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28-year-old Tasha Nicole Kirby of Windsong Circle in Hudson was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (October 14) on charges of larceny and possession of stolen goods or property. Kirby was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. No court date is listed on those charges; however, Kirby does have a Superior Court appearance scheduled on November 3 in Lenoir for felony obtaining property by false pretense.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 14:02

Lenoir Man Arrested on Felony Forgery Charges

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43-year-old Johnny Daryl Mooney of Brixton Place in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (October 14) by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on felony charges of forgery of an instrument, uttering a forged instrument and obtaining property by false pretense. Following his arrest, Mooney was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $9,000, secured. He will appear in District Court on October 27 in Lenoir.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 13:55

A.S.U. Police Seek Assault Suspect

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22-year-old Shawn George Hamilton is wanted by the Appalachian State University (A.S.U.) Police Department and High Country Crime Stoppers.

He is wanted in connection to an incident Monday (October 13) at approximately 11:30 p.m. when A.S.U. Police were called to assist a student in distress behind her residence hall. Police found the female student on the northwest side of campus where the student said she had been physically assaulted by a non-student ex-boyfriend.

The alleged perpetrator, Shawn Hamilton, is a black male, 5’10” tall, weighing 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing dark pants and a black hoodie. Hamilton was reportedly driving a black BMW sedan.

A.S.U. Police are continuing to investigate the incident.  

Anyone with information regarding the crime should call the A.S.U. Police Department at 828-262-2150 submit tips anonymously at http://police.appstate.edu/crime-tip-submission-form.

Citizens may also contact Crime Stoppers at https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtips.aspx?AgencyID=1251 or text "NCTIP” plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Information leading to an arrest could result in a reward up to $1,000.

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EnergyUnited’s Austin Story, a lineman from Taylorsville, will join 23 other electric cooperative line workers from across the state tomorrow morning (October 16) at the Pole Top Rescue competition in Raleigh.

The competition pits line workers against the clock and each other as they demonstrate essential lifesaving skills. Each competitor had to win a local competition in order to advance to the championship in Raleigh. Story won EnergyUnited's local competition with a time of two minutes and 4.42 seconds. John Brown, a journeyman lineman also from Taylorsville, will serve as an alternate for EnergyUnited.

At the Pole Top Rescue competition, a line worker must perform in a scenario that finds a fellow worker unconscious atop a utility pole. The competitor, dressed in full climbing gear, must radio for help, scale 20-feet up a utility pole, rig a rope, lower a 105-pound mannequin and begin CPR. Previous winners have completed the competition in less than two minutes.

The event kicks off at 9 a.m. tomorrow and will conclude by 1 p.m. For more information, visit www.ncelectriccooperatives.com/email/poletop14.html.

The Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office will charge two juveniles with five counts each of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and one count each of damage to property.

At about 10 p.m. on September 27, the Sheriff’s Office received five reports from various victims who said they were traveling south on I-77 near mile marker 39 at the Rankin Hill Road overpass when their vehicles were struck by some type of rocks or concrete. Deputies responded to the area, took reports from all the victims and searched for the persons responsible for the crimes.

Officers found that all the vehicles had damage to their roofs and the windshields. In one case, a rock went through the window, causing minor injury to a passenger in the vehicle. The victim had minor cuts on her hand and a piece of glass in her eye. She was treated by E.M.S. A victim who lives on Rankin Hill Road also reported that someone threw rocks at their house, damaging the siding. Damages to the five vehicles and the house were estimated at approximately $5,000.

A School Resource Officer received information from a student at Lake Norman High School regarding a possible suspect. A student at Lake Norman reportedly told other students about throwing rocks at passing vehicles on I-77. Detectives interviewed students and obtained information that a 15-year-old male who lives in the area of Rankin Hill Road was bragging about his involvement in the incident.

Two 15-year-old males were then interviewed and admitted that they were responsible for the incidents. One suspect is a student at Lake Norman High School and the other is a student at Mooresville High School. Their names have not been released. Charges against the suspects will be filed through the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 10:50

Hickory Man Charged with Robbery; Motor Vehicle Theft

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34-year-old James Kelly Lynch of Springs Road N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:25 p.m. yesterday (October 14) on one felony count each of common law robbery, larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen goods.

Events leading to his arrest unfolded as Police responded to the Cupboard Express store on 16th Street N.E. in Hickory. The victim and Lynch, who were previously acquainted, were together when Lynch left with the victim’s 2006 Ford.

Police were able to utilize the vehicle’s G.P.S. system to track the vehicle to a location in Catawba County and then to a second location on Springs Road N.E. There, they located the vehicle and the suspect and placed Lynch under arrest without incident.

Lynch was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $50,000, secured. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 07:05

No One Injured in Tues Afternoon School Bus Crash

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A Catawba County school bus was involved in an accident yesterday afternoon (October 14). The bus was carrying about 44 Blackburn Elementary students home from school when the accident occurred. No injuries were reported and no one was transported to a hospital.

The accident occurred at about 3:30 p.m. as the school bus was traveling west on Catawba Valley Boulevard S.E. As the driver attempted to turn left onto 21st Street S.E., the bus was hit by a white Suzuki van. The front end of the bus sustained heavy damage to its front end. The van was severely damaged, as well.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 06:57

Boone Man Charged after Firing Gun into Apartment

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21-year-old David Carden Britt was arrested last Friday (October 10) by Boone Police on a charge of felony discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling.

Just after 12 a.m. Friday, Boone Police responded to a reported gunshot at an apartment on Kimberly Drive in Boone. An investigation revealed that Britt was cleaning a firearm inside his apartment when it discharged. The bullet went through the floor into an adjacent apartment. Police say Britt was intoxicated at the time of the incident.

No one was injured.  

After his arrest, Britt was given a $75,000 secured bond. He will appear in Watauga County District Court on November 18.

Governor Pat McCrory is scheduled to be in Asheville today (October 15) for the G.E. Aviation Asheville grand opening. The governor’s appearance is set for 10:30 a.m. at 502 Sweeten Creek Industrial Park Road in Asheville.

Governor McCrory will offer remarks prior to the ribbon cutting. Afterward, the governor will be joined by company employees and state and local officials to tour the facility and learn more about the company's advanced manufacturing and production.

In July of 2013, Governor McCrory and N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced G.E. Aviation facility expansions in Asheville, Durham, West Jefferson and Wilmington.

Today’s event is closed to the general public.

The accident happened this morning at the old Hickory Granary.

A building inspector was called to the scene to make sure the structure was safe. Crews then removed the SUV from the scene a short time later.

According to published reports the driver fell asleep, and then the next thing you know you slam into a building.

The driver woke up and had climbed out of the wreckage before fire fighters arrived on the scene.

The driver had cuts to his head and arm, but nothing serious. The driver said it really could have been serious if I would’ve hit a nearby tree instead of the building.

There were downed power lines so the police cleared the area for public safety.

Police say the driver would possibly be charged for improper lane change.