotguns; one Remington 12-gauge pump shotgun; and three Remington 20-gauge pump shotguns with a total value of $14,400.
The thieves also removed power tools and aluminum wiring, but those items were recovered at the scene. The culprits broke into the storage facility through a window sometime between 1 p.m. Monday (December 15) and 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Anyone with information concerning the crime, suspects or whereabouts of the guns should call Detective Andy Manis at the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office at 828-652-2237 or McDowell County Crime Stoppers at 828-65-CRIME (828-652-7463). Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward.
19-year-old Skylar Mercedes Allen of 2nd Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested yesterday (December 18) by Lenoir Police on a larceny charge. She also faces one count of misdemeanor possession of stolen goods. Following her arrest, Allen was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $5,000, secured. She will appear in District Court on March 16 in Lenoir.
21-year-old Martavious Steven Isbell of Jefferson Place in Granite Falls was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (December 18) on charges of larceny and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. Isbell was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $2,500 secured bond. He will appear in District Court on January 12 and January 22 in Lenoir.
45-year-old Patrick Sean Johnson of Shilloh Ridge Run in Kennesaw, Georgia and 39-year-old Mica Nathaniel Falls of White Oak Court in Claremont were both arrested shortly after 11 o’clock last night (December 18). Johnson was charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a schedule II controlled substance, as well as misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Falls was charged with one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
They were arrested when Officers conducting a property check at the Quality Inn on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory saw Falls get out of a vehicle in the parking lot. Police spoke to Falls, who said he wasn’t staying at the hotel. Officers conducted a consent search of Falls’ person and found 0.7 grams of methamphetamine.
A K-9 Officer then alerted on the vehicle. Officers went to the room where the vehicle’s owner, Patrick Johnson, was staying. They searched Johnson’s person and found 0.9 grams of marijuana. They then searched the room, leading to the discovery of a Glock 19 GEN4 9mm handgun, 1.7 grams of meth and some scales. An additional 0.6 grams of marijuana were found in the vehicle. The handgun had been reported stolen.
Both subjects were taken into custody without incident. A male and a female who were present in the room were not charged. Both men were taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Johnson set at $75,000, secured, while Falls was given a $10,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for today in Hickory.
20-year-old Dustin Lee Fortenberry of 5th Avenue N.W. in Hickory was served an indictment by Hickory Police at about 11 o’clock last night on one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana.
His arrest stems from an incident in July of this year when Police saw a suspicious subject on foot at a residential property on 14th Street N.W. in Hickory. A search of Fortenberry’s person turned up marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Fortenberry was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today.
The body of an elderly man was found this morning (December 19) in Burke County. Authorities have released the victim's name. He is 74-year-old John Bailey Clark, Jr.
A family member of the victim told WHKY that Mr. Clark was found in a hole near the home on Rose Carswell Road in Morganton. The victim was found buried in the side yard of his home. Officials found blood inside home. Mr. Clark was last seen alive by family members at his home at approximately 6 p.m. Wednesday, December 17.
The Burke County Sheriff’s Office and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation are investigating the homicide. Details surrounding the case are being kept confidential at this time pending further investigation.
Anyone with information regarding the case should call the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at 828-438-5506.
A two-vehicle accident in Granite Falls this morning (December 19) snarled traffic in the northbound lanes for about an hour. According to the N.C. State Highway Patrol, two vehicles sideswiped each other at about 9 a.m. today on Highway 321 near the Wal-Mart store. No one was injured.
The traffic situation was further complicated when a tractor-trailer broke down while waiting for traffic to clear. Both northbound lanes and a turn lane were blocked. A spokesman for the Highway Patrol says traffic flow was flowing normally by 9:57 a.m.
50-year-old Jessie Carroll Shook of County Home Road, Conover, was arrested Thursday by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with discharge a weapon into an occupied dwelling or moving vehicle. Following the arrest, Shook was incarcerated at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $40,000 bond, a District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
46-year-old Ronald Lee Ikard of North Fairview Drive, Lenoir was arrested Thursday by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with assault inflicting serious injury, assault by pointing a gun, and communicating threats. Ikard was detained at the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $7,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for January 20.